Somerset County Retired Educators Association

SCREAch Newsletter NJREA

From the President’s Quill

Dear SCREA Members,

In this issue of SCREAch you will find a list of candidates that NJEA has endorsed for the upcoming State Legislative election on November 3rd.  As retired public school employees, we know you are used to hearing that the upcoming election is the “most important”.  But the one thing we’ve learned over the years is that each election season brings new challenges.  This election is no different because it’s our pensions that are on the ballot.  The NJEA PAC Operating Committee (NJEA PAC) endorsed Legislators who voted with us on the budget.  The issue is clear: without proper funding, the pension system will run out of money.  We simply cannot rest until we elect Legislators who recognize the true source of the problem, respect our right to collect a pension, and will uphold the state’s obligation to fund it.  If you are an out-of-state member please talk to your New Jersey friends, family and former colleagues about the importance of this election.

Please join us at the SCREA December luncheon when our guest speaker will be Phil Lomonico, Associate Director of NJEA Member Benefits, who will give us a brief update on NJEA Sponsored Vendors and the Member Discount Program.  After Phil’s presentation we will have time for table hopping and a special SCREA trivia contest.  Please remember to bring unwrapped gifts for families who are served by the Homesharing Program of Somerset County.  New toys, books, games and clothing are needed.  If you are interested in helping with the Homesharing Program at Homesharing, you may call them directly at 908-526-4463.

We look forward to seeing you at the NJEA/NJREA Convention in Atlantic City on November 4 and at The Landing(formerly Pheasant’s Landing) on December 9.  Please note luncheon date change to second Wednesday due to new restaurant management.  We will return to the first Wednesday schedule in May.

Carol Shields, SCREA President