December 7, 2018
Vol. 3, #3

Hi All,
Region 3's Organizing Committee has pledged to put on  a FREE professional development opportunity for our members on Saturday, January 26, 2019,  at the WR3 office. The conference starts at 9:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend for a Winter ReCharge!

What's on the menu? We already have presenters for "Managing Student Behaviors," geared specifically for our ESP members, and sessions about "Mindfulness" for us, "Google Classroom," "Classroom Management," "Math is Fun: Games for Students," and  a "Degrees Not Debt" workshop. We've also got some union-centered presentations on building rep training and "Beating Back the Bully Principal."

We're still in the planning stages right now. We are hoping to partner with our neighbors at the Green Bay Education Association. And we're looking for ideas from YOU - what topics would you like to learn about and, what topics would YOU like to share with others as a presenter?

Let us know what topics you want by replying:
Got an idea for a session? Presenter proposal form here.

Schedule of sessions and registration coming SOON - but see below for financial planning sessions available on the same date (that registration is open NOW)!

Kathy Rohde
Regional Director 
Get Your Financial Ducks in A Row!

FREE, 1-hour Financial Planning Sessions

Every 3rd Thursday of the month, a Certified Financial Planner comes to the Region 3 office. Members are entitled to a FREE 1-hour consultation and can make an appointment by calling 800-279-4030.

Thursday doesn't work for you? Why not get started with your financial plan on Saturday, January 26?

WEA Member Benefits consultants will be at our office in Green Bay (twelve 1-hour appointments are available) on a first-come, first-served basis during our Professional Development Workshop.

Attention WEAC Region 3 Members!
Member Benefits Consultants Steve Bader and Mark Resch, from WEA Member Benefits will be onsite to meet with Region 3 Members.

WHAT:   FREE Financial Consultation
WHEN:  Saturday, January 26, 2019 (registration link below)
WHERE:  WEAC Region 3 Office, 1136 N. Military Ave., Green Bay 
This is ideal if you are just getting started, have specific questions, or would like a quick check-in.  Because these are held onsite, it's a convenient way to meet with someone face-to-face to get some general help or guidance.

The Member Benefits Consultants can answer your specific questions on a wide range of financial topics such as:
  • Reasons to start a 403(b) or IRA savings account and how to enroll
  • Wisconsin Retirement System basics
  • Retirement Savings strategies; Pre-tax vs. Roth, 403(b) vs. IRA
  • Investment/Account Fees
  • Budgeting
  • Tips for purchasing personal insurance
Some things to bring along to your consultation include:
  • Recent paycheck stub
  • Recent 403(b) and/or IRA account statements
  • WRS statement
  • Laptop (if available)
  • Other financial information you would like reviewed
Spouses/partners welcome.

Registration is open NOW:
Can't make it to a consultation but want to talk to someone? Sign up for a 30-minute phone consultation and speak to a Retirement and Investment Consultant. Find a time and day that's convenient for you at

Professional Development

Region 3/GBEA National Board Support Syllabus

WEAC, Region 3 and GBEA have organized  ongoing monthly National Board Support for the 2018-2019 cycle . Generally, the first portion of the session will feature a presentation on a  topic or issue and the second portion of the session will be reserved for working with  candidate concerns and questions. Sessions will be held at the WEAC Region 3 Office, 1136 N. Military  Ave., Green Bay. We have added the option of joining us via Zoom if you are unable to attend in  person! Pre-registration is not required but appreciated - light dinner will be served.

Click here for dates and ZOOM info.

In Green Bay at the Region 3 office
on Wednesday, February 20th!

"Join your colleagues across the state for this blended learning opportunity examining the science of happiness. This unique course focuses on character strengths, positive emotion, resilience, purpose, positive relationships, and creativity. When educators model qualities of compassion, gratitude and mindfulness, and integrate them into lesson plans, we increase students' joy and engagement while contributing to a healthy classroom environment."

Check the calendar for statewide
professional development events, including other dates/venues for "The Science of Happiness."

Check the calendar for statewide
professional development events.

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."
You have an opportunity to keep members in the loop AND respect their time by holding 10-minute meetings! It's also a great time to get feedback from people in the building. 

If you feel like you're in a rut, why not try the 10-minute meeting?

For more details about how the 10-minute meeting works, click  here.

For previous 10-minute meeting topics:

The December 10-Minute Meeting topic:

NEA Member Benefits

Your membership in your Local union includes memberships to the Region (WEAC Region 3), the state (Wisconsin Education Association Council), and the national (National Education Association) organizations and all provide specific benefits. Did you know your NEA membership includes:
  • Complimentary life insurance; and
  • Employment Liability?
Furthermore, the free $1,000 term life insurance offered through NEA can be increased at a very competitive rate and remains in place as long as you are an active or retired member.

A simple handout explains all the details of these important benefits and could easily be shared in a 10-minute meeting!

A link to the NEA Member Benefits life insurance benefit gives details about the extra coverage you can buy: 

Note: A 10-minute meeting about NEA Benefits should be open to everyone - members and potential members alike.

Celebrate Success!

WEAC Region 3 welcomes 

 26   new members in November
36   new members in October!

WEAC Region 3