September 15, 2017   

Hello all,
How do you visualize your membership in the union?

Is it like a soda machine? You put your money in, push a button for the thing you want, then get it. Everything is good. What happens when the machine is out of the thing you want? What happens when the machine keeps your money, but fails to deliver? Do you quit putting your money in? Do you go shopping for a different machine? 

What if, instead, you visualized your union membership like a gym membership? Imagine a place where people go - they all have similar goals and they sometimes work together, even coach each other, to reach those goals. What happens when you don't go to the gym? You might not reach your goals. You might not get what you want as soon as you could if you attended regularly.

I belong to some organizations and pay some dues because I believe in the cause, but I don't devote time to the effort (e.g., The National Parks Conservation Association). I belong to other organizations and donate time AND money (e.g., Literacy Green Bay). And I belong to my union as an engaged, active member. I pay dues AND I get involved as a grievance rep and elected rep to national meetings. When I engage, I get more for my money and I have a voice in getting what I want. We are stronger together!

Soda machine or gym membership? How do you see YOUR membership in the union?

Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

Another Reminder
All Members Invited to Attend!

Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the WEAC Region 3 All Presidents' Meeting on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the WEAC Region 3 office, 1136 North Military Avenue, Green Bay - 10 AM to Noon with lunch and Zone meetings to follow.

Every Local has the opportunity to join their President and/or a designee(s) at this meeting.  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.     
Please RSVP or (800-472-5582) by September 18, 2017. 
Tell Your Story

WEAC Region 3 Member Finalist for Presidential Teaching Award

Four WEAC members have been named finalists for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), considered the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for mathematics and science teachers.

One of those members is our very own Region 3 member,  Kevin Reese, mathematics and Advanced Placement Calculus and Statistics teacher @ Clintonville High School.

Congratulations Kevin!
WEAC Region 3 Member Finalist for Presidential Teaching Award

Inspired by a grandfather who worked on civil rights and progressive issues, Matthew W. Miller Sr., an English learner teacher at North High School in Sheboygan, pushes himself to make a difference in the lives of his students. Named Wisconsin's 2018 Special Services Teacher of the Year last spring, he will represent the state in the National Teacher of the Year program. (Miller is a member of WEAC Region 3.)

Congratulations Matthew!
Purchasing A New Car?
by: Thomas Kreif, WEAC-FV Retired Member

See here an excellent article on purchasing a new and/or used vehicle.  Also, find ways to save travel money!
Professional Development Opportunities

WEAC Region 3
Financial Workshops
Fall 2017
A benefit for Members geared toward early career educators. 

We are hosting these workshops in a place near you: Marinette, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Sturgeon Bay. Included in the mix are workshops from WEA Member Benefits and a Region 3 offering of NEA's student loan informational workshop called "Degrees Not Debt." Sign up today!

Please see the flyer.

The FIRST WORKSHOP has been 
: Wednesday, September 20 in Sheboygan. 

Additional sessions of "Don't Be Jack" are still available - - 
registration deadline is Tuesday, September 19th
: Tuesday, September 26 in Marinette, and Wednesday, September 27 in Green Bay. Click here  to register.

CLL Dates Set

Click on the photo to hear more details on WEAC Region 3 Learning Labs.

The coordinator is Sheboygan EA member Scott Jelinek-Zittel.

Want to Find Out MORE about National Board Certification?

Attend Region 3's National Board Certification Informational Session.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
5:30 - 7:00 pm
WEAC Region 3 Office: 1136 N. Military Ave., Green Bay

Presented by Sandra Michels, NBCT, and Green Bay Education Association Member
Click here for flyer.
Click here to register.
NBCT Support Sessions in Milwaukee

Region 3 is a big area and some of us live closer to Milwaukee than Green Bay...

Region 3 Members are WELCOME to attend NBCT support sessions offered at the Region 7 office.
Click here for New and Continuing Candidates flyer.
Click here for Renewal Candidates flyer.
Member Benefits

Live Webinars Scheduled for September
ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit their webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions. 
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.
  • NAFTA Town Hall, Tuesday, September 19, 7 PM @ UA Local 400 Plumbers & Steamfitters
  • WEAC Region 3 Presidents' Meeting, Saturday, September 23, 10 AM @ WEAC Region 3
  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, September 28 @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300
  • Don't be Jack Financial Workshop, Tuesday, September 24, 5:30 PM @ Marinette High School Library; and Wednesday, September 27 @ WEAC Region 3, Green Bay. 
WEAC Region 3