Club News

Apr. 14, 2013 @ 04:00 PM


Lemon Springs Extension and Community Association members met on March 18 for a local field trip. They visited Common Thread to learn about weaving household items, accessories and gift items from recycled materials which are resold with profits going to charities.

A visit to Haven was most interesting. Members were given a tour of the facility, met the director who explained the program and were given ideas for the community service project. Thirty-three pillow cases, which were sewn by the members, were presented for use by those clients who use the facility. The club has adopted Haven as a project and will contribute items requested each month.

The thought for the day by Mildred Smith, president, suggested 101 ways to relax and enjoy life at the regular April meeting. An interesting and informative program on “Health and Wellness, Heart, Diabetes & Stroke” was given by Meta Upchurch, a club member and retired nurse. Members learned the warning signs and risk factors. She distributed several leaflets with instructions for patients who experience strokes, heart and diabetes problems.

The minutes and treasurer’s reports were approved. The club has bought a brick to be placed in the Centennial Walk at the McKimmon Center in honor of Susan Condlin. The walk will be dedicated at the ECA Centennial Celebration to be held in October.

Valerie Johnson, community service chair, gave a report on community service project and the Haven update. Carol Cox, public relations, reported that the state committee is busy making plans for the celebration in October. Bricks in memory or honor of ECA persons are available until April 15.

Georgia Garner, cultural arts chair, reported a successful display of various items by the Lee County ECA members. She urged members to begin work for entry in 2014.

Brenda Willett, membership, welcomed a new member, Imani Johnson.

Suggestions for other volunteer opportunities were made by members who were reminded to keep a monthly report of certified volunteer hours.

Edna Foushee is chair of the Report to the People meal, which will be held at the McSwain Center in May.

Several members will attend the South Central District Day to be held on Tuesday, April 23, at the James W. Warren Citizens Center, Lincolnton. The Lee County 18 cultural arts entries will be judged at that event. The keynote speaker will be John Batchelor, author of “Chefs of the Mountains: Restaurants from Western N.C.”

Attendees were reminded that Farm to Table deliveries will begin April 28 and continue May 2, 9 and 15. Those who have volunteered to help with that project will be notified of their day to work.

Martha Underwood announced the Rabbit Run 5k, which will be held April 13, another opportunity for healthy exercise.

Flavorings and pie crust shields are available at the Center.

Valerie Johnson and Madie Rhodes will present a craft program on Crayola art painting at the May 2 meeting at the McSwain Center.

Lemon Springs is responsible for the June 15 Leadership Team meeting breakfast.

The Club Collect was recited in unison to close the meeting.


The life experiences of Walter Roberts would make an insightful and inspiring book. But members of the Sanford Lions Club got to hear only about 30 minutes of his story and wisdom Thursday, April 4, at their weekly meeting at the Lions Fairgrounds.

The 93-year-old Lion, who has served the club for 37 years including stints as fair chairman and president, is legendary for his storytelling ability and penchant for humor. And he didn’t disappoint members as he delivered a thoughtful message covering his views on Lionism, Patriotism and the passing of time. He was introduced by longtime friend Reggie Miller.

The retired postal worker urged club members to take their service to others seriously demonstrating trust, responsibility and honesty. He said the opportunity to serve one’s community and the needy is a worthy honor and should be undertaken with positive leadership and love for one another. Lions should never become satisfied and complacent with the work they perform, he urged.

In reflecting upon his long life and vividly remembering his family and many others rising from the ashes of the Great Depression to make new lives, he said every moment we have is precious and yet fleeting, so we must make it count in everything we do. We must constantly ask ourselves: Where has our time gone and what have we done with it?

On patriotism, Roberts urged everyone to show respect for our nation and toward those who serve it. Thank those serving in the military, display the American flag, and attend ceremonies honoring our service men and women. It’s disturbing, he said, to see on television thousands of people attending sporting events show disrespect during the National Anthem while only a handful of citizens often show up at local ceremonies honoring the sacrifices of America’s soldiers. He said he often wonders if America would see the outpouring of patriotism now in the event of all-out war as was the case in World War II.

In other club business, President Nick Novosel called on Jim Romine for an update on the June 1st Lions Golf Tournament set at Quail Ridge Golf Course. Businesses are urged to support the Lions with a $100 hole sponsorship and golfers are invited to enter the event featuring many prizes.

Also, Dan Hruby, chairman of this year’s Camp Dogwood raffle ticket sales, urged club members who have not yet sold their tickets to do so. Proceeds from the one dollar tickets help support the upkeep at Camp Dogwood on Lake Norman, a recreational facility for the blind and hearing impaired which serves hundreds of campers from North Carolina each summer. Lions clubs sponsor local citizens who attend the retreat each year. A new Chrysler vehicle will be awarded to the lucky winner.

Relay for Life of Lee County awarded a certificate of appreciation to the Brick City Leo Club for its contribution of $300 to the cancer crusade. Club advisor Bob Edens accepted it on the club’s behalf.


President Ed Mishler opened the April 8 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “How come when we talk to God, we’re praying; but if God talks to us, we’re schizophrenic?” — Lily Tomlin. Charles Oldham led the Rotary invocation, and Nicolle Phair led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Club guests Alan Zulick and Matt Matthews were recognized along with Rotary guest John Ramsperger from Jonesboro Rotary.

In Good News, Nicolle Phair announced her engagement and coming marriage on June 15. She received the best wishes of the membership. Ed Mishler announced a 23rd anniversary. Neal and Molly Jensen and Terry and Deb Mullen spent the weekend hosting their respective sets of grandchildren. Bill Ray and his wife Charlene spent the weekend with their son and four other boys at the beach. Nolan Williams, in a whirlwind realty transaction, sold a home, bought a home and moved all within about 10 days. 

In Club News, Terry and Deb Mullen will be attending Rotary district conference April 19-21 at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. San-Lee Sunrise’s next meeting will be April 15. Chris Tacia, one of the owners of Century 21 Southern Realty in Jonesboro, and one of his sales people will present a program on the state of Realty in Sanford/Lee County.

Charles Oldham introduced Dr. Mark Zeringue, Area 10 Assistant District Governor and President of Siler City Rotary, for a program celebrating the rescue and sanctuary services provided to the royalty of the feline world by Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro. Dr. Zeringue shared his store of knowledge about the different breeds of cats at Carolina Tiger Rescue and brought the membership to a real appreciation of the service being performed at the sanctuary. 

Tours are available at Carolina Tiger Rescue on Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets must be purchased online in advance at Twilight tours are available April-October for ages 13 and older. Carolina Tiger Rescue is located at 1940 Hanks Chapel Road, Pittsboro. The sanctuary may be reached by phone at (919) 542-4684.

President Mishler closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and the thought, “Any married man should forget his mistakes; there is no use in two people remembering the same thing.”


President Michele Bullard called the April 4 meeting of Jonesboro Rotary to order and asked John Ramsperger to give the invocation. Ramsperger then announced that the city block party to help clean up East Sanford is scheduled for April 13 on Maple Avenue. Bullard said the board had decided not to try to do a golf event this year and would instead follow through with a garage sale in The Sanford Herald parking lot on April 27. Bragging by David Vann and Robert Gilleland centered on the wonderful banana pudding that Yvonne Bullard had prepared for the club’s birthday people. Richard Carlson bragged on Willing Hands winning the annual Delta Rho Spelling Bee. Larry Aiken announced that Norbert Miller will do the presentation for Character Plus for April at J. Glenn Edwards Elementary.

Fellow Rotarian David Nestor introduced himself and his passion — rock climbing. He was quick to add that this was not to be performed with his other passion, local wines. Nestor said that a passion for something keeps us thinking and in the case of rock climbing brings together the mind, body and soul. It is a great sport for kids because of the degrees of difficulty and the opportunity to get to kids that don’t necessarily excel in the typical school sports. Climbing can be done on a mountain or in a gym. Nestor explained the equipment required and how it is used. He spoke about the number of trails and climbs available in North Carolina. Nestor stressed that safety is the bottom line and that a good climbing partner is a must.

David Vann won the raffle and closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance. Michele Bullard closed the meeting.


President Alan Dossenbach opened the April 2 meeting of The Rotary Club of Sanford and called on Tommy Rosser to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.”

Doug Gay won the 50/50 raffle ($13).

Under announcements, David Nestor reminded the club of the Neighborhood Improvement Block Party to rehabilitate houses on Maple Avenue. Lynn Sadler announced that with some intense diligence was able to compile the complete list of club presidents of The Rotary Club of Sanford for its entire 88-year history.

Under “Bragging,” Tom Dossenbach recognized the new company coming to the Raleigh Executive Jetport, which generates significant capital investment in Lee County and creates jobs. Lynn Sadler bragged on Dallas Herring, who founded the community college system in North Carolina and a native of Duplin County, also the home of Lynn Veach Sadler.

Under Rotary Minute, Tony Lett shared interesting detail of demographics of Rotary in general, and of The Rotary Club of Sanford in the form of a club membership profile. The makeup of membership has changed over the years for tenure, gender, race and age. The information can be found on the club “dashboard” on the Rotary website.

Guests at Rotary included Cecil Walters with First Bank, guest of Deloris Jenkins; Jonathan Hockaday with CCCC, guest of grandfather and club member Dr. Jeff Hockaday; and Chris Lambert with The Temple Theatre, guest of David Nestor.

Dr. Jeff Hockaday introduced Dr. Bud Marchant, president of Central Carolina Community College. Dr. Marchant opened his remarks with gratitude and appreciation for the leadership and diligent work done by the CCCC presidents that preceded him, noting that “The college is a shadow of its president.” CCCC serves three counties, as it has three campuses and 11 physical facilities in Lee, Chatham and Harnett counties. CCCC is the first community college to be fully accredited by the State Board of Community Colleges. CCCC is the 10th largest college out of 58 throughout the state, with 6,000 credit students, and 18,000 non-credit/continuing education students. Dr. Marchant indicated that manufacturing jobs are coming back to the U.S. from China, Mexico and Brazil. The relationship between local industry and the community college is playing a significant role in training students to enable them to find quality work through good jobs in local industry. The CCCC Small Business Center has helped create more jobs than any other community college for the past five consecutive years. The college has a ribbon cutting ceremony planned in May for the Health Science Building in Harnett County, which has 40,000 square feet of space. It will teach nursing and physician assistant classes. Dr. Marchant concluded his program by saying that the one threat to the return of manufacturing to the U.S. is workforce skills, and that CCCC is teaching skills that put people to work.

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

Tony Lett led the Pledge of Allegiance; Lynn Sadler, the Four-Way Test.


Carolyn Comfort and Eva Warrick were the hostesses for the February meeting of the Woman’s Club of Broadway.

Michael Matochik, Director of the Lee County Library, was guest speaker. He told members of the current status of the Broadway Library and provided information on the new innovations the library has undertaken to keep up with new technology. Matochik joined the members for refreshments.

President Sue Tipton then conducted the business meeting. Items discussed were the planting of the three decorative trees provided by the club. The trees are between the post office and the town hall. The Broadway Our Way day was discussed among other items.


The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Chatham County resident and author Timothy Tron will present a program on his genealogical family search that led to his writing of the book, Bruecke to Heaven. Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661.


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.