THE SANFORD ROTARY
President David Nestor opened the Nov. 26 Sanford Rotary meeting and called on Deloris Jenkins to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “Come Ye Thankful People Come.”
Visitors were John Watson, and from the Jonesboro Club, Bob Joyce.
Nestor announced make-ups by Dan Harrington at the Jonesboro Rotary and Paul Horton at Character Plus.
Joy Gilmour won the 50/50 raffle of $18.
Alan Dossenbach announced that the annual Rotary Gala will be held on Feb. 15, 2014. The gala tickets will be distributed on Dec. 12 and the cost is $50 per couple. He also reminded everyone that door prizes and auction items are needed.
Nestor called on Tony Lett for the “Rotary Minute.” Lett shared that in a 10 -week fund raising campaign for the Rotary Foundation, District 7690 raised $543,000. As part of Zone 33 which includes 15 districts, generous Rotarians and spouses from the district made major gifts or committed to estate gifts of over $3.9 million for the Rotary Foundation. The district was in the Top 3 among the 15 districts in the Zone in the amount raised to date for this campaign.
Bragging Bucks: Alan Dossenbach was glad that the N.C. State Wolfpack has only one more game and the season will be over. Sam Sillaman praised the Carolina Panthers on their seventh win in a row this season. Deloris Jenkins enjoyed a weekend at the Magnolia Gardens where three of her paintings were shown. Doug Gay praised the Lee County YMCA of reaching its fund raising goal of $105,000 for scholarships. Richard Hayes praised both Duke and UNC on their football seasons. David Nestor praised the YMCA on its cancer survivor program.
Nestor introduced Deloris Jenkins as the program for the day. Jenkins reminded members that we should all be thankful for our blessings this holiday season. She shared her memories of spending Thanksgiving at the Mizell farm with her mother’s family. Jenkins has many fond memories of her large family gathering at the farm for Thanksgiving. She recalled the men hunting early Thanksgiving morning while the women gathered in the kitchen to cook and catch up on the lives of each family. Tom Spence then added to the program by noting several historical facts about the holiday. Jenkins then asked members to share their memories and any Thanksgiving traditions that their family celebrated.
Nestor called on Natasha Rawls to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Bill Ray, the Four-Way Test.
SAN-LEE SUNRISE ROTARY
President Andy Manhardt opened the Dec. 2 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Day: “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” — Albert Schweitzer.
Neal Jensen led the Rotary invocation, and Alan Zulick led the Pledge of Allegiance.
In Good News, San-Lee Sunrise Rotarians and their families enjoyed memorable Thanksgiving holidays. Both the Ed Mishler and Alan Zulick families journeyed to Maryland for Turkey Day, and Andy Manhardt, Paul Dauphin, Neal Jensen and Matt Matthews all visited with sons and daughters for the traditional fall festivities. Charles Oldham bragged on his wife Martha’s orange juice and Coca-Cola turkey marinade that made the centerpiece of the Oldham’s Thanksgiving meal so succulent.
In Club News, the Rotary District 7690 District Conference will be held May 2-4 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville.
Charles Oldham introduced fellow Rotarian Alan Zulick for the second installment of his program titled The Snakes of N.C. Zulick received a degree in biology from Ohio State University with a specialty in Wildlife Management. He had the fortune of being assigned by the U.S. Army to do snake bite research. After service with the military, Zulick and his wife Billie founded the Harford Reptile Breeding Center. At the breeding center, Billie specialized in lizards including leopard geckos and Alan specialized in snakes.
Alan Zulick explained that, as afraid of snakes as we humans are, snakes are even more afraid of us. Snakes use many behaviors including mimicry, intimidation, deception and theatrics to avoid human contact. He pictured and discussed many of the snakes found in North Carolina concluding with a discussion of the venomous snakes found in the state.
Only one of the venomous snakes found in N.C., the copperhead is found in Lee County. Other venomous snakes in N.C. include the water moccasin (cotton mouth), three types of rattle snakes and the coral snake.
President Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and repeated the quotation of Albert Schweitzer: “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
KIWANIS CLUB OF LEE COUNTY
President David Caplan presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on Oct. 23. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Caplan. Denny Woodruff gave the club a golfing story and the prayer. Susan Campbell sold the winning ticket worth $16 to Woodruff. Drew Lucas and Denny Woodruff stepped to the plate to fill the final two SASL spots for the year.
Happy dollars came from Woodruff, Campbell, Lyn Hankins, Sara Harrington, Nancy Watkins, Martha Lucas, John Payne, Patricia Deffenbaugh, Margaret Murchison, Ronald Minter, Tim Copas and Helen Culberson. Cheryl Cole of Wilkinson Automotive was Harrington’s guest.
Susan Campbell introduced Tommy Rosser of Consolidated Planning, who spoke to the group about retirement lifestyle. Information on his presentation can be found at www.retirementstylematters.com.
One of the highlights of the meeting was celebrating Caplan’s 36th birthday – complete with singing “Happy Birthday” and a birthday cake.
The meeting was adjourned with the reciting of the Kiwanis Defining Statement.
YOUNG AT HEART CLUB
The Young at Heart Senior Citizens’ Club held its monthly meeting and dinner on Dec. 2. The program for the evening was the Christmas message and music by Rev. Harland and Maisie Saulter.
Those who would like more information regarding the Young at Heart Senior Citizens’ Club can call (919) 898-4492.. The Young at Heart Club meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, Asbury Church Road, Sanford. The next meeting will be held on Jan. 6 at 5:30 p.m.
SANFORD BRUSH & PALETTE CLUB
The Sanford Brush & Palette Club recently held its November meeting under the leadership of club Vice President Chris Dalton.
Treasurer Tony Staninas provided a final financial report on this year’s Brush & Palette art show. Also shared were suggestions for show improvements that included better lighting, providing music, better marketing and publicity, and planning something special for next year’s 50th anniversary. In addressing the final piece of business from the show, Gael Hogan presented Dalton with the “People’s Choice Award” for her painting, “Spring Break,” which was voted the favorite by patrons attending this year’s exhibit.
Under committee reports, Hogan, chair of the education committee, shared that a meeting would be held at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to restructure the education committee due to an increase in demands and services provided by this committee. Diane Johnson and Diane Brooks reported that the B&P Cookbook fundraiser was a huge success and that there were only 50 cookbooks remaining to be sold.
The floor was then turned over to guest speaker Joann Thaxton, president of the Lee County Arts Council, who shared information about the many services that the Arts Council provides as the state’s designated arts partner for Lee County. Thaxton also invited the group to attend the Arts Council’s grants recipient reception that will be held on Dec. 3 at the Arts Council office. Dalton closed the meeting by reminding attendees that the board nominations for 2014 would be made at the January meeting.
HEARTS AND HANDS ECA QUILTERS GUILD
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.
N.C. CHRISTIAN CYCLISTS #129
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.
CENTRAL CAROLINA TOASTMASTERS
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 www.toastmasters.org.
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.