Club News

May. 25, 2014 @ 01:00 PM


President David Nestor opened the May 13 Sanford Rotary Club meeting by asking James Mitchell to lead the Rotary Prayer and Dr. Jeff Clark to lead in the singing of “In The Good Old Summertime.”

James Mitchell announced a makeup meeting at the Tramway Character Plus program.

Special guest at the meeting was Skip London from Static Control.

Poly Cohen won the 50/50 raffle.

Under club announcements, Nestor read a card form June Wicker, a counselor at Tramway School, who expressed gratitude to the Sanford Rotary Club for its success in the Character Plus mentoring program at the elementary school. Nestor expressed appreciation to the Rotarians who participated in the program. Paul Horton has served as leader of this initiative since its inception.

Doug Gay announced that he and David Foster attended the recent district meeting and that Foster would be taking a stronger lead position next year as the club’s membership chairman.

Under Bragging Bucks, Sam Sillaman recognized Carol Yarborough for his selection as Small Business Man of the Year and Tony Lett for the many years he and his company has served the people of Sanford and Lee County. David Nestor bragged on his wife, who played an important role in the organization of the Sanford Second Sunday event. Doug Gay noted that the YMCA had just reached its 1,000th member. Bud Taylor bragged on being a member of the Sanford Rotary Club.

Rotarian Bud Taylor introduced Chad Jemison, who is executive director of the Triangle Land Conservancy — an organization that serves Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange and Wake counties in the conservation of land for the purposes of nature study, relaxation, education and other purposes. Jemison is originally from Virginia, but now resides in Wake County. One of his main responsibilities is to influence people and governments for support toward protection of certain tracts of land that will not be used for homes or industrial purposes. Small financial grants are available to promote this sort of environment protection.

More than 17,000 acres of land has been set aside in the six-county area that comes under the supervision of the Triangle Land Conservancy organization. The Endor Iron Furnace in Lee County was mentioned as a prominent area that comes under the jurisdiction of this non-profit organization.

Nestor thanked Jemison for the program and Rotarian Taylor for arranging the program. A bilingual children’s book will be donated to the Lee County Library in Jemison’s honor.

John Taylor was asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Tommy Rosser led the Four-Way Test.


Jonesboro Rotary met at The Flame on May 15, with President Gina Eaves. Doug Doris gave the invocation. Eaves announced that Yvonne Bullard had brought warm banana pudding in celebration of birthdays, including Bob Joyce.

Al Rushatz introduced the program, which featured two members from the FirstHealth of the Carolinas staff. Cindy Sayce is Director of Inpatient and Acute Care Therapy Treatment and Wanda Steele  is an Admissions Coordinator. FirstHealth features a 25-bed Rehab Center on its Pinehurst campus. It just finished accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehab Facilities, its seventh consecutive accreditation.

The goal for a rehab center is to help a patient who is being discharged from acute care to regain the necessary functions and skills to return home. Medicare has increasingly pressured such facilities to do it better and faster. FirstHealth has fashioned the front façade of its rehab center like a home, since the patient’s goal is to return home. Patients can receive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology. The center also features a putting green and encourages outdoor activities. Indoors, the facility features a gym, a “café” to help patients work on how to get in and out of a booth, a grocery store for patients to learn how to balance and manage selecting food items while managing a walker, and a car simulator helps patients adjust to entering and exiting a motor vehicle.

Average length of stay at FirstHealth Rehab is 10.2 days and almost 49 percent of its patients are orthopedic patients. FirstHealth Rehab also offers outpatient services in conjunction with the FirstHealth Back & Neck Pain Clinic on Carthage Street in Sanford).

Sanford Rotarian Tommy Rosser attended the meeting.

Doug Doris won the raffle.


With Regent Elinor Ankrom presiding, the Private John Grady Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met for their monthly meeting on Monday, March 24 at the home of Linda Keller. The meeting was co-hosted by Linda Kelly. Ankrom lead the membership in the NSDAR Ritual, The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, The American’s Creed and the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Jane Smith introduced Dr. Dean Kessler, who presented the program for the day titled Researching Family Genealogy.


President Andy Manhardt opened the May 19 meeting of San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Day: “Four things support the world: the learning of the wise, the justice of the great, the prayers of the good, and the valor of the brave.” — Muhammad.

Neal Jensen led the Rotary invocation, and Manhardt led the Pledge of Allegiance. Rotary Guest Bill Wicker from Plant City, Fla., was recognized. Nolan Williams received a make-up for work with the Character Plus program. Birthdays were reported for Kevin Kirkman and Tracy Carter.

In Good News, Charles and Martha Oldham won $650 at the Siler City cash raffle on May 17. Charles Oldham described the Siler City raffle as a class act with good food and fun and fellowship for all attending. Manhardt reported his air conditioning system has been repaired in time for the summer heat. Bill Wicker reported he is enjoying the beautiful North Carolina weather while visiting his parents’ home in the Northview community.

In Rotary Club News, there will be no meeting of San-Lee Sunrise on Monday, May 26, due to Memorial Day. The Rotary District 7690 District Installation Banquet will be held June 23.

The San-Lee Sunrise program for May 19 consisted of a member roundtable where many topics were discussed and debated. The major topic of discussion was fundraising and Rotary guest Bill Wicker had several interesting suggestions to help San-Lee Sunrise in their quest.

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought, “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” — James A. Baldwin.


Lee County Retired School Personnel met on May 14 at the pool house of Reinette Seaman. Pat McGuire was welcomed as a new member.

Vivian Shaver, chair of the Apple Award Committee, presented Eugenia Thompson with the award for having been president of the club for several years.

Mildred Smith, vice president, reported on the recent state meeting of RSP. Highlights include members are urged to contact legislators, especially those on the education committee.

Betty Lou Burns was recognized for her work in organizing volunteer hours of the group. She announced that Lee County RSP has reported 5,622 hours in the current year. Reinette Seaman was recognized for the district winner with 1,041 hours in 2013.

Our State chair Ruth Gurtis announced that the goal of 200 subscriptions was not reached — 176 were actually sold. Subscriptions for the next renewals will be $32.95 per year. The $5 received from each sale is included in the scholarship fund given by the group each year. Julianne McCracken was presented the hand-painted bird house for having sold the most subscriptions. Reinette Seaman was the second highest and received a butterfly for her efforts.

John Bolton gave the treasurer’s report and announced that under the rules of the State Employees Credit Union there must be signatures of three members for the joint account. Those who are to serve are John Bolton, Bonita Cox and Ruth Gurtis. The budget for the next year was accepted.

The nominating committee reported that the current officers will continue to serve. They are President Eugenia Thompson, Vice President Mildred Smith, Secretary Carol Cox and Treasurer John Bolton.

Reinette Seaman will write letters of congratulations to the teacher of the year in each school.

The scholarship committee announced that the winner of the current year is Madison Elizabeth Weidner from Southern Lee High School. Members of the committee are Marie Gurkin, Sam Carter, Sylvia Churchwell, John Bolton and Reinette Seaman. Patricia Pemberton will represent the group at the awards program at the school.

Door prizes given by Patty Baldwin-Kivett were won by Reinette Seaman and the speaker, Janice Davis.

Chevelle Branch presented gifts to the May birthday ladies, Liz White and Eugenia Thompson.

The catered luncheon was prepared by the culinary department of Lee County High School under the leadership of Sandra Duty.

The program was presented by Janice Davis, a former teacher who has moved back to her childhood home. She spoke of HAVEN and that heart, head and hands are necessary for success in the facility in Sanford.

The September meeting will be held at Lee County High School culinary department.


The Sanford Business and Professional Women’s Club (BPW) met May 1 in the meeting room of the Sanford Area Association of Realtors. The club formally welcomed one new member, Vernadette Williams.

Under Old Business, members discussed a planning meeting for the upcoming Women’s Exchange conference, scheduled for Oct. 9 at the Civic Center. They also reviewed details about the upcoming BPW-NC state convention, to be held June 20-22 in Charlotte. Club policies regarding the conference were reviewed.

Under New Business, an installation ceremony was held for the club’s 2014-2015 officers: President, Kelly Klug; Vice President of Programming, Cheryl Cole; Vice President of Membership, Pamela Fincher; Secretary, Danielle Spivey; Treasurer, Lu Anne Moore; Social Media Chair, Sara Harrington.

Members enjoyed a dinner catered dinner by The Old Place.

BPW meets on the first Thursday of every month. Networking begins at 5 p.m., followed by the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Meeting locations can be found on the BPW website: The next meeting is scheduled for June 1 at Elizabeth’s Pizza in Sanford.


The Sanford Lions Club met on Thursday, May 15, at the Lions’ Den of the Lee County Fairgrounds. Lion Mike Wicker gave the invocation. President Richard Holshouser began the formal meeting by introducing guests Ira Smith, Bob Alberini, Johnny Miller and Beverly Tippett.

Three people were inducted into the club: John Angel, who was sponsored by Lion Glenn Stubits; Scott Phillips, sponsored by Lion Bob Hughes; and Dr. Charles Sikes, brought by Lion Phil Bradley. Lion Avron Upchurch performed the induction ceremony. He said that this is the 97th birthday of Lionism, and the induction of the new Lions is but a first step of a Lions’ career — to induct, orient and involve.

Lion Jim Romine reminded members there is only one week left before the 9th Annual Lions Club Golf Tournament at Quail Ridge Golf Club, to be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31. He said a new car will be waiting for the first golfer to knock in a hole-in-one, with prizes galore for everyone else.

The final highlight of the meeting was Wicker introducing Janice Holmes from the Lee County Enrichment Center. She discussed the organization and how it serves the community, and called it an opportunity to interact, with trips, volunteer services, noon dining and home-delivered meals, and other projects that serve the community.

At the May 8 Lions meeting, the club honored a number of friends who volunteered for the recent barbecue chicken plate sale. These special guests included Mike Paschal, Lanny Coe, Diane Jones and Kathy Kostrewa. Volunteers Jerry and Kay Holt were unable to attend. Project chairman Glenn Jones thanked them for their outstanding work. Other guests at the May 8 meeting were Russell Armstrong, introduced by Lion Willard Garren, and Johnny Miller, introduced by Reggie Miller.


Lemon Springs Extension and Community Association met at the McSwain Center on May 1. President Mildred Smith led the session by asking attendees to name the farthest state or country she had visited.

Thought of the day was given by Ethel Peaks.

Sondra Burford facilitated the program on home repairs/maintenance. She gave information on how to paint a house exterior by following instructions on the label. She reminded that weather will influence a painting job. Proper care of brushes and supplies is important. Leaks can be very expensive, but can be prevented by proper checking periodically on applicances in the home. Light mold can be eliminated by knowing how to deal with it properly.

The April minutes and treasurer’s report were approved. Peggy Abshear, chair of community service/outreach, reported that the 25 blankets for newborns had been delivered to Central Carolina Hospital. Future upcoming projects were discussed.

The cultural arts chairs, Valerie Johnson and Georgia Garner, encouraged members to begin working on projects for the next year.

Mildred Smith reported on the district activity day held in Stanly County which she attended recently, and the Farm to Table distribution, which is held at the McSwain Center on Thursdays. Membership is open and information may be obtained by calling the Extension Center. Several members have helped with the distribution.

Edna Foushee, chair of the Report to the People dinner, reported that the event was finalized and asked for volunteers to assist on May 12. Lemon Springs ladies who volunteered were Brenda Willett, Mildred Smith, Angela Jenkins and Carol Cox.

Rachel Kelly was recognized for having a May birthday.

The report of Certified Volunteer United for December through May is due at the June 5 meeting.

The program for June, “Wardrobe Tips: From our Closet/Old to New,” will be facilitated by Valerie Johnson and Mildred Smith.

The leadership meeting to be held June 21 at the McSwain Center is open to all members who are urged to attend to learn more about ECA. The purpose of the association is to empower individuals and families to improve their standard of living through continuing education, leadership development and community service.

The NCECA State Conference will be held Oct. 27-29 in Asheville.

The meeting was adjourned with the recitation of the Club Collect.


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.


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

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.