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up. I never felt caught Retired President veteran of 29 years,still involved those GA E -classroom contact with educators, As a retired so little time!profession. In keeping increasing. was able to Dear fellow to do… with education but I have so much the doing nothing A lthough more It feels as if we much admiration for al l in are was wrong.even demands of our profession few days. I me to becoming have for a led now occupies As such, I that profession,” I realize I could rela x—at least hours, my passions – all of which that “the of me thought phone calls during business professional association retired, part Once I friends and make community, and my to lunch w ith political party, my faith go involved with my 12 | KNOW • Volume 12 Issue 4 From my time. With the opening day of Georgia’s General Assembly less than a month away, I imagine many of you like me have questions occupying your thoughts. A s a believer of the sum of the parts being greater than the whole, I know that all will be well and that public education wil l be in good hands during this legislative session because of my GAE family. If all of us would do one something before, during, and af ter the upcoming Legislative Session, the General Assembly will recognize GAE’s presence. We have the power of k nowing our profession. We have the power of being able to advocate for our profession and we have the power to stay off the dismantling of public education in Georgia. I know that you are asking “What can I do?” A nd you are probably think ing “I don’t have t ime.” But being an active retired member isn’t as hard a s you think. I offer the following suggestions: 3 Become an exper t on one topic that affects our profe ssion. 3 Make contact with your legislator today. 3 Plan on spending at lea st one day visit ing the Capitol during this legislative session especially if requested by GAE. 3 Read all GAE Legislative updates to know what is happening at the Gold Dome. 3 Share your knowledge with friends and relatives and non-GA E members. 3 Remember, you can make a difference. If you do nothing, nothing happens. If you do something, something happens. I ever ything, but still do one. I cannot that I can do.” one, but still I am something I am only do the Hale writes, “thing, I will not refuse to Edward Everett author I cannot do ever y A merican because do something. A nd busy! can so little time. Let’s get much to do…So Karen Sinc erel y, Solheim Karen Solheim Pre sident GAE-Re t ire d


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