Isn’t it great to be retired in June? Free of all the frenetic activity of final grades, disassembling your class-room, closing up the cafeteria, meetings and planning for the upcoming year, etc.
Of course, emotions run high as well when you say goodbye to your students and colleagues. For some of you, that last June at work seems like ages ago and is just a fond memory. For others who retired within the past few years, you particularly relish your freedom from these responsibilities and embrace late nights with no early morning alarms and setting your own pace during your leisure time.
Currently, MCREA has about 1,265 members. That’s only about ten percent of eligible members. In the fall, we are sponsoring an event to welcome our newest retirees, and those retirees who have lapsed in renewing their membership with MCREA. We want them to be part of our “In Crowd” by attending a Meet and Greet with our executive board on Monday, October 2nd. You’re welcome to attend as well, and we encourage you to bring a friend to this informal get together to hear why it’s important to be a member of our dynamic group. Watch for more specifics in our September newsletter and online at our website mercercountyretiredea.org.
By now, we’re all too familiar with the disastrous impact of Governor Christie’s tenure in office on our benefits and the economy of our state. It’s been a torturous seven plus years, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This November, we have the opportunity to elect a true friend of public education and it’s employees. We deserve someone who looks upon us with respect and not scorn or ridicule. We deserve someone who will treat us retirees with dignity and admires the work of our ESP’s and professional staff. Phil Murphy, the Democratic candidate for governor, has been endorsed by NJEA, NJREA, the AFL-CIO, AFT, Professional Firefighters Association, and all twenty -one counties, and he is that man. Phil Murphy will begin to restore NJ’s economy and repair our broken pension system starting Day 1 by giving us a seat at the table in all educational matters. If you would like to learn more about his plans and vision, or watch a highlights video, or compare his agenda to those of other gubernatorial candidates, then log onto the www.njea.org website.
As summer approaches, I hope you take advantage of the longer days to engage in activities that enliven your spirit, enrich your mind, and energize you for the months ahead.