Susquehanna Valley Conservatives Mission

SVC MISSION STATEMENT

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.

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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

Upcoming SVC Meeting – Oct 9

Topic: State of the Economy: The Failure of Healthcare in the U.S.

When: Monday Oct 9, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Where: Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, north of Lewisburg along Route 15

Who: Andrew Shecktor

Berwick Councilman Andrew Shecktor is an advocate for efficient government, support of our veterans, secure borders and human rights. He is in favor of healthcare that is truly affordable, and strongly believes that the so called “Affordable Care Act” is a failed experiment and needs to be scrapped. He is pro-life and is a strong supporter of gun rights and freedom of speech.

Mr. Shecktor has extensively studied the costs and benefits of the Affordable Care Act and will present information to support his belief that it should be repealed.

Mr. Shecktor is currently a sales manager for the Solid Cactus division of Web.com. Prior to Web.com he was an electrical engineer and information technology manager. He served as the Manager of Biomedical Engineering at Lower Bucks Hospital for a number of years, and as a Network Operations Center Manager for GE Capital.

Shecktor has announced that he will be running for the 11th Congressional District House seat being vacated by Lou Barletta.

Stan Zellers, President
Susquehanna Valley Conservatives

***** A REPEATED CALL FOR MAXIMUM EFFORT FROM EVERYONE ON THE SVC MAILING LIST !!! *****

As you know the situations in Texas, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico are the most costly natural disasters in American history.  We have experienced flooding close to home here in Central Pennsylvania; however, it has been nowhere near the magnitude of what we see on TV. The entire island of Puerto Rico has been devastated.

I am asking EVERY PERSON ON OUR MAILING LIST to make a monetary contribution, no matter how large or small to the American Red Cross to be used for disaster relief. The mailing address is P O Box 37839, Boone, Iowa 50037-0839. If you have already made a donation THANK YOU! If not, please consider doing so. The suffering of our fellow Americans will not go away for a long time. They need our help !

This is not a political issue – it is a HUMAN issue. You need not identify your contribution as originating from this call by SVC. We seek no credit for raising any funds you are willing to give. We only seek to do our small part in responding to these unprecedented disasters.

SVC Meeting Announcement / Call for Action

Topic: Remembering 9/11, Harrisburg Happenings, Representative Saccone Seeking Bob Casey’s Senate seat

Who: State Representative Rick Saccone

WhenMonday Sept 11, 2017 at 7:00 PM

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

Dr. Rick Saccone was first elected to serve the people of Washington and Allegheny counties in November 2010. He has since been re-elected three times and currently serves on the House Judiciary, State Government, Children and Youth, Veterans Affairs, and Emergency Preparedness committees.

He served our country for more than a decade as a United States Air Force Counterintelligence and Special Agent conducting felony, criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations and operations worldwide. After retiring from the USAF, Dr. Saccone remained in South Korea to work as a TV news anchor and later moved on to work in international business for several corporations operating in South Korea and Central America. He later became a representative for an international organization implementing the Agreed Framework with North Korea. As the only American citizen living in North Korea during this time, Rick gained invaluable diplomatic experience working and successfully negotiating with international officials to build nuclear power plants.

Upon his return to the U.S to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh, Rick became a full-time professor at Saint Vincent College teaching Political Science, Government, International Business and other international courses.

When America went to war with Iraq, Rick volunteered for an assignment to the U.S. Army as a civilian. He served in Baghdad and in the hotspot of Mosul as a Senior Counterintelligence Agent responsible for identifying, capturing and interrogating insurgents. After returning to the United States and Saint Vincent College, Dr. Saccone embarked on a Fulbright-Hayes summer scholarship to Egypt studying Islam, history and politics, and, most recently, an education and research scholarship to Africa.

Rick has traveled to 75 countries; penned numerous articles on international politics, business and culture for top national and international newspapers such as USA Today, the Baltimore Sun and the Korea Times. He has authored seven books on North and South Korea and one on Iraq. His ninth book was released in 2013 and chronicles the faith convictions of our nation’s founders and how they understood the relationship of God and government.

Active in his local community, Dr. Saccone has served on the Elizabeth EMS Ambulance Board, the Elizabeth Forward School Board and many years as a church youth leader. He is also a graduate and member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, as well as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), and a life member of both the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC). As a school board member, Dr. Saccone was successful in his efforts to cut school property taxes twice, eliminate a wasteful spending project that was strongly opposed by the public, and increase the overall level of government transparency and accountability.

Rick resides in Elizabeth Township with his wife, Yong. Married for 37 years, they are the proud parents of two adult sons, Nick and Matthew, who are both officers in the Air Force.

Stan Zellers, President
Susquehanna Valley Conservatives

 A CALL FOR MAXIMUM EFFORT FROM EVERYONE ON THE SVC MAILING LIST !!!

As you may know the situation in Texas and Louisiana is being called the most costly natural disaster in American history.  We have experienced flooding close to home here in Central Pennsylvania; however, it has been nowhere near the magnitude of what we see on TV.

I am asking EVERY PERSON ON OUR MAILING LIST to make a monetary contribution, no matter how large or small to the American Red Cross to be used for flood relief.

This is not a political issue – it is a HUMAN issue. You need not identify your contribution as originating from this call by SVC. We seek no credit for raising any funds you are willing to give. We only seek to do our small part in responding to this unprecedented disaster.

Upcoming SVC Meeting – June 12

What: Susquehanna Valley Conservatives Monthly Meeting
Where: Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, north of Lewisburg along Route 15

Topic: Making Pennsylvania a Right-To-Work State

When: Monday June 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Who: State Representative Daryl Metcalfe

  • Also in attendance will be Representatives Fred Keller and Garth Everett; both of whom are sponsoring individual bills that are part of the overall legislative package.

Representative Metcalfe is the Chairman of the State Government Committee. He represents Butler County. Representative Metcalfe has introduced a series of bills collectively known as the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative. If enacted, these bills will make the Commonwealth a state in which union membership will no longer be necessary in order to take a job with an organization whose labor force is represented by a union – in other words Pennsylvania would become a ‘Right-To-Work’ state.

Representative Metcalfe’s legislative initiative will have a significant impact on the state’s economic future if enacted. Economic growth, vibrancy, robustness, and opportunity are all attributes of “Right-To-Work” states across America. If we want to see Pennsylvania become more competitive, create more jobs, and provide opportunities where our young people would have a better economic future, making the Commonwealth a right-to-work state would be perhaps the most significant legislative act the General Assembly could perform.

We urge you to attend this important meeting, learn about the Pennsylvania Open Workforce Initiative, and support its passage.

NOTE: Monday June 12 is a legislative session day in Harrisburg. Senators and Representatives don’t know when their work on ‘session days’ will end so it is possible that Representatives Metcalfe, Keller, and Everett may be late or unable to attend at all.

If that is the case, Susquehanna Valley Conservatives will show a film entitled ‘Where the Grass is Greener: Biblical Stewardship vs. Climate Alarmism‘. The film is a one-hour documentary that calls upon the expertise of over 30 world-class scholars in climate science; developmental, environmental, and energy economics; and theology, ethics, and public policy to address global warming from a biblical perspective to protect the world’s poor from harmful climate and energy policies.

Stan Zellers, President
Susquehanna Valley Conservatives

OTHER EVENTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

Beth Anne Mumford of Americans For Prosperity will present a program entitled “Free our Spirits” at the Rusty Rail Brewing Company, 5 N 8th St #1 Vault Room in Mifflinburg. Ms Mumford’s program will begin at 5:30 PM and run until 7:00 PM.

To register for this FREE event go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afp-pa-free-our-spirits-mifflinburg-tickets-34866616990?aff=eivtefrnd

Organ Recital at Bucknell Friday, June 2

Organ Recital Performance by Dr. Steven Ball of Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City

Friday, June 2, 8 p.m. Rooke Chapel – No charge (Sponsored by the Class of 1957)

Everyone is invited for this special performance by Dr. Steven Ball of the Historic Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ. Dr. Ball is a master of “the largest instrument on Earth,” a pipe organ containing 33,112 pipes. Dr. Ball will showcase Bucknell’s Reuter pipe organ, one of the largest in central Pennsylvania.

Click here to download the Organ Recital Flyer for more information.

May’s Upcoming SVC Meeting

Topic: Capital Update
(Tentative-Please be sure to read the note below)

Who: State Representative Fred Keller

When: Monday May 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM

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

Fred Keller represents the 85th district in the House of Representatives in Harrisburg.
The 85th district covers Union and Snyder Counties.

It’s budget time in Harrisburg. Representative Keller will bring us news about budget negotiations as well as other timely legislative issues including liquor privatization and legislation aimed at ending the union practice of having teachers whose salaries are paid by taxpayers do no teaching, instead they work full-time for their union on union business. This is especially prevalent in the Philadelphia area.

Fred will also discuss other current legislation before the General Assembly.

As an announced candidate for Tom Marino’s federal House of Representatives seat, Fred will also discuss the process involved in seeking that seat as well as items that would be of importance to him if elected.

NOTE: Monday May 8 it a legislative session day in Harrisburg. Senators and Representatives don’t know when their work on ‘session days’ will end so it is possible that Fred may be late or unable to attend at all.

If that is the case, Susquehanna Valley Conservatives will show a film entitled ‘Where the Grass is Greener: Biblical Stewardship vs. Climate Alarmism‘. The film is a one-hour documentary that calls upon the expertise of over 30 world-class scholars in climate science; developmental, environmental, and energy economics; and theology, ethics, and public policy to address global warming from a biblical perspective to protect the world’s poor from harmful climate and energy policies.

Stan Zellers, President
Susquehanna Valley Conservatives