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Board members getting the post election update from James Haggar.


Education Minnesota Retired members met for breakfast on Oct. 20 at the Science Museum.  After a delicious breakfast, Larry Koenck welcomed everyone and introduced Jodee Buhr.

Jodee introduced out speakers, Reps. Erin Murphy and Paul Thissen.  They spoke about pensions,  the MNSure problem, and the devisiviness of this election.

Also, they spoke about having a good chance for Democrats to retake control of the House of Representatives. 

There are a number of high quality candidates vying for these seats, including Susan Witt, who was in  attendance.

Afler they finished, there were door prizes


Go to the News tab, click on photos, and see more pictures of the 2016 Fall Conference!

 By Bobbie Margo

The 2016 Education Minnesota Retired Fall Conference was held September 12-14, 2016 at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood, MN.  The conference opened on Monday night with a reception and a dinner.  The evening’s entertainment was provided by Barry ZeVan, the TV Weatherman on ABC/KSTP.  ZeVan most recently has written, “My Life Among the Giants:  A Memoir.”

Tuesday morning opened with an ESI (Economic Services Incorporated) presentation by ED MN staff person Christine Thornborrow.  The


                                                   By Bobbie Margo

Since 2015, NEA has replaced “OUTREACH TO TEACH”  -  (remember “OUTREACH” was a school make-over in a day) with “THE LEGACY PROJECT.”  “LEGACY” stands for “Leaders Empowering Grassroots Advocacy for Communities and Youth.”

This year’s project took place at the Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C.  The main source of volunteer workers came from the NEA-Student and the NEA-Retired members.  This year’s T-shirt color was hot pink-a loud and lively color!
Volunteers moved from table to table every 15-30 minutes to work on


              By Bobbie Margo
This year’s 33rd NEA Retired Annual Meeting was held at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown in Washington, D.C. from June 29-30, 2016.  The meeting was called to order and Minnesota’s own Charles Hellie sang the National Anthem.
Greetings and speeches were conveyed to us by the NEA’s top 3 Executive Leaders -President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, Vice President Becky Pringle, and Secretary-Treasure Princess Moss.  We, as retirees, were reminded that we have “history.”  Everything in our union lives we have spent years in the fight.  This election is more critical than ever for


Julie and Walt at the Aft Retired Convention.

Myrna Doran and Lois Wendt receiving Legacy Awards.

Myrna and Lois with Executive Director Sara Gjerdrum.

Myrna and Lois with EM President Denise Specht.

Julie, Myrna, Denise, Lois


Check out the pictures of the Annual Meeting in the Photo Album under News!

                                                           2016 Retired Annual Meeting
                                                                        By Bobbie Margo

The 2016 ED MN Retired Annual Meeting was held on Friday, April 29 at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Bloomington.  There was a great breakfast provided and an equally great “Welcome” from President Larry Koenck to the 50+ attendees.


odee Buhr presented an update on the 2016 Legislative Session.  All legislators are up for re-election this year.  At


      2016 NEA Retired Organizing Conference
                   By Bobbie Margo

This year’s NEA Retired Organizing Conference was held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina from March 22-24, 2016.  San Diego is the 8th largest city in the U.S. and is a perfect blend of nature, city, suburbia, tourism, and fantastic weather.

Larry Koenck, Bobbie Margo and Judy Rohde represented Ed MN Retired (Judy and Bobbie funded themselves) along with staff person Christine Thornborrow.  Attendees numbered 270+ with participants representing 29 state retired organizations.  

The conference began on the


  The NEA National Leadership Summit

By Bobbie Margo

The annual NEA Leadership Summit was held in Dallas, TX – February 26-28, 2016.  Dallas is known for J.R. Ewing, the “grassy knoll”/ Book Depository Building, and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.  The conference was held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel-an immense structure housing over 1,600. 

The conference participants numbered greater than the previous number.  
This was a conference mainly for “active/ currently employed” NEA members.  Judy Rohde and I decided to attend (our time/our dime) because such conferences are always empowering and