Somerset County Retired Educators Association

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From the President’s Quill

Winter 2021

Dear SCREA Members,

Thank you to the members who attended the October luncheon, our first meeting in nearly two years.  It was great to see old friends and one new member.  Please join us for the December luncheon.  We promise to make your day merry and bright!  Our guest speaker will be Steve Eugene from NEA Member Benefits.  Steve will present his new workshop, “Five Ways to Enjoy Your Retirement with Member Benefits“.  Included topics will be travel, shopping, identity theft protection and more.  He will incorporate benefits that do not require a computer to access.  Steve has spoken at several of our SCREA luncheons; we have always found him to be a knowledgeable and enjoyable presenter.  Also joining us will be Mike Salerno, from NJEA Research.  Mike will provide updates on Health Benefits and Pensions.  As usual, Mike will be available after lunch to answer your individual questions.

Now available are applications for the scholarship awards that NJREA offers each year to high school seniors attending public schools in New Jersey.  The 2022 scholarships are: Elizabeth A. Allen and Isabelle Hickman 4-year College Scholarships (2 separate scholarships); the Fred E. Aug 2-year Community College Scholarship Award; and the Walter P. Krichling, Jr. one year Trade, Vocational or Career & Technical Education Scholarship Award.  You can pick up the applications at the December 1 meeting or request electronic copies.  The deadline for applications is March 1, 2022.

At our October meeting, we spoke of the hope that our membership throughout New Jersey would return Governor Phil Murphy to the State House in Trenton.  We did it!  As soon as I finish this letter, I am heading to Atlantic City for the NJEA Convention where we will be celebrating the reelection of the Governor who made a historic effort to support New Jersey Public Educators with the first full payment into to our public pension in over 25 years.

Carol Shields, SCREA President


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