Club news

Apr. 07, 2013 @ 05:00 PM


President Alan Dossenbach opened the March 26 meeting of The Sanford Rotary Club. Sam Sillaman led the Rotary Prayer; Tom Spence, the singing of “Easter Parade.”

Tim Martin, a member of the Jonesboro Club, was a visitor. 

Joy Gilmour and Tony Lett were credited with make-ups.

Jeff Clark won the 50/50 raffle ($17). 

For his “Rotary Minute,” Tony Lett discussed the Code of Conduct, which follows:

As a Rotarian, I will 

1. Exemplify the core value of integrity in all behaviors and activities.

2. Use my vocational experience and talents to serve in Rotary. 

3. Conduct all of my personal, business and professional affairs ethically, encouraging and fostering high ethical standards as an example to others.

4. Be fair in all dealings with others and treat them with the respect due to them as fellow human beings. 

5. Promote recognition and respect for all occupations that are useful to society.

6. Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others and to improve the quality of life in my community. 

7. Honor the trust that Rotary and fellow Rotarians provide and not do anything that will bring disfavor or reflect adversely on Rotary or fellow Rotarians.

8. Not seek from a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship. 

President Dossenbach invited participation in the upcoming Sanford “East Side Block Party” to renovate Maple Street (April 13). Lynn Sadler announced that the deadline for newsletter information is March 29. Sam Sillaman reminded members to buy raffle tickets and support Jonesboro Rotary’s upcoming fundraiser.

Under “bragging,” Jeff Clark shared that his oldest daughter has been accepted in Duke’s doctoral program in Nursing Practice. Jonathan York was pleased that his entire family will share Easter at Fairy Stone State Park in Virginia.

Speakers President-Elect David Nestor and Vice President-Elect Doug Gay described the PETS [President-Elect Training Seminar] meeting they recently attended. Nestor showed “Come Join Us” from the Rotary website and a YouTube presentation on Rotary and shared some of the changes discussed at PETS (e.g., on-line meetings). One of his goals is to increase membership, and he wants to emphasize mentoring of new members by established members. His principal questions will be “What will it take to keep you as a member?” and “What would you like to see us/yourself involved in?”

Doug Gay was especially impressed by the attendance, over 1,000, at PETS and the principal speaker, a former International President from Australia, who spoke on innovative ways to “grow members.”

A dialogue followed the program, with Sam Sillaman pointing out the “key” in the middle of the Rotary cogwheel and reminding the club of its meaning. Bill Holt urged those seeking members to know them first and vet them against the standards of Rotary. President Dossenbach reminded the group of its three-year commitment to increasing membership, with a goal of 50-plus.

President Dossenbach thanked the speakers and told them that, in appreciation, a dual-language children’s book will be donated in their name to the Lee County Library.

Cindy Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance; Tommy Rosser, the Four-Way Test.


President Ron Minter presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on March 27. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Drew Lucas and the invocation was given by Gwyn Maples. The project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell and the winner was Gwyn Maples. Happy dollars came from Maples, John Payne, Linda Moore, April Montgomery, Patricia Deffenbaugh, Margaret Murchison, Denny Woodruff and Drew Lucas.

Margaret Murchison introduced Helen Lovett-Peace and Crystal McIver — speakers for the day. The topic for the day was the upcoming second season for community gardens in the area. Last year, 14 organizations and families worked the gardens and this year’s kickoff will be April 6. With many new ideas to add, it is expected that the gardens this year will surpass last year’s success.


Sue Tipton and Arleen Stone were hostesses for the Woman’s Club of Broadway’s March meeting. Tipton presented the program on the “Irlen Institute for Perceptual and Learning Development.” The Irlen Syndrome is a type of perceptual processing problem related to sensitivity to lights, glare, patterns, colors and contrast.

After refreshments, President Tipton conducted the business meeting. The club will have a booth at the “Broadway Our Way” Day on Saturday, April 20. It will be located next to the Town Hall building. The main feature will be a pottery jug made by A.V. Smith, potter, especially for the silent auction taking place at the booth. Club members will be selling water and helping with the sale of the “Broadway Our Way” 2013 T-shirts.


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.