SANFORD ROTARY CLUB
President-Elect David Nestor opened the May 28 meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club and called on Tommy Rosser to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence led the singing of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
Paul Harris 50/50 raffle of $13 was won by Sam Sillaman.
Tommy Rosser reminded the club that next week’s meeting will be a healthcare specialist who will give a condensed version of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In Braggin’ Bucks, Doug Gay proudly announced that his son, Kenan, was married this past weekend to Liz Wicker.
Bud Taylor introduced Helene Cser, with the N.C. State University Forestry Extension. She graduated from UNC-Wilmington and received her master’s degree from NCSU. Cser spoke to the club about bioenergy trends in North Carolina. The forest industry is the largest manufacturing industry in North Carolina although there has been a drop in all plants since the 1990s. Ten to 12 percent of Fluff pulp produced in the world comes from North Carolina. Biomass provides more base load energy than wind, solar combined and in rural areas is most cost effective.
Large companies in Europe are using the biomass energy products to fuel their companies. The pellets made from wood products are mainly produced in North Carolina and companies are investing in constructing domes at the state ports in Morehead City and Wilmington. The domes will house the pellets until they are ready to be loaded on ships for oversea shipments. Two domes are planned for the Wilmington plant starting in 2013 and to be finished in 2015.
Nestor thanked Cser for her program and told her that, in appreciation, a dual-language children’s book will be donated in her name to the Lee County Library.
John Mangum led the Pledge of Allegiance and Doug Gay led the Four-Way Test.
SAN-LEE SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB
San-Lee Sunrise Rotary President Ed Mishler opened the June 3 meeting with the Quote of the Week: “The streets are safe in Philadelphia; it’s only the people that make them unsafe.” — Frank Rizzo, former mayor and police chief.
Andy Manhardt led the Rotary invocation, and Nicolle Phair led the Pledge of Allegiance.
In Good News, Andy and Ginny Manhardt welcomed new granddaughter Nora into the world. Martin Davis put in a plug for Comedy Night, the first Tuesday of each month at the Temple Theatre, Nolan Williams announced his thirty-fifth anniversary, and Ed Mishler announced his wife Janet’s birthday. Nicolle Phair, who will be celebrating her nuptials on the 15th of this month, announced the families of the bride and groom had a great get together this past weekend.
In Club News, the speaker for the June 10th San-Lee Sunrise meeting will be Mike Tannenbaum, Deputy IG for FORSCOM at Fort Bragg. On June 17th, Elizabeth Zeringue will share her experiences working with Mercy Ships in West Africa. Installation of new Rotary District Governor Cookie Billings will be held June 17th and San-Lee Sunrise Charter Night will be held June 20th at the home of Ed and Janet Mishler.
Andy Manhardt introduced fellow Rotarian from Jonesboro Rotary David Spivey, Rotary District 7690 Rotary Foundation Advocate for a program of North Carolina history and trivia. Some of the less known facts about North Carolina are:
• North Carolina has 1,500 lakes of 10 acres or more in size and 37,000 miles of fresh water streams.
* The General Assembly of 1987 adopted milk as the official state beverage.
• North Carolina was one of the first states in the U.S. to establish a state symphony. The North Carolina Symphony, founded in 1943, currently performs nearly 185 full-orchestra concerts each year.
• Grandfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge is the only private park in the world designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve.
• Many people believe that North Carolina was the first state to declare independence form England with the Mecklenburg Declaration of 1775.
• Fontana Dam is the tallest dam in the eastern United States, at 480 feet high.
• The first state owned art museum in the U.S. is located in Raleigh.
President Mishler closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test.
JONESBORO ROTARY CLUB
The Jonesboro Rotary Club met May 30. After President Michele Bullard called the meeting to order, visiting Sanford Rotarian Phil Richmond delivered the invocation.
That segued into the weekly program, presented by visiting Sanford Rotarian Phil Richmond, who introduced visiting Southern Pines Rotarian Susie Buchanan. She spoke to the club about St. Joseph of the Pines, an organization whose basic function has long been providing lifestyle and health choices for seniors in the North Carolina Sandhills. However, their latest endeavor the past few years has been the purchase of ant 18-wheeler semi trailer that the organization is using to bring mobile medical and dental care plus wellness education to low-income areas in Moore County since 2011. Along with fully outfitted examination rooms, the semi opens up hydraulically and has a fold-out stage for various sorts of presentations and entertainment. The program has also helped spread breast cancer awareness.
It costs roughly $1,200 to take the semi out and park it in one place for a few days, so Buchanan is always looking for contributions. But, the main reason for her visit was the news that the semi will soon be setting up shop in Lee County, specifically near the fairgrounds. Beyond funds, Buchanan wanted to solicit medical and dental volunteers, which Doug Doris (CEO of Central Carolina Hospital) and Bud Marchant (President of Central Carolina Community College) were happy to help facilitate.
David Nestor was recognized as a visiting Sanford Rotarian. Robbie Gilleland is a prospective member. President Bullard announced that Ron Hewett has joined the club.
Jonesboro Rotary’s annual installation banquet will be June 27 at the Carolina Trace Clubhouse.
Robert Gilleland announced that Sanford’s Function at the Junction free summer concert series will debut Thursday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at Depot Park.
Robert Gilleland boasted that his grandson is turning one year young. And visiting Sanford Rotarian Phil Richmond bragged about the generosity of area Rotarians, especially Jonesboro Rotarians.
Van Sillaman led the club in the Four-Way Rotary Test and Pledge of Allegiance.
DELTA SIGMA THETA
The Annual Hat Brunch for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Sandhill Alumnae Chapter, was held recently in Carthage. This year’s theme was “Do More, Be More, Live More.” Keynote speaker was Anisa Poole of Life Sculptors LLC. Other program presenters included: Jocelyn McKoy spoke on women’s health; Ophelia Livingston spoke on economic development — writing a business plan, and Moore County Extension Agent Agnes Evans spoke on physical health regarding bone health and carrying too much in your purse.
The audience was also entertained with poetry by Schan Ellis, a hat parade by Effie Woodard and praise dancing by Word Mime Ministry.
The program was designed by Soror Jessica Woodard and her committee.
The audience consisted of community people from Lee, Moore and surrounding counties.
President of the chapter is Ke’Sha Ridges.
LEE COUNTY DEMOCRATS
Lee County Democrats held their monthly meeting on May 28, with Ann McCracken presiding. Following a prayer offered by Tom Spence and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Chuck Baker, the attendees viewed a documentary, “The United States of ALEC,” narrated by Bill Moyers.
A tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has 2,000 members, representing all 50 states, forming the largest non-partisan individual public-private membership association of state legislators. ALEC drafts model bills that promote limited government and free market policies; legislators take these models to their states. The documentary, about ALEC, focuses on the successful effort of writing legislation (education, voting rights, health care and environment) that is copied in the states and backed by corporate lobbying and political action designed to increase corporate profits at public expense without public knowledge.
MaryBe McMillan, secretary-treasurer of the North Carolina State AFL-CIO; Tarza Mitchell, fellow at the Budget and Tax Center at the North Carolina Justice Center; and Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, led a panel discussion. Emerging from the points of discussion and questions was a desire to learn which N.C. public office holders hold membership in ALEC.
LEE COUNTY FORESTRY ASSOCIATION
Lee County Forestry Association President Mark Luellen opened the May 30 meeting by asking Association Secretary Charles Oldham to read the minutes of the last association meeting on Feb. 27. President Luellen also gave a treasurer’s report submitted by Bud Taylor showing an account balance of $1,863.
President Luellen introduced attorney Ted Feitshans, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics, N.C. State University, for a presentation titled “Gas Exploration and Production Issues for Forest Land Owners,” and Mark Megalos, Extension Associate Professor, N.C. State University, for a presentation “Some Tax Considerations from Lease Bonus and Royalty Payments.” Also speaking was Lisa Faulkner, Lee County Tax Office Appraisal Manager, for a presentation concerning Present Use Taxation.
The three speakers provided an introduction to the opportunities and complexities faced by Lee County citizens potentially impacted by shale gas exploration and development in central North Carolina.
HEARTS AND HANDS ECA QUILTERS GUILD
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.
N.C. CHRISTIAN CYCLISTS #129
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.