SCC Newsletter

January 2023

SCC Places 2nd

in Giving Tree Village

SCC is excited to announce that we were awarded 2nd place in this year's Giving Tree Village, hosted by the Rotary Club of Davidson! We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone involved with making this year's Christmas fundraiser such a success! Thanks to the Rotary Club of Davidson for hosting another wonderful Giving Tree Village. Thank you to Davidson Village Inn for sponsoring our Christmas tree again this year. Thanks to the many members and volunteers for serving on the Christmas Committee and volunteers for creating, crafting, and decorating this year's nautical tree. Thank you to everyone who voted for our tree and shared our voting page with their networks. The Village Tree donations are currently our only fundraiser, and we are grateful for everyone who had a hand in helping with it in any way!

SCC board members gathered together for a special holiday celebration to honor Beth Quinn and all she does for our organization. It was a festive and cozy time. Thank you to Gerry for hosting a beautiful brunch. We can't wait to get busy working hard on our goals for 2023!

Each month, we hope to highlight one of our special board members. The idea is to give a glimpse into SCC’s leadership for new members and volunteers. And add a little fun for those who have been a part of SCC for a while now! Please enjoy this Q&A with our board president!

Get to Know Ellen Giduz!

Your favorite game or sport: 

Favorite sport to play is ping pong (I'm not very athletic)  Favorite to watch: Many, but maybe major league baseball on TV or minor league baseball live (while eating a hotdog).

Who's your hero?

My church music director, Kevin Turner. He is so gifted musically and is a genius at forming friendships with people of all ages. He always makes you feel special.

Your favorite book:

So many books, so little time! Can't say which adult book I like best, but my favorite as a child was No Children, No Pets by Marian Holland. I must have read it forty times, and my daughter loved it, too.

A good movie you have recently watched:

Now there's a challenge. I haven't seen a really good movie in years. My all-time favorite is The Commitments (1997), with Billy Elliott (2000), and The Intouchables (2011) close behind.

Your favorite local spot to eat:

I'll eat almost anywhere, but my longtime favorite isn't local: it's Lexington Barbecue in Lexington, NC. Well worth a 100 mile round trip for the best chopped pork barbecue, coleslaw, hush puppies and sweet tea with crushed ice in the world!

Your favorite vacation spot:

We took an opera tour based in Verona, Italy and fell in love with the place.


What words do you live by? 

"Try to be nice."

Your favorite memory with SCC: 

I have so many. Probably the time I felt I had done my most meaningful service as a volunteer was when I dropped everything on a Sunday afternoon to take a member, who was very fragile and had no transportation, to say goodbye to a dying friend she hadn't been able to visit in years. She spent several hours with her, and learned shortly after she got home that her friend had passed away right after she left. I was so glad I'd been able to provide that experience for her.

Any other hobbies, interests, or facts about you:

I enjoy reading above all other hobbies, and do crossword puzzles and sudokus every day. I love singing in choirs. At various times in my life I've enjoyed embroidery, making dollhouse rooms, taking walks, exercise classes, sewing, cooking, gardening, jigsaw puzzles, taking classes, window shopping and traveling. My claim to fame is that I won the 1973 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow Award in high school. Not exactly what we women's libbers were aspiring to back then!


First Friday Lunch- January 6th 11:30-1:30pm - meet you at Sabi Asian Bistro Restaurant, 130 Harbour Pl. Drive Davidson. PLEASE RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 3 to or leave a message at 980-689-1843 and state your name and phone number and if you are bringing anyone with you. 

Third Wednesday Gathering- January 18th 1pm-3pm - meet at North Mecklenburg Senior Center,18121 Old Statesville Rd., Cornelius  every 3rd Wednesday for games, crafts, and new experiences together. We are hoping to talk about travel you have done too. Help us make this our space at North Meck for our community.  Free coffee and tea and light snacks. When you enter the building, take the first right, walk down the long hallway and we will have an area for SCC "groupies" for our sign! Plenty of parking and easy drop-off area too. Plenty of chairs and tables too. Please RSVP BY JAN. 11 to or leave a message at 980-689-1843.

Book Swap- January 30th 10am- meet at Community Room, first floor, Linden Apartments, 605 Jetton Street Davidson Do you have books you liked and want to get a new one to enjoy? Please bring one-two of your used books (no more than two please) and exchange for a new read. We hope this event is an environmentally-friendly way to help everyone stay warm and engaged on cold winter days and nights. Please RSVP BY JAN. 25 to or leave a message at 980-689-1843.

Social Bridge: A bit rusty? No problem.

Join us for a Social Bridge. "Two components of bridge promote healthy aging and therefore make it an ideal game for seniors. Bridge provides 1) a cognitive workout and 2) an opportunity for social interaction. The combination of these two key components sets Bridge apart from many other leisure time activities for fostering a happy, active, and healthy brain."-The Second Half: A Lifelong Learning Institute.

We're looking for players who may be rusty but know the basics to play. If we have a table of four or more we'll set a time and day soon to meet to give it a try. Contact Beth at for more information.

Yoga & Meditation: Tuesday & Thursdays at 9am

Make time to take care of yourself. Join our volunteer, Laurie Walker, for meditation and/or yoga online. You will find tools of breath, movement, and meditation that promote a sense of cal resilience. 

  • Yoga classes are on Zoom Tuesdays and Thursdays from at 9:00 a.m. EST.*
  • Meditation Circle meets Tuesdays at 10:15 EST.*

SCC members receive complimentary access to the courses. Email Laurie for more info at


Tips for Cold Weather:

  • Wear loose layers; the air between the layers help to keep your body warm.
  • When necessary, wear a waterproof jacket or coat
  • Change clothes right away if they get damp or wet


We could not operate without the generous support from our volunteers, community partners and donors. Below are a few ways you can get involved.

Become a Volunteer

Would you be available to drive a member to an appointment or join them on a walk? No ongoing commitment necessary, just volunteer as you are able. Reach out to Ellen at today to join our roster.

Join the Leadership Team

We are looking for passionate members of the community to join us in our next season of SCC. Email us with your area of interest at

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PO Box 327 Davidson, NC 28036
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