Members Can Be Winners

Hey, MAEOP members, if physical distancing has got you feeling like you’re missing a little bit of your summer sunshine, MAEOP is here to help.

Starting today, MAEOP members in good standing are eligible to win prizes through monthly drawings. These are prizes purchased for the now-cancelled 2020 state conference, and, well — can you say “COVID?”

Board Secretary Carol Schmitz dreamed up the idea, since she needs the space in her closets. You might win, and she definitely will win (closet space, that is).

Claim Your Prize

One name will be drawn monthly and posted to the MAEOP website. Members will be notified by email telling them to check the MAEOP website. If your name is listed, you have 1 week to email Carol Schmitz to claim your prize and give her your home mailing address.

Tell Us About Yourself

Any other catches? Oh, yes! For a new feature on getting to know our members, email Diane Vosen this information:

  • Your name, nickname
  • Employer/city
  • Position and time in position or with employer
  • Favorite tech tip or tool
  • Hobbies
  • Hometown and high school graduated from
  • Education certificates and degrees, including CEOP or other designations
  • Favorite vacation memory or destination
  • Family, pets
  • One other tidbit few people will know about you
  • A picture! A really good picture of you, or that favorite vacation memory, with your pet or family, or doing that favorite hobby. Or of your desk, school, and so on. (Really, we all need to see some new faces right now.)

MAEOP Cancels 2020 Conference

The MAEOP Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s MAEOP State Conference & Business Meeting October 7-9, 2020 in Crosslake as a result of the current regulations and restrictions concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. The health, safety, financial stability, and possible changes to the 2020-2021 school year were the main reasons for this decision. 

The MAEOP Board’s goal is to rise above this pandemic and put together an energetic, educational and motivating conference in October 2021 and we look forward to seeing you all there! As soon as we know more details regarding the 2021 fall conference, we will keep you updated. 

Please stay safe, healthy and enjoy your summer!


Give Input on MAEOP Fall Conference

The MAEOP Board of Directors has been reviewing options for the 2020 state conference scheduled October 9-11 at Whitefish Lodge near Crosslake, given the current state of COVID. Members are asked to share in this brief survey their thoughts and plans for attending.


Get More Out of Outlook

If you’re a Microsoft Outlook user, it’s easy to rely on what you know rather than make time to refresh your learning for new functionalities. You’re out of excuses. Here’s a 30-minute training on optimizing Outlook from NAEOP member Jennifer Lewis in Mississippi.

MAEOP members who have produced their own brief video tips and trainings are encouraged to share them! Consider presenting at MAEOP’s annual conference, or send your video link with a brief description to MAEOP webmaster Diane Vosen at [email protected].


Perform Pesky Mail Merges

Been stuck on how to perform a mail merge in Microsoft Word because you haven’t done one in a while? Check out this 6-minute tutorial from Jessica Mlady, NAEOP member from Lincoln, NE.


Zing into Spring with MAEOP Newsletter

Longer days. Fresh air. Clearing your mind. Spring is on its way. Hear what MAEOP members have to say in the Spring issue of MAEOP Musings, MAEOP’s members-only newsletter. Read it here.


Board Minutes Available

Minutes of the January 15, 2020 Board Meeting are now available. Read more.


MAEOP Launches Membership Drive

MAEOP consists of members who strive to perform their jobs in a highly professional manner. Members are individuals who are employed in an educational office setting in clerical, secretarial, managerial or business positions in public or private school systems, vocational/technical colleges, universities, or other organizations associated with education in the State of Minnesota.  


SKILLS:  The educational office professional strives to improve job performance in order to provide more efficient service to the school and community.

INTEGRITY:  The educational office professional is courteous, honest, trustworthy and loyal to the school systems and the administration.

SERVICE:  The educational office professional performs duties with efficiency and accuracy at all times, ever mindful of the importance of good public relations.  The educational office is to be a congenial and welcome place for parents, students and staff.

Members are encouraged to share the membership brochure with colleagues and encourage them to join MAEOP.

Questions? Contact Kathy Zavoral, MAEOP VP-Membership @ [email protected].


MSBA Releases Restricted Meeting Dates

MSBA has released a listing of holidays and election dates for 2020-21 for which public meetings are restricted.

It also cites Minnesota statutes that reference teacher contract time for these dates.

View dates.


Darla Scales Application Available

MAEOP announced today that applications for the Darla Scales Memorial Scholarship are now available. Learn more.

All Minnesota resident business education students who wish to continue their education and pursue an office related career, preferably in the education field, are eligible to apply for the $500 scholarship. The scholarship award criteria are based on academic standing, financial need, and initiative. Applications are due March 31, 2020.


Direct applications, contributions, questions, and requests for information to: MAEOP Scholarship Chair Carol Skyhawk, Stewartville Public Schools, District Office, 301 2nd Street SW, Stewartville, MN 55976

Phone: 507-533-1440

E-mail:[email protected]