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Green Tour: Join the Environmental Concerns Committee on Saturday, April 11, on a tour of Cleveland’s environmentally-friendly sites and the RTA community bus! We’ll meet at the Great Lakes Science Center with a wind energy presentation by LeedCo. We’ll go up to the deck to see the site on the lake as well. Next we’ll see the Cleveland Botanical Gardens urban farm for a tour and a lesson on urban farming. Then we’ll head on over to the Case Western Reserve Solar Array.
   Optional is lunch at pHuel downtown at noon until 1:00 p.m. They’re providing a sampling of their menu for us—still a full lunch—for $13.
   Cost: Registration of $10 per person is due by Friday, April 3. Limited to 30 participants.

NEOEA Scholarships to the OEA Summer Conference: You and your local association can obtain valuable training and save money! OEA will offer its Summer Academy, August 3-5 at the Columbus Hilton Downtown. The theme is “Professionally Speaking: Discover Your Voice. Deliver Your Message.” For more information, see the April issue of Ohio Schools or go to http://oeasummeracademy.ohea.org. (This year’s information should be online by May 1; until then, that website will show last year’s lineup.) The deadline for entries is Monday, April 27.

Leadership Summit: Join us at the NEOEA Leadership Summit on Thursday, April 30. Our topic is Developing Local Capacity for Community Organizing and Political Action. OEA staff will cover new ways to connect community outreach and organizing with political action so that local associations, parents, and community allies can come together and create a better learning environment for all students in our schools. We'll begin at 5:00 with a buffet dinner; the program will begin at 6:00 and end at 7:30. Each local president should attend. Admission is free but registration is required.

Community Involvement Grant: Strengthening the relationship between a local school employee union and its community is a key element in building a strong and successful local association. Nothing cements these relationships like working together to benefit others in the community. Participation in community events also offers affiliates the opportunity to enhance their visibility as vital, contributing members of their communities. Find out more about our Community Involvement Grants.

Ready to do those taxes? Find out how much your dues are tax-deductible at http://www.neoea.org/Dues2014.pdf.

NEOEA Day: Our next NEOEA Day is Friday, October 16, 2015. NEOEA Day represents your dues dollars at work. Attending NEOEA Day programs, most of which provide growth opportunities at lower-than-usual prices, is an excellent way to get some of your NEOEA dues dollars back! For more information, go to: http://neoea.org/NewsDetail.aspx?a=755.

Communications Contest: The NEOEA Public Relations Committee is sponsoring a communications contest--honoring printed and/or electronic newsletters. The award recognizes communications distributed directly to members on a regular basis from local affiliates of all types, including Education Support Professionals, DDs, Career Centers, and Higher Education. Winners are recognized at the fall Representative Assembly and in News and Views. The top entries from small, medium, and large associations will receive a monetary award honoring them for their work. An outstanding printed or electronic newsletter shows a BALANCE IN COVERAGE of news from NEA, OEA, and NEOEA, with special emphasis on local association news.

Retired Spring Conference: Come join our retirees for our annual Spring Conference on Tuesday, May 12. You'll have your choice of sessions:

  • Health Care Utilization,
  • What I Want My Loved Ones to Know,
  • Legislative Update, or
  • Travel Tips for Retirees

  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided; dessert is an ice cream social. After lunch, you'll have the option of visiting the newly-renovated, interactive Canal Exploration Center at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Learn how the canal and lock system influenced Ohio’s growth and see Ohio’s only working lock in action.

    New York, New York! Come join us in New York City on NEOEA Day. Tourmeister Dave Baker has a wonderful line-up of events, including a Broadway show!

    Philadephia and Gettysburg Come join us in Philadelphia and Gettysburg. Tour some of America's most famous historic sites including Dobbin House Tavern, the Gettysburg battlefield, Independence National Historic Park, Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, America’s First Post Office, Betsy Ross House, Battleship New Jersey, a ghost tour of Philadelphia, a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary (home to some of the most notorious criminals such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton), and a guided mural art tour of Philadelphia (world’s largest collection of outdoor public art!

    PlayhouseSquare: Purchase tickets for a discounted rate with a flat $7 handling fee! Go to playhousesquare.org/ceo; enter the promotional code "FAMTIX" and then select "NEOEA". Enjoy!

    Two Great Events at the I-X Center:

  • Auto Rama: "If a piston makes it go -- it's in this show!"
  • Indoor Amusement Park: Rides and shows -- all indoors!
  • President Kim Richards — The State of Education in Our State: What It Means for Us: NEOEA is the largest OEA district association in Ohio. We are a membership of 31,000 dedicated education professionals — elementary and secondary teachers, university professors, DD professionals, and support staffs proudly serving students attending Ohio's public schools and universities in northeast Ohio. NEOEA includes 192 individual locals. Our organization has been in existence for 145 years — nearly as long as OEA and NEA! NEOEA Day — formerly NEOTA Day — was established years ago by teachers to provide professional development for teachers — long before the administrative establishment ever thought of such a thing. We have the most delegates of any representative assembly in any other district in the state. So why am I reciting all of these facts and figures? Because I am compelled to point out an inconvenient truth that goes along with all this.
       To finish this timely article, go to http://neoea.org/NewsDetail.aspx?a=766.

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