Wardens speak of life in Saudi Arabia to Thermal Belt Rotary

Published 4:47 pm Monday, March 1, 2010

On January 18 Judy and Dave Warden were guest speakers at the Thermal Belt Rotary Club. The Wardens gave club members a cultural & historic lesson on life in Saudi Arabia. Many facts and maps were shown.

The Wardens have lived in the area for nine years. They have both served in leadership roles in several not for profit organizations, notably Tryon Fine Arts Center, FENCE, and the Foothills Humane society.

Judy has just stepped down from a three year role as co- president of the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Dave appears on local television once a month on behalf of the Humane Society. Judy has inaugurated or run several fundraisers in our area: Fence Barn Tour and the Green Blades Garden Club House tour, Art in the Vineyard.

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Dave is a retired executive of Mobil Oil Corporation and spent 20 years of his career in Middle East activities, either in a headquarters capacity or on site in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Judy and their family spent a good period of this time with Dave in this area of the world.

As she has done here, Judy was on the board of the American Ladies of Jeddah and the Saudi Womens Welfare League. Dave was a member of the Executive Committee, American Businessmens Association. Judy also ran a successful real estate business in Northern Virginia prior to moving to this area.

Both Judy and Dave are Vietnam veterans; Judy was a Lieutenant in the U.S Navy Nurse Corps and Dave was a Captain in the USMC.