FCRE provides continuing opportunities:

* to assist retired and active education employees in maximizing retirement benefits and opportunities;

* to promote the social, professional, educational, and economic welfare of retired school employees;

* to engage in legislative projects to protect and improve retirement benefits;

* to meet with members for the exchange of ideas and information of common interest; 

* to support future educators through our college scholarship program.

FCRE members enjoy the following membership benefits:

Luncheon Meetings -- Meet your friends generally on the second Thursday of September, October, December, February, April and June at luncheon meetings in the Fairfax area. These meetings feature a variety of programs of entertainment, noted speakers, and activities. 

Periodic Newsletters -- Our FCRE Advocate, published nine times annually, brings you news of upcoming FCRE activities and programs. The Advocate features articles on your health benefits, health care, and federal, state, and local legislative actions of concern to retirees. The newsletter also contains information about travel opportunities, exhibits, consumer awareness, finance, etc.

Member Services-Tours -- FCRE presents information concerning travel opportunities. Trips in the past have been to Mount Rushmore, the Black Hills and the Badlands of South Dakota, New York, Ireland, England, the Greek Isles, etc.

Member Activities-- Special member activity groups include film screenings, book discussions, investment groups, afternoon teas, writing, bridge, etc.

Annual Scholarships -- All FCRE members are also members of the W. Harold Ford Scholarship Foundation, Inc., a subsidiary of FCRE, Inc. Each spring the Foundation awards one or more college scholarships to graduating seniors in Fairfax County's secondary and high schools for study to prepare for a career in education.

Economic Benefits -- Interest-bearing checking and savings accounts are available without service charges through FCRE-Apple Federal Credit Union membership. Auto, mortgage, personal loans and other financial services are also available at lower than commercial and market rates.

Government Relations Team (GRT) -- Pension and health premium benefit increases earned by FCRE legislative action, both locally and in the Virginia legislature, benefit all retirees under the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), the Educational Retirement Fairfax County (ERFC) and Fairfax County Employees Retirement System (FCERS).