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WELCOME NOVEMBER! 🍃🐝🐞🍁🍂🐿🦃☔️🎾🏸⛳️🎻🎼🍺🏈⚽️🚴🏿‍♀️👩🏻‍🔧 

Support our youth, social justice, peace in our country

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

(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 11/21/20 & 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 >
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 Contacts-click here
Meeting, Registration & Newsletters-click here
Happening Now-click here
(More from your MCREA President & Legislative info from Tim - keep scrolling down and across for new updates)

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11/21/20 - DECEMBER 2020 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 - 12/9/20 - WEAR RED!

 

YOU MUST REGISTER - to print the link, go to:

Meeting, Registration & Newsletters-click here
2020-2021 Luncheon Meetings
10/7/20 Our second Virtual General Meeting was SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 - go to our photo gallery for virtual photos!
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!  December 9, March 10th, April 23, May 12th, and June 9th.

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11/6/20 - FROM NJREA PRESIDENT, JUDY PERKINS - Go to the "HAPPENING NOW" tab for important info.

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 11/17/20 - new Legislative update.
FOR ALL UPDATED Legislative Information - go to the "Happening Now" tab
Online workshops for Member Benefits - Go to the "HAPPENING NOW" tab for links & information

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11/16/20 - NEW HEALTH PLAN WEBINARS & DATES for NJREA Members- GO TO "MEMBERS ONLY_ REGISTRATIONS..." & "HAPPENING NOW" TAB for link & information and to "HEALTH BENEFITS" tabs. MORE DATES ADDED TO WEBINAR!
Retiree Webinars - Each 1.5 hours in length. These dates are still available...Register Now.
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2021 SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON AND TRICKY TRAY

Information and Reservation Form is here!  Click on the links below!
We have scheduled our 2021 MCREAPF Scholarship Luncheon and Tricky Tray for Friday, April 23, 2021, at The Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ.  The doors open at 12:00 P.M.
***The cost of the event has increased to $48 per person due to the health and safety requirements caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, a very generous benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous has stepped forward to allow us to continue with the $35 fee for the first 200 attendees. When we reach 200 guests the price will go to $48 per person. Those paying $48 will receive a free sheet of Lower Level tickets. We have 30 reservations at this time. That leaves 170 spaces at $35 so get your reservations in ASAP.
We have over 300 great prizes ranging from $50 - $5000. There will be a 50/50, door prizes, Gift Card Hat, and Candy Jar Count. In addition, we have added some new games:
*Mystery Eggs - Every egg has a number that corresponds to a prize bag.
*Birthday Cash Bash - Select a date or several on our calendar and if that date is chosen you will win a great prize.
*Three Little Pigs - There are three piggy banks each containing a gift card. Place your ticket in the bag that goes with the piggybank you want. If your ticket is chosen you can “break the bank” or simply open it to get your prize.
*Odds vs. Evens - Tickets will be placed in every Lower Level ticket bag. The odd-numbered stubs will be placed on one board and the even-numbered stubs will be placed on another one. You decide which you would like to win. Place your ticket in that bag. If your ticket is drawn you win that board. (This will be the first drawing.)
The first 100 people to bring a donation for the Interfaith Food Pantry will receive a gift.
Please join us on April 23, 2021, to help raise money for the MCREAPF scholarships to help our future teachers.
If you are interested in helping that day please give me a call (973-818-1353) or e-mail me at cdoltz@hotmail.com.
2021 W TT MCREAPF SCHOLARSHIP (1)-click here
2021 W Reservation Form-click here

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10/29/20 - NEA Happenings - Log  into "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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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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 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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Hi, Just a quick update on our Scholarship Luncheon and Tricky Tray.
EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO BE RE-SCHEDULED IN APRIL, 2021
TRICKY TRAY DONATIONS...
Due to the current situation, we will reevaluate the date for the upcoming Fund Raiser. As you can see, we are still working on it. We will let you know the new date and venue as soon as we know.
Perhaps you received a gift for the holidays or your birthday that you really cannot use.  Perhaps you were cleaning out a closet and found an item that you purchased, never used, and now cannot remember why you bought it in the first place.  Perhaps someone gave you a gift card to a restaurant that you know you will never visit. Maybe you have a basket or two that you no longer need.
Not to worry.  The MCREAP Tricky Tray Committee would be happy to take these items off your hands.  You can bring the item(s) to the March luncheon or, if you prefer, we can arrange to come to your home to pick up the item(s).  As I am sure you know all the profits from the MCREAP Tricky Tray in April 2021 will go towards the scholarships that will be presented at the scholarship luncheon in the spring of 2021..
Just give me a call or text me (973-818-1353).  If I do not answer, please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. See photos of our preparations in the "Photo Gallery". - Thank you, in advance, for your help. - Cheryl Doltz
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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.
EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO BE RE-SCHEDULED IN APRIL, 2021
TRICKY TRAY DONATIONS...
Due to the current situation, we will reevaluate the date for the upcoming Fund Raiser. As you can see, we are still working on it. We will let you know the new date and venue as soon as we know.
Perhaps you received a gift for the holidays or your birthday that you really cannot use.  Perhaps you were cleaning out a closet and found an item that you purchased, never used, and now cannot remember why you bought it in the first place.  Perhaps someone gave you a gift card to a restaurant that you know you will never visit. Maybe you have a basket or two that you no longer need.
Not to worry.  The MCREAP Tricky Tray Committee would be happy to take these items off your hands.  You can bring the item(s) to the March luncheon or, if you prefer, we can arrange to come to your home to pick up the item(s).  As I am sure you know all the profits from the MCREAP Tricky Tray in April 2021 will go towards the scholarships that will be presented at the scholarship luncheon in the spring of 2021..
Just give me a call or text me (973-818-1353).  If I do not answer, please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible. See photos of our preparations in the "Photo Gallery". - Thank you, in advance, for your help. - Cheryl Doltz
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 Contacts-click here
Meeting, Registration & Newsletters-click here
Happening Now-click here

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AN OPPORTUNITY FROM CALIFORNIA CASUALTY FOR OUR MEMBERS!
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·         For a limited time, our friends at California Casualty are offering NJEA members a free $25 gift card when you complete a new auto quote. You can also skip payments in two months this holiday season! Click Here to get started!
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11/2/20 - Scholarship Fundraiser Flyer

Let's Make All the Holidays SPARKLE!

Click on the link below for instructions and ordering! 

MCREA Scholarship Flyer-click here

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10/29/20 - Susan B Komen Annual
MORE THAN PINK WALK
Good afternoon, everyone!   Our NJEA participation in the Susan B Komen’s Foundation’s MORE THAN PINK WALK to benefit breast cancer research and services for patients is virtual this year!  The actual walk can be done between now and November 6th.      Sean, Steve, and I are inviting you to join the NJEA virtual team this year!   Many of you join us at this annual event and although we miss seeing everyone in person, the good work that results from our statewide engagement can continue.   The most important aspect of this is not just the fundraising but the compassion and support that our members and staff show to each other in our njea family as many of us have had breast cancer or had members affected by this disease.
As you know, when you have registered for the in-person event in past years, we have a booth set up that day so that you can get your T-shirt.  Many thanks to Dawn Hiltner who will arrange to get your shirt to you if you register to be part of our virtual NJEA team.  If you would like to listed as an NJEA TEAM member and do your own fundraising ,  please contact Dawn , DHiltner@njea.org. Dawn will send you the t-shirt later in  November.
Again, the deadline to donate is November 6th and to donate to TEAM NJEA, visit:
http://www.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/LWR_NewJerseyAffiliate?team_id=443623&pg=team&fr_id=8445
Please pass this information to your members and let’s see NJEA TEAM soar to the top for this important cause!
Thanks everyone!                                                                                                                                  Marie          Sean          Steve

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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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REVISED SCHOLARSHIP  TRICKY TRAY FUNDRAISER ORDER FORM BELOW
The Tricky Tray Scholarship Fundraiser Luncheon is open to the public. Click on the link and open it in another tab. CALL CHERYL DOLTZ FOR QUESTIONS 973-818-1353
Information and Reservation Form is here!  Click on the links below!
We have scheduled our 2021 MCREAPF Scholarship Luncheon and Tricky Tray for Friday, April 23, 2021, at The Birchwood Manor in Whippany, NJ.  The doors open at 12:00 P.M.
2021 W TT Newsletter (1)
2021 W Reservation Form
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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.***
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MCREAP SCHOLARSHIP Luncheon & Tricky Tray will be postponed till APRIL, 2021 – REGISTRATION IS HERE!see updates on HOME page

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Check our website and your e-mails / Constant Contact for the latest updates!

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MCREA OCTOBER 2020 NEWSLETTER

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READ ABOUT MCREA MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS!    MEMBERS, PLEASE CONTACT KATHY WOOD WITH ANY ADDRESS CHANGES AT woodkathy63@gmail.com

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WELCOME MEMBERS – I’ts still 2020! (Keep connecting on our website for the latest news)   MEMBERS, PLEASE CONTACT KATHY WOOD WITH ANY ADDRESS CHANGES AT woodkathy63@gmail.com

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WELCOME It’s still 2020! (Keep connecting on our website for the latest news)    MEMBERS, PLEASE CONTACT KATHY WOOD WITH ANY ADDRESS CHANGES AT woodkathy63@gmail.com

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DECEMBER 9, 2020 – MCREA VIRTUAL MEETING – SIGN UP FOR LINK-see info below

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FOR SCHOLARSHIP TRICKY TRAY WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2021 -SEE INFO BELOW – Registration will be open to the public!

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NJREA’S 100th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION-INDEFINITETLY POSTPONED-contact NJEA/NJREA

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FRIENDSHIP COMMITTEE-LABOR OF LOVE FOR 90+ MEMBERS see update below

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READ ABOUT NJREA MEMBER BENEFITS!    MEMBERS, PLEASE CONTACT KATHY WOOD WITH ANY ADDRESS CHANGES AT woodkathy63@gmail.com

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PROJECT PILLOW FOR OUR SOLDIERS & VETERANS – MASKS FOR NOW AT HOME! Contact “Cheryl” (We may resume regular routine in June-see below)

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Next LUNCH BUNCH will be announced as COVID-19 crisis changes.

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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)

ALSO:

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.