May 26, 2017   

Hi all,
I'm headed to the cottage this evening for the annual "put in the dock" weekend celebration with our family. My job is to observe, and maybe fetch some tools. I'm sure that you, too, have some holiday activities planned for the long weekend. 

Let us not forget the meaning behind the holiday - a remembrance of our fallen soldiers. Did you know Memorial Day [at first called "Decoration Day"] began after the Civil War in 1868? Did you know that t he " National Moment of Remembrance " resolution was passed in December 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ' Taps? " Read more about Memorial Day here

Have a great, long weekend!

--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

P.S. Don't forget that " THE COTTAGE" is a site for our Thursday, June 15th Leadership Boot Camp. If you'd like to make a nice drive to Lakewood, WI and experience a wonderful gathering beside beautiful Maiden Lake, there is still room for you to attend. Click here to register.
What's YOUR Best Story?

I'm a member because . . .

"I am part of something bigger than myself. I want to support the people around me. I know if I need help, that I am not alone. My union and Region have my back! 

Without them, I am just 1."

Scott Jelinek-Zittel
Sheboygan Education Association

Ashwaubenon High School German Teacher, Melanie Lasee, will receive a Recognition of Merit Award from the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers (WAFLT). This annual WAFLT award recognizes teachers who have demonstrated excellence in language teaching and who have made a significant contribution to the profession. Melanie will receive her award in November at the WAFLT Conference in Appleton.

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 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

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

Tell Your Legislators to Make Public School Funding a Priority in the Budget!

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.

Member Benefits
Insuring Your Most Valuable Possessions

Many homeowners assume their home insurance policy protects all of their possessions, even those of extreme value. However, standard home policies provide only limited protection for high-value items. So how do you make sure your family heirlooms or precious jewelry are fully insured?

Make sure your valuable items are fully insured.

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