The Old Guard of Summit New Jersey meets in the council meeting room of the New Providence NJ Municipal Center at 360 Elkwood Ave, New Providence NJ 07974. Meetings start at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, followed by programs consisting of stimulating talks by people such as past governors, mayors, politicians, physicians, Nobel Prize winners, judges, professors, scientists, economists, authors, journalists, etc. The subsequent Q&A is lively. Put on your business casual attire or jacket & tie (or something more casual from May to September) and attend a meeting with us. All visitors are welcome.
Stay for the Friends*
After the meetings, many members join together to have lunch at various local restaurants.
In addition to the weekly meetings, there are activity groups for golf, bridge, hiking, trips, computer help, tennis and more.
* Or, as one member put it recently, "Come for the Jokes, Stay for the Talks", since we start each meeting by singing a few songs and hearing a few jokes :-)
Policy on Weather Cancellations
New Providence Schools are closed due to weather, the Old Guard meeting
is cancelled. New Providence posts closure notices at its school
website https://www.npsd.k12.nj.us. We will also post notices here and send emails to members.
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July Program Chair: Bill Tittle
July 2 "Old Guard Members Present Four TED Talks" - TED stands for technology, entertainment and design. Herb Waddell will discuss making up stories to tell your grandchildren. Mitch Erickson will discuss the future of our food. Thad Gabara will inform us on facts about patents that we might not know. And our resident comedian, Tom Dolce, will fill us in on a funny thing that happened to him on the way to this meeting.
July 9 MEETING CANCELLED "Spending Down -- Increasing Your Chances of Not Running Out of Money in Retirement" - Jim Cornfeld, Buckingham Financial Advisors. You want to enjoy retirement but don't want to be caught short in your later years.
July 16 "Oil Industry -- Past, Current and Future" - Allen Hamilton, Old Guard Member, recently retired investment consultant, formerly of Exxon. What to think when ExxonMobil invests in algae as a source of oil and BP thinks seriously about a hydrogen economy.
July 23 "Transition of Japan from a Feudal to Industrial Society in the 20th Century" - Juan Ryan, Old Guard member, retired lawyer. How Japan moved from an isolated island to an industrial nation, powerful enough to challenge the United States for world leadership. [alt. meeting venue: details ]
July 30 "Gravity Waves" - Phil Eisner, Old Guard member, retired physicist Exxon Research. Predicted by Einstein in 1916, but not observed until 100 years later, gravity waves are disturbances in the fabric of spacetime, generated by accelerated masses. Don't worry, our illustrious member will help make this comprehensible.
NOTICE: Due to water damage at the New Providence Municipal Center, we cannot use the Council Chamber for our meetings for several weeks.
Until further notice, starting July 16th, we will meet at the United Methodist Church, 1441 Springfield Avenue, New Providence NJ 07974, several blocks west of our usual meeting place [ map ]. This is the same venue we used in the first half of 2018. Please enter and leave the church parking lots from Holmes Oval South behind the church instead of Springfield Avenue. You can also park on Holmes Oval South and on Springfield Ave in front of the church (2 hr limit)