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WELCOME MARCH!

 IMPORTANT MCREA NEWS on the "Happening Now" tab!👑⚡️🌟🎂🥮🍸🍹🎼🎼🎻🎸🎷

Support our youth, social justice, & peace in our country!

The Month of Love, Black History Month, and so much more!

CONGRATULATIONS JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT, AND KAMALA HARRIS, VICE PRESIDENT! 

(Remember Social Distancing this month)

***IF USING A TABLET OR CELL PHONE, TO VIEW, KEEP SCROLLING DOWN & ACROSS FOR UPDATES WITH INFO WHICH INCLUDES LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION 3/1/21 & before. See our "Photo Gallery" too!

NEW JERSEY IN THE HOUSE FOR EDUCATORS (MCREA Executive Board morriscountyrea.org )! We are home, we are retired, but we are working hard to support and keep NJ Schools #1!
We congratulate all our active teachers and educators for the phenomenal job they are doing with online teaching and giving our children the academic and emotional support that they need during this time of crisis. We also thank all of our health professionals for all they are doing to keep us safe! 
Have a good month and get outdoors during these summer months!
Thank you, ALEX webmaster@morriscountyrea.org
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Morris County Retirees Education Association - "Members Only" links are on this page, or go to the tabs UNDER Members only >
Using a tablet or cell phone? To view and open LINKS...KEEP SCROLLING for recent & updated info with LINKED Information.

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MCREA MEMBERS:
CONTACT SUSAN BEEKMAN NOW FOR OUR GENERAL MEETING MARCH 10TH.  GO TO "Members Only - MEETINGS, REGISTRATION..." tab for more info!
 Meeting, Registration & Newsletters-click here

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2/27/21 - Update on the state budget and pension funding by Judt Perkins
Update on the state budget and pension funding

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MCREA ELECTION NEWS

At the December meeting of the Executive Board, MCREA elected the current slate of officers to remain in place until the elections of 2022. Continuity during the pandemic is so important, and it was decided that holding elections in a virtual manner and having potential new officers begin would not be wise at this time. This practice has been done in other counties, and the MCREA Executive Board voted unanimously to keep the current officers for another year. At the December 7th General Membership meeting, those present also voted to keep the executive board as is and postpone the election to the spring of 2022.

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2/8/21 - from NJEA & request from NJREA - Subject: STUDENT NEEDS Blueprint and a TAKE ACTION to support student needs - go to "Happening Now" tab

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 MCREAP SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE HERE. GO TO THE SCHOLARSHIPS TAB. All materials should be sent in one packet to be received no later than Friday, April 30, 2021

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 Contacts-click here
Meeting, Registration & Newsletters-click here

MARCH 2021 NEWSLETTER IS HERE!

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Happening Now-click here
(More from your MCREA President & Legislative info from Tim - keep scrolling down and across for new updates - go to "Happening Now")
2/23/21 - LEGISLATIVE INFO! Go to "Happening Now" for the latest Legislative Update from NJEA. It is good news for our pensions.Crossed fingers Tim

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MCREA is collecting donations towards a scholarship in memory of  Rosemary McHugh.
Rosemary McHugh was our MCREA Secretary who recently passed away.
All donations can be sent to Virginia Osborne, 76 Circle Drive, Oak Ridge,  NJ 07438.
Checks should be made out to MCREAPF with her name in the memo.
Thank you for your support towards our scholarship fund MCREAPF!

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The Tricky Tray Luncheon will be rescheduled for

October 29, 2021!

SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON:TRICKY TRAY-click here
Look for more fundraising for scholarships! 

Join the group...Morris County Retirees Education Association Philanthropic Fund on Facebook!

The February Silent Auction is over! Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all who participated!
MARCH 1 SILENT AUCTION ---Check out these items!
Baskets available for bidding on Morris County Retirees Education Association Philanthropic Fund Facebook page. March 1, 10am - March 7 20pm. Page membership open to the public
Baskets available this round:
Baby Girl
Baby Boy
Elizabeth Arden set
NE Patriots
St. Patrick's Day
Handbag

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2/25/21 - WIN-WIN FUNDRAISING!  This link will take you directly to smile.amazon in support of your organization...
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https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-5527526-click here

1/28/21 - WIN-WIN FUNDRAISING!
Morris County Retirees Education Association Philanthropic Fund
Please help fund scholarships for future teachers by shopping at Smile.Amazon.com. Once you are on the page you can choose the organization that you want to support. Click on the Morris County Retirees Education Association Philanthropic Fund. Then any eligible purchase qualifies for a donation directly to MCREAPF. You may also use the link below. This also works with all of your Amazon Prime benefits.
Tell your friends and family about AmazonSmile. We appreciate your support.
(For questions and instructions, you may call CHERY DOLTZ at 973-818-13530)

Join the group...Morris County Retirees Education Association Philanthropic Fund on Facebook!

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1/13/21 - NJEA Statement on Murphy's State of the State address

The link below is from the njea.org website.  It is good reading for our members    - Tim
https://www.njea.org/njea-statement-on-gov-murphys-state-of-the-state-address/

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NJEA NEWS

1/13/21 - COVID -19 Update: Stimulus Bill and DOH Guidance - Go to the "Happening Now" tab

1/13/21 - Member Benefits workshop - GO TO Happening Now" tab

1/9/21 - NJEA statement on the violent attack against the United States - Go to "Happening Now" tab
Happening Now-click here

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2/18/21 - MARCH 2021 AND ALL ALL NEWSLETTERS ARE HERE! Go to the tab under "MEMBERS ONLY-Meetings, Registrations & NEWSLETTERS".(
ID & Password needed to log in)

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NEXT MCREA GENERAL VIRTUAL MEETINGS - MARCH 10, 2021 - WEAR RED! Go to our photo gallery.

Meeting, Registration & Newsletters-click here
YOU MUST REGISTER THROUGH SUSAN BEEKMAN -  go to:
Meeting, Registration & Newsletters-click here
2020-2021 Luncheon Meetings - go to our photo gallery for virtual photos!

NEXT MEETING MARCH 10TH 

2020-2021 Membership Meetings / Our first few meetings will be held via zoom - check your MCREA Emails & "Members Only" tabs for information on how to connect! March 10th, April 23, May 12th, and June 9th.

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Attached is the "Happening Now" tab is the most recent NEA update forwarded to the NJREA GR Committee. Thank you - Tim
FOR ALL UPDATED Legislative Information - go to the "Happening Now" tab
2/14/21 - NEA-Retired Legislative Committee Regarding NEA Legislative Update
Online workshops for Member Benefits - Go to the "HAPPENING NOW" tab for links & information

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SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION & Instructions are in FOR 2021! Go to the Scholarship tab

2021 SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON AND TRICKY TRAY

The Tricky Tray Luncheon will be rescheduled for

October 29, 2021!

SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON:TRICKY TRAY-click here

Look for more fundraising opportunities!

Join the group...Morris County Retirees Education Association Philanthropic Fund on Facebook!

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NEA Happenings - Log  into the "Happening Now" tab for links and more information

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Dear In-Crowd Member,
GO TO "HAPPENING NOW" tab for details 

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 A Message from our President Susan Beekman is always in our Newsletters!  Go to Members Only - Newsletters, etc.

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HEALTH INSURANCE UPDATES FOR OUR RETIREES  -GO TO "HEALTH BENEFITS" TAB
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Morris County Retirees Education Association - "Members Only" links are on this page, or go to the tabs UNDER Members only >

***IF USING A TABLET OR CELL PHONE, TO VIEW, KEEP SCROLLING DOWN FOR UPDATES WITH INFO WHICH INCLUDES LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION 

(More from your MCREA President & Legislative info from Tim - keep scrolling down and across for new updates)
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10/3/20 -
Dear In Crowd Member,
GO TO "HAPPENING NOW" tab for details 

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10/29/20 - DID YOU MISS YOUR AETNA REWARD FROM COMPLETING YOUR PHYSICAL OR OTHER EXAM? Go to the Health Benefits tab to see what could have happened.

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UPDATED Legislative Information - go to Happening Now" tab

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Under the "Officers & Committees" tab see updated info from MCREA President, Susan Beekman

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HEALTH INSURANCE UPDATES FOR OUR RETIREES 
GO TO "HEALTH BENEFITS" TAB

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INFO ABOUT TRICKY TRAY POSTPONED TILL APRIL, 2021, and other news from your MCREA President, Susan Beekman...
Dear Colleagues,
    Hoping this finds you all safe and well. It is a bit frightening to be watching the news and reading the paper constantly. I hope you are doing some other things besides that.
    In the interest of safety for us all, we have decided to postpone the Tricky Tray that was to take place on April 24th and move it to APRIL, 2021. We will let you know exactly when, as soon as we firm up the date and venue. As you may recall, Andy Zeris is closing his establishment in June. So, Cheryl is working on getting us up to speed somewhere else. In the meantime, we have 160 baskets in a storage unit as well as 50+ door prizes, with more to come. 4 of us worked quietly yesterday to try to give Cheryl and her family her living room back!
    I will attempt to be on a conference call this afternoon with NJEA’s Kevin Kelleher. He is talking to all the County Retired Presidents about what the agreement with Mr. Sweeney will mean to us!  I will let you know anything I hear of great importance.
   To my knowledge, no one has gotten money from Aetna for their co-pays. Hopefully, that will be addressed today as well.
   Please let your friends who do not have the internet know about these things so we can stay informed. No decisions have been made about newsletters, Exec. Bd. meetings currently are virtual, and our first two MCREA General Meetings in September & October will be virtual as well. If you have given John a check for May, or Cheryl, a check for the Tricky Tray, you will hear from them at a later date. Hopefully, your phone number was on your reservation form.
   Stay safe and well and if you need something, feel free to reach out to us. If we can help you, we will.  Susan B
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PILLOWS FOR PATRIOTS (4/5/20)
We have canceled our sewing sessions.  However, that could change depending on whether or not we are allowed to visit one another.
In the meantime, I have switched from pillows to masks.  They are really simple to make and since we may all be required to use them to go out shopping or whatever we want to do, it is something we can all use.
There are two types of masks.  The first is for our medical personal and it fits over their N95 masks as an extra layer of protection.  The second type is for your personal use and for your family and friends.
If you would like to help with this project from your home and you have access to a sewing machine please give me a call.  My number is 973-818-1353.  I will give you the information on how to get a pattern or I can send one to you.  I have plenty of fabric and thread if you need any.  I can drop it off at your house.  (It’s a good excuse for me to get in the car and go for a ride.)
Please let me know if you would like to help. Hoping everyone is staying safe and healthy.
Thanks,  Cheryl
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***100th NJREA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CHANGED FROM MAY 3rd TO OCTOBER 4th, 2020 has now been indefinitely postponed.
Refunds will be available upon request for the NJREA 100th Anniversary; please contact Dianne Papadinec regarding refunds for this event dpapadinec@njea.org
The cancellation of the Spring Luncheon and rescheduling of the 100th Anniversary Event will be posted on the NJREA website (njea.org/njrea) with additional information as it develops.
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ATTENTION MCREA LUNCH BUNCH!
Our events for our lunch bunch, for now, have been canceled. We will re-schedule for another time. On behalf of Elaine Frank Goldfisher, thank you for understanding! (Alex)
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Hi, Just a quick update on our Scholarship Luncheon and Tricky Tray.
The Tricky Tray will be rescheduled for some time in October!
But you can still get in on the fun!!
On February 1st, OPEN NOW, our Silent Auction on our Facebook group page, "Morris County Retirees Education Association Philanthropic Fund." Anyone can join even if you are not a teacher nor retired. There will be 6 baskets available. To bid on an item you put the amount of your bid in the comment section for each item. The Silent Auction will run until February 10th.
Just LIKE the page and place a bid. Items will be hand-delivered in NJ - shipped to other states.
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 Contacts-click here
Meeting, Registration & Newsletters-click here
Happening Now-click here

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WELCOME, PHYLLIS CASEY, OUR NEW MCREA SECRETARY!

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   WELCOME KATHY WOOD, OUR NEW MEMBERSHIP CHAIR!

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR CHALLENGING & HARD WORK, MARCIA HEIDEN.  YOU WORKED VERY HARD AND MCREA APPRECIATES YOUR SERVICE AND WE KNOW YOU ARE STILL WORKING FOR ALL OF OUR MEMBERS!
MEMBERS, PLEASE CONTACT KATHY WOOD WITH ANY ADDRESS CHANGES AT woodkathy63@gmail.com
All 175 newly retired eligible MCCEA members as of July 23rd, have been mailed applications to join MCREA, NJREA, and NEA-R. We will be reaching out to additional retirees as names come in. Retirees will also be contacted by NJREA in August. If you know of any recent retirees, please remind them of the importance of continuing to support educators, protect our pensions and benefits. Please reply to the email received to contact Susan Beekman, Joanne Belmonte, or Kathy Wood (Membership Chair) for additional applications and information. woodkathy63@gmail.com

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2/8/21 ---MATURE WOMAN GRANT APPLICATION ---Do you know anyone who might benefit from this?   Feel free to send it on.  If you recall Susan Mennella was Jim DelGuidice' s agent.  She also contributes Madison/Chatham Adult School certificates to our Tricky Tray.   She is on AAUW board as well and let us know about these things.  Susan Beekman
Attached is our Mature Woman Grant application.  Note that applicants must meet all eligibility criteria (no exceptions).   I thought that some members of the Retired Morris Educators might know potential candidates.  Please feel free to share this information.
A summary of criteria and the deadline is noted below:
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:  (The applicant MUST meet ALL of these requirements.)
The applicant must:
1 - be a woman.
2 - be age 25 or over.
3 - be a resident of one of the following NJ towns: Chatham, Chatham Township,
     East Hanover, Florham Park, Harding Township, Madison, Morristown,  Morris Township,
     Morris Plains, or Randolph Township.
4 - use the grant for education-related expenses incurred in pursuit of a degree or certification.
Applications for the 2021 Grant must be received by Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
AAUW grant application-2021 _-click here
Send completed application to:
                                                                AAUW Grant Committee
                                      P. O. Box 935, Madison, NJ 07940-0935
                                                                email: aauwgrant@hotmail.com
                                                                phone: 973.656-1562
SEND it EITHER by e-mail (as a WORD document attachment) OR by US Postal Service (with a paper copy).
(It should be either TYPED or PRINTED in BLACK INK)
                Additional pages may be attached OR sections may be expanded, if needed.
The information is also posted on our website:  http://aauwmadisonnj.org
Susan Mennella
VP Programs
AAUW Madison Branch

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The Tricky Tray Luncheon will be rescheduled for

October 29, 2021!

SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON:TRICKY TRAY-click here

Look for more scholarship fundraising opportunities!

Join the group...Morris County Retirees Education Association Philanthropic Fund on Facebook!

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Click "read more" below for specific details & information including virtual MCREA General Meetings! (Hover over the photo to stop the movement.  Click the arrows or dots below the post or slide to move forward.) Be a part of it! We need to spread the word to our members! Let's go MCREA! 🌺🌼🌸💐🌷💚😀🌈⛱⛵️🏖👒👩🏻‍🔧🧿

***CHECK WITH KAY FOR SOLD OUT TRIPS, CANCELLATIONS, OR POSTPONEMENTS.  KEEP CHECKING HOME PAGE FOR CHANGES IN MCREA EVENTS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS.***
(Comments can go on the last page-"Contact")

SO MANY EVENTS, TRIPS, SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISERS & SO MUCH MORE TO COME!!     WE ARE RETIRED, BUT STILL ACTIVE IN MCREA!

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Go to PHOTO GALLERY TO SEE WHAT WE WERE UP TO! CAREFUL, OUR VOLUNTEER WORK HAS LOT'S OF FUN & LAUGHTER IN ALL EVENTS!

PAMPERED CHEF!

11/9/19-Pampered Chef
Members attended one of MCREAP's Scholarship Fundraisers called "PAMPERED CHEF" on 11/9/19.  What a great way to support Morris County students and have fun as well!

NJEA/NJREA 2019 CONVENTION-go to njea.org fot updates on 2020

NJEA/NJREA CONVENTION 2019
Many MCREA members attended the NJEA/NJREA Convention in Atlantic City from 11/6 - 11/8 2019. So many of our members attended both NJREA & NJEA and not only did they attend meetings, workshops, and visit vendors, many were on committees. All were able to meet old friends and make new friends!

WOLF PRESERVE IN COLUMBIA, NJ

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MCREA Members attended a trip to a wolf preserve
Our retirees do not fear big, bad wolves!

KENTUCKY TRIP

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KENTUCKY TRIP
MCREA MEMBERS AT CHURCHILL DOWNS IN KENTUCKY SPORTING THEIR DERBY HATS!
They also did a lot of running around touring, and so much more!

LET'S FOLLOW UP ON OUR E-MAILS & WEBSITE FOR NEWSLETTERS

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NJREA DELEGATES to vote remotely. Delegates, look for NJEA notices on njea.org

NEA/RA 2019

We support our NJEA local active members, we are delegates to NEA/RA, and as retirees, we attend work hard to disseminate relevant information to all members!

LUNCH BUNCH-CANCELED-Follow our website, e-mails, newsletter to see when we will resume LUNCH BUNCH

SOCIAL DISTANCING - STAY SAFE!

ATTENTION MCREA LUNCH BUNCH!
Our events for our lunch bunch, for now, are canceled.
We will re-schedule for another time. On behalf of Elaine Frank Goldfisher, thank you for understanding! (Alex)

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CANCELED - Follow our website, e-mails, newsletter to see when we will resume LUNCH BUNCH

Patience, good health, social distancing.

***See the photo album in our photo gallery!

Contact Elaine at least 4-5 days before

CHRISTMAS IN THE BERKSHIRES December 7th – 8th, 2019

Kay's trip to the Berkshires where they saw the wonderful holiday displays, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge / Red Lion Inn and so much more.  Go to our "Photo Gallery" tab for photos!

Thank you to 130+ MCREA MEMBERS at our MCREA Luncheon at Hanover Manor, 12/11/19!

Thank you to all of our MCREA Members who attended our successful Meeting / Luncheon!  How great was the Madison HS Jazz Chorus? Listen to them sing in PHOTO GALLERY.

We hope to see you again at Zeris Inn on March 11th.  Reservation forms will be posted by February!  What to do until then?  Log into the tab HAPPENING NOW under MEMBERS ONLY!

GO TO THE TAB "HAPPENING NOW" UNDER "MEMBERS ONLY"  AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS.

You will need to log in with your pin number and password that is on your membership card

MARCH LUNCHEON WAS MARCH 10, 2020

Another extraordinary Morris County Retirees Education Association, (MCREA) meeting followed by one of our last MCREA events at Zeris Inn, and then finally our program Laughter Yoga! 😂 🧘‍♀️
At our business meeting, we honored Andy Zeris and thanked him for hosting our retiree luncheons & events and congratulate his lucky family who will enjoy him during his free time!⛵️ ✈️
After a delicious lunch, we had a wonderful program that combined breathing yoga with laughter! When childre👶🏻 laugh, they are playing! Today adults enjoyed deliberate laughter which put us in a child-life state! LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE! With all going on with the COVID-19 virus, we need some laughter in our world at least to relieve our stress.
For our retired Educators, go to morriscountyrea.org for details and our full photo galleries.
Have a good day! 🌺🌼🌸💐🌷💚😀🌈⛵️🏖👒👩🏻‍🔧🧿

***100th NJREA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITELY***

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 THE 100th NJREA ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.