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EOPO Board Meeting: October 8, 2020
October 08, 2020 | 4:00 PM

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EOPO 2020 Conference - Save the Date

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October 09, 2020 | 8:00 AM

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Welcome to EOPO

Welcome to the EOPO website!  We are proud of our new look, but still getting used to finding the important information.  Let me help you find a few key items.

  • About includes the list of board members as well as historical EOPO information. Board members have generic email address that forwards to their work email.
  • Join contains the membership information. You can submit your application and renew memberships online now.  Online credit card payments are also accepted.
  • Awards and Scholarships includes the current application forms. For 2019-20 the deadlines will remain the same as in past years.
  • Events will include information about our fall conference and board meetings. Check back often for updates.


Thank you for your patience as we make this transition.  Welcome to EOPO!  May we unite our superhero efforts this year to make EOPO stronger!

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Superheroes Move from Circumstances to Hope

Spring is the season of “pomp and circumstance,” but perhaps this spring we had more “circumstances” than “pomp.” Graduations were done virtually or diplomas were simply mailed.  Events were cancelled or postponed, and even family gatherings went by the wayside. We stumbled through a difficult spring learning to work from home and watching loved ones who are essential workers head out the door into unknown circumstances (wearing their face coverings). And, more recently, our country has woken again to the reality that life is not fair or equal for all and some groups of people have it rougher than the general public knows. Our circumstances are calling us to do life differently.

We have adjusted to new ways of life and expanded our ideas of normal. We have gone above and beyond anything we could have dreamed or imagined at this time last year.  Some of the superhero tasks we have tackled included the following:

  • Planting a garden for the first time ever or in a long time.
  • Scheduling professional development time and following through.
  • Taking classes in order to start or finish a degree.
  • Sewing face coverings in your spare time to donate to those in need.
  • Checking on at-risk neighbors and picking up their groceries while you were out.
  • Cleaning your house and organizing in new ways with unused items going to charity.
  • Volunteering in ways to support your community and those who are struggling.
  • Using your porch to read a book for pleasure or picking up a craft again.
  • Connecting with people to let them know how much you appreciate them.

 

Superheroes refuse to stay put and let circumstances parade by. They must come to the rescue and help out. Superheroes disguised in the everyday clothes of educational office professionals have a calling on their lives to jump in and make life better for students, colleagues, schools, and society. I challenge you to take this calling seriously and make plans for a hope filled future by starting to look down the road to see what might be ahead. Take the things you have learned the last few months and act on them as you prepare to go back to school.

One of the things for me is to stop for lunch and get away from my computer and office. Another thing is professional development is time well spent for me and my employer. A job-related one-hour webinar or 30 minutes spent reading a professional book or article makes you a better employee. This kind of work can be done on work time so schedule it and share what you learn with others as a way to encourage them to keep growing. In the last few weeks, I did a voiceover PowerPoint video and started using Adobe Sign. I am sure this will not be the last time I do these things, and my colleagues now want to learn how to use document signing.

Circumstances have left many people feeling fearful, angry, and uncertain. And, in all honestly, I have had those feelings on several occasions. But, I can’t let myself stay in that spot. I need to be hopeful that I can grow and learn through challenges, hopeful my school can be a safe place for everyone, and hopeful society can recalibrate, so every person feels included. When you are asked to contribute to the return to work decisions, participate thoughtfully and with others in mind. When you get invited to attend a seminar on ways to address systemic racism, volunteer enthusiastically and ask colleagues to come along. When you find someone having a bad day, smile and encourage them.

Being a superhero is about leaving situations better than when you found them. Being a superhero is about knowing you can make a difference. Being a superhero is about bringing hope to yourself and others. As your EOPO President, I have faith in each of you to reach beyond the circumstances and widely distribute hope this year. We can do this together.

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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 

 

Mission Statement:

The Educational Office Professionals of Ohio is dedicated to promoting professionalism through developing skills, enhancing knowledge, and encouraging growth.