Somerset County Retired Educators Association

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From the President’s Quill

Winter 2020

Welcome and thanks to all who attended our first SCREA Zoom meeting on October 7. We are especially grateful to our speakers: Joan Wright, NJREA Vice President; Steve Beatty, NJEA Secretary-Treasurer; Mike Salerno, NJEA Research Associate; and Mary Elizabeth O’Connor, AID-NJEA Representative.

For the time being, NJEA is recommending that county Presidents meet with members, virtually.  Therefore, our December 2 meeting will be held on Zoom.  Information on how to participate is published elsewhere in this issue of the SCREAch.  Our speakers on that day will be NJREA President, Judy Perkins and Dan Walker, President and Owner of Buyer’s Edge, Inc., which is our NJEA buying service for major purchases.  Sue Vigilante from Touchstone Crystal will also be joining us that day.  Sue, Morris County REA member, brought samples of her jewelry to our December, 2019 luncheon and 20% of the day’s purchases were donated to the NJREA Scholarship Fund in the name of SCREA.  Just in time for the holidays, Sue will explain how to order and get a 10% NJEA discount.

I attended the virtual NJREA Delegate Meeting on November 4.  Announced were the NEA/NJEA PAC endorsed candidates, both local and National, who won their seats in the November election.  We also learned that on October 28, the 125-member NJEA PAC Operating Committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse Governor Phil Murphy in the 2021 Democratic Primary.  The NJEA PAC cited Governor Murphy’s strong record on the issues that matter most to NJEA members, their students, and their families.  He has made three of the largest consecutive pension payments in New Jersey history and he signed the long-sought Chapter 78 Relief Bill into law.  Pat Provnik, NJREA PAC Chair, talked about their importance of financially supporting candidates that we believe are best for public education.  NJEA PAC depends on our voluntary contributions, not dues money.

As always, please encourage your recently retired NJEA friends to join NJREA.

Our membership count as of November is 25,242 which is 519 less than November, 2019.

I look forward to seeing you on December 2 and I hope that we can meet in person next spring.

Carol Shields, SCREA President


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