November 17 2016 FEA Europe Update

Lisa's FEA Europe Update

17 November 2016

Retirement Articles:

2017 Medicare Part B Premiums and Deductibles Announced

How Making a Military Service Deposit Affects Your Federal Pension

Health Savings Accounts Can Benefit Federal Employees and Annuitants

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Reimbursements: Please continue to keep your FEA leadership up to date with any problems you are experiencing receiving your RAT reimbursements or pay for Early Return Days.

Happy National Education Week:  FEA thanks our teachers who make a difference in the lives of our military children by providing them with the tools they need to become productive members of our society. Thank you for your dedication and service to the children of our armed forces around the world and in the United States. More information regarding National Education Week can be found at the NEA website:

Surprising Education Facts:

A. While 347,985 students earned business degrees in 2009, only 15,496 grads walked away with a degree in mathematics.

B. Among common majors, education experiences the biggest drop in interest among undergrads. In a 10-year period, the number of students earning an education degree declined 5 percent.

C. Twenty percent of all first-time undergraduates take at least one remedial course.


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Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States. It has been celebrated nationally since 1789. It has been celebrated as a federal holiday since 1863, when President Lincoln proclaimed a national day of Thanksgiving to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November. Check out some of the teaching websites below for some Thanksgiving teaching ideas.

A Little Humor for the Week:  A little mix-up at the costume party

A couple was invited to a swanky masked party. She got a terrible headache and told her husband to go to the party alone. He being a devoted husband protested, but she argued and said she was going to take some aspirin and go to bed, and there was no need of his good time being spoiled by not going.

So he took his costume and away he went. The wife, after sleeping soundly for about an hour, awakened without pain and, as it was still early, she decided to go the party.

Since her husband did not know what her costume was, she thought she would have some fun by watching her husband to see how he acted when she was not with him. 

She joined the party and soon spotted her husband cavorting around on the dance floor, dancing with every nice chick he could, and copping a little feel here and a little kiss there. His wife sidled up to him and being a rather seductive babe herself, he left his partner high and dry and devoted his time to the new stuff that had just arrived. She let him go as far as he wished; naturally, since he was her husband.

Finally, he whispered a little proposition in her ear and she agreed, so off they went to one of the cars and had a little bang. Just before unmasking at midnight, she slipped away, went home, put the costume away and got into bed, wondering what kind of explanation he would make for his behavior. She was sitting up reading when he came in, and she asked what kind of a time he had. He said:

"Oh, the same old thing. You know I never have a good time when you're not there."

"Did you dance much?"

"I'll tell you, I never even danced one dance. When I got there, I met Pete, Bill Brown and some other guys, so we went into the den and played poker all evening. But you're not going to believe what happened to the guy I loaned my costume to..."

Quote for the Week: Children must be taught HOW TO THINK, not what to think."

                        (Margaret Mead)

Have a GREAT weekend!

Lisa Ali

FEA Europe West Area Director

Isles, Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, Cuba