Monthly Archives: June 2013

July’s Upcoming Meeting

Susquehanna Valley Conservatives welcomes Louis Petolicchio as the speaker for their next meeting on Monday, July 8 at 7:00PM in the Baylor East Conference Room at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg.

He will speak to the subject “First Amendment Review”, a topic that is very relevant to what is currently taking place in our country, on college campuses, and especially in Washington, D.C. His talking points will include:

  • Original intent of the First Amendment
  • What does the First Amendment mean today?
  • The First Amendment in relation to the State Constitution

The meeting is free and open to the public. Individuals with opposing points of view are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Louis Petolicchio serves as head of the Education Team for the Constitutional Organization of Liberty (COOL) and has been instructing courses based on the Constitution on behalf of COOL since its inception. Among the classes he has directed are The Birth of Freedom and A More Perfect Union as well as the multi-session series Institute on the Constitution, and has presented these courses all over Pennsylvania as well as at a public school in Delaware. In recognition of his work, Louis was nominated for the 2008 Bill of Rights Award given annually by the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Committee of Concordville, PA.

Louis has been involved in political activities since high school and has actively worked on the campaigns of various candidates for a wide variety of public offices, most recently that of State Senator Mike Folmer. With his wife, Laurel Lynn, he has organized banquets and receptions for nationally recognized conservative leaders including Justice Roy Moore, Ambassador Alan Keyes, and Congressman Ron Paul.

A 1985 graduate of Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics, Louis has earned his Associate In Claims (AIC) designation from the Insurance Institute of America (Malvern, PA). He has also received his Legal Principles Claim Specialist designation and Property Claim Law Associate designation from the American Educational Institute (Basking Ridge, NJ).

For more than 25 years Louis has worked in the financial services industry with a nationally-recognized company, and has been recognized for professional achievements both individually as well as with his work team.

Petolicchio currently serves as an auditor for Jackson Township (Lebanon County, PA) and has served as Judge of Elections in East Donegal Township as well as President of the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club (Lancaster County, PA).


June Meeting Summary

‘The first problem of the conservative movement is not showing up.’

‘ How can someone embrace a principle if they’ve never been exposed to it ?’

‘Don’t assume those you are trying to reach with your message think you care. You have to SAY you care and DEMONSTRATE it by your actions.’

‘Stop talking AT or ABOUT people – talk WITH them. Don’t be condescending; be inspirational. Engage as a fellow citizen; not as an activist.’

‘Winning hearts and minds is a marathon; not a sprint.’

Brittney Morrett

Those in attendance at Monday night’s Susquehanna Valley Conservatives meeting were treated to pointed, specific lessons in how to approach (as well as how NOT to approach) the audience we, as conservatives, need to reach if we are to begin to reverse the current trend in America.

By the year 2050 one-third of the U S population will be Hispanic. In the last presidential election, 90% of Blacks voted Democrat as did 70 % of Asians and Latinos. If conservatives ignore these trends we will continue to slide into insignificance as a national political force.

Fortunately, young activists like Brittney Morrett are picking up the banner and working with the populations that need to be reached if the conservative movement is to have a future.

Morrett offered practical suggestions, based on her experience as Youth Project Manager for the Libre Initiative; an organization aimed mainly at outreach among the Hispanic community.  Engaging people is key: Foster community involvement, go to where people are, take part in community service projects, take advantage of holidays like Black History Month. Opportunities are there ; we just need to recognize and take advantage of them.

To learn more about Brittney Morrett and her views, visit her website at

SVC National Debt Tracker

Debt at Beginning of Meeting                $ 16,735,272,260,371
Debt at End of Meeting                             16,735,231,724,034
DECREASE in Debt during the Meeting      $        40,536,337
(Yes, it actually went down)

 Next Meeting

Monday, July 8, 2013 7:00 PM  – The Topic will be the 1st Amendment

Tonight’s Meeting

WHO: Brittney Morrett

WHEN: Monday June 10 at 7:00PM

WHERE: Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg
Baylor East Conference Room

WHAT: “Engagement, Rhetoric, and How Conservatives Can Lead on Hot Button Issues”
Ms. Morrett will be addressing the following questions in her presentation:

  • I’m an older white male—how do I talk to minorities or youth about conservative principles?
  • Is it actually realistic to deport 12 million people?
  • Can conservatives lead on immigration reform?
  • Are purists doing more harm than good?
  • Why can’t we all just be Americans?  Why do we have to target specific groups?

Brittney Morrett’s personal views are clearly and interestingly revealed in an interview at the following web link:
AUDIENCE: The meeting is open to the public. Youth and members of the Hispanic/Latino communities are encouraged to attend as are individuals with opposing points of view.