Club News

Mar. 09, 2014 @ 02:00 PM


World War II produced a common experience for communities all across America that brought the country together like only times of war, tragedy and deprivation can. Legendary Sanford football coach, teacher and community leader Paul Gay vividly painted that picture for members of the Sanford Lions Club in a program Thursday, Feb. 27.

His community was Saratoga in southeastern Wilson County where sons, husbands, fathers, brothers and uncles were pulled from the farms to fight in far-off battles, some of them not seen for years and some never seen again. With WWII veterans now quickly passing on, it is up to their younger brothers and sisters to keep their stories alive. Gay was nine years old when the war started and 13 when it ended. But it would be years later that his four older brothers felt comfortable talking about their experiences and it is that story and the historical war years that Gay now focuses on in remembrance.

He used a hand-drawn map of his native rural community, pointing out the farms and home places of neighbors who served in the war. Then he switched to world and regional maps to illustrate the far-flung places these relatives and family friends served and the roles they played in some of the war’s greatest battles. From North Africa to Normandy to the Ardennes Forest in Europe to Guadalcanal, the Philippines and Iwo Jima in the Pacific, went soldiers and sailors and Marines and airmen, many of them from American communities just like Saratoga. Gay said they all were and are heroes in his view and America must remember them and the sacrifices they made to preserve freedom.

He distributed several handouts including a list of Lee County residents who gave their lives in the war. He also pointed out a number of local surviving war veterans and the interesting roles they played in the war. Gay is an avid reader of WWII books and watches war documentaries. He was accompanied by his wife, Jean, and was introduced by friend and Lion Richard Hendley, who also opened the meeting with prayer. President Richard Holshouser presided and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

In club business, reports were given on upcoming fundraisers including a barbecued chicken plate sales on April 4 at the fairgrounds and the ninth annual Lions Golf Tournament set for May 31 at Quail Ridge Golf Course. Also, raffle tickets are available to benefit the N.C. Lions Camp Dogwood for the blind and hearing impaired. The $1 tickets provide a chance to win a new automobile or truck.


The Feb. 20 meeting of the Jonesboro Rotary Club was called to order by President Gina Eaves at The Flame.

The invocation was by Robert Gilleland. Sergeant At Arms Van Sillaman announced visiting Sanford Rotarians Doug Mikesell and Joy Gilmour, and guests Janice Oelrich Davis, guest of Bob Joyce, Margaret Ainsley, guest of Rupert Ainsley, and guests of the club Jasmine Villalobos, Kristy Arey, Carolyn Spivey and Tim Copas. John Ramsperger announced that Character Plus met at Edwards Elementary with James Estes the program speaker, talking about courage and good judgment. Sillaman reminded members to sell tickets for the raffle.

The White Elephant Auction is next week.

The program was about the upcoming Anchors Away Benefit Auction and Gala, being held on March 21 as a joint benefit for the Coalition for Families and the Lee County Partnership for Children, and funding the Imagination Library, a program created by Dolly Parton to encourage reading skills for children. They will have items including items donated by basketball coaches Mark Gottfried, Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski, plus vacation packages to Myrtle Beach and Jackson Hole, Wyo. A painting by Jasmine Villalobos will also be featured, and the artist was present to discuss her work. She is a “coffee artist,” using paints made from coffee extracts. She noted that literacy is a bridge that unites people, opening their world to imagination and creativity. She also quoted Dr. Seuss: “the more you read, the more you know; the more you learn, the more places you can go.” Her painting portrays an older lady reading to a young child, with blue doors in the background symbolically opening, as reading opens the door to our world. The event will also feature Chase Goodwin grilling BBQ pork and chicken, with homemade desserts. 

The day’s raffle was won by Bob Joyce, who then led the Four-Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance.


President David Caplan presided at the Feb. 19 meeting of Kiwanis of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led Tricia Deffenbaugh. Gwyn Maples led the prayer. April Montgomery sold 50/50 tickets and $16 went to the winner, Tim Copas.   

Tim Copas gave happy dollars for winning, his wife and MOEN becoming a sponsor of the benefit auction fundraiser for the Coalition for Families and the Lee County Partnership for Children. Deffenbaugh gave happy dollars to celebrate all the fun she had on her bluegrass cruise. Lyn Hankins was happy about baby Foster Lucas’s arrival into the world and her trip to Kiwanis Mid-Year Conference. Drew Lucas was happy to be back and happy to have his new baby girl home. Denny Woodruff was happy that the Lady Cav basketball season was over and the track season was beginning. John Payne was happy that his wife was on the way back from her world travels. Gwyn Maples was happy about her nephew’s adoption of baby Eleanor.

Funds from the 50/50 raffle and happy dollars go toward eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year.   

On March 27, the club will have a social where all members need to invite a guest. This is a membership drive event. The club’s goal: to raise membership 14 percent in 2014. Those who are interested in becoming a Kiwanis of Lee County member don’t have to wait until March 27. Just let a member know, check out the Facebook page or come join in at a meeting every Wednesday at The Flame at noon. The meal costs $10.

The club had an update from the vendors for Arts and Vine. Also, Lyn Hankins is handling the scheduling of the shifts and there are still some shifts available to work.   

The club’s program was presented by Barbara Flagg of the Reach Out Pregnancy Crisis Center, serving Lee and Chatham counties. She talked about her ministry in helping women and girls make a good decision when faced with an unwanted pregnancy. The Center tries to encourage adoption or parenting, but does want to minister to women who have had an abortion. Flagg mentioned that a satellite office is in the works for Sanford.

The meeting was adjourned with the reciting of the Kiwanis Defining Statement.


President David Caplan presided at the Feb. 5 meeting of Kiwanis of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by both Margaret Murchison and Sandra Bridges. Denny Woodruff led the prayer. Susan Campbell sold 50/50 tickets and the big winner was Lyn Hankins.   

Happy dollars came from Denny Woodruff, who gave $6 in honor of every decade he has lived; John Payne was happy because of his wife’s recent birthday and her trip to South America; Tricia Deffenbaugh was happy about her upcoming cruise; Nancy Watkins was happy to return to the group from her trip to British Columbia, Canada; and Kay Patterson was simply happy to be with the cub.

Funds from the 50/50 raffle and happy dollars go toward eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year.   

Members discussed an upcoming membership social on March 27.

Program of the Day was presented by Taylor Anderton, Community Relations Coordinator for Carolina Donor Services, the area’s organ procurement organization. Taylor enlightened the club on the possibilities with modern medicine as well as the demand for organs, particularly kidneys.   

The meeting was adjourned with the reciting of the Kiwanis Defining Statement.


President David Nestor opened the Feb. 25 of the Sanford Rotary Club meeting and called on Ted Lanier to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group directed the group singing of “America the Beautiful.”

No visiting Rotarians were in attendance.

Visitors included Cindy Howenstein, Jonathan Carpenter and Justin Rosser.

Dick Poletti won the 50/50 raffle of $20.

Cindy Howenstein made a pitch to the club for the need of additional volunteers for the Annual Sanford Arts and Vine Festival. Volunteers are needed for the entrance gate, information /registration table and vendor relations.

Under “Bragging Bucks,” Jonathan York praised the grace in class that Duke took in their loss to UNC this past week as well as he bragged on how the students who rushed to Franklin Street after the game took it safe. Tom Spence bragged on visiting his son and attending Davidson College Presbyterian Church this past week. Doug Mikesell bragged on his daughter receiving a national honor society letter for being a straight A student. Jeff Hockaday bragged on his friend Ted Lanier for receiving the Lee County Community Foundation Man of the Year. Richard Hayes bragged on the Duke win against Syracuse. Dick Poletti bragged on Ted Lanier as well for winning the Man of the Year honor from the Lee County Community Foundation. Bill Ray bragged on Cindy Howenstein for what a good job she does in helping with recruiting volunteers in the community. And David Nestor bragged on his daughter on becoming a dental assistant as well as echoing congratulations to Lanier and Helen Hincks both for being awarded the Man and Woman of the Year honors from the Community Foundation.

Doug Mikesell introduced the program — a trio of speakers — Carolyn Spivey, Executive Director of the Coalition For Families in Lee County; Lyn Hankins, Executive Director Lee County Partnership for Children, and Jasmine Villalobos, a local painter and designer. Hankins has served over eight years as Executive Director of the Lee County Partnership for Children, which focuses on children from birth to age five. The agency supports high quality education and family support, health promotion, community impact and young children advocacy. The Partnership concentrates its energies on the early years of children to build the foundation to become successful in school and for the child to continue to become a success as an adult. Early childhood literacy has been one of the focuses. The agency has been successful in providing over 1,000 children 12 books a year to assist in their reading progression.Spivey  spoke on The Coalition for Families in Lee County and that it is a non-profit organization whose efforts are centered to empower and encourage individuals and families to reach their potential by improving and enriching their quality of life. The Coalition’s three directives are prevention of teen pregnancy, infant mortality and family support. The two organizations have combined efforts and are hosting a fundraiser on March 21 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The theme of the of the fundraiser will be a “cruise ship” and silent as well as a live auction will take place and plenty of games, with music and food One of the auction items will be a painting by local artist Jasmine Villalobos. She  paints with coffee and one of her creations “Legacy” will be on display and up for auction during the “Anchors Aweigh” benefit auction.

Nestor thanked the speakers and told them that in appreciation, a dual-language children’s book will be donated in their name to the Lee County Library.

Jeff Hockaday led the Pledge of Allegiance; Dan Harrington, the Four-Way Test.


The Lee County Forestry Association had a hike in the White Pines Nature Preserve, led by Walt Tysinger, Triangle Land Conservancy Land Manager, and Jeremy Isom, Registered Forestry Consultant with GFR Forestry. 

The White Pines Nature Preserve is located in Chatham County at the confluence of the Deep and Rocky rivers and covers 275 acres. The white pines in the Preserve are commonly found in cooler climates. The cooler microclimate of the Preserve is created by the north-facing bluffs and the cooling influence of the Rocky and Deep rivers. The trek from the trailhead down a ravine to the Rocky River is a descent that could be found at any number of places in the Pisgah National Forest.

To find out more information about this Preserve located only eight miles from Sanford, contact The Triangle Land Conservancy, 514 S. Duke St., Durham, N.C. 27701; by phone at (919) 908-8809 or email at Katherie Baer, Director of Conservation for TLC, accompanied the association hikers.


President Andy Manhardt opened the March 3 San-Lee Sunrise Rotary meeting with the Quote of the Day: “Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how.” — Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund.

Neal Jensen led the Rotary invocation, and Al Zulick led the Pledge of Allegiance.

In Good News, Andy Manhardt had high praise for the spectacle of the Oscars, and Neal Jensen praised the excellence of “Smoke on the Mountain,” the current production at The Temple Theatre. Charles Oldham complimented the speaker of the day, and Ed Mishler shared his meeting with his nephew’s fiancee who hails from the Ukraine.

In Community News, the Arts and Vine Festival will be held May 3-4.

In Rotary News, the four Area 10 Rotary Clubs will sponsor Stop Hunger Now on March 15 at the Lee County Fair Grounds. The Stop Hunger Now effort will be in two shifts and it is suggested that Rotarians concentrate their efforts on the second shift. The Rotary Grants Seminars will be held Thursday, March 27, at the Village Inn in Clemmons, and Saturday, April 5, at the AVS Banquet Center in Asheboro. Rotary District Conference will be held May 2-4.

Ed Mishler introduced Robert L. Bridwell, AICP, City of Sanford Director of Planning and Development, for a program describing the present and future for the City of Sanford and how the process of planning can bring extra value to communities and cities. Planners use their skills to find solutions to community problems and carry communities toward desired long-term goals. The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) states that “when government officials, business leaders, and citizens come together to build communities that enrich people’s lives, that’s planning. ... Good planning creates communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live.”

Bridwell believes cities are more than just infrastructure, cities are a living organism and they live and die and have a personality. The City of Sanford has come from a period of low expectations, mainly due to the recession, to a period of higher expectations, with the recently approved bond issue as a watershed event for the city.

Boards and commissions that are a part of the Sanford planning effort include the Appearance Commission of Sanford, Board of Adjustment, Historic Preservation Commission of Sanford, Housing Appeals Board, Joint Planning Commission, Lee County Economic Development Corporation, Lee County Environmental Affairs Board and Planning Board.

After 12 years in Sanford, Bridwell will retire next month and will begin a new career as a part of the ministering of spiritual life at St. Stephen Catholic Church.

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and with a story of when the Dalai Lama visited Santa Fe, New Mexico, and was asked the question “What is the meaning of life?” The Dalai Lama replied, “The meaning of life is happiness” and the hard question is, “What makes happiness?”


The Sanford Brush & Palette recently held its February meeting with Club President Doug Rowe presiding. Treasurer Tony Staninas provided a financial report, followed by a vote to accept the new incoming board members for 2014. New board members joining the B&P include Randy Angel, Ellen Duncan, Cheryl Essex, Sally Ward, Tim Martin, Joy Pearce, Susan Pope and Alice Heins. Outgoing board members were thanked for their service and included Donna Damm, Gael Hogan, Ty Hooker, Edna Perkinson, Judy McDonald, Jody Stouffer, Micki Saad, Karen Rushatz, Menessia Ward and Carolyn Chipman.

Rowe announced that Beverly Brookshire has been selected as the B&P 2014 Artist of the Year and that the August meeting would be reinstated to the yearly meeting schedule. In committee reports, Chris Dalton, workshop committee chair, reminded members of an upcoming pastel workshop in April conducted by Kurt Weiser. Diane Atkins reported that the cookbook fundraiser was a great success and that there were only 24 cookbooks left out of 300.

Discussion was held concerning the Sanford B&P Club designing a barn quilt square for the Lee County Barn Quilt Trail. The quilt square would be displayed at the Hale Center, home of this year’s 50th Annual Sanford Brush & Palette Art Show.

Brandi Neighbors, co-owner of Eleven One Studios in Lillington, was introduced by Carolyn Chipman as the night’s guest speaker. Neighbors shared her mission of promoting traditional education in art and music in Harnett County through her fine art studio/gallery.


Are you wanting to learn to quilt? Hearts and Hands ECA Quilters Guild meet two Saturdays a month at the McSwain Center and throughout the year host quilting workshops. If you are interested in learning to quilt, call N.C. Cooperative Extension in Lee County at (919) 775-5624. 

TOPS #NC 218

TOPS #NC 218 Sanford (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets on Mondays with weigh-in at 5:30 p.m. and meeting at 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 202 Summit Drive. Call Margaret Shepherd at (919) 258-6910 or James King at (919) 258-6233. 


The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experiences, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. Al-Anon believes that alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. 

The Sanford, N.C., District 7, Central Carolina Al-Anon family group meetings are held on Tuesdays from 8-9 p.m. at the Jonesboro United Methodist Church, 407 W. Main St., on Thursdays from noon-1 p.m. and on Fridays from 8-9 p.m. at the AA Building, 319 N. Moore St.


The North Carolina Christian Cyclists #129 meet at the Golden Corral the first Saturday of the month from 9-9:30 a.m. for breakfast and from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for the meeting. Weather permitting, a chapter ride follows the meeting. Newcomers are welcome. The chapter serves western Lee County and Harnett County.


The Central Carolina Toastmasters — a local chapter of Toastmasters International — meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at Wilkinson Hall, Room 271, at Central Carolina Community College, Kelly Drive, Sanford, at 6:30 p.m., and every first and third Tuesday of the month at Moen Inc, 2609 Cox Mill Road, Sanford, at noon. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills. For more information, visit 

Reservations are necessary for the Tuesday Moen meetings, but not needed for the Monday meetings. For more information concerning Central Carolina Toastmasters, call Cynthia Wilt at (919) 748-7054.


Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women that share a desire to quit drinking. The Central Carolina Group meets at 319 Moore St., Sanford. Meeting times include: Monday–Saturday at noon, Sunday–Saturday at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 8 p.m. All meetings at Moore Street are open to the public except the Tuesday 12 and 6 p.m. and the Thursday 6 p.m. meetings. The Anonymity Group meets at Jonesboro Methodist Church, 407 W. Main St., Sanford, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m. (919) 776-5522.