Somerset County Retired Educators Association


From the President’s Quill

March 2018

Dear SCREA Members,

Greetings to all and welcome to new SCREA members.  As of February 1, 2018 we had 27,291 retired members statewide.

Join us on May 2 for our Spring luncheon meeting which will be held at a new location, the Elks Lodge, 375 Union Avenue, Bridgewater.  There were several reasons for the change in venue, including cost and meal choice.  We will now offer a buffet which includes salmon, chicken, pasta, two salads and selected side dishes.  The cost of lunch is the same as alst year.  The meeting begins at 11:00 AM.

Our guest speaker will be local author Linda Barth presenting “New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Onventions, Trailblazing Characters, and More.” Before Linda speaks we will be voting for all positions on the SCREA Executive Board.  We will also vote to accept amendments to the SCREA Constitution By-laws which add clarifying text as recommended by NJREA Constitution Review Committee.  Please find slate of officers as proposed by the SCREA Nominating Committee and NJREA recommendations and revisions to the SCREA Constitution elsewhere in this issue.

On February 17, nine SCREA representatives attended the annual NJEA Legislative and Political Action Conference in Somerset.  U.S. Senator Bob Menendez was the keynote speaker.  Federal panel participants were U.S. Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman, Donald Norcross and Leonard Lance – all NJ public school graduates.  We heard the Legislators’ views on a variety of topics.  SCREA Government Relations Chairs, Bob Kapp and Skip Emanuelli, will give a report at our May luncheon.  We encourage members to become part of our Legislative Action Team and to join us at next year’s Legislative conference.  You can help in many ways, from lobbying in Trenton to making phone calls to Legislators from your home.  Contact Bob or Skip for more information about volunteering to work with them and our newest LAT member Dolores Schaaf.

We look forward to seeing you on May 2.

Carol Shield, SCEA President