Club news

Sep. 15, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


President Andy Manhardt opened the Sept. 9 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary Club with a memorial oration to honor Rotarian and San-Lee Sunrise Club Treasurer Martin Davis. The Quote of the Day: “The person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed” — by Bennett Cerf, personified Davis’ ability to enliven San-Lee Sunrise meetings with his wonderful sense of humor.

Charles Oldham led the Rotary invocation, and Deborah Clifford led the Pledge of Allegiance. Rotary guests included Assistant District Governor Dr. Mark Zeringue; Gina Eaves, president of Jonesboro Rotary; David Nestor, president of Sanford Rotary; Joy Gilmore, past president of Sanford Rotary, along with club guests Jim Fuller and Martha Oldham who were recognized.

In Good News, Deborah Clifford announced she has become a grandmother for the seventh time. Matt Matthews, after enjoying a week and a half in Canada, concluded his travels with a week at the beach in N.C. Terry Mullen announced he has a grandchild on the way. Gina Eaves complimented Andy Manhardt for his dancing ability.

In Community News, President Andy Manhardt met with Gina Eaves, president of Jonesboro Rotary, and Carol Carlson and Sandra Wilson with HAVEN to explore ways Rotary might help the shelter to get back on its feet soon.

In Club News, the 2013 District Training Seminar will be held in Clemmons on Saturday, Sept. 21. The District 7690 Golf Tournament will be held Oct. 10 at the Pinewood Country Club. The Sandler Training Polio Fundraiser will be held Oct. 21.

President Andy Manhardt introduced Assistant District Governor Dr. Mark Zeringue, who introduced District Governor Cookie Billings for a program describing the Rotary District 7690 Areas of Focus for 2013-2014. Billings, a charter member (1996) of the Rotary Club Greensboro Airport, became president of the club in 1999-2000. For three years, Billings was Assistant Governor for Greensboro Area 5 and 7690 District Governor for 2013-2014.

The Rotary slogan for 2013-2014 is “Engage Rotary-Change Lives” and there are four Areas of Focus for Rotary District 7690. (1) Promote membership growth with special emphasis on women in Rotary. (2) Foundation giving which includes a 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow club designation for all clubs, achieve and maintain 100 percent Sustaining Members in District 7690 and support the Sandler Polio fundraising event. (3) Promote the family of Rotary, and (4) Special projects with special emphasis on organ donor registration.

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought: “Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.” — Horace Walpolel.


President David Nestor opened the Sept. 3 meeting of The Sanford Rotary Club and called on Carol Yarborough to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “Loch Lomond,” followed by “Happy [September] Birthday” in honor of Alan Dossenbach, Cindy Johnson, Dick Poletti, David Foushee, Mitch Reese, Bill Ray and Albert Adcock.

In his opening comments, President Nestor pointed out the special birthday recognition of Former President Alan Dossenbach in The Sanford Herald; provided background on Labor Day; and quoted Martin Luther King, Vince Lombardi and W.C. Fields. He proudly announced that all of the club’s members are now organ donors. Under new business, he called a “standup board meeting” to vote on a potential new member and requested a volunteer to accompany him to Asheboro on Sept. 21 for a District Membership Meeting.

Visiting from the Jonesboro Rotary Club were Tim Martin and Rupert Ainsley.

Sam Sillaman won the 50/50 raffle ($11).

Under “bragging,” Sam Sillaman announced that his daughter, although a full-time student at UNC-Greensboro, has taken a part-time job. David Nestor saluted former Southern Lee star Aaron Mellette for advancing to the pro level with the Baltimore Ravens.

For his “Rotary Minute,” Tony Lett called attention to the “outstanding” September 2013 issue of The Rotarian. It emphasizes getting more out of membership by working at the club level to have a collective impact on the local community; connecting “across the world to move communities forward with clean water, health initiatives, education, and more”; and helping grow the Rotary Family through, for example, Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Community Corps, Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Rotary Peace Fellowships.

Amber Cameron introduced the speaker, Kristy Arey, of Lee County Partnerships for Children. Its focus is birth to five years of age — the 2,000 days that have such a lasting impact on later learning, health and success. Its aim is to meet the basic needs of and help provide the skills necessary for these children to begin kindergarten. It offers grants to childcare centers in Lee County and helps them to attain five-star ratings. It partners with Smart Start, a statewide initiative, and is funded by private and public funds. It also partners with the local book store, Books at a Steal. Under its Lee County Imagination Library program, it sends, monthly, a selected book (purchased through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library) to participants’ homes free of charge to registered children until their fifth birthdays. The current special needs of The Lee County Partnership for Children are third-shift child care and, especially, transportation.

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

Dick Poletti led the Pledge of Allegiance; Phil Price, the Four-Way Test.


The Kiwanis Club of Sanford met Sept. 5. After the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, Tom Joyner asked for introduction of guests. Bob Brickhouse introduced his daughter Nancy Brickhouse, son Paul Brickhouse and Paul’s wife Beth. They were all in Sanford to celebrate Bob Brickhouse’s 90th birthday.

Joyner noted that three of of the Kiwanis members were on an interclub visit to the Raeford club.

Happy Bucks were given by Neal Kightlinger, Jimmy Foster, Bob Brickhouse, Dan Jones,  Tom Reese, Lee Todd, Mike Laudate and Tom Joyner.

Neal Kightlinger reminded members of the upcoming Character Plus program.

Following the meal, Kiwanian Jimmy Foster introduced Dr. Lynn Smith, Chairman of the Lee County Board of Education.

Dr. Smith introduced the speaker, Dr. Andy Bryan, Superintendent of Lee County Schools. Dr. Bryan grew up in Virginia,  and has been with Lee County schools for 7½ years.

Bryan, who became superintendent in July, said he considers himself in a transition period. He noted he wants to listen to the community as it is important that we have the same goals. While meeting with people throughout the community, he is asking three questions: What are we doing well? What do we need to improve? What do we need to do or change for the future?

By mid-October, he will have met with 1,500 to 2,000 people in the county to get feedback on these issues. At that point, he plans to put together a report to present to the school board.

One goal is to be a school district where every student graduates. Another goal is to graduate students with more than just a high school diploma.

The club’s 50/50 fundraising drawing was won by John Dutton.


President Gina Eaves called the Sept. 5 meeting to order. Rich Trogdon gave the invocation. McGuire Bullard attended as a guest of Yvonne Bullard.

Eaves introduced George Harvey with the Sanford Lions to give information about his club and the Lee Regional Fair coming up Sept. 10-15. Harvey combined the two topics by starting with his club’s emphasis on the social media. Harvey gave a preview of what’s new at the fair. The Lions also host the Moen company picnic at the fair. Last year, there were over 1,500 people attending. The Lions are looking for other events like Charlie Daniels to utilize the grounds throughout the year.

Eaves thanked Yvonne Bullard for her banana pudding in celebration of our September birthdays. The board selected Dec. 12 as the date for the Christmas Party at the Westlake Valley Club. David Spivey told us that in memory of Mike Thomas they were continuing “Mike’s Happiness Fund” which helps kids with funds to get things they need. This fund will operate throughout the year. Larry Aiken announced the resumption of Character Plus on Tuesday, Sept, 17, at J Glenn Edwards Elementary School at 9 a.m. He requested volunteers for tutoring. Michele Bullard said the Character Plus program at Greenwood Elementary School is being scheduled and will be announced later. Yvonne Bullard asked for volunteers for the BreadBasket. Chad Spivey is performing at the Red Sofa and David Spivey expressed his brag about East Carolina football and its new season. Howard Bokhoven gave the stock report. He continued his good news by winning the raffle.

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


Jonesboro Rotary met Aug. 29 with John Ramsperger calling the meeting to order and Robert Gilleland giving the invocation.

Michele Bullard announced that the Red Cross would be sponsoring a fundraiser for HAVEN.

Brags this week were by Michele Bullard, Van Sillaman, Yvonne Bullard and John Ramsperger.

Howard Bokhoven gave the stock report and as he predicted the market was going through a 5 percent correction.

The weekly raffle pot climbed to $32 this week. Robert Gilleland was the winner.

Bob Joyce introduced guest speaker Dr. Andy Bryan, the new Superintendent for Lee County Schools. He started in his new position on July 1 of this year. His initial goal was to implement a three-month transition plan. He has done meet and greets at the schools to get introduced to teachers and parents. Bryan believes that the education of the students is about economic development. Educating the students to become successful and once they are successful to give back to the community.

Bryan addressed the school budget as well. Faced with the loss of funds, the school system had to make cuts to save teacher and teacher assistant positions. To fund those positions, Bryan said the assistant superintendent’s position remains unfilled. He said the tutor and graduation ambassadors programs were eliminated as well. Usually 30 percent of the student laptops are replaced, but that was eliminated this year to save money. Bryan also formed a committee headed up by Cindy Johnson to look into savings on the technology side. Her committee’s report is due the first of October.

Robert Gilleland closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance.


The Harnett County Democratic Men met recently for their monthly meeting in Lillington.

Members and guests heard from N.C. House Representative Deb McManus (Chatham/Lee). She spoke to the 35 attendees about this session’s legislative actions and the resulting impacts on our communities. She particularly highlighted her frustrations with cuts in public education and the general lack of bipartisan cooperation.

“Rep. McManus’s stories of this past legislative session should remind us of the importance of moderation in government,” club president Brad Salmon said. “We need broad minded leaders who have the courage to work across the aisle to make North Carolina a better place for us all.”

Among those in attendance were former U.S. Senator Robert Morgan, former Congressman Bob Etheridge, former District Court Judge Ed McCormick, Harnett County Clerk of Court Marsha Johnson and Sanford City Council member Rebecca Wyhof.

For more information on upcoming meetings and service activities, contact (910) 984-1012.


Lemon Springs Extension and Community Association met at the McSwain Center on Thursday, Sept. 5. A roll call of the 15 members and several guest attendees was presented by Mildred Smith, president.

The program was given by Janet Jackson of Central Electric Conservation Energy. Many methods of conserving energy are to use Energy Star efficient products, change heating/air conditioner filters monthly, use weather strips around doors and caulk around windows.

Minutes of the last meeting and treasurer’s report were accepted. The group had furnished paper goods, craft supplies, pillow cases and fresh vegetables to HAVEN, which had been the club’s project. The Habitat for Humanity workers will be fed during a workday in October.

Three members of the club were present at the ECA display at the Boomers Expo event recently held at the civic center. Several members also attended the county commissioners August meeting and presented home canned tomatoes to the members in recognition of the Centennial of the Extension Clubs. The commissioners also received a copy of the book “Ordinary Women Extraordinary Service.”

The Lee County ECA clubs voted to support a No Bake fundraiser. Each member will give a donation instead of having a bake sale to fund projects. The group was reminded of the Centennial Celebration to be held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh on Oct. 27. The annual state conference will be held on the 28th and 29th. Registration forms have been sent to each member.

The Lemon Springs fair booth, Money Does Not Grow On Trees, was finalized. Suggestions, especially during bad economic times, are to compare shopping, use coupons and grow own foods.

Members are urged to keep records of certified volunteer hours that are due at the end of November. Farm to Table food items are available for the fall. Club dues are to be paid in November.

Lemon Springs will furnish refreshments for the Leadership Team meeting to be held at the McSwain Center on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Susan Condlin, N.C. Cooperative Extension County Director, will teach recycling at the Oct. 3 meeting to be held at the McSwain Center.

The Club Collect was recited to end the meeting.


The monthly meeting of the Lee County Democratic Party was held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the new party headquarters at 147 Chatham St. Lee County Commissioner Ricky Frazier gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

After the 1963 March on Washington was remembered, John Kirkman and James French reported on the N.C. Democratic Party State Executive Committee meeting held on Saturday, Aug. 17, in Greensboro. Bob Finch and Pam Patterson and Rep. Deb McManus also reported on the Town Hall meeting with Lt. Gov. Dan Forest that was held in Sanford on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Rep. McManus had participated in a panel discussion along with the lieutenant governor and Rep. Mike Stone and Rep. Jamie Boles at the meeting.

After the reports, McManus reviewed the recent session of the N.C. General Assembly, especially noting the many bills that were passed in the final days of the session. She was very concerned over the new legislation that will make voting more difficult for citizens, will cut funds for public education and will curtail women’s access to health care. McManus also commented on the legislation passed by the General Assembly that changed the Lee County Board of Education and the Sanford City Council from non-partisan to partisan. This legislation, introduced in a bill by Rep. Mike Stone, had not been requested by either board, and leaders of both local boards opposed the bill in legislative committee hearings.

Chair Ann McCracken announced that the Executive Committee of the Lee County Democratic Party had voted to support the city bond referendums that will be on the primary ballot. She asked for volunteers to work with Sanford Matters in supporting the bonds. She also announced that N.C. Democratic Party Chair Randy Voller will be the guest speaker at the Sept. 10 meeting of the Democratic Women of Lee County.

The next monthly meeting of the Lee County Democratic Party will be on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. Former Senator Ellie Kinnaird of Carrboro will be guest speaker.


The Sandhills Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. recently held its first meeting of the chapter year at Sandhills Baptist Association in Carthage. Business consisted of discussion of fund raisers and community events for the new year. New officers and committee chairs were announced. The sorority summed up their summer activities that included Stop The Violence community activities at Horton Park in partnership with Get Smart Inc. and Moore County Stuff The Bus.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is a non-profit organization serving Lee and Moore counties.


The Lee County Genealogical & Historical Society holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. The program scheduled for Sept. 24 is “Endor Iron Furnace Update” and will be presented by Bob Brickhouse. Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661.


The Brownstone Home and Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Heritage Pointe Clubhouse. Members will have a covered dish luncheon.


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.