Do you hear the school bells ringing? The chatter and frenetic activity on the playground and in the cafeteria? The busses roaring and the lockers slamming? They are a sure sign that September has arrived, and with it a new school year. You may wax nostalgic over your time working in public education, but are most likely happy to be retired.
If you are a new retiree-welcome to our ranks! The first year is always the best! Brand new or long time retiree, you are always welcomed and encouraged to join MCREA. We are sponsoring our first “Meet and Greet” on October 2nd from 11:00 AM through 1:00 PM downstairs in the Hamilton Public Library. Light refreshments will be served. Already a member, then bring a friend with you. Please look inside this issue for more details and how you can RSVP.
My husband and I were so fortunate to join a terrific crew of sixteen people on the MCREA group tour of Alaska, through our association with Collette Tours. The scenery was breathtaking, the laughs and conversations lively, and we even had our own wonderful vocalist, Ray Murphy, as a finalist on Princess Cruises “The Voice of the Ocean” competition. MCREA members and their guests on this trip included Debbie Schaller from Ewing, Martha Kostro from Hamilton, and Connie Muller-Gaydos ( Ray’s companion) and myself from East Windsor.
Upcoming MCREA sponsored Collette Tours are Southern Charms Holiday in November (already sold out), and 2018 trips to Italy and Canyon Country. Take a moment to read our Social Committee Chairperson’s (the awesome Karen Aiello) article and whet your appetite for an adventure. These trips are always open to members and non-members.
Besides the solar eclipse in August, there’s another rare occurrence happening in NJ this November. All 180 seats in the NJ legislature are up for grabs, along with the governorship. It’s time to end the disastrous Christie years and return our profession and its members – both active and retired – to respectability and financial stability. Phil Murphy is the man to provide Chapter 78 pension relief and repair the damages of these past eight years under Christie’s regime. Now is your opportunity to have your vote speak for your pension and health benefits rights. There are no excuses, since vote by mail ballots are easily available if you can’t make it to the polls in November. Just visit our website at mercercountyretiredea.org to find a link to voter registration and mail in ballots. If you would like to volunteer your time phone banking, mailing post cards, or canvassing, just drop me an email. Even one hour of your time would be appreciated. As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” I’m looking forward to seeing you at our Meet and Greet on October 2nd, our MCREA luncheon on October 25th, or the NJREA Convention on November 8th and 9th at Resorts Hotel in Atlantic City. Stay well, stay wise, and remain wishful that retirement will bring you all the good things in life!
If you are not a member, I suggest that you join MCREA/NJREA/NJEA, our unified group, to receive our newsletters and updates.
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.