Category Archives: Event Summary

May’s Meeting – Refugee Resettlement

 Refugee Resettlement Watch blogger Ann Corcoran

Refugee Resettlement Watch blogger Ann Corcoran

In May, SVC hosted  Refugee Resettlement Watch blogger Ann CorcoranYou can find her blog at:


April’s County Commissioner candidate forum

Pictures from the April 13 Union, Snyder, and Northumberland Counties Commissioner candidate forum

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SVC Shows Movie at the Campus in Lewisburg

On January 12, SVC presented the film ‘An Inconsistent Truth’ – a highly acclaimed rebuttal to Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth of several years ago.Directed by Shayne Edwards and starring award-winning radio talk show host Phil Valentine, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and Senator Jim DeMint.

After the movie, Phil Valentine answered questions from the crowd.

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Mark your calendars with these dates for future SVC meetings:

Monday Feb 9 – “Freedom in the Balance”. An update on attacks on religious liberty in America presented by Michael Geer and Randall Wenger.

Monday March 9 – John Rizzo – former lead counsel for the CIA. Author of ‘Company Man’ – an inside look at the workings of America’s intelligence-gathering operation. Copies of Mr Rizzo’s book will be available for sale in advance and at the meeting – contact any SVC board member for details

All Susquehanna Valley Conservatives meetings are free and open to the public. All points of view are welcome.

September Meeting Summary

On Monday, September 8, 2014, Susquehanna Valley Conservatives hosted Joe Bastardi, Chief Forecaster for WeatherBELL Analytics.  His topic was “AGW, aka Climate Change, aka Climate Disruption, aka Carbon Pollution: You be the judge.”
Joe Bastardi Room

140 people were in attendance for Joe’s discussion, which mixed politics and climate change.  He provided a number of informative slides focused on how “recent” weather changes are less pronounced when placed in larger, historic context. Additionally, groups with political agendas utilize those numbers to reinforce their own agenda.  The presentation was very well received and there were many questions.

Joe Bastardi

Summary of April Meeting – Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley was the speaker before an enthusiastic audience of 85 people and discussed “The State of the Commonwealth and Beyond”.

The Lieutenant Governor spent several minutes discussing his role and duties as established in the Pennsylvania Constitution and as otherwise delegated to him (including the Marcellus Shale Task Force).  The second part of his presentation, including a number of audience questions, centered on the re-election efforts of he and Governor Corbett, particularly around economic and fiscal development in the state.

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley Speaks to SVC on April 14, 2014

Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley Speaks to SVC on April 14, 2014

Prior to Lt. Gov. Cawley, State Rep. Fred Keller and State Sen. Gene Yaw spoke briefly about events in Harrisburg and pending actions and legislation.

Senator Gene Yaw

Senator Gene Yaw

Rep Fred Keller

Rep Fred Keller

Additionally, Guy Graybill of Snyder County was the first recipient of the SVC Certificate of Valor for his role in writing an editorial for The Daily Item and supporting a conservative stand on principles.

March’s Meeting Summary – Paycheck Protection

The summary of the SVC meeting held this past Monday, March 10 follows:

John Bouder - Paycheck Protection

John Bouder of The Commonwealth Foundation presented a discussion on the topic of paycheck protection and a background on the current practice of unions having dues withheld via the state (and via taxpayer money) and then given directly to unions. John is a policy analyst for The Commonwealth Foundation, and discussed how this practice unfairly gives unions advantages that other organizations lack. Currently, there is pending legislation (HB 1507) in Harrisburg, backed by our local Representatives, to end what was called the “Government-Union Power Cycle”.

65 people were in attendance.

SVC National Debt Tracker

Debt at Beginning of Meeting: $ 17,505,921,013,432
Debt at End of Meeting: $ 17,506,147,485,983
Increase in Debt during the Meeting $ 226,472,551
Increase per minute $ 2,516,361

February’s Meeting Summary

‘It’s a marathon, not a 100 yard dash.’

For the second time in the last 9 months, those in attendance at last night’s Susquehanna Valley Conservatives meeting heard these words. The speaker, Mr Robert Heffley of Act! For America – was referring to the kind of diligence and constant vigilance America must exhibit to combat what he referred to as ‘Cultural (or Stealth) Jihad’.

Heffley ACT! for America

Mr Heffley drew a distinction between Orthodox Islam and Heterodox Islam. Those who practice Orthodox Islam are more apt to take a literal/strict interpretation of The Koran, and the justifications therein for world domination; including the use of lies/deceit so far as they advance the spread of Islam, the killing/enslavement of non-believers, and the insidious nature of attempts to infiltrate America from within.

He cited examples of small events that seem innocuous on the surface, but represent a larger overall pattern when taken together – for example, Nancy Pelosi administering the oath of office to the first Muslim elected to the U S House of Representatives using the Koran instead of the Bible or the case of Muslims forcing Tyson Foods to cancel the U S Labor Day holiday and replace it with a Muslim holiday (later reversed as a result of pressure from Act! For America).

He also cited 2 cases in which major U S universities received large donations from Muslim donors (The College of William and Mary and Yale). Since infiltration of the U S education system is a tactic/objective of Cultural Jihad, this is especially troublesome. It would be unrealistic to not foresee a quid pro quo.

Act! For America was founded by Bridgette Gabrielle – a Lebanese Christian who saw her home bombed when she was 10 years old – the bombing prompted solely because her family were Christians. Ms Gabrielle has written several books warning of the threat to America posed by Islamic extremists. She has also been a vocal advocate of meeting the challenge by creating Act! For America – the largest grassroots organization devoted to national security.

Heffley ACT! for America

SVC National Debt Tracker

Debt at Beginning of Meeting:  $ 17,260,841,166,021
Debt at End of Meeting:              $ 17,260,868,745,697
Increase in Debt during the Meeting $ 27,579,676
Increase per minute $ 306,440

Next Meeting: To Be Announced