SCC Newsletter

October 2023

Board Member Spotlight:

Thank You for your

Service, Natalie Heling!

Natalie Heling served loyally on the Senior Community Connections board for three years. Her fellow board members describe her as wise, gracious, insightful, and kind. She served in a way that considered all viewpoints, cared for our members, and made sure everyone felt included!. Natalie always kept the experience of our members at the forefront of her mind.

During her service with SCC, she became a friend to many. A board member shares a favorite memory with Natalie:

"After an SCC event last December, Natalie, an SCC member, my husband and I walked down Main Street and had lunch at the Flat Iron. It was what the holiday season is all about - enjoying the decorations, the spirit in the air, and the company of good friends." 

We are so grateful for Natalie's support and compassionate work. She was such a positive and productive asset, and she will be missed on the board. Thanks for your service Natalie!

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to serve as one of our Board of Directors, please reach out to with a brief bio/background and your area of interest!

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Volunteer Spotlight:

Meet Margaret McAlister

Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been volunteering with Senior Community Connections?

I grew up in Greensboro, NC, and have lived in North Carolina most of my life. I have lived from Charlotte to the Lake Norman area for many years, 8 of those years residing in Davidson. Currently, I live in Mooresville. I have a daughter who is married and lives in Maiden along with my 3-year-old granddaughter. After college, I was in banking for many years and now, I am a health care management professor. I have been volunteering with Senior Community Connections since April of this year.


What drew you to volunteering with Senior Community Connections?

Since Covid, the classes I taught went from face-to-face to virtual. As a result of teaching at home, I have a lot of free time on my hands. I started looking into volunteering. When I looked at the different volunteer options in the area I came across SCC and knew this is where I wanted to help. After my father passed away my mother eventually ended up living in assisted living in a retirement community. She often felt very lonely even though we talked on the telephone every day but what meant the most to her was getting out of the facility and spending time in person with me. She passed away 3 years ago. When I saw what SCC did for those who did not have transportation, I knew I could make a difference.


What motivates you to give back to the community?

Throughout most of my life, I have been very fortunate but there were difficult times. I have volunteered throughout the years, but my hard times have resulted in being more empathetic as to what a difference volunteering can make in other lives.


What's your favorite thing about volunteering at SCC?

Getting to know the individuals I transport is my favorite thing about volunteering at SCC. Everyone I have met has touched me and meant more to me, making such a difference in my own life. Each of their stories portrays a character with such positive strengths. I only hope when I am in their shoes one day, I can portray the same to those I am around as they do.


Besides hanging out with our fabulous SCC Members, what do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy time with my daughter and her family, playing tennis, walking, spending time with friends, eating and watching the lake go by at North Harbor Restaurant, and vacationing in Hilton Head.  


If you were on a deserted island, what three items would you take?

If I was on a deserted island this would be a short-lived visit (24-48 hours) as I do not know if I could withstand going into survivor mode for a longer period. I would take an inspirational book to read, a comfortable reclining chair, and a cooler with water and healthy snacks.

What would you say to someone who's thinking of volunteering with SCC?

I have met the most wonderful ladies I transport. They are such a joy to be with. Working with Andrea and the system SCC has set up concerning which volunteers are available is seamless. On the other hand, with the ones I transport, they are saying how great SCC is and how thankful it is available to this community. Thanks to SCC and their efforts, both parties are extremely happy.  

A special THANK YOU to Margaret for all you do for Senior Community Connections!

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering to help with transporation or other opportunities, please reach out to us at or check out for more information!

Cheers to Great Friends, Laughter,

and an Array of Wines!

Thank you to the Vine Society for hosting an evening filled with fun and a deep dive into

the art of wine. Our host helped us to understand how to see the colors, smell the

passion and sip to taste what makes each wine individual and an experience within

themselves. The night allowed us to walk and talk through each wine and understand

its unique background/culture.

A huge thank you to Oskar Menkhaus for selecting a perfect array of wines to introduce

to us. Oskar poured and sipped us through the vineyards of Spain, France, and


The Wine tasting provided an opportunity to introduce us to 5- new, fabulous wines,


1. Juve & Camps Reserva de la Familia, Catalayud, Spain

2. Ram’s Gate Winery Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California

3. Lieu Dit, Santa Ynez Valley, California

4. Chateau de Parenchere, Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

5. Klinker Back, Lodi, California

We'd like to extend a very special Thank you to Davidson village Inn and the Davidson Vine society for hosting SCC and providing such a wonderful wine guide Oskar Menkhaus.

Thank you to Andrea McEroie for perfecting on a Charcuterie Board recipe:

  • Stuffed Sweet Peppadews Peppers
  • Fresh Sweet Peppadews (fresh olive selection Harris Teeter)
  • Stuffed with Garlic & Herb Alouette Soft Spreadable Cheese


Each year, SCC participates in the Rotary Giving Tree Village Fundraiser which takes place on the Davidson Town Green. This is a festive opportunity to help support SCC's mission while socializing with friends.

Last year our tree came in 2nd place, securing an additional funding award. And we had so much fun planning, crafting, and decorating together.

If you are interested in serving on this year's SCC Rotary Giving Tree Christmas Committee, please complete the form linked HERE to sign up!

SCC Christmas Tree Committee Volunteer Form

Upcoming Events

First Friday Lunch at Feed NC- Oct. 6 - YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR FIRST FRIDAY LUNCH and TOUR OF THEIR NEW FACILITY, Friday, Oct. 6 12 noon- 2PM at Feed NC, 2456 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville, NC. Lunch will be prepared by their certified culinary chef. Donation for your meal and tour will be accepted at the door. Only credit cards accepted but check is also permitted. No cash please. We will have lunch together at noon and then a tour of their brand new facility will follow. RSVP by OCT. 2 BY CALLING 980-689-1843. We are only allowed 10 people at this luncheon and tour but we will be happy to put you on our waitlist if needed. Please let us know if you need a ride also. 

Partner Events

Aging Wide Awake, Meditation Circle- Tuesdays- 10:15- 11:00am on Zoom. We live in a culture where most avoid any talk about aging unless it's about how to defy it. Our weekly meditation circle takes a different approach. We regard our older years as an opportunity to grow. Through exploration of ancient and contemporary wisdom writings and meaningful conversations, we nurture and deepen connections with one another. Curious? Join us! It is open and FREE. Send an e-mail to to register.

Davidson Library In- Person Book Club- Oct 3- Join us on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm for The In-Person Davidson Branch Book Club! This month we will be discussing Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. Register HERE!

Music at St. Alban's- Oct 22- The Lovell Bradford Jazz Ensemble. Renowned pianist Lovell Bradford will perform jazz hits with some of his favorite colleagues in the jazz world. All concerts are followed by a meet-the-artists reception. The concerts are available via live streaming. For information about that option, tickets, and latest COVID protocols, visit M@SA’s website. 


Cozy recipe for fall dinners! Shared by Home and Belly

Maple Butter Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe



2 cups AP flour

3/4 cup yellow corn mean (fine ground)

1 cup sugar

1-1/2 TB baking powder

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup pureed pumpkin

1-1/2 cups milk

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup melted butter

1/3 cup veg oil

2 TB maple syrup

Maple butter:

3 TB soft butter

1-1/2 TB maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 375. While your oven heats up grease up a cast iron skillet and preheat the cast iron in the oven while ou make the cornbread batter. (This part is VERY important and key to getting a nice crust)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add all of your dry ingredients and whisk until well combined.
  3. Add in all the wet ingredients and mix until well blended and no lumps remain.
  4. Remove your preheated cast iron skillet from the oven and carefully pour cornbread batter into the skillet
  5. Return the skillet to the oven and bake for 20-35 minutes until cornbread is golden brown all over and a toothpick comes out the center clean
  6. Immediately after the cornbread comes out the oven bast it with your maple butter mixture (this gives the cornbread a sweet glossy finish)
  7. Let the cornbread cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting



We could not operate without the tremendous support from our volunteers, community partners and donors. Below are 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 by emailing or visit our website HERE!

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 such as social events or memberships at


Thank you to our generous donors!

Hugh and Brenda Barger

Willis Family Foundation

Peninsula Community Foundation

David Barry

Beth Quinn

Ann Crockett

Molly Toll Reed

Nancy Bondurant

Albert Wilegard

Kelli Rogers

William Kelley

Luke Charde

Willis Family Foundation

The Reeb Family

Rotary Club of Davidson

Davidson Turkey Trot

Caroline and Mariano Doble

Mary Anne Hammond

Senior Community Connections
PO Box 327 Davidson, NC 28036
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