The purposes of this Association are to:

  • The purposes of this Association are to:
  • A. Promote and protect the interests, rights, and welfare of the retired educators of the Stevens Point area in conjunction with the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association (WREA).
  • B. Monitor and work to improve the benefits for retired educators and other members of the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS).
  • C. Encourage Association members to maintain membership in the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association (WREA).
  • D. Develop working relationships with local service organizations whose main emphasis is on aging groups and with organizations sharing goals similar to those of the Association.
  • E. Inform Association members about and advocate for educational and other relevant societal issues.
  • F. Inform members of activities in the area provided for senior citizens.
  • G. Encourage Association members to be active participants in community affairs on an individual basis.

Monday, October 23, 2023

If you think things are bad now, some perspective

Kevin Drum

October 20, 2023

Here is the story of my grandfather (on my mother's side). Yes, it has a point:

My grandfather was born in 1900. He was 14 when World War I broke out and 17 when America entered the fighting. He was 18 when the Spanish flu pandemic swept the world. He was 20 when the Palmer Raids and the associated red scare broke out. He was 25 during the Scopes trial and 29 during the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. He was 32 when the Great Depression got into full swing and the US banking system came within days of collapsing. He was 33 when famine killed millions in Ukraine and 34 when he lost his job as an electrician for Western Union and had to spend the rest of the decade as an elevator operator. He was 39 at the start of World War II—the biggest, most destructive war in human history.

He was 45 when, in the Pacific, the US detonated two atomic bombs over Japan. On the other side of the world the full horror of the Holocaust became public and the Soviet Union swallowed Eastern Europe. He was 47 when the Cold War started. He was 49 when communists took over China and the Soviet Union detonated an atomic bomb. The country would live under the specter of nuclear annihilation forever after that.

He was 50 when McCarthyism took over the country—the second red scare of his lifetime. He was 57 when Sputnik was launched and 59 when famine killed upwards of 50 million people in China. He was 62 during the Cuban Missile Crisis, 63 when a president was assassinated, 64 when Tonkin Gulf ignited the Vietnam War in earnest, and 65 when the Watts Riots broke out a few miles from his home. He was 68 when both a presidential candidate and the country's preeminent civil rights leader were assassinated. He was 74 when Richard Nixon resigned over Watergate. He was 78 when Three Mile Island melted down and 79 when hostages were taken in Iran. He was 80 when gasoline prices doubled and inflation hit 15%. He was 86 when Chernobyl melted down.

A few years later he died.

I promised you a point. Here it is: stop whining. Young adults today have lived through 9/11, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a severe recession, and then Donald Trump. Currently Ukraine and Israel are at war.

Has this been a traumatic era? A time of polycrisis and the decline of democracy? Please. Today's problems are pinpricks compared to the 20th century. The Spanish Flu killed 50 million people globally—nearly 3% of the total population. During the Great Depression unemployment peaked at about 25% and wages fell by nearly half. In 1942 the world was down to nine democracies—and 80 million people had to die before democracy finally won the day. The Holocaust killed two-thirds of the Jews in Europe. The Cold War lasted 45 years and immiserated hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

Sure, we have problems. But even taken altogether they're just not that big. The Great Recession peaked at 10% unemployment and stayed above 5% for seven years—compared to 11% and 27 years between 1970 and 1997. Wages for blue-collar workers went up during the Great Recession compared to a 7% decline during the Volcker Recession and a 40% decline during the Great Depression. The combination of 9/11 and both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars killed about 10,000 Americans over a decade—the toll from a single year of Vietnam or a single month of WWII. COVID was half as deadly as the Spanish Flu in the US and a thirtieth as deadly worldwide. There are ten times as many democracies in the world as there were 80 years ago—and fears to the contrary notwithstanding, they're in pretty good shape. Racism may still be our original sin, but it's plummeted compared to the days of Jim Crow, redlining, literacy tests, and Bull Connor. Our standard of living is triple what it was at the start of the postwar era. Inflation recently rose above 5% for two years, but that compares to nine consecutive years from 1973-82. The murder rate spiked to 6.8 per 100,000 a couple of years ago but is still a third less than it was three decades ago.

Now tell me again about your polycrisis and your trauma. I'm listening.

2023 November Newsletter


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

T-shirts and Picnic

 Last Call: T-Shirt Order


The order for SPARTA t-shirts will be called in on June 5.  They will be available at the July picnic.  There will be a few extra of the most ordered sizes.


Because we ordered less than anticipated, the price is a few dollars more.


Short-sleeved t-shirts:  S-XL $13

                                          2X-4X  $15

Long-sleeved t-shirts: S-XL  $17

                                           2X-4X $19


Please call Jan Langton at 715-340-2145 or email her at before June 4 with your order.  Payment will be collected when your shirts are delivered at the July picnic. 



SPARTA Picnic: Reservations Required

Reservations are required for the general membership meeting on Monday, July 10 at 11:00.  The picnic will be at Heritage Village in Plover. 

       Jimmy John’s box lunch: regular sandwich, chips, pickle spear, cookie


       Billy Club: roast beef, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato

       Country Club: turkey, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato

       Sandwiches will come dry, add your own condiments

       Condiments: mustard, oil/vinegar, onion, mayo, cucumber

       Cost: $12

       Guest meals are free (but sign up!!)

       Reservations due by July 7

Call or email Jan Langton at 715-340-2145 or

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

You Can't Win Against Mother Nature

 The book sale scheduled for Saturday, May 13 has been cancelled/postponed.  From J.K.:

Good morning SPARTA volunteers,

After much consideration of this weekend’s forecast, and the fact that it would be our higher priced books on sale, I have decided not to chance them getting ruined by rain(either in transport or during the sale). 
(Please help spread the word that there will NOT be a SPARTA book sale at the Park Ridge rummage sale. Thanks.)
Christine has graciously offered to host a book sale, of our expensive books, at her house in August. (Thanks, Christine!)  
We can promote it(heavily!😉) at our July book sale,  and will, hopefully, have the beautiful weather that we had two years ago.
Thanks for offering to help and, hopefully, we can all have fun working together at the August sale(date yet to be determined…). 


Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Friday, March 24, 2023

On This Rock Was SPARTA Built


Elbert J. Rackow

April 12, 1927 - March 21, 2023

Elbert J. Rackow, 95, 512 W Cleveland St, Marshfield, Wisconsin, died on March 21, 2023, in Marshfield.

He was born on April 12, 1927, at Plymouth, Wisconsin, to Louis and Ruth (DeSmidt) Rackow.

Elbert and Hulda Diringer were married on October 15, 1948, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany. Elbert retired on June 9, 1990, from teaching Social Studies at Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) for 22 years. Prior to teaching at SPASH Elbert served over 21 years on active duty in the U. S. Army. During that time he served two tours of duty in Germany and two tours of duty in Korea. He also served as an Alderperson in the City of Stevens Point for 14 years ending in 2005.

He is survived by his daughter, Helen C. Johannes (Richard), Marshfield; two grandchildren, Paul Johannes (Marie), Marshfield, and Andrea Johannes (Vincent), France; and two great-grandsons Job and Judah Johannes.

He was predeceased by his father Louis and his mother Ruth; Hulda, his wife of 71 years; his sister, Jane E. Bergemann (Gerald), Marion, Iowa; and his brother, Martin L. Rackow (Noreen), Janesville.

His hobbies included fishing, deer hunting, photography, and collecting books for the semi-annual SPARTA book sale. Elbert graduated from Merrill High School in 1945. At the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point he earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 1968 and a Master of Science in Teaching History in 1970. Elbert helped ensure that teachers, whether actively teaching or retired, were treated fairly in his work with the Stevens Point Area Teachers’ Association, the Uni-Serve Council, and the Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association (SPARTA) Scholarship Fund and/or the UW-SP Foundation.

A public time of visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Boston Funeral Home. A private burial will be held in Forest Cemetery in Stevens Point.

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Grant Invite





Dear Community Member,

The Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association (SPARTA) is proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for our community grant program.

Our goal is to continue to support non-profit groups and organizations that directly benefit area children, seniors and families. Programs with limited resources supporting educational activities or cultural and enrichment events are invited to apply.

Because of tremendous community support for our used book sales, we are able to support your philanthropic work. Unfortunately, we did need to temporarily suspend and revise our program. Due to COVID, our current funds are not as plentiful as in the past. As a result, we respectfully ask that you consciously consider the size of your request knowing that we have less money to distribute.

Please use the enclosed application form or access it on our website,

Applications must be received by May 1, 2023 and be accurately completed to be considered. Our grant committee will review all eligible requests and make their decision by the end of May. Recipients will then be notified.

We thank you for all you do for our community. As educators we know and truly appreciate the work of all who collectively make our society, our towns, and our homes   richer and better places to live.



Carol Colby

SPARTA president

27 Hazelwood Dr.

Stevens Point, WI    54481






SPARTA is a proud member of the Wisconsin Retired Education Association

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

January's Newsletter

All current and prospective SPARTA members are invited to our luncheon and business meeting


January 9, 2023

Park Ridge Restaurant

3425 Church St.

Stevens Point, WI 54481


11:00 am Socializing

11:15 am Order Lunch 

11:30 am Business Meeting

12:15 pm Keynote Speaker




“Out of the Classroom and into the World” Lani Tierney, retired teacher, world traveler


12:45 Adjourn




President: Carol Colby

Vice President: Ginny Williams

Treasurer: Janet Langton                                 Secretary: Christine Neidlein

Data Manager: Sherrilee Wallermann                                                      Immediate Past President: Santha Bickford                                 

Emeritus Past President – Elbert Rackow


From the President

Giving is at the core of being an educator. We did that throughout our careers and continue doing that now through what I have entitled the SPARTA Service Spotlight.


Our first focus was American Education Week in November. Many thanks to coordinator Barb Clementi and to all who made our activities a success. Heartfelt messages to new staff in area schools and sweet treats for all were appreciated. I also addressed the school board at their monthly meeting about the significant roles played by all. I think it’s super important that the current educators know we support them and thank them for all they do each and every day.


Please look for details in this newsletter about our next SPARTA Service Spotlight…Books from the Heart. I’m excited to ask for your support for this amazing program.


It’s also important that we have some fun and ramp up the social side of our organization. Consider sticking around after our January 9th meeting for the White Elephant Gift Exchange. Again, more details about how to participate are in this newsletter. Look for, you guessed it, the white elephant.


Finally, I remember a certain gleefulness on Fridays when I had a chance to connect with colleagues for social camaraderie. Let’s create our own Happy Hour tradition, beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the Amber Grill at the Holiday Inn. Details inside.


Please let me or the other officers know what you like, don’t like, are interested in, etc. We’ll do our best to make this organization a true reflection of your interests and needs. Hope to see you at our general meeting on January 9th and remember to bring a friend.


Thank you,


Stick around after the

January 9th meeting

for our bonus party


Scrounge around for “white elephant” gift

Don’t buy anything

Wrap it…Bring it…Exchange it


Meeting Minutes



SPARTA meeting – November 14, 2022

Park Ridge Restaurant 


At 11:25 Carol opened the meeting with remarks honoring our veterans.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Carol acknowledged veterans Jerry Kasdorf and Dean Calhoun, whose wife Donna was a guest.


27 members were present plus another guest Marge Gloudemans.


Carol Colby: Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to lead this group.


Ginny Williams: Thanks for allowing her to attend WREA conference.


Christine Neidlein: Mentioned WPEN (Wisconsin Public Education Network) another non-profit whose goals are aligned with ours / supporting public education. There are no dues and anyone can join to keep up with their undertakings.Find out more at: Wisconsin Public Education Network (


Jan Langton / Treasurer:


Meetings: WREA convention         144.00

SPARTA membership                       45.00

Supplies:                                             52.47

Grants: WREA Foundation             100.00


Wortuba-Polson                               200.00

Guest speaker stipend                    100.00

Book Sale:                                     1203.50

Total           1844.97


SPARTA dues                    228.00

Donations                            462.00

Total            690.00



WREA dues                       180.00


Membership Report (as of 10/01/22)

Paid 2022-2023        22

Life                              19

Emeritus                      3

Total              44


Members of WREA and SPARTA: 29      



Jan Langton moved that the following donations be accepted: $200 from anonymous and $150 from anonymous. Seconded by Judy Zimmerman.  The motion carried unanimously.


Jan Langton moved that donations to the SPARTA scholarships in the amount of $100 each be made in memory of Dorothy Helmrick and Joyce Wotruba-Polson. Seconded by Barb Clementi.  The motion carried unanimously.


Barb Clementi updated us on SPARTA plans for American Education Week.  Gift bags are being distributed to each school which contain “sweet treats” but more importantly information about SPARTA especially for those anticipating retirement. There are 80 new teachers in the district. 


A project for a SPARTA member to “adopt“ a pen pal who is teaching for their first year was introduced with a goal of supporting them and showing our appreciation.


Santha Bickford / Health and Wellness: Ask questions at ADRC (Aging & Disabilities Resource Center).  Go to to find answers to other questions.


Jerry Kasdorf encouraged all to get a flu shot this year and to make sure your COVID vaccine/booster is for the bivalent omicron strain.


Janeen Kwarciany/Book Committee: She thanked us for bringing book donations to the meeting.


The next book sale will be summer of 2023 as far as we know. If you know others who have books to donate, share their names with Janeen or a member of the Book Committee.


Dates to be aware of:

December 10th – Newsletter deadline.


December 13th – Executive Committee meeting 


January 9, 2023 – next SPARTA meeting. 

Speaker: Karla Lockman - Boston School Forest. Karla taught science at SPASH for 7 years and has been at Boston School Forest since 2015. She said, “Every day is a field trip. H.D. Boston donated 80 acres in 1937 and 2 trees were planted. Students have planted 111,000+ trees since 1937.  6000+ students are served every year.


Sally Ellingboe coordinated a fundraiser to build Oelke Lodge which serves 4K – 5th graders.


Noble Lodge serves 6th – 10th graders. There is also a Discovery Center and skis and cabins to utilize an outdoor shelter. Another building (which Anton Anday was instrumental in planning) is the Wisconsin Forest

History Cabin. They also facilitate Professional Development for Teachers. They try to be “super-sustainable “utilizing solar, geothermal and wind power.


Some dates to note: December 10th - 10 a.m.-Noon - “Polar Pond Plunge“- a fundraiser.


(2023) January 20th - Open House, April 23rd - Earth Day activities; August 18th - Forest Fun Run/Walk. There are many opportunities for volunteers at the school forest. Boston School Forest is paired with RSV, time and activities vary.


Lynne Kagelmann/Membership: Join WREA for only $60.00. We all reap the benefits. Our lobbyists fight for public education. Lynne added: Bring a friend to a SPARTA meeting.


Deb Kluz Baker/Programs: Share any ideas you might have for programs and speakers. These are some of the upcoming speakers: Traveler Lana Tierney , Sam Dinga or another representative from the District’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Dept, Michelle Venzke from “ Real Deals “ a local shop, John Harry, from  Portage County Historical Society at Heritage Park in the summer  Keith Olson, past SPAEA president and a program honoring veterans.


Eileen Payne/Social: Planning a spring 2023 Trolley tour, possibly to see our many murals. Possibly Antiquity Acres / March plantings; April – “The Music Man “sponsored by Lincoln Center. 


Joyce Chekouras: Thanks for submitting volunteer hours. Hint: Record them in a daily planner.


Nancy Kemmeter : She and Gene visited Elbert Rackow and suggested mailing holiday 



cards to him c/o his daughter, Elbert Rackow, c/o Helen Johannes , 512 W Cleveland St., Marshfield, WI 54449


Motion to adjourn made by Deb Kluz Baker and seconded by Santha Bickford. Motion carried.


Many AARP door prizes solicited by David Blado at the WREA conference were distributed and then: Laurel Hoeth told us to bring a White Elephant prize to the January meeting.

Submitted by Secretary / Christine Neidlein 


Treasurer’s Report (Nov. 1 - Dec. 10, 2022)

Jan Langton, Treasurer



Nov. Meeting              13.54

Convention                682.13

Supplies                     674.22

Nov. Stipend             100.00

Rent                            405.00

TOTAL:                $1,874.89



SPARTA dues                                  258.00




This incredible program needs your help.

Please bring a book (or two or three) appropriate for a K-2 grader or make a cash or check (payable to Books from the Heart) 

donation to this program at our January 9th meeting.

There are other opportunities to help; a fact sheet is included in this newsletter to help you publicize the book drive.


Books from the Heart, begun in 1998, has provided a free book for every public and parochial student in the Stevens Point area. More than 4000 books are needed each year. Kennedy School reading specialist Sally Crane is the coordinator and would really appreciate your support. 


You can send donations to Sally Crane, Kennedy Elementary School, 616 West 2nd St., Junction City, WI 54443 if you are not able to attend our January 9th meeting. 


Community Foundation 40th Anniversary

On the evening of November 17 our Community Foundation held a very fancy party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their founding. Santha Bickford represented SPARTA at the event. She wrote her check and proudly represented SPARTA. She definitely had not dressed up that much since the beginning of COVID! John Hartman took formal photos of each guest or party as they arrived and fancy meals were ordered in advance.


There were many toasts, awarding of honors, and fund-raising for all the many worthy causes they support in our community. Everybody who is anybody in Stevens Point was there. In the historical part of the program, she learned that the idea of establishing a fund was originally discussed as a way to sustain Boston School Forest. That sparked the idea of supporting many community causes and endeavors. Our current BSF folks were there as was Karen Dostal, the BSF director when she retired. It 

was fun to reconnect with friends and acquaintances, to celebrate the great things the Foundation has done, and to hope and plan for the future.   Santha


Committee Members 2022-2023

 *indicates chair     


Book Committee: *Janeen Kwarciany, Lynne Kagelmann, Nancy Kemmeter, Charlene Laurent, Mary Marks, Nancy Mezyk, Christine Neidlein, Chris Schlicher, Janet Swiston, Fran Vollrath

Data Committee: *Sherrilee Wallerman, Jack Allgaier, Janet Langton, Judy Zimmerman 

Grants Committee: *Janet Swiston, Nancy Kemmeter, Janeen Kwarciany, Nancy Mezyk, Eileen Payne, Fran Vollrath 

Health and Well-Being Committee: *Jerry Kasdorf, Santha Bickford, Bob Bowen

Historical Committee: *Eileen Payne, Christine Neidlein

Legislative Committee/Liaison To Coalition of WI Aging Groups: *Joyce Chekouras, Christine Neidlein  

Membership Committee:  *Lynne Kagelmann, Santha Bickford, Carol Colby, Jennifer Graboski, Jan Langton

Program Committee: *Deb Kluz Baker, Eileen Payne, Mary Zinda, Carol Colby 


Retirement Planning: Santha Bickford, Judy Zimmerman

Social Committee: *Eileen Payne, Barb Clementi, Mary Moore, Barb Clementi, Sherrilee Wallerman 

Sunshine Committee: *Mary Beth Anday, Sally Dehlinger, Suzanne Fee 

Volunteer Hours Recorder: *Joyce Chekouras


Book Look, our reading friend

Owners Ken Manske and Mary Lou Harris-Manske recently donated a number of boxes of books for our annual sale. Their generosity will help us help others.


Perhaps you can keep that cycle of support going by purchasing gifts for Books from the Heart or for personal gift-giving from them.

Book Look will be open through the month of December before taking a short hiatus for warmer temperatures. They are offering a 20% discount for all Books from the Heart purchases.


Call or contact them today to set a time to visit and support them just as they support us.



A big THANK YOU to all SPARTA members who participated in the voting process on November 8th! As we all know voting is the most important way to exercise our participation in our Democracy.


Another way to exercise our participation is to contact our representatives and congratulate those who have recently been elected. It’s critically important to establish a quality relationship with all our legislators in order to advocate for success.


As we look ahead to 2023 you are encouraged to become a WREA member if you aren’t already. When you do you can log-in to Legislative Notification Service (under WREA LEGISLATIVE RESOURCES) and get nightly email notifications regarding Wisconsin’s legislative activity. This enables you to follow legislation by subject proposal, committee, authors and more. The information will be critical in advocacy efforts.


More resources on the WREA LEGISLATIVE RESOURCES site include: “Who Are My Legislators”, “The Wheeler Report”, “CONGRESS – National Legislative information”, “Wisconsin Eye”, “Wisconsin Policy Forum”, “No Time to Lose Report”, “How A Bill Becomes A Law”.


Other key information on this site can be found under the following headings: PENSION, STATE BUDGET PROCESS, WREA LEGISLATIVE DOCUMENTS.


WREA works with SAA (State Administrators’ Association) regarding key bills being presented. The latest information and status of Governor Evers’ listening sessions can be found on the website: Please scan these bills as many will have critical impact on public education.


Thank you for all you’re doing in support of Wisconsin public education and the Wisconsin Retirement System, our pension.


Joyce Chekouras



Our next meeting in 2023 is:

Monday, March 13, 2023 – 11:00 AM


Challenge Award Grants Each year the WREA Foundation awards five $2,000 grants to each first place winner and five $250.00 awards to each second-place winner, in each of WREA's five districts.  The awards rotate between public elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

In the Spring of 2023, AWARDS will be presented to public middle schools for existing innovative projects implemented in the 2020-2021, 2021-2022, or 2022-2023 school years. The application period will begin November 1, 2022 and end February 1, 2023.

The Awards recognize ongoing, innovative projects not more than three years old.  The application form is simple and requires a project description limited to no more than 500 words.  The application form for public middle schools will be available from November 1 through February 1 during the application time.  Challenge Award Grant Application is only available online: 


February 4th – WREA Retirement ZOOM Presentation – for new retirees


February 8th – SPARTA Happy Hour – Amber Grill – 4:00 – 6:00 PM -  Open to All


May 4th – WREA Spring Conference – Holiday Inn – Stevens Point – Need Volunteers for Registration Desk – Theme - 

“Belonging is Key” – SAVE THE DATE



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-       SPARTA updates

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Book In-Take Days

No In-Take Days during the winter. Any books, puzzles, CDs, or DVDs that you are saving for our 2023 sale can be brought to the January meeting. If members know of people who want to donate, please get their contact information: Name, Phone Number, Email or Text Number, and forward it to a Book Committee member.




Please consider writing a letter to the editor and/or posting info on your social media…or simply share with friends and family. Please be creative and make your letter sound unique.


Community sponsored program that provides a free book for every Stevens Point public and parochial student in kindergarten, first and second grade


Drive now through Feb. 10

Valentine’s Day gift to our young readers

Program in existence since 1998

Reinforces the love the reading and demonstrates the caring generosity of our community as we gather 4000 books each year for our young readers


Stevens Point Area Retired Teachers’ Association (SPARTA) assisting with the drive this year


Send monetary or book donations to coordinator (checks made out to Books from the Heart)

Sally Crane

Kennedy Elementary School

616 West 2nd St.

Junction City, WI 54443


Stevens Point Journal

Questions? Contact Jamie Rokus at or 715-424-7311


MetroWire Email letters to

Must express an opinion

Must be written in the body of an email, not attached as a document


Portage County Gazette Email letters to

Maximum of 500 words



Include the author’s full name and city of residence

Letters cannot be a thank you message or sponsorship listing

SPARTA Membership 2022-2023

Return this application and your dues to 

Jan Langton, 2010 Aspen Lane, Plover, WI 54467


Name _________________________________________________________________________________


Address _______________________________________________________________________________


City, State, Zip _________________________________________________________________________


District and school from which you retired ___________________________________________________


Preferred phone number __________________________________________________________________


Email  ________________________________________________________________________________


  Our default method of communication is through email.  If you wish to receive a paper copy of the newsletter, check this box.


☐    I’m a new member.  My first year is free!

☐    $15 annual

☐    $15 Associate annual 

        $200 Life


WREA Dues   

WREA dues can be paid directly to WREA.  You can pay dues online at or mail them to: WREA, 6405 Century Ave, Suite 201, Middleton, WI 53562.


Regular membership (retired teachers, current teachers, support staff, k-12, administrators, technical college and university.)  

             $60 annual

            ☐ $165 three-year

      ☐ $1,000 life


Associate membership (spouses of members, other annuitants in the Wisconsin Retirement System, friends of education.)  

            ☐ $40 annual

      ☐ $105 three-year


WREA and WEA are NOT the same organization. WREA’s main purpose is to protect the pension system and support public education.   WEA is/was the union.  Being a member of one doesn’t equate to being a member of the other.  Many of us are life members of both. 



Please estimate your time for September 2022 through August 2023 and submit this form to your unit in September 2023. 


There are numerous volunteer opportunities in our communities and many people interested in volunteering. Most people volunteer without the expectation of recognition or compensation because volunteering offers a personal satisfaction and reward that cannot be found in other activities. People volunteer for reasons and look to do something that not only benefits their community, but that also inspires them. Volunteering should provide a winning experience for everyone—the volunteer, your organization, and the community. (adapted from the NRTA Toolkit) 








UNIT NAME:____________________________________________ 


**This form may be returned at each unit meeting or at the end of the fiscal year depending on the operating procedure of the unit. 




Total Hours




o   Tutoring, Mentoring, Volunteer Teaching 

o   Church youth work, Youth Organizations

o   Special projects (Little Red Schoolhouse, etc.) 





o   Church activities

o   Hospital/Care center volunteer

o   Public office volunteer (city or county)

o   Docent (museums, garden tours, etc.

o   Public Service Board/Trustee/Foundation

o   Mobile meals/nutrition/transportation

o   Service Organization (VFW, AARP, etc.)




o   Serving as a unit officer or committee member

o   Attending Spring District Meeting

o   Attending workshops/seminars

o   Attending the WREA State Convention

o   Lobbying

o   Unit historical work

o   Other



Please list the organizations you volunteered for this year: