June 2, 2017
Vol. 1, #7

Hello all,

As the school year comes to a close (for some of you, it already is done), it's good to remember that our office is still open. The staff here at Region 3 will be taking some vacation days, but we've got you covered. We'll be working on projects: "Oh No, ELO!" on June 12, Leadership Boot Camp June 13 & 15, Listening Project August 7th - and two of our Locals, Appleton EA and Sheboygan EA will be participating in a Summer Organizer program. Plus, we'll be planning kick-off events that will start the 2017-18 school year with a bang! We'll still send out "The Connection" over the summer, but expect the editions to be abbreviated - and there will be no edition for July 7.

Best wishes for a summer that is all you dream it to be!
--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 FIVE new members
and SEVEN Early Enrollment members in May!

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, in April we talked about Non-renewal and Renewal of Individual Teacher Contracts, and in May  we presented information about your WRS statement.
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, we'll take a break because, hey, it's June and I bet you're not planning any 10-minute meetings as the school year comes to a screeching halt.  Watch for this feature again in August!
For more details about how the 10-minute meeting works, click here.

June Leadership Boot Camps

Leadership Boot Camp:
The Zone Challenge

We've been told that the name "Boot Camp" sounds scary. Don't be fooled. Last year's participants were very impressed with
the fast-paced and informative discussions.
And who knew that a presentation of your grievance rights --
"Weingarten Rights"--  could take place in a "WINEgarden?" 

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 (this workshop is great for your Local's building reps!).

Here is a  flyer  advertising the new Workshop.
Here's a registration form. (ignore the deadline date) 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 are some highlights:  

WEAC Region 3