March 5 "Research Done on the Homeless and a Very Special Project on Helping Young Children Advance to College" -- Rabbi Charles Kroloff, Rabbi Emeritus, Temple Emanu-El, Westfield NJ & Professor at Hebrew Union College NY, will speak about his research and book on the homeless population: "Where Elijah Knocks: A Religious Response to Homelessness."
March 12 "College Athletics -- Then and Now" -- Robert Beller, Risk Management and Institutional Compliance Officer for Rutgers University Athletics, will speak about today's demands on men's and women's college athletic programs versus the demands of decades ago. Mr. Beller was a member of Harvard's basketball team in the 1970's
March 19 "Annual Special Interest Projects for St. Patrick's Day" – Dr. Dermot Quinn, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Seton Hall University, last year presented a terrific program on the diaspora of the Irish to NJ. This year he will speak on some special interest projects.
March 26 "Sports Trivia Part Two -- The Rest of the Story" – Joseph S. Gyenes, educator, basketball referee, and trivia expert, spoke to the Old Guard in 2017 on sports trivia and will take the stories to the next level.
February 2019 Program Chair: Arturo Roberts
Feb. 5 "The Mysteries of the Very Small Revealed" -- Phil Eisner, Old Guard member, retired physicist, Exxon Research, is well known to our members as a clear expositor of the physical world. He will explain the mysteries of quantum theory, which describes nature at its smallest scale. The theory of quantum mechanics arose in the first half of the 20th century to explain weird observations made on photons, atoms, and subatomic particles that couldn’t be explained by classical physics.
Feb. 12 "Spend-Down: Increasing Your Odds of Having Enough Money in Retirement [program was postponed due to weather]– Jim Cornfield, CFP, Buckingham Strategic Wealth, Short Hills. Many people think of retirement planning as saving enough money to live the lifestyle they’ve envisioned. The financial planning you need for this new phase of life is different and often more complicated. Cornfield will show an overall spend-down strategy intended to decrease your tax costs and increase your odds of having enough money in retirement to meet your goals.
Feb. 19 "Reminiscences of a Lifetime of Sports Reporting" – Mark Di Ionno, columnist for the Star-Ledger, 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, will speak about his life involvement in sports reporting, including some high-profile stories, and also talk about a novel with a baseball background he has written about the responsibilities of manhood and the pitfalls of glory.
Feb. 26 "Navigating Hearing Loss Remediation" – Craig J. Barth, M.A., CCC-A Audiologist, Fellow, American Academy of Audiology, Morristown, will present a step-by-step thorough and logical process to get our hearing assessed and have proposed remedies clearly explained. He will also share helpful tips for becoming an educated consumer of hearing aid devices.
January 2019 Program Chair: Ian Lutes
Jan. 8 "Nice Presidents Finish Last" – Dr. Dan Cassino, Professor of Political Science, Fairleigh Dickinson University and author. What makes a great president? Too often, the most successful presidents aren't those that we'd want to bring home to meet the family. Andrew Jackson, James Garfield, Lyndon Johnson, and others will be discussed in order to see what we really should be looking for in a president.
Jan. 15 "Same Bed - Different Dreams: Is There Anything to Learn from the Canadian Model?" – Dr. Michael Hawes, CEO Fulbright Canada and professor at Queens University, notes that the United States governance focus is on personal autonomy and individual rights. By contrast, Canada’s focus is on society at large and the role of community. Dr. Hawes will speak to “lessons from Canada,” paying particular attention to publicly funded health care, immigration experience, and publicly funded education.
Jan. 22 "Cruising America’s Great Loop" – Stuart Conway, lifelong sailor and native New Jerseyan, cruised America’s Great Loop with his wife Julie in 2014 aboard their 42-foot powerboat, starting in Raritan Bay and traveling up the Hudson River, though the Great Lakes and Canada’s North Channel to the Mississippi River, Florida Keys, Bahamas, and back up the east coast. Conway will share highlights of his yearlong adventure through photos, anecdotes, and a show-and-tell.
Jan. 29 "Great Power Shifts in the International System and Implications for the United States'' – Dr. Doug Simon, Professor Emeritus, Drew University, will discuss major power shifts occurring in the international system. China’s challenge to American global preeminence, the rise of Eurasia, Russia’s efforts to reestablish its sphere of influence, and the rise of hyper-nationalism threaten the post-WW II international order and pose major world dangers.