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Good news…The Representative Assembly
voted to broaden the requirements about
GAE-Retired membership to match what
is contained in the NEA Constitution
Of course, GAE-Retired membership is open
to anyone who is or was a GAE member.
However, GAE-Retired membership is now
open to any person who qualifies in one of
the other following ways and who qualifies
for NEA-Retired membership*:
1. As a retired educator or educational support
professional who has been an Active
member in an affiliate of the National
Education Association in another state;
2. As a person who has retired as a staff
member of the Georgia Association
of Educators, the National Education
Association, or any other affiliate of the
National Education Association; or,
3. As a person who was employed for at least
five (5) years in a position that would have
qualified him/her for Active membership in
an NEA affiliate but who is no longer
so employed or is retired.
If you know someone who meets these
criteria—GAE Active member or not—
who is retiring or has retired, the invitation
is now open to join GAE-Retired.
Keep Knowing. Keep Growing.
Keep Doing. With GAE-Retired
For further information, contact GAE-Retired
President Karen Solheim or visit the
GAE website at: www.gae.org
*NEA-Retired membership: Retired membership shall
be open to any person who is at least forty-five (45) years
of age or who is eligible to receive a pension from an
educational employment retirement system (including
Social Security), and who was employed for at least five
(5) years in a position that qualified him or her for Active
membership but who is no longer so employed or who 135
Bylaws retires and returns to either day-to-day or regular
full- or part-time educational employment as part of an
early retirement agreement with the local school district.
Retired membership is limited to persons who support the
purposes and programs of the Association. Retired members
shall maintain membership in the state affiliate provided the
affiliate has a membership category for retired members and
provided the affiliate grants such members at least the right
to serve as delegates to its delegate assembly or equivalent
body and to be counted toward the representation
entitlement for such body.
ON THE MOVE
Ms. Deborah K. Simonds,
former GAE President,
was re-appointed to
serve on the Teachers
of Georgia Board of
Trustees. A Board of
Trustees administers the
System of Georgia (TRS). State statutes provide
that the administration of the System be vested
in a ten-member Board of Trustees.
OPEN TO ANY GAE MEMBER
Why would I want to become
a GAE-Pre-Retired member?
The first reason is financial. A GAE-Pre-Retired
member pays lifetime membership dues once
now and changes to be a GAE-Retired member
upon retirement. The lifetime membership
will increase with the 2016-17 membership
dues year; therefore, all GAE-Active members
are encouraged to “lock in” their lifetime
membership dues amount now before
Secondly, when you retire, you will definitely
leave your position; leaving your profession isn’t
as easy. Once a public educator, that passion for
public education and the issues surrounding
students and the profession still exist. Once you
retire, you can become the daytime face of
Lastly, in order for those dues-saving
NEA and GAE member benefits to continue
after retirement, you need to be a GAE-
Want more information?
Call GAE or visit the GAE-Retired Facebook
page or GAE website.
Patrick Crabtree, Brenda Montgomery,
and Karen Solheim attended the 7th World
Congress of Education International (EI),
July 19-26 in Ottawa. The World Congress
meets every four years to adopt policies
and approve programs and financial and
other reports. It is the supreme governing
body of EI. It provides an opportunity for
representatives of member organizations
from all over the world to meet and
consider the major issues affecting their
organizations, the international education
union movement, and the ongoing struggle
to achieve quality public education for all.
It also elects the Officers and Executive
Board for the following four years and
determines the membership dues rates.
The theme for the 7th World Congress
was Unite for Quality Education –
Better Education for a Better World.
This theme built on EI’s “UNITE” campaign
to provide a free quality public education
for all children. As the global union
federation representing education workers
worldwide, EI seeks to improve the welfare
and status of teachers and other education
employees, including Education Support
The World Congress is truly a rare and
unique opportunity for all NEA members.
EI is the world’s largest federation of
unions, representing 30 million education
employees in about 400 organizations in 170
countries and territories, across the globe.
Approximately 1,000 representatives of these
member organizations from around the
world attended the World Congress.
The World Congress rotates among EI’s five
regions—Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin
America, and North America/Caribbean.
The most recent one was held in Cape
Town, South Africa in 2011.
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