Perkins passes ACREA gavel to Baker

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Judy Perkins, retired Mainland Regional High School teacher, has passed the gavel after five years as president of the Atlantic County Retired Educators Association (ACREA) to incoming President Roger Baker of Pitman. Photo by Carol Romano Judy Perkins, retired Mainland Regional High School teacher, has passed the gavel after five years as president of the Atlantic County Retired Educators Association (ACREA) to incoming President Roger Baker of Pitman. Photo by Carol Romano

After five years as president of the Atlantic County Retired Educators Association (ACREA) Judy Perkins, retired Mainland Regional High School teacher, has passed the gavel. Roger Baker, retired Buena Regional School District teacher and former ACREA vice president, is the organization's new leader.

"It was more than a pleasure serving as president, and the experience helped prepare me for my present role in the state organization,"  said Perkins who is currently second vice president of the New Jersey Retired Education Association.

"Retired educators and support staff endorse education in their communities by voting in all elections and assisting community members in understanding how important public schools are to the community," Perkins said.

In addition to their support for public education, Baker and Perkins said retired teachers and support staff can be found volunteering their services and skills in their neighborhoods and in the larger community.

"Our ACREA members are active volunteers with the United Way, service and religious organizations, hospitals and many other groups," said Baker.

ACREA's new board members include:

Roger Baker, president, Pitman; Gene McCann, vice president, Egg Harbor City; Bob Kickish, treasurer, Somers Point; Maryanne Martin, recording secretary, Pleasantville; and Linda Young, corresponding secretary, Absecon.

Also, Peri Pantazes, government relations, Northfield; Natalie Fisher, government relations, Egg Harbor Township; Pat Royal, special events, Northfield; Jim Goldsmith, audit, Northfield; Karen Clark, membership, Egg Harbor Township; Joanne Peek, membership/newsletter, Egg Harbor Township; and Pat Beebe, constitution, Ocean City.

And, Jerry Hoenes, parliamentarian, Absecon; Susan Camp, members benefits, Egg Harbor Township; Judy Perkins, immediate past president, Ocean City; Madeline Ianni, newsletter mailing, Linwood; Dennis Yob, website, Elwood; Roberta Woessner, elections, Ocean City; and Rosemary O'Dowd, member-at-large, Northfield.

The organization's upcoming meetings will be held on the following Tuesdays: Oct. 9, 2012, at the Greate Bay Country Club; Dec. 11, 2012, at the Mays Landing Country Club; and May 14, 2013 at the Buena Vista Country Club.

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