Online Opportunities

Cancellation of Friday Morning Meetings
through May 29

Dear Members,
Hoping this message finds you well and coping with this time of uncertainty.  
Through an email vote, our Senior Scholars Board has canceled Friday morning meetings beyond the initial cancellation date of April 10 and extended the cancellation through May 29 to comply with recommendations and precautionary health mandates for group meetings in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19.  The Board will hold ZOOM online board meetings on April 8 and May 13 rather than holding a physical group meeting.
Currently Providence United Methodist Church is in a lockdown status and has not announced a date when normal activities will resume.   
May 29 would have been the last Friday meeting of the first half of the 2020 calendar - summer break would have begun after that Friday meeting.  Meetings are set to resume on September 11 (the second Friday of September), and the 2020 year concludes with a meeting on November 20.  
We have had conversations with our spring speakers and they have agreed with the cancellation policy for the first half of 2020.  In fact, they have welcomed the policy and some have suggested that they were about to regretfully cancel their presentations. 
Our curriculum committee chairs Don Campbell and Ken Brown (GDS) are in touch with speakers for September, October and November.  Over the summer we will continue to communicate with those speakers as we monitor federal, state and local guidelines relating to a safe time to resume group meetings.  We will update you as time goes on. 
We will also continue to consult with Dr. Kevin Soden for his trusted expertise.  You will find his informative video, recorded several days ago, on our senior scholars web site.
I am looking forward to a Friday morning when I can once again say, "Good Morning.  Welcome to Senior Scholars."  It will be a pleasure to see you all again. 
I wish you well - my hope is that we can all find some meaningful moments during these unsettling times and continue to count our blessings along the way.  Please stay well.
My respect,  
Walt Romano    

Senior Scholars Aids Wildacres Retreat Employees

Senior Scholars cancelled its annual retreat at Wildacres due to the Coronavirus pandemic as did other scheduled groups.  With Wildacres closed, most of the staff would not be needed until the group restrictions are lifted.  To provide financial assistance to the affected staff, The Wildacres Committee recommended that registrants have the opportunity to donate a portion of their refunded registration fee, suggested at $25, to an employee fund.  The Wildacres Committee also recommended that a substantial portion of the Wildacres Reserve Fund from prior years’ surpluses also be donated.  The Senior Scholars Board of Directors approved both initiatives. 

The Committee is pleased to announce that $5,100 was donated to assist the furloughed Wildacres employees.  Our registrants donated $2,600 and the Wildacres Reserve Fund donated $2,500.  None of these funds came from member dues or any other Senior Scholars receipts. 

Wildacres Retreat management was very pleasantly surprised and most grateful for our group’s kindness.

The Wildacres Committee

Online Opportunities 
Free Queens University Virtual Program
Thursday, April 16 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Advance registration required
Join Dr. Will Sparks as he
re-launchs the Food For Thought series for a virtual Happy Hour Edition.This session will focus on the importance of developing personal resiliency and optimism during these times of uncertainty and solitude brought on by COVID-19 and the need for social distancing

Great Decisions
Due to social distancing policies required to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Foreign Policy Association has made the digital edition of the   Great Decisions Television Series 
available on YouTube. 

Missed a meeting?
What to hear a presentation again?
Friday presentations are available in
Kevin Soden, MD
The Coronoavirus Epidemic

The presentation, recorded on March 19th, is
available in linked YouTube format. 

Streamed Presentation with audio and slides

A new coronavirus called COVID-19 is infecting the world.  What do we know about it? Who is at greatest risk? How is it transmitted? What can I do to reduce my chances of getting this virus? These are just some of the questions that I will address in my presentation to help us all stay informed and avoid panic.

Dr. Kevin Soden, an Emmy, Telly, and International Freddie Award-winning medical journalist for more than 20 years, can now be seen each day as the host of Healthline, a daily half-hour medical show on the Retirement Living Network. He was a National Medical Reporter for NBC News Channel and has also appeared regularly on NBC's Today Show. He is also been a regular on the nationally-syndicated golf show, "Par for the Course." Dr. Kevin Soden has been a medical journalist for more than 20 years and can now be seen each day as the host of Healthline and Whole Body Health on Retirement Living Television. He was a national medical reporter for NBC News and has appeared regularly on NBC's "Today Show." He has also been a regular guest on the nationally-syndicated golf show "Par For The Course."


Kevin currently serves as the worldwide Medical Director for Texas Instruments and the Cardinal Health Corporation and teaches as a courtesy Professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine. His other awards include the 2001 National Award for Excellence in Medical Reporting from the National Association of Medical Communicators, a finalist for the International Freddie Awards in 2001, and as the Executive Producer for "Rush of the Palms" received the 2003 International Film Critics award for short films. He served 23 years as an ER physician and was also the founder of the oldest, largest, physician-owned managed care organization in the Carolinas.


In 2003, Kevin published "The Art of Medicine: What Every Doctor and Patient Should Know", a critically acclaimed book focusing on doctor-patient communications and how to improve the doctor-patient relationship. He is also the primary author of a consumer medical book "Special Treatment: How to Get the High-Quality Care Your Doctor Gets" published in September, 2003. He is also a contributing author to the recently published "A Practical Approach to Occupational and Environmental Medicine" and to "Physician Leaders: Who, How and Why Now?" He is soon to publish his third book, "Women, Stress and Happiness: 10 Steps to Having It All and Saving Your Life."



Senior Scholars Meets Friday Mornings 10 AM - 11 AM

Providence UMC, 2810 Providence Rd. Charlotte NC  28211

Queens University  1900 Selwyn Avenue MSC 1409 Charlotte, NC 28274

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1900 Selwyn Avenue MSC 1409 , Charlotte, NC, 28274