Club news

Mar. 24, 2013 @ 06:00 PM


President-Elect Andy Manhardt opened the March 18 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” — F.P. Jones.

Charles Oldham led the Rotary invocation, and Terry Mullen led the Pledge of Allegiance. Club guest Alan Zulick was recognized. Andy Manhardt, Nolan Williams and Nicolle Phair received make-ups for Character Plus classes.

In “Good News,” Andy Manhardt reported there were 26,000 meals packaged at the Stop Hunger Now event on Saturday, March 16. There were two shifts of workers and each shift packaged 13,000 meals. The event was sponsored by the three Rotary Clubs of Lee County. Charles Oldham recommended that anyone who wanted to renew their faith and pride in American youth should attend next year’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in Raleigh. Terry Mullen complimented fellow Rotarian Martin Davis, whose daughter is a member of Temple Teens, on the Temple Teens’ performance at Carolina Trace and also praised the Temple Theatre production of “Forever Plaid.”

In “Club News,” President-Elect Elect Nicolle Phair will be attending PETS and there will be a Rotary Peace Symposium held in Chapel Hill on April 5. The March 25 San-Lee Sunrise meeting will feature a program by Tamara Brogan from the Sanford Nautilus.

Andy Manhardt introduced fellow Rotarian and President Elect of Sanford Rotary David Nestor for a program describing the upcoming Sanford Arts and Vine Festival. The Sanford Arts & Vine Festival is a large-scale, high-quality event bringing together artists, wine makers and the people who enjoy their wares. Building on the success of the 11-year Sanford Pottery Festival, the Arts & Vine Festival will be held on the weekend prior to Mother’s Day, May 3-5, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The Festival will commence with a night of music on May 3 with three bands including Sanford’s own Huckleberry Blue. The Festival on May 4t-5 will highlight the wares of over 60 artists and vendors. There also will be 11 wineries participating.

Sponsors of the event include Central Carolina Hospital, Lee County Job Ready, CCCC, First Bank, The Sanford Herald, Pfizer, Mertek Solutions, Kiwanis, Down Town Sanford and the Central Carolina Jaycees.

More information about the Festival is available at or the Chamber of Commerce.

President-Elect Andy Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and the thought, “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you are tired.”


The Sanford Lions Club welcomed leaders of the Brick City LEO Club at its March 14 meeting and heard a report of LEO public service projects this past club year. President Alex Novosel and Vice President Mariah Rockwell, both seniors, represented the Lee County High School organization. They were introduced by Lion Bob Edens, one of the Sanford Lions advisors to the teenage group whose mission is to promote leadership and public service among youth.

Novosel said LEO’s have raised money to support the Backpack Pals program in the schools, provided Christmas gifts for two children through the Salvation Army and volunteered during its holiday kettle fund drive. The high school students also visited patients in two nursing homes and contributed to the MIRA Foundation in Southern Pines, which provides guide dogs to sight impaired children.

They also will contribute a picnic table and trash can for the plaza area of the newly renovated Lee County High School, and plan to participate in the Cystic Fibrosis campaign and support the CARA animal rescue program before the end of this school year. They will also contribute to the American Cancer Society through the annual Relay for Life event in May where they will sell pizza and drinks.

The youth’s service to the Sanford Lions Club and its charitable projects also was recognized. They have sold Camp Dogwood raffle tickets that benefit the blind and volunteered at N.C. Lions Vision Van visits providing free eye screenings to citizens. Club members also pitch in at the annual Lee Regional Fair helping in the exhibit hall, in the arena during pageants, and they drive golf carts providing transportation for senior citizens and physically impaired. The fair is also a major funding source for the LEO’s as they sell hot corn and sodas with the funds going toward their community projects.

LEO President Novosel, who happens to be the son of Lions President Nick Novosel, thanked the Lions Club and especially advisors Bob and Anne Edens, Jon Joyner and Melissa Hilliard for their support and guidance. The youth club meets the first and third Sunday afternoons of each month at the Lions Fairgrounds.

The meeting was opened with prayer by Bob Edens and Nick Novosel led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. Tail Twister Jim Romine had members in stitches as he used information sheets on each Lion in a game to see who could guess the person correctly as he offered facts about them. He presented a one dollar lottery ticket for correct answers, but those guessing wrong had to pay a dollar. Numerous dollar bills changed hands and laughs were abundant.


The Sanford Kiwanis Club met March 14. After the opening prayer by Charles Alexander and the Pledge of Allegiance, Club President James Emerson asked for introduction of guests. Ed Garrison introduced guest Kay Byerly.

Emerson then asked for Spiritual Aims, with several members reporting.

Plans are to work with fifth graders at Deep River Elementary School on Monday, March 18.

Mike Laudate reminded members of the need to secure sponsors for the upcoming golf tournament on May 9.

Emerson reported that he, Gordon Bailey, John Dutton, Harvey Forbes, Joe Lawrence and David Patterson attended the regional Kiwanis meeting at Seven Lakes and fulfilled the requirements for an interclub visit at the same time.

Emerson informed members that the board decided not to have the regular meeting Thursday, March 28, which is Maundy Thursday.

Happy Bucks were given by Seth Cox, who was happy to have Hal Siler at the meeting; Ed Garrison was happy to have Kay Byerly with him at the meeting; Dan Jones was happy to report that he had two great-grandsons born that day; and Bob Brickhouse gave Happy Bucks recognizing the N.C. basketball teams in the tournament this week and wished good luck for all of them. Harvey Forbes reported tht he was at the recent UNC baseball game sitting by Roy Williams.

Kiwanian Ed Garrison introduced as the evening’s speaker Hal Siler, who is and has been very active in the Sanford community. Siler speaks German and recruited three German-speaking companies to Sanford.He  has been recognized twice as Citizen of the Year.

Siler began his talk by saying that the history of Lee County is fascinating. About 200 million years ago, the ocean’s coastline came up to about Sanford. At some point, there was a big upheaval raising one side of the Jonesboro Fault about 370 feet. The Triassic Basin was formed and lakes were created. Over the millions of years, red silt filled the lakes. This became some of the best sources of shale for brick-making. Outside of this area are the rolling, red and rocky areas toward Carbonton. The soil around Jonesboro is great for farming.

Around Broadway, there is lots of gravel. Many Sanford streets and sidewalks were built using Broadway gravel. Stones are worn smooth. Russ Patterson said they decided that the Cape Fear River moved eastward over the years and left pockets of stones that the river had worn smooth. Around 1900, brownstone was found and mined. Lee County brownstone was used for many buildings on the East Coast for many years.

Siler is well-known in the area for his amazing cartoon drawings and caricatures. He first drew Mickey Mouse, Fred Flintstone and the Farmer who, when turned upside down, represents the Farmer’s Wife. Then he drew a picture composed completely of all letters of the alphabet, both large and small. This person is called the Alphabet Man.

Siler explained that the Alphabet Man demonstrates that all letters are important. All letters are needed to complete the picture. This is the same as all members of the community. There is something that every person can do to help complete the work in the community.


The Sanford Kiwanis Club met March 7. After the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, Club President James Emerson asked for introduction of guests. Harvey Forbes introduced Rebecca Novapuerto, who is president of the Lee County Senior High Key Club.

Emerson then asked for Spiritual Aims with several members presenting reports.

Monday’s Character Plus program was discussed as having been a great success with Sam Gaskins speaking to the fifth graders about Integrity. He created teams and gave a scenario where decisions had to be made about a real-life situation.

Mike Laudate reminded members of the need to secure sponsors for the upcoming golf tournament on May 9.

Happy bucks were given by Ed Garrison for the recent Ladies Night, Mike Laudate’s work on the golf tournament, and member support of programs. Tom Reese gave happy bucks for his two ladies who joined him at Ladies Night. Bob Brickhouse was happy that his grandson Bryan will be married in November.

Kiwanian Sam Gaskins introduced as the evening’s speaker Brad Womble, who is the Director of the Raleigh Exec Jetport. Womble grew up in the Deep River area and graduated from Lee Senior High School.

Womble said that he started flying at the old Lee County Airport. His first job was working at the airport pumping gas. Later, he moved to Concord where he taught flying.

Womble has worked for the Robert Yates racing team as pilot for Yates’ private jet. He also worked for Rusty Wallace for five years and now works with Roush-Fenway Racing.

Womble says that the airport has huge potential — it will grow. It has grown from about 30 planes at the old airport to 150-160 planes now.There are lots of people at the airport every day — working, flying in or out, and those learning to fly.

Also with Womble was Chip Pate, who started the newsletter “Triangle Skies.”

The airport now has 70 hangers with approval to build 26 more. There are currently 18 people with planes waiting for hangers. The runway is built such that a large jet could be handled, although there are no plans to be commercial.

There are eight businesses operating at the airport, including a charter service, aircraft maintenance and flight instruction. DEA has recently moved its aircraft maintenance to the airport.

The Wings of Carolina Flying Club has located here with 365 members and 14 aircraft.

There will be a total runway rehab in June and July. The vast majority of the cost will be from a federal grant with 10 percent match from the airport. Last year’s Family Day saw over 6,000 people enjoying the activities at the airport. This year’s event will be held on Oct. 17.

The meeting was ended by the 50/50 drawing won by Sam Gaskins.


President Alan Dossenbach opened the March 12 meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club and called on Bud Taylor to lead the Rotary Prayer.

Tom Spence led the singing of “ When Irish Eyes are Smiling.”   

Visiting Rotarians — Rupert Ainsley and Tim Martin from Jonesboro Rotary.

Guests — Carter Keller, guest of Tom Dossenbach. Patrice and Mark Hackett, guests of Lynn Sadler and parents of Marquis Hackett, who was the Rotary Against Drugs Speech contest winner for two years and now a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.   

Deloris Jenkins made up at the Gala.

Tom Dossenbach was the 50 / 50 raffle winner.   

Announcements — Mitch Reese reminded the club of our Stop Hunger Now Event on Saturday, March 16, at the Lions Club Fairgrounds. The club is looking to pack 25,000 meals to feed the hungry. Thanks to Mitch Reese and Sam Sillaman for heading up this project.

Braggin’ Bucks — Paul Horton Bragged on the UNC Tar Heels’ baseball team being undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Lynn Sadler bragged on school superintendent Jeff Moss and Duke’s win over UNC. Jonathan York bragged on the Boys and Girls Club spaghetti supper, Friday, March 15.   

Program — Alan Dossenbach introduced the club’s own Tom Dossenbach, who presented a program on the Raleigh Executive Jetport at Sanford-Lee County. The jetport opened in October of 2000 and is the third largest public general aviation airport in North Carolina. The jetport currently has 160 based aircraft, 79 hangers (which are full), eight corporate hangers and one maintenance hanger. There are 13 onsite businesses. It is a self-supporting airport through sales of fuel and services, hanger rentals and tax revenue from based planes which goes into a reserve fund for future expansion. The economic impact of the jetport to our area is $32,000,000. The Airport Commission always has a five-year plan for the jetport. In 2011-2012, they implemented security improvements with additional camera and fences around the facility and a capital improvement to lengthen the runway in the summer of 2013 by 2000 feet and install new LED runway lights. They will also install new T hangers. In the fall of each year, the airport has a Family Fun Day in which they bring in different type aircraft and helicopters for the public to see. The first year (2009) over 3,500 people attended and last year close to 7,000 attended.

Also, Young Eagles flew children for free and over 500 children have gotten to fly. The local flying club, Wings of Carolina, has 300 members and 14 planes. 

To close the meeting, Joy Gilmour led the Pledge of Allegiance and David Nester led the Four Way Test.


Lee County Retired School Personnel met Wednesday, March 15, at Café 121. The 22 attendees chose between chicken salad sandwich or parmesan chicken. Ann Womble returned thanks and the Rev. Hunter Preston, minister from Jonesboro Methodist Church, spoke on Family and Morals. He related that to be successful as a family there must be a clear understanding of rules and stick to them.

Ann Alford, chair of the Read Across America, in memory of Dr. Seuss, reported that several retired personnel read at the elementary schools. They were Ann Alford, Priscilla Brower, Betty Lou Burns, Sam Carter, Carol Cox, Sylvia Churchwell, JoAnn Thomas and Eugenia Thompson. Ann Alford received the Apple Award.

Members of the National Education Association voted by secret ballot for the North Carolina Retired Personnel to attend the national convention to be held in July. The North Carolina Retired School Personnel will attend the state meeting March 19-20 to be held in Durham. Lee County will be represented by Sylvia Churchwell, Vivian Shaver, Mildred Smith, Ruth Spears and Eugenia Thompson.

Scholarship applications are due April 8. Forms are available at each of the high schools through the guidance department.

Ruth Gurtis, Our State chair, reported that 16 additional subscriptions are needed to meet the goal to continue to award scholarships.

Chevelle Branch remembered JoAnn Thomas and Ann Rosser as birthday members.

The March 25th annual spelling bee RSP team will consist of Sam Carter, Sharon Gordon, Julianne McCracken, Neil McDonald and Dee Utley.

Door prize winner of a shamrock was Mildred Smith, donated by Julianne McCracken.

The April RSP meeting will be held at Café 121 with Susan Condlin, Lee County Extension Director, giving the program on Food Safety.


The Jonesboro Rotary Club met March 14 at The Flame with President Michele Bullard presiding. The club welcomed as a guest Jerry Merritt, chair of marketing and membership at Carolina Trace Country Club, and program guests Larry Mintz, former professor of history and humor at Maryland University, and his wife, Eileen Greenbaum Mintz, artist, photographer and attorney.

The couple participated recently in a People to People Cultural Exchange in Cuba. They focused on meeting people and discussing mutual interests and concerns.

Visas are necessary and how many such exchanges are permitted depends on the prevailing politics. The 10-day trip featured time in Havana, Cien Fuegas and Trinidad. Two guides led the exchangers, one from Mexico, and the other from Cuba. They visited a day care center, a senior center, a dance presentation and Larry Mintz participated in a Hanukah ceremony. They viewed several monuments to “The Revolution,” when in 1959 Castro led rebel forces to an overthrow of the U.S.-backed Batista government and introduced communism and socialism to Cuba.

Larry and Eileen Mintz felt admiration and affection for the Cubans they met, and they felt that the continued U.S. embargo hurts only people though its crippling effect on their economy.

Larry Aiken announced that Joe Wynn from Toyota of Sanford recently spoke to Edwards Elementary students on integrity.

Raffle tickets still on sale, with March 28 as the date for the drawing at the Westlake Club.

Hal Evans shared a moving brag about the power of prayer and a report of “cancer-free” from his sister-in-law’s recent scan.

Van Sillaman bragged that “Forever Plaid” at the Temple Theatre is a must-see.

Howard Bokhoven bragged on a successful Man and Woman of the Year fundraiser, which featured David Spivey and Isabel Lawrence as this year’s recipients.

Bokhoven then reported on the continuing success of the stock market, enjoying a sustained run.

Richard Carlson won the raffle in absentia and Gina Eaves stepped up to dismiss the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance.


The Jonesboro Rotary met March 7 with President Michele Bullard presiding. Invocation was given by Doug Doris.

There were two visiting Rotarians, both from the San Lee Sunrise club, Kevin Kirkman, and the speaker, Sheriff Tracy Carter.

Pat Reynolds reported that the White Elephant sale netted around $1,300. On the upcoming raffle, the ticket leaders thus far are Robert Gilleland and Larry Aiken. Van Sillaman reminded the club of the Stop Hunger Now day at the fairgrounds on the March 16. Yvonne Bullard reported on the upcoming Man and Woman of the Year event with the Lee County Community Foundation. Jonesboro Rotary’s David Spivey has been selected as Man of the Year.

Michele Bullardbragged on her daughter Madison’s 10th birthday. Yvonne Bullard bragged on her granddaughter’s third-place finish out of 20 clubs in shooting. Gina Eaves bragged on Yvonne Bullard’s bread pudding and on an upcoming trip to Kentucky.

The weekly raffle total was $38 and the winner was Doug Doris.

Mikael Basinger introduced the speaker, Sheriff Tracy Carter, who gave an update on crime in Lee County. Property crimes increase during hard times and the Sheriff’s Department still spends a lot of time investigating them. Carter encouraged club members to not make it easy for thieves. He recommended installing alarm systems in homes and to purchase a safe for valuables. He said most of the thieves in Lee County don’t carry cutting torches with them when they break in. Also, if anyone sees anything suspicious or out of the ordinary, they should call the Sheriff’s Department as the extra eyes on the street help deter crimes. Good news is the property crime rate decreased from 2011 to 2012. Carter also pointed out that his department has seized over $19 million street value of drugs in the last six years.

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


The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at the Lee County Library, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Society member Lois Bayer will lead a hands-on session in the library’s computer lab on how to use the website “” Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661.


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.


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.