Meeting Summaries

December 21, 2019

Many thanks to all who came to our December meeting yesterday, and especially to Stephen Leftly for an engaging and informative presentation on what it would take for the US and individual households to go carbon neutral. For the US as a whole, promises of carbon neutrality by 2030 will likely be broken. If we… Continue reading December 21, 2019

November 23, 2019

Huge thanks to Laurie Gneiding for a great meeting today about how to protect our drinking water. Almost everyone who attended is on their own personal well, but even those on a municipal water source are likely drinking groundwater. Laurie spoke about how it is critical that we protect our aquifers, the underground formations that… Continue reading November 23, 2019

June 22, 2019

We had a great meeting on Saturday, June 22, with 30 members there to discuss the importance of changing US healthcare to a “Medicare for All” system. Our meeting leader was Richard Master, a local businessman and Chairman of the Business Initiative for Health Policy. He got into advocacy for a change in our healthcare… Continue reading June 22, 2019

March 23, 2019

It was great to see 33 people at our March group meeting today to hear a fantastic movie and presentation by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition ( Many thanks to Zachary Cole and Elliott Ruga for all of their work with the Coalition and for spending the two-hour meeting and an additional hour after the… Continue reading March 23, 2019

January 26, 2019

Our January meeting was held yesterday at the library in Clinton, with 30 participants discussing the current and future direction of IGSV. It was such a positive and thoughtful discussion. Thank you to everyone who contributed! Vicki Fresolone summarized the Vision 2020 conference that occurred a few weeks ago. The perspective discussed there was that… Continue reading January 26, 2019

December 8, 2018

  Thank you to Lower Valley Presbyterian Church for hosting our December meeting today, and to the 25 members who were able to attend despite the holiday chaos! There are a lot of events—both political and non-political—around the area this month. These include upcoming holiday parties for HCDC as well as municipal Democratic committees, and… Continue reading December 8, 2018

November 10, 2018

Thank you to the 25 of you who came out to our November group meeting earlier tonight. It was so great to see so many of you, to celebrate all of our hard work over the last two years, and to look forward to our future efforts! We had small-group discussions about the IGSV mission… Continue reading November 10, 2018

October 6, 2018

  Thank you to the nearly 30 folks who attended our October group meeting today at the North County Library. We heard from Dan O’Flaherty, professor of economics at Columbia University, about the 2017 GOP tax bill. It was incredibly informative to hear from an expert on what the numbers really mean.   Dan generously… Continue reading October 6, 2018

August 4, 2018

Thank you to all who attended our August group meeting to discuss the book #NeverAgain by David and Lauren Hogg. There were 12 of us who gathered at Carol Johnson’s house to talk openly about one of the most divisive issues right now: gun control/rights/safety/whaver-we-are-supposed-to-call-it. I was inspired by everyone’s thoughtfulness and willingness to listen… Continue reading August 4, 2018

July 14, 2018

  It was an inspiring discussion this morning at our July Group Meeting with 13 IGSV members. We discussed the book “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, as well as our local criminal justice system and broader issues of inclusion and empathy. A few take-home thoughts from the book: Our criminal justice system can be deeply… Continue reading July 14, 2018