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June 14 2011 FEA Europe Update

1. Final Update of the Year
2. Keep Informed
3. NEA Today
4. Summer Mailings
5. Speaking of Summer
6. Chicago, Here We Come
7. Extra Duty Compensation
8. Lesson Plan Search
9. Fall FRS Training
10. FEA Europe Leadership
11. An Early Christmas List
12. Personal Notes and Thank You's


1. Final Update of the Year - I am sending this Update out just a little early this week since the end of the year tends to be very busy. And what a year it has been! Also, if we can get them finalized, we will be sending out final Area JCC notes as well later this week.

2. Keep Informed - Even as the year ends, and summer arrives, it is important to keep informed. Check the FEA and NEA websites periodically for important news and information. (www.feaonline.org and www.nea.org ) If you have not signed up to receive the FEA President's Report directly, now is a good time to do that for next year.

3. NEA Today -- The latest NEA Today has lots of great information in itů.maybe now that summer is here, you will have the time to make that part of your summer reading!

4. Summer Mailings - FRS's: Please make sure that FEA has a contact name and address for things to be mailed out toward the end of the summer, like membership and other materials for your school and local association.

5. Speaking of Summer - Your FEA leaders and UniServs are on leave as well. Alex, Lisa and I will check our e-mail periodically as we travel but there may be some delays in response. The FEA office in Washington, D.C. will be open on a summer schedule: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. More information for the FEA Washington Office is in your calendar. The NEA office building is closed on Friday's during the summer starting Friday, July 8 through September 2. Since our offices are in the NEA building, the FEA office will be closed then too.

6. Chicago, Here We Come -- Don't forget that the FEA Annual Meeting will be held June 29 and 30 in Chicago, followed by the NEA Representative Assembly. If you are going to be in the area and are interested in attending, further information is available on the FEA website. The Annual Meeting and RA next year (Summer 2012) will be held in Washington DC. It's never too soon to plan to attend.

7. Extra Duty Compensation - Be sure to have your EDC contract and to know the amount of hours expected and compensation before beginning activities in late summer and early fall. The Contract language, Article 27, is attached, including the correct language for the EDC contracts.

8. Lesson Plan Search -- Thinking ahead to next year? Try this site for thousands of lesson plans from across the Web, hand-picked by NEA's Search Editor.

9. Fall FRS Training -- For your planning purposes, the schedule for Fall FRS training is as follows:

9 September -- Isles Training (schools in England)
12 September -- Bavaria
14 September -- Kaiserslautern and Heidelberg Districts (including the Isles schools on the continent)
15,16 September -- EAC Meetings

Further information about times, exact locations, etc. will be provided at the start of the school year.

10. FEA Europe Leadership -- Your FEA Europe leadership for SY 11-12 is as follows:
Alex Veto -- Area Director, Bavaria & Kaiserslautern Districts and FEA members in the Mediterranean District
Lisa Ali - Area Director, Heidelberg & Isles Districts and Cuba
Terry McClain -- Bavaria District Representative
Nancy Almendras -- Heidelberg District Representative
Anita Lang -- Isles District Representative
Terese Sarno -- Kaiserslautern District Representative
Alina Rozanski -- European Human and Civil Rights Coordinator

11. An Early Christmas List -- This time last year, I published an early wish list for Christmas. Well, I am still waiting for many of the things on that list. I am still hopeful, though, and this year I will add one more wish to the list. I hope that everyone who makes decisions for our schools and our system will remember what I have said so often: "Teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions." If this is a guiding principle at every level of our organization, then many concerns will never arise. This also includes timely and correct pay and entitlements. Teachers should be able to teach without worrying about being paid correctly or about money being deducted from their pay without warning or explanation.

12. Personal Notes and Thank You's -- Since this is my last update as Area Director, let me take this opportunity to thank the many people who have worked so diligently this year for our members. This has been a difficult year, with many changes and challenges. First of all, a huge thank you to the FRS's and FR's who have done so much this year, including distributing information like our Updates, monitoring and reporting vacancies, and fielding questions from members. The FRS's are vital to our organization and our members. Thanks also to the local officers who make our locals viable and who help our FRS's to serve our members.

Obviously, many thanks to Alex Veto, my counterpart...Alex is a true team player who works tirelessly for our members. I also want to thank our European Area Council. Terry McClain, Nancy Almendras, Lisa Ali, Terese Sarno, and Alina Rozanski have all worked diligently for their members and have helped me immensely. Our UniServ attorneys, Jan & Bill Freeman and Sequitta Banks are amazing, knowledgeable and always available. Michael Priser and all of our At-Large Officers, as well as HT Nguyen and our whole DC staff are also valuable resources for your European leaders and for our members.

And of course, thank you to each and every FEA member. FEA really is the "sum of its parts" and our strength is in our members. Thank you for your participation and support. It has been a privilege to serve as Area Director and I am very grateful for the opportunity. The work we do as teachers AND the work we do as an Association are important and we DO make a difference! I know Lisa Ali, my successor, will do an excellent job for members. I wish her luck as she begins this challenging but very rewarding job. I will be headed back to the classroom next year at my "home school" here, Wiesbaden MS.

My thanks too, to those in management who have kept us informed and have worked cooperatively WITH us in order to resolve problems.

Unfortunately, at the end of the year, we have to say goodbye to many wonderful people. Gretchen Wessels, our Administrative Assistant, will be leaving us, and that will be a big loss for FEA. She has been a great asset to us.

Have a wonderful, enjoyable summer....if you are going on to "life after DoDDS," or moving to a different DoDEA region, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

As I have often said, thanks for all you do,

Chuck

Chuck McCarter
FEA Europe Area Director
0611-44756131 or DSN 335-5373/69