December 16, 2016 
Very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from all of us at WEAC Region 3! We hope you all have a wonderful break sharing love and light with friends and family. 

Our office staff doesn't exchange gifts this time of year. Instead, we pool our resources and give to a deserving charity. This year, we joined our favorite coffee shop, Kavarna, in collecting socks for homeless folks - "Socks in Their Stockings" campaign. We collected 117 pairs of socks, which will be distributed to various homeless shelters in our area. 


If you're inclined to reach out to folks in need, you might want to keep our WR3 member, Catrina, in mind this Christmas. This Southern Door teacher lost everything in an apartment fire this week! There is a gofundme page set up by the landlord of the property, or you can contact the Northeast Chapter of the American Red Cross


Our office will be closed December 23 - January 2. See you next year!
 
Peace
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

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

I believe in the power of a collective voice to maintain and improve the learning opportunities and environments of students as well as the working conditions of members. As a member for 44 years, I have had many opportunities for professional and personal growth. My dues dollars have been well worth the investment.


Julie Hannon 
BLUE-Retired
  
Professional Development
Join WEAC for a National Board Writing Retreat in February

WEAC is sponsoring a National Board Writing Retreat the weekend of February 10-11, 2017, at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison.

Register now.

Contribute!
blanket
6th Annual Blanket Collection - January 5 - 31
 
Please help those in need by donating new & gently used blankets for distribution to area shelters and agencies.  Last year's drive collected 2385 blankets and other items for distribution to Brown County programs that serve homeless and low-income individuals. Blanketing Brown County will have collection sites throughout Brown County including all Green Bay Fire Stations, as well as WEAC Region 3.
 
Region 3 Locals - this could be a great PR project for your Local! Set up a collection box today!
 
For additional info call 920.593.4773, or see flyer
 
Collection put together by: Greater Green Bay Labor Council
Community Services Committee

Grants - Scholarships - Fellowships - Deadlines
Deadline is February 1 for Two $1,000 ESP Scholarships

The deadline is February 1, 2017, to apply for one of two new one-year scholarships that will be awarded to WEAC Education Support Professional (ESP) members for study at either a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education.

 

Registration Now Open for WEAC Professional Issues Conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 WEAC Professional Issues Conference, March 3-5 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. This conference focuses on the most important lever in improving our schools: building the knowledge and skills of educators. In addition to a wealth of workshops, keynote speakers are State Superintendent Tony Evers and Mark Denning, who is nationally recognized as a leading educator, lecturer and curriculum specialist in American Indian history and culture.

Register Now
 
$5,800 College Scholarships Available for Children of Union Members  

The children of WEAC members who plan to become Wisconsin teachers are eligible for scholarships of $1,450 per year for four years of college or university study. WEAC awards four scholarships per year to high school seniors in Wisconsin.
 
The deadline to apply is February 1, 2017.
 
Application forms and more information about the scholarships can be found  on the WEAC website.
 
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members

W EAC Board Seeks Members' Input on PAC Recommendation of Tony Evers for Re-Election as State Superintendent 
 
The WEAC Political Action Committee is recommending Tony Evers for re-election as State Superintendent, and WEAC members are invited to share their feedback. Click here for information on all the candidates and the PAC committee's rationale for recommending Evers. The primary election is February 21, and the general election is April 4, 2017. The deadline for comment is midnight December 30. There are three ways in which WEAC members can share their feedback on the recommendation before the WEAC Board of Directors takes action:
  1. Share your thoughts with your local president or email WEAC President Ron Martin directly at RonMartin@weac.org.
  2. Fill out the online input form available to members by clicking here.
  3. Call (608) 960-4603, ext. 252, the WEAC Election Input Hotline, and leave a message.
 
State Budget Updates
Beginning in January, WEAC will launch its State Budget Update to share alerts about the state budget and other legislative activity. Designed for educators and other public school advocates, you are encouraged to sign up now for updates, and to share the sign-up link and future updates with your members through email alerts, newsletters and social media.   

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