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May 14, 2014

Joy Dennis represents Garfield Co. Retired Educators at convention

Joy Dennis represented Garfield County Retired Educators as its Very Important Member (VIM) at the annual convention of Oklahoma Retired Educators Association on May 7-8 at the Reed Center in Midwest City.

VIMs from across the state are honored each year for service to their local associations.

Dennis attended a small country school in Hillsdale before earning a bachelor of science degree in 1966 from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. In 1970, she returned to NWOSU and graduated with a degree as a reading specialist in 1972. She began her Oklahoma teaching career in 1975 as a first-grade teacher at Adams Elementary School in Enid.

A reading specialist position opened up at Coolidge Elementary School that same year, and she spent the rest of her career helping students learn to read.

She was involved in both local and state professional groups while she taught. Dennis retired in 1999 and has been an active member of Garfield County Retired Educators and Oklahoma Retired Educators Association since then. She served as GCRE president in 2006-2007 and again in 2009-2010. In between those two terms, she was the OREA president. She also held several other positions in both organizations.

Besides honoring VIMs, the OREA Convention provided recognition and awards to local units in various categories and paid tribute to retired educators who passed away in 2013-2014. In addition, there were eight free workshops, a luncheon and a keynote speech by former Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Turpin.

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