Speakers
  We look forward to seeing you at our monthly meetings with a wonderful slate of exciting speakers and topics...
 
 
 
Speakers for our January 10th 2020 meeting are:
 
Our FYI speaker will be, Dorothy (Dot) Hoerr, Director Brunswick County Literacy Council.
 
Dot Hoerr has been the Executive Director of the Brunswick County Literacy Council for 9 years and has lived in the area for 15 years.  Previously she lived in Northern Virginia and Philadelphia and worked as a Business Development Officer in the banking industry and an elementary school teacher.  Dot holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Bible.  She teaches Junior Church at Anchor Baptist Church and is a member of the South Brunswick Islands Rotary. 
 
In North Carolina, 12.4 percent of adults lack basic literacy skills and 27.7 percent read only at a fifth grade level or below. This equates to over 13,000 adults in Brunswick County who experience reading and writing difficulties. The Brunswick County Literacy Council is improving lives by providing literacy skills to adult students throughout Brunswick County through seven programs - Basic Skills, GED Prep, English as a Second Language, Workforce Preparation, Computer Skills Training, Health Literacy and Financial Literacy.  The Council is supported by donations and grants from private industry and government agencies.
 
Our featured speaker will be, Gary Vidmar, Director, Leland Economic and Community Development
 
Gary Vidmar assumed duties as the Town of Leland’s first Economic and Community Development Director in 2015. In this role, Gary directs the Economic and Community Development Department and leads the Town of Leland’s economic development initiatives, including business retention, attracting new businesses and workforce development. Gary also oversees special projects for the town and assists the Public Services Department on public infrastructure projects.
 
Gary and his wife Lori relocated to Leland from Cincinnati, Ohio to be closer to their two children and two grandsons in Raleigh.  Gary and his wife are residents of Waterford and are former members of the North Brunswick Newcomers Club.
Before moving to Leland, Gary served as an assistant city manager and village administrator in two Cincinnati area communities for five years. Before transitioning/shifting into public service, Gary had a 30-year career in commercial construction and real estate development, including 20 years as a successful business owner, experience directly relevant to his role as Economic and Community Development Director in the rapidly growing Town of Leland.