Club News

May. 12, 2013 @ 04:00 PM


President James Baker presided over the weekly meeting of the Exchange Club of Sanford held at Exchange Club Building on April 11. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Harold Harrington and the invocation was given by Harry Miller. The 50/50 winner was Nick Porter. The meal was prepared by Porter.

President Baker introduced Dan Wakeley, the District President of Exchange Clubs and the speaker for the evening. Wakely’s topic for the evening was the history of the National Exchange Club. Charles A. Berkey is credited with the founding of this organization. At his suggestion, the name “Exchange” was selected because the group wanted to exchange ideas and information with like-minded individuals about how to better serve their communities.

The first organizational meeting consisted of three men and was held in 1897. The first local Exchange Club was formed in Detroit, Mich., in 1911. The second was the Exchange Club of Toledo, Ohio, formed in 1913. Subsequently, two others were organized in Grand Rapids, Mich., and Cleveland, Ohio. These four clubs were the first to be chartered by the National Exchange Club after it was organized as a nonprofit, educational organization in 1917.

Exchange sponsors activities designed to benefit, award and develop our nation’s youth, promote crime prevention, service senior citizens, and recognize military and public safety service providers. Exchange also promotes Americanism programs and since the 1979 convention, due to the encouragement of Dr. Edward North Jr., the national project is the prevention of child abuse. The National Exchange Club has been at the forefront of significant developments in American history, including the early days of aviation progress. The spirit of patriotism, along with a desire to heighten awareness of our rich heritage, placed Exchange in a position of leadership with other organizations that led to the addition of the words “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954.


The Sanford Lions Fairgrounds was the site of many tears of sadness and joy this weekend as hundreds of citizens held the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event. There were fond memories of cancer victims who have passed and prayers of thanks for cancer survivors still fighting for their lives.

This giant fundraiser for money to fight this disease was the topic of the May 2 Sanford Lions Club meeting held at the fairgrounds. Guest speakers were Shirley Chrissman, chairwoman of Relay for Life in Lee County, and Lion Crystal Stubits, treasurer. Introducing them was Lion Secretary Glenn Stubits, who oversees logistics for the charity. Chrissman said the American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th year, thus there was a Mardi Gras theme.

She shared plans for the event and listed the many generous corporate and business sponsors from this area who support it. She said all proceeds go to cancer research and help people here in Lee County. Stubits added that $72,000 had been raised as of May 2 and that the final goal for Relay for Life is $150,000. They expressed appreciation to Lions for use of the fairgrounds, noting that it was an ideal location for such an event.

Lions President-elect Richard Holshouser presided and he also opened the meeting with prayer and led the Pledge of Allegiance. He thanked Lion Darrell Sapp, a horticulturalist, for planting a number of rose bushes at the fairgrounds as they are part of an ongoing effort to beautify the grounds. Holshouser also gave a report on construction of a replica of an old country store at the fairgrounds that will be completed in time for the 2013 Lee Regional Fair.

Lion George Kostrewa reported a successful concessions project at the recent Sanford Area Soccer League tournament at the fairgrounds where hundreds of area youngsters play. The club raised $750 for charity from the sale of hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and drinks. He asked all Lions who participated to stand. Lion Dan Hruby gave a report on Camp Dogwood raffle ticket sales, noting a few more are left and the deadline is near. And Lion John Walden, overall program chairman, announced several needs relating to upcoming meeting program dates.

A special guest, young Luke Smith, was welcomed as he attended with his grandfather, Lion Bernie Smith.


President Ron Minter presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on April 17. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Tim Copas and the invocation was given by John Payne. The project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell. Happy dollars came from Denny Woodruff, Kay Patterson, Copas and Minter. Happy birthday wishes went to Margaret Murchison and April Montgomery.

Denny Woodruff updated the membership on the plans for the Sanford Arts and Vine Festival set for May 4-6 where the Kiwanis Club of Lee County is responsible for arranging all food vendors.

David Caplan introduced Lloyd Jennings, a retired aerospace engineer and the speaker for the day. A graduate of Auburn University and a native of Huntsville, Ala., Jennings said that he feels all credit for our space program should go to Warner Vann Braun. He recalled and spoke about numerous endeavors in the space program dating back to the Oct. 4, 1957, when Sputnik was launched. He talked about the space shuttle program that began in the 1970s. Prepared with a slide presentation, he told specifically about Shuttle Enterprise, Columbia and Challenger.


President Ron Minter presided over the two planning meetings for the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on April 24 and May 1. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Denny Woodruff on April 24 and Helen Culberson on May 1. The invocation was given by David Caplan on April 24 and Minter on May 1. The project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell and the winner on April 24 was Gwyn Maples and Minter on May 1. Happy dollars came from Martha Lucas, Minter, Lyn Hankins, Kay Patterson, Denny Woodruff, Helen Culberson and April Montgomery.

Business for the two days included organizing and assigning duties for the first Sanford Arts and Vine Festival, which was held May 4-6 where the Kiwanis Club of Lee county was responsible for arranging all food vendors and volunteers worked at various booths.


President Alan Dossenbach opened the April 30 meeting of The Sanford Rotary Club.

Sam Sillaman led the Rotary Prayer; Deloris Jenkins, the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” 

Visitor Denny Woodruff, Marketing Director at the Hampton Inn, spoke on behalf of the Temple Theatre’s fundraising golf tournament May 21 at Tobacco Road Golf Course.

John Magnum, Alan Dossenbach, Dan Harrington, Sam Silliman, Paul Horton, Tom Dossenbach and Dick Poletti were credited with make-ups. 

David Nestor won the 50/50 raffle ($12).

President Dossenbach spoke of his attendance of the District Conference, at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va., April 19-21, where The Sanford Rotary was named a “Gold Club.” 

For his “Rotary Minute,” Tony Lett discussed Sanford Rotarians as “passionate people” whose passions lead to service. His examples were Ted Lanier and The Salvation Army, Lynn Sadler and writing, Tom Spence and singing, Sam Sillaman and printing, Tommy Rosser and The Rotary Foundation Triple Crown, Tom Dossenbach and the Don Buie Memorial Project, and David Nestor and wine (particularly the May 3-5 Arts and Vine Festival).

Under announcements, Tom Dossenbach thanked John Magnum, Dan Harrington, Sam Sillaman, Paul Horton, Dick Poletti and Phill Richmond for their work on the gazebo, now half-completed, and invited all to participate in the next work session on Saturday, May 4. The dedication is June 5. Paul Horton reminded participants that the last meeting of Character Counts is noon, May 1, at Tramway. Lynn Sadler announced that the deadline for newsletter information is Friday, May 3. 

Under “bragging,” Joy Gilmour highlighted her visit to Bermuda. Lynn Sadler praised the Temple Theatre, which presented her first play, Gnat, in 1996. David Nestor reminded all of the upcoming Arts and Vine Festival.

Poly Cohen introduced the speaker, Hal Hegwer, Sanford City Manager, who thanked the Sanford Rotary Club for its involvement with the Trailhead and the work of the Mayor’s Task Force. Hegwer’s discussion included changes in tax structure and distribution; the upcoming shortfall; and the city’s emphasis on public safety, “building from within” and “connectivity.”

President Dossenbach thanked the speaker and told him that, in appreciation, a dual-language children’s book will be donated in his name to the Lee County Library.

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


The Kiwanis Club of Sanford met May 2. After the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, Club President James Emerson asked for Spiritual Aims, with reports by Emerson and Dan Jones.   

Members were reminded that the next Character Plus program is now scheduled for May 13. The speaker on Perseverance will be Dr. Gael Hogan.

Mike Laudate reminded members that the Annual Tommy Pickard Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 9.

Happy Bucks were given by Marylee Dutton, Tom Reese, Mike Laudate and Bob Brickhouse.

Marylee Dutton reminded members that they should all consider going to see the “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” play at the Temple Theatre.   

Dan Jones informed members of the Boy Scout Troop 942 annual barbecue fundraiser to be held at St. Luke United Methodist Church.

Scholarship Chairman Charles Alexander talked with all members about making scholarship presentations at Lee County, Southern Lee, Grace Christian and Lee Christian high schools.   

Kiwanian Neal Kightlinger introduced the evening speaker — Joe Johnson, president of Highway to Healing.

Johnson is originally from Surry County. His family moved to Bonlee when he was five and to Lee County when he was 14. He is a graduate of Greenwood High School and later graduated from CCTC. For 20 years, he owned and operated Johnson Insurance Company and then went to work for Jim Long in the N.C. Dept. of Insurance – Market Examination Division.

Johnson said that Highway to Healing is one of the best kept secrets in Lee County.

Howard Oliver McDonald and wife, Katherine, established Road to Recovery, an American Cancer Society transportation program, in 1985. McDonald was a member of the Sanford Kiwanis Golden K Club and enlisted the club to help in the service, which was later renamed Highway to Healing Inc. in 1996.

In 1995-96 the by-laws were written and the name had to be changed. It was named by John and Mary Bins, Billie Jernigan and Alvis Brodgen.

Highway to Healing started as a service to give comfort and transportation to cancer patients at their lowest health point. It started with a few dedicated volunteers and the group has grown to 96 active volunteers. The service is only provided for cancer treatment.

The organization is in need of drivers. Trips are made to Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, Pinehurst and Fayetteville. A new driver may go with an experienced driver to learn the system. Anyone interested in learning more should contact Joe Johnson at (919) 775-2917 or Willard Garren at (919) 776-3792.

The club’s 50/50 fundraising drawing was won by Jim Foster, who donated it back to the club.


Barbara Keller, president of Delta Rho Chapter, attended the annual Eta State Convention held April 26-28 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. The theme of the convention was “Transforming Our Traditions-“Sharing Our Vision,” “Strengthening Our Society,” and “Lead Serve Impact.” Eta State (NC) is part of the the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society that promotes personal and professional growth of women educators and excellence in education globally. Three other members attended the convention — Emily Lucas (Regional Director, Region VI and member of the Eta State Awards committee), Linda Truitt and Amanda Bullard.

At the convention, Delta Rho received the Chapter Achievement Distinctive award. The treasurer, newsletter and web page received awards. Ms. Keller and Ms. Truitt participated in the Saturday night’s President’s banquet. Ms. Keller performed with the Convention Choir. Ms. Truitt carried the Delta Rho’s Chapter flag. Ms. Bullard received an Eta State scholarship; she is working on her doctorate at UNC-Wilmington.

Judy Rose, athletic director at UNC-Charlotte, received the 2013 Founder’s Award. The Founder’s Award honors a North Carolina woman who may or may not be a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and who has made an outstanding contribution to the improvement to the quality of human life through education, research, publications or service. She has been athletic director at UNC Charlotte since 1991. At the time, she was only the third female athletic director in charge of a Division I program. Under her leadership, UNC Charlotte has made the transition to various conference; has funded enhanced athletic facilities for the student-athlete; and attracted national sporting events to Charlotte (1994 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, regional NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament rounds). Overall, the athletic department has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and has won the last 12 Atlantic 10 Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards.


President Ed Mishler opened the May 6 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac.” — George Carlin.

Nicole Phair led the Rotary invocation, and Neal Jensen led the Pledge of Allegiance. Rotary guests Mark Zeringue, Area 10 Assistant District Governor and President of Siler City Rotary; Alan Dossenbach, President of Sanford Rotary, and Pam Simpson, Greensboro Airport Rotary, were recognized. Make-ups were given to Nicole Phair, Nolan Williams, Terry and Deb Mullen, and Andy Manhardt for mentoring in Character Plus classes.

In “Good News,” Martin Davis announced a plethora of birthdays in his family and had praise for the Temple Theatre production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” He also announced the Temple will begin a Comedy Zone production on Tuesday of each week. Andy Manhardt announced his son has purchased a home in Sanford and will soon be moving here from Pittsburgh.

In “Club News,” Deborah Clifford was inducted as San-Lee Sunrise’s newest member. She is a Legal Assistant at Doster, Post, Silverman, Foushee & Post, Attorneys at Law, and was sponsored by President Ed Mishler. Last month, the San-Lee Sunrise board unanimously voted to have Leslie Cox made an honorary Rotarian. Thanks to Neal Jensen that honorarium has been approved by Rotary International with an effective date of Jan. 15, 2013. President Mishler and President-Elect Andy Manhardt will attend the Rotary District 7690 District Governor Installation on June 17 at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro. President Mishler requested any money from Belk Charity sales needs to be turned in.

President Ed Mishler introduced Bo Hedrick, Chief Professional Officer with the Boys and Girls Club of Sanford-Lee County, for a program describing how the Boys and Girls Club creates “The Positive Place for Kids” in Lee County. The Boys and Girls Club has a 19-year history of working with over 18,000 kids six to 18 years old. During this history with 18,000 kids, there have been zero school dropouts, only one teen pregnancy and only four arrests among active members.

Hedrick  described and congratulated the help of many companies and individuals that have made the success of Boys and Girls Club possible. The list of successes included the 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Tobacco Road Golf Course that raised over $60,000, the $152,000 remodeling job at the Church Street Boys and Girls Club location and the $50,000 playground construction at the O.T. Sloan site accomplished with the help of Sanford Contractors, Caterpillar, Wells Fargo Bank and many helpers from St. Luke Methodist Church. The Boys and Girls Club has a long list of programs offered for Lee County youngsters, including the General Hugh Shelton Leadership Program and the Cal Ripken baseball program.

President Mishler closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and the thought, “Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.” The next San-Lee Sunrise meeting will be Monday, May 13, and Tracy Carter will be in charge of the program.


The Lemon Springs Extension and Community Association met at the McSwain Center on May 2. The Thought for the Day was given by Rachel Kelly. The program was a demonstration on Crayola Art Painting by Madie Rhodes and Batik (“wax written”) by Valerie Johnson. Both techniques are suitable for entertaining children.

Valerie Johnson reported that the community outreach service for HAVEN was well received. A large number of paper products, the project for May, was successful. Eileen Kelly volunteered to deliver the goods. The project for June is craft and art materials. Books for journaling is needed for residents to express themselves. 

In celebration of the centennial of Extension programs, each district will prepare a display which will be at the Marriott Crabtree Valley reception on Oct. 27. The South Central District, of which Lee County is affiliated, will prepare the display on Leadership. These will also be used at the McKimmon Center for the State Conference Oct. 28-30. The bricks, which have been purchased in honor or in memory of ECA members, will be placed in the walk during that conference. These occasions are open to all members.

Certified Volunteer Unit forms are due to the Extension Center by May 24.

Several ladies attended the District Day activity in Lincolnton recently. In celebration of the centennial, each attendee received a tomato plant. This was a reminder that the original clubs were called Tomato Clubs, the members began by raising and learning how to can tomatoes. Lee County members met at the Extension Center and planted their plants in the raised garden area behind the Center.

The annual Report to the People will be held at the Center on May 13. Edna Foushee chairs that committee. Several members are assisting the Farm to Table distributions held each Thursday at the Center. A wide variety of vegetables is available and have introduced new foods to those who are enjoying farm fresh vegetables each week. 

The June 15 Leadership meeting will also be held at the Center and Lemon Springs will provide refreshments. The June 6 Lemon Springs ECA will feature a representative from the Enrichment Center, who will bring information of the services provided for seniors. Members are reminded to bring can tabs, materials for HAVEN and coupons.

The club recited the Club Collect to adjourn the meeting.


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.