Retired Principals of MESPA (RPM)

Welcome to the Retired Principals of MESPA (RPM) web page. Check back often for upcoming event details, photos, and more!

2017–18 Events:

Sep 28, 2017 (11:30am): Stillwater Boat Cruise
Nov 9, 2017 (10:00pm): Meet with State Legislators and State Capital Tour
Feb 7-9, 2018: MESPA Institute and RPM Reception
Apr 25, 2018 (10:00am): "Still Dance the Stars" Performance

Questions about RPM? Contact the MESPA office for more information: 651.999.7310 

RPM Board Directory

Click here to see the 2017–2018 RPM Board Directory. On the directory you'll find the names and contact information for all MESPA RPM board members.

 The Retired Principals of MESPA had a fun outing at CHS Stadium, new home of the the St. Paul Saints baseball team. 

2017–18 Membership Dues

As a retired principal, you can maintain your MESPA membership for $43, with many benefits. All membership renewal has been moved online this year. Please log in above with your username (email) and password (you can set your own)!

RPM local dues are $10.00, which defray the cost of supplies, printing, postage, speaker fees, and other items. We look forward to connecting with you through your active membership in both MESPA and RPM.

RPM local dues can be made out to RPM and paid directly to: Byron Schwab, Treasurer, 98 Teresa Drive, West St. Paul, MN 55118.

September 2016 Outing: Retired Principals of MESPA view the new Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis! 

After meeting at the Minnesota Department of Education and learning about early childhood education, RPM enjoy a nice lunch at Stout's.


Gordy Nelson was the star of the day at the RPM St. Paul Saints stadium outing. He took to the batting cage and hit some 100mph sluggers (or so the rumor goes)!

RPM on the MESPA Board

A proposal by RPM to place a retired principal on the MESPA Board of Directors was approved at the Annual Meeting on February 8, 2013.

Representing his retired colleagues beginning July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2019 is Randy Mediger. Randy retired in 2010 from Waterville Elementary in the Waterville-Elysian-Morristown school district.

Randy replaces Byron Schwab, retired principal from Pilot Knob Elementary in the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan school district. Thank you, Byron, for your service the past two years!

Retired Principals of MESPA (RPM)

What is RPM?   
It is the acronym for Retired Principals of MESPA. It reflects the name change from 25 Year Club and minor changes in the bylaws that were approved by membership at the MESPA Institute February 5, 2014.

Why the changes?  

Increasingly, retired principals are staying active and looking for ways to contribute to the field of education.  As the numbers of retired principals continue to grow each year, it is perceived that the purpose of the group should be more defined, focused and visible.   Thus, the intent of the changes is to:

  • Reflect a broader, more enhanced purpose for the group.
  • Enhance our communication with MESPA and
  • Serve as an active and vital resource to MESPA, i.e. assisting and volunteering in a variety of ways such as special projects, mailings etc...
How things are the same and what is different? 

The 25 Year Club infrastructure remains intact and consists of four important components for operating as RPM.

  • First, we will continue to have four meetings a year with social events, speakers, and many opportunities for networking. 
  • Second, we will continue to honor and recognize people who have retired from the elementary principalship from the previous year at the RPM meeting during the MESPA Institute.
  • Third, we will continue to annually recognize outstanding contributions to education through a Distinguished Service to Education Award.
  • Fourth,  there is a  continual option to maintain MESPA and RPM Membership.
MESPA is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

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