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with NEA, the largest in the country makes me
feel proud and powerful. Realizing that 1 out
every 100 people in the United States is an NEA
member intensifies that I am not alone and am
part of something bigger, not only in Georgia but
throughout the United States.
Being active within GAE has strengthened my
professional connections throughout the state.
What can you do? The suggestions below are
not exhaustive but are designed to get your
involvement even more engage.
First, if you are not active on your local level,
become active: Attend local meetings. Create a
celebration for American Education Week. Help
with the spelling bee. Organize an event for
Read Across America. Become an Association
Representative. Run for an officer position.
Next, become active on the state level: Read
The KNOW magazine from cover to cover.
Go to the GAE website and Facebook page.
Attend the GAE Spring Representative Assembly.
Make time to attend other events sponsored by
GAE and GAE-Retired. Volunteer to serve on
a GAE State Committee. Run for the Fund for
Public Education (FPE). Nominate yourself for a
Board of Directors position.
Lastly, NEA offers opportunities for involvement.
First and foremost, if you have not yet attended
an NEA Representative Assembly, make plans
to attend the next one: June 30 to July 5 in
Minneapolis. After several decades of attending
the NEA RA, I still get goosebumps of joy and
pride entering the convention hall the first day
with 9,000 to 10,000 of my “union brothers and
sisters” from all across the United States and from
the overseas affiliate, realizing that the NEA RA
is the world’s largest democratic deliberative boy.
Lao Tzu purports that “a journey of a thousand
miles begins with a single step.” As you begin
the next part of your journey at the onset of this
academic year, remember that you have another
opportunity to “get it right.” You are already
on the right road by being a member of your
local association, GAE, and NEA. Enlarge your
highway through the ABC’s of GAE: advocacy,
benefits, and community.
DON’T LET YOUR
NEA AND GAE
BE UP “IN THE AIR”!
Keep your NEA and
GAE membership and
member benefits in place.
Karen Solheim, President, GAE-Retired
SAVE THE DATE:
July 18, 2017
September 15, 2017
January 19, 2018
March 9, 2018
GAE: 100 Crescent Center Pkwy., Tucker
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
April 20, 2018
As a result of your generosity,
over 250 books and
75 teddy bears were donated!