Meetings are held Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. at the Municipal Center in New Providence on Elkwood Avenue and are attended by about 115 members. Coffee is available by 9:30 a.m. The usual program starts with some songs and a few jokes, reports from committee and activity Chairmen, and a talk on a timely and interesting subject.
Because of the size and quality of the audience, the Old Guard attracts excellent outside speakers.
Meetings held on the last Tuesday include recognition of members' whose birthdays are in the following month.
In addition to the weekly meetings, there are activities as noted elsewhere on this website.
When there is a school closing in New Providence due to bad weather, snow, ice, etc., there will be no Old Guard meeting (see www.npsd.k12.nj.us for closure notices).
The Old Guard of the Summit area was founded by E. Marvin Herberd and 31 associates on December 2, 1930. The purpose of the organization is to provide retired business and professional men with good fellowship and stimulating activities as well as providing a haven for renewal and purpose.
When the Old Guard was formed, the orchid was adopted as a symbol for the organization because Summit was well known for orchid hybridizing and production. Here is a historical paper about the orchid in Summit.
Over the years we have been the model for more than twenty other Old Guard groups.
To become a member, one is invited to attend one or more meetings as a guest of a sponsoring member or the Membership Committee. If further interested, he will be asked to submit an application to the Membership Chairman. Following that, the sponsoring member will review the candidate's credentials at a meeting and nominate him for membership. If you don't know a member to be your sponsor, just contact our Membership Chair, Jim Hewitt (at right).
Jacket and tie are preferred but business casual is acceptable, except during the months of May through September, where appropriate casual clothes are fine.
Dues are $30 a year plus a $5 initiation fee and can be paid by using this dues link.