The Old Guard

The Old Guard is a group of retired and semi-retired men dedicated to education, fellowship and community service. Weekly meetings feature guest speakers from government, education and business. Opportunities for fellowship include informal gathering before the meetings, excursions and athletic events, bowling, golf and luncheons. Committee chairmen work with civic groups to organize opportunities for member contributions, some periodic, some ongoing. Old Guard members work with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Food Share, Salvation Army, the West Hartford YMCA and the University of Connecticut Medical Center. Old Guard members provided leadership in the revitalization and ongoing administration of the West Hartford Seniors Job Bank.

Turkey Drive Continued

The Old Guard is pleased to work with Foodshare to continue the tradition of turkey collection for Thanksgiving in West Hartford. In previous years, the event was held at the ShopRite market on Kane St. in West Hartford. This year, the event was be held at the Stop and Shop at 176 Newington Road, West Hartford on Saturday and Sunday, November 23 and 24. Old Guard members greeted customers and collected 140 turkeys,  over $1,500 in cash donations and over 300 pounds of fixings.  Old Guard members work with Foodshare throughout the year at their Bloomfield facility.

Old Guard members collecting turkeys, fixings and contributions at Stop and Shop, West Hartford

Fran King, Old Guard, recognized by French Nation

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Photo: Ronni Newton,

Fran King, member of the Old Guard, was honored by the French nation with membership in the Legion of Honor . The award was presented to Fran by the French Consul-General at a ceremony at the Connecticut Capitol. King was recognized for his performance as a tail-gunner who flew over 35

missions in Europe in WW II.

Upcoming Events

Annual Holiday Luncheon at Town and County - Dec. 12, 2019

UConn Hockey at XL Center

Baseball Hall of Fame - April 22, 2020

For Information click on December Newsletter below



Retired and semi-retired


Meetings &


Meet weekly on Tuesday mornings at 10:25 A.M., September-May



Social activities include trips, golf, bowling, UConn sports, Yard Goats games



Members support local non-profits with participation and leadership



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