Nominate A Deserving OPEA Member or Chapter Today
OPEA members and chapters exhibiting exceptional dedication to OPEA’s mission will be honored at this year’s annual convention during the awards luncheon. Three individual awards and one chapter award will be announced. Nominations are currently being accepted for the following awards. In this, our association’s 40th year, we encourage OPEA members to submit the names of chapters and members for our annual awards.
Gaines Stout Award - Member of the Year
Pat Hall Award - Volunteer of the Year
Past Presidents Award - Retiree of the Year
Art Jackson Award - Chapter of the Year
Criteria for the awards can be found in the most recent edition of The Advocate and nominations must be received by OPEA no later than 5 p.m. on July 15h and may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Dixie Jackson, OPEA, 13 NE 28th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. You may also contact Dixie for more informatin about the awards. Help make sure that hard working OPEA members and chapters get the recognition they deserve.
Want To Be An OPEA Leader?
Consider Running For A Regional Director Position
Members in Regions One, Three, Five, Seven, Nine and Eleven, as well as retirees in the western sections of Oklahoma, will have the opportunity to help guide the future of OPEA as elections for Regional Directors will be held.
“We urge any member who is interested in working with us as a Regional Director to consider running,” said OPEA Executive Director Sterling Zearley. “Our association needs leaders who will take an active role in organizing members in their part of the state and help guide OPEA as a whole.”
The most important function of a Regional Director is to network with OPEA members in their region and work with them to develop a strong local presence for OPEA. They work with other members to help the association grow and to develop and strengthen local chapters.
“OPEA is most effective at the capitol and with state agencies when we have strong local leaders and chapters. We need leaders in OPEA who will take time to develop relationships with other OPEA members in their region and grow our association,” Zearley said. “We also need them to build relationships with their legislators.”
“We get a lot done in the board meeting but we have a lot of fun too,” Zearley said of the board of directors. “They are a great bunch of people who come from different backgrounds and experiences. Everyone brings their own unique perspective to the table.:
The Regional Directors from across the state also comprise the OPEA Board of Directors. The board works with OPEA staff to conduct the association’s business as well as develop its policy and bylaws. They meet approximately eight times a year on Saturdays in Oklahoma City and also attend OPEA statewide events, such as days at the Capitol and convention. Occasionally as OPEA leaders, the directors are asked to contact their lawmakers about special OPEA issues.
To serve as an active state employee regional director, the candidate must be an active state employee and live in the region’s boundaries. They must also have been an OPEA member for one year prior to the election and cannot have been a member of a competing organization for two years. To serve as the west retiree director, the candidate must be a retired member of OPEA and live in the west region. The term of office for these positions will be January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.