Somerset County Retired Educators Association
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From the President’s Quill
Dear SCREA Members
The New Jersey Education Association’s 125 – member Political Action Committee (NJEA PAC) has voted to endorse 60 candidates for election to the New Jersey General Assembly in this issue of SCREAch you will find a list of candidates that NJEA has endorsed statewide. Locally, SCEA has endorsed Somerset County candidates Melonie Marano for Freeholder and Darrin Russo for Sheriff. The NJEA PAC committee, made up of active and retired members, endorses candidates who are true advocates of educators and public schools. If you are an out – 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.
Please join us at the SCREA Holiday Luncheon on December 4 when our guests will be Mike Salerno, NJEA Research Division, and Sue Vigilante, Morris County Retired Educators Association. Mike will update us on pension, health benefits and other matters of interest to retirees. Sue will provide us with a chance to do some early holiday shopping. She will be setting up shop with pieces from Touchstone Swarovski Crystal Jewelry. A percentage of the day’s purchases will be donated to the NJREA Philanthropic Fund.
This year we are asking you to bring unwrapped gifts for children who are clients of the Somerset Children’s Treatment Center which is adjacent to the Somerville Elks Lodge. The center has been an Elks service project for over twenty-five years and its goal is to provide therapeutic services to special needs children from birth to 21 years of age to help them function independently and improve their developmental growth.
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 Concebtion in Atlantic City on November 6 and at the Elks Lodge on December 4.
Carol Shield, SCREA President