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Professional development, conferences, and scholarships are open to all members.
The East Central OEA district serves OEA members in Carroll, Columbiana, Holmes, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne counties.

State testing, constitutional funding, school take-overs, COVID, so much legislation that affects what you do everyday! Here's a chance to talk to the decision makers!
All members are invited to participate in our annual ECOEA legislative event at An Evening with the Legislators, which will be held virtually on Friday, March 5, 2021. Last year's event held on March 6 was likely one of the last in-person outings for many who attended as in the days that followed, the state began to shut down and schools switched to remote learning. It's been a long year since we have been together and we anticipate there will be much to talk about!
We will be hosting the event on Zoom and have invited all the elected Ohio Senators and State Representatives along with the elected State Board of Education members that serve our six-county district. The evening will begin at 6:30 PM and conclude by 8:00 PM.
We have received confirmations so far from the following guests:
  • Senator Kirk Schuring, SD 29
  • Senator Frank Hoagland, SD 30
  • Representative Scott Oelslager, HD 48
  • Representative Thomas West, HD 49
  • Representative Don Jones, HD 95
  • Representative Brett Hillyer, HD 98
  • State Board of Education member Dr. Christina Collins, District 5
  • State Board of Education member Michelle Newman, District 9
Also joining us will be OEA President Scott DiMauro and OEA Vice President Jeff Wensing.
Register now at the button below.
The William and Dolores Quinn Scholarships-
Applications are open now for the Quinn Scholarships honoring our first ECOEA Executive Director William Quinn and his wife Dolores who was the first ECOEA secretary. Mr. Quinn, a teacher and principal in the Canton City Schools, served as Executive Director for 29 years and was one of the founders of ECOEA.
There are two Quinn scholarships:
  • Member Scholarship-open to all members, chosen by lottery drawing from all applicants, this scholarship provides $500 by reimbursement for continuing education in the member's field. It can be used for tuition or conference fees. It may not be used for travel, books, food, or other extraneous expenses.
  • Child of a Member-open to all children of members who are enrolled in a course of study leading to a degree in education. This scholarship of $1,500 is paid directly to the university upon documentation. The scholarship is awarded by lottery drawing from all qualified applicants.
Both scholarship drawings will be held at the April ECOEA Executive Board meeting and awarded at the ECOEA Spring Representative Assembly. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2021. Use the button below to apply.
ECOEA is again offering a spring round of Public Relations Grants to help your local support their community. It's a win-win--your community benefits from your grant and your local benefits with the positive message it sends your community.
To be eligible, your local must have sent elected and sent delegates to the ECOEA RA last year and this must be for a first-time project. The deadline to apply is April 1 and will be awarded at the ECOEA Spring Representative Assembly on April 17.
Internal Organizing Grants of up to $500 are available for locals that elected and sent delegates to the ECOEA RA last year.
Internal Organizing Grants are for the use of the local to engage and retain members through projects within the local. Back-to-School breakfasts, summer picnic, member incentives, T-shirts, meeting attendance rewards, etc. are all reasonable ways to recognize your members by using Internal Organizing funds. Deadline to apply is April 1 and will be awarded at the April 17 ECOEA Spring RA.
February 2021 East Central OEA-Retired Briefs
Kathleen Purdy, OEA-Retired Advisory Council Rep

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3.      Read Across America is just a month away. If you would like to be a reader, please contact Cindy Endres The theme is Diversity. Thank you Cindy for being the ECOEA-Retired lead person through our NEA-Retired Grant.
4.      Sign up for the OEA-Retired Spring Conference because these conferences are always very interesting, informative and affordable. You will be glad that you attended. The COVID pandemic has left many of us wondering if we will be able to continue to reach out to our members. While learning a new skill, such as Zoom, you will realize its benefits to connecting with family, neighbors, clubs and the OEA-Retired/NEA- Retired Conferences which Registration opened February 1. Please read your NEA-Retired periodicals and/or our website at for more information.
5.      Thank you to all that helped to collect STRS Petition signatures for our OEA Endorsed candidates, both active and retired seats. Next, be sure to vote as they are making sure that we receive all of the benefits possible.
6.      The February 3, 2021 OEA Retirement Webinar had good attendance, presenters and participants. The GPO/WEP (Government Pension Offset/Windfall Elimination Provision) presentation by NEA Sylvia Johnson, Ph.D is encouraging Ohioans to contact our State Representatives to support HR 82. This legislation has co-sponsors and need to hear your personal stories concerning the inability to collect your spouses or your Social Security if you are receiving benefits from a state retirement system. Personally, as a result of this present legislation, I am unable to collect any of the Social Security from my husband’s 38 years of paying into it. Congress allows the payment in all but 11 states, including Ohio. Please write or call today.
Kelli Repphun, Jackson Memorial EA and
Levi Kunselman, Wellsville EA
ONE Ambassadors
Welcome back to the Beyond the Classroom professional learning
series designed for early educators. Explore the series offerings
by clicking on the link and register for sessions that are held
on Thursdays and Saturdays. There's still time to sign up for the next session on February 18--Avoid Burnout with Mindful Self-Care and Self-Compassion.
ECOEA is looking for members to present relevant topics at our ECOEA Summer Leadership Workshop this summer. Our Summer Sessions will be held virtually on Thursday mornings and afternoons throughout the month of July. A stipend will be provided to member presenters. Use the button below to submit a title and description of your session for approval. Our members are awesome teachers!
The OEA Foundation provides four different grants to enhance student learning, student achievement, and well-being, as well as promote social justice.
Applications are open for four different grants:
  • Diversity Grants
  • Innovation Grants
  • Whisper Grants for Students in Need
  • Make-A-Wish
See the OEA Foundation website for details and application information
ECOEA Vacancies-
  • ECOEA Unit 1 on the OEA Board of Directors-open to any member from ECOEA Voting Unit 1
  • ECOEA Rep to the OEA Convention Planning Committee-open to any member
Please contact the ECOEA office for more information about these vacant positions.

ECOEA 2021 Expiring Terms
The following offices have expiring terms in 2021. Elections for these positions will be held at the ECOEA Spring Representative Assembly. If you are interested in running for an ECOEA officer position, Executive Committee representative or ECOEA rep to an OEA Committee, please submit a Letter of Intent to the ECOEA Business Manager Valerie Heban no later than March 8, 2021 in order for your name to appear on the ballot. You may submit your Letter of Intent by mail or email.

The following positions and terms of office are:
Officers (two-year terms):
  • ECOEA President (2021-2023) two-year term
  • ECOEA Vice President (2021-2023) two-year term
  • ECOEA Recording Secretary (2021-2023) two-year term

Executive Committee (three-year terms):
  • Columbiana County Rep #1 (2021-2024)
  • Stark County Rep #3 (2021-2024)
  • Wayne County Rep #1 (2021-2024)
  • Minority Rep (2021-2024)
  • ESP Rep #1 (2021-2024)
  • ESP Rep #2 (2021-2024)

ECOEA Representative to OEA Committees (three-year terms):
  • Resolutions Committee (2021-2024)
  • Legislative Committee (2021-2024)
  • Human & Civil Rights Committee (2021-2024)
  • Local Training & Development Committee (2021-2024)
  • Convention Planning Committee-vacancy (2020-2023)

OEA Board of Directors (three-year term)
  • ECOEA Unit 1-vacancy (2020-2023)
  • ECOEA Unit 2 (2021-2024)

Per ECOEA Policy 3.6 Access to Financial Reports-the monthly Executive Committee financial report is available to any member upon request.
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