Come for the Programs . . .
* Since the \Covid shutdown, we have been running in-person meetings with "hybrid" access by Zoom. To join by Zoom send a request to [email protected]
Meetings start at 9:30 AM with coffee and socializing. At 10:00 we sit down, sing a song or two, and hear a few jokes & announcements. The day's invited speaker starts at around 10:30. Visitors are asked to arrive by 10:00 AM.
Note: For the present, in-person attendance requires full Covid vaccination. Face masks are optional.
Programs consist of stimulating talks by people such as past governors, mayors, politicians, physicians, Nobel Prize winners, judges, professors, historians, scientists, authors, economists, journalists, financial advisors, medical specialists, conservationists, etc. The following 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. Admission is free.
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 enjoying a few jokes :-)
Policy on Weather Cancellations
During very bad weather or when the NPPC is unavailable to us, our meetings simply move online with Zoom. We will post a notice at this website and send an email to members.
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On Retiring – A Stimulating Road Ahead
Where will you find a sense of purpose and satisfaction? How will you find mental stimulus and a sense of community? Click on this PDF file to consider an answer to these questions. Donations to Old Guard are welcome and greatly appreciated (although they are not tax deductible).
February Program Chair – Jim Fleischmann
- Feb 6 – "Here’s Why Summit Has One of the Finest School Systems in New Jersey" – Scott Hough was appointed superintendent of schools in Summit in 2020 (during the pandemic) after a term as assistant superintendent in New Providence. He will give us an overview of the system and describe the impact COVID-19 had and how he dealt with it. He will also discuss critical issues facing all school administrators, such as bullying, security, and safety. The appeal of Summit as a place to live is supported by its excellent public schools. [video to appear]
- Feb 13 – "Everything You Didn’t Know about Union County" – You may not have known that Union County was the last county created in New Jersey, in 1857. Today its very diverse population is equal to that of Wyoming, and its budget is half a billion dollars. You’ll be surprised about a lot more that will be shared by our speaker, Amy Wagner, the deputy county manager. Amy speaks authoritatively about law enforcement, parks, public works, health services, economic development, and much more. [video to appear]
- Feb 20 – "Remarkable Advances in Brain Surgery" – Our speaker Dr. Yaron Moshel is co-director of the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center. He is one of a select few surgeons who specialize in removing deep-seated brain tumors using technology that includes computer-guided navigation, awake intraoperative brain mapping, endoscopy, and microsurgery. Dr. Moshel will explain how the convergence of precision medicine, advanced robotics, and specialized imaging are fostering new breakthroughs in the treatment of brain and spine tumors. [in-person and on Zoom – for access: [email protected]]
- Feb 27 – "Is the Library an Anachronism in a Digital World?" – With so much information accessible online, is a public library still relevant? Amy Behr-Shields is the director of the Summit Free Library. She will explain how the library is needed to curate reliable sources of information and to manage the complexities of digital and non-digital media, while serving as a community center and a welcoming environment. [in-person and on Zoom]
March Birthdays emcee – Mort O'Shea
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