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2016 Education Minnesota Retired
Legislative/Political Action Conference

Members of Education Minnesota Retired and Ream participated in an annual Legislative/Political Action Conference on February 18.  The weather cooperated this year so members had an easy drive to the meeting.

Jay Stoffel, Deputy Executive Director of TRA, reviewed the financial status of TRA, explained the experience study results and cost impacts, and discussed sustainability options.  The Mission of TRA is to provide retirement security for Minnesota teachers and to attract and retain experienced teachers and a high


2015 Fall Conference
  By Bobbie Margo

The 2015 Education Minnesota Retired Fall Conference was held September 14-16 at "Chase on the

Lake" in Walker, MN.  The conference opened on Monday evening with a "Welcome" by V-P Julie

Jagusch (President Larry Koenck was absent due to illness). 

The 40+ attendees introduced

themselves and elaborated on personal activities

since retirement.  Author Bill Schrankler provided the

evening's entertainment with a power point

presentation detailing his most recent book "Shadows

of Time......Minnesota's Surviving (Train) Depots.”

Tuesday morning opened with the


Minnesota State Retire Council, AFL-CIO
Annual Meeting, September 23, 2015


Education Minnesota Retired sent twelve (12) delegates to the Minnesota State  Retirees Council

Meeting held on September 23, 2015 at the Sheet Metal Workers’ Hall.  Lois  Wendt was awarded the

President’s Leadership Award for her dedication and hard work for the Retiree Council, Education

Minnesota, League of Women Voters, DFL and many other groups.  Well deserved!

Education Minnesota Retired was

awarded the Affiliate Excellence

Award as recognition for the work

of our organization and leaders.  Larry Koenck accepted on our


The 2015 Education Internationa World Congress

by Bobbie Margo


The 7th Education International World Congress was held in Ottawa, Ontario Canada in the Shaw Centre from July, 21-26, 2015.  Ottawa has a population of over 1.2 million and is on the banks of the Ottawa, Rideau, and Gatineau Rivers.  The city is the Capitol of Canada and is the home of the Government of Canada, Parliament, the Senate and the Supreme Court of Canada.  Ottawa is also rich in culture and in heritage with its many national museums, parklands, waterways, and historic architecture.

Education International (EI) was founded





                                              By Bobbie Margo


This year's 32nd NEA Retired Annual Meeting was held at the Hyatt Orlando from June 28-29, 2015.  The theme for this year's meeting was "Unite, Inspire, Lead."  Marilyn Warner, President of the Florida Education Association-Retired extended greetings.  She reminded us that years ago Ponce de Leon was searching in Florida for the "fountain of youth."  Warner stated that in


2015 Retired Annual Meeting

By Bobbie Margo

The 2015 Education Minnesota Retired Annual Meeting was held Friday, April 17 at the Sheet Metal Workers Union Hall in Maplewood. To start the morning, a great breakfast and a great“Welcome”were provided by President Larry Koenck to the 45+ attendees.

Kathy Micheletti, an Education Minnesota lobbyist, presented an update on the 2015 Legislative Session. There is a $1.8 billion surplus. The Governor's agenda is very education oriented; and surveys all across the State show that people are willing and favorable to spending money on education. Nevertheless


NEA Retired Organizing Conference

               By Bobbie Margo

This year's NEA Retired Organizing Conference was held at the Sheraton Atlanta from March 24-26, 2015. Atlanta is in the state of Georgia and is home to Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, and the Ebenezer Baptist Church

where Martin Luther King Jr. preached.

Four Education Minnesota Retired members (and Paul Mueller) attended this year's conference: Julie Jagusch, Larry Koenck, Bobbie Margo, and Judy Rohde; we were part of 275+ attendees.

Also in attendance was Chelsea


Sharon and Myrna



Rep. Tim O'Driscoll

Mansco Perry III Ex. Dir. SBI

Walt and Ben

  Dennis and Myrna

Joan and Cathy

  Walt and Ben

Ben and Sharon




Education Minnesota Retired Fall Conference 2014



Popular demand brought back Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge as the location for the Education Minnesota Fall Conference. This conference has a fantastic combination of having sessions that educate on important topics to retirees, speakers that entertain members, and time for individuals to gather in small groups to talk to each other and learn from each other.


This year the educational sessions were: An update on the last legislative session by Jodee Buhr, An emotional wellness