Welcome to EOPO
This has been a long, interesting, unusual, and, at times, a difficult Ohio winter. This winter has presented us with many challenges. Spring is very welcome! Spring makes me think of new growth and the dormant seeds struggling to break through the soil and survive. The seeds, like us, overcome challenges and difficulties but endure.
Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha, author of Overcoming the Challenges of Life, says "Every challenge you encounter in life is a fork in the road. You have the choice to choose which way to go - backward, forward, breakdown or breakthrough."
With our super charged jobs and lives, we constantly have to deal with problems or forks in the road. If it is a simple challenge, usually your gut instinct takes over and the situation is quickly resolved. But if it is an extremely difficult challenge, you may have to make a plan to solve the problem and to achieve the best results. Identify your challenge and the reason it seems so difficult for you. Research what you have identified as your challenge. Usually someone else has already faced the situation and has solved the problem or has an idea of how the challenge may be solved. Set a goal and a time frame to have the situation solved or under control. Bounce ideas or solutions off a friend or family member. Sometimes you have to walk away, meditate, sleep on it, or start your plan over. But remember - never give up. Persevere!
When I took the position of president, the greatest challenge for me was writing the quarterly articles. After three terms and numerous articles, I am less anxious then I was in the beginning. For each article, I must follow the steps I have created in the previous paragraph to complete the task at hand. Also, I wouldn't have completed any of the articles without the support of my family. They have given me ideas, proofed my articles, and constantly supported me. For their encouragement, I am forever grateful.
EOPO is a rewarding organization. Our members have helped me with professional growth and development; taught me new skills and techniques; and welcomed me with friendship and support. Please consider joining us at one of our Spring or Fall conferences or one of our board meetings.
I leave you with this thought -
“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's a day you've had everything to do and you've done it.” ― Margaret Thatcher
Bonnie J. Armitage
Educational Office Professionals of Ohio
c/o Otsego Elementary
18505 Tontogany Creek Road
Tontogany, OH 43565
Phone: 419-823-4381 Fax: 419-823-1703
Mission Statement: The Educational Office Professionals of Ohio is dedicated to promoting professionalism through developing skills, enhancing knowledge, and encouraging growth.
The EOPO website was created by our webmaster, Michele Newton, CEOE, while attending Kent State University as a graduate student.