Spring forward, fall back! Moving our clocks ahead an hour means that spring is on its way! The 2018-2019 year is passing quickly, but during that time we have accomplished much.
At our 2018 convention we voted to add the position of OREA Executive Director, and Paul Zastrow was appointed to assume the responsibilities of that position. Thank you, Paul. Thanks to the efforts of our Criterion Schoolhouse Committee, several repairs have been completed on the school; however, contributions are still needed to finish all of the necessary work. As of this past year, AMBA is offering dental and vision insurance to our Oregon members. AMBA is also overseeing the redesigning of our state website. We endorsed HB 2818, Age Discrimination in the Workplace: and many of our members are actively working on legislative issues in Salem. Several units are partnering with Teachers Brigade to get retirees and other skilled volunteers into our Oregon classrooms. We are indeed striving towards our motto, “To Serve, Not To Be Served!”
In December Paul and I attended the NRTA Leadership Conference in Philadelphia. We met with NRTA staff and other state association leaders, learned about messaging on pensions, and discussed strategies for increasing membership, We were treated to a tour of the many beautiful murals in the “City of Brotherly Love,” and overall had a wonderful time!
Throughout the year I have had the opportunity to visit 9 of our 11 Units and have formed many new friendships. A special thanks to Units 1, 2, 5, 12, 13, 18, 20, 34, and 39 for making me feel at home. It is great to see the impact you are making in your communities through your service projects and volunteer opportunities! To all our Units, let us know what you are doing. Continue to write articles for the Chalkboard, send information to Lona and Paul to be posted on the website, and prepare a project board for our 2019 convention. We want to hear from you!
I look forward to welcoming you to our state convention in Hood River. Please plan to attend. We have a rich history of service and advocacy to celebrate! And Unit 20 has been working hard to make it a fun and enjoyable event! A choice of several wonderful tours is available. We will hear from two great speakers We will look at our newly-designed state website. And thanks to your contributions to the Memorial Board, we will award scholarships to two graduate students studying healthy aging. Check the Chalkboard for more information as to how we will be “Bridging Summits!”
Thank you all for your dedication and outstanding achievements this past year. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your State President!