Club news

Jul. 07, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


The Sanford Rotary Club, on Tuesday, June 25, held its 89th Charter Night and Installation Banquet at Carolina Trace Country Club. After the social hour, President Alan Dossenbach opened the event with an official welcome and called on Paul Horton to lead the Rotary Prayer. Following dinner, Lynn Sadler introduced these special guests, all widows of former members: Jeanne Buie, Sarah Curry, Dot Hubbard, Isabel Lawrence, Mildred Pretty and Lib Williams. 

President Dossenbach reviewed the year by citing the goals he had set forth at the 2012 Charter Night, each of which had been met or exceeded by the membership. For Stop Hunger Now, 25,000 meal packs were prepared. The Charity Gala fundraiser reached its goals. Members rang the bell for the Salvation Army at Christmas. The special emphasis on recruitment brought 14 new members. The Donald Nelson Buie Memorial Trailhead/Gazebo was completed and donated to the City of Sanford as part of the Lee County Greenway. Bilingual children’s books were again given to the Lee County Library in honor of Rotary speakers. The Character Plus Mentoring Program at Tramway Elementary School was continued, as was the emphasis on Rotary International’s Polio Plus and “The Final Push” to eradicate that disease throughout the world. Academic scholarships were awarded to Southern Lee’s Brandon Perry and Lee Senior’s Alex Novosel. President Dossenbach thanked the members for their hard work and dedication.

Membership Chair Doug Gay recognized the new members: Jeff Clark, David Foster, Judy Fowler, Dan and Shawn Harrington, Mike Hollowell, Deloris Jenkins, Cindy Johnson, Carter Keller, Doug Mikesell, Chas Post, Phillip Price, Bill Ray and Jonathan York. Shawn Harrington was inducted at the banquet by (Dr.) Mark Zeringue, Area 10 Assistant Governor.

President Dossenbach thanked the 2012-2013 officers and directors: David Nestor, President-Elect; Doug Gay, Vice President; Joy Wilkins Gilmour, Immediate Past President; Sam Sillaman, Secretary; Ted Lanier, Treasurer; John Mangum, Community Service Director; Lynn Veach Sadler, Club Service Director; Mitch Reese, International Service Director; David Foushee, Vocational Service Director; Paul Horton, New Generations Director; and James Mitchell, Sergeant-at-Arms. He gave special awards to the following: Tommy Rosser for his work with the Rotary Foundation; Tom Dossenbach for his chairmanship of and hard work on the Donald Nelson Buie Memorial Trailhead/Gazebo Project; Doug Gay, for his leadership of recruitment; Lynn Sadler for bringing in the greatest number of new members; Sam Sillaman for his dedicated service as club secretary; Ted Lanier for his special efforts as treasurer; and James Mitchell for his long and effective service as sergeant-at-arms. He presented Area 10 Assistant Governor Zeringue with a gift of Sanford pottery.

The major awards of the evening, chosen by the members, were these. 

The Golden Cobb/Club Spirit Award — Sam Sillaman.

The W.H. White Award for Program of the Year — Bill Holt Jr. for a presentation by Hal Siler

The Rotarian of the Year Award — Lynn Veach Sadler.

Area 10 Assistant Governor Mark Zeringue installed these 2013-2014 officers and directors: David Nestor, President; Doug Gay, President-Elect; Lynn Sadler, Vice President; Alan Dossenbach, Immediate Past President; Sam Sillaman, Secretary; Doug Mikesell, Treasurer; John Mangum, Community Service Director; Cindy Johnson, Club Service Director; Mitch Reese, International Service Director; David Foushee, Vocational Service Director; Paul Horton, New Generations Director; and Amber Rosser, Sergeant-at-Arms.

After President Dossenbach “passed the gavel” to David Nestor, the new leader spoke of a need for change in keeping with a changing world. He will continue the emphasis on education and on Rotary International and local projects, but hopes to broaden the membership effort to include more young members and minorities. 

President Dossenbach gave final remarks that included appreciation to Assistant Governor Zeringue, guests, all members of The Sanford Rotary Club, and his wife Janice. He called on Phillip Richmond and Tom Dossenbach to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Four-Way Test, respectively. The evening closed with the Rev. Dr. Paul J. (Jeff) Clark offering the Prayer of Leave-Taking.


President James Baker presided over the annual installation of officers and awards night for the Exchange Club of Sanford held at Exchange Club Building on June 27. 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 Dick Hoyle. The meal was prepared by Hobert Wicker.

President Baker recognized Secretary Nick Porter who had prepared the installation oaths for each newly elected member of the Board of Control for the club. Officers for the year 2013 – 2014 were installed as follows: President, Harold Harrington; Immediate Past President, James Baker; Vice President, Brian Crissman; Secretary, Nick Porter, and Treasurer, David McCracken. Board members are Hobert Wicker, Gordy Niederhauser and Harry Miller. Exchangite of the Year was awarded to Hobert Wicker.


President Ron Minter presided over the weekly meetings of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19 and June 29. On June 5, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Helen Culberson and the invocation was given by Denny Woodruff. The project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell, who was the winner. Guests included Sydney Lilly with her mother Kim Lilley and Richard Odom with Susan Campbell.

Programs included:

• May 29: Martha Lucas introduced Adrianna Henderson, the founder and president of Camp Ray of Hope and the speaker for the day. Camp Ray of Hope is a unique summer camp for children in Romania who suffer from blood disorders and other chronic illnesses. Henderson gave an update on recent happenings at the camp. The video included a fun-filled day and parade of participants called “Circus Circus.” Camp Ray of Hope is a project of the S.T.A.R.(Start thinking About Romania) Children Relief Organization a 501©3 non-profit organization founded in 2000. Dedicated to helping chronically ill, orphaned, abandoned and disabled children in Romania. For more information, Henderson encouraged going to

• June 5: Ron Minter introduced Susan Larson, the speaker for the day. Larson told about the National Fire Safety Council that establishes education for young children to be prepared in a fire event. She told a stirring story of three children who were lost in a house fire in Hartsville, S.C., that perhaps could have benefitted from the training NFSC offers. The club presented Larson with a $100 contribution for 2013.

• June 12: David Caplan introduced James Womack and Meg Moss of Lee County Industries as the speakers for the day. Sharing information and services offered at LCI, Moss presented a slide presentation about a new program offered to businesses called document conversion with scanning, storage and support of documents. A 501©3 nonprofit organization, LCI, Inc. is located at 27112 Tramway Road. For more information, Moss and Womack encouraged calling (919) 775-3439 or going to

• June 26: Ron Minter introduced Daphne Riser and Judy Homes, Child Care Specialists with Coalition for Families/Smart Start and the speakers for the day. The topic for the day was a new program titled “Raising a Reader,” where reading is celebrated through the sharing of books by way of Blue Bag Bonanza.


The Western Harnett Lions Club held its annual “Dinner on the Lake” installation of officers and awards dinner on June 12. Kevin Hockaday, outgoing president, and Vinny Reilly, incoming president, welcomed 42 Lions and three guests. Rick Foster was Master of Ceremony.

Five Lion members received the William Woolard Partners in Service Award – Sue Lotter, Karen Truhan, Peggy Strange, Don Strange and Rolland Van Wart. Vinny Reilly was awarded the Lion of the Year Award and Lion Peggy Strange was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. Named after the founder of Lions International, the award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member to recognize outstanding service.

Other business included receipt of a check from Wells Fargo presented by Laurie St. James to assist with the cost of purchasing the “SPOT” for vision screening

The gavel for 2013-2014 was turned over to the new slate of officers: Vinny Reilly, President; Michael Williams, First Vice President; Leonard Fikes, Second Vice President; Virginia Barney, Secretary; and Carl Casciere, Treasurer.


Are you interested in learning how to quilt? Would you like to enhance your quilting skills or just enjoy being with other quilters? Come join the Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild meeting Thursday, July 11, at the Enrichment Center at 6:15 p.m. Donna Jackson will be responsible for refreshments being served at 6 p.m. Members should bring completed radish and onion blocks. Directions for completing wall hanging of vegetables will be given out at this time.

People can join the sew time which begins at 3 p.m. where one may work on their present project or receive help if needed. We’ll also enjoy Show & Tell with on-going or completed projects shared during the meeting. We look forward to seeing you quilters on July 11.


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.