November 4, 2016 
Hello all,

Like all of you, I am looking forward to November 9th when the election is over and the barrage of election talk and campaign rhetoric is behind us. I've got my fingers crossed for a postive public education outcome - but more than that, I'll be volunteering to make sure it happens. I encourage you to do the same.

TODAY - November 4th -- is the last day for early, in-person voting at your local municipal clerks office. And if you plan to vote on November 8th, please make a PLAN for how you're going to get that accomplished.
 
Peace
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
 
 
 
October New Member Count
 
 
Region 3 had Sixty One (61) new members join us in October! 
 
 
American Education Week
American Education Week - November 14-18, 2016 - presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. This year's theme, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," is reflected in special observances each day of the 2016 weeklong celebration, including Wednesday, November 16, which is Education Support Professionals Day.

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Recertification Voting
WERC WILL POST RECERTIFICATION ELECTION
RESULTS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 8 AM

For locals recertifying in 2016, voting began at noon on Thursday, October 27, and ends at no on on Wednesday, November 16. Look for communications from your local leadership and Region 3 on
how your local plans to organize the vote and how you can get involved.

Locals recertifying: Appleton EA & Paras, Bonduel EA, Cedar Grove-Belgium, Chilton EA, Coleman EA, Crandon EA & ESP, DePere EA, Florence EA, Freedom EA, Hilbert EA, Howards Grove EA, Kiel EA, Kohler EA, Laona EA, Little Chute EA, Luxemburg-Casco EA, Manitowoc EA & ESP, Marinette EA, Mishicot EA, New Holstein EA, Niagara EA & ESP, Oconto EA, Oostburg EA, Pembine EA, Plymouth EA, Port Washington EA & ESP, Random Lake EA, Sevastopol EA, Sheboygan EA, Stockbridge EA, Two Rivers EA, Wausaukee EA, White Lake EA

Recertification Vote from noon October 27-noon November 16

Phone & on- line availability

VOTE YES

24 Hours/Day - 7 Days/ Week
  http://www.aaaelections.org/WERC or call toll free 1-866-458-9862

If you experience any problems call 1-800-529-5218 to report them. Also notify WEAC Region 3 @ 1-800-472-5582.
 
 
Be prepared to provide
  • first 4 letters of last name.
  • last 4 numbers of Soc.Sec. #
Do not hang up until you have voted and then hear "Thank you for calling the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission automated election voting line."
  
Together we can make a difference!

What's YOUR Best Story?
 
  
I am a Member Because . . .

A collective voice leads to empowerment which leads to action which leads to advocacy and change for public school educators and students in our communities. This allows for increased awareness and support to provide all children, no matter what, the opportunity to become what they wish for and dream of.

Patti Clark-Stojke 
-Appleton EA
   
  
 
 

Tough Week?


Share your Halloween costumes with us! Show us the fun side to teaching!  

Send pictures, along with your story to region3@weac.org.


 
Opportunities!
 
WEAC
Free National Board webinar is November 10

Free National Board Webinar 
Thursday, November 10, 2016 
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Explore the professional and financial benefits of National Board Certification through a statewide webinar Thursday, November 10, at 6:30 p.m. You will also learn the supports your union has in place to assist you in the certification process.  Click HERE to register.
   
 
WI Department of Employee Trust Funds


 
Live Webinars Scheduled for November 
 
How to Use ETF's Online Calculator to Estimate a Retirement Benefit
 
ETF's online retirement calculator, one of the most-used tools on our website, allows you to calculate an unofficial projection of your WRS retirement benefit at any point in the future. This webinar will cover where to find and how to use the calculator, specific information required for data entry (e.g., desired retirement date, spouse or partner's birthdate, etc.) and how to interpret the results. There will be time at the end of the webinar to ask specific questions on this topic.
 
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Additional Contributions
Find out how making additional contributions to your WRS account can potentially increase your retirement. This webinar also provides examples of how contributions grow over time with interest, how to pay additional contributions (payroll deduction or direct pay), etc.
 
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement
Consider this webinar your quick reference guide to starting the retirement process within the next 12 months. We'll review: choosing a termination date, how to request a retirement estimate - and how to read and understand it. We'll also cover how to schedule a retirement appointment and - drum roll here -- how to submit the retirement application.
 
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 11:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Choosing When to Retire
This webinar will focus primarily on choosing your optimal termination and WRS benefit effective dates. The focus will include not only the "December versus January" decision, but also how retirement timing at any point during the year can affect your retirement annuity amount and other employee retirement benefits as well.
 
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
 
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Variable Fund
In this webinar we will discuss the Variable Fund - what it is, how it differs from the Core Fund, and the effect participation in this fund may have on your retirement benefit calculations. We will also discuss how to elect to participate in the Variable Fund, how to cancel Variable participation, and the impact the timing of these decisions may have on your Wisconsin Retirement System benefits.

Mon, Nov 7, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Register for a webinar

Take Control of Your Financial Future Today
Picture yourself taking control of your financial future today: Take Financial Fitness Challenge 2016. The Financial Fitness Challenge is a free financial education and awareness program designed to help Wisconsin Retirement System members take control of their financial future and improve their financial wellness.

After completing the checkup, continue the challenge with step 2 and enroll in the Financial Fitness Academy to receive:
  • a FREE, 12-month subscription to online courses and tools designed to strengthen your financial self-awareness and knowledge. Learn at your own pace in as little as 10 minutes a day.
  • Answers to personal finance-related questions. Step 3 provides FREE, no-strings-attached, one-on-one financial advising for 30 days
Learn More

Know Your Benefits:  WRS Employee Benefit Seminar in Cleveland, WI
Whether you are just beginning your career under the Wisconsin Retirement System or close to retirement, join us for an ETF-hosted presentation on WRS employee benefits. We'll thoroughly review benefit basics, the Core and Variable Trust Funds and things to know and do to maximize your benefits as you move through your career. Those within five years or so of retirement will appreciate hearing about WRS annuity options, return-to-work rules, post-retirement annuity adjustments and much more.

WRS Employee Benefits Seminar
Thursday, November 10
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
 
Lakeshore Technical College
Centennial Hall
1290 North Ave., Cleveland, WI

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


l.-r. Lori Cathey, GBEA; Princess R. Moss, NEA; Dean & Kathy DeBroux, Ashwaubenon EA; Bob Spice & Randy Soquet, DePere EA 

Many of you have been saying, I will volunteer before it is over. WEAC Region 3 members had fun doing so this week. They even had help from NEA Secretary-Treasurer Princess R. Moss, an elementary school music teacher from Louisa County, VA. Your opportunity to be part of the future is here with 4 days to go. Your time is needed to help our endorsed candidates get over the winning finish line. One shift of your time can and will make the difference. More shifts make a bigger difference. You can volunteer to knock on doors OR make phone calls!

Below are 4 offices the AFL-CIO are operating out of in NE WI for election activities. All offices will have the same hours of operation.
 
Get Out The VOTE (GOTV)
Friday 11/4, Saturday 11/5, Monday 11/7, Tuesday 11/8: 9am-8pm
Sunday 11/6: 9am-3pm
 
Green Bay Office
WEAC Region 3
1136 N. Military Ave., Green Bay
Contact Ben Freeman
               920.366.0543

Menasha Office
USW District 2
1144 Midway Rd., Menasha
Contact BaLynda Croy
               920.750.8487

Oshkosh Office
UAW 291 Hall (next to UW Oshkosh)
1118 High Ave., Oshkosh
Contact Greg Hinds (please send via email or text if that is an option)
               920.540.2309
Fond du Lac Office
50 E. Bank St., Fond du Lac
Contact Greg Hinds (please send via email or text if that is an option)
               920.540.2309
 
Travel Tips
Thomas Kreif 
WEAC-Fox Valley Retired Member and Traveler

The Travel Committee has met for the past nine years. Membership is open to all active and retired members. Join the Committee the second Wednesday of each month at 9:30 at Mary's in North Appleton.

Click here to learn when to get the best deals on cruises, plus more valuable travel information! 

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-Fox Valley Retired Travel Committee Meeting, Wednesday, November 9 @ 9 AM @ Mary's North, Appleton
  • Register Now - Free National Board Webinar, November 10
  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursdays, November 17 and December 15 from 9-5 at the Region 3 office. To make an appointment contact:  Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
  • PDP Support Sessions, November 14
  • PDP Goal Approval or Verification, December 3 @ Region 3; December 17 @ GBEA
  • PDP Writing Workshop. December 3 @ Region 3

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