Meet M.A. “Fred” Dietze, Candidate for Kiwanis International Trustee
I am a positive and motivated individual who is hooked on my family, my community, and Kiwanis.
I have a unique history. I was born in Hamburg, Germany and at the age of 4, after the death of my parents, my three older brothers and I immigrated to the United States with literally just the clothes on our backs. Due to various circumstances, my brothers and I were separated and I was adopted by Martha and Al Dietze who made sure that the ties with my natural family were maintained.
I grew up in Racine, Wisconsin, but moved to Arizona with my parents after my sophomore year in high school. I met my wife, Nancy, while we were both attending Northern Arizona University. A draft lottery number of 9 precluded a teaching profession, but opened up the door to a 20-year Army career that sent us all over the world. Our son Gary was born early in my Army career and he currently lives in Minnesota.
My career in the Army was spent in a plethora of leadership and senior staff positions. After retiring from the Army I successfully worked in several Human Resources positions and for many years I ran my own human resources and management consulting business. Although I am now retired, I still work with organizations that I believe in.
My hobby is fishing and I even manage to spend some time on my boat between Kiwanis functions. I have been a member of my town's Plan Commission for more than three years. My wife Nancy is also a Kiwanian and has been by my side in every job and endeavor that I have ever pursued.