July 27, 2018  

Hi all,

As you read this, I'll be heading to the cottage for a week-long respite from the office. 

When I return, I'll be busy with a Sheboygan Degrees Not Debt presentation on August 6 and a Region 3 Membership Drive workshop on August 8th.....plus a bunch of other back-to-school activities in many Locals across the Region.

Hope to see you soon!


Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

Back-to-School Membership Drive
You're gonna have one, right?

SIGN-UP DEADLINE is Friday, 8/3!!

Wednesday, August 8
This workshop is designed to help YOUR LOCAL plan (plenty of time for planning at the workshop!) and implement (we can work with you when fall comes around) a successful membership drive to kick off the 2018-19 school year. 

We are encouraging you to bring a team of at least three people from your Local, so you can start thinking about fun people to bring along. Click on the image or here to register. Click for a flyer.

Start talking with your friends today!


The NEA Lifetime Retired dues increase info provided in the July 13th issue of The Connection ($50 increase in NEA-Retired Lifetime) was provided to us incorrectly.  Please disregard. 

If active members plan to become pre-retired members and want to do the 12-month EFT to pay their lifetime retired dues, they should start that September 1.  That will not be an option after September 1 this year. Those deductions only begin once a year in September. 

Furthermore, the expectation is that the NEA Lifetime Retired dues will increase beginning September 2019, although that decision has not yet been made. 

Remember, anyone eligible to join WEAC can join   WEAC-Retired even BEFORE you retire!  Joining WEAC-Retired means also  joining  NEA-Retired   and enjoying all of the benefits provided by the national  and state organizations.
Learn more on the   WEAC-Retired website.

Professional Development

Find out more and sign up now for an August 16 "Teaching Hacks!" workshop presented by WEA Academy at the WEAC Building in Madison. In this workshop, Fennimore Education Association member, science teacher, and author Danielle Carlson brings you tips, tricks and ideas to save you time, help you organize your classroom in creative ways, strengthen relationships with students, implement active learning strategies, improve your classroom management skills, and more.

This is a WEAC member-only event. 

Learn the financial and professional benefits of National Board Certification in the comfort of your own home. Led by Wisconsin National Board Network President Sandra Michels, this webinar will outline the process of obtaining National Board Certification. Sign up here.

Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members

The Gubernatorial Primary is Tuesday, August 14, 2018
What is your plan for voting?
Offices on this PARTISAN primary ballot are Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, odd-numbered Wisconsin State Senate seats, and all Wisconsin Assembly seats.

How the primary works
primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party's candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Wisconsin utilizes an open primary system; registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary. [40] [41] [42]

No Crossover Voting
Electors may vote for candidates of only one political party. Select a political party ballot. On the selected ballot, vote for the candidates of your choice by placing a mark in the space designated next to the candidate's name. Or, write in the name of a person for whom you desire to vote. If you vote for candidates of more than one party, no votes will be counted.

Get started today:

Click for a list of Democratic candidates in the August 14 primary election for governor. Click HERE for a list of recommended legislative candidates - use the password WEAC to access the list. Visit weac.org/election for more information - including recommendations of Josh Kaul for attorney general and Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate - and to sign up for the WEAC Election Watch email alerts!


The 4th Annual Summer Summit is August 1 at Appleton North High School and the planning team has been working nonstop to put together an amazing day for public education supporters. This conference is for ALL OF US - from the seasoned organizers and the veteran educators to those just interested in learning more about the challenges facing our schools and what we can do to support them. Register TODAY and help spread the word!    Click here to register and learn more.

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.
  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, the third Thursday of every month @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
  • Membership Drive Workshop - Wednesday, August 8 - 9 am to 4 pm.
WEAC Region 3