WOW---80% statewide school budget passage rate yesterday! We could not be prouder of the hard work and grassroots community organizing each of you did to produce this result.

  We said that getting a high percentage of school budgets passed was our # 1 priority. You proved that when we set a goal, focus our organizational energies on it and work together in a unified and cohesive manner---REALLY GOOD STUFF HAPPENS!!!

Thanks and congratulations to all!

Vince Giordano


This page was last updated: August 11, 2017
Upcoming Dates

NJREA / BCREA yearly membership expires August 31
and membership dues 2017-2018 must be paid by
September  11th to be eligible to attend BCREA
Fall Meeting and Luncheon

Sept. 25 ~  BCEA Fall Focus, Merion Caterers, register
by Sept.18

Sept. 28 ~ NJREA Fall Meeting & Luncheon, cost $30.
Registration deadline September 18
Reservation form available HERE     

Oct. 19 ~ BCREA Fall Meeting and Luncheon at Marco's
at Indian Springs Country Club, Marlton. 
New Price Just $10.00 p/p.  Reservation
deadline Sept. 29 Late reservations are
not accepted. Get reservation form HERE
Have some time on your hands and thinking about volunteering?  Check this out.

Welcome to the BCREA web site.  We are hopeful that our retired educators will find this site useful and informative.  We would like to extend an invitation to you to help make this site your site by contributing suggestions, asking questions and offering your opinions on both site content and issues you feel should be addressed.  Contact us.
We encourage you to stay informed and connected through unified membership in NJREA / BCREA. 


The BCREA Spring Meeting & Luncheon was held on May 11th at Marco’s in the Indian Spring Country Club.

Speakers were Mary Steinhauer, BCEA President, Marybeth Beichert, NJEA Government Relations and
Chris Hellwig from the Burlington County Health Dept.  He spoke to the membership about heat related health issues, tick and mosquito control and diseases in New Jersey.
Elections were held for the positions of BCREA President,  Vice-President, and Recording Secretary.  The newly elected officers are Alnetta Price, President; Toni Guerra, Vice-President; and Vicki Shoemaker was re-elected asRecording Secretary.  They will assume their duties in September 2017.

BCREA Scholarship winners were honored at the luncheon. The Robert Oberholser Scholarship is presented to a student who will be attending a four year college.  The winner of this scholarship is Mariah Laster from Pemberton Township High School.

The first recipient of the The Harriet DiLeonardo Scholarship is presented to a student who will attend a two year program or college.  The winner is Lexie Conard from Riverside High School.

Raffle winners were Elizabeth Melvin, Pat Gordon, Gloria Flood, Jacquelin Long, Virginia Hobbs, Elaine Pley and Carleen Artusa.

The BCREA Fall Meeting & Luncheon will be held in October 19, 2017 at Marco's Restaurant in Marlton.
Look for the reservation form in the fall issue of the Beacon and  HERE on this site.


NJEA condemns teacher evaluation change.  Calls for move away from test-and-punish policies.  READ MORE

Successful Political Action requires your help.  Read how and why your help is needed HERE.

Keep informed on the issues concerning your pension by checking out the web site

NJEA's new web site allows members to take action on any issue all from one convenient location.  FIND OUT MORE.

Visiting, calling or writing a legislator?  Need help with a phone call?  READ THIS.    Need an ideas on how to get started? READ THIS. 

BCREA Spring 2017  Luncheon and Meeting Report
Burlington County College Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is seeking retired teachers to help tutor students from the developmental classes at BCC.  The need is particularly critical in Math, but English and Reading tutors are equally needed.  Volunteers have flexibility regarding their schedule and choice of campus (Mt. Laurel or Pemberton).

If you are interested in volunteering, or learning how you can positively impact the professional future of Burlington County students, please contact:
Karen Bennett at (609) 894-9311 x 1498, or

To join RSVP (it is free!), you can apply on-line at:

In order to support this scholarship BCREA has become a member of the Affinity Program at TD Bank. This program will enable TD Bank to make annual contributions to the BCREA Affinity account based on the average balance of our members' accounts.  Accounts eligible for the Affinity Program are checking, savings, money markets, certificates of deposit and IRA's.  This is an easy way for you to contribute to the scholarship fund without doing anything except enrolling in the program. You may contribute to only one Affinity account and you can become a contributor by stopping at any branch of TD Bank and talk to a Customer Service Representative or calling Meg at the Rancocas Branch of TD Bank at 609-518-0126.  Be sure to use the following account code to get faster service. 
The BCREA Affinity account code is A3159.

Thank you in advance for your help to this worthwhile cause.

You can make personal donations to the BCREA Robert Oberholser Scholarship Fund.  Make your payable to
BCREA-PF and send your donation to BCREA treasurer:
Judith Gaber
20 Lavender Court
Marlton, NJ 08053
Confused about  current  issues?  Not sure what is going on and how things impact you?  Check out the Government Relations page for insight.
Did you know that  NJEA is on Facebook and Twitter and even You Tube?

Like "New Jersey EducationAssociation" on Facebook

Follow @njea on Twitter. 

NJEA also had postings on You Tube.

View NJEA President, Wendell Steinhauer, discuss issues concerning our pensions. 
Go to and type PENSION FUNDING:THIS IS OUR FIGHT in the Search Box.

View the animated video about our pensions made by NJEA on You Tube.

Volunteers needed for CASA in both Mercer and Burlington Counties.  CASA is Court Appointed Special Adovates for children who are involved with courts.  Need more inforamtion check out the following links.
Fact Sheets about CASA,     FAQ about CASA,      Job Description,          Directions
A Beacon for Education

  NJREA / BCREA yearly membership expires August 31 and membership dues 2017-2018are due notw  If you have not received your rernewal notice or there is any change to contact inforamtion please notify
Sally Marley at :
Burlington County Sheriff's Department offers FREE Seniors Citizen Programs.  Get more information HERE or visit the website:
Announcing a “Pilot “Reimbursement Program

Are you considering attending NJEA/NJREA/BCEA functions throughout 2016-2017?
Did you know that all of these events require a fee?
How would you like to receive partial reimbursement for doing so?

BCREA is creating a Pilot Program to encourage you to attend and share what you learn with others. BCREA is willing to reimburse five members one half the cost for attendance at the following events:
1. NJREA Fall Meeting/Luncheon
2. NJREA Convention Luncheon
3. NJREA Convention Breakfast
4. NJEA Legislative Conference
5. BCEA Legislative Dinner
6. NJREA Spring Meeting/Luncheon

If you are planning to attend any of the events, consider applying. Here’s how:
• Send an email one week before the reservation
deadline for the event to the
Vice President:
• The email should include: (A) name; (B) contact
information; (C) event you plan to attend
• The Vice President will notify the applicant, via email,
before the reservation deadline for the event, as to
his/her eligibility for reimbursement.
• Applicants should make payments for events in the
usual manner.
• Eligible members will sign in on a BCREA form at the
event and later, in a
timely manner, be reimbursed by check by the
BCREA Treasurer.
BCREA welcomes and encourages your participation.
BCREA Election Results

New Officers were elected at the BCREA Spring Meeting and Luncheon.  On the left our new Vice-President
Toni Guerra  and on the right our new President
Alnetta Price and Vicki Shoemaker was re-elected Recording Secretary.
They will assume their duties in September 2017.
The BCREA Harriet DiLeonardo Scholarship, which was awarded for the first time at the Spring Luncheon, was established to aide students attending two year institutions of higher learning or careers. 
This scholarship was named after Harriet DiLeonardo who has served the BCREA in many capacities and was a past recipient of the BCREA Service Award
Harriet DiLeonardo
The 2017 recipient of the BCREA Robert Oberholser Scholarship is Mariah Laster from Pemberton Township High School is pictured above with her Mom.  Mariah  will be attending Monmouth University in the fall. 
Our first recipient of the Harriet DeLeonardo Scholarship is Lexie Conard from Riverside High School.
Read more abourt our scholarship winners HERE.