Carol Feider has been an active member of the Midland Noon Rotary since 1994. She joined after a colleague, Herb Scogg, invited her to meetings. All she knew about Rotary was that the group met on Thursdays for lunch to hear a speaker. “I figured out pretty quickly that if I ate slowly, I didn't have to join the singing,” she jokes.
But in all seriousness, Carol says she’s learned a lot about Rotary over the years, which has led to her becoming highly involved. She serves on the club's executive committee and a scholarship review committee, and recently joined the Midland Rotary Foundation Board and the new committee for international projects.
Carol has participated in Rotary polio immunization trips to Ghana and India. “I was told that the trips would change my life--and they did. The poverty in both India and Ghana was daunting. Things we take for granted were spotty at best. But the people were wonderful. They were hard-working, friendly, warm and welcoming.
“I came to appreciate the dedication of the local Rotarians. They know they are committed to donating their time, money, energy and talents to projects that will benefit their fellow citizens. They take their duties seriously and are deservedly proud of their accomplishments. I decided that Rotary membership is a privilege and I always want to remain part of this important organization.”
Carol hails from the Missouri side of Kansas City, graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and taught English in Ames, Iowa, before moving to Midland in 1973. She worked in the Midland Public Schools for 28 years in numerous positions—seventh grade English teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director and then director of school administration—before retiring in 2003.
Carol has been enjoying her retirement, traveling to all seven continents (the penguins in Antarctica are just as cute as they seem in the movies, she says). She also loves reading, movies and the theater (as an audience member), and spending time with her two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren (three boys and one girl).