November Newsletter

RCAEOP Next Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 1st, 5pm

7201 Two Notch Road

Columbia, SC

** In-person Meeting at Columbia Place Mall **


Meetings back in person!

Renew or become a member today by utilizing our fillable form on the website. You can even pay through the website.

You can also access the membership form via the QR Link to the left. Feel free to download and send to anyone interested.

Still not sure? Come to the next meeting to see what we're about!


Office Professional of the Year

Bridget Bookert, CEOE, Office Professional of the Year 2022-2023!

Meet the Administrator of the Year

Libby Roof, RCAEOP Administrator of the Year 2022-2023!

Wish them both luck as both candidates will be submitted to SCAEOP for a chance to win at the State level.

A Winner Every Meeting!

October 6th Raffle Ticket Winners are Darlene Montgomery, CEOE, and Laurie Cannon, CEOE!! Darlene and Laurie won Kohl's gift cards just in time for some early holiday shopping!

Feeling lucky?!

At each RCAEOP meeting, we will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win great door prizes. Tickets are $1.00 each or $5.00 for 6 tickets. Remember all funds collected will go toward our scholarships!

Professional Perspective

Brought to you by Eronda L. Jackson, CEOE

2022-23 RCAEOP T-shirt's are available to purchase!

The Fundraising Committee is selling new RCAEOP T-shirts for the month of November. ALL proceeds (between $3.00 - $4.00) will go toward our scholarship fund.

The T-shirts are made of soft material and the Fundraising Committee choose to include this year's theme on the back.

The sizes and the cost of the T-shirts are as follows:

Small - XL $20.00, 2XL will be $22.00, and 3XL will be $23.00.

Please contact Marybeth Gawrys, at mgawrys@richland2.org if you have any questions.

You may purchase them on our RCAEOP Website or Click here to order

NOTE: We will plan to wear these at the SCAEOP Conference in February for our traditional group picture on Sunday morning, February 19th.

What is NAEOP?

Are you a member of NAEOP? Maybe you have questions or concerns about NAEOP that are stopping you from joining. Now is your chance to submit those questions to Bridget Bookert, CEOE, and RCAEOP's Office Professional of the Year. Bridget is on the 2023 NAEOP Conference speakers planning group and one of the requested breakout sessions this year for the NAEOP Conference was to learn basic information about NAEOP.

If there is anything that you would like to know about NAEOP, please submit your question to Bridget by November 18th at bridget.bookert@richlandone.org. If you want to know, I'm sure someone else is wanting to know the exact same thing. ALL questions are welcome as we "learn together".

Community Service Projects

Community Service is an integral part of our Association. Everyone is included in all our initiatives. I am hoping we can look into some volunteer opportunities with the charities that support Children's Hospital. If anyone has any ideas, please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly at vmcintyr@richland2.org or my cell (803)447-3277.


The Child Life program provides activities to children staying in the hospital for long-term illnesses.

On October 7th, individually wrapped snacks and food were delivered to the Ronald McDonald house in Columbia in support of SCAEOP's community service project.

On October 25, Halloween costumes, candy, and even trick-or-treating buckets were delivered to the Child Life Program at Prisma Health Children's Hospital in Columbia. There were enough costumes for eight inpatient children to participate in a reverse trick-or-treat event.

A BIG thank you to all those that participated!

We will continue to support SCAEOP's community service project by collecting pop tops and throughout January leading up to the SCAEOP conference in February. Donations are being collected for the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville.

Holiday Toy Drive

There are already many worthy charities our members support during the Holidays. We do not want to deflect from those causes but would love your consideration and support for our 2022 Toy Holiday Drive!

Being stuck in the hospital over the holidays can be tough so during the months of November and December, we will accept donations of new toys or games to give to the Child Life Program at Prisma Health to help spread Christmas joy. Hint: For older children, it has been brought to our attention that they LOVE gift cards of any amount they can spend right from their room.

Not sure what to purchase nor have time to shop but want to help? No problem! You may also provide a monetary donation for us to purchase for you! Please try and provide toys by or at the next meeting on December 1st.

For more information or to donate please contact Vickie McIntyre at vmcintyr@richland2.org.

Please take a moment to watch the video below to get a better understanding of what we do to help make a meaningful impact for the children at Prisma Health-Richland.

Prisma Health Christmas parade
Big picture

RCAEOP Member spotlight of the month

Joy Adams!!

Let's get to know our member..

How long have you been a RCAEOP Member?

Since 04/10/2014

Over 8 years that's wonderful! Where are you originally from?

Columbia, SC

Glad we were able to keep you local! Tell me a little about yourself.

I'm an individual who finds it rewarding to connect with others, to encourage, to share, to help, and to assist as we walk life’s journey together. Family-oriented, parent of three adult children. Educationally, I hold both an AS degree and BA degree from the University of South Carolina, along with over 30 years of office professional services.

You are a true asset to RCAEOP! What passions are important to you?

Connecting with others to build relationships, creative writing, decor, and DIY’s.

What others say about Joy...

"Joy is the definition of professional. She is always affable, soft-spoken, and dressed to impress. Joy doesn't know a stranger and is always willing to step in to assist. She is one of the most humble and kind-hearted people there is."

Professional Development Hours Reminder

Recently Richland Two School District held a Staff Development Session geared towards the registrar position, communication, organization, and time management skills. Remember staff development hours such as this can count towards your CEOE and PD hours!

Fall Find to Make and Enjoy

Sausage and Corn Chowder

6 servings

From Thymes Remembered, The Junior League of Tallahassee, FL

1 lb mild bulk sausage

1 lg onion, chopped

3 lg potatoes, peeled and cubed

2 tsp salt, or to taste

½ tsp pepper

1 tsp dried basil

2 c water

1 (17 oz) can cream-style corn

1 (16 ½ oz) can whole kernel corn, drained

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

  • Shape sausage into a large patty and brown for 5 minutes on each side in a large skillet.
  • Drain off fat and break sausage into pieces.
  • Put sausage pieces into a soup kettle.
  • Return 2 tbs of fat to the skillet and sauté onions
  • Add onions, potatoes, salt, pepper, basil, and water to a soup kettle.
  • Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in corn and evaporate milk.
  • Cover and heat thoroughly.

Submitted by Georgina Hance, CEOE

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The mission of RCAEOP is to promote a high degree of integrity, professionalism, pride, teamwork, and respect of its diverse membership through networking, information, and educational opportunities.


RCAEOP strives to elevate the standards of office professionals in education by the exchanging and pooling of information, ideas and ideals, and by providing professional growth activities, thereby increasing the ability of office personnel to contribute to more positive educational experiences for students.

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