Somerset County Retired Educators Association

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From the President’s Quill

Fall 2021

Dear SCREA Members,

Good news!  The Elks Club is booked for our Fall meeting/Luncheon.  We know that national and state regulations regarding COVID-19 might change our plans, but we are hoping to see you all on October 6 and we will contact registrants if we must conduct the meeting virtually.  

Earlier this summer Laura Bochner and I attended the all-virtual NEA Representative Assembly which had been scheduled to take place in Denver, Colorado.  During this annual meeting, NJEA/NJREA members from all over the country help set policy and chart the direction of NEA business.  We are so proud of SCREA member and newly elected NJREA President, Joan Wright, who gave the invocation entitled “Justice for All” on the opening day of this event.  Joan will join us at our October meeting.

In this issue of SCREAch is a list of the NJEA PAC endorsements for November election.  NJEA endorsements are based on candidates’ positions that are important to both active and retired members.  On the local level the Somerset County Education Association is proud to endorse Shanel Robinson and Sara Sooy for County Commissioners.  They are outstanding advocates for educators, students and communities across Somerset County.  Their leadership, collaboration, and problem-solving skills make them the best fit to continue progrssing our county.  We look forward to electing Robinson and Sooy in November.

As I write this letter, the NJEA Convention is currently slated to occur at the Atlantic City Convention Center on November 4-5.  Regardless of how the NJEA Convention is presented, all keynote speakers will also be accessible to NJEA members online via the virtual convention site.  The NJREA convention will be conducted virtually on Wednesday, November 3.  The event will kick off at 10 a.m. with the NJREA Delegate Council meeting and will include a November 2 general elections update from NJEA Government Relations, in addition to reports from NJEA’s Research and Economic Services on pension and health benefits.  The convention’s afternoon session will present the latest NJEA and NEA Member Benefits information with prizes awarded throughout.  This session will be followed by four comedians, who promise fun-filled entertainment for all.  Information on how to access the NJREA convention will be available soon.  Please join us for what promises to be an informative and entertaining day.

Carol Shields, SCREA President


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