Somerset County Retired Educators Association

SCREAch Newsletter NJREA

From the President’s Quill

October 2016

Dear SCREA Members,

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 is his yearly update on NJEA sponsored Vendors and the Member Discount Program.  After Phil’s presentation, in the spirit of holiday giving, we will hear from several of our members on the topic of volunteering opportunities for retirees.  We are very proud of SCREA Secretary Donna Emanuelli who, earlier this year, was given The Outstanding Woman of the Year for Volunteerism Award by The Somerset County Commission of Women.

As in past years,  we ask you 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 Holiday Program at Homesharing, you may call them directly at 908-526-4463.

As involved SCREA members, you know that the potential change to our health benefits is an issue of concern to the NJREA.  Those of you who attended our October luncheon learned that the NJEA legal team is responding to this challenge in order to protect our rights.  Our leadership teams have been extremely busy dealing with this issue and others, creating a game plan for supporting pro-education, pro-pension funding legislators in future primaries and elections.  It is our hope NJREA members and their families are committed to supporting candidates who recognize the state and national benefits of a quality system of public education and who respect and support the rights of current public school employees and retirees.  Please keep informed by visiting the NJEA/NJREA website for updates on health benefits and pension issues.

We look forward to seeing you at the NJEA/NJREA Convention in Atlantic City on November 9-10 and at The landing on December 7.

Carol Shields, SCREA President