Educational Office Professionals of Ohio

Collective Forward Momentum

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President's Message

EOPO's President 2014-2016

Collective Forward Momentum: Give It Your All

I work in an office where everyone gives more than 100% all the time. Our goal is to make the academic program at Otterbein University as strong as possible. We look toward the future at how education will impact the lives of our students. We also glance at the past in order to learn from what we have experienced and reflect on the foundational aspects of the university. To accomplish this end, we push a lot of papers, hold a lot of meetings, write a lot of notes, send a lot of communications, and create and enforce a lot of policies. I am proud to work with such a dedicated group of people.

I also want you to know your EOPO Board is committed in this same way. They are focused on making this organization strong, effective, professional, and exciting. We use the steps taken by previous boards as a foundation. We walk into this year encouraged to grow our membership with active participants and provide professional development which meets the varied needs of our members. To this end, we take part in meetings, stay in touch with each other, and prioritize our time to include EOPO. I am proud to work with such a devoted group of people.

Have you ever had one of those days when you are little under the weather or overly tired, and you head to work anyway? You try to give tasks the attention they need, but you just cannot muster the energy. In an environment where my colleagues work so hard, when I am having a slow day, I feel like I am letting them down. The fact that it bothers me when I am not working at full capacity is probably a good thing. There is something in me that makes me want to contribute as much as possible wherever I am.

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There are times though when we are unable to participate at full strength. For example, when I moved to my current position a little over a year ago, not knowing where things were stored slowed down my ability to work efficiently. It takes time to figure out where things are at when you enter a new space. When I first joined the EOPO Board, I asked a lot of questions as I tried to figure out how the organization functioned. In both cases I was determined to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible so I could be a contributing member of the team.

It seems I am wired to always want to do my best, learn new things, and keep moving forward. I know that is not the way everyone works. Some fall back on the phrase “that’s not my job” too easily. Perhaps you even know folks that are just fine with doing an okay job and being mediocre. This school year do not fall into that pattern. Set your sites high on learning new things, contributing more than 100%, and encouraging others to do the same. Do this for the benefit of your school and to further the work of EOPO. And, do it for yourself!

"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected." – Steve Jobs, Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple, Inc.

"Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion." Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why

Sincerely,

Katherine G. H. Reichley, CEOE
President and NAEOP State Membership Chairperson
Educational Office Professionals of Ohio
Asst to the Associate VP for Academic Affairs for Assessment and Accreditation
Office of Academic Affairs
c/o Otterbein University
1 S. Grove St.
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: (614) 823-1173 Fax: (614) 823-1335

Mission Statement:

The Educational Office Professionals of Ohio is dedicated to promoting professionalism through developing skills, enhancing knowledge, and encouraging growth.

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