Club news

Jun. 02, 2013 @ 04:00 PM


This July a new School of Osteopathic Medicine opens at Campbell University in Buies Creek adding to that institution’s growing medical sciences impact in North Carolina. The Sanford Lions got a first-hand report on the new school at its weekly meeting Thursday, May 23. Guest speaker was Dr. William F. Morris, chairman and professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine at Campbell.

Program chairman was Dr. Marvin Joyner, retired president of Central Carolina Community College. Morris, a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), said the start-up of the new medical school has been very successful with 162 students scheduled to begin classes in July and another 75 to 80 on a waiting list. There are currently 30 staff members with more to be added. The new school is expected to have a $300 million economic impact on Harnett County.

Dr. Morris explained that manual medical techniques and the holistic approach of treating illness by examining the body, mind and spirit of patients has been used since the ancient Greeks and by cultures in India and China. The primary purpose of manipulative medicine is to relieve pain, the speaker said. By removing obstructions and managing the flow of fluids in the body, the body can better take care of itself and good health is promoted.

Dr. Morris said osteopathic medicine is the fastest growing branch of medicine in the U.S. today and is becoming more widely accepted in the health care field with many practitioners now on staffs of general medical practices, hospitals and in such specialty areas as sports medicine.

In other business, an Outstanding Service Award was presented to Jon Joyner for serving five years as the faculty and Lions advisor to the Brick City Leo Club at Lee County High School. During his tenure, this youth affiliate of the Sanford Lions Club has become one of the largest and most successful Leo clubs in the state.

President Nick Novosel also announced that the club’s annual scholarship to the most outstanding Leo member goes to Leo President Alex Novosel, who led the group to a successful year of community service. They were the only father and son Lions and Leo presidents serving simultaneously in the state this year. Alex will attend UNC-Chapel Hill this fall.

Guests for the evening included Dr. Carol Morris, wife of the guest speaker; Carolyn Joyner, wife of program chairman Dr. Marvin Joyner; Tilla Minter, Jordan Minter and Paul Holshouser, all guests of Richard Holshouser; Ed Byrd, Dr. Tom Wilson, Mike Setzer and the Rev. Richard Wood, associate minister at Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church.


President-Elect David Nestor opened the May 21 meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club by giving a brief history of Memorial Day. He reminded members of the significance of the holiday and urged everyone to take time over the weekend to pause and be grateful for living in America.   

Nestor asked Paul Horton to lead in the Rotary Prayer and Tom Spence to lead in the singing of “America The Beautiful.”

Tony Lett’s Rotary Minute was used to extol the many assets of this month’s issue of the Rotarian, the Rotary magazine.  

Dr. Andy Bryan, Superintendent-Elect of Lee County Schools, was a special guest.

Jeff Hockaday praised Joy Gilmour for her leadership in reinstating the scholarship program for the club. He announced that a graduating student from each of the two Lee County High Schools had been selected to receive the awards and would be guests of the club in the near future. Dr. Lynn Sadler gave an update from the world of arts and informed the members of the possibility of a gift of a special piece of art, The Orange Blossom Special. Dick Poletti bragged on his children and their recognitions through special awards. Sam Sillaman praised the cast and crew of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Temple Theatre.

Dick Poletti won the 50/50 raffle.

Nestor introduced Cindy Johnson, an administrator in the Lee County School System, who introduced Kim Collozo, an elementary teacher. Collozo introduced four of her students — Ethan Roth, Karianne Castillo, Kassidy Kunc and Mikayala Comer, who gave a description of the laptop technology program of the school system. The students spoke with excitement of the avenues of learning the laptops have opened up for them. They described competition in which they could participate with other students locally, within North Carolina, across the country and around the world. They explained the use of Skype as a learning tool. They spoke of new ways to learn mathematics through competition via the laptops.

Nestor thanked the students and leaders for the program and announced that a bi-lingual book would be donated by the club in their honor to the Lee County Library.   

Sam Sillaman led the Pledge of Allegiance and Dick Poletti led the Rotary Four-Way Test.


President Michele Bullard called the May 23 session of the Jonesboro Rotary Club to order and asked Mike Thomas to do the invocation. She moved immediately to the program portion by introducing Kristy Arey with Lee County Partnership for Children.

The Partnership provides services and support to children through advocacy and programs. Their three prime programs are Smart Start, NC Pre K Program and Imagination Library. These programs focus on education, social skills and preparing kids for kindergarten. They work with the kids and also the child care facilities to improve their programs, facilities and teachers to qualify for higher ratings and provide better service to the children and parents. They mentor and monitor programs and provide technical assistance and grants. They administer the state subsidy program, which currently assists 80 families with 120 on the waiting list. They also administer the Imagination Library, which provides books to children from birth to 5 years old. This program is community funded by individuals and organizations. There are currently 1,000 children in this program with 1,100 graduates. The program has not only helped children to read, but fosters parent/children time with both increasing their time together and with books.

Yvonne Bullard asked that the club remember those in Moore, Okla., with a contribution to the Red Cross. Under bragging bucks, Mike Thomas beamed as he fannounced his first grandchild due before year end. He threw in an extra buck for his new knee. Van Sillaman, Acting Sgt. at Arms, bragged on his son’s achievement of the dean’s list.

The Rotary District 7690 banquet is June 17 at 6 p.m. David Vann led the club in the Four-Way Test and the Pledge.


President Ron Minter presided over the weekly meetings of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on May 8, 15 and 22. On May 8, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Susan Campbell and the invocation was given by Minter. The project fund tickets were sold by Kay Patterson and the winner was Martha Lucas. Happy dollars came from Lucas, Nancy Watkins and Minter. On May 22, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by April Montgomery and the invocation was given by Minter.

Programs included:

• May 8: David Caplan introduced Celia Hurley, Vice President of Instruction and Advancement at Central Carolina Community College, and Julian Philpott, Chairman of the CCCC Board of Trustees and the speakers for the day. The topic was the CCCC Foundation.

• May 15: Tim Copas introduced Teresa Kelly, Director of Christians United Outreach Center and the speaker for the day.

• May 22: Denny Woodruff introduced Robert Lathem, the head chef of the local Golden Corral and the speaker for the day. Lathem shared information about Camp Corral, a youth camp located in Ellerbe for children ages 8 to 15.


The Young Republicans of Harnett County met for the first time recently to charter and brainstorm future propositions. Headed by Chairman Gabe Snyder, the Young Republicans of Harnett County signed on 15 new members, including several associate and honorary members.

According to their website, “The Young Republicans (YRs) are the oldest political youth organization in the United States. Important to the growth of the Republican Party, the YRs reach out to registered Republicans, 18 to 40 years of age, and provide them with better political knowledge and understanding of current issues.”

The club has the support of local politicians Sen. Ron Rabin, Rep. David Lewis, Rep. Mike Stone and Commissioner Jim Burgin.

“It is a true honor to have the support of these dedicated and distinguished public servants in Harnett County. We are looking forward to growing our club and serving our community to the fullest extent during the upcoming elections,” said Snyder.

YRs are set to recruit new members from not only Harnett County, but Lee and Johnston counties as well. Meetings will be held monthly at a central location in Lillington. For more information on how to get involved or to donate, please contact Hannah Salem at (225) 329-3497 or at 


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.