Club News

Dec. 01, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


President David Nestor opened the Nov. 19 meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club and called on Dick Poletti to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “America.”

Visiting from the Jonesboro Club was Howard Bokhoven and visiting from Greensboro was John Rosser and his guest Bob Mackey.

Dick Poletti announced that all time slots are filled for the Salvation Army bell ringing.

Bragging Bucks: Richard Hayes bragged on the Carolina Panthers victory and the Duke football team for their recent wins. Doug Gay also bragged on Duke football and remembered Steve Jones, a Sanford native who played football for Duke University many years ago. Wilson Cox bragged on East Carolina football and that he is looking forward to their visit to Raleigh to face the N.C. State football team. David Nestor bragged on another Seattle Seahawks victory.

Nestor called on Tony Lett for the “Rotary Minute.” Lett read an email from Cookie Billings regarding the Nov. 8th typhoon that struck the Philippines. Rotary extends its sympathy to those affected by the storm and stands ready to come to the aid of the more than 21,000 Philippine Rotarians and the communities they serve. The Rotary has reached out to the district governors in the affected areas to determine what type of support is needed. Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for 4,000 families in the form of emergency shelter and relief assistance.

Alan Dossenbach introduced Suzanne Pomeranz, a Lee County native and a licensed tour guide in Israel. Pomeranz is a 1968 graduate of Sanford Central High School and a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh. She has lived in Israel since 1981 and became a citizen of Israel in 1994. Pomeranz developed a curiosity about Israel through her Sunday school teacher Carrie Glass, at First Baptist Church in Sanford. Her father was a non-practicing Jew and her desire to learn more about her heritage led her to visit Israel in 1979. She relayed the feeling she had when exiting the plane that “she knew she was home.” Pomeranz relayed her passion for Israel and that she enjoys sharing it with visitors to Israel. She is available as a tour guide and encouraged everyone who is interested in visiting Israel to contact her.

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

Joy Gilmour led the Pledge of Allegiance and Cindy Johnson, the Four-Way Test.


Mayor-elect Chet Mann told members of the Sanford Lions Club at a recent meeting that economic development is the single most important factor that will drive Sanford and Lee County’s success into the future, but we must do the things that keep us competitive with other cities and counties if we are to attract more industry and support existing industry and business.

Among those things is revitalization of our downtown areas, support of small businesses, embracing ideas that enhance the quality of life in Sanford and supporting projects that make the city a destination, thus attracting people from a wide area spending money here and supporting the local economy. The young businessman said he is grateful and humbled to have been elected to serve Sanford and looks forward to working with the city council and business leaders of the community for the betterment of the city.

The mayor-elect praised the work of the city’s planning department, saying they have already developed plans for many improvements that are included in his vision for Sanford and all that’s needed is the political will to carry them out.

In addition to jobs creation, Mann said some things he would like to see accomplished are more small business incubator space possibly in currently vacant downtown buildings; the cleanup and revitalization of empty buildings with enforcement of existing ordinances; the city purchase of the Railroad Depot; sidewalk improvements near schools, hospital and other high traffic areas; more parking; a long-range plan for a sports complex possibly at O.T. Sloan Park to attract regional and statewide youth tournaments; continued support of Sanford’s Cultural Arts District showcasing Temple Theatre and centers for pottery, arts and crafts; establishment of neighborhood councils for citizen feedback; and financial management support for non-profits that serve important needs in the community.

The new mayor was introduced by his great-uncle Lion Reggie Miller. It was noted that the Mann and Miller families are steeped in Sanford Lions history going back to A.K. Miller, the guest speaker’s great-grandfather who was a charter member in 1935.

Lion President Richard Holshouser presided and Reggie Miller opened the meeting with prayer. Guests included the president’s son, Paul Holshouser, and Doyle Gaines, who was introduced by Avron Upchurch.


The Kiwanis Club of Sanford met Nov. 21. After the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, President Ed Garrison asked for introduction of guests. Neal Kightlinger introduced his wife Ann.

Members reported on Spiritual Aims.

Garrison reminded members of the Kiwanis-sponsored Farm-City program at the McSwain Center on  Nov. 25.

Character Plus Chairman David Patterson reported that six members met with students at Deep River Elementary for the first time using the Mentor Program rather than the Assembly ProgramThe next meetings with students will be Dec. 9 and Dec. 16.

Treasurer Mike Laudate reported on results of the recent pancake supper at Lee County High School, with excellent help from Key Clubs. Co-chairmen Harvey Forbes and Charles Alexander were thanked for their hard work on the supper.

Happy Bucks were given by: Neal Kightlinger, Ed Garrison, Bob Brickhouse, Dan Jones and Mike Laudate.

Neal Kightlinger introduced Anthony and Janice Dyson, who moved to Sanford in 2000 and built a home on Steel Bridge Road where they planted blueberries in 2003. They picked their first berries in 2004.

Anthony Dyson said that “33 years ago I found my Thrill on Blueberry Hill” as he pointed to his wife Janice. The blueberry farm is two acres and Janice works with it full-time while Anthony works with the concrete business. His father, at 83, farms 20 acres of blueberries.

They first grew the berries for friends and neighbors, but then began to sell by putting up a sign and a money box for people to pick their own berries and leave money in the box. They then built a small retail store. They have nine varieties of blueberry products in the store and ship orders to Wisconsin, New Jersey and other states. They also have a website:

Janice told the Kiwanians that she works with the store full-time and is most busy from mid-May to August. The store products include 100 percent blueberry juice, blueberry jam, blueberry jam with Splenda, blueberry salsa (top seller), blueberry syrup, blueberry vinaigrette and blueberry cinnamon bread. Frozen berries can also be found at the store. When the berries are in season, U-Pick is open from sun-up to sundown.

When the Dysons finished answering questions from members, they gave away three bottles of 100 percent blueberry juice won by Bob Brickhouse, Joe Lawrence and Mike Laudate.

The club’s 50/50 drawing was won by Ed Garrison, who donated it back to the club.


President Gina Eaves called the Nov. 21 Jonesboro Rotary Club meeting meeting to order and asked Betsy Jungkind to give the invocation.

Ken Armstrong introduced the speaker, Jimmy Haire, who talked about various facts of Lee County history.. He started with significant weather events — Hazel in 1954, Fran in 1996 and the snowfall in January of 2000. He then moved to the railroads, which provided the impetus for the settlement of what would become Sanford . The coal in Cumnock needed an outlet to Fayetteville and the Deep River proved too shallow, so the state chartered the Western Railroad in 1859 to provide the service. Major Scott was sent by the railroad to purchase property and easements. Lee County tried several times to be recognized under the names of Williams and Jefferson, but failed due to lack of money or support.  In 1940, Sanford had a population of 18,000 or approximately 4,500 households. 1,100 men went off to WW II, one of four households. He tied the names of significant people to Sanford’s streets.

Van Sillaman welcomed Craig Stanley and Jerry Campbell, guests of David Spivey. John Ramsperger told members not to forget the Christmas Party at the Westlake Country Club on Dec. 12 and the Salvation Army bell ringers on Dec. 13. There will be an “Ugly Sweater” contest and a Chinese gift exchange at the Christmas Party. Larry Aiken thanked the Rotarians for their support of CUOC in the golf cart auction. Howard Bokhoven said the stock market continues to move up with mixed reports. Chad Spivey announced Al Rushatz as the winner of the raffle, thereby asked to lead members in the Four Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance.


Jonesboro Rotary met Thursday, Nov. 14,  with President Gina Eaves presiding. John Ramsperger gave the invocation.

Larry Aiken introduced special guests from Lee Senior High School, who spoke about Character Plus at Edwards Elementary School. They were Coach Foster Cates, Presley Hales and Thomas Ferguson. Van Sillaman introduced Carolyn Spivey and Teresa Kelly as guests of the club. He also recognized honorary member Dean Kesler. Visiting Rotarians were Andy Manhart from San Lee and Asst. District Gov. Mark Zeringue.

Rupert Ainsley introduced the speakers, Tim Copas and Denny Woodruff from local TV station WBFT. They spoke of new changes at the TV station. They are now doing data casting. This is where you can log on to and watch some of the programming on the internet. They have been doing broadcasts of several of the Lee County sporting events. They plan on doing the Sanford Christmas Parade and are looking at broadcasting the Side by Side Sporting Clay event this spring at Deep River Sporting Clays. The data casting gives the station a broader audience than they have on cable. Copas went on to discuss Anchors Away along with the Coalition for Lee County to distribute 60,000 books. There will be a benefit auction March 21, 2014, and they are looking for items to auction.

John Ramsperger reminded the club about the bell ringing at Lowe’s Foods on Dec. 13 for Salvation Army. He also announced the details for the annual Christmas party on Dec. 12 at the Westlake Clubhouse. Monies normally set aside for catering will be donated to Rotary International to help with relief for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. Larry Aiken reminded the club about the raffle tickets for the golf cart to benefit CUOC. Van Sillaman reminded the club of Character Plus at Greenwood on Friday. Carolyn Spivey said they need strong backs to move books from storage to a trailer for recycling.

There were four brags, from Kate Rumely, Rupert Ainsley, John Ramsperger and Gina Eaves.

The raffle was won by guest Denny Woodruff.

Eaves and Aiken then presented Teresa Kelly a check for $600 from Jonesboro Rotary for CUOC. Kelly told the club that the Band of Oz would be playing in the civic center on Nov. 23 to benefit CUOC.

Eaves led the club in the Four Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance.


The Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild will have its annual Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Enrichment Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. Members are reminded to bring finger foods. Those who have any quilt(s) they would like to share with the group along with the story behind the quilt(s), please bring it. Guests 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.