Monthly Archives: July 2013

Upcoming September Meeting (No August Meeting)

SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY CONSERVATIVES WILL NOT MEET IN AUGUST.

However; mark your calendar for Monday, September 9 at 7:00PM when SVC will address a subject that should be of interest to all parents and grandparents who care about the future of education for their children and grandchildren. Common Core Standards, a highly controversial topic facing school districts throughout the state of Pennsylvania will be the subject for the evening. You, along with twenty-one school district superintendents and school board presidents, are invited and encouraged to attend this important meeting at the Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg.

Lindsey M. Burke, who researches and writes on federal and state education issues, will address the topic, “No Child is Common: Resisting National Standards and Tests.” Ms. Burke is a Will Skillman fellow in education at The Heritage Foundation where she focuses on reducing the federal role in education. She has appeared on CNN and Fox News Channel as well as numerous national television and regional radio programs including Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America.”

Plan to attend this important meeting concerning a subject that will significantly impact the future of public education.

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July’s Meeting Summary

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Not only were those in attendance at last night’s meeting treated to a broad historical perspective on the First Amendment to the Constitution, they were also the recipients of that history in an entertaining, informative, and lively discourse between the audience and presenter Louis Petolicchio. Petolicchio serves as the head of the Education Team for the Constitutional Organization Of Liberty (COOL).

Petolicchio began by having someone from the audience read the text of the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

He then parsed through those words and extracted the 4 main ‘freedoms’
1. Religion 2. Speech 3. The press 4. The right to assemble/petition for redress

The drafting of the Constitution brought forth 2 groups – the Federalists (supporters of a ‘federal’ constitution/central government) and the Anti-Federalists – those, including James Madison – who had reservations about a central government and its propensity to seek to increase its power. The upshot of the reservations held by the Anti-Federalists was the first ten Amendments – the Bill of Rights – created to reinforce the fact that the citizenry has basic rights which they retain unto themselves.

At its core, the First Amendment puts a wall between the federal government and the people by unequivocally restricting Congress – ‘Congress shall make no law…’ – from denying basic rights to the people. The language is concise, economical, and not open to misinterpretation.

In spite of that language and the restrictions contained therein, the First Amendment is under assault. The current trend toward political correctness seeks to weaken those basic rights.

According to Mr Petolichio, ‘Unless you are willing to fight for the first one (amendment) you might as well give up on the rest.’

As conservatives, are we willing to fight for the basic rights contained in the First Amendment ?

The meeting closed with a legislative update by Representative Fred Keller who briefed the audience on the current situation with unfunded pension liability for state employees.

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SVC National Debt Tracker

Debt at Beginning of Meeting $ 16,737,172,204,888
Debt at End of Meeting                 16,737,169,382,194
Decrease in Debt during the Meeting $ 2,822,694

Next Meeting

Check the SVC Website for announcement about August meeting.

Monday’s Upcoming meeting

WHO: Louis Petolicchio, Constitutional Organization of Liberty
(See profile below)

WHAT: First Amendment Review

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

WHEN:  Monday, July 8 at 7:00PM

WHERE: Best Western Country Cupboard Inn, Lewisburg
Baylor East Conference Room
Lower level, west side

AUDIENCE: The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Individuals with opposing points of view are welcome.


PROFILE: LOUIS PETOLICCHIO

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).