Founded in 1973, Senior Scholars is an organization for seniors and retirees where members meet weekly to hear prominent speakers on a variety of interesting topics. Don't let the Scholars title scare you. An academic degree is not required, only your interest in future learning.
Senior Scholars welcomes retirees to a new learning experience! In Charlotte, senior citizens are known for their vitality, love of learning and desire to give back to their community. This is an organization that offers welcoming fellowship and wonderful opportunities to broaden your intellectual perspective and improve your understanding of international, national, and local issues and subjects of interest.
The views expressed by presenters at Senior Scholars meetings or functions are not necessarily those of Senior Scholars nor our Board of Directors.
See the attached documents below for additional information on our Membership Benefits and a Membership Form for your convenience.
The membership year remains January to December.
Renewing members pay dues of $20 each per year.
New members pay $30 each per year.
This includes $10 for your name tag.
Payment for 2018 dues opens October 15, 2017 through first Friday in February 2018. Print and bring Membership Form to Friday meeting along with check or mail to:
Senior Scholars at Queens
1900 Selwyn Avenue, MSC 1409
Charlotte, NC 28274
Senior Scholars welcome guests at meetings who may be interested in becoming members. We ask guests to register at the front table so they may be recognized. For that, we ask guests to consider making a donation; we suggest a $5 contribution.
Senior Scholars Meetings, Friday Morning 10/11am, Providence UMC, 2810 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC, 28211 except during the months of June, July, August, and December.
THERE WILL BE NO MEETINGS ON THE FIRST Friday IN EACH OF September AND January. The first meeting in September and January will be on the second Friday of those two months. There will be no meeting on the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving. THERE WILL BE NO MEETING ON ANY DAY WHEN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER. Senior Scholars - Lunch Bunch Meetings, on the fourth Friday of each month at 11:30 a.m. except during the months of June, July, August and December, Restaurants will be listed at prior meetings.
Individuals needing special assistance (ADA, allergies, etc.) should notify Senior Scholars. An e-mail is recommended. Our e-mail address is SScholars@Yahoo.com.
Refugees and Global Migration
The Middle East: Regional Disorder
Nuclear negotiations: Back to the Future?
The Rise of Populism in Europe
Decoding U.S.-China Trade
India and Its Neighbors
Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
The United State and Mexico: Partnership Tested
State of the State Department and Diplomacy
December 1972, a group of seniors and scholars began an educational venture to launch a program for seniors. With the cooperation of the Urban Studies and Community Service, AARP, the University of NC at Charlotte, and the Charlotte Senior Forum, a format began to form.
On July 5th 1973, a historic meeting was set up launching the tradition of Tuesday mornings spent in learning and fellowship. A permanent advisory committee had been formed with the first successful programs held in the Stultz Building at Queens College.
Support from the then 11 institutes of higher learning in the Charlotte area was enlisted to provide speakers.
The ever-popular Great Decisions series were first held in Myers Park Baptist Church and Dilworth United Methodist Church in 1976.
Now began the relocation of Senior Scholars from Queens to Myers Park Baptist Church. The first social event was held November 30,1976 in Shalom Hall at Myers Park with many more such events to follow.
Wildacres Retreat was planned and discussed for four years before finally taking place in 1980.Every year since, this has been a well-planned and well attended event.
2010 was a year of great change for the organization with attendance exceeding the space at Myers Park Cornwell Center. A committee was formed to explore other possible venues. Queens University graciously offered a meeting place at their new Queens Sport Complex and with a memorandum of understanding, senior scholars were able to continue its stellar programs on a weekly basis.
Growing even more, another move was necessary to accommodate the growing numbers.
Providence United Methodist Church contracted to host Senior Scholars every Friday morning with membership now exceeding 800.
Our History: Senior Scholars at Queens from 1972-2019
President: Bill Thomas
First Vice President: Walt Romano
Second Vice President: Donald Campbell
Treasurer: Glenn Paton
Secretary: Ruth McDevitt
Immediate Past Presidents:
Curriculum: Walt Romano, Ken Brown (Great Decisions Chair)
Arrangements and Social: Carol Kesmodel
Wildacres: Wade Alley, Jim Renger
Membership: Sara Haymond, Sophie Marshall
Webmaster: Steve Gilbert
Technical Services: Dave Shimberg, Gordon Haymond
Field Trips: John Ferguson
Nominating: Carolyn Kibler, BG Metzler, Bill Parker
Directory: Pam Nemecek
At-Large Board Members
2017, 2018, 2019: Ken Brown, Sophie Marshall
2018, 2019, 2020: Sara Haymond, Bruce Kenyon, Al Rogers
2019, 2020, 2021: Gordon Haymond, Carol Kesmodel, Carolyn Kibler
The mission of the Foreign Policy Association today, as it has been throughout its 100-year history, is to serve as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding, and informed opinion on U.S. foreign policy and global issues. Through its balanced, nonpartisan programs and publications, the FPA encourages citizens to participate in the foreign policy process.
2019 Board Members
Senior Scholars Meetings are Friday Morning 10 AM - 11 AM, Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC, 28211.
September the first meeting is the second Friday
November there is no meeting Friday after Thanksgiving
January the first meeting is the second Friday
June, July, August and December there are no meetings
Weather Policy: Senior Scholars will not meet when CMS - Myers Park High School has a weather cancellation.
Senior Scholars Lunch Bunch Meetings are on the fourth Friday of each month at 11:30 AM (except during the months of June, July, August and December). Restaurants will be listed at prior meetings.
Individuals needing special assistance (ADA, allergies, etc.) should notify Senior Scholars. An email is recommended. Our e-mail address is SScholars@Yahoo.com.
Weather Policy: Senior Scholars will not meet when