Today Charlotte-South presented the Harris Y a donation in support of their Y Readers literacy program. *(ymcacharlotte.org/yreaders )* These funds were made possible through our World Tasting Tour event this past June. *Pictured:* Rick Dunlap and Shannon Emmanuel with past president Mike Walker.
We were happy to provide Patriots Path a donation from funds raised through our World Tasting Tour this past June. The mission of Patriots Path is to help Veterans define their career goals, map out job search strategies, identify opportunities, create their personal marketing approach and connect within the community to peers, mentors and coaches for continued networking and support. www.patriots-path.org (Pictured: Mike Walker presenting check to Executive Director Noel Humphreys).
*Monday, November 10, 2015* Dr. Valerie Truesdale joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in October 2012. She has been charged with responsibility for transforming learning and schools using technology integration to spur innovation and prepare students for 21st century careers. “Technology is transforming the way we learn, live and work. Schools need to teach digital learners in the way they learn best,” Dr. Truesdale believes. “We expect students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to graduate with strong foundational skills in academics and technology integration, prepared for college and careers. Our responsibility is to provide learning systems that stretch students to their highest possible level of achievement, engaging our community in this important goal.” Dr. Truesdale, a native of Columbia, spent most of her career in public schools in South Carolina. In addition to serving over nine years as a superintendent in Beaufort County and Oconee County in South Carolina, she served as a chief instructional services officer in Lexington/Richland Counties. She also led the policy division of the South Carolina State Department of Education, supervising student assessment, educator licensure, technology services and policy. Dr. Truesdale is a former high school principal, assistant principal, personnel administrator and teacher at high school and college levels. She worked in retail management before her education career. Dr. Truesdale holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Clemson University, an M.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Truesdale’s contributions to education have been recognized nationally and regionally. She is a past president of the international Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and was the first national recipient of the Women in School Leadership Award, conferred by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) in 2011. She was named state superintendent of the year in 2009 by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from that organization in 2012. Dr. Truesdale currently serves on the advisory board for the College of Education at Clemson University and on the National Dropout Prevention Center board.
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