Today, Ohio delegates held their first caucus in Atlanta. For this caucus, the time is adjusted a little later (7:30) so that people can “ease in” to the early morning routine of the RA days (7:00).
Whether it’s at 7:00 or 7:30, that gavel time isn’t the starting time for most delegates. Many volunteers are there a half hour or more before the caucus begins: in this case, the early bird gets the danish.
Delegates heard from some candidates for NEA office, endorsed Pam Mikkelson of Minnesota for an ESP Director-at-large position, heard from Tim Dedman, NEA Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region (which includes Ohio), and received a briefing by telephone from OEA Governmental Relations staff on the biennial budget signed over the weekend.
Immediately after the Ohio caucus adjourned, NEOEA President Mary Alice Conkey called NEOEA’s delegates together for a brief caucus. Delegates got gift bags with goodies, courtesy of her.
After that, people had more things to do. Many went to the Convention Center for a special presentation called “Empowering Educators to Lead: A Day of Innovation, Inspiration, and Invitation.” Mary Alice made the poster!
Tomorrow’s caucus will feature elections for Ohio’s six members of the NEA Resolutions Committee, and then of course a trip to the RA for its first day.
We start early in the morning tomorrow, so we’ll keep today’s entry brief and stop there.