President’s Message Winter 2020

I’m proud to serve once again as MCREA president.  My sincere thanks to former president, Joe Santo, and the officers and executive board members for extending their terms during this pandemic, until the election could be held in September. 

As John Belushi’s character in the movie Animal House said, “When the going gets tough- the tough get going.” That’s exactly what all of us have done during this health crisis and turbulent times in our country.  We, as an association, kept going too.

In that vein, our popular workshops normally held in January, will now be held virtually on February 1st.  With everything being topsy turvy, it makes sense, right?  NJEA will be presenting a workshop specifically geared to “Unlocking Member Benefits” for retirees.  Please read the article inside for more details on how to sign up online.

Since hope springs eternal, First Vice-President Sue Karolkiewicz has scheduled our Spring Luncheon for May 20th at Mercer Oaks Country Club.  Please mark this date tentatively on your calendars.  Details will follow in our March 2021 newsletter.

An important reminder for NON-MEDICARE RETIREES that a new health plan begins January 1st, 2021.  If you currently have Medicare coverage, there is NO  change to your coverage, and NO need for you to attend this webinar. Otherwise,   if  you haven’t already done so, I urge you to attend a webinar offered by NJEA regarding the NJ Educators Health Plan (NJEHP) on December 10th or December 22nd.  You will learn the specific plan details, be able to ask questions and receive assistance on transitioning to the new plan.   Sign up at 

Please take a moment to review the list of officers and executive board members who devote a great deal of time and energy serving as volunteers for MCREA. You can reach me at any time you have a question or concern.  

In closing, as we continue to grapple with this “new normal,” particularly around the holiday season and into 2021, here’s a quote from the great Lee Iacocca who steered the Cadillac automobile industry through a difficult time. “In time of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.”

Please stay safe, stay healthy, and try to find some joy and happiness in life’s simple pleasures.  Looking forward to a time when we can meet again in person to share some laughs and break bread together.

In Unity,

Cindy Braddock