Friday Jan. 24, 2020 
10:00 am
Providence United
Methodist Church


President & CEO

Habitat for Humanity

Topic: Affordable Housing
in Charlotte

Housing costs in Charlotte are too high for many of its citizens. What are the statistics behind that charge, and what is being done about it? 

Habitat for Humanity leader Laura Belcher has been in the thick of the issue. She will discuss the causes and some of the solutions.

Laura Belcher joined Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte in 2014. The organization’s mission is to remove barriers to affordable housing by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. During her tenure, Laura has overseen a 30% growth in production, to 75 new/recycled homes and 100 Critical Home Repair projects budgeted for FY2020. She led the effort in the creation and implementation of a 2016-2020 strategic plan, with the goal of serving 600 additional families. Implementation of the plan has resulted in more diverse housing solutions and an expansion in financial literacy offerings. In September, Habitat Charlotte crossed the milestone of serving its 2000th family. Laura has served on numerous committees of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI); she currently co-chairs the Collaborative Operating Model Executive Task Force and was elected to a 3 year term on the HFHI US Council. She spent the first 20 years of her career in corporate roles with Arthur Andersen, Wachovia Securities and Transamerica. Laura is a CPA, a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and spent 9 years in nonprofit work as CFO/COO of the Arts & Sciences Council prior to joining Habitat. She attributes her passion for Habitat to her church where she started volunteering and building houses over 20 years ago.






....To be listed in the 2020 Directory renew
your membership before February 15th....

Renewals are $20 per person and new memberships are $30 (includes $10 for your name tag). Checks should be made payable to Senior Scholars. Please bring the correct amount if paying in cash.
You can speed up the renewal process by having your green 2019 Membership Card and $20 in your hand when you come to the Membership Desk. It is not necessary to complete a membership form for renewals unless your address, phone number or email address has changed.
You can also renew or join by mail with a completed membership form. The mailing address is on the membership form
If you use mail you will need to stop by the Membership Desk to pick up your new membership card. Your membership card is what gets you in the door at our weekly meetings--it shows that you are a current member.
We have quite a few name tags...If we are holding yours please come get it. Your name tag lets us know who you are and as some of us have "senior moments". It is much easier to converse if we know your name. Please always wear your name tag. If the magnet is a problem for you we have a remedy. 

Any questions can be directed to the membership chair, Sara Haymond, at
2020 Topics 

Climate Change

India and Pakistan 

Red Sea Security 


Human Trafficking

Northern Triangle 

China’s Road into Latin America

The Philippines and the U.S. 

Artificial Intelligence and Data 

HE GREAT DECISIONS books are here. Please pickup before or after the meeting. 
Lunch Bunch
January 31st

Napa on Providence

110 Perrin Place
Charlotte, NC  28207

Baoding Restaurant 
4722-F Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28210

131 MAIN Restaurant
5970 Fairview Road #100
Charlotte, NC  28210

See. . . BG Metzler and Ruth McDevitt
at the lunch table. . .
NC Nutrition Research Institute - Kannapolis

Join your fellow Scholars for a tour of The North Carolina Research Campus, located in Kannapolis.

As a scientific community of eight universities, the David H. Murdock Research Institute, global companies and entrepreneurs, the shared mission is to improve human health through nutrition. Research and development focuses on safer, more nutritious crops, healthier foods and precision nutrition.  Also, the study of nutrients and plant-based compounds to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

Register for Tuesday February 4 or Thursday February 6


Lunch will be at the K&W Cafeteria, Concord


Meet at 10 am at the Queens University Sports Complex We meet in the parking lot in front and to the side of the Complex.

 2229 Tyvola Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210 (map)


April 27 to April 30, 2020


Wildacres Retreat

Registration opens January 24, 2020


Cost: $250 per person Double Occupancy

 Relaxing days of learning, reflection,

fellowship, laughter, entertainment, solitude,

relaxing and hiking at this beautiful

1,400 acre wilderness retreat

near the Blue Ridge Parkway

in the spectacular mountains

of western North Carolina.

Organized by: Wade Alley & Jim Renger 


Speaker:   Dr. David Goldfield                      UNC Charlotte

Program:  Election 2020
                  Back to the Future


Looking for a Tech Team Member
to learn the web site hosting application

Time commitment is approximately
one to two hours per week

If you are interested,
please contact Mitzi Czapla

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

What’s going on at Queens University?


Email address:

1900 Selwyn Avenue MSC 1409 , Charlotte, NC, 28274