Club news

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


Jonesboro Rotary met Aug. 16 at The Flame, with President Gina Eaves presiding. Doug Doris gave the invocation and Robert Gilleland was called on to stand in as Sergeant At Arms, Josh Threatt, Director of Sanford Health and Rehab on Farrell Road, was a guest of Larry Aiken. Also visiting was Callie Steger, who would later deliver her award-winning speech about the “Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Madison Bullard was a guest of her mother, Michele Bullard.

Bob McConville bragged on celebrating 40 years of marriage to his wife, Ann, and Gina Eaves was proud of her recent “Best of Lee County” publication in The Sanford Herald, which highlighted several Jonesboro Rotarians and their businesses. Tawny Ramsperger has been proposed for membership in the Jonesboro Rotary Club. She is the director of nursing at Westfield, Lee County’s newest skilled nursing and rehab facility on Tramway Road.

David Nestor of the Sanford Rotary Club has challenged the Jonesboro Rotary Club to an organ donation contest.

Eaves introduced Betsy McNeill, who introduced program presented Callie Steger. A freshman at Steger Home School and member of Bill Stone’s Lee County Youth 4-H Club, Steger recently won a statewide speech contest for her presentation about the “Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

As a passenger on the Titanic in April 1912, soon after the ship struck the iceberg and early in the evacuation efforts, Molly Brown was forced into Lifeboat #6 with Crewmember Robert Hichens at the helm and less than half of its full occupancy when it launched from the doomed vessel. Her fame rose out of her heated exchanges with Hichens in which she demanded that he return to attempt to save more passengers, and when he refused, her threat to throw him overboard. She was rescued along with others by the RMS Carpathia, and during the voyage home, she led a fund-raising effort for the families who had lost everything. She remained active in causes, including working with the American Committee for a Devastated France following World War I and was later a recipient of the French Legion of Honor award. She became an actress and died during the Great Depression. Her fame and spirit and energy and support of worthy causes for those of little means made her character one that was featured in the popular musical and movie, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

David Vann led the club in the Four-Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.


The Aug. 8 meeting of the Jonesboro Rotary Club was called to order by President-Elect Bob Joyce, with Bo Hedrick giving the invocation. Van Sillaman served as Sergeant-At-Arms and announced Bob Bridwell and Kelly Miller as guests of the club. Visiting Rotarian from the Sanford club was Joy Gilmour.

Announcements by John Ramsperger included two regarding his wife Tawny — she is a proposed member for the club, and also is the Director of Nursing at the new Westfield Nursing and Rehabilitation on Tramway Road. Brags included David Spivey on his grandson’s second birthday (Chad’s son); Bo Hedrick on Dennis Godfrey’s signing with the Dallas Cowboys; Jay Childress on his wife’s passing her exam for LCSW; Van Sillaman on his daughter who made the Dean’s List for the summer session at college, his wife for being an assistant and driving a bus at Greenwood, and his son who is turning 20 years old. Treasurer Jeff Moore announced a new invoicing system, with quarterly bills now to be emailed. Chad Spivey presided over the raffle, won by David Vann. Michele Bullard had a delayed brag on Bob Joyce’s wife Bridget, who was buying her daughter’s lunch on a shopping trip.

Program for the day was presented by Bob Bridwell, an Elon graduate and Director of Community Development for the City of Sanford. He was assisted by Kelly Miller, Public Information Officer and creator of the “Social Sanford” website. Bridwell brought information about the upcoming City of Sanford bond referendums, separated into four project areas for vote by city residents. These include: 1) Greenway and Trails — extending the current section of the Endor Iron Furnace Trail to Central Carolina Hospital, then down Wicker Street and up Carthage Street, then through downtown Sanford and to Depot Park; cost, up to $4 million; 2) Parks and Recreation — constructing new/renovating current parks, with lighting and landscaping to create more appealing public spaces; cost, up to $2 million; 3) Streetscape and Pedestrian — relocating utilities, renovating sidewalks and curbs, landscaping and lighting — especially at key intersections in downtown Sanford and Jonesboro; cost, up to $6.5 million; and 4) Sidewalk Improvement — used to add and connect sidewalks in highly traveled areas, improving accessibility and pedestrian safety. If all were passed, it would add approximately 5.2 cents per $100 valuation to taxes. Bridwell felt that it was very good timing for these projects, as the bond market was very favorable, and they would provide beauty to the city in a dramatic way, enhancing the urban environment and helping Sanford to compete with areas such as Holly Springs, Fuquay, Garner and Cary for new residents. Much of the planning has already been done so that the projects could go forward rapidly if the bonds pass.

David Vann led the Four-Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance.


San-Lee Sunrise Rotary President Andy Manhardt opened the Aug. 19 meeting with the Quote of the Day: “To live to you die is to live long enough.’ — Lao Tsu. Charles Oldham led the Rotary invocation, and Terry Mullen led the Pledge of Allegiance.

In “Good News,” the Martin Davis family recently attended a presentation of “Hello, Dolly” at the Goodspeed Opera House/Norma Terris Theatre in East Haddam, Conn., where his niece is the stage manager for the theatre. Andy and Ginny Manhardt recently visited Wisconsin. 

In “Community News”, One Night Stands — Stand Up Comedy at the Temple Theatre will feature Kier and Brian T. Shirley at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3rd.

In “Club News,” there will be a San-Lee Sunrise board meeting on Monday, Aug. 26, to plan for the visit of the District Governor on Sept. 9.

Nicolle Phair Fuller introduced Carol Carlson and Sandra Wilson from Willing Hands for a program describing how the 12th annual No Scare Fair will promote the Willing Hands Mission — “To bring ideas, people and organizations together through fun, festive, special events or special projects.” The No Scare Fair is an enchanted Halloween neighborhood with trick-or-treating along Jack O’Lantern Lane, children’s art activities, folklore storytelling, costume parade and much more. The No Scare Fair, in partnership with Family Promise, is for children ages 2-10 and their families. The Fair will be held Oct. 26th at the Stevens Center, 1576 Kelly Drive.

J.T. Davenport and Sons is a major benefactor of the Fair along with other premier sponsors, major sponsors and door sponsors. Thanks to the support of all the sponsors of the Fair, Willing Hands dispersed $28,700 in 2012 to the Boys and Girls Club, Bread Basket, Coalition for Families, Delta Rio, Family Promise, HAVEN, Helping Hands Clinic and the Stevens Center. 

Willing Hands believes “The time demands strong minds, great hearts, true faith and willing hands.”

President Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought: “Wisdom is not finally tested in the schools. Wisdom cannot be passed from one having it to another not having it. Wisdom is of the soul, is not susceptible to proof, it is its own proof.”


President David Nestor opened the Aug. 13th meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club and called on Paul Horton to lead the Rotary Prayer. He then called upon Tom Spence to lead the club in a song, “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”

Nestor then provided a film on the life of Jason Ray, “Gift of Life J Ray” (YouTube). Jason was an Eagle Scout, taught Sunday school and was a member of a rock band. He tried out for and was selected to be the University of North Carolina’s school mascot. While walking on the side of the road, he was accidentally hit and later died. Jason became an organ donor and, because of this, lives were saved. Antwan Hunter received a kidney, David Erving received a pancreas and kidney, and Ronald Griffin received his heart. People are alive today and families together because Jason made a simple decision and put the small red heart on his license.

Nestor is encouraging all Sanford Rotarians to become organ donors.

Recognition was given to visiting Rotarians. Rupert Ainsley of the Jonesboro Rotary and Gina Eaves, President of the Jonesboro Rotary. Also recognized was David Nestor’s guest, Joe Clancy.

Under bragging bucks, Sam Sillaman is taking his daughter to UNCG on Friday to start her sophomore year. Dr. Lynn Sadler said that, as a result of her interaction with Dr. H.G. Jones, former Curator of the North Carolina Collection housed at UNC-Chapel Hill, she sent an additional 29 of her works. Also today, at the invitation of the Head Librarian at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., who already had one of her poetry collections, she sent 19 more of her works. Tom Dossenbach bragged on his brother, Alan, whose smiling face appeared on the cover of The Sanford Herald’s 2013 “Best of Lee” issue.

Paul Horton introduced guest speaker Dr. Matthew Nielsen, who, along with Diane Shaw, Deputy Director of Communications at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, made the drive from Chapel Hill to be with the club.

Dr. Nielsen is an assistant professor in the department of surgery and urology, a member of UNC Lineberger’s Urologic Oncology Program and a research fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for health services research. Dr. Nielsen maintains an active clinical practice in all areas of urologic oncology, including prostate, bladder, kidney and testes cancer. He is a scientific advisory board member for the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, a medical advisor to the Triangle Bladder Cancer Support Group and is the medical advisor to the Prostate Cancer Coalition of North Carolina.

Nielsen provided a look into the world of cancer and cancer research. In 1940, only 25 percent of patients with cancer would survive five years. In 1970, this statistic improved to 50 percent, and today 65 percent or more will be able to survive five or more years. This improving rate is important as 1.6 million new cases are expected for 2013, and the projection is for 2.6 million new cases by 2050 with 75 percent of all new cases involving the population over the age of 55.

Nielsen is proud of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, as it is one of only three in the state to be an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and to be rated exceptional by the National Cancer Society. The center provides multidisciplinary care, which means that the patient will be seen by many specialists to provide exceptional care. There is also an economic impact of the center. It has generated over 500 jobs and an estimated $270 million  of return on investment. In the last four years, there have been four spin-off companies, 150 inventions and over 38 licensing agreements. The center has an impact throughout North Carolina as patients come from all over the state,  and patients go to their local providers after leaving the cancer center.

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

Jeff Hockaday led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Tony Lett led the Four-Way Test.


Jeffrey White, MD, Ophthalmic Plastic & Aesthetic Surgery Specialist of Carolina Eye Associates, P.A., spoke recently to the Johnsonville Ruritan Club on the topic “Seeing Well as We Grow Older.” Members were educated on the latest advances in the treatment of eye diseases, diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye, dry eye disease and services for the repair of droopy eye lids and brows.

Facilitator Louise Taylor initiated the presentation after much discussion with the members on the effects of aging on the eye. White educated the residents on how early detection is key in successfully reducing vision loss from eye disease. “Some eye diseases come without signs or symptoms and can only be diagnosed with regular eye examinations by an eye care professional,” said White. Also, he stressed how important it is to know the signs and symptoms of the eye disorders, get your eyes checked regularly and seek treatment if necessary.

Carolina Eye is a multi-subspecialty eye center providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye, dry eye and corneal eye disease. For further information on the aging eye, visit or call (910) 295-2100.


The Lee County Genealogical & Historical Society holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. The program scheduled for Aug. 27 is “Some Antique Barbed Wire That Helped Fence the West” and will be presented by Hal Cleavinger. Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome.


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.