SCREA

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.  Ginny Pasternak, SCREA Membership Chair, reports that, as of March 1, we have 943 members and hope to break 1,000 by the end of the year.

This has been a busy winter for your SCREA officers and committee members.  I am pleased to report that, under the expert direction of Frank Curcio, we finished the revisions of the SCREA Constitution, as was required as part of the NJEA unification process, and our revisions have been sent to NJEA staff for review.

We held our first MBOS (Member Benefits Online System) help session at the January Executive Board meeting.  We will conduct another session in the Fall.  It is becoming more important than ever to register with MBOS online if you haven’t already done so.  The automated phone service is being phased out as Division of Pension employees retire and using MBOS will be the only way to avoid the long wait when using the phone to make pension or health benefit changes.  To register for MBOS or log on to an account visit:  http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/pensions/mbosregister.shtml.  If you need help registering with MBOS or navigating the system, don’t hesitate to contact me.

On February 21, eight SCREA representatives attended the annual NJEA Legislative and Political Action Conference.  The focus was on the high-stakes testing debate, but there were also panel discussions with Legislators during which pensions and health benefits were discussed.  See more details in the Government Relations report.

Liza Kistler has resigned from her position of SCREA Recording Secretary and Donna Emanuelli has been appointed to serve in that position for the rest of the term.  We are grateful to Liza for her many years of service to the SCREA.

Please join us on May 6 for our Spring meeting which will be held at Pheasant’s Landing.  The meeting begins at 11:00 AM and is followed by lunch and time to socialize.  Our speaker will be Valerie Kazdahn, NJEA Associate Director of Research and Economic Services.  Valerie will talk about our pension and health benefits and, after her presentation, she will take questions from the audience.

Sincerely

Carol Shields, SCREA President