March 31, 2017   

Hi all,

I've never been too good at pulling April Fool's jokes on anyone. It seems to require some planning that I can't seem to accomplish. I managed two good ones on my husband years ago: one year I put Cheerios in his slippers and bathrobe pockets; another year I set all the clocks one hour ahead - - I forgot the programmable thermostat, so he caught on before he ran off to work one hour early. If Monday, April 3 isn't too late, here are some ideas for school. Have fun!

Peace
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
What's YOUR Best Story?

  
I'm a member because . . .

I feel it is important to stay united. We are stronger together than as one. Wisconsin has traditionally been a leader in education and I want to do what I can to keep it that way.


Sherry Craig   
Ashwaubenon EA  


 
Professional Development
Paper Tigers Screening Presented by GBAPS & the Brown County Child Abuse & Neglect Initiative:  April 6

The Green Bay Public School District in collaboration with the Brown County Child Abuse & Neglect Initiative is hosting a screening of the award winning documentary Paper Tigers on April 6th @ 6pm at East High School Auditorium as part of their Parent/Community Education Series!

Parents, caregivers, teachers, professionals and community members are invited to learn about the positive approaches of dealing with child and adolescent trauma and the effects that positive engagements have over punitive punishment.

The screening will conclude with a guided discussion geared towards exploring how parents, community and schools can work together to better meet the needs of our students.

Admission is complimentary.

Date and Time: Thursday, April 6th @ 6pm
Venue: East High School Auditorium, 1415 E Walnut St, Green Bay, WI 54301.  
 
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members
Wisconsin Spring Election!
Tuesday, April 4 
 
Find all the answers to your questions about the April 4th Spring Election in Wisconsin: Are you registered?  Who's on my ballot? Do I need photo ID?
 
This 2-sided flyer can be distributed and posted at school because it is non-partisan. It doesn't tell you WHO to vote for, just HOW to vote. 
 
Referenda and School Board Elections
Maybe you live in a School District different than the one where you work. You will want to learn about how your fellow union members feel about the elections so that you have some information about who/what to vote for. Some Locals have endorsed school board candidates and/or referenda. Click here for a pdf document with endorsements from participating Locals.
 
Wisconsin Biennial Budget 2017-19
We sent out a special edition of the newsletter CHOCK FULL of information about the budget, its impact on public schools, and how you can get involved. Did you miss it? Click here.
 
Voter Selfie Contest! 
 
  1. Vote early or vote on Tuesday April 4th.
  2. Take a selfie with your "I Voted" sticker on. (Be careful not to take the photo within the voting booth area!)
  3. Submit your photo for publication in our newsletter.
  4. Your name will be entered into our contest.
  5. Win valuable prizes!

Deadline: Thursday, April 6th.

Pictured at right: Kathy Rohde, WR3, after voting on February 7.

Attention Retirees 

Annual Meeting & Spring Conference
    

Region 3 is pleased to welcome colleagues from Region 10 / Retired to Green Bay as they hold their Annual Meeting and Spring Conference at the Radisson on Wednesday May 10, 2017.

NEA Executive Committee Member Shelly Moore-Krajacic will provide the key-note address. Members of Region 10 have a wide variety of professional and personal interest workshops from which to choose, including WRS updates and MedPlus, to cheese-making, Zumba, and how to travel better and cheaper.

Early bird registration of $45 is available until April 15, and will go to $55 after that date. For complete schedule and registration information go to:

 
 

Take Note 
WEAC
WEAC Needs Your Input! 
 
As part of a focus on listening to WEAC members, WEAC is sponsoring a series of focus groups across the state in April. This is just one of many initiatives they've undertaken in cooperation with the NEA to make sure educators have an opportunity to share their opinions and experiences.
 
Raise your voice through WEAC Focus Groups

Wisconsin educators have a unique opportunity to talk about what's really happening in our public schools and union through a series of focus groups this April.

The focus groups, held across the state, are authorized by WEAC. Participants and their responses are confidential. The purpose of the groups is to expand the way WEAC listens to its members and to make sure educators' opinions are front-and-center in our union. Participants will be invited randomly, through our partner, independent marketing research firm City Research Solutions.  Participants will be asked to attend a 90-minute focus group being held in their area of the state in mid-April.  In appreciation, an honorarium will be offered.

Potential participants will receive an introductory email, with a follow up phone call from City Research Solutions. Please be on the lookout to attend a WEAC Focus Group and help us raise the voices of Wisconsin Public School educators!

Questions? Email Communications@weac.org

Getting Ready for the April 22 Representative Assembly  
 
WEAC has posted some important information and documents ahead of the April 22 RA. Go to  weac.org/ra for information that includes:
  • The agenda.
  • Statements from candidates for office.
  • WEAC Board of Directors' Recommendations on Proposed 2017 Amendments to the WEAC Constitution and Bylaws
  • Proposed Changes to the 2016-17 WEAC Governance Documents

Summer Leadership Academy: July 24-26, Eau Claire
 
It's time to put together a team from your local to attend WEAC's Summer Leadership Academy. The event takes place July 24-26 in Eau Claire. This event is FREE and a great opportunity for you to sharpen your leadership skills. Plus, you'll leave the academy with a plan to strengthen your local association. Pat Schmidt, who attended last year's Academy, put it this way: "I believe Summer Leadership Academy is important because it teaches you to represent something bigger than yourself."

Mark your calendar now and watch for more information.

  
T-Shirts for sale at the WR3 office, $10 each.
Created by the Wisconsin Public Education Network, proceeds help fund their efforts.

Get Yours Today to Wear for the Upcoming
WEAC & WEAC Region 3 RA's!!
 



ETF
Live Webinars Scheduled for April
ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit their webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions.

  • WRS Employee Benefits Seminar
  • How to Use ETF's Online Calculator to Estimate a Retirement Benefit
  • 5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement

  • Newly Retired? What to Expect

  • Beneficiary Designations-What Happens to My Account When I Die?
 
Here is what others have said about our webinars:

"My participation in the webinar was a first for me, and I just want to compliment you on how easy it was to connect, follow along, and provide questions or requests. Excellent job!"

"Thanks for having these valuable webinars.  The professional but conversational style helped me to understand the presentation as easily as an "in office" meeting. Really appreciate that the presenter fully understands the subject. Wonderful job."


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:

 

 

  •  WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, April 20 from 9-5 at the Region 3 office. To make an appointment contact:  Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300

 

  • WEAC RA - Saturday, April 22 @ Holiday Inn, Stevens Point
 
 
  • WEAC Region 3 RA - Saturday, May 13 @ Comfort Suites, Green Bay

 


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