On Monday, August 25 we hosted Congressman Robert Pittenger. Mr. Pittenger is serving his first term in the United States Congress, representing the citizens of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. Congressman Pittenger’s district encompasses portions of Iredell, Mecklenburg, and Union counties. Born and raised in Texas, Robert was the youngest of four children. His dad was a small businessman, and his mother raised the children. Their guidance provided a solid foundation for honesty, hard work, and dedication. Upon graduating from the University of Texas, Congressman Pittenger began his career in service to his faith. He worked for 10 years as Assistant to the President of Campus Crusade for Christ, and helped bring the work of the organization to over 170 countries. In 1985, Congressman Pittenger and his family moved to Charlotte, where he built a national real estate investment company from scratch. Congressman Pittenger and his wife Suzanne live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and have four grown children and eight grandchildren. They attend Central Church of God.
Monday, August 18 The Rev. Dr. James L. Doss has served as pastor of Peace Moravian Church, Charlotte NC for the past eleven and a half years. He has also served as a Navy Chaplain (retiring in the rank of Captain, 0-6). He is a graduate of Davidson College, and earned his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he studied under Dr. Wayne Oates. His post-graduate studies include work with Dr. John Westerhoff at Duke University that led to a Master of Theology, and at Drew University, where he earned his Doctorate of Ministries in Pastoral Psychology and Spiritual Formation. In addition to his pastoral duties, Dr. Doss currently serves as the Endorser of Military Chaplains for the Moravian Church in America and as the Denominational Representative to the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces. He also is a member of the Commission on Unity and Ecumenical Affairs for the Southern Province of the Moravian Church in America. To lean more, please visit: http://www.peacemoravian.com/
(Kilimanjaro, Tanzania- July 24, 2014) North Carolina native, Macon Dunnagan, continues to prove that age is not a factor as he plans his 35th climb to the “Roof of Africa”, Tanzania’s Mt. Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 19,341 feet. Recently, he broke a record for making the most Kilimanjaro summits in one month when he climbed four times in 28 days. At 54 years old, he serves as an inspiration for others as he still has climbs scheduled through 2017. Dunnagan made his first ascent in February 1999 with little hiking and no mountain climbing experience and has yet to look back. He has since become a Kilimanjaro specialist and Expedition Director for Zara Tanzania Adventures, a Tanzanian tour company based in Moshi, in 2013. In 2013, the Tanzania Tourist Board named Dunnagan as a Goodwill Ambassador of Tourism for Tanzania. When asked why Dunnagan climbs the same mountain over and over again, he replied “I enjoy taking other people up Kilimanjaro and giving them an appreciation for the mountain, what it is, the environment and the people of Tanzania.” In 2005, his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and she succumbed to the disease in August, 2007. He has since dedicated a number of his climbs to raising awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research and treatments by partnering with Ovarian Cancer Canada’s “Expedition of Hope.” Macon Dunnagan has also “tackled” polio, bringing new awareness through his summits, in collaboration with Rotary District 7680’s “End Polio Now.” Though only a few countries still feel the effects of polio, Dunnagan believes it’s important to continue with eradication efforts until the disease is extinct. He has helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for both causes and will continue to do so for as long as possible. In addition to his mountain climbing skills, Dunnagan is also a published author. Sons of Kilimanjaro is his debut novel and it details the summit of four men up Mt. Kilimanjaro, the individual reasons they have for climbing it and the lessons they learned along the way.
Lisa Hall has been the Community Director for the Greater Piedmont Division of the March of Dimes for over two years. The Greater Piedmont Division covers 11 counties in the Southern Piedmont area of NC, ranging from Lincoln and Cleveland Counties in the West and spanning as far East as Anson and Richmond Counties. Founded in 1938, the mission of the March of Dimes is to lead, direct and unify the fight against polio. The first person to develop a safe, effective vaccine against polio was Dr. Jonas Salk. The March of Dimes paid for and sponsored a field trial in 1954 which involved 1.8 million school children in the U.S., Canada and Finland. On April 12, 1955, the Salk Vaccine was declared “safe, effective and potent” and licensed by the U.S. to end polio. The polio vaccine was only the beginning. Since then, the March of Dimes has focused much of their attention on premature births and birth defect treatments. The core values they strive to serve are clear: Bringing Science into Service for People; Building Public Trust; and Gathering the Power of Volunteers. For information on how you can support this organization, please contact Lisa Hall at 704-377-2009 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte-South Rotary was fortunate to have Scotty Brown join us for our July 21 meeting. Scotty is the General Manager of Baseball Operations for the Knights and has enjoyed a record-setting year from this team. A veteran of 32 seasons in professional baseball, Scotty worked in the Baltimore Orioles public relations department from junior high school through college spanning 1979 to 1987. From there, he began his management career in 1988 with the New York Mets. Scotty joined the Knights in December 2012 after spending three years as General Manager for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Charlotte Knights celebrated their groundbreaking on September 20, 2102 and held a phenomenal opening night on April 11, 2014. The team prides itself with passing the half-million mark for attendance and having the number one attended sports arena in the Charlotte region. Scotty shared with us some interesting tidbits about the team, including the fact that the team uses 600-700 dozen baseballs each year! Hopefully you have (or will soon) had the opportunity to attend one of these fun baseball games in their beautiful new BB&T Ballpark uptown. Please visit www.charlotteknights.com to learn more.