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A message from NEA-Retired President Tom Curran

Goodbye…For Now

Summers, I travel from my retirement home in Florida to the shores of Little Sebago Lake in my home state of Maine. This year, I prepared to move north while looking toward August and the end of my term as NEA-Retired president. 

I sometimes joke that my responsibilities as president stole away my beach time. The truth is that I have been indescribably grateful for the opportunity to work with individuals who have an unparalleled commitment to public education. 

I appreciate the hard work of our six representatives to the NEA Board of Directors. I am also grateful to members of the NEA-Retired Executive Council—in particular, Martha Wood, our volunteer election chairperson; John Jensen, our vice president; and Martha Karlovetz, our secretary. 

Our state presidents, their boards and members, along with the state staff liaisons were fantastic. Because of you, NEA-Retired membership held steady during a time of dwindling numbers throughout labor. 

I am grateful to attendees of the Organizing Conference and the Annual Meeting whose generous donations benefit future, active, and retired educators.  

A big thank you to our political activists. During these tough times, I know you will continue to work for public education in states and communities nationwide.

I also thank NEA staff whose expertise and dedication I appreciate beyond measure.

Likewise, I am grateful to members of NEA-Retired who consistently reach out to elected leaders on critical issues like public education funding, protection of Social Security and Medicare, and preservation of the Affordable Care Act.

Lastly, I offer heartfelt congratulations to my successor, Sarah Borgman, who was elected in June during the NEA-Retired Annual Meeting in Boston. 

As I take my place on the sidelines to cheer for you all, I do so knowing that NEA-Retired is in very capable hands. 

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1-Aug-17

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