May 19, 2017   

Hi all,
It's happened. I've turned into a golf fanatic! I've played every weekend since the weather started to cooperate. I bought a new driver (it came with a lesson from my golf pro nephew), and my new goal is to break 50. I know, I'm not a great golfer, but I love the game and I love the challenge of chasing that stupid little ball around.

I'm volunteering at the LPGA event that is coming to Thornberry Creek in Green Bay July 3-9. To volunteer, it costs $75 - but for that you get a hat, a shirt, and a jacket, and if you volunteer for three 1/2 day shifts, you get free golf at Thornberry Creek. I'm really looking forward to seeing a bunch of really good golfers up close. If that sounds like fun to you, check this out. No golf experience required!

Peace
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
What's YOUR Best Story?
NEA RA - June 25 - July 5 (Boston)

Approximately 8,000 delegates - including 122 from Wisconsin - will represent state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the united education profession at the NEA's Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly this summer in Boston.

Jane Weidner, social studies and Spanish teacher at Cedar Grove Middle School in the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District had this to say:

"I am the NEA. The NEA is an organization of everyday education professionals, who work in the best interest of our students, our communities, and our schools. One of the ways that I can contribute to that cause is by attending the NEA Representative Assembly. It is democracy in action and allows me to have a voice in the direction that my union takes. We are in a time when public education is under attack, and it is crucial that we stand together with other educators from around the nation to protect our public schools. The NEA RA is one opportunity for me to do just that."

Region 3 is Participating in
NEA's Early Enrollment Campaign

Now is a good time to have membership conversations with folks who haven't yet made the commitment to join our union. Early enrollment is available to any employee who has never been a member of WEAC/NEA. For those who fill out an early enrollment form, these are the benefits:
  • Membership for the 2017-18 school year (September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018) begins as soon as we receive a signed form.
  • Payment of dues does not begin until September 10, 2017.
  • NEA liability insurance begins immediately.
  • Access to QEI Gold Membership, WEAC Saver's Club, and NEA Click and Save.
Please contact the WEAC Region 3 at 800-472-5582 for more details about how to sign up your members using the Early Enrollment plan.



The August 7th Listening Project has a very important focus: a Fall Membership Drive for YOUR local. When a team from YOUR local attends this workshop, they will come away with a PLAN to increase membership. You can't afford to miss this one! Learn more and sign up today!

Professional Development
 
 Oh No ELO!
Educator Licensing Online
Does your license expire this June?
 
Have you applied for your license online yet? Do you want some in-person support as you work through your individual application process? 

FREE, walk-in assistance for WEAC Region 3 members only

Thursday, May 25, 3:00-7:00 p.m.
or
Monday, June 12th, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

WEAC Region 3 Office: 1136 N. Military Avenue, Green Bay

Things to bring:
  • Laptop computer
  • Credits documentation (Electronic documentation)
  • Your personal email account access
  • Degree dates, credit descriptions
  • WAMS account login & password

 
Career Learning Labs

Career Learning Labs are being offered in the near future by NEA & WEAC Region 3. 
 
Find here a short video that highlights and addresses the basics of the program. Please do not hesitate to contact Region 3 Learning Labs Coordinator Scott Jelinek-Zittel  with any questions you may still have.
 
Additionally, the local coordinator and virtual coach descriptions are here. We are looking for candidates to apply. Please share these descriptions with anyone you know that may be interested.
 
Finally, here is the link for those wishing to sign up to participate in the program this fall.

Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members

Stand with AT&T Mobility!

40,000 workers at AT&T just announced that they will walk off the job Friday at 3pm ET/Noon PT if they haven't won a fair union contract by then.

This will be the biggest strike in the United States since 40,000 Verizon workers walked out last year, and may be the biggest strike of retail workers at a national company in U.S. history.

Can you join striking workers at a picket line at a nearby retail store Friday, Saturday or Sunday? Please RSVP.


 

May 19, 2017 @ 2:00-6:00 PM

CWA Picket Line!

3310 EAST CALUMET

APPLETON, WI


 

4347 W. WISCONSIN

APPLETON, WI

  

May 20, 2017 @ 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

CWA Picket Line!

4347 W. WISCONSIN

APPLETON, WI


 
May 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM-6:00 pm

CWA Picket Line!

3310 EAST CALUMET

APPLETON, WI 54915


 


State Budget Debate: Restore Funding for Public Schools!

The Joint Finance Committe has already started voting on sections of the budget and expects to conclude its deliberations in early June. We expect decisions on PreK-12 education to come at the end of the process. The budget then goes to both houses of the Legislature, and ultimately back to the governor, who has broad partial-veto authority.

Wisconsin has made it clear what we support: More funding for neighborhood public schools. It's time for elected leaders to deliver, with a budget that restores funding for the majority of students. A budget that reigns in exploding private voucher spending. And a budget without last-minute surprises that have never before seen the light of day, much less a public hearing.

 
Take Action Now!

Don't Miss!



WEAC's National Board Jump Start Training is July 24-26 at UW-Eau Claire

Jump Start is an intensive seminar geared for teachers pursuing National Board Certification who intend to submit components in the 2017-18 school year. This professional development opportunity has been designed by NEA members who are Nationally Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). Over the years these union members have worked with thousands of candidates across the country assisting with component entry.

In the Jump Start seminar you will be provided with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and assessment center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements as well as time to collaborate and gather resources needed to pursue your certification. All of this in a supportive, constructive, and collegiate environment. Find out more and register now.

Summer Fun!
Special Noah's Ark Waterpark Discount for WEAC Members

WEAC is again partnering with Noah's Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells to offer a special discount for WEAC members in 2017. The WEAC member daily ticket admission is just $23.99 + $1.62 tax = $25.61, a discount of $19.21 off the retail gate price. (General parking is $15, and VIP parking is $20.) This online only benefit program offers not only exclusive savings, but allows you to "print and go" so you have your ticket in hand when you get to the park with no waiting in the line to purchase tickets. Noah's Ark is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Find out more and purchase your tickets now!

Schedule It!
 
Click HERE to see our Region 3 Calendar. It includes WEAC and Region 3 governance meetings, Professional Development events, and many other workshops, meetings, and events sponsored by our office.

Here's the other stuff:

 

  


WEAC Region 3
800-472-5582
rohdek@weac.org
www.region3.weac.org