ROTARY CLUB OF SANFORD
President David Nestor opened the Aug. 27 meeting of the Rotary Club of Sanford and called on Dick Poletti to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence led the singing of “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”
Kirk Bradley was the guest of Tom Dossenbach and John Taylor was the guest of Bill Holt.
Sam Sillaman won the 50/50 raffle.
Tony Lett gave a Rotary Minute about the September issue of The Rotarian magazine. Rotary International President Ron Burton talks about the newly designed Rotary.org website. It features a website for the family of Rotary and also for people finding out about Rotary.
Tom Dossenbach presented Kirk Bradley a plaque and a much deserved thank you for the gift of donating the land that made it possible for the club to develop the Don Buie Memorial Trailhead section of the greenway. This has been a dream of this club to honor Don Buie and without Bradley’s generosity it would not have realized. The club gave Bradley a standing ovation.
Nestor also asked for a moment of silence in honor of Mike Thomas from the Jonesboro Club and Marty Davis from the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary Club.
Braggin’ Bucks—Natasha Rawls bragged on 11 year old son, an honor student, for helping out his sister with extra work so that she also became an honor student. Rawls also bragged on Phil Richmond for helping her receive a trac-style wheelchair for her brother. Lynn Sadler bragged on a former student asking her to be a part of ceremony and reading a tribute she wrote about Dr. Martin Luther King. This student retired as a Lt. Colonel and works for Homeland Security. Tommy Rosser bragged on being blessed for his marriage of 33 years to his bride.
Dan Harrington introduced Sparky Wilson, Director of the Carolina Trace Community Emergency React Team, for the program. Wilson is a Retired U.S. Army Colonel and exec with the Wilson Group Inc. He also teaches emergency reaction courses at Central Carolina Community College. Wilson spoke to the club about preparedness for natural disasters and facts about tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and floods. He relayed to club members about weather radios. and WRAL weather apps for cell phones that alerts as threatening weather approaches the area. Another way of warning is Lee County’s Code Red. Go to www.leecountync.gov website and at the lower right, register under Code Red. It is free and alerts one by email, cell phone and home phone about local threats in weather. Wilson encouraged members to have home disaster kits and emergency car kits available. He recommended to have all your insurance papers, home deeds and important documents in a safe and easily accessible place in case of disasters. To be a part of a community response team, encourage neighbors to attend classes at CCCC. His next class starts Oct. 17 and runs Tuesday and Thursday nights through Nov 7.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Doug Gay and the Four-Way Test by Tommy Rosser.
KIWANIS CLUB OF SANFORD
The Kiwanis Club of Sanford met Aug. 29. After the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, Club President James Emerson asked for Spiritual Aims.
Happy Bucks — Ed Garrison was happy about Teresa Kelly as the program speaker, for David Patterson for his help with interclub visits and flags, and for Tom Joyner and Tom Reese for help with future programs. Bob Brickhouse was happy about Seth Cox’s upcoming return to Sanford and for the outstanding Boomers Expo. Dargan Moore was happy to see Teresa Kelly as the speaker. Tom Joyner was happy that granddaughter Katelyn had a good report in her cancer treatment. Joyner was also happy that Kiwanian Mitchell Carr and fiancee Khala are to be married in December.
Emerson reminded the members of the upcoming Charter Night meeting to be held Thursday, Oct. 17. He also stated that new Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Martha Lucas will induct the new officers in early October.
Emerson reported on his recent attendance at the Carolinas District Convention in Greenville, S.C. The new Kiwanis Governor for the Carolinas District is Bill Clinginpeel from Greensboro. The District is making a big push for new members. There will also be a Mid-Year meeting to be held at Myrtle Beach. Kiwanis International is now requiring that any Kiwanian working with children or youth must have a clear background check.
Following the meal, Ed Garrison introduced Teresa Kelly, Executive Director of Christians United Outreach Center of Lee County (CUOC). She has been with CUOC since 2009. A long-time Lee County resident, she has served the community through work with Habitat for Humanity, church, Central Carolina Toastmasters, and as current president of the Broadway Lions Club.
Kelly said that CUOC began eight years ago when a pastor said, “If we go away tomorrow, what would people remember about us?” Group discussions began and the plan that developed was a way to provide food to those in need.
CUOC is mainly a food bank, but also has a thrift shop selling donated items to raise money to purchase food. About five years ago, the organization moved into the current location on Lee Avenue. The CUOC supporting structure has grown to about 60 churches and 100 businesses. There are about 35 volunteers on site every day food is given. Approximately 300 volunteers are recognized every year.
Last year, there were 13,219 boxes of food given to families in Lee County. This feeds over 51,000 people. As with many other types of organizations and individuals, CUOC has suffered from loss of funds. This was also detrimental to those being served.
CUOC has over 7,000 client files (families). In order to continue to survive as a source of food, a change was made to distribute to an individual family only once per month. The agency also found that while most clients did not receive food stamps, over 95 percent qualified. CUOC is now assisting clients in application for food stamps.
A total of 575,000 pounds of purchased and donated food has been given to persons in Lee County. In addition to food, CUOC provided over 300 Easter baskets and over 1,200 children were provided Christmas gifts. High school guidance counselors help identify girls who want to attend the prom and cannot afford a prom dress. Lots of prom dresses have been donated and are available for girls to use. Donated medical equipment is available to clients when CUOC has what is needed.
The organization is continually involved in fund-raising activities in order to provide as much food as possible.
The club’s 50/50 fundraising drawing was won by Joe Lawrence.
LEE COUNTY GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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. Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome.
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 SNbS
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.
CENTRAL CAROLINA TOASTMASTERS
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 www.toastmasters.org.
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.