AERA Executive Director Jill Jackson.

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Holiday Greetings to each of you! It is a wonderful time of year to express gratitude and love to our family, friends, and communities. I I want to bring this year to a close with gratefulness and express to AERA members that you are valued and appreciated! The AERA Board of Directors, state committees, and staff have put an unbelievable amount of effort into making 2019 a great year for our association.  Rest assured, our collective efforts and expectations for 2020 will be even better!

AERA is moving forward because this association is Focusing Forward. The goals for 2020 are two-fold: The first goal is to grow membership. The value that members receive for their membership is priceless! Membership in AERA provides a strong and unified legislative voice through continued state and national advocacies. Advocating on your behalf is vital in protecting YOUR hard-earned retirement and health insurance benefits. AERA is the ONLY association in the state of Alabama acting as the “watchdog” of YOUR benefits remaining intact and sound. AERA membership allows you to enjoy the fruits of your labor while the association watches over your fruits!

The second goal is to continue increasing our political advocacy and state association presence at the Alabama State House. This association has much to be proud of from the previous legislative session. Legislative conversations are taking place, retirees’ issues and concerns are being recognized, and AERA is going full steam ahead in helping members receive needed bonus checks and cost-of-living adjustments. I count 2019 as a great success and look forward to more accomplishments in 2020!

Jill Jackson – AERA Executive Director.