Build Your Team, Plan Your Year - It’s Your Time

When: June 10- 11
Where: Columbus Airport Marriott, 1375 N Cassady Ave

Members may choose to attend a Monday training session, or the Tuesday retreat, or both.

Register here, no later than May 31:

Monday June 10

1:30 pmRegistration
2 pm – 5 pmTraining sessions
5:30 pmDinner and OTES changes panel discussion

Tuesday June 11

8:30 pmRegistration
9 am – 5 pmRetreat

Monday Registration options:
• New Officers Training – for Presidents and VPs with 3 years or less experience. 2pm - 5pm (with breakout topics for ESPs)
• New Treasurers Workshop – Training for newer Local Treasurers. 2pm - 4pm.
• Experienced Treasurers Workshop – Our traditional annual offering of for experienced Local Treasurers. 4pm -5pm
• Association Building Rep Training – Training for new and experienced Association Building Reps. 2pm - 5pm
Experienced Presidents are encouraged to attend either the Treasurers workshop with their treasurer or the Rep Training.

Tuesday Registration options:
• Local Retreat – Local teams are free to work on building their teams and planning for the year ahead. 9am - 5pm. (Registration at 8:30am)

You may also elect to attend the Dinner at 5:30pm on Monday, during the registration process.

Members attending this retreat will be awarded the requisite number of professional development contact hours.

This retreat is free for all members.

If you are attending a Monday training session AND staying for the retreat AND live more than 30 miles from the hotel you may book a hotel room. use this link no later than May 31. Only 1 member per room needs to book. For reimbursement, submit voucher and receipt. Full reimbursement is for double occupancy. Single occupancy will be reimbursed at half the hotel rate.

On a three-year rotating basis, Central OEA/NEA will provide locals with a laptop (PC/Windows based) or iPad to assist with organizing and communicating with their members. To receive a laptop, a local officer must complete the Technology Award online registration by October 2 AND have a local officer present at the November All Area Meeting to pick it up. If a local officer cannot attend the All Area Meeting, the laptop will not be awarded.

You can apply here.

Please note: Computers will no longer be provided through Growth and Development Grants.

The Local Emergency Grant Program was created by a new business item at the Spring RA to assist local associations with projects of an immediate or emergency nature. Community initiatives like school district levy or bond campaigns are examples of activities that align with the intended target of these grants.

These grants should not focus on leadership development or other association building initiatives which should be addressed in a Growth and Development Grant proposal.

Grants will be awarded on an as needed basis. The grant will be a one-time award and the awarded grant will be for one year or less.

The grant will be paid on a reimbursement basis. All expenditures must be submitted on the Local Emergency Grant voucher form. The voucher will require a separate page for each proposed goal and include:
  • a brief narrative of the activities for the specific goal;
  • the date/s the activities were completed;
  • an itemization of the individual expenditures for goods or services for the specific goal;
  • the itemized cost/s of the purchased items or services;
  • and, an attached sheet bearing the original receipts verifying the delineated expenditures.
Per Central vendor policy, unionized firms or suppliers, if available, shall provide goods or services.

The information provided in this reimbursement report is vital to the continuing improvement of the Local Emergency Grant Program; it will enable Central to assist in providing other local associations with examples of grants that correctly align with this grant.

If a local has a special need to receive grant funds prior to completion of an activity, advancement of grant funds will be considered upon request. Priority will be given to first time applicants, but this does not prohibit locals applying yearly for new projects.

Click here to complete the online Local Emergency Grant application.

Click here to go to the Documents Library where you will find the Grants Folder containing the Local Emergency Grant Voucher forms.

Central's Local Participation Award Program is intended to build stronger, better-informed locals by rewarding active participation in Central’s programming, along with meeting other defined criteria. Locals that meet all nine (9) required criteria (see below) will earn a total award of $800 annually. An initial awards payment will be made to local associations in January, with the balance of the award paid in June.

Qualifying Events: Locals will be awarded for:
  • Attend each of 2 Area Meetings --$50 each; $100 total
  • Attend & Vote @ both OEA RAs --$100
  • Attend & Vote @ Central RA --$100
  • Attend OEA Treasurers’ Workshop --$50
  • C & B Compliance --$50
  • Producing & submitting 4 or more local newsletters --$100
  • Meeting your OEA FCPE goal --$50
  • Membership: 90%+ or increase by 3% --$150
  • Elect full complement of delegates to OEA RA --$100
Online registration via Central's web site is mandatory for tracking local association attendance at events and determining monetary awards.

Member Communication/Newsletter
Quarterly newsletters shall go out to all local members and share from the following suggestions along with any local news:
1. Central, OEA and/or NEA upcoming events for: PD, leadership development, diversity training, lobbying, FCPE drive, RA news, etc.
2. Local tidbits: such as meeting dates and places, a “contractual right of members”, something positive about one or more member or local committee
3. Share with your local’s newsletter editor that s/he should send a digital copy when sending to your members to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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