Cairo Association of Teachers - Newsletter
CAT Tracks for March 2, 1999
Region 2 Retreat 2
It's back by popular demand! Due to the overwhelming positive feedback following last year's inaugural retreat, Region 2 of the IEA-NEA has put together another
Spring Retreat. This year's retreat is to be held on Saturday, April 10, at the Giant City Lodge in Makanda, IL.
The day's activities begin with
registration (including coffee and donuts) from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Following the "Welcome and Opening Remarks", there will be three training
sessions offered featuring a variety of topics designed to appeal to everyone's interests.
The retreat will culminate with a social hour and
dinner at 5 p.m. The special guest speaker will be former U.S. Representative Glenn Poshard. (As many of you know, Congressman Poshard is a special friend to Cairo--giving of his time trying to end the Stike of 1994/95. We were NOT even in his District!)
This Spring Retreat is being offered for veterans and "newbies"!
Region 2 wants the "usual suspects" to have an opportunity to hear the
latest information concerning recent changes in teacher certification.
It also provides "vets"
an opportunity to learn about or review a variety of topics from knowledgeable
However, Region 2 particularly wants to reach out to local IEA members who are either
new to the organization or who do NOT USUALLY PARTICIPATE. This is a
wonderful opportunity to learn what the IEA and the NEA are all about,
AND to have A LOT OF FUN doing so! Those of us who attended last year's inaugural retreat agreed that it was a rewarding experience and well worth the time and money spent!
SO . . . WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO? I'm glad you asked! Fill out a
registration form and return it to Ron Newell (school mail is fine) by Wednesday,
March 10, 1999. (If you would rather send your registration form and fee directly to Region 2, that is fine. Just be sure that it reaches them by March 12!) SOONER IS BETTER, so that Region 2 can finalize preparations. In fact,
TODAY would be great! You need to enclose/send $10 to help defray the costs of
materials and food. Lunch and dinner are included in the price and a cash bar is
available beginning at 5 p.m. (As an incentive for more CAT's to become
involved and meet teachers with common concerns--and "war stories"--from
surrounding districts, the CAT will reimburse the $10 registration fee to any member
who attends the Spring Retreat and stays through dinner.)
Talk this up among your friends and colleagues! Get a group together!! Mark
your calendars and attend the Region 2 Spring Retreat of 1999!!! Make new
friends and mingle with "old" friends. Learn a little; enjoy a lot. I think you
will find it a refreshing and rejuvenating experience. Try it--you have nothing
to lose--except the winter-time blahs.
Again, send your completed registration form--with $10--as soon
as possible and leave the planning to Region 2.