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.
Policy on Weather Cancellations
When 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.
* 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 :-)
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April Programs: Peter Bolton, Program Chairman
April 2 "The Politics of Holy Week" -- Rev Frank Wade traces conflicting histories and motivations of the various actors in 1st century Jerusalem – Christians, Romans, Jews, the adoring crowd, the non-adoring crowd. Many think this history shows the falseness of anti-Jewish claims made by Christian anti-Semites in the past. Rev. Wade was Rector of St. Alban’s Church in Washington DC and Interim Dean of the Washington National Cathedral, and now teaches at Virginia Theological Seminary.
April 9 "Caring for Caregivers" -- Tracy Carroll observes that as more children and spouses find themselves caring for longer-lived parents and life partners, many neglect caring for themselves. Her talk offers caregivers advice on identifying and addressing their own needs. Tracy leads the Caregivers Support Group at Morrow Memorial Church in Maplewood NJ. A Harvard graduate, she chose to be a stay-at-home mom and a community volunteer focusing on race relations, school curriculum, and quality education for all children.
April 16 "Food and Water Security" -- James Brodie, a local investor in Millburn NJ, and a financial advisor with decades of experience on Wall Street, will employ an investment analysis point of view to assess food and water security in the 21st century and its associated geopolitics.
April 23 "Why Good People are Divided" -- Old Guard member Peter Bolton explains Jonathan Haidt’s prescient analysis of current social divisions through use of his 2012 work The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, an especially timely work given the 2016 election and its aftermath.
April 30 "Time for a Sustainability Reporting Hub in NJ" -- Dr. Susan Haig outlines a new collaborative for making NJ an exporter of news, involving CivicStory in partnership with the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State, and NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability. Susan conducts the South Orange Symphony Orchestra, and is Founder and Creative Director of CivicStory.org, a nonprofit news site that produces videos highlighting sustainability and creative change in New Jersey, featuring citizens who are transforming their communities.