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Recipe of the Month

Apple Filled Pull-Apart Loaf


  1. 16 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed

  2. 2 medium size Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped

  3. 1/3 cup brown sugar

  4. 1/2 cup chopped pecans

  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  6. Icing:

  7. 1 cup powdered sugar

  8. 3-4 teaspoons water

  9. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

  10. 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring


    1. Cut rolls in half.
    2. Combine apples, sugar, nuts and cinnamon.
    3. Flatten each roll half into a 2-3-inch circle.
    4. Place 1 teaspoon apple mixture in center of each dough circle.
    5. Pinch edges together to seal, forming a ball.
    6. Place filled balls in a sprayed 9x5-inch loaf pan.
    7. Spoon remaining apple mixture evenly over the top.
    8. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double.
    9. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 45-50 minutes.
    10. Cover with foil last 10 minutes of baking to prevent over browning.
    11. Cool for 10 minutes.
    12. Remove from pan and place on wire rack to cool.
    13. Combine icing ingredients and drizzle over loaf.
Quote of the Month


November 2014  

President's Report

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” ~W.J. Cameron

November is a month steeped in food, family and tradition.  It is a time to reflect and be thankful for loved ones and the bounty of food on our tables.  This quote from W.J. Cameron is a great reminder that Thanksgiving isn’t just a holiday: it is the action of giving thanks.  

What am I thankful for?

NACE – NACE is so much more than an association.  It is a network of industry peers, whom I call family, and I am thankful to be our leader.  I am thankful for the education NACE provides through certifications, national conferences and monthly meetings.  I am thankful for our national board and their leadership.   Most importantly, I am thankful for the incredible people who make up the Charlotte Chapter of NACE. 

Career – I am thankful for my career.  After 11 years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, this is not just a job.  This is my career, my work life.  The people I work with are not my coworkers, they are my work family.  We are a team and I am thankful to work with them every day.   I believe in The Ritz-Carlton and am thankful to make a living by create exceptional memories for people.

Family – People often ask how I do it all.  For me, it is all about priorities and family is always first.  I would be nothing without the love and support I get from my family.   Above all else, I am thankful to be a mother, a wife, a daughter and a sister. 

What are you thankful for?  This November, I challenge you all to practice the action of giving thanks.  

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members!

Craig Cronk with Harris Teeter

Kristy Walker with The Club at Longview

Beth Redlich-Mattos with Creative Events Charlotte

Ryan Pflumm with SPIN

Aundrea Hopkins with AFR Event Furnishings

Rhonda Chandler with Event Management Group

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Member Spotlight

Jenna Morrow has been part of NACE for over 4 1/2 years and the Membership Chair for NACE for the past year and doing a great job!   She is currently working at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and loving every minute of it!  We asked Jenna what her favorite book was and why and she gave a superb answer!

"I love to read so I have so many books that I have truly enjoyed.  My love of reading comes from my parents and how much they read to me when I was little.  That being said, my favorite book is one they read to me like every night “Goodnight Moon”.  My Daddy always had me find the mouse on each page and no matter how many times we did it, it always seemed thrilling! HA!  It reminds me that sometimes we need to remember that the simplest things in life are those things that make us most happy.  It’s soothing poetry reminds me that sometimes I just need to look around and realize what all I have and let go of the things that might be stressing me out.  “Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere.”  

What a perfect quote for Thankful November!  

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Awards & Recognition

Welcome First Time Attendees!

Annette Reavis with Reavis Designs

Joseph Kerner & Zachary Kuhn with AAA Entertainment

Kevin Porter with Elite DJ

Dwight Rainey & Dave Martinson with PhotoVision

Jen McNabb

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