Passaic County Retired Educators Association
General Membership Meeting
March 23, 2022
The meeting was called to order with flexibility by President Sue Deile at 11:04 am. She reminded the members that the information discussed at the meeting is for members only.
The Salute to the Flag was led by Jesse Anderson.
Janet Guariglia gave an emotional Invocation which included a moment of silent prayer asking for God‘s help as we navigate through frightening times here and in Ukraine.
President Sue, in accordance with Land Acknowledgement, recognized the Indigenous people who inhabited Passaic County before America was discovered by explorers. We recognize the land as Lenni Lenape and honor their contributions to the area we now inhabit – including the name “Passaic” which comes from their language.
The minutes of the December 1, 2021 meeting were sent to all members via email and postal mail in an effort to cut down on paper and cost. A motion to accept the minutes was made by Tom Kroncke and seconded by Sophia Jones. The vote was unanimous and the minutes were placed on file.
Treasurer Donna Mickolajczyk‘s report was filed to audit.
Corresponding Secretary Arlene Spalt had nothing to report.
President Sue addressed the members: 1) PCEA will sponsor a Comedy Night on April 1, 2022 (this is not a joke!) for $50 p/p. Call 973–595–7232; 2) she directed our attention to the petition being circulated and the postcards to ask Governor Murphy to make good on his promise to establish a New Jersey public bank which will benefit New Jersey and its residents.
First Vice President Kitty Sausa reported that there were 98 members in attendance who were staying for lunch and 9 members who came to vote. She reminded us to bring our vaccination card to meetings.
Elections Committee Chairperson Barbara Tanis O‘Neal conducted the election of officers. Ballots were distributed with provisions for accepting nominations from the floor. The candidates on the ballot included: President – no candidate; First Vice President – Kitty Sausa; Corresponding Secretary – Katie Williams–Milton; PCEA Member–At–Large – Barbara Hughes. Kitty Sausa nominated Barbara Hughes for
President from the floor, seconded by Linda Matelson. There were no other nominations. Nominations were closed. Barbara Hughes will be our new President. There were no nominations from the floor for First Vice President. Therefore, Kitty Sausa was elected our First Vice President for another term. Linda Matelson nominated Anita Manganello from the floor for Corresponding Secretary and Katie Williams Milton was already on the ballot. In a run–off vote by written ballot, Anita Manganello received the
winning votes. The actual count appears later in this report. Barbara Hughes was on the ballot for PCEA Member–At–Large and Jesse Anderson was nominated from the floor but he declined. Katie Williams Milton was then nominated from the floor and she accepted. There was a run–off vote by written ballot and Barbara Hughes received the majority of the votes and will serve as PCEA Member–At–Large for another term. The actual count appears later in this report.
Second Vice President Sophia Jones reported on Government Relations. There will be a special PAC fundraiser that will include the showing of a major motion picture. Details are forthcoming. She encouraged members to check out the NEAM.com website to find tips and advice to make the most of your retirement. There are many resources and chances to win a gift card. Local associations are encouraged to reach out to their school community, retirees, and neighbors to create long–lasting literacy connections. For ideas you can check NJEA.org/ranj. She also asked the members to contribute to PAC. Envelopes were distributed. This is an important election year and she gave us the list of Senators and Congressmen from each district. There will be more activities to help elect our endorsed candidates.
Health/Member Benefits Chairperson Toni Gennarelli clarified that cataract surgery will continue to be covered by insurance but needs to be pre–authorized. There have been no denials for surgery. Letters will be going out about the Medicare reimbursement. Not everyone is involved.
Communications Chairperson Pete Tirri reported that 1,333 newsletters were sent out via email and 650 newsletters were sent by mail. Helen Mault was concerned because the newsletters come very late and there is very little time to send in the luncheon reservation. Sue said that committee chairs should submit their reports to be published in the next newsletter by April 8th. The newsletter will then be prepared for mailing at the next in–person Executive Board meeting in May.
Constitution and By–Laws Committee Chairperson Peg Novicki distributed and discussed a proposal to add language to the PCREA Constitution and By–Laws to allow electronic meetings in the case of natural disaster, inclement weather, pandemic, or other emergency. This is a formal proposal that must be approved by the membership. Today is the first reading of the proposal with the second reading scheduled and approval at the June meeting. A motion to include the Zoom statement in the Constitution was made by Tom Kroncke and seconded by Leon Hojegian. The matter will be addressed at the June meeting for final approval.
Elections Committee Chairperson Barbara Tanis O‘Neal reported the final tally on the election. There were 97 ballots cast. Corresponding Secretary – Katie Williams–Milton 39; Anita Manganello 56; void 2. PCEA Member–At–Large – Katie Williams–Milton 39; Barbara Hughes 53; void 5. The new slate of officers will be installed at our June meeting.
Budget Committee Chairperson Tom Kroncke reported that there were no changes to the 2022–2023 budget and it was approved by the Executive Board. A motion to accept the budget was made by Leon Hojegian and seconded by Linda Matelson. The budget was accepted by unanimous vote.
Membership Committee – Karen Monaco resigned her position and Diana Steiner will take her place.
Thank you, Karen for doing an outstanding job!
Community Outreach Committee Chairperson Katie Williams–Milton thanked everyone for all their donations. We will continue in June.
PCEA Members–At-Large – Barbara Hughes and Anita Manganello distributed their report.
There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Tom Kroncke and seconded by Leon Hojegian. The vote passed unanimously and the meeting was adjourned at 12:09 pm.