May 5, 2017
Vol. 1, #6

Hello all,

If you struggle to answer the question, "what does the union do for me?", one of the most obvious answers involves the services we can provide for our members. 

At the Region 3 office on Thursday May 25th and on Monday, June 12th, FREE, walk-in assistance is available for those trying to renew Educator Licenses Online. Here is a flyer advertising OH NO ELO!

Also, don't forget about our June Leadership Boot Camp and our August 7 Listening Project, the details of which can be found below. Now is the time for you to talk to members in your Local and plan to engage in these fun and important events.The goal of both is to build membership in your Local. With membership comes strength. With strength comes the power to affect change in your workplace. You should join us!
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
Staff Liaison to WR3 Membership / PR Committee

"The Connection: Membership Edition" is the brainchild of Region 3's Membership and PR Committee: Greg Ubbelohde (New Holstein EA) & Kandace Larsen (Marinette EA) are the co-chairs and welcome new committee members at any time! We all hope you find this once-a-month publication inspiring and helpful!
Celebrate Success!
WEAC Region 3 welcomes SEVEN new members and FIVE Early Enrollment members in April!

Sheboygan's Matt Miller named state's Special Services Teacher of the Year
From the Department of Public Instruction

In a surprise ceremony at his school, Matthew W. Miller Sr., an English learner teacher at North High School in Sheboygan, was named Wisconsin's 2018 Special Services Teacher of the Year.

State Superintendent Tony Evers made the announcement during an all-school assembly. As part of the Teacher of the Year honor, Miller - who is a WEAC Region 3 member - will receive $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.
Matthew Miller

While some would term his teaching style as "relationship building," Miller says he is trying to be a "future builder." He considers every learner a potential leader and tailors instruction to meet students' individual language, leadership, and life needs.

Read more.

Protect Sensitive Membership Data!

When sending membership forms to the WEAC Region 3 Office:

Please remember that it is NEA's recommendation that state affiliates should not be collecting our members' full social security numbers. 
In the same vein  - our responsibility to protect our members' sensitive data - we strongly recommend that the state affiliates should not be receiving membership forms (which contain sensitive data) electronically, unless the sender is utilizing an encrypted document or encrypted email. The sensitive data includes items where one person could attempt to impersonate or steal from another such as:
  • Birth date           
  • Partial social security number
  • Credit card number
  • Bank account number
Snail mail (hard to believe) is probably the safest method to receive a newly filled out membership form. This article hyperlinked below (though almost 2 years old, is still valid) explains why emails are susceptible to hacking.

Tip of the Month

The Ten-Minute Meeting
All too often we hear, "there's no reason to hold a meeting if there's nothing to report/decide/vote on." Or, we hear, "I'm not sure we have a union because there are never any meetings." But mostly, we hear, "I don't have TIME to go to ANOTHER meeting."
In December, we introduced the 10-minute meeting and the ways it can address all of the above. In January, we offered NEA Benefits as a topic for a 10-minute meeting, in February, we took on voter registration and information about the primary election, in March we offered a simple handout for union contact information, and in April we talked about Non-renewal and Renewal of Individual Teacher Contracts.
We'd like to hear from you! Are you trying the 10-minute meeting approach? How's it working? Reply  here to give us feedback.
This month, here's another topic:
At a 10-minute meeting, you can share this important information with your members (thanks for sharing, Chris Heller!):

How to Read Your WRS Statement

Recently you received your Department of Employee Trust Funds / WRS statement in the mail.

Click here to see some facts about your retirement pension - did you know that WRS is the 9th largest public pension fund in the US and 24th largest public/private pension fund in the world?

And, you can download a FREE ebook to learn more about your retirement benefit by clicking on the image below:

For more details about how the 10-minute meeting works, click here.

Coming next month: more ideas and templates for 10-minute meetings.

June Leadership Boot Camps

Leadership Boot Camp:
The Zone Challenge

You may ask yourself: what does Leadership have to do with building membership in your Local? Great leaders are learning all the time.
This 1/2-day workshop will help leaders learn and/or reinforce skills that are critical to engaging our members in Local activities. 

4 areas will be explored: best communication practices, recruiting and nurturing volunteers, Weingarten Rights, and NEA/WEAC/Region basics.

Zone B has accepted the challenge and will hold their Leadership Boot Camp at the WR3 office on Tuesday, June 13th from 12:30 - 4:30 pm.

Zone A has accepted the challenge and will hold their
Leadership Boot Camp at a cottage on Maiden Lake
on Thursday, June 15th from 12:30 - 4:30 pm

You can attend either one of the workshops listed above OR organize your own.

Is your Zone up for the Challenge? Do you want excellent leadership training coming to YOUR area? Do you want to boost membership and learn new skills?

Here is a  flyer  advertising the new Workshop.
Here's a registration form. Sign up today!
Email Kathy Rohde for more information.

Monday, August 7 - Listening Project

Focus on Membership!

Local teams attending the August 7th workshop can expect to come away with
specific plans for a back-to-school membership drive.

You will learn skills and develop strategies to increase your Local's membership.

We strongly encourage teams to attend this one-day session.

ALL Locals are welcome to attend (even if your Local has sent participants to previous Listening Project events). Sign up TODAY!

Upcoming Membership Events
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 RA - Saturday, May 13 @ Comfort Suites, Green Bay

  • JUNE Leadership Boot Camp - Tuesday, June 13 or Thursday, June 15, with additional time and place to be determined BY YOU! Please read this flyer for more information about how you can bring the workshop to your area.

WEAC Region 3