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  • MEA-Retired members Pam DeGryse, Elaine Miller and Jeanne Hansen enjoyed a post-lunch conversation with members of Arkansas Education Association-Retired during the NEA-Retired Conference in Baltimore

  • NEA Board member Barb Schram, MEA-Retired Staff Liaison Paul Helder and MEA-Retired President Kay Walker Telma participated in an afternoon session for state presidents and liaisons, NEA staff and NEA-Retired leaders.

  • NEA Secretary-Treasurer Noel Candelaria spoke during one of the 2022 NEA-Retired Conference general sessions.

  • MEA-Retired members Elaine Miller and Barb Schram enjoyed a lighthearted moment with NEA President Becky Pringle following the closing session of the 2022 NEA-Retired Conference.

  • NEA President Becky Pringle addressed 2022 NEA-Retired Conference participants at the closing session of the event held in Baltimore March 16-18, 2022.

  • NEA Executive Committee member Gladys Vasquez, NEA-Retired President Sarah Borgman, MEA-Retired President Kay Walker Telma, and MEA-Retired Vice President Judy Daley were among the over 225 attendees at the NEA-Retired 2022 Conference held in Baltimore March 16-18

  • MEA-Retired was well represented at the NEA-Retired Conference. Standing: Jeanne Hansen, Judy Daley, Connie Boylan, Barb Schram, Kay Walker Telma, Rovin Aslakson, Elaine Miller. Seated: Millie Lambert, Al Beamish, Pam DeGryse.

  • East Oakland County MEA-Retired Chapter members Steve Sadlier and Mike Gillis, attended the Remembrance of January 6 Candlelight Vigil in Rochester.

  • Paula-salerno-herbart-2021-most-influential-women, congrats Madam President!

  • MEA-Retired Board of Directors Zoom meeting, 09/01/2021

  • MEA-Retired Board of Directors meeting, 09/01/2021

  • July Happy Hour gathering of the Grand Traverse Bay Area MEA-Retired chapter. Back row: Don Hakala, former MEA Board member and UniServ Director; Kay Walker Telma; former MEA/NEA Board member Tom Bousamra. Front row: Irene Brown, former MEA VP Lynn Larson.

  • President Kay Walker-Telma

  • Education Leaders 2021

  • Senator Debbie Stabenow With MEA-Retired Members Jack & Jo Ellis

Member to Member

Sep 26, 2022

Greetings colleagues! 

We are launching a member-to-member voting communication program, and I could use your help. 

We have identified thousands of MEA members that are infrequent voters—those that haven’t voted for several years, often skip midterm elections or perhaps have only voted once in the past decade.  We want to help connect them to voting resources—why they should vote, how to request absentee ballots, who our MEA recommended candidates are and more.  We will connect with them in one of two subprograms:  “target districts” or “the rest of the state.”


Target Districts

There are 61 school districts that have over 20 of these infrequent voter members (list below.)  We want to recruit at least one if not many more members (both current and retired) in each of these districts to do peer to peer contact.  As you all know, folks respond best when approached by folks with similar interests/backgrounds/networks.  So having someone in their own district reach out is the goal.  Here are the targets:



Rest of the State

We will need dozens of volunteers outside of those target districts to contact members in all other parts of the state.



We will utilize a platform called WAVE Michigan for texting, calling and emailing.  This easy to use web-based program will allow us to reach members and check in with them regularly to ensure they’ve requested an absentee ballot, remind them to return it, know where to find their polling place, find the recommended candidates, etc.


Project Timeline

Week of September 19- Recruit participants

Week of September 26- Continue recruitment and train participants via zoom  (training date TBD, will be recorded)

Week of October 3- Program Launch


What to do next

  1. Volunteer to participate! (Open to members, retirees and staff)  REGISTER HERE
  2. Help me find volunteers in the target districts.  Share with your colleagues! 😊


Please reach out if you have any questions!


Amanda West

Temporary UniServ Consultant- Member and Political Organizer

Michigan Education Association

(517) 214-7529

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