Hopefully, as you read this newsletter, the warmer temperatures are returning, the crocuses are beginning to bloom and spring is just around the corner. As the seasons change, MCREA continues to roll along advocating for its members. We had two workshops in January regarding elder law and retirement financial investing, both planned by our hard-working Second Vice- President, Susan Karolkiewicz.
Governor Phil Murphy has brought a breath of fresh air to state government and is committed to repealing some of the harsh effects of Chapter 78 on active and retired members. Tackling pension and health benefits is an ongoing battle and we need to remain vigilant in contacting legislators and insisting that our health care and pensions are not entitlements and must not be diminished in any way. If you would like to take a more active role on our Government Relations team, please contact one of our chairpersons, Johanna Capasso or Thomas Harrington.
As you know, Optum Rx is our new prescription carrier. We are fortunate to have Bette Kirk as our health benefits representative to NJREA/NJEA. Please take a moment to read her article with important information regarding this change.
NJREA’s Spring Luncheon is being held on Thursday, April 26 at the Nottingham Ballroom. The cost has increased by one dollar to $33. Please read the coupon carefully in the NJREA newsletter as there are new restrictions on guests attending these luncheons.
As my term comes to an end, you will have the opportunity to elect a new slate of officers at our MCREA Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9th. Please look at the enclosed tear off coupon and select your menu choices as we once again convene at the Mercer Oaks Country Club and Golf Course. Let’s make this turnout HUGE!
If you’re ready to make a bigger commitment to MCREA and would like to run for office, contact Terri Dresser Purcell, who has graciously volunteered again to serve as our Elections Chairperson.
With spring, comes hope for renewal and rebirth. I leave you with this quote from Emily Dickinson, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”
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I hope some of this information is helpful. We deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and together we will succeed in making sure that promises are kept, and our pensions and health benefits are secure.