Somerset County Retired Educators Association
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From the President’s Quill
Greetings and welcome to our new members. We look forward to seeing you at our Spring luncheon. Those who have attended the last two meetings at the Elks Lodge have given us positive feedback on the location as well as the buffet selections. By popular demand, bourbon crusted salmon will remain on the menu.
Please be advised that NJREA and NJEA elections are being held in March and April. You will receive ballots and will be able to vote in both elections. Please check your mail for the NJREA ballots that will be arriving in mid-March. Three SCREA members are on the ballot. The list of members and the offices for which they are running is posted elsewhere in this issue of SCREAch. Please support your county candidates. Pay attention to the dates listed on your ballots which must be returned by March 29 in order for your votes to count. NJEA ballots will be sent out in April.
Transition to Aetna Educators Medicare Plan has gone smoothly. Our members report that they were well-prepared for the change. Should you have any questions regarding your state-paid, post-retirement medical benefits, please direct them to me. The county presidents and NJREA Health Benefits Committee members receive frequent, up-to-date information about retirees’ benefits and are aware of the latest issues and how they are being handled. Should I not be able to answer your question, I will contact the health benefits committee member assigned to your county who will consult with the NJEA Research staff.
Note: Please read the information in this issue about our new NJEA member benefit with AAA. I recently renewed my AAA Plus membership and received a $68.00 discount.
Carol Shield, SCREA President