Susquehanna Valley Conservatives Mission


SVC supports conservative principles and policies and provides area conservatives and the general public with education and information regarding issues at the local, state, and national levels. SVC encourages active participation in the public arena.


May 14 – SVC Meeting – Memorial Day

Be sure to Join Us Tonight!

May marks Memorial Day, and Susquehanna Valley Conservatives is very pleased to announce a special event for our May 14 meeting.

To honor America in the month of Memorial Day and to pay special tribute to our veterans, we will have a program designed around Gold Star families and all military veterans. Karen Long of Milton will be our main speaker. Karen’s son Zachariah died in Iraq in 2003 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She will be present, along with a military honor guard, to discuss and demonstrate the significance of flag folding ceremony.

Other Gold Star family members will also be present to discuss and share their experiences. Pastor Dick Devitt of West End Bible Church and Hironimus Union Church. will offer an opening invocation. Devitt is a Viet Nam war veteran.

We are encouraging everyone to spread the word about this special event so that we can be sure of a large turnout that matches the importance of the sacrifice and service of our veterans.

Our meeting will be at the usual place and time: this coming Monday, May 14th, 7pm – 8:30pm at the Best Western meeting rooms, next door to Country Cupboard, Lewisburg Rt. 15, North.

All are welcome. There is no admission charge.

Upcoming SVC Meetig – April 9

Join Us Monday for our next SVC meeting.

YOU RE INVITED to our free and open to the public meeting on Monday, April 9th, 78:30 pm.

This Monday evening, we deal with several pending lawsuits. The first is the overreach of Governor Tom Wolf, attempting to force home care workers into a Union. This one is before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The second case is the overreach of the State Teachers union, PSEA, forcing Greg Hartnett and several other public school teachers to pay dues and join their Union.  Hartnett and fellow teachers currently have this matter before the Pennsylvania courts.

Greg Harnett, a Pennsylvania public school teacher says “ I should not be forced to fund a private politically active organization just to do what I love”.
Our guest speakers include two attorneys from the Fairness Center who are pursuing these matters on behalf of their clients.  This will be a meeting to remember!


The Fairness Center will be represented at the meeting by David Osborne, President and General Counsel; Nathan McGrath, Vice President and Litigation Counsel; and Conner Drigotas, Director of Communications and Outreach.


Please support us and join us for this meeting, Monday, April 9th, 78:30 pm, Best Western Meeting Rooms, next door to Country Cupboard, Rt. 15 north, Lewisburg.

Special Gubernatorial Candidate Meeting

Your next monthly meeting of the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives is coming up this Monday, March 12th, 7-8:30pm at the Best Western meeting rooms, next door to Country Cupboard, Rt. 15 North, Lewisburg.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the Republican candidates for Pennsylvania Governor at our Forum this Monday evening.  We have extended an invitation to ALL THREE Republican Gubernatorial Candidates to appear.  It’s been a considerable effort to put this important meeting together for our home area, the Central Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania to be shown across the state on the PCN television network. Your continued support will ensure that we may continue to serve this area with like events.

We have confirmations from Laura Ellsworth, Pittsburgh attorney and Paul Mango, West Point/Army officer retired, also from the Pittsburgh area.  We have also extended an invitation to Pennsylvania State Senator Scott Wagner from the York, Pa. area.

Questions will be invited from our audience Monday night as well as questions from our Moderator and Panel as to how these candidates believe they can win in the Fall General Election vs. incumbent Democrat Governor Tom Wolf.  As Conservatives, we believe that Governor Wolf does not deserve a second four year term.

Please join us this Monday evening along with our statewide television audience on PCN, Pennsylvania Cable Network, which is carrying our Forum event live from 7pm to 8:30pm.


Monday, February 12th for a Town Hall Forum on DRUGS AND OPIOIDS

They’re not just in your schools – They’re in your back yard!

We have an impressive panel of local people from around the Susquehanna Valley to highlight this Social problem including: County Commissioners Rick Shoch (Northumberland), Preston Boop (Union) And Joe Kantz (Snyder); State Representative Fred Keller and State Senator Gene Yaw along with others From the area who work in the field.  We’ll also have a police drug dog demonstration from the Union County Sheriffs office.

Our Forum panel will be Taking your questions on this topic.

Our meeting time and place are the same:  7pm-8:30pmMonday evening, February 12th, Best Western Meeting Rooms next door to Country Cupboard, Rt.15 north, Lewisburg.

There ARE solutions to this increasingly critical social problem.  We hope to display them through this meeting.  Many of our meetings are political in nature, but this problem crosses all political and social lines.

Please accept this invitation to attend. Admission, as always is free to all regular monthly meetings of the Susquehanna Valley Conservatives.

SVC – January 15 meeting

Susquehanna Valley Conservatives to host Congressman Tom Marino

Susquehanna Valley Conservatives is pleased to announce that they will be hosting Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) on January 15, 2018.  The meeting will be from 7pm to 8:30pm at the Baylor Conference Rooms,  Best Western Inn, next door to  Country Cupboard Inn, Rt. 15 North, Lewisburg.

Please note change in usual date from second Monday of the month to third Monday of month, just for January, 2018.

2018 will be a vital year for our country and for Congress.  2017 ended with conservative momentum on issues like tax cuts, and the start of the new year will see a variety of issues in play in Washington.  Added into all this is the fact that the elections in November will loom large, and the opposition will continue to no doubt manufacture their own narrative of events.

This will be a great chance to hear from Congressman Marino on topics such as the Tax Bill, the first year of President Trump, the world wide terrorist movement and other issues important to our District.

10th Congressional District – Tom Marino

Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district, located in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, includes Bradford County, Juniata County, Lycoming County, Mifflin County, Pike County, Snyder County, Sullivan County, Susquehanna County, Union County, Wayne County, and portions of Perry County, Tioga County, Lackawanna County, Monroe County, and Northumberland County.

December SVC Meeting

Topic: State of the Economy: The Impact of the Gaming Industry in Pennsylvania

Who: Tom Sheehan, PA Family Institute

WhenMonday December 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Where: Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, north of Lewisburg along Route 15

Tom Sheehan is a representative of the Pennsylvania Family Institute in Harrisburg, the largest conservative organization in the state focused primarily on defending families.  Did you know that Pennsylvania is already the nation’s second largest casino state?  Did you also know that Governor Wolf and the General Assembly approved further expansion of that in October?  To learn the state and local impact on us in the Central Susquehanna Valley, please come to listen to and ask questions of Mr. Sheehan.

The Mission of the Pennsylvania Family Institute is to strengthen families by restoring to public life the traditional, foundational principles and values essential for the well-being of society. They are the only full-time, professionally staffed non-profit organization representing family values in the state capitol. They encourage responsible citizenship and involvement in civic affairs to promote respect for life, family, marriage and religious liberty.

As we have done the last few years, SVC will be accepting your gift of non-perishable food at this meeting to then share with the local food bank.  We as conservatives have much to be grateful for this year—please consider sharing a bit more in this effort.

Jim Persing, President
Susquehanna Valley Conservatives

SVC November Meeting

What: Susquehanna Valley Conservatives Monthly Meeting

Topic: An Army Chaplain’s Perspective on Military Service and Veterans

Who: Reverend/Captain James May

When: Monday Nov 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Where: Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, north of Lewisburg along Route 15

In conjunction with Veteran’s Day (Sunday November 11) Susquehanna Valley Conservatives is honored to host retired Army Chaplain James May.

Chaplain/Captain May offers a very unique perspective on the price that has been paid for our nation’s freedom.  Born in DeWitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir, VA he has been a “military brat” most of his life.  From 1999 to 2006 he had the honor of serving as an officer and chaplain in the United States Army.  During his last three years on active duty, Chaplain (Cpt) May had the very unique privilege of serving in Iraq with the soldiers on the front lines; at Walter Reed Army Hospital with soldiers who had been injured in war; and at Arlington National Cemetery for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and our freedom.

Chaplain/Captain May has one brother who is an army doctor and another who is an army signal officer.  All three are Iraq War Veterans.  His father, who was serving as the Senior Army Chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery on September 11, 2001 recently retired from active duty with the rank of colonel.

In 2006 James moved back to northeastern Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife, Jill, and three children.  His oldest son is currently serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard. In 2009, he served as the campaign manager for Sam Rohrer, candidate for governor.  In the 2010 general election, James served as the Director of Conservative Outreach for Governor Tom Corbett, overseeing the outreach to all the Faith, Family and Freedom Coalitions.
In 2011, after serving on the governor’s inaugural committee, he was recommended by Governor Corbett for his current position as the regional Community Relations Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Please plan to attend, not only to hear Chaplain May’s presentation, but also to show your support for all veterans and active duty military personnel.

Stan Zellers, President
Susquehanna Valley Conservatives