Club News

Dec. 15, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


A highlight of the Christmas season each year for the Sanford Lions Club is a visit by young people from the Boys and Girls Homes at Lake Waccamaw. On Thursday, Dec. 5, the club hosted five young men along with Counselor Chris Sellers for an afternoon of shopping, eating and entertainment. Their day ended as special guests at the weekly dinner meeting of the Lions Club at the Lions Fairgrounds.

Lion Wendell McGee chaired the project and arranged activities for the group. They first enjoyed a cheeseburger feast at Hwy. 55 restaurant followed by desserts at Sandra’s Bakery. Then it was off to the Temple Theatre for the holiday edition of Forever Plaid in “Plaid Tidings.” The high school youngsters enjoyed the musical comedy filled with imaginative twists and they were recognized in introductory remarks prior to the production by Producing Artistic Director Peggy Taphorn.

The biggest treat of the day came at Belk’s where the students enjoyed buying new clothes as Christmas gifts from the Lions. At the Lions meeting, McGee described the day to other club members and praised the visiting students for making the day enjoyable and rewarding.

North Carolina Lions sponsor a cottage at the youth home as do a number of other civic organizations. Sanford Lions President Richard Holshouser presented a check for $1,000 to the home. This is an annual contribution in addition to hosting a group of students each year.

Guest speaker was Dr. Tom Simmons, vice president of education and director of the Flemington Academy located on the campus of the Boys and Girls Homes. He delivered a personal life story on how the facility saved his life. He went there as a fifth grader who had left his Wilmington home to escape abuse. He discovered a nurturing environment conducive to learning and was taught to accept the challenges of life. While some teachers he encountered did not think he would finish high school, he made it a point to prove them wrong.

He completed high school in the Columbus County schools, went to college and became a teacher in the same county. He then continued his studies, earning a master’s degree which led to becoming a principal and then a doctorate in education. Simmons completed a very successful career in Columbus County as an award winning principal. His love of the Boys and Girls Homes led to lengthy service on its board of directors. Last year when the home planned to establish its own charter school, he was asked to lead the process and direct what became Flemington Academy.

“I have come full circle from that boy who came to the Boys and Girls Home in 1956. I have dreamed and accomplished things that I had no idea I could do. Every day we work to form connections with these young people, show compassion, and instill character so they can be successful, too. Kids have a right to dream. They may not meet all of their dreams, but they have a right to dream,” Simmons said.


President Andy Manhardt opened the Dec. 9 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Day: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” — Nelson Mandela.

Neal Jensen led the Rotary invocation, and Charles Oldham led the Pledge of Allegiance.

In Good News, Terry Mullen announced the arrival of a new granddaughter, Eleanor. He also reported on a concert with the North Carolina Symphony at Meymandi Hall in Raleigh. Alan Zulick reported catching a 9.8-pound bass in Lake Trace. Ed Mishler announced that San-Lee Sunrise Rotarian Nolan Williams is now on the board of HAVEN, which has started a slow come-back. President Manhardt announced HAVEN has reopened on a limited schedule.

In Community News, Andy Manhardt had high praise for Plaid Tidings, the current show at the Temple Theatre through Dec. 22.

In Club News, the San-Lee Sunrise Christmas party was a success. The auction to raise money for Christmas families brought forth a tidy sum. Ed Mishler performed auctioneer services. Volunteers are needed for cooking the New Year’s Day meal at the Breadbasket.

Ed Mishler introduced Sergeant Terry Hertzog, with the Salvation Army, for a program describing “Doing The Most Good,” the four word mission of the Salvation Army — to feed, to clothe, to comfort, to care. The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian organization that devotes billions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours each year to disaster relief, social services and other charitable causes worldwide. In 1865, William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, was invited to hold a series of evangelistic meetings in the East End of London. He set up a tent in a Quaker graveyard, and his services became a great success. To congregations who were desperately poor, he preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead people to Christ and link them to a church for further spiritual guidance. Booth was reading a printer’s proof of the 1878 annual report when he noticed the statement “The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.” Crossing out the words “volunteer army,” he penned in “Salvation Army.” From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.

The Red Kettle campaign began in 1891 in San Francisco when a pot was placed at the Oakland Ferry Landing with a sign that read “Keep the Pot Boiling.” The local Red Kettle Campaign had a kick-off on Nov. 27 and will continue at six locations through Christmas. For more information about the Salvation Army, please call Sergeant Terry at (919) 718-1717 or (919) 478-1353 or .

President Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and the thought: “If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” — Nelson Mandela.


The Lemon Springs Extension and Community Association met Thursday, Dec. 5, at the McSwain Center for the Christmas social of the year. The tables were decorated with various items made by the members. Magnolia and pine boughs formed the setting for the original decorations.

Each member brought a dish; several were prepared by the members of the group. Holiday punch was served to accompany the food. Alexander Brower, a local performer and editor of Hometown News, sang several selections throughout the occasion. The program included a game of Left-Right as gifts were distributed. Husbands of the ladies were special guests and the “special” guest was Susan Condlin. Several members told of past Christmas experiences, especially from childhood.

Jan. 2 will be the next meeting of the group and the members were reminded to keep record of volunteer hours, and to clip coupons for members of the Armed Forces who serve in foreign countries. Members are asked to remember to save aluminum can tabs that will be collected for the Ronald McDonald House and to have ideas for the new year. New members are welcome.


Jonesboro Rotary met Dec. 5 at The Flame — planning for the upcoming Christmas Party at the Westlake Valley Clubhouse. The Rev. Tim Martin gave the invocation. Guests included Tyler Moore, son of Jeff, and program speaker N.C. House Representative Mike Stone.

Stone is a local businessman, a former Jonesboro Rotarian, a past Sanford city council member and two-term member of the N.C. House of Representatives, representing a Lee-Harnett district. Stone chairs committees concerning State and Local Government and Annexation, and serves on numerous additional committees including Commerce, Banking, Environmental and Rules.

The last three years have been exciting ones in the General Assembly, according to Stone, as numerous areas were the subject of important legislation. Education reform abolished tenure, but Stone promised 90 percent of current teachers would be unaffected. Tax reform brought changes to a tax system that had been implemented in the 1930s. Changes to the tax law will be phased in over a period of years. Stone hopes to see a 0 percent corporate income tax rate by 2020 to stimulate economic growth and make North Carolina more attractive to large companies. He hopes to reduce state government regulations that have discouraged some companies from investing in North Carolina. Stone advocated changes to state gun laws, including the “castle doctrine,” and he believes that lower crime rates have been the result.

Stone advocated a voting bill that required photo ID and has been very involved in studies concerning the effects of fracking. The 2014 short session (two months), which will begin in May, will address funding Medicaid, which continues to have huge cost overruns, and he hopes that they can find the revenue to give teachers and state employees a 1 percent raise.

Club President Gina Eaves excitedly described the upcoming Christmas party where a King and Queen of Christmas will be crowned. Proceeds raised from bidding on the evening’s ugliest sweater will benefit Mike’s Happiness Funds for kids, which was the creation of Mike Thomas. A Chinese gift exchange (one gift per couple - $10 limit) promises surprises and merriment.

Van Sillaman gave a heartfelt brag on his daughter, Vanessa, who will graduate from UNC-Wilmington. Larry Aiken announced the golf cart raffle (won by Sanford Rotarian Paul Horton) raised $4,800 for CUOC, and CARA volunteers were bringing cats and dogs to J. Glenn Edwards Character Plus to promote kindness.


President David Nestor opened the Dec. 3 meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club and called upon Dan Harrington to lead the Rotary Prayer. He then called on John Taylor to lead the club in song.

Taylor decided that with the upcoming bell ringing project that it would be appropriate to sing jingle bells. Nestor then recognized visiting Rotarian Rupert Ainsley of the Jonesboro Rotary. The 50/50 raffle in the amount of $20 was won by Alan Dossenbach.

Announcements had Dick Poletti reminding everyone about the bell ringing for The Salvation Army at Lowes Foods. Joy Gilmour was excited about the upcoming club program with Mac Baldwin’s talk on the beef industry. Paul Horton talked about the school volunteer program. Dan Harrington bragged how Larry Aiken of the Jonesboro Rotary turned a donated golf cart to CUOC (Christians United Outreach Center) into a successful fundraiser. He also pointed out that the winner was Rotarian Paul Horton, who then related his story of being called and told of his winning and to hurry up and get down to the Sanford Christmas Parade to drive his cart in the parade. David Nestor bragged on his beloved Seahawks. Doug Mikesell bragged on the quality education his 9-year-old daughter was receiving at Grace Christian where she is a straight “A” student. There was a brag on Duke and its coach.

The program was introduced by David Nestor and was provided by Rotarian Doug Gay: “The U.S. Economic Outlook as Affected by Chinas Coming Slowdown.” Gay related just how this might affect us here in Lee County. He explained how the current U.S. economy affects us in everything we do from buying a car to purchasing a home. Gay showed the relationship between GDP and unemployment, how they mirror each other, and how we have had positive economic growth for the last four years.

China has shown very strong growth for the last 30 years, but that may be coming to an end. With wages tripling, worker discount, companies competing for workers and the aging of the population, China may be faced with the same social problems that the U.S. faced in the 60s. The Hukow, a document that entitles an individual to live in one area with benefits and privileges, actually hurts the ability of industry to recruit an effective workforce and companies are turning to more creative ways to recruit, such as, providing Hukow privileges to people willing to relocate. This bodes well for the U.S. economy because, as the price of manufacturing and shipping goes up in China it becomes increasingly more attractive to manufacture in the U.S. and possibly in Lee County.

Jeff Clark led the Pledge of Allegiance, Tom Dossenbach led the Four Way Test and David Nestor closed the meeting.


President David Caplan presided over the Nov. 6 Kiwanis Club of Lee County meeting. Sandra Bridges started the group out by leading the pledge. Kay Patterson gave the invocation. Denny Woodruff informed the club about the plans to paint downtown Sanford between Nov. 14 and Dec. 15 (on Steele Street between Carthage and Gordon streets) funded by winning the Benjamin Moore Main Street Matters contest. Susan Campbell sold 50/50 tickets and Judi Womack was the winner. Guests were Mary Winston Santucci and Grayson Santucci.

Happy dollars were given by Judi Womack, Nancy Watkins, Gwyn Maples, Patricia Deffenbaugh, Sally Porter, Denny Woodruff and Ronald Minter.

Prior to the speaker, the main items on the agenda were the upcoming wreath fundraiser and the Christmas party.

Tim Copas was the program speaker. Copas told the club about a multitude of apps that are available for smart phones and computers. He also invited members of the club to watch video on the WBFT website

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


President David Caplan presided over the Nov. 13 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County. Tim Copas led the invocation and Denny Woodruff led the invocation. Kerry Schmid, of the Lee County Attorney’s Office, was a guest.

Crystal Copas sold 50/50 tickets, with Woodruff as the winner.

Happy Dollars were given by Denny Woodruff, Patricia Deffenbaugh, Judi Womack, Martha Lucas, Ronald Minter, Nancy Watkins, John Payne, April Montgomery, Linda Moore and Sara Harrington.

Lyn Hankins made an announcement about this year’s Character Plus program at B.T. Bullock for the school year.

The program was presented by Karen Brusseau, who is Intake Coordinator at Piedmont Health SeniorCare, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly. She spoke about a new facility about to open in Pittsboro which will serve the elderly in Lee, Chatham and Orange counties. The facility will allow seniors who might otherwise be sent to assisted living facilities to live independently in the community and receive services through the day center.

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


President David Caplan presided over the Nov. 21 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame. Ronald Minter led the invocation and Helen Culberson led the invocation. Club guest was Terri Payne.

Tim Copas sold 50/50 tickets and $21 went to the winner, Sally Porter.

Happy Dollars were by Sally Porter, Lyn Hankins, April Montgomery, Robert Gray, Patricia Deffenbaugh, Tim Rushatz, Tim Copas, Denny Woodruff, Terri Payne, John Payne.

Kerry Schmid is a new club member.

The meeting started with Woodruff’s “Woody’s Words of Wisdom.”

The program was presented by Dr. Lynn Warren, Director of Special Programs and Projects for Lee County Schools who taught the club about the English as a Second Language Program, the methodology behind designating children as academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) and about the long-standing Kaleidoscope summer program for children in AIG.

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


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.