District Governor Ken Dresser and his wife Barbara visited Charlotte-South Rotary on Monday, October 20. Ken Dresser, DGE joined the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg County in 2003 and has had perfect attendance for the last 6 years. Ken became a Paul Harris Fellow on October 6, 2004 and is currently PHF+8, a Benefactor, member of the Bequest Society and member of the Paul Harris Society. Once a member he was elected to the office of Secretary for three consecutive years beginning in 2004. Ken was elected President-Elect for the 2007-2008 Rotary year and was club president in 2008-2009. His technical knowledge and experience was put to use in 2009-2010 as District Technology Advisor and he became Assistant Governor in 2010. Ken was selected District Governor Nominee-Designate in 2012. Ken is on the faculty of the Rotary Leadership Institute and actively facilitates sessions at local venues for RLI. He has provided presentation materials and projection efforts for the 2009 and 2011 District Conferences and was on the District Conference Committee for 2012. Ken chaired the District Conference Committee for the 2013 conference. His club awarded Ken the Service Above Self Award in 2005-2006, the John Tobin Award in 2006-2007 and the club Distinguished Rotarian in 2007-2008. Ken worked in the family engineering firm until 1977 when the business was sold. At that time Ken went to work for Duke Power, then McCoy-Ellison (textile equipment manufacturer), then PCA International (a portrait photography company). In 1983, Ken joined IBM and just celebrated his 30th year with IBM. He retired from IBM on March 31, 2014. Ken graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelors and Masters degree in Engineering. He is a Professional Engineer in NC and also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. While Ken met his wife Barbara in 1963 they reconnected in 2001 and married in 2002. Ken and Barbara have 3 children and 10 grandchildren all of whom live in the area. They enjoy their RV (Ken and Barbara are also members of the Rotary Fellowship of Recreational Vehicle Fellowship) and are both active in their church. Ken is an Elder at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cornelius, NC while Barbara is a Deacon. Ken is a member of the Central Piedmont Community Chorus and enjoys singing in the church choir as well.
We were fortunate to share our lunch hour with Karen on Monday, September 29. A native of Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, MI, Karen was fortunate enough to have had Lake Michigan as her backyard. Long walks on the beach are still her favorite form of relaxing. The oldest of four children born to a college professor father and high school teacher mother (both WWII Navy veterans), Karen and her family enjoyed many camping trips across the U.S. and Canada. Those family vacations helped her develop a lifelong love and respect of the great outdoors. She supports many environmental groups and charities to help safeguard the future of our planet. Karen graduated from St. John Catholic High School and attended Michigan State University (on two academic scholarships), but left after two years, unsure what road she wanted to take. A circuitous route brought her to Charlotte, NC, where she now resides with her husband, Tony Scioscia. She is a proud mother and grandmother and active member of her church. Karen is a novelist. Her book, “Kidnapped by the Cartel,” was published in 2013. Karen writes a weekly column for The Charlotte Observer, has had articles published in various magazines and is a contributor to Yahoo.com. She is a corporate speech writer and editor. A member of SAG-AFTRA, Karen has acted in film, television and industrial/promotional videos. She has also voiced radio commercials. Karen is a member of the Women’s National Book Association (Charlotte Chapter), the North Carolina Writer’s Network and the Society of Professional Journalists. When not writing, Karen enjoys traveling, reading, working out, supporting her favorite sports teams, and spending time with family and friends. www.KarenDScioscia.com
Located on the Eastside of Charlotte, One7 Ministries was founded in 2008. The vision of One7 Ministries is to reach and transform inner city communities and families by intentionally forming cross cultural youth ministry teams while focusing on holistic change and spiritual growth. One7 has kids from over 15 different countries. The ministry has a strong volunteer staff that works along side David and Mary Catherine, our founder and his wife, to provide mentoring, tutoring, coaching, and discipleship to all of the kids. David has followed his passion and lived this dream for the past 15 years. www.one7.org
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/