“As the seasons change, we learn to adapt,” said Lailah Gifty Akita. As retirees, we have spent a lifetime adapting-in our jobs, in our personal lives, and especially as we transitioned into retired life. We learn to adapt out of necessity sometimes, due to physical ailments, financial constraints, or family matters. As we enter the holiday season and wintertime, we cling to some traditions while changing others to fit the times.
Throughout it all, we attempt to make the best of every situation.
Our organization has adapted too with our focus changing from a social outlet for our members to a driving force in safeguarding our pensions and health benefits. We spend a great deal of time throughout the year in the political arena as our finances hinge on the laws set by our state and federal legislators. We’ve had to learn the hard way when we lost our COLA’s with Chapter 78’s enactment in 2011, and more recently, bitter disappointment and anger when the constitutional amendment was not posted and passed this summer. So, we need to move forward to make sure our voices and votes are heard in 2017.
Speaking of adapting, our 2nd Vice-President, Bill Tucker, has developed an excellent duo of workshops regarding technology scheduled for January. Please read his article and sign up for these internet safety and apps usage workshops quickly.
Is a trip to Alaska on your bucket list? We’ve had an excellent response to our thirteen day land and Princess cruise trip with Collette Tours. There’s a color brochure and itinerary available for downloading on our website along with pertinent details in this newsletter.
Do you have ideas for future trips? If so, shoot me an email with your suggestions. Please stay informed and access our terrific website designed and monitored by Kathi Eckert, for workshop registration forms, important updates, and resources for you.
So, as we continue to adapt with the seasons, the weather, and our day to day lives, be secure in the knowledge that we will prevail. I leave you with this quote by Sarah Bain Breathnach, “Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons do not last. The spring rains will come again.”
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.
Please visit the specific NJEA link for up to the minute news on the pension battle at www.FundNJpension.org.