February 9, 2018  
Hi all,

I have a magic wand in my briefcase. Sometimes I pull it out and wave it around at a meeting to make the point that it's just not as easy as we want it to be.

From Chapter 6 of "Secrets of a Successful Organizer:"

What we need to do is often simple, but not easy. It's hard to carve out time for conversations, really listen, and keep chipping away at obstacles that take time to overcome. It's often tempting to seize on something that promises quick results. Maybe this new cellphone app will get our co-workers excited about the union! If we start ordering pizza for our meetings, everyone will come! But what sounds too good to be true, probably is.

The basics of organizing don't change. You can't wave a magic wand and instantly get power on the job. That only comes by doing the patient work of building relationships, identifying issues, and running campaigns. As famed organizer Fred Ross put it: "Shortcuts usually end in detours, which lead to dead ends."

Here are a few examples of shortcuts that will work against you in the long run:
  • Solving the problem yourself by going to management alone, instead of getting co-workers to come with you.
  • Continually relying on the same leaders, instead of developing new ones.
  • Shutting down bad ideas, instead of asking questions that help your co-workers realize why the idea won't work - or sometimes even letting them make their own mistakes.
  • Using Facebook [or email] to "invite" people to a union activity, instead of having a personal conversation.

For previous lessons in organizing from Secrets of a Successful Organizer , check out previous issues of " The Connection ."

And if these lessons sound intriguing, but your first thought is, "that will never work here," please remember that the Region 3 staff is ready and waiting to help you get started!

Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

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

Saturday, February 24 @ 1 PM - 3 PM
Capitol Square Downtown Madison

Wisconsin Progress is proud to announce it's first round of endorsements for the Spring 2018 elections! This is the largest class of endorsed candidates in their nine year history and they couldn't be prouder to support those who support their communities!

Congratulations to all candidates and they look forward to many victories come April!

Click here to view all of their endorsed candidates!

Looking to attend Governor Candidate Forums?

Professional Development Opportunities
NEA ESP Conference is March 23-25
The NEA ESP conference is a premier professional development opportunity for Education Support Professionals throughout the nation. Attendees will enhance their skills and knowledge in order to impact student achievement, build community relations, organize fellow union members, advocate for educators, strengthen their locals, and help colleagues do their jobs better. The conference offers dozens of workshops.    CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

2018 Every Teacher a Leader Summit @ Lambeau
This year's Summit will be held the evening of April 27, 2018, through the entire day of April 28, 2018, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. Fifteen (15) teams of educators will be selected to bring their teacher leadership idea, develop that idea into an actionable plan, and meet others who can help them along the way! The application deadline is Sunday, February 18, 2018. 2018 SUMMIT APPLICATION

Need Some Cash to Help You Get to Leadership Workshops?
The Dennis Muehl Grant can help!
This grant was created from memorial contributions following Dennis Muehl's death in October 1995. Dennis Muehl was the first Director of Bayland Teachers United, our area's first Uniserv. This grant is open to all WEAC Region 3 members and staff. $300 in grants are awarded annually.
If you are a dues paying member of WEAC Region 3, and you want to attend a grant-qualifying activity that relates to building the Union, Political Action, Public Relations, Membership Training, or the like, then please consider applying for the Dennis Muehl Grant.
These upcoming meetings are qualifying events:
WEAC Professional Issues Conference, March 2-4, 2018 in Madison
WEAC Region 3 Union Skills Workshop, June 2018
NEA RA, June 30-July 5 in Minneapolis, MN
WEAC Summer Leadership Academy, July 30-August 1, 2018 in Eau Claire

Click here for an application form and more details about the Grant.
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.
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, Thursday, February 15 (and the third Thursday of every month) @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
  • WEAC-Fox Valley Retired Travel Meeting, Wednesday, February 14 @ Mary's North, Appleton
WEAC Region 3