Club News

Mar. 02, 2014 @ 12:00 PM


The Sanford Lions Club is working hard getting ready for several fundraising events this spring, including a barbecued chicken plate sale in April and its ninth annual Lions Golf Tournament in late May. This will be followed by preparations for the 2014 Lee Regional Fair starting with advertising sales to support the annual fair catalog publication and sponsorships for major fair attractions.

The April 4 chicken dinner plate sale will include one-half chicken barbecued accompanied by all the trimmings for $8. Proceeds from this project, and all Lions projects, go toward meeting the costs of the many charitable causes supported by the club. Chairman Glenn Jones said tickets are now on sale by Lions and deliveries can be made for 10 or more plate orders to businesses and manufacturing companies.

The Sanford Lions Golf Tournament at Quail Ridge Golf Course will tee off on Saturday, May 31, according to chairman Jim Romine. Lions are now asking the business community for its support through hole sponsorships and golfers for the event. Romine said he is proud of the annual event that has proved very successful and enjoyable for the 439 different golfers who have participated over the past eight years. The Lions tournament is known for its fun, good food and outstanding prizes, with proceeds going to help the blind, sight and hearing impaired, disadvantaged youth and scholarship assistance. Romine recognized Lion Phil Bradley for his dedication to the event as the only club member to have played in all eight tournaments.

Guest speakers at last week’s meeting were Carolyn Spivey and Lynn Hankins, directors respectively for the Coalition for Families in Lee County and the Lee County Partnership for Children. They discussed promoting literacy in preschool children as this is a common goal of both organizations. They sponsor programs such as Parents as Teachers, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and Raising a Reader. But these programs are costly, Hankins noted.

The groups will hold a major fundraiser on Friday, March 21, at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center featuring  a benefit auction. The public is urged to support this event by attending, donating items for auction and volunteering with these organizations. The leaders also introduced local artist Jasmine Villalobos, who paints with color inks made from coffee grounds. She described how literacy programs helped her adjust to life here after coming from Costa Rica with her parents who are missionaries with the Hispanic population. She displayed a painting of a teacher helping a child read that she is donating for the auction.

George Harvey introduced the guests and thanked them for their contributions to the Lee Regional Fair. These two organizations sponsor the annual pre-school children’s fair events featuring story-telling and reading and free rides on the midway. Each child also receives a free book, which numbered 900 at the 2013 fair. President Richard Holshouser, who presided at the meeting, also expressed the club’s appreciation to the Lee County Partnership for Children and the Coalition for Families in Lee County.


President Andy Manhardt opened the Feb. 24 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary. Alan Zulick led the Rotary invocation, and Charles Oldham led the Pledge of Allegiance. Rotary guests Area 10 Assistant District Governor Dr. Mark Zeringue; Dianne Reid, President-Elect Siler City Rotary; and Doug Gay, President-Elect Sanford Rotary, were recognized. Make-ups were awarded to all attendees at the San-Lee Sunrise Valentine Party and Character Plus participants.

In Good News, President Andy Manhardt had high praise for the San-Lee Sunrise Valentine Party held at the home of Terry and Deb Mullen. Ed Mishler, just returned from a trip to California, described the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, received by his granddaughter.

In Community News, The Arts and Vine Festival will be held May 3-4. President Manhardt praised the Temple Theatre production of “Smoke on the Mountain,” the story of a Saturday night gospel sing at a country church in North Carolina Smoky Mountains in 1938.

In Rotary News, the four Area 10 Rotary Clubs will sponsor Stop Hunger Now on March 15 at the Lee County FairGrounds. 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.

Neal Jensen introduced Sparky Wilson, Lee County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator, for a two-part program describing the Emergency Communications Network (ECN) Code RED high speed community notification system and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training available in the county. Code RED as a part of the (ENC) Emergency Communications Network is designed to keep populations informed and aware in emergency situations. The Code RED system taps into the national Code RED Emergency Notification System and alerts subscribers located within the reach of a given notification generated by public safety officials. Code RED can be accessed through the Lee County Government website. The WRAL (Channel 5) Weather Alert Center provides a similar service to the area.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has a goal of doing the greatest good for the greatest number when professional responders are not available. CERT training promotes a partnering effort between professional emergency services and the people that they serve by training members of neighborhoods in basic response skills. Following initial 21 hours of training, CERT members are integrated into the Lee County emergency response capability. CERT team member’s ages range from the 20’s to well into the 70’s. Upon completion of the training, each volunteer will be issued a CERT Member Emergency Kit to maintain for future deployments. Continuing CERT education is offered from January through November annually and active members are expected to complete 12 hours of CERT related training annually.

Resilient communities begin with resilient people — there is a CERT job for everyone, regardless of physical capabilities. Those interested in joining CERT can contact Sparky Wilson at, Penny Turner at, or Debbie Betts at

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.


President David Nestor opened the Feb. 18  meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club by asking Dick Poletti to lead the Rotary Prayer and Tom Spence to lead the singing of The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Prior to singing, Rev. Spence gave a brief history of the hymn.

Three distinguished teachers from Southern Lee High School, Katie Hoffer, Amy Allen and Sarah Blair, attended the meeting as special guests of the club. The guest teachers were special advisors to students at Southern Lee who participated Rotary Against Drugs Speech Competition.

Paul Horton announced the schedule for the next meeting of the Character Plus initiative at Tramway School.

Alan Dossenbach gave a report on the Feb. 15 Rotary Gala. He thanked everyone who had assisted with the project and announced that the initiative raised $15,500! He further announced that pictures of the event would be available at the next Rotary meeting. Nestor notified club members of a board meeting after the Feb. 25 meeting.

Under Bragging, Tommy Rosser praised his son’s emergence into the political arena, his daughter’s efficient and effective service to the Sanford Rotary Club and the Rotary Club itself for its service to the community.

Amber Cameron won the 50/50 raffle.

Club member David Foushee introduced Skyler Kennedy and Joshua Guin, two students from Southern Lee High School who gave speeches to the club as a part of the Rotary Against Drugs Program.

Each presenter built his presentation on the premise that drugs are harmful to young and old alike. They spoke of the damage both physically and mentally.

The speakers expressed concerns that drugs are easily obtainable in Sanford and Lee County and that an alarming percentage of high school students have experimented with drugs. They expressed concern that peer pressure and accessibility were contributing factors to drug use.

Following the presentations, club members expressed appreciation to Skyler and Joshua for their participation in the program.

The meeting was adjourned with Cindy Johnson leading the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Horton leading in the Rotary Four-Way Test.


G. Wesley Allen Assembly #324, Order of the Golden Circle, is a community based organization with meetings held at Sanford Lodge on Humber Street. The membership consists of ladies from Lee, Chatham, Moore, Randolph and Orange counties. Its leader this year is Ruby T. Maxwell of Lee County.

A major project of the organization is to work with the child development centers in the various counties that the ladies have connections by visiting the centers, reading to the children, donating supplies, time and monetarily. 

The first project for this year was a “Feast-A-Rama” that was held on Feb. 21 at the Sanford Lodge. Twenty-four Pre-K youth from Blandonia’s Child Development Center, along with four teachers and two parents, were invited.

The secretary of the organization, Joyce Hawkins, was responsible for coordinating and helping to plan the meal to be served to the special invited guests and other community members. Members of the organization donated the items of food to be used for the lunch. The menu consisted of homemade vegetable soup (made by Joyce Hawkins) and homemade chicken soup, saltines, milk, juices and an assortment of fruit cups. 

After a hearty lunch, each child was given his/her personal copy of a book donated by the organization, in celebration of Black History Month. The books were not only on Black History, but on varied disciplines of history. The young men especially loved the books on cars and animals.

The Feast-A-Rama served 66 patrons. Helping with the event were Shirley Emerson, JoAnne Cameron, Sandra Washington, Mary Alston, Addie Laws, Voncile Farrington, Peggy Alston, Brenda Alston, Margie Smith, Clara Ephriam, Jacqueline McMillian and Brenda Alston.


Lee County Retired School Personnel met at Lee County High School culinary art department on Feb. 19th. The room was decorated in the Valentine theme. The program was presented by instructor Sandra Duty and her students.

After the return of thanks by Ann Womble, the students served a corn chowder followed by a lunch of chicken croquettes, stir fried vegetables, apple ring with a dessert of brownies with fruit. Duty introduced several of her students — Taheisa Bethco; Orego Lopez, who explained the program; and Kentrell French, who was has been accepted at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte and has received a scholarship.

James and Ann Womble were recognized as Valentine sweethearts who have been faithful members of the group. James Womble served several years as scholarship chair and continues to keep in touch with several of the recipients.

Attendees were asked to read to area schools in observance of Dr. Suess’ birthday in March. Read Across America is an annual event and is observed by various organizations. Volunteers other than retired educators are asked to participate.

The Apple award was given to Mildred Smith in appreciation of her being in charge of monthly programs. The state RSP convention will be held March 18-19. Mildred Smith and Lizzie White will represent the Lee County group. Stock in the annual spelling bee to be held at the Wicker Civic Center was sold. RSP spellers are Dee Utley, Neil McDonald, Julianne McCracken and Sam Carter.

The district RSP meeting is to be held in the West End Methodist Church on April 14. Members were urged to attend.

The nominating committee consists of Sam Carter, Betty Lou Burns and Jo Ann Thomas. A report will be made at the April meeting.

Ruth Gurtis, Our State chair, reminded that more subscriptions need to be sold to reach the goal of 200. Members may be contacted to reach the goal to give a scholarship to a local student.

Betty Lou Burns collected certified volunteer hours and gave tally sheets to members.

Chevelle Branch, with assistance of Amanda Norris, Carol Cox’s guest and granddaughter, greeted Vivian Shaver and Ann Rosser for their February birthdays. She always

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distributes copies of Daily Bread and various other bits of information.

Mildred Smith, vice president of the group, announced that the March program will feature wardrobe fashions. In April, Susan Condlin, local Extension director, will speak on estate planning.

Matthew Seaman, son of Reinette Seaman, was also a guest.

Door prizes were won by President Eugenia Thompson and Linda Truitt. President Thompson dismissed the group with a joke.


The Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at the Enrichment Center. Come early, bring a bag dinner and join in from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Fredrika Cooke, Executive Director of Family Promise, will be guest speaker. Members should bring any completed pillow cases and crayon bags, which will be given to Family Promise.

The group will also be giving small baby quilts to the VA this year. Those who have any baby quilt patterns or fabric you’d like to share, please bring to the meeting. Those who have completed any baby quilts are being asked to bring them to the meeting.

Members should be working on their 12-inch star block pattern in neutral tones due at the April meeting.

Those who have any completed projects can bring to share during show and tell.

Quilters of all skill levels are welcome.


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.