Meetings start at 9:30 AM with coffee and socializing. At 10:00 we sit down, sing a few songs, and hear a few jokes & announcements. The invited speaker starts at 10:30. We ask visitors to arrive by 10:00 AM.
Programs consist of stimulating talks by people such as past governors, mayors, politicians, physicians, Nobel Prize winners, judges, professors, scientists, economists, authors, journalists, financial advisors, medical specialists, 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. 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
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 a notice at our website and send an email to members, usually by 7:30 AM.
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March Program: Chair
• Mar. 3 "Investment Portfolio Construction for the Retiree" – Gary Quinzel, CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), head of Investment Department at Wealth Enhancement Group in Warren, will give an overview of where he thinks the stock and bond markets will be going in 2020. He will also discuss how a retiree should put together an investment portfolio under these circumstances.
• Mar. 10 "Estate and Long Term Care Planning Blunders of the Rich and Famous" – Yale S. Hauptman, Esq., is an elder law attorney in Livingston who will speak about celebrity estate and long-term care blunders.
NOTICE: In-person meetings starting March 17 are cancelled for the duration of the COVID-19 threat. Some of the programs below may be held via teleconferencing.
• Mar. 17 "How Do We Deal with Aging and Where Will It take Place?" – Gladys Harris is an Aging Life Care Advanced Professional. She will speak on how one goes about evaluating an appropriate assisted living, CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community), or nursing home facility [talk was cancelled].
• Mar. 24"Attributes of Great European Paintings" – Painter and Old Guard member Michael Martin will walk us through an illustrated analysis of several great European painting based on the attributes of Design Principles, Color, and Subject Matter [meeting by teleconference]
• Mar. 31 "Bringing Transparency to the Health Care Marketplace" - Our speaker Jeanne Pinder is founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts, a journalism startup in New York City that is bringing transparency to the health care marketplace by telling people what things cost.
Jeanne has appeared widely in the media and her recent TED talk about health costs went viral, picking up more than 1.75 million views. [meeting by teleconference]