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A Message from the NEA-Retired President

In with the New. . .

This year, in place of the NEA-Retired East and West Regional Conferences, we are holding one new gathering—the NEA-Retired Leadership Development and Organizing Conference. Scheduled for March 27 − 30, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference will focus on tapping into the rich potential of our members whose lifetime of experience and talent can help promote both NEA’s broad interests and those of particular concern to our retired members.

In addition to the customary topics covered at the NEA-Retired Conferences, the meetings, workshops, and general sessions will discuss strategies for developing new and existing leaders to organize and mobilize their retired members at state and local levels. Our hope is to create a super activist list of volunteers who can be called upon to support NEA’s campaigns and related efforts to promote the best interests of public schools, students, and teachers.

(We can’t help but look with pride at the 25,000 NEA-Retired members who gathered to help defeat SB5 in Ohio.)

With that goal in mind, the conference will focus on the following: organizing for membership and recruitment, political activism, and mentoring of future leaders. The conference will also discuss “Hot Topics” of particular importance to retired members—specifically retirement security issues such as Social Security, Medicare, pension protections, and health care.

Tom Curran

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