Somerset County Retired Educators Association


From the President’s Quill

October 2018

Dear SCREA Members,

On November 6 we will be electing the twelve member New Jersey delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives and one member to the U.S. Senate.  in this issue of SCREAch you will find a list of candidates that NJEA has endorsed.  The NJEA PAC Committee, made up of active and retired members, endorses candidates who are true advocates for educators and public schools.  If you are an out-of-state member please talk to your New Jersey friends, family and former colleagues about the importance of this election and urge them to vote for our endorsed candidates.  It is our hope NJREA members and their families are committed to supporting candidates who recognize the state and national benefits of a quality system of public education and who respect and support the rights of current public school employees and retirees.

Please join us at our December 5 luncheon when our guests will be NJEA Secretary-Treasurer, Steve Beatty and Mike Salerno from NJEA Research Division.  Steve will update us on the latest news from Trenton and Mike, who gave us an overview of our new Aetna Educators Medicare Plan at our October luncheon, will return to address any additional issues of concern about the new plan.  As in past years, we ask you to bring unwrapped gifts for families who are served by the Homesharing Program of Somerset County.  New toys, books, games and clothing are needed.  If you are interested in helping with the Holiday Program at Homesharing, you may call them directly at 908-526-4463.

If you are in contact with any recent retirees, please encourage them to join the NJREA/SCREA which is the best way to keep informed about local, state, and national issues that may impact our pension and retirement benefits.

We look forward to seeing you at the NJEA/NJREA Convention in Atlantic City on November 7 and at the Elks Club on December 5.

Carol Shield, SCREA President