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The Educational Office Professionals of Ohio (EOPO) welcomes you to our website. EOPO is a professional organization for all educational office personnel in Ohio, particularly office support personnel. It is not a bargaining unit and does not enter into negotiations with any educational system.

May we unite our superhero efforts this year to make EOPO stronger!

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Surprise!

When is the last time you had a nice surprise?  I hope it was recently.  Did a card arrive from someone that was unexpected?  Did you go somewhere and have a better time than you planned?  Did you call someone to ask a question and ended up having a great conversation you did not want to end?  We recently opened our weekly county newspaper to find a 64-page puzzle book with word searches, mazes, coloring pages, and more.  What a wonderful surprise.  My husband was even excited about the fun in store for us.

When is the last time you were able to surprise someone else?  We are still under varying levels of separation, but there are still ways we can reach out and touch into the lives of others.  My parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in December.  Since we could not gather to celebrate, my brother and I opted for a card shower.  We did not let my parents know about the card shower until their anniversary.  They received so many wonderful cards and letters.  It was great to hear them talk about the people they heard from and the memories attached to those people.  They even got a beautiful plaque from the State of Michigan which was even a surprise to me.

During this time, we may need to look harder for positive surprises or life occurrences.  We also need to be more intentional about encouraging them to happen.  You might think you do not have space in your life for one more thing.  But, surprises can happen while you are going through your daily routine.  Smile and say positive things to the grocery store cashier or bagger.  Order a meal from a local restaurant and leave a bigger than normal tip.  Buy some stamps and start mailing cards to friends and family members.

Be surprised and surprise others in the weeks to come.  I know you can do it.

P.S.  In between writing this message and sending it off for the newsletter, I received a surprise at the grocery store.  A manager gave me a free dozen of red velvet cupcakes.  The cashiers said they had a few people come through with the same surprise gift.  Wow, surprises can be everywhere.

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Sincerely,

Katherine G. H. Reichley, CEOE
President
Educational Office Professionals of Ohio
Academic Assessment and Accreditation Specialist
Office of Academic Affairs
c/o Otterbein University
1 S. Grove St.
Westerville, OH  43081
USA
Phone: (614) 823-1173  Fax: (614) 823-1335 

 

Hope in the New Year!

We head into 2021 with a wide variety of emotions. Some of you are excited to flip the calendar and ready to welcome 2021 with open arms. Your list of resolutions has been created and you are now working on your SMART goals and milestone markers. Some of you are still finishing up the 2020 to-do list or dealing with life changes brought on by COVID. You are sad or confused over losses, and even after the holiday break, you are tired and weary. These seem like opposites or extremes, and we float from one end of the spectrum to the other on any given day or even from moment to moment. Please know I am not reading your mind but sharing from my personal experiences.

In August, I did a favor for someone. It took me less than an hour and was totally within my abilities; no stretching needed. In response, this person sent me two copies of the book “Ripples of Hope:  Wisdom for Navigating Uncertainty” by Paul Wesselmann.  I gave one copy to a teacher friend who was heading back to school soon. She had a lot of concerns about a healthy way to begin the school year so I thought she could use a little extra hope. The other I put on the shelf after flipping quickly through the pictures... until recently. Although this is a book you can read in a few hours, it is one you will want to reference as time and life goes along because we always have room for more hope in our lives.

Some people have a practice of assigning a word to their year or forecasting a word for the coming year. For example, a few weeks ago, I heard a pair of DJs talking and one word they decided to assign to 2020 was “essential.” They went on to explain how it made them think of essential workers, supplies, and even essential aspects of faith. Their assessment of 2020 resonated with me. As I think about 2021 and envision where I want to be in the new year, my mind keeps coming back to the word “hope.”  Maybe this is why I am also still watching Hallmark channel and feel-good movies even after the holidays are over.

Paul Wesselmann looks at many of the complex aspects of the simple word hope in his book. Chapter 7 focusses on how we can activate hope through his main idea that “hope is a verb” (p. 82). As a reminder, verbs require action so hope implies we need to get moving or keep moving. Here are a few thoughts:

  • Look back at times when you relied on hope to get you through a situation. From this, know hope can walk you through the current situation.
  • Reach out to others for support. Be willing to share your story with others even the painful and hurtful parts.  Look together for hope.
  • Focus where you want to be down the road and how you want life to look. You may need to let go of some ideals and incorporate being gentle with yourself.


Some of you may already be motivated to head into 2021 with your best selves, heads held high, and ready to meet all your goals. But many of us might still be trying to gather enough strength to get out of bed, pack a somewhat nutritious lunch, and limp through another workday. Consider adding more hope to your days even in small measure both to inspire yourself and others. Hope can be a smile, an encouraging word, or even gathering our courage for something bigger. I am confident you can have a great 2021 while growing and spreading hope.

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Sincerely,

Katherine G. H. Reichley, CEOE
President
Educational Office Professionals of Ohio
Academic Assessment and Accreditation Specialist
Office of Academic Affairs
c/o Otterbein University
1 S. Grove St.
Westerville, OH  43081
USA
Phone: (614) 823-1173  Fax: (614) 823-1335 

 

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