October 7, 2016 
Hello all,

I am back in the office this week after a delightful vacation to the Basque Country of France and Spain. Upon my return, people have asked, "did you feel safe?" Yes, most definitely. The Basque people are warm and inviting. Travel is fun, it tastes good, and it's a wonderful learning experience. There's nothing like travel to open your mind to the world around you, and to ground you, and to make you appreciate home. Our tour guide, a Pamplona native, scolded us while he was teaching us about Pablo Picasso's painting, " Guernica." He said, "don't let anyone tell you America is not great. America IS a great country!" Do we all have to travel so a foreigner can remind us?

Thanks to Nathan Ugoretz for a great column last week! I'll steal his line, "see you at the polls," because one of the best great things about our country is our right to vote. Don't waste it.
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

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 . . .

I recently retired after 41 years in the classroom.  It was an easy "fix" for me - I just took my stipend for being Chilton's president, and cashed it in on a lifetime WEAC Retired plan, so that I can continue to support public education (just from a slightly different perspective).

-Ed Rollman, WEAC Region 10 Retired  
Instruction & Professional Development
National Board Certification
View WEAC's National Board Webinar: Wednesday, October 12 from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm.  Click here to register!  
Explore the professional and financial benefits of National Board Certification and the support your union can provide to National Board candidates.
Benefits include:
*        Reimbursement of costs ($2000)
*        Annual Wisconsin stipend ($2500-$5000)
*        {Most} school districts provide wage increases or stipends
*        License portability between states
*        10-year WI Master Educator License
Union support includes:
*        Informational sessions throughout Wisconsin
*        Individual coaching
*        Access to NEA Jump Start curriculum
*        Assignment of personal mentor
*        Regular candidate support sessions
*        Access to the expertise of NBCT union members

Monday, November 14th, PDP support sessions

To PDP or not to PDP?: Online 3:45-4:45 
Are you a Professional Educator wondering if you should be renewing your license with a PDP?  Join us online for a live video conference to get your questions answered.

Professional PDP Goal Writing Roundtable: @ WR3 5-6 OR Online 7-8
Are you a Professional Educator working to write your goal?  It doesn't need to 
be approved, but wouldn't you like to get some feedback from other professional educators to see if you're on the right track? 

Click Here or Use the QR Code to Register Now! 
PDP Goal Approval OR Verification 

Are you an Initial Edu cator who needs their goal approved? Is your Plan ready to be verified? We'll put tog ether your  live & in-person team of reviewers!  
Saturday, Dec. 3 @ Region 3

free to members, 
if you sign up now to secure your appointment with a team. 
Click Here or Use the QR Code to Register Now !  
Alternate Dates Available: Dec. 17, May 6, & May 20
PDP Writing Workshop

Learn how to write your PDP goal and objectives.  Work to plan your activities and assessment for your licensure cycle.  Receive guidance and feedback from Trained Reviewers. Bring your computer, we'll get you set up in QEI so you can get started writing your PDP!

Saturday, Dec. 3 @ WEAC Region 3
free to members, 
if you sign up now!

 Click here or Use the QR Code to Register Now !  
Alternate Dates Available:  May 6th
Citizen Responsibility Information

Early in-person voting has already started in many municipalities across the state!
UW Extension Brown County has a website to check all polling places in Brown County. For all other counties, you must check with your municipal clerk to find out about places and times to cast an early, in-person vote: https://myvote.wi.gov.

Monday, October 24th
through Friday, November 4th
(guaranteed early in-person voting dates)

Vote at your municipality during regular business hours.
Go to   https://myvote.wi.gov 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.

Join Us in Mishicot!

Mishicot EA has participated in WEAC Region 3's Listening Project and has developed an organizing plan to promote MEA in the community. On Saturday, October 15th, MEA will be participating in Mishicot's annual Pumpkinfest. MEA members will be sporting Association t-shirts and carrying a banner supporting MEA and public education. Proceeds from the t-shirt sale and other planned activities are being used to establish a college scholarship fund for Mishicot students.
Your members are invited to join Mishicot EA in the parade to support public education. The parade begins at noon. MEA members are meeting in the parking lot of OH Schultz Elementary school at 11:30. It may be easier to park in the middle school parking lot located on the east side of the school. From there, walk over through the fields and meet up with MEA in the parking lot.

If you have questions, please contact Scott Van Hefty at 4vanhefty@gmail.com.
Thanks for all you do to support public education!
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members

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

lynnuteschforassembly@gmail.com | 920-388-0868 | Paid For By Lynn Utesch For Assembly


Get Out the Early Vote Canvassing and Phone Banking
at the Democratic Campaign Headquarters 
816 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081
October 15 and 16
Shifts at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm (Saturday)
Shifts at 9am, 12pm, and 6pm (Sunday)
October 22 and 23
Shifts at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm (Saturday)
Shifts at 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm (Sunday)
Contact Kyle Whelton to sign up or with any questions: 920-627-9082

Drop-ins always welcome too!
Friday, October 7, 1:30 - 3:30pm 
Wilson Theatre at Vogel Hall
929 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Friday, October 7, 3:30 - 6pm
Rumpus Room
1030 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Sunday, October 9, 7 - 9:30pm
Bounce Milwaukee
2801 S. 5th Ct., Milwaukee, WI 53207
Monday, October 10, 10 - 11am 
Midtown Center, 5700 W Capitol Pkwy Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53216
Monday, October 10,  12 - 1pm 
Forrest Home Library, 1432 W Forest Home Ave Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204
Member Benefits
WEAC Members:  Get Discount Tickets to Milwaukee Bucks Games

W EAC has teamed up with the Milwaukee Bucks to offer discounted tickets to WEAC members for selected games this season through the Bucks' TicketPASS program.
WI Retirement Security Tour 2016

For more information, contact:

Gregory Neil - (608) 556-9521 
Claiborne Hill - (608) 219-1739
In the News
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:   
  • 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