Club News

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


President David Nestor opened the Oct. 29 meeting of The Sanford Rotary and called on Wilson Cox to lead the Rotary Prayer.

Tom Spence directed the group singing of “When The Saints Go Marching In.”

Alan Dossenbach won the 50/50 raffle.

Under announcements, Dick Poletti encouraged Rotary members to sign up for Salvation Army bell ringing. Tommy Rosser presented Bud Taylor with his third multiple Paul Harris pin.

Under “Bragging,” Amber Cameron mentioned this week marked her first year wedding anniversary. Dick Poletti congratulated the Lee County High School Marching Band on winning several trophies at a band competition at Union Pines High School.  Sam Silliman bragged that today’s guest speaker Bill Horner III was his sponsor to Rotary 21 years ago. David Nestor bragged on his Seattle Seahawks winning another NFL game.

President Nestor called on Tony Lett for a “Rotary Minute.”Lett  encouraged all Rotarians to visit the Rotary website at And for more in depth information they could log onto “My Rotary” using their Rotary ID which is on the front of their monthly Rotary magazine

The program presenter was introduced by David Foster.

Bill Horner III, who is the third generation publisher of The Sanford Herald, presented a slide show on his recent travels to Shanghai, China. Horner and his wife Lee Ann traveled to China this past May as a guest of Shanghai’s largest newspaper group and the Chinese government, as one of two American keynote speakers at a conference on community media. Jock Lauterer from the UNC Journalism School was the other guest speaker. Horner noted Shanghai as one of the world’s fastest growing cities and economic centers and noted that China as a whole had a population of 1.35 billion, which is a billion more people than the entire United States. Shanghai is a modern city with several new skyscrapers built or being built, but was also an ancient city with a history of over 700 years. One slide he showed even had a 400-year-old traditional Chinese tea house with a modern Starbucks coffee shop on the first floor. Their presentation at the Chinese conference noted how newspapers help bring a notion of community here in the U.S. and the interest of how China could possible use newspapers to bring people together in their country. In China, newspapers and media in general answer to a “regulator” a form of oversight by the governing Chinese party. Horner’s presentation to the Chinese noted that is not the case in the U.S. His slide presentation continued with many of the beautiful architectural designs found in China and some of the many people they encountered and traditional food that’s offered. Pollution and traffic were both unbelievable issues in China. Horner noted that air pollution is 5 to 50 time worse in Shanghai than New York City and the smog prevented visibility and often caused breathing ailments. Traffic was unbelievable and noted a four-hour bus ride that still never left the city. He ended the presentation with the fascination the Chinese have with Americans and the graciousness and hospitality the Chinese people provided while on their trip and how upon departure they both exchanged pottery items native to one another’s countries.

Nestor thanked Horner and told him that, in appreciation, a dual-language children’s book will be noted in his name to the Lee County Library.

Bill Ray led the Pledge of Allegiance; Sam Silliman, the Four-Way Test.


President Andy Manhardt opened the Nov. 4 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Day: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” — Attributed to both Andy McIntyre and Derek Bok. Matt Matthews led the Rotary invocation, and Alan Zulick led the Pledge of Allegiance.

In Good News, Andy Manhardt celebrated a 48th anniversary. Neal Jensen, a son and a daughter enjoyed a triple birthday celebration.

In Club News, there will be no San-Lee Sunrise meeting on Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. The meeting on Nov. 18 will be PB& J day for the CUOC, and Alan Zulick will present the program. A Rotary Leadership Institute will be held Nov. 22 at Sandhills Community College. The San-Lee Sunrise Christmas Party will be held Thursday, Dec. 5t, at the Carolina Trace Country Club. The San-Lee Sunrise traditional auction to benefit a Christmas family will be a part of the Christmas festivities.

Neal Jensen introduced Heather Little McKenzie with Community in Schools - Lee County for a program describing how for more than 30 years, Communities in Schools has been helping students achieve in school, graduate and go on to bright futures. The mission of Community in Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Communities in Schools positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. Communities in Schools partners with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it’s food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities in Schools is there to help.

One of the largest Community in Schools efforts in Lee County is Back Pack Pals, which helps 350 students each week with weekend food needs. Packing the packs for the Back Pack Pals students takes place in a building supplied by Brad Simpson Construction Company located on Wicker Street.

The Community in Schools office is located at 211 S. Steele St., Sanford, and may be contacted by phone at (919) 718-5426.

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and the thought: “He who opens a school door, closes a prison.” — Victor Hugo.

Jonesboro Rotary met Oct. 24 with President Gina Eaves presiding. Tim Martin gave the invocation.

Bob Joyce introduced today’s speaker Tom Snell, owner of Digital Business Advisors. Snell spoke on the new Affordable Care Act.

John Ramsperger said he is looking for volunteers to ring the Bell for Salvation Army on Friday, Dec. 13, at Lowes Foods. Larry Aiken announced he will have tickets for sale for the golf cart being raffled for CUOC. Eaves reminded the club to dress up next week for the Halloween contest. Richard Carlson reminded the club of the No Scare Fair. Van Sillaman announced that there will be no Character Plus program at Greenwood Elementary this week.

Larry Aiken talked about a visit to the Calgary Rotary Club.

Howard Bokhoven gave a stock report.

The raffle was at $42 and the winner was Howard Bokhoven.

Eaves adjourned the meeting. Howard Bokhoven closed the meeting by leading the club in the Four Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance


The Lee County Genealogical & Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Lee County Library auditorium, 107 Hawkins ave., at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19. (This replaces the normal fourth Tuesday meeting date.) Prepare your favorite recipe for our Thanksgiving and Christmas covered dish gathering and join in for an evening of holiday fellowship. Also bring a special ornament or decoration for “show and tell.” Beverages will be provided. 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.


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.