February Newsletter

RCAEOP Next Meeting

Thursday, March 2nd, 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!

Professional Development Day Update

The Professional Development Day set for April 22, 2023, has been rescheduled to:

Date: April 29, 2023

Time: 8 am- 4 pm

Location: Columbia Place Mall

7201 Two Notch Rd

Columbia, SC 29223

Blanket ‘em with ❤️

As part of our continued community service project, we will provide blankets to Prisma Health Children’s Hospital.

Imagine the comfort a unique blanket brings to a child hospitalized and the added joy that it is theirs to keep. At our February 2nd meeting, we set a goal to deliver 100 blankets to the Child Life Program in March.

Here is how you can help:

  • Donate soft fleecy fabric at least one yard or more in length that can be used to make a blanket.
  • Donate gift cards from Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or Joann Fabrics and we will do the fabric shopping for you.
  • Donate store-bought fleece blankets from Target, Kohl’s, Walmart, and other stores.
  • Knitting or crocheting more your thing? We will happily accept these donated special handmade blankets also.
  • Bring these donations to our meeting on March 2nd.
  • And finally, plan to donate an hour or two of your time on the morning of March 4 between 9 am and noon at the Columbia Place Mall meeting room as we work together over coffee and danishes to make these unique special blankets.

This project will warm the bodies of our children as well as our hearts!

We can exceed our goal if every member commits to at least one blanket!!

Ready to get started now?! Here is an easy step-by-step link:

Professional Perspective

Brought to you by Eronda L. Jackson, CEOE

Fundraising Corner Update

Hey everyone, thank you so much on behalf of the Fundraising Committee for all you have done to support. Here is a list of our accomplishments so far this year.

Our Raffles we’ve had at our RCAEOP Meetings:

September $83.00

October $52.00

November $83.00

December: We had our Holiday Party where we had a 50/50 and made $50.00 and we made $309.75 for Wrapping Gifts at Books-A-Million

January $86.00

February T-shirt fundraiser amount will be announced at our March meeting.

At our RCAEOP Meeting in January, I let everyone know that we only had enough money for

one scholarship and have $336.00 so far for our second (2nd) scholarship. Our goal each year is to give three (3).

We decided to take donations since a lot of members want to contribute but do not have the time to give. So far we have $160.00 in DONATIONS. As of today, we have a total of $823.75 we only need $176.25 more dollars for our second scholarship.

If you would like to make a donation please log onto our RCAEOP Website to do so.

Our fundraisers for the next few months are:

February – Coin Drive (we will collect coins at our March meeting)

March – Tennis Shoes, they are only accepting name-brand tennis shoes (we will continue to collect them at our March & April meetings)

April – 50/50

Thank you again, MaryBeth Gawrys, CEOE

Donation to RCAEOP Scholarship link

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** Important Nominations Needed **

Needing nominations for President-Elect and Vice President. Send your nominations to Paula Rosenberger at prosenbe@richland2.org.

Richland County Association of Educational Office Professionals Scholarship Committee

RCAEOP Scholarship Committee is seeking applicants to apply for 2023. Please feel free to disburse to students who are graduating seniors of any Richland County School District or currently pursuing a 2 or 4-year degree at an accredited institution for higher learning in the state of South Carolina.

The application must be postmarked by March 3, 2023.

Please email the application to: gdempsey@richland2.org

or mail to: Longleaf Middle School Attn:

Giulia Dempsey

RCAEOP Scholarship Committee Chairperson

Longleaf Middle School

1160 Longreen Pkwy

Columbia, SC 29229

If you have any questions please call (803) 738-3240, ext. 13240 or email me at gdempsey@richland2.org

Application Link Below

RCAEOP Member spotlight of the month

Maria Alicia Arias!!!

Let's get to know our member..

How long have you been an RCAEOP Member?

7 years

Wonderful, where are you originally from?

Colombia, S.A.

I'd love to know a little about you.

I graduated with my degree in Airline and Travel Agency Administration in 198; I also got my diploma as a Bilingual Administrative Assistant at Centro Colombo Americano in Colombia, South America. I chose that field of study because I’ve always been interested in knowing different parts of the world. I am an active volunteer at my church, and I love to help and serve others when they need it.

What are your passions?

Travel and serve others.

What others say about Maria..

"Maria is always gracious and smiling. She has such positive energy and truly loves her family. She is a role model for professionalism to those around her. "

"Maria is very supportive of others and a team player. You can count on her to be there for everyone and assist with anything. She is so humble and kind with all."

Have a member you wish to spotlight?

You may click here or scan QR Code below Please note we can't highlight someone unless you submit it :-)

Mindfulness in the Workplace

We live in a beautiful world. As our society advances and evolves we have the chance to see incredible growth individually, in those around us, and in our community. With this, however, comes an increase in tension, stress, and more challenging situations to navigate through.

Mindful meditation in the workplace has been proven to improve work performance, personal relationships, and health. Just 5 minutes of deep breathing, reflection, and tension release can work to decrease stress and increase overall productivity.

There are many great videos and audio out there to try. The following button below is 5 minute one brought to you by Blocker Yoga.

Upcoming Conferences/Professional Developments To Look For

South Carolina Association Of Educational Office Professionals, Inc. 41st Annual Conference

February 16 - 19, 2023

Hyatt Regency
220 N. Main St.,
Greenville, SC 29601

Check out SCAEOP's Website for additional information.

Virtual Summit

Skills for the 21st Century
February 21 & 23, 2023

NAEOP is pleased to share with you our February Virtual Summit. The theme for this summit is “Skills for the 21st Century” scheduled on February 21 & 23, 2023, consisting of 6 hours of in-service, offered in two 3 hour sessions. Speakers Rik Barrera and Paul Casey will present the sessions.

The registration fee for the February Summit is $100.00. NAEOP members receive a 50% discount for a total cost of $50.00. The sessions will be recorded and extended to registered participants for up to 30 days after the session, if unable to participate in the live sessions.

A special thank you to the NAEOP Foundation for their financial support with the Virtual Summit.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the NAEOP office at staff@naeop.org.

NAEOP Virtual Summit

Spring Edition: Skills for the 21st Century (click here)

2023 NAEOP Annual Conference

Omaha, NE

July 16-19, 2023

The 2023 NAEOP Conference promises to touch on every aspect of our association’s mission in formal and informal ways. You will have the opportunity to L.E.A.R.N. each day you attend.

Leadership: Participate on a committee and in Advisory Council to make an impact

Education: Learn and grow in breakouts, and other wonderful events

Achievement: Attain milestones on your Professional Standards Program (PSP) journey

Recognition: Join in acknowledging the great work of individuals and affiliates

Networking: Connect with people in similar roles and settings from across the country

Our planning committee looks forward to welcoming you to Omaha, NE, July 16-19, 2023, to explore your potential, see our association at work, and enjoy this special conference location.


NAEOP Annual Conference

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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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