ROSE S. NELSON, GRAND CONDUCTRESS
Rose Seegars Nelson is a native of Kershaw, S.C. and is the fifth child of thirteen born to her parents, Nannie Mae and Paul Seegars, twelve girls and one boy. Rose is married to Lewis H. Nelson, Jr. Nelson has one son, Dr. Damion D. Dunlap, wife Tracy, and five precious grandchildren, Josiah, Gabriel, Joy, Daniel and Grace.
Rose attended elementary and high school in Kershaw, SC, graduating from Mt. Pisgah High School in 1975 in the top ranking of her class. Nelson then attended Winthrop University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. Rose graduated earning a B.S. in Elementary Education December 1978 graduating after only three year at Winthrop University. Rose completed her Masters of Education in 1981 while working in both the York School System at Lewisville Elementary and later Newell Elementary School in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System. Rose was on the Dean’s list and graduated with honors for both degrees. Rose earned the respect of her peers and her administrators. She earned the recognition of being names Teacher of the Year for her area while in the CMS system.
Rose later attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte completing the School Administration Courses in 1990.
Rose joined the North Carolina Air National Guard, December 1, 1984, and was assigned to the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as a Medical Technician. Nelson worked in various sections of the AE Squadron becoming the Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge of the Medical Readiness section and held the final enlisted rank of Technical Sergeant, E6, prior to receiving her direct commission as a Medical Service Corp Officer being commissioned July 15, 1990, with a date of rank of July 9, 1989.
In May 1992 Nelson was selected as the Senior Health Technician for the AE Squadron where she served as the full time officer in charge of all programs, personnel, equipment, and the squadron budget. Rose served on several local, state and national committees and boards. Rose served on the Medical Service Corp Officers Board and was elected and served as the treasurer for this national association.
In May 2003 Rose moved to the Wing position as the Wing Community Manager and Public Affairs Officer. As Wing PAO she provided oversight and guidance for the Public Affairs and Multimedia Sections. Nelson oversaw the merger of these two sections into one well-oiled force multiplier for the Wing Commander, Wing Leadership and the Airmen of the North Carolina Air National Guard. Nelson oversaw, directed, and edited all publications for the Wing. She managed the Wing social media programs. Nelson was the Wing point of contact for all visitors, tours, and incentive flights. Nelson coordinates all VIP visitors to include local, state and national visitors to include Presidential visits. Nelson was a key focal point for the successful support to the President, Vice-President, and First Lady during the 2012 Democratic National Convention held in Charlotte, NC. Rose has received laudatory comments in letters from various leaders for her support, professionalism, and attention to details to include a personal letter from President Obama.
Nelson moved up in the officer ranks earning her highest rank of 0-5, Lieutenant Colonel. Nelson retired with over 29 years of service December 31, 2013.
Nelson served on the Greater North Carolina Combined Federal Campaign and served as the state chair for the 2013 campaign. CFC is the only authorized fundraising effort for federal workers. The Greater North Carolina Combined Federal Campaign covers most of the counties in North Carolina and 6 counties in South Carolina. Under Nelson’s leadership the campaign which ended January 15, 2014 raised over $1,300,000 campaign. This was an increase over the previous year in a year where nationally most of the campaigns saw a decrease.
Nelson was a faithful and dedicated member of St. Paul Baptist Church since August 1978 – January 2019. She serves as the Vice President of the Usher’s Ministry. She also attends Deacon Anthony Brown’s Sunday School Class and works with the Scholarship Ministry. She supports various other ministries as part of the registration administration team. February 2019 the Nelson’s joined Philippi Missionary Baptist Church, Batesburg, SC.
Nelson also works in the community in several Masonic organizations. She is a past worthy matron of Golden Hue Chapter #15, Order of the Eastern Star, PHA; Past District Deputy Grand Matron of the 33rd OES District; Past Most Ancient Matron of Charles E. Grier Court #2, Order of the Heroines of Jericho, PHA; Past Princess Commandress of David Austin Court #4, Order of the Cyrene Crusaders, PHA and Past Royal Grand Princess Commandress of the Most Royal Tarheel Grand Court, Order of Cyrene Crusaders, Past Perfect Matron, Caesar R. Blake Jr. Court #4, Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, PHA, Past Royal Grand Perfect Matron of the Prince Hall Grand Court, Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, PHA, Past Loyal Lady Ruler, Zack Alexander Assembly No. 35, Order of the Golden Circle, PHA. Past State Grand Loyal Lady Ruler for the Annie P. Rogers State Assembly, Order of the Golden Circle. Nelson is currently serving as the State Grand Organizer and Overseer of the Mountain Area for the Annie P. Rogers State Grand Assembly, PHA. Rose serves are secretary for her local Heroines Court as well as serving as the Grand Senior Matron, for the North Carolina Grand Court Heroines of Jericho, PHA. Additionally Rose was elected in June 2018 to serve as the International Grand Junior Shepherdess for the International Grand Court, Order of Cyrene Crusaders, PHA. Each of these organizations do various community service projects; scholarships, donations to A Child’s Place, donations to Ronald McDonald House, nursing home visit, visits to the sick and shut in. Nelson continues to be involved with fundraisers for each of these organizations.
Nelson also gives blood to support local needs in the Charlotte and Columbia areas at least four times a year.
Nelson’s favorite scripture is Psalm 118:24; “This is the day which the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.”