Club News

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 02:00 PM


President Doug Gay opened the Aug. 12th meeting of The Sanford Rotary Club and called on Paul Horton to lead the Rotary prayer. Tom Spence led the singing of “Ole McDonald Had a Farm.”

Dave Shabaz, Advertising Director for The Sanford Herald was the guest of Alan Dossenbach. Teresa Ridder with BB&T was the guest of Amber Cameron. Richard Feindel of WFJA was the guest of Cindy Johnson. Visiting Rotarian was Mark Zeringue, Assistant District Governor.

Zeringue announced that the Rotary District Golf Tourney will be held on Oct. 2nd at the Sedgefield Country Club, which has just hosted a PGA golf tourney.   

John Watson has agreed to recreate the membership spotlight and will send out an email to members about the schedule.

Paul Horton is looking for a few good men and women to join other Rotarians as mentors in the Character Plus program. Rotarians meet with fourth and fifth graders at Tramway School twice a month for one hour.

Wolfpacker Cindy Johnson did her “civic duty” and introduced The Voice of the Tar Heels, Jones Angell. Angell enters his fourth year as the radio play by play announcer for the Tar Heel Sports Network. Although Jones grew up in Jacksonville, he was born in Sanford. Angell called play by play for Carolina baseball for nine seasons, which included five trips to the College World Series, and also called UNC women’s basketball and soccer. Jones is a 2001 UNC graduate and married to wife, Elizabeth. They have a son and a daughter.

Jones talked to the club about the upcoming football and basketball seasons. He is very optimistic about both. Jones also spoke about the current topics of college athletics such as athletes receiving some type of stipend and about early departure from college to the pros.   

President Gay thanked Jones for the presentation and told him that in appreciation, a donation in his honor will be given to the Lee County Partnership for Children, an organization that provides books for local children, infant to five years old.

John Watson led the Pledge of Allegiance and Joy Gilmour led the Four-Way Test.  


The Jonesboro Rotary Club met Aug. 7 at Cafe 121. President Bob Joyce called the meeting to order,

Joyce introduced the speaker for the day, Lisa Whalen. She was born in Tulsa, Okla., but has lived a lot of places before moving to North Carolina . She is married with two children, a three-year-old daughter and a son almost five. Her husband is stationed at Fort Bragg, and they moved up to Sanford last year . She works for the Christian nonprofit Thrivent Financial Services, and her program for the day was based on a workshop she teaches for churches about Time, Talents and Treasures. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

After a brief interlude for the invocation by Rupert Ainsley, Whalen told Rotarians more about her employer and its focus. Thrivent started as the Lutheran Aid Society, but now has a broader approach. With 2.4 million members, it is the largest fraternal benefit organization, acting as a nonprofit to serve its members’ needs in financial planning by focusing on stewardship — being responsible managers of what we’re given. They believe that one’s giving reflects the values of the person, both in life and also in death (giving through one’s will/estate). Whalen talked about spontaneous versus planned giving, and how the latter helps the recipients plan their own budgets more effectively. Giving can be a family endeavor as well, drawing on the individual family members’ interests and wishes. It is also important to review and adjust one’s giving plans over time, as circumstances change.

After thanking Whalen and presenting her with a Four-Way Test pen, Van Sillaman introduced guests Kendra Martin, Margaret Ainsley, Rodney McIver, Meg Moss, Will DuBois and Dave Shabaz.

Chad Spivey announced a Communities in Schools fundraiser for Backpack Pals on Oct. 25. Terry Mullen won the raffle, and led the Four-Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance to end the meeting. The club will meet Aug. 21 at Golden Corral and Aug. 28 at Pilgrim’s Pride.


2014 Men’s Auxiliary Stanley McLeod VFW Post 5631 officers are Jimmy Stinson, Gary White, Ernest Truitt, Rick Guerrero, Billy Parten, Bobby Brewer, Shane Wilson and Oscar Lloyd.

The mission of the Men’s Auxiliary is to aid and assist Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts with its mission, as well as to establish a network within the community in the direct support of veterans and their families. It promotes patriotism and helps veterans in need.

The VFW Men’s Auxiliary is open to husbands, widowers, fathers, grandfathers and sons of VFW members or eligible VFW post members. Members must be 16 years of age or older. Men eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States shall not be eligible for membership in the Men’s Auxiliary.

The Men’s Auxiliary members actively support our troops, their families and the Post. VFW Men’s Auxiliary also provides political support to our troops.

Meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month. Call the Post for more information, (919) 776-1432.


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 the second and fourth Monday of each month at Central Carolina Community College in the Wilkinson Building Room 221. Meeting time 6:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information check out the Facebook page at 

Central Carolina Toastmasters is the best place to overcome stage fright, build your confidence and to push yourself outside your comfort zone. It’s a safe place where there is no failure!


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.