Legislative Rapid Response Team
made by the legislature impact recruitment and
retention of the best and the brightest in our field.
The Rapid Response Team is a tactic initiated by the
NEA Center for Organizing, which has taken as its
flagship the M.O.R.E. Project. The purpose of this
project is to provide support through training modules
to Mobilize, Organize, Recruit, and Engage Retired
members. Your expertise, years of experience, and
desire to get involved are crucial during this critical
turning point in GAE and NEA history. Rapid Response
Teams have been successful in the Washington D.C.
area, Florida, Arizona and North Dakota; and we are in
the planning stages in our state.
We’d love to have Retired, Pre-Retired, early and midcareer
educators, student members, to partner with
us! This means you! Members of the Rapid Response
Team can be involved in various ways: attending state
hearings on public education and retirement security
issues, organizing in your district, mentoring younger
GAE Members, and participating in social activities
with other GAE-Retired activists.
To become involved, contact Lynda Wolfe Smith,
GAE-Retired Legislative Chair (404-226-8542 or
firstname.lastname@example.org) or Antoinette (Toni) Smith,
GAE-Retired President (404-539-8660 or president.
Join us as we protect public education.
Questions about RETIREMENT?
You are invited to attend a
September 28 • Tucker
October 5 • Augusta
February 1 • Columbus
March 28 • Tifton
May 2 • Tucker
9 am–1 pm • exact locations tbd
open to GAE members and non-members
who are within five years of retirement
Seminar sessions include
Teacher Retirement System (TRS of Georgia)
• GAE and NEA Member Benefits
Government Pension Offset (GPO) and
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP)
Financial planning for retirement • Enjoying retirement
Please register at https://forms.gle/HPNzjTx7RGEDL5JB9
For further information, contact GAE-Retired
Vice President Karen Solheim
email@example.com or 706.202.7515
During the 2019 GAE-Retired All Member Conference,
a new business item was presented to create the
GAE-Retired Rapid Response Team. This new business
item passed unanimously and was presented to the
GAE Representative Assembly where it was also
adopted. The Rapid Response Team will consist of
members who can lobby at the General Assembly
in person on short notice and attend legislative
committee meetings and hearings at the Capitol.
In order to address issues of public education and
retirement year-round, GAE-Retired and NEARetired
members who live within a 50-mile radius
of downtown Atlanta are needed for face-to-face
lobbying during the legislative session and to attend
committee meetings and hearings throughout the
year. We will apply for grant funds to reimburse Rapid
Response Team members for mileage and meals.
The intent of the GAE Rapid Response Team is to
train members to engage legislators and expand our
advocacy activities and strategies statewide. GAERetired
members are the “Daytime Faces on the Front
Line,” and the need exists for advocacy in the face
of assaults on public education and on the Teachers
In addition, GAE-Retired members are needed to
remain in contact with their representatives around
the state, advocating for public education in general
and maintaining a defined benefit retirement plan with
a cost of living adjustment. We know that decisions
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Lunch — $5.00
GAE Board Room, 5th Floor
100 Crescent Centre Parkway
Tucker, Georgia 30084
September 13, 2019
January 24, 2020 (Budget meeting, 10:00 a.m.)
March 13, 2020
All Member Conference — April 17, 2020
Atlanta Renaissance Airport Hotel
GAE-Retired Speakers Bureau
One of the goals set for GAE-Retired at our July 2018 business meeting was the formation of a
Speakers Bureau comprised of members who would travel the state educating the public about
important issues related to public education. This bureau will be modeled after the successful efforts
that helped defeat the Opportunity School District amendment. Speakers will be trained about the
Teachers Retirement System, school district waivers, support personnel issues and school funding. After
training and practice, members of the Speakers Bureau will be on call in their communities to speak to
church groups, parent groups, sororities and fraternities and other groups that have influence.
We need you to answer the call to become an active member of the GAE-Retired Speakers Bureau!
We will announce our first training at our business meeting. Think about the other groups to which
you belong and how you can impact those individuals to advocate for public education. Our collective
voices will make a difference in the legislation that is passed about education and educator’s working
conditions and retirement. We can cover the state with trained speakers who can answer questions
about what’s happening in the General Assembly and local government and school boards. You can do
this. You retired from your profession, not your passion for public education, the children served and the
employees. Please answer the call.
For more information and to become a member of the GAE-Retired Speakers Bureau, contact Toni
Smith, President, at firstname.lastname@example.org 404-539-8660.
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