Club news

Mar. 31, 2013 @ 04:00 PM


The Sanford Woman’s Club met Friday, March 1, at The Flame with 12 members, one new member and one visitor present. President Donese Pulley called the meeting to order, welcomed the members and guests, and led the group in salutes to the North Carolina and the American flags.

Esther Siler gave the devotion. She said that we should be conscious that we are given 1440 minutes each day to be used wisely.

Eloise Berryman, program chairman for March, introduced Avron Upchurch, Master Gardener. He presented a program on how to construct a greenhouse. He said plants need the same three things that humans need: moisture, sun and temperature. July, August and September are excellent months for cuttings. In his “Show and Tell” assembly, he constructed a greenhouse sharing items needed and the process needed to follow in preparing one. He informed members that they do not have to have a green thumb to be a successful gardener, only needed is desire and willingness. He introduced some new terms: node (point the plant will sprout), internode (distance between nodes) damping-off (once spout begins, remove plastic to prevent “damping-off”or decay). 

The Feb. 1 minutes were read by Joyce Rosser, co-recording secretary, and approved.

Mary Upchurch gave the treasurer’s report, which was approved.

During old business, President Pulley reported that the engraved gavel was purchased for the club. She thanked Pat Drury for procuring the new stand for the American and North Carolina flags.

Betty Lou Burns and Lora Mae Culberson reported that they contacted the Sanford City Director, Progress Energy and the Lee County Arts and Community Center Director about the lighting problems in the parking lot at the Lee County Arts and Community Center. A motion was made, seconded and approved that Betty Lou Burns, Lora Mae Culberson, Esther Siler and Donese Pulley meet with designated persons, obtain more information and report back to the club at a later date. 

Lora Mae Culberson presented vinyl red and black scrapbooks for the official club scrapbook. The group voted to use the vinyl red scrapbook. The club thanked Lora Mae Culberson and Betty Lou Burns for their efforts in both the lighting and scrapbook projects.

Vivian Shaver was welcomed as a new member.

Esther Siler gave members a written survey and asked them to give their opinions about whether or not the club should remain with the District and State Federation or become independent. After much discussion, Mary Upchurch made a motion that the club table the matter until the next meeting, giving each member time to further research the matter and a vote will be taken in April. Pat Drury seconded the motion and the motion passed.

Bragging bucks were paid by Betty Lou Burns and Ruth Gurtis.

Each member was asked to give the treasurer one cent for each inch of their waist. In April, members are asked to put in twenty-five cents for the first 100 pounds of their weight, and one cent for each additional pound for the April Pennies fundraiser.

Ruth Gurtis led the club in a moment of silent prayer for Mary Brown, a long-time club member, who recently died.

The meeting was closed with the Club Collect. The next meeting will be held on April 5.


Sanford Lions Club members volunteered 164 man hours on March 15 and 16 providing free eye screening exams to 93 clients, according to project chairman George Kostrewa. The new and larger Vision Van provided by the N.C. Lions Foundation was located in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store on South Horner Blvd.

In addition to various eye-sight tests, the new van is equipped to test hearing. Those with poor sight and/or hearing results were recommended for professional examination and treatment. Kostrewa said 27 Lions volunteered for the project. They were Ish Rivera, Johnny Poindexter, Lindsay Jones, Richard Holshouser, Michael Wicker, Brenda Wicker, Steve Stoutzenberger, Glenn Stubits, Dan Hruby, Darrell Sapp, Tim Smith, Willard Garren, Phil Gurkin, Stewart Monti, Hal Siler, Everett Cox, Bonita Cox, Bob Hughes, Alex Novosel, Joe Johnson, Mark Arey, Anne Edens, Richard Hendley and Woody Seymour.

Kostrewa thanked everyone for their participation and especially the management of Piggly Wiggly for their outstanding cooperation and assistance. The Lions Vision Van will return to Sanford this summer for a visit at Wal-Mart parking lot.

Lion Jim Romine, chairman of the club’s annual Lions Golf Tournament, reported that plans for the Saturday, June 1, event at Quail Ridge Golf Course are progressing with club members still contacting area businesses for hole sponsorships. Supporters are urged to become $100 hole sponsors as a way of helping the Lions fund its many charitable programs. Golfers are also signing up for the fun tournament where many prizes will be awarded and lunch will be provided by Chick-Fil-A. Persons interested are urged to go to, or also, or call Romine at (919) 774-1173.

Presiding at the March 21 regular meeting was President Nick Novosel while president-elect Richard Holshouser was program chairman. After dinner and the business session, Holshouser directed a fun night with part of the group playing Bingo while others participated in a golf putting match.

The Lions Club Fairgrounds will be a busy place in coming weeks as the Carolina Fiber Fest Sheep Show will be held April 5-7 and the Lions Kitchen will be open for the event. There will be sheep herding, shearing and weaving demonstrations and numerous vendors involved in this industry. On April 27, hundreds of soccer players and family members will fill the grounds for a Sanford Area Soccer League Tournament where Lions will also provide a concessions tent. And on May 10-11, the annual Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser will be held at the fairgrounds.


President Alan Dossenbach opened the March 19 meeting of The Sanford Rotary and called on Jeff Clark to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”

Amber Cameron made up at the Stop Hunger Now event on March 16.

Sam Sillaman won the 50/50 raffle of $18.

President Dossenbach announced that volunteers are needed and welcome to the Maple Street Block Party on April 13 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. He also reminded members of the District Conference April 19-21. He also encouraged members to support the Jonesboro Rotary Club raffle on March 28. Mitch Reese thanked the members who volunteered at the Stop Hunger Now event on March 16. He announced that 25,700 meals were packaged with the help of over 100 volunteers.

Under “bragging,” Lynn Sadler announced that she had probably beaten her personal record; The South Florida Arts Journal accepted one song, one short story, three pieces of flash fiction, three pieces of non-fiction, one play, one screenplay and three poems.

President Dossenbach called on Tony Lett for the Rotary Minute. Lett shared an article from Rotary International News. He encouraged all Rotarians to talk about their involvement in Rotary with co-workers, friends and acquaintances. It is important to inform people of the club’s good works in the community and internationally.

David Nestor introduced the program on The Sanford Arts and Vine Festival, by Jennifer St. Clair and Bob Joyce, of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce. The Sanford Arts and Vine Festival, formerly known as The Sanford Pottery Festival, will be held May 3-5 at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center. Bob Joyce stated that this event is an opportunity to showcase Sanford and Lee County by attracting retirees to the area. Jennifer St. Clair stated that this event is three days, instead of two, and on Friday, May 3, there will be a kick-off concert with Huckleberry Blue, a local band and two bands from the Raleigh area. Tickets for the concert are currently being sold and people can visit the Facebook page and website for more on the event. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be over 80 artists and vendors, a wine tent with two breweries and 12 wineries represented. Festival sponsors are also needed, and if interested contact Bob Joyce at (919) 775-7341 or email

President Dossenbach thanked the speakers and told them that, in appreciation, a dual-language children’s book will be donated in their names to the Lee County Library.

David Foushee led the Pledge of Allegiance; Dick Poletti, the Four-Way Test.


President Ron Minter presided over the weekly meetings of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on March 13 and 20. On both days, the the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Patricia Deffenbaugh, and the invocation was given by John Payne on March 13 and by Denny Woodruff on March 20.. Project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell and the winner was Tim Copas. Happy dollars came from Denny Woodruff, Drew Lucas, John Payne, Ron Minter, Tim Copas and Patricia Deffenbaugh. Guests on March 13 included Joseph and Maggie Lucas with their dad, Drew Lucas.

On March 13, Drew Lucas introduced Lauren Winkens, a board member with the Lee County Community Orchestra and the speaker for the day. This is the 25th anniversary, or the Silver Anniversary Season, for the LCCM, Winkens explained that the goal of this organization is to spread the joy of music. Prepared with a handout about the upcoming concert that was on March 16-17, she said that they have four concerts at various locations during the year. The members of the orchestra are amateurs, professionals and students. Tara Towson Villa is the current Music Director/Conductor. For more information, Winkens encouraged going to

On March 20, Margaret Murchison introduced Crystal Hickman, Public Relations and Marketing Officer at Central Carolina Hospital and the speaker for the day. Accompanied by Joy Clancy and Kim Widrick, Hickman told about the new equipment the hospital has recently purchased. She also told about the wellness program that provides free educational seminars, health fair and free screenings for the community. Coming April 9 will be an electronic health medical records system and there will soon be a major expansion to the emergency room.


President Ed Mishler opened the March 25 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you wake up and it doesn’t stop until you get to the office.” — Robert Frost.

Nolan Williams led the Rotary invocation, and Neal Jensen led the Pledge of Allegiance. Tracy Carter and Kevin Kirkman received make-ups.

In “Good News,” Ed and Janet Mishler enjoyed the temperature change as they drove south to Florida. but did not enjoy the temperature change on the return trip. Nicolle Phair had high praise for her experience at PETS. She was especially impressed with the break-out sessions.

In “Club News,” there will be no San-Lee Sunrise meeting on Monday, April 1. The next meeting will be April 8, and this will be a Back Pack Pals day. President-Elect Andy Manhardt gave a short report on his attendance at PETS. Manhardt reported intense breakout sessions, great speakers and coming to the realization that a Rotary Club presidency begins a long time before taking office.

Nicolle Phair introduced Tamara Brogan, fitness counselor and instructor with Sanford Nautilus, for a program describing getting fit, not as a temporary fix, but as a way of life. If you want to tone up your muscles, slim down your girth, look and feel better, or just have additional energy for work and family, fitness training is for you. Any serious fitness regime should begin with a visit to the doctor to discuss any initial limitation one might need to incorporate into fitness training. 

Any training session should begin with a five-minute warmup, including some stretching. Three days a week of cardio training, and two days each week of weight lifting might be a good fitness program. Include proper footwear, lots of water for hydration, and a five-minute cool down and stretch. Any exercise program should include proper attention to food nutrition.

President Mishler ended the meeting with the Four Way Test and the thought, “How come just one careless match can cause a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire.”


Lee County High School football coach Burton Cates was guest speaker at the Jonesboro Rotary’s March 21 meeting

A guest of Rich Trogdon, Cates has compiled a record of 260-104 during his 28-year head coaching career, 25 of them as the legendary coach at Eastern Randolph High School and the last four seasons at Lee Senior High School. Cates’ teams have won nine conference championships and been to three state finals. Eastern Randolph won the 3-AA state championship in 2006. Moreover, by his calculation, 90 percent of his players have carried a 3.0 or better GPA.

Cates said he stresses four priorities in order for his players: 1) Belief in God, which includes weekly devotionals; 2) Family; 3) Academics; and 4) Football. Lee County won nine games last year, the most since 2005. However, even though Lee Senior is transitioning from 4A to 3A and into a new conference, Cates pointedly tried to temper expectations for next season.

Cates has been selected to serve as head coach of the North Carolina All-Stars at the 77th annual Shrine Bowl on Dec. 21, 2013.

Sgt. at Arms Jay Childress introduced the club’s two guests, visiting Rotarian Joy Gilmour and Essie Jernigan, mother of President Michele Bullard. Van Sillaman reminded everyone that the annual raffle drawing is coming up.   

Robert Gilleland reminded members that David Spivey’s band would be playing at the Pittsboro Roadhouse General Store on Saturday, March 23.

Bragging Bucks — Gina Eaves plugged the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Fundraiser that evening, which she would not be able to attend because she would be at the Annual N.C. Press Association awards ceremony in Chapel Hill.

President Bullard asked the club to keep a Lee County woman and her family in their prayers. With her husband deployed in Afghanistan, the woman recently lost all her possessions when a fire destroyed the family’s home.

Howard Bokhoven gave the weekly financial report. Larry Aiken, who won the weekly raffle, led the club in the Four-Way Rotary Test and Pledge of Allegiance.


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.