January 12, 2018  
Hi all,

The organizing lesson of the week will help you think about the members of your Local in a new way. If you ask union members to draw their union structure, most will draw a pyramid: officers at the top, rank and file at the bottom. Some might get clever and draw an inverted pyramid with the rank and file at the top. 

But a better way to think about your fellow members, from the organizer's point of view, is like a dartboard with concentric circles:

In the center is your  core group : the people (maybe you?) who are always thinking about organizing and how to get others involved, even on their time off. They might be elected leaders or building reps, or not.

In the first ring are the  activists who can be counted on to help when an issue heats up. They will take responsibility to get the word out and will ask other people to take action too.

In the second ring are  supporters : people who will wear a button or sign a petition, but don't take responsibility for getting anyone else involved.

In the third ring are the people who appear most  disengaged . They don't see the union as a factor in their lives, so they don't participate (or join).

There are also people outside the circle who aren't just uninvolved -- they're  hostile to the union. Don't waste your time arguing with the haters. Maybe one day something will open their eyes, but it'll probably be an experience, not a debate, that does it.

Once you've drawn your own bullseye and given some thought to the make-up of your membership, you'll be ready for the next lesson that talks about what to do with this information. For previous lessons in organizing from Secrets of a Successful Organizer, check out previous issues of " The Connection."

Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

Is Retirement on Your Horizon? 
Register to Attend Retirement 101
Mark your calendars for a presentation designed to help you plan for the future. Members who are thinking of retiring in the next 5 years should plan to attend - - presented by WEA Member Benefits. 
Also included is an optional Long-Term Care benefits presentation.
Tuesday, January 23
5:30 - 7:30 pm
WR3 office AND via Zoom
Details and registration here.
All Region 10 Retirees Invited!
Kim Jordan, WEAC-Fox Valley Retired President

WEAC-Fox Valley Retirees is sponsoring a meeting set for January 16.  It will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Bordini Center (across from the Fox Valley Technical College campus off Bluemound Drive in Appleton). 
The January meeting will feature two similar topics.  The first speaker is Bob Heimann, Information Technology Director from the Town of Grand Chute.  Bob will cover the topic of avoiding online scams.  Linda Fickau and Donna Habert from Fox Communities Credit Union will give the second presentation and will talk about protecting ourselves from identity theft.  Both topics seem to be of concern to our members.
You can save a space for this meeting by emailing me at skjordan1010@gmail.com or by calling me at 920-427-4053.

Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members
Five hearings are scheduled on proposed educator licensing rules

The Department of Public Instruction will conduct five hearings in January to accept public testimony on proposed changes to educator licensing rules (PI 34).

In addition to the hearings, a public comment period is open until Jan. 31 with written comments on the proposed permanent rules given the same consideration as public testimony. The hearing dates, times, and locations are as follows:
  • January 16, 4 to 6 p.m. - St. Norbert College, Mulva Library, Room 101, 400 Third Street, De Pere;
  • January 17, 2:30 to 4 p.m. - DPI Headquarters, GEF 3, Room P41, 125 South Webster Street, Madison;
  • January 19, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Milwaukee Public Schools, Auditorium, 5225 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee;
  • January 25, 3 to 5 p.m. - CESA 10, Conference Center, 725 West Park Avenue, Chippewa Falls; and
  • January 29, 4 to 6 p.m. - University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Centennial Hall, 3212 Centennial Hall, La Crosse.
CLICK HERE for more information.

Meet Two Candidates for Governor

The Brown County Democratic Party will host Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Tony Evers and Kathleen Vinehout at their monthly meeting.

January 25 at 7 PM
Brown County Democratic Office
118 S. Chestnut Ave., Green Bay
Blanket Collection - January 4 - 31

Nearly 30% of hard-working families in Brown County struggle to make ends meet.

Help these families stay warm this winter by making a donation to the Blanketing Brown County Drive. Blanketing Brown County will have collection sites throughout Brown County including all Brown County Library branches, all Green Bay Metro Fire Stations, all Shopko stores, the YMCA, Brown County United Way, 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 920.676.2028 or visit Facebook: Blanketing Brown County
Collection put together by: Greater Green Bay Labor Council Community Services Committee & Brown County United Way
Professional Development Opportunities

Join the Wisconsin Education Association Council & WEA Academy, in partnership with GSafe Wisconsin, to enhance your skills in creating welcoming schools.

*Increase your knowledge about LGBTQ topics
*Find out what resources are available
*Get simple best practices everyone can use
*Learn how to conduct a training in your school

WEAC Members:  FREE
Non-Members: $160

Check out School Me at nea.org/schoolme and please share it as one of the best resources for new educators to help them grow into seasoned professionals. New content will be available for sharing on NEA Today's Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and Pinterest , as well as on www.neatoday.org . You can subscribe to the School Me podcast on iTunes.  If you know someone who would like to become a contributor, encourage them to submit ideas to newedsubmissions@nea.org

2018 Professional Issues Conference
Registration is now open for the 2018 WEAC Professional Issues Conference, which is March 2-4 at the Concourse Hotel in  Madison. The conference will focus on the most important lever in improving our schools: building the knowledge and skills of educators. WEAC is committed to professional learning that is continuous, job-embedded, practical, and connected to student achievement. WEAC offers to our members the connections, tools, learning opportunities, and resources they need to promote meaningful and purposeful professional learning and embed it in the school day.
National Board Certification for Teachers
It's a great way to distinguish yourself as an educator AND receive extra salary!

Region 3 will host GBEA member and Nationally Board Certified teacher Sandra Michels as she presents an overview of the NBCT process. Region 3 will provide member NBCT candidates with:
  • Individual coaching
  • Access to NEA Jump Start curriculum (at Summer Leadership Academy July 30-August 2)
  • Assignment of personal mentor
  • Regular candidate support sessions
  • Access to the expertise of NBCT union members
To learn more about it, come to the Information Session
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Available in person at the WEAC Region 3 office in Green Bay, or virtually through ZOOM.

Click here for the flyer. Help spread the word!

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.


  • Region 3 Office Closed, January 15, 2018

  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, January 25 @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300

WEAC Region 3