Somerset County Retired Educators Association
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From the President’s Quill
Dear SCREA Members,
We miss you! With regret and concern about the health and safety of our members, NJREA has cancelled its Fall luncheon and annual convention in Atlantic City. The SCREA is also cancelling our October 7th Fall luncheon, but we will have a virtual meeting, via Zoom, that day. Mike Salerno will be there to provide us with updates from Trenton and Dan Epstein, SCEA President, hopes to join us as well. We will also hold the election of officers that was to be conducted at the May luncheon. Your SCREA Executive Committee and the NJREA officers look forward to in-person meetings in the future when National, state and local regulations permit large indoor gatherings.
This Summer members of your Executive Board have been in touch, by phone and email, with SCREA members from all over the country. In this issue of SCREAch, we are sharing accounts from our officers and members about their activities during the current pandemic. Most recently, Dolores Schaaf represented us at the July 30th SCREA rally in Somerville that was held to protest the reopening of school buildings until all safety issues can be fully addressed. In early July Tom Arlotto and Laura Bochner attended the first all-virtual NEA Representative Assembly in National Education history.
In this issue of SCREAch is a list of the NJEA endorsements for the November election. NJEA endorsements are based on the candidates’ positions that are important to both active and retired members. We must elect Federal and State Legislators who support Social Security, Medicare and our pensions. If you live out of state, please contact your friends, family and former colleagues who live in new Jersey and encourage them to support our candidates.
At the local level, Somerset County Education Association has made endorsements for Somerset County Freeholder. “We’re proud to support Paul Drake and Douglas Singleterry for Freeholder,” announced Dan Epstein, President Somerset County Education Association. “We wholeheartedly believe they are the best candidates to support public education in Somerset County.”
We hope to see you at our first SCREA virtual meeting. Find details on how to register in this issue. Most of you should have received your NJEA masks by now. WEar them in good health!
Carol Shields, SCREA President