Culver-Stockton hosts seminar Thursday on international charitable work

Posted: Nov. 28, 2012 11:09 am Updated: Dec. 12, 2012 12:15 pm


CANTON, Mo. -- Culver-Stockton College will host a free seminar at 1 p.m. Thursday with David and Merry Fredrick.

David Fredrick is a retired foreign service officer who worked with the Peace Corps and U.S. State Department, and Merry Fredrick is the executive director of Self-Help International.

The Fredricks will speak on a variety of topics, including international careers, Peace Corps, turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East, not-for-profit organizations, women's micro-lending and development issues.

The seminar -- open to the public -- will take place in the Meaders dining room on C-SC's campus. C-SC is hosting the program to provide people interested in worldwide charitable work with resources and firsthand accounts.

David Fredrick retired after working 28 years as a foreign service officer. He had assignments in Thailand, Senegal, Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Yemen Arab Republic, Morocco and Washington, D.C. He has been in 78 countries and speaks French, Arabic and Thai.

Fredrick recently retired from Wartburg College after 14 years as director of international admissions.

Merry Fredrick has led mission trips to Nicaragua in association with Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the United Methodist Church. She coordinates with the Wartburg College Community Builders Program to bring together adult volunteers and students to raise awareness about hunger and poverty through SHI projects.

SHI is a non-profit organization based in Waverly, Iowa. It works with poor farm families in Africa and Central America and is especially active in Ghana and Nicaragua.