Friday, March 22, 2019,
10:00 AM
Providence United
Methodist Church

 Our Friday Speaker:

Rodney Mahone

President & Publisher


The Charlotte Observer

"State of The Charlotte Observer:

How has
The Charlotte Observer managed through the digital transformation of the media industry"

Rodney Mahone is president and publisher of The Charlotte Observer, The State in Columbia, SC, The Herald, in Rock Hill, SC, The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette in Hilton Head, SC. He was appointed to his current position in June 2018, after having served as Georgia Regional President and Publisher, overseeing both the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and the Macon Telegraph. Rodney began his newspaper career in February 1990 in the circulation department of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Over the next several years, he advanced to hold several leadership roles, including vice president of advertising, and president and publisher of The Ledger-Enquirer.  Rodney is a graduate of Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, Ga., with a BBA in Marketing.

A life-long resident of Columbus, Rodney has a history of working with the young people of this community. In 1996, he was a founding member and vice president of Men of Action, Inc., whose goal was to serve children at risk (mainly boys), developing service projects to benefit these young men, including reading programs and scholarships. He has served as chair of the Family Center Board of Directors and led fundraisers for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He was involved from the ground up with the development of the newly opened Emanuel Preparatory School of Math and Science, and serves on its Board of Directors. The school, which has a curriculum and a plan that's specific for boys and how boys learn, is the first of its kind in the area.  Rodney is a 2012 alumni of Leadership Georgia, has served on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus, the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation, and chaired the Board of Directors for United Way and New Birth Outreach Church. He chaired the local United Way Campaign in 2012.

Rodney has also served on the boards of the Chattahoochee Community Foundation, United Way, and Columbus Technical College Foundation. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and past member of the Rotary Club of Columbus.  Rodney was honored with the Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award in 2016 and the Community Service Award from the Courier Eco Latino in 2011 and 2016.


In his professional life, Rodney recently led the McClatchy Political Team, responsible for establishing a digital political advertising strategy that included all 28 McClatchy markets across the country. His efforts led to the creation of a political sales team headquartered in Washington, D.C., resulting in new advertising dollars for the entire company.  He was instrumental in the launch of Together Columbus, a two-year public-private partnership. The Together campaigns have invested in projects that enhance our region, resulting in an actual $344,000 investment in our community. In addition to the $334,000 worth of projects, the Together initiative invested heavily in an advertising and PR campaign that promoted and highlighted all the many positive things happening in our region. Under Rodney's leadership of this initiative, The Ledger-Enquirer was recognized by Editor & Publisher Magazine as one of the 10 newspapers in the United States “That do It Right.”

Rodney, and his wife, Deirdre, have two children, Brandon and Brittany.

Lunch Bunch

Friday, March 22, 11:30 AM

Coordinated by BG Metzler and Ruth McDevitt

Reservations taken at the Lunch Bunch Table

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2019 Wildacres Retreat

Monday, April 29 to Thursday, May 2

Cost: $245 per person dbl occupancy

Organized and Coordinated by
Wade Alley & Jim Renger
Speaker : Dr. Greg Ferro
Discussing Two Topics:
  •  The U.S. Constitution and You
  • How Years 1900-1920 Made the America of Today (emphasis on WWI)

Relaxing days of learning, reflection, fellowship, laughter, entertainment, solitude, sharing and hiking at this beautiful 1,400 acre wilderness retreat near the Blue Ridge Parkway in the spectacular mountains of western NC.

Print and bring a completed form and check to add your name to the wait list at the Wildacres desk:

Click to download the registration form (Waiting List)

Interested in Joining the Senior Scholars Leadership Team?
Attend Curriculum & Board Meetings on April 10 or May 8, 1:30 m, at PUMC
 Learn how to become involved with: Membership, Programs, Technical, Facilities, LunchBunch & more!

Join Us on the April Field Trip!
Belmont Abbey Monastery
April 15 @ 11:30 am
(See John Ferguson for Details)
2019 Great Decisions Kindle version -  is now available to download from Kindle for $12.99
Because I'm allergic to the print ink on most books this is the only way for me to enjoy a book. This is an option for those who missed getting a real book through Senior Scholars and are comfortable reading on a computer, phone or other device
 Gordon H.
Charlotte's First Public Library

Join Senior Scholars at Queens:

New membership dues are $30 a calendar year and include a nametag. Annual renewal membership dues are $20.

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Senior Scholars Meets Friday Mornings 10 AM - 11 AM

Providence UMC, 2810 Providence Rd. Charlotte NC  28211

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