WOEA Welcomes New Local Association

WCPLAWe were notified today that there is a new local in WOEA - the Washington-Centerville Public Staff Association. The WCPLSA is a 50-member local of library staff in the Centerville-area in southern Montgomery County. They overwhelmingly voted to affiliate with OEA two weeks ago and are working hard to prepare to bargain their first contract. Joyce Fisher is the local president and they are working to prepare to bargain their first contract! Photo courtesy of Scott Maney.

WOEA Nomination Form/Letter of Intent for Elections at the WOEA 2015 Spring Representative Assembly

The following WOEA Board of Director positions will be filled in elections during the WOEA Spring R.A. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Wayne High School.

     WOEA President
     WOEA Vice President
     WOEA Area 2 Representative
     WOEA Area 3 Representative
     WOEA Area 4 Representative
     WOEA at-Large Representative
     WOEA ESP at-Large Representative
     OEA/WOEA Unit 1 Representative

The term for the WOEA officer positions runs from September 1, 2015, through August 31, 2017. The other positions run from September 1, 2015, through August 31, 2018. Members interested in serving in any of these capacities should submit a letter of intent to the WOEA office by March 1, 2015 in order to appear on the ballot at the Spring R.A. Candidates for the OEA/WOEA Unit 1 position must also submit the OEA form available from the office of Carol Price, pricec@ohea.org. Download Letter of Intent.

State Delegate Declaration of Candidacy

Download this form to declare your candidacy to be a state delegate to the NEA Representative Assembly this year in Orlando, Florida, July 1-6, 2015. This form must be filed no later than January 31, 2015.This is an OEA form. Please be sure to follow the directions carefully and submit to OEA.NOTE: OEA funding is availablee for State at-Large delegates. Download form

Please return the form to:

     Carol Price, Conference/Elections Coordinator
     Ohio Education Association
     P.O. Box 2550
     Columbus, OH 43216


WOEA Scholarship Winners Announced
The NEA ESP Conference to be held March 6 - 8, 2015, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, LA. Scholarship recipients are Merita Adams, Nola Brooks, Frankie Graham, Sandra Hutchinson, Brandy Mullins, Sherri Verdier (all Xenia ESP members),Lori Balmer, Kathy Hammonds, Susan Lanich (all Beavercreek CEA members), and Mary Hargreaves (Educators of MontgomeryCounty). 

The NEA National Summit Leadership Conference will take place February 27, 2015 through March 1, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. Scholarship recipients are: April Braun (St. Marys EA), Marty Hammonds and Brian Shimko (Beavercreek EA members) and Lori Moodie (Dayton EA).

Don't forget WOEA has several opportunities for members - visit the WOEA website regularly!

Holiday Fun at LaComedia - November 16, 2014

94 WOEA members and their guests enjoyed the LaComedia presentation of The Miracle on 34th Street yesterday. As always, the food was wonderful and production very entertaining. This tradition is one WOEA began several years ago to sponsor a member event. Tickets are deeply discounted and offered to WOEA and guests. WOEA members who attend the event are refunded the cost of their ticket. Guest tickets are non-refundable as are all no-shows. We were so fortunate that the weather held out! Make a habit of checking the WOEA website for activities, professional development, scholarships and award opportunities. 

Some of the Beavercreek members who attended the show:
Back row: Kathy Hammonds, Marty Hammonds, Lori Ballweg;
Front row: Lori Balmer and Ammi Haacke.

WOEA Fall Forum - November 12, 2014

WOEA members, OEA officers and board members gathered at Wayne High School for the WOEA Fall Forum. After the OEA briefing, OEA and NEA reports, members attended one of nine workshops. The sessions were very information and many members commented on how they were the best they have attended. Afterwards, everyone met back for closing comments from president Sophia Rodriguez. Doorprizes were given away - eight $50 gift cards and the grand prize, a Samsun Smart Digital Camera with WiFi. The lucky winners are pictured below. A big Thank You to all the presenters and Wayne High School!


OEA 2015 Collective Bargaining Conference Scholarships

The registration fee is $100 per person. This price includes your hotel room for one night (based on double occupancy), all conference materials and two meals. All rooms will need to be guaranteed with a credit card. The scholarship covers the cost of the conference which includes overnight accommodations based on double occupancy (both occupants must be OEA members registered for the conference) for Friday evening ONLY. Members who choose not to share a room with another OEA member will be responsible to pay the remaining half of the double-occupancy room rate which is $142 per night, plus any applicable taxes.

To register for the conference, please visit the OEA website (http://cbconference.ohea.org). Reservations must be made by January 2, 2015.

To apply for a scholarship, complete the online application below. Scholarship recipients will be notified.

Deadline to apply: January 5, 2015

Pre-Retirement Planning Workshops
WOEA-R and WOEA are hosting three workshops for WOEA teachers and ESP's to help them understand the importance of planning for retirement. These workshops are for those considering retirement as well as those recently retired. Click on the flyer to the left for a copy to print and share with others.

At each workshop there will be a representative from STRS, SERS, NEA Member Benefits, and a local attorney. There is NO COST to attend a workshop. This is a member benefit provided to you. Snacks and drinks will be provided but advance registration is needed to plan for food, drink, and materials. The dates and locations of the workshops are below - please note the deadline for registering. You can register online by click on the button below, or you can email woearpat@gmail.com, or call Phil Long at 419-733-6947. If you use email or phone to register, please include your name, phone number, email, district you are retiring from, and whether you use STRS or SERS retirement systems.

December 10, 2014 from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Stivers School for the Arts
1313 E. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402
registration deadline is December 5, 2014
March 11, 2015 from 4:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Preble County Educational Service Center
587 Hillcrest Dr., Eaton, OH 45320
registration deadline is March 5, 2015
March 16, 2015 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Richardson-Bretz Building
Mercer County Civic Foundation
119 West Fulton St., Celina, OH 45822
registration deadline in March 12, 2015