September 30, 2016 
Hello all,

Soon the political campaign commercials, mailers, and phone calls will come to an end and there is little doubt that this will be a great relief to all. However, the circus-like atmosphere of the election cycle will be replaced with the realities of new leaders in our state and federal government and the agendas these leaders bring with them into their posts.
It is the responsibility of every eligible American citizen to vote, and it is essential that we, as educators, show up at the polls. We need to ensure that workers' rights are protected and that all Americans have the opportunity to work hard and have a decent standard of living. We need to protect the children that we educate every day by making sure they have access to safe drinking water (uncontaminated with lead), and that every child has the gift of a strong public education. We need to elect leaders who will help all Americans rise together.
There are many opportunities to vote-through an absentee ballot, early in person, absentee voting, or by voting in person on election day. Please do your homework: know your polling place, register to vote if you have recently moved or have never registered, be aware of your schedule, and make a plan to vote. Your future, your children's future,  and the future of your students will be significantly impacted by the results of this election.
See you at the polls!

Nathan Ugoretz
Port Washington EA President
WEAC Region 3 Executive & Legislative Committee Member  

September New Member Count 
Region 3 had Eighty (80) new members join us in September! 

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the  WEAC Region 3 Board of Directors meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2016 @ FVTC-Appleton, 10-Noon with lunch and Zone meetings to follow. The Board consists of representatives from every Local in Region 3 - - every Local has the opportunity to send their President or a designee to represent your interests at these bi-annual meetings. It's a great time to tell the Region 3 Executive Committee what you think. Express your opinions. Provide feedback. Share your Local's good news with others and hear what's going on elsewhere in the Region.    
What's YOUR Best Story?
I'm a Member Because . . .

The Union bands together to fight for public education.  We are one voice with many faces that can help better public education for students and educators.  The Union has helped me grow as an educator and has helped me help support other educators as well.

-Lisa Wing, Appleton Education Association 

Instruction & Professional Development
PDP Goal Approval OR Verification 

Do you have your goals written and need them approved? Is your 5-year plan completed and in need of verification by a team of reviewers? We'll put together your in-person PDP reviewer team. Our partnership with GBEA makes these dates and services available and FREE to all WR3 and GBEA members, and at a cost for non-members.    

Who Should

 What to Bring? 

Non-Member Cost  
Individual 20-30 minute appointments only. Scheduled 3 weeks prior to the date, between
8:30 AM-1:00 PM
Saturday, Dec. 3 @ WEAC Region 3

Saturday, Dec. 17 @ GBEA

Saturday, May 6 @
WEAC Region 3

Saturday, May 20 @ GBEA

Initial and Professional Educators with complete goals or plans and in need of a PDP team for reviewing.

QEI login


Goal Approval $150
Verification $200

Click Here or Use the QR Code to Register Now !  

PDP Writing Workshop 

Learn or review how to write your PDP goal, objectives, plan activities, and plan assessments.  Discuss the overlaps between PDP & EE. Receive assistance with utilizing the QEI software to store and submit your PDP. Time will be given to work individually.

Who Should

 What to Bring? 

Non-Member Cost  
Saturday, Dec. 3 @ WEAC Region 3


Saturday, May 6 @
WEAC Region 3


Initial and Professional Educators looking for help, feedback or review in writing their plan for goal approval or finishing up their 5-year plan in preparation for verification. 

Computer, QEI login


Click Here to Register Now or Use the QR Code!  

Application Deadline is December 1 for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program 
You may be eligible to participate in a unique international professional development
opportunity for 3-6 months through the Fulbright Program! By conducting educational research abroad, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instructional methods and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. schools and local communities with global perspectives. 
This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education. 

Teaching Children About Labor 
It's School-Time!  WLHS Offers 3 Contests to Get Labor History Into Wisconsin Schools - Tomorrow's future workers are today's middle and high school students and they are missing out on a vital part of their education  - the story of labor and how unions have helped to build a nation!  Since its founding in 1981, the Wisconsin Labor History Society has made it a key mission to urge the teaching of workers and labor history in our state schools.  This year, as in the past, we are offering great cash prizes to middle and high school students to encourage their study of labor history:

  • Labor History Essay Contest for high school students (Grades 9 - 12).  Prizes from $500 to $100 go to up to eight students each year for essays of 750 words.  See details. 
  • National History Day for middle and high school students (Grades 6 - 12).  A total of $1,000 in prizes go to students throughout the state each year for exhibits of various types that have a labor theme.  Read More .
  • Zeidler Academic Awards for college students for best papers on Wisconsin labor history by undergraduates ($500) and graduate students ($1,000).  See details.

Generous contributions from individuals, local labor unions and area councils make these prizes possible.   Just an FYI . . the statewide essay contest is judged by UWGB Professors Harvey Kaye,

Jon Shelton and Alison Staudinger.


Also, the contests offer a great opportunity for parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends to urge their students to participate and to relate their own histories about work life to the young people.     

Citizen Responsibility Information

Monday, October 24th
through Friday, November 4th

Vote at your municipality during regular business hours.
Go to to find your municipal clerk or polling place, update your name or address, register to vote, and get information on absentee (early) voting. Here's a flyer for detailed information you can share with others.

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

October Voter Contact Blitz!

It's time for an October Voter Contact Blitz! Labor 2016/Working America Coalition volunteers are gearing up for a HUGE weekend of talking with neighbors about the 2016 Elections.

Anyone who volunteers for a 3-hour shift will get a chance to win Packers tickets!

October Voter Contact Blitz  
Saturday, October 1 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 2- 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
USW District 2, 1244A Midway Road, Menasha
UAW 291 Labor Hall, 1118 High Avenue, Oshkosh
WEAC Region 3, 1136 N. Military Avenue, Green Bay  

The Packers have a bye week. No football game this weekend means more time to talk with voters about why working families are supporting Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Tom Nelson and pro-worker candidates for state office.

Join us for one 3-hour volunteer shift and you will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to the Green Bay vs. Houston Game on December 4, 2016 in Green Bay.  Every shift completed earns another entry for tickets (maximum of 4 entries for the weekend).  

For more information, please contact:  
Greg Hinds - 920-540-2309;

You Are Invited

Paid for by the Democratic Party of Brown County, WI
Join Us - October 9
@ the


1-5 PM
E5173 4th Road, Kewaunee, WI   

Booyah * Farm Tours * Live Music

Featured Speaker @ 3 PM:  Barbara Lawton

Invited Guest:  Senator Dave Hansen | 920-388-0868 | Paid For By Lynn Utesch For Assembly

WI Department of Employee Trust Funds
Know Your Benefits: WRS Employee Benefits Seminar in Fond du Lac

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, October 6
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Moraine Park Technical College
Cafeteria A109
235 N National Ave., Fond du Lac

No registration needed. All sites are handicap accessible.  JOIN US! 
WI Retirement Security Tour 2016

For more information, contact:

Gregory Neil - (608) 556-9521 
Claiborne Hill - (608) 219-1739
In the News
State Warns of Misleading Information in Wisconsin Voters' Mailboxes

Wisconsin's Fully-Funded Pension System is One of a Kind

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:   
  • October Voter Contact Blitz, October 1 in Menasha, Oshkosh & Green Bay (WIN PACKER TICKETS)
  • Heidi Fencl Meet & Greet, October 5 in Suamico
  • Lynn Utesch Barnstorm, October 9 in Kewaunee
  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursdays, October 20, 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.
  • Democratic Party of Brown County Steak Fry, Sunday, October 2, Green Isle Park, Allouez
  • RSVP NOW - WR3 Board of Directors Meeting, October 15, 10-Noon
  • PDP Goal Approval or Verification, December 3 @ Region 3; December 17 @ GBEA
  • PDP Writing Workshop. December 3 @ Region 3

WEAC Region 3