NORMAN — Several Cleveland-McClain County area retired educators were among more than 400 members of the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association in attendance at the organization’s annual state convention and House of Delegates in Tulsa on May 17.
Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools.
Founded in 1952, OREA is the recognized voice for Oklahoma’s retired educators, with members and local units in every county of the state.
Members attended a variety of workshops geared to their interests and needs.
Several awards were presented to OREA members and others for achievements and service during the past year.
The House of Delegates, OREA’s legislative body, also met during the convention. Delegates received reports on organizational activities and finances in the last year, considered and acted upon new business items and resolutions, and set organizational dues for the next year.
Delegates heard an update on legislative issues, including efforts to create a permanent revolving account in the State Treasury to gather funds for cost-of-living benefits adjustment for retired educators and other state retirees.
Attending the statewide convention and business meeting from the Cleveland-McClain County area were Polly Christian, Janet and Steven Curtis, Doral Hopper and Sandra Bahan.
“It brought together retired educators from all over the state and taught us new lessons about working together to solve a problem,” said Mary Jane Chiles, of Moore.