Somerset County Retired Educators Association

SCREAch Newsletter NJREA

From the President’s Quill

Dear SCREA Members,

Greetings to all and a special welcome to new members.  We have good news.  The revised SCREA constitution has been reviewed and approved by the NJREA Constitution Committee and will be submitted for membership approval at our Spring luncheon.  An electronic copy will be sent to all members who receive SCREAch via mail.  If you receive a paper edition of SCREAch, you will find a copy of the constitution included in this issue.

We fondly remember and truly miss Frank Curcio who finished the final revisions of our constitution – his last contribution to the SCREA – shortly before he died last November.  Frank was tireless advocate for public school emplyees throughout his career and retirement years.

Skip Emanuelli has been appointed to fill Frank Curcio’s position as Government Relations co-chair.  We are always looking for new Legislative Action Team members.  LAT meetings are held once a month at the SCEA office in Bridgewater.  Please contact Bob Kapp for more information abput volunteering to work with him and Skip.

Join us on May 4 for our Spring luncheon meeting which will be held at The landing in Hillsborough.  The meeting begins at 11:00 AM and is followed by lunch and time to socialize.  Our speaker will be Charles Clarkson, Esq. Project Director, Senior Medical Patrol of NJ, federally funded national effort to combat Medicare fraud, waste and abuse; these issues cost taxpayers billions of dollars a year.  He will offer tips on how to recognize Medicare scams and how to protect ourselves in cases of billing and prescription errors.  Your SCREA officers attended Mr. Calrkson’s presentation at the 2015 NJREA convention and found him to be an informative and very entertaining speaker.

On February 20, nine SCREA representatives attended the annual NJEA Legislative and Political Action Conference where we met both state and federal Legislators and heard their views in a variety of topics.  See brief report elsewhere in the newsletter and expect updates on the proposed constitutional amendment that is designed to restore the long-term health of our state pension system that right now is at least $40 billion in debt.

Carol Shields, SCREA President