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Have you been in education for 25 years?
Join the Twenty-Five Year Club!
The Twenty-Five Year Club is an organization within the Minnesota
Elementary School Principals' Association. Candidates for membership
must have served as a practicing teacher and/or administrator for a
total of 25 years or more, serving 10 or more of those years as an
elementary/middle level principal. An active elementary/middle school
principal must be a current active MESPA member at the time of
The following principals and retired principals were inducted into the 25 Year club this year at Institute 2013, February 6.
- Gertrude Flowers Barwick, retired, Minneapolis Public Schools
- Teresa Dahlem, principal, Oneka Elementary, White Bear Lake schools
- Stephanie Flickinger, principal, Reede Gray Elementary, Redwood Area Schools
- Gretchen Peel, retired, Osseo Area Schools
- Jean Vogel, retired, Inver Grove Heights Community School
New Retired Principal Position on the MESPA Board of
A proposal by the 25 Year Club to place a retired principal
on the MESPA Board of Directors was approved at the Annual Meeting on February
8 this year. Jim Hoogheem, retired principal from Fernbrook Elementary School
in the Osseo school district, was elected by his retired peers for the first
two-year term. He will begin
serving his term on July 1. Jim,
the Minnesota National Distinguished Principal for 2003, has volunteered his
services to MESPA many times over the years. He was the president–elect and president of North Suburban
division from 1997-1999. The next year Jim was asked to serve as the chair of
the Educational Advisory Committee, a position he held until he retired in
2005. Congratulations, Jim, and
welcome to the Board!
Download an application form here
Schedule of 2012-2013 Twenty-Five Year Club meetings, with a special letter of invitation to the September meeting.
The Constitution of the 25 Year Club was amended at the November 12, 2009 meeting.
Scroll to the PDF below for complete meeting information.
Licensure CEUs from SORLA: June 17-20, 2013.
We all need to pursue continuing education to be able to seek relicensure in Minnesota: 125 continuing education units (CEUs). Of those, we need CEUs in five specific areas: behavior, accommodation/modification, reading, mental health, and technology. South of the River Learning Academy (SORLA) will be offering these and other sessions at their Driven to Learn Conference, June 17-20, 2013 — in Lakeville. Register opens March 25. For full details, visit SORLA.
Outstanding Contributions to Education Award
Jim Hoogheem and Byron Schwab, our 2013 recipients of the Outstanding Contributions to Education award
25 Year Club President
25 Year Club Officers
Effective April 2013
Jeanne Eisenbarth, President
Randy Mediger, President-Elect
Tim Case, Past President
Willie Jackson, Secretary
Bob Lundberg, Treasurer
Michele Brouse, Membership
Dave Abrahamson, Volunteer Coordinator
For photos from the 25 Year Club Social
at MESPA Institute 2012, click here
and scroll down.
2013 Honorees Jim Hoogheem and Byron Schwab
Jim Hoogheem and Byron Schwab share the honor for the 2013 outstanding recipients of the 25 Year Club award, Distinguished Service to Educators.
Jim and Byron will be recognized on February 6 at the annual 25 Year Club Social during MESPA Institute 2013, beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Jim retired from Fernbrook Elementary School in the Osseo district in 2005. Byron retired in 2007 as principal at Pilot Knob Elementary School in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan school district. Both Jim and Byron have served the board of the 25 Year Club as president and past president of the group. Congratulations to you both and thank you for your service.
(Clilck on the link at left to see the agenda for the February 6 meeting.)
Twenty-Five Year Club Revised Consitution
The Constitution of the 25 Year Club was amended
at the November 12, 2009 meeting. Revisions were introduced at the meeting and,
as required by the Constitution, a majority of members present voted to accept
the proposed changes.
The major changes are:
1. Two more positions were added to the board: Membership/Communications
Chair and Volunteer Coordinator. Because the Club members in
these positions have worked closely with Board members the last few years, it
was decided to add the positions to the Board.
2. The term of officers was changed from two years to one year. The shorter term will give more
members the opportunity for leadership roles.
3. There were minor changes in language that updated the 2002 revision.
Please see the Revised Constitution PDF
to the left for a copy.