2019 WEAC Retired Conference and Annual Meeting

Agenda


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    05/09/19
    7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Registration and Continental Breakfast  (Grand Ballroom)
    Grand Ballroom
    7:30 AM  -  1:00 PM
    Silent Auction  (Grand Ballroom)
    Grand Ballroom
    8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Welcome and Annual Meeting  (Grand Ballroom)
    Grand Ballroom
    President Ginny Bosse will address the group and the business of the WEAC-Retired. Votes will be taken on all action items.
    11:30 AM  -  12:40 PM
    Lunch  (Grand Ballroom)
    Grand Ballroom
    12:20 PM  -  12:50 PM
    Luncheon Speaker - NEA R President, Sara Borgman  (Grand Ballroom)
    Grand Ballroom
    3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
    Door Prizes and NEA PAC Payments for Silent Auction Items  (Grand Ballroom)
    Grand Ballroom

  • <span style="font-size: 20px;">Session 1</span>
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    05/09/19

    9:40 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Saving the Endangered Whooping Crane:  (Mt. McKinley)
    Mt. McKinley
    The Whooping Crane education trunk is a tool that the International Crane Foundation created, along with Wisconsin DNR, Operation Migration, and other members of the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership. Our Crane Trunks offer a variety of activities and information for the classroom to help students understand the historical and current efforts to save a species on the brink of extinction. In this workshop, we will go through a brief history of Whooping Crane conservation, investigate the different parts of a Whooping Crane education trunk, walk through an example of activity you could do with the trunk, and talk about how to reserve a trunk for a classroom visit.
    Remaining Capacity: 17   Optional  Closed 
    9:40 AM  -  10:30 AM
    WEA Trust Med-Plus and Medicare Basics  (Pikes Peak)
    Pikes Peak
    This will be an overview of the WEA MedPlus plan and a discussion on the basics of Medicare and how it integrates with WEA MedPlus.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 12   Optional  Closed 
    9:40 AM  -  10:30 AM
    I Loved Reading the Newspaper, What Do I Do Now?  (Mt. Blanc/Matterhorn)
    Mt. Blanc/Matterhorn
    It used to be so easy to get all the news we needed in one place: We would just sit down at our kitchen table and read our daily newspaper while sipping a cup of coffee. Now that the newspaper is so thin you can practically see through it, what do we do? WEAC Editor Bill Hurley feels your pain. Bill, a former newspaper reporter and editor, had a long love affair with newspapers. But he concluded long ago that we have no choice but to break our reliance on the printed newspaper before it completely vanishes before our eyes. Bill has some ideas for how you can replace your newspaper habit with some exciting new digital approaches that will keep you well informed and entertained at the same time.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 2   Optional  Closed 
    9:40 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Scams and Frauds Targeting Seniors  (Mt. Rainier)
    Mt. Rainier
    The Bureau of Consumer Protection will present the latest scams and frauds targeting Wisconsin’s aging population. The bureau will provide tips to safeguard your information and how to spot scams. They will also share ways to minimize being targeted by scammers. DATCP will be providing copies of the latest WI Senior Guide and the Senior Scam bookmarks
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 9   Optional  Closed 
    9:40 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Keeping Backyard Bees  (Mt. Everest)
    Mt. Everest
    Curious about what it takes to be a beekeeper? Discover what a beekeeper’s calendar includes, check out beekeepers tools, hives and how to set up a bee yard, be informed of the threats to the bee’s survival and experience the rewards of the honey harvest through the tasting of honey mead, honey lemonade, and trying products made of beeswax. Unsure if beekeeping is your thing, then be informed of ways you can support these essential pollinators.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 17   Optional  Closed 
    9:40 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Great Summer Reads  (Grand Teton)
    Grand Teton
    Want to know about what to read next? Hear about some of this summer’s best new books for beach reading and beyond.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 2   Optional  Closed 
    9:40 AM  -  10:30 AM
    No Session
     Optional 

  • <span style="font-size: 20px;">Session 2</span>
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    05/09/19

    10:40 AM  -  11:30 AM
    What's Next for Wisconsin's Public Schools?  (Mt. McKinley)
    Mt. McKinley
    Don’t miss this fun and frank discussion of the issues at the forefront of advocates and educators, and what people are doing about it all over Wisconsin. Get an inside peek into what the Tony Evers administration really means to public education in Wisconsin, what’s going on with the state budget, and what you can do to support local students and thriving public schools!
    Remaining Capacity: 11   Optional  Closed 
    10:40 AM  -  11:30 AM
    WEA Trust Med-Plus and Medicare Basics  (Pikes Peak)
    Pikes Peak
    This will be an overview of the WEA MedPlus plan and a discussion on the basics of Medicare and how it integrates with WEA MedPlus.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 22   Optional  Closed 
    10:40 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Searching the Roots of Your Family Tree  (Mt. Blanc/Matterhorn)
    Mt. Blanc/Matterhorn
    The Wisconsin Historical Society holds one of the top 5 genealogical collections in North America. This workshop will provide instruction on how to find collections on the website for the Society as well as the online catalog. It will also describe other online resources to consider when researching family history.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 6   Optional  Closed 
    10:40 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Identity Theft: Protect and Prevent  (Mt. Rainier)
    Mt. Rainier
    Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States. The more you know about it, the less vulnerable you are. The Bureau of Consumer Protection, will discuss the different types of identity theft, how to recognize it, the warning signs and offer some prevention tips – including information about Fraud Alerts and Security Freezes. You will also be provided helpful brochures to take home with you.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 1   Optional  Closed 
    10:40 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Guaranteed to Amaze! A History of Wisconsin's Circus Museum  (Mt. Everest)
    Mt. Everest
    Circus World is the largest and most dynamic museum of circus history in the United States. Join Pete Shrake, Archivist and Collections Manager at Circus World as he tells the story of how this museum was founded and how it has evolved over the course of its 60-year history.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 10   Optional  Closed 
    10:40 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Moving a Lifetime  (Grand Teton)
    Grand Teton
    Moving in our advanced years. The challenges, the unknowns, the irritations, and the anxiety of downsizing or, as in my case, upsizing to a new home in a new location. Things we learned about selling, buying, home inspections, realtors, staging, getting rid of lifetime treasures, movers, and establishing oneself in a new location/world.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 7   Optional  Closed 
    10:40 AM  -  11:30 AM
    No Session
     Optional 

  • <span style="font-size: 20px;">Session 3</span>
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    05/09/19

    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Baraboo Bluff Winery From Vision to Reality  (Mt. Rainier)
    Mt. Rainier
    It started as a vision and became reality. A true small business startup story full of obstacles, bureaucracy, continued education and success.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 10   Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Retirement Income Planning - Distribution Choices  (Pikes Peak)
    Pikes Peak
    There are several distribution strategies to consider for retirement income. We will look at taxation issues, required minimum distributions, leaving a legacy to your heirs, Medicare premium penalty to name a few.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 18   Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Easy Travel  (Mt. Blanc/Matterhorn)
    Mt. Blanc/Matterhorn
    What makes a trip hard or easy? You may be surprised. Join Glenn, a lifelong traveler who has accumulated a treasure trove of tricks to make travel easier, cheaper and more meaningful. He also will share some great photos from last summer’s month in an Airbnb house on the Belgium/Luxembourg border, January’s Caribbean cruise, side trips to Bulgaria and Bergamo, Italy, and even a weekend in Iowa.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 1   Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    WRS: An Update  (Mt. McKinley)
    Mt. McKinley
    Tarna will provide and update to attendees on the health of the Wisconsin Retirement System and activities at the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Join Tarna in a discussion about how the Wisconsin Retirement System is meeting the expectations of its founders and, how the WRS is providing you with security in your retirement.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 13   Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Fulfilling A Dream - from Teacher to Author  (Mt. Everest)
    Mt. Everest
    Cynthia will share the steps of her writing journey and show how they can be applied in your writing experiences. She will highlight editing stages and share what happens after the manuscript is completed. Workshop activities include creating and sharing titles; comparing paragraphs (telling vs. showing); and addressing participants’ questions.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 12   Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    Building the Movement to Reclaim Our Republic  (Grand Teton)
    Grand Teton
    George will talk about the history of why Big-Money owns our politicians and how we need to build a movement to get a constitutional amendment that will allow us to reclaim our republic to We the People.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 4   Optional  Closed 
    1:00 PM  -  1:50 PM
    No Session
     Optional 

  • <span style="font-size: 20px;">Session 4</span>
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    05/09/19

    2:10 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Yarn Treasures  (Mt. McKinley)
    Mt. McKinley
    Have you ever had small bits of left over yarn? What do you do with it? Well, in this fun and action packed session several easy projects will be suggested from decorations to yarn dolls. Make and take the goodies you create during this 50-minute session. All materials and instructions are provided, plus extra materials for future projects. Come join us, see you there for the fun!
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 15   Optional  Closed 
    2:10 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Retirement Income Planning - Distribution Choices  (Pikes Peak)
    Pikes Peak
    There are several distribution strategies to consider for retirement income. We will look at taxation issues, required minimum distributions, leaving a legacy to your heirs, and Medicare premium penalty to name a few.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 14   Optional  Closed 
    2:10 PM  -  3:00 PM
    A Pro-Democracy Agenda for Wisconsin  (Mt. Blanc/Matterhorn)
    Mt. Blanc/Matterhorn
    Matt Rothschild will outline several urgent reforms that are necessary to strengthen Wisconsin’s democracy, and he will ask for other ideas so that we can have a democracy where everyone has an equal voice.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 7   Optional  Closed 
    2:10 PM  -  3:00 PM
    America's National Parks Are Not to be Missed - Claim Part of Your Birthright  (Mt. Rainier)
    Mt. Rainier
    America’s National Parks, which filmmaker Ken Burns noted was America’s Best Idea, are absolute gems that are not to be missed. Talk will also touch on National Monuments, National Forests, National Seashores, and National Lakeshores
    Speaker(s):
    Capacity Full   Optional  Closed 
    2:10 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Why Women Don't Report Abuse  (Mt. Everest)
    Mt. Everest
    In this workshop Cynthia will share her personal journey of breaking the silence of sexual assault within a family. She will provide current statistics and address participants’ questions.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 23   Optional  Closed 
    2:10 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Cycling through the Golden Years  (Grand Teton)
    Grand Teton
    A bicycle industry insider’s view of the “State” of bicycling in Wisconsin and what this can mean for you. The bicycle Industry has a history in Wisconsin to be proud of and is well regarded around the world. Most retirees will say that staying active is important to them. Learn how cycling can be a great way to support this important objective. Electric assist bikes (e-bikes) have improved the range, freedom, and options for many more people to enjoy a bicycle and enjoy the beautiful state of Wisconsin. You will have an opportunity to test ride an e-bike around the parking lot, dress appropriately.
    Speaker(s):
    Remaining Capacity: 14   Optional  Closed 
    2:10 PM  -  3:00 PM
    No Session
     Optional 
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