The Oregon Retired Educators Association (OREA) is open to people who have been connected with the school system in some capacity, not only as teachers but also as aides in the classroom, administrators, bus drivers, school secretaries, custodians, and cooks in school cafeterias. Membership is also open to people who have an interest in the education of children.
State dues are $15 per year. Our newsletter, "The Chalkboard," is published twice a year, in March and in October.
OREA has 17 local units across the state and approximately 700 members statewide. Each year, we hold a state convention, which gives a large number of our members from across the state the chance to connect with one another.
We have one major youth activity, "Start Making A Reader Today" (SMART), and members from every OREA unit are encouraged to participate. As the name indicates, the SMART program is a literacy initiative. It is aimed at students above third grade. Many OREA members volunteer to work with youngsters and serve their communities in many ways.
In addition to our long-standing practice of awarding $2,000 to three gerontology students, many units also give scholarships to students who intend to become teachers. Additionally OREA recognizes members with the following awards for outstanding individual and unit efforts:
Golden Apple Award – A unit award for contributing the highest number of volunteer hours aimed toward literacy in Oregon
Grand Prix Award – A unit award for re-activating or starting a new unit
Hand Award – A unit award for contributing the highest number of volunteer hours
Dorothy Throne Award – A unit award for the unit with the largest percentage increase in membership
Bell Ringer Award – A unit award for an outstanding community-service project
Appreciate Award – An individual award for service to OREA at the state level
Silver Star Award – An individual award for recruiting five or more members
Volunteer Award – An individual award for the member of each unit who has the highest number of volunteer hours
For more information about the Oregon Retired Educators Association, please contact: President Glenna Sams.