From The President’s Desk:
Dear OCREA Members,

Can you believe it? This OCREA year is almost over as it ends in July. Now is the time to sit back and reflect on all of the activities that all of us together have accomplished.

We’re gifting three High School Seniors with scholarships as they pursue careers in education thanks to your commitment to this worthy endeavor. We have supported the Food Pantry of Ocean County with food and monetary donations, again, thanks to your generous contributions as we attempt to support the growing needy population. We’ve made contributions to other worthy charities, you have been so supportive. During the year, if you prefer to honor a family member or friend with a donation in their name, please reach out to the Philanthropic Chair Joan Longarzo.

Many of you have become more active in supporting the issues that concern us the most: health benefits and pensions. If you can make a phone call to support them from the comfort of your own home, please reach out to the Government Relations Committee: Gloria Adkinson, Walter Preston and Carol Cousins. If you have a health question, Jane Cavallaro is the one to contact as the Health Benefits Chair.

If you have enjoyed the Luncheons, and they are great, let Janice Sovinee know. She is the hard working Chair along with her assistant Frank Sovinee. If you have a suggestion, Janice is the one to field those ideas.

When you think of traveling, and if you have been on the trips that Betty Lang proposes, give her a call to find out about future trips just in case you missed the info in the Wavelet, on the Website or lost the flyers that Betty brings to every Luncheon.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chairperson of that committee that best fits your inquiry. You will be given a response and/or information to assist you further.

As volunteers, we work for you more than you see us four times a year. Every Officer and Executive Board Member wears many hats and are dedicated to keeping education in the forefront for future generations.

This was an interesting year with the Presidential Election, the disappointment and letdown of many elected officials; but, we as a group, are working for positive candidates in the future. Remember: it doesn’t matter what side of the aisle they sit on. What does matter is that they are candidates for the right reasons.

We hope to see you at the May Luncheon as Officers will be elected for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 years.

Thank you all for supporting your organization, having fun with us and continuing to be active members.

Have a healthy and safe summer and we’ll see you in October for the reorganization Luncheon and a fabulous time!

Warm regards,
Rae Saulino

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