Terry’s Update

21 October 2020

1. Open Season
2. Purple Up for Military Kids
3. Red Ribbon Week
4. Mark Your Calendar
5. Election Information

1. Open Season — It is getting close to open season for changes in insurance etc. (November 9-December 14) and is always a good idea to check what you have and think about what you need. To get the most up-to-date information about the FEHB plans you can visit myfederalretirement.com

2. Purple Up for Military Kids — Lakenheath Education Association has a t-shirt to honor the military students we teach. Purple Up for our military kids! T-shirt designed by a Lakenheath Middle Schooler during the COVID lockdown to celebrate the Month of the Military Child. (Logo on right sleeve.) Thanks for all you do to support our military-connected kids! If you would like to order one, simply logon to this site (November 6 Deadline)

3. Red Ribbon Week — — Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. Camarena worked his way through college, served in the Marines and became a police officer. When he decided to join the US Drug Enforcement Administration, his mother tried to talk him out of it. “I’m only one person,” he told her, “but I want to make a difference.” In honor of Camarena’s memory and his battle against illegal drugs, friends and neighbors began to wear red badges of satin. Parents, sick of the destruction of alcohol and other drugs, had begun forming coalitions. Some of these new coalitions took Camarena as their model and embraced his belief that one person can make a difference. These coalitions also adopted the symbol of Camarena’s memory, the red ribbon. The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. Since that time, the campaign has reached millions of U.S. children and families. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year, through the National Red Ribbon Campaign. Red Ribbon Week is scheduled for October 23 through October 31. See redribbon.org for more information.

4. Mark Your Calendar-
October 23 — End of the first quarter
October 25 — Europe Daylight Savings Time Change (Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend)
October 26 — Second Quarter Begins

5. Election Information — FEA members in Europe will elect six representatives for the NEA Representative Assembly. NEA delegates from around the U.S. and around the world are expected to gather for the next Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly from July 2 to July 6 in Denver Colorado. RA delegates will propose, debate, and take action on new business items for the Association and other association policies, and vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. Executive Officers, Executive Committee members, and at-large members of the NEA Board of Directors will be elected. There will be 2 Representatives from each FEA Division The nomination form is attached to the email.

Terry McClain
FEA Europe
Area Director