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CTA BOARD EXPENSES continued from page 35 REGION II: BRINGING LEADERS TOGETHER There were a lot of reasons to be first-tim- ers at the Region II Leadership Conference in Reno. With a distance of 535 miles from Yreka in the north to Bakersfield in the south, Region II is geographically the larg- est of CTA's four regions, bringing together both large urban and small rural chapters. The annual conference is one of the ways that Region II overcomes that distance. "I'm interested in finding out all that CTA has to offer," said Melissa Shepherd, a site representative and member of the Lodi Education Association. "I had no idea there was so much." With more than 65 elective sessions, the more than 500 educators in attendance were able to choose f rom trainings that covered bargaining, building relationships with school boards, survival skills for lead- ers during trying times, Robert's Rules of Order simplified, understand- ing poverty, when bul- lying is no longer just teasing, grievances, Ronda Fish and other topics. Throughout the weekend, members were able to learn from experi- enced trainers as well as one another. "You meet people that have the same sit- uation and find out you're not alone," said Ronda Fish, president of the Pacheco Dis- trict Teachers Association. "I feel empow- ered to know that I don't have to cower before my school board." Members even sang the praises of a training on a potentially dreary topic like Robert's Rules of Order. "Robert and I are not on 'intimate' terms, and this was absolutely fabulous!" said Lisa Buckner, who will carry out parliamentarian duties in the Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association this year. "It was very informative. You cannot go away from these trainings and not learn something." In his address, President Vogel singled out several chapters that have engaged in successful organizing efforts: • The Calaveras Unified Educators Association, which packed school 40 California Educator / November 2011 ALCALÁ* (O) ALLEN (A) BOYD (E) BRIDGE (K) CABELL (L) CICHOCKI (O) DAVIDSON (F) DAWSON (B) DILLON (D) GOLDBERG (J-LA) GROTH (P) HEINS (C) JACKSON* (C) MEEDEN (At-Large) MELENDEZ (H) MENDES* MONTAÑO (J-HE) ORTEGA (J-LA) PEÑA (G) ROGERS* (M) SANCHEZ* SHATUN (I) STERNBERGER* (CTA/NEA Coordinator) STONE (N) VOGEL WALSH* 1,890.42 3,486.62 3,523.48 3,529.13 4,036.44 3,364.63 4,043.21 2,488.16 3,755.57 2,256.86 3,277.11 6,550.15 1,127.13 4,187.07 5,288.45 2,278.52 3,647.36 3,268.41 8,686.92 3,025.11 9,623.39 4,007.10 1,447.17 5,406.51 4,089.03 1,964.80 (CTA/NEA Coordinator) WASHINGTON (At-Large) 2,521.91 CTA DIRECTORIAL DISTRICTS CTA DIRECTORIAL DISTRICTS Amounts represent a monthly average for fiscal year 2010-11. During the reporting year, the normal and statewide activities include CTA Board meetings, State Council, Service Center Council meetings, Equity and Human Rights Conference, Good Teaching Conference, various task force meetings and other business related functions. Some differences in expenditures may be due to the widely varied geographical sizes of directorial districts, distances traveled for Regional, Service Center and other meetings, and the varied number of functions CTA Direc- tors are responsible for attending. Expenses of Board members with partial-year service are averaged based on months served and delineated with an asterisk. board meetings, worked with parents and was able to announce the restoration of five and a half positions. • The Hanford Elementary Teachers Association, which gained community support by holding book drives and blood drives, and partici- pating in events to clean up the community. Through its increased presence in the community, the association was successful in keeping its fully paid medical benefits intact and taking no days off the calendar. • The Sierra Unified Teachers Association (SUTA), which helped grow its mem- bership to 65 members over the past two years once it focused its attention on organizing, and sent a team of members to the Organizing for Power training last spring. "The most important thing Lisa Buckner we can do in this organization is to organize, and I know Region II has taken that to heart," Vogel said. "You have committed your- selves to building an organizing culture. From attending small group meetings to larger Orga- nizing for Power trainings, you are listening to each other, building relationships, and finding the connections you need to con- tinue this valuable work." 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