Monday, September 24, 2007

Second Regional ISEA Retired Conference Held in Carroll

On Thursday, September 20th over 30 people gathered for the second of our two regional ISEA Retired Conferences.

(L) Retired teachers Bill Maas (left to right) and Bruce Jensen enjoy conversation before the start of the conference. Bill is a retired teacher from Unit 10 and represents them on the ISEA Retired Standing Committee. Bruce is a retired teacher from State Unit 9.

(R) Kathie Ferris (on left) of South Central UniServ Unit and ISEA-Retired Standing Committee drove both herself and Ruth Foster (on the right) of Des Moines Education Association and ISEA-Retired Standing Committee, to Carroll.

(L) First-year retired members from the Walnut EA enjoy conversation and (R) Joyce Moklestad of Unit 10 UniServ Unit await the conference to begin.

ISEA Retired Standing Committee Chair, Barb Cunningham of Shenandoah, greets ISEA-R members as they register for the Carroll conference.

It was fun to reconnect with friends I first met many years ago! Here I'm pictured with long-time friend Carma Hutchins. Carma and I served together back in the early 1980's on ISEA-PAC. Carma is a retired teacher from Audubon.

ISEA Retired Standing Committee member from Geode UniServ Unit, Fred Stark stands next to his personal display of ISEA artifacts. Fred continues to collect news articles and ISEA campaign items in which he adds to his vast collection.

Retired teachers from the Council Bluffs EA are (left to right) Wanda Synhorst and Patti Lu Ford. Patti Lu serves on the ISEA Retired Standing Committee representing Southwest UniServ Unit.

Presenting both in Cedar Rapids and Carroll were Josh Hinrichs of NEA Member Benefit A+ Auto and Home along with ISEA Bargaining Specialist Joann Mackin.

ISEA Retired members look over the conference agenda as the meeting is about to get underway!

Holly Twedt of Delta Dental made a presentation and answered questions for our ISEA-R members.

ISEA Director for Member Services Sheryl Ballard (on the right with me) made all arrangements for both sites for our ISEA-Retired Conferences. Thanks, Sheryl for all you do for Team ISEA!

Barb Cunningham, ISEA Retired Standing Committee Chair, leads the conference with introductions. Barb is also one of six NEA Retired members on the NEA Resolutions Committee. Way to go, Barb!

Our keynote speaker following lunch was NEA Retired Committee member from Nebraska, John Jensen. We learned many connections that John has to Iowa, one being that he was born in Carroll, Iowa! We are lucky to have John representing us all on the national level!

Thanks, ISEA-R members for making the decision to stay connected through your continued work in the field of education! On behalf of your colleagues that are actively employed, we are grateful for your work on Team ISEA!

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