Club News

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 02:30 PM


  President Doug Gay opened the Aug. 19th meeting of The Sanford Rotary and called on James Mitchell to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Richard Hayes won the 50/50 raffle of $13.

This week’s visitors included Dave Shabaz of The Sanford Herald, Lisa Whalen of the Jonesboro Rotary Club and Woody Seymour.

President Gay announced that The Flame Steakhouse plans to re-open in mid-October. A reminder for the upcoming Communities In Schools “Stuff the Bus Campaign” was also announced.

Under “bragging,” Sam Sillaman announced that his daughter will begin her junior year at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

David Foster presented a program on minor league baseball in North Carolina. There are six minor baseball leagues active in North Carolina, consisting of four leagues tied to Major League Baseball and two collegiate summer leagues. Foster informed the membership of North Carolina’s important position within minor league baseball. North Carolina boasts nine minor league teams; only Florida (14), California (12) and New York (11) are home to more.

Foster gave an overview of how the six minor leagues are organized and which North Carolina teams are members of each. In the summer of 2015, a new team will be added to the Coastal Plain League. This team will be based out of Holly Springs.

    David Foster concluded his program with a brief history of the Sanford Spinners, a member of the Bi-State and Tobacco State League during the post-War golden age of minor league baseball. He showed pictures of the newly constructed Temple Ballpark where the Spinners played their home games. He recommended Chris Holaday’s “Baseball in North Carolina’s Piedmont” for those interested in further information on the subject.

President Gay thanked Foster and told him that, in appreciation, a donation in his honor would be made to the Lee County Partnership for Children, and organization that provides books to local children from infants to five years old.

  Bill Holt led the Pledge of Allegiance and David Nestor, the Four-Way Test.


Preparations for the 77th annual Lee Regional Agricultural Fair have been in full-swing for weeks now at the Sanford Lions Fairgrounds. Exhibit halls are being spruced up and improvements have been added in many facilities, while outside Lions have wielded paint brushes and rollers and shovels and maneuvered heavy equipment moving bleachers, earth and landscaping materials.

All of this, and more, to be ready for opening day on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with the annual Fair Parade featuring the Southern Lee High School Marching Band. The official ribbon-cutting will be at 5 p.m. as Fair Chairman Richard Holshouser declares the 2014 event officially under way.

Amid all this work by Lions’ members and fair participants, club business goes on. On Saturday, Aug. 23, the club hosted the annual Brighter Visions kick-off meeting for Lions from across District 31-F. Sanford President Phil Gurkin welcomed 33 representatives from 16 Lions Clubs plus five top district and state Lions leaders to the local club’s den at the Lions Fairgrounds.

Clubs represented included Clinton, Lillington, Angier, Western Harnett, Aberdeen, Carthage, Pembroke, Pine Bluff, Ellerbe, Hamlet, Mt. Gilead, Laurel Hill, St. Pauls, Candor, Lumberton and Sanford.

District Governor Lynn McCaskill of Ellerbe presided while others on the program included Mike Flora of Rocky Mount, president of N.C. Lions Clubs, Inc.(NCLI); Steve Walker of Sherrills Ford, executive director of NCLI; Gary Steele of Cleveland in Rowan County, Brighter Visions state chair; Herb Justice of Raleigh, Camp Dogwood fund state chair; James Kiser of Buies Creek, district Brighter Visions chair and second vice district governor; and Rena Shedrick-Marshall of Hamlet, first vice district governor. Also participating from this area was Past District Governor Vince Schimmoller of theWestern Harnett Lions Club.

The Lions’ Brighter Visions fund drive encompasses the primary programs that help the blind and visually impaired across North Carolina, including many local residents. This includes matching grants from the NCLI channeled through local Lions Clubs to help the needy pay for eye exams, glasses and surgeries. These funds also support clinical eye research, the Lions Mobile Eye Screening Unit, Camp Dogwood for the blind, white canes for the blind, educational grants for sighted children of visually impaired parents, the N.C. Lions VIP fishing tournament for the blind, and low vision aids and equipment.

When local Lions conduct fundraising projects, such as the Lee Regional Agricultural Fair, the sale of Camp Dogwood tickets, the annual Sanford Lions Golf Tournament, chicken plate sales and others, the proceeds not only help local visually impaired citizens, but a portion becomes part of a statewide support system that helps those in less fortunate communities. The club thanks the Sanford community whose generosity makes this possible.


The Jonesboro Rotary Club met Aug. 21 for a luncheon meeting at Golden Corral

Chris Kelley, new director of the Salvation Army’s Sanford Service Center, was the guest of Lisa Whalen.

The club inducted two new members. David Spivey introduced Will Dubois of Systel Business System. He lives in Fayetteville, but his territory is Sanford and says he is in Sanford so much that he wanted to be active in a civic organization that serves the community.

Yvonne Bullard introduced Dave Shabaz. He is the new advertising director for The Sanford Herald. Shabaz comes to Sanford from Irvine, Calif.

Neil Jensen led the club in The Rotary Prayer.

Numerous Rotarians presented brags on happenings in their lives.

Ken Armstrong confirmed he will be leaving Sanford and his position with the Housing Authority to take similar duties in Gainesville, Fla. He stated that the thing he will miss most about Sanford is his Rotary experience. The service to the community, the friendships, and most importantly, the weekly gathering to be with friends, to eat, laugh, enjoy fellowship, and learn about needs and things of interest in our community and the world.

Ken Armstrong led the club in the Four-Way Test and Pledge.


The Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild will meet on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Enrichment Center. Join the club for a bag dinner at 5:30 p.m. and meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

This will be the first meeting of the new year 2014-15. The Guild has started off the year by supplying Family Promise with school supplies. Other projects for the coming year will be discussed at the September meeting.   

Those who are interested in learning how to quilt or already quilt can join in. The Guild has all levels of quilters and are always learning new techniques, sharing ideas and enjoying fellowship in quilting.


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 the second and fourth Monday of each month at Central Carolina Community College in the Wilkinson Building Room 221. Meeting time 6:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information check out the Facebook page at

Central Carolina Toastmasters is the best place to overcome stage fright, build your confidence and to push yourself outside your comfort zone. It’s a safe place where there is no failure!


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.