Club News

May. 19, 2013 @ 04:00 PM


The Lee County Retired School Personnel met at the pool house of Reinette Seaman on May 8. The program was presented by Linda Smith, a member of Lee County Board of Education. She explained that among new programs in Lee County, the concepts of theme, choice or magnet schools are being studied. Laptop refresher programs are offered. She explained that there are 19 new courses at the high schools.

The budget was approved as prepared by treasurer John Bolton. He announced that two seniors have been chosen to receive a scholarship of $700 each. Sarah Lianna Bradford, a senior at Lee County High School, and Christina Marie Cottell of Lee Early College. Each recipient plans to become a teacher. The money for these scholarships comes from the sales of Our State magazine. The goal of the club is to sell 200 subscriptions. Any club member can be contacted for information.

The 2014 scholarship committee will consist of John Bolton, Reinette Seaman and Patricia Pemberton.

A meal catered by the culinary department of Lee County High was enjoyed after the blessing by Ann Womble.

President Eugenia Thompson presided over the awards section of the program. She presented perfect attendance awards to Ruth Gurtis, John Bolton and Julianne McCracken. Officers who were recognized and awarded were Mildred Smith, Carol Cox and John Bolton; and committee chairs John Bolton, Sylvia Churchwell, Ruth Spears, Betty Lou Burns, Reinette Seaman, Vivian Shaver, Ruth Gurtis, Ann Alford, Julianne McCracken and Chevelle Branch.

The Apple Award was given to Eugenia Thompson, who was also recognized for a May birthday.

Virginia Brown’s door prizes were won by Ann Womble and Chevelle Branch.

The Sept. 18 meeting location will be announced.


President Ed Mishler opened the meeting May 13 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “I owe a lot to my parents, especially my mother and father.” - Greg Norman.

Andy Manhardt led the Rotary invocation, and Sheriff Tracy Carter led the Pledge of Allegiance. Nicolle Phair and Ed Mishler were given a make-up and Andy Manhardt was given two make-ups. 

In Good News, Ginny and Andy Manhardt had rave reviews for the Temple Theatre production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” They were especially congratulatory of Rotarian Dan Murphy, director and choreographer for the play. Martin Davis had good words for the Temple Theatre presentation of “Comedy Zone,” which takes place each Tuesday at the theatre. Terry Mullen’s daughter Julia is visiting from Santa Fe, N.M.

In Club News, there will be no San-Lee Sunrise meeting on May 27, Memorial Day. President Mishler and President-Elect Andy Manhardt will attend new District Governor Cookie Billing’s installation ceremony on June 17 at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro. San-Lee Sunrise Charter Night will be held June 20 at the home of Ed and Janet Mishler at Carolina Trace. The president and president-elect recently attended District 7690 District Assembly. 

President Mishler introduced fellow Rotarian Sheriff Tracy Carter, who introduced Detective Sergeant Matt Rosser, Crime Scene Investigator and Detective Sergeant Clint Babb, Criminal Detective for the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. The Detective Sergeants presented a program describing the improvement in criminal interdiction in the past two years in Lee County. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department has been part of the Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program for two years. The grants are awarded to law enforcement units to help improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science. Funds may be used to eliminate backlog in the analysis of forensic evidence and to train and employ forensic laboratory personnel. The grants have allowed the sheriff’s department to access the FBI Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). Crime scene investigations have increased by 20 percent from 2011 to 2012, and the number of items of evidence inventoried increased by 18 percent.

The number of criminal cases that involved latent fingerprint analysis increased from 89 to 127 in the 2011-2012 time period, and the number of identifications due to latent fingerprint analysis increased from 33 to 139. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department has a very good solved case rate. 

President Mishler closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought, “A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.”


President Alan Dossenbach opened the May 7 meeting of The Sanford Rotary and called on Delores Jenkins to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “Loch Lomond.”

Visiting Rotarian Howard Bokhoven from the Jonesboro club was recognized. Chaz Post was the guest of Doug Gay. Make-ups included Tony Lett and Alan Dossenbach at Jonesboro Rotary on May 2.

Tom Dossenbach won the 50/50 raffle ($14).

Under “Bragging,” Lynn Sadler announced that she has been named the Gilbert Chapel Distinguished Poet, and will hold the position for some years to come. Sam Sillaman bragged on his daughter, Samantha, for completing her freshman year at UNCG and he also bragged on Paul Horton for his exemplary work with Character Plus Mentoring program at Tramway Elementary. David Nestor bragged on the success of the Sanford Arts & Vine Festival. Sterling Stewart and Christine Holt were also bragged upon for their graduation, and similarly Doug Gay bragged on his son for his graduation and having secured a job.

Tom Spence introduced the speaker, Mark Hackett, interim director of HAVEN (Helping Abuse & Violence End Now) in Lee County. Hackett spoke very highly of HAVEN’s Court Advocate, Rosa. He applauded all the hard work the staff does, such as accompanying assault victims to the hospital. Other services offered to victims of sexual assault and other types of abuse include a place to stay for a period of 90 days at HAVEN’s live-in facility, relocation services, resume writing classes, dress for success programs, and even tutoring for children who are kept home from school for safety reasons. He also noted that the HAVEN Thrift Shop opens its doors and allows victims to choose clothes and other items from the store free of charge. All proceeds from sales directly support victims.

Hackett mentioned the man-to-man V.I.P. (Violence Intervention Program) support group, where men share the challenges of controlling their behavior and where confidentiality is always key. He also noted that two staff members are fully bilingual, and that there is a 24-hour crisis line where one can receive support for issues such as abusive relationships and sexual assault. The number for the crisis line is (919) 774-8923. HAVEN can also be found on Facebook.

Hackett noted that funding sources for HAVEN included the Government Crime Commission, proceeds from the associated thrift shop and contributions from caring individuals (he reminded those in attendance that HAVEN is always accepting donations). In a final encouragement, he urged all victims of abuse and sexual assault to seek help, and he noted that these problems cross all ethnic, demographic, economic and cultural lines.

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

To adjourn the meeting, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dan Harrington and the Four-Way Test was led by Mitch Reese.


Members of the Sanford Lions Club got to travel to exotic Istanbul, Turkey and the wilds of Africa last Thursday, May 9, living vicariously through a program presented by Mike and Joan Womble and their son, David. They, along with friends Jeff and Helen Ward, spent two weeks recently on the adventure.

Womble, a member of the club, narrated an informative slide program depicting many historical and cultural sights and capturing the native peoples of both Turkey and Kenya in Africa. David Womble is an humanitarian aid worker headquartered in Kenya working with the British Embassy in Nairobi. He hosted the travelers during their stay there, which included a three-day safari in the Masai Mara Reserve.

As with many of the sights they visited, seeing the African wildlife was absolutely amazing, Womble said, stressing that words and pictures can’t convey the feelings one gets viewing such scenes in person. David Womble fielded a number of questions regarding life in Kenya and his humanitarian work across the border in Somalia. He noted the ever present dangers of warring factions, including Islamic radicals, that means traveling with armed guards whenever in Somalia. Life in Kenya is more secure and he owns a home there.

Lion Bob Hughes introduced the program and opened with prayer while President-elect Richard Holshouser presided over the meeting. Several club project reports were given with Lion Jim Romine saying that the eighth annual Lions Golf Tournament is all set for play on Saturday, June 1, at Quail Ridge Golf Course. He thanked club members for their hard work in obtaining hole sponsors and teams of golfers and discussed the varied jobs that Lions will perform on tournament day.

Along the golfing theme, as the night’s Tail Twister, Romine organized a game of tossing golf balls into numbered cups with the top two point getters meeting in a playoff. They were Phil Gurkin and Richard Holshouser, but in the clinch neither was able to score and guest Joan Womble was invited to take a shot in which she was successful. Participants paid a dollar to play with half the pot going to the winner, but Mrs. Womble graciously donated her winnings to the club.


Jonesboro Rotary met at The Flame on May 9, with President Michele Bullard presiding at an impromptu club assembly.

Yvonne Bullard announced that it was time for Rotarian of the Year voting.

John Ramsperger announced that The Sanford Herald reported that San-Lee Park ranks 29th out of the nation’s 100 best places to camp.

Howard Bokhoven gave the stock report, predicting that a cooling off period was needed in the red-hot stock market.

Yvonne Bullard presented a pop quiz on Rotary history, classification information and other trivia.

David Spivey won the raffle and led the Four-Way Test and Pledge.


The May 2 meeting of the Jonesboro Rotary Club was called to order by President Michele Bullard. Rupert Ainsley gave the invocation, and Sergeant-At-Arms Jay Childress introduced guest Jennifer St. Clair and visiting Rotarians Tommy Rosser (Sanford) and Dan Murphy (Oregon).

Announcements included Robert Gilleland’s about the Tuesday Night Music Club’s gig at The Flame later that evening. Larry Aiken talked about the recent fifth grade reading program about Civil War knowledge, and that most kids related character traits that they had learned (with the help of volunteer Rotarians through the Character Plus program) to actions in their study book about Lincoln’s assassination.

Brags included Tim Martin’s on his artwork being displayed at the Temple Theatre during the current run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Michele Bullard’s double brag on her husband Scott who helped her with the Rotary Yard Sale and also was at Transportation Days at the airport. Howard Bokhoven gave a stock report.

Larry Aiken inducted new member Ron Hewett. The day’s program was brought by the club’s own Bob Joyce, who had samples of the new issue of Lee County Living magazine, published yearly to promote the county by the Chamber of Commerce and The Sanford Herald. He also talked extensively about the Sanford Arts and Vine Festival, with 4,000 visitors expected.

Chad Spivey supervised the raffle, and announced the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chancellorsville. Bob Joyce won the raffle, and with it the responsibility to lead the Four-Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance. Yvonne Bullard announced the May birthdays: Robert Gilleland on the 7th, Hal Evans on the 17th and Howard Bokhoven on the 23rd.


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.