Club News

Oct. 27, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


Recently installed President David Caplan presided over the 26th Annual Charter Night for the Kiwanis Club of Lee County, which was celebrating 25 years of service. The event was held Oct. 7 at The Steele Pig Restaurant.

The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by special guests and the entertainment for the evening, The Deep River River Tones. The invocation was given by charter member and guest Gary Moore.

Patricia Deffenbaugh introduced the program and entertainment for the evening — Kim Brown, music teacher at Deep River Elementary School, and the Deep River River Tones Chorus which led the membership in a special rendition of The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Throughout the evening, the membership and guests were also entertained by the Kim Lilley Singers — Leah Everett, Daryl Perry, George Noel, Allysha Lilley and Kim Lilley.

The Kiwanis Club of Lee County was chartered on Sept. 18, 1985. In celebration of the 25th/Silver Anniversary, the tables were decorated with silver candles. There also was a cake signifying these 25 years of service to the Sanford and Lee County community. Cutting the cake were special guests and charter members Gary Moore, Linda Moore, Jan Brooks and Nancy Watkins. Special recognition also went to the following active 25-year members — Robert Gray, Nancy Watkins, Sally Porter and Linda Moore.

President Caplan recognized Martha Lucas, Kiwanis Lt. Gov. for Carolinas District 10. Lucas introduced Bill Clingenpeel, who delivered the District Governor’s address and presented the Legion of Honor Awards. Secretary Patricia Deffenbaugh then presented perfect attendance awards.

Caplan recognized Sally Porter to award the Program of the Year. Before announcing this year’s winner, Porter thanked everyone for the programs for the year. She then announced that this year’s Program of the Year would go to Patricia Deffenbaugh, who was responsible for arranging Deep River Elementary School’s River Tones Chorus 2012-2013. Porter reminded everyone that this program was the epitome of what Kiwanis is about, Children Priority One, and resulted in a returned performance as the entertainment for tonight’s evening.

Caplan presented the Past President’s Plaque to Immediate Past President Ronald Minter, who in turn thanked everyone for the support he had received during the past year. Minter remained at the podium outlining the year and the many accomplishments by the club — and noting that he was honored to have been the president for this past year.

Drew Lucas read a long list of service by one club member, which included 13 years as treasurer and then presented the Distinguished Service Award to Kay Patterson.

Caplan announced that John Payne was recipient of this year’s Human and Spiritual Aims/Values Award. Linda Moore, chairman of the club’s ELIMINATE Program, said that Martha Lucas was recipient of this year’s Zeller Fellowship Award.

Drew Lucas read a long list of one member’s involvement with the club, saying that if there is a project or program going on by the Kiwanis Club of Lee that this member will always be found supporting and working hard on each and every one of them. This year’s Kiwanian of the Year recipient is also the Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis Club’s Carolinas District 10 and recent recipient of the coveted Zeller Fellowship Award — Martha Lucas.

The floral center piece was presented to past president Ronald Minter in recognition of his service during the past year.


Sanford Lions got a first-hand account of how the state’s emergency services respond in times of need at their meeting Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Lions Fairgrounds. Guest speaker was Steve Powers of Moncure, Central N.C. Branch Manager of Emergency Management under the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was introduced by program chairman Jim Romine.

Powers, who oversees a 33-county area in central North Carolina, described the many responsibilities and services coordinated by those on the state and regional levels in cooperation with local emergency agencies such as the Lee County Emergency Management Office. This is a closely connected network of professionals that comes together to save lives, protect property and restore order in areas impacted by natural disasters or major accidents.

The agency plans, trains and coordinates for a myriad of emergencies including storms, earthquakes, explosions, chemical and nuclear threats, fires of all types, release of hazardous materials, large scale accidents whether on the highways, rail or air, medical emergencies requiring assistants to area hospitals, floods and water rescues, among others.

Powers, a 14-year veteran of the agency, said Lee County is a testament of how a community should pull together in a time of emergency. He cited the outstanding response here two years ago when a devastating tornado ripped through the county, saying that it has been referred to numerous times in meetings across the state as an example of how various agencies work together. He praised the county’s new Emergency Operations Center located in the courthouse near the Sheriff’s Department and noted that the state also has a new center on Reedy Creek Road near N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium.

President-elect Phil Gurkin presided at the dinner meeting and Avron Upchurch delivered the Invocation. Don Morton led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.


President-elect Doug Gay opened the Oct. 15 meeting of The Sanford Rotary and called on Dan Harrington to lead the Rotary Prayer.  

Tom Spence directed the group singing of “Home on the Range.”

Visiting from the Jonesboro Rotary were Howard Bockhoven and Tim Martin.  

Dan Harrington made up three meetings at the Character Plus meetings.

Natasha Rawls won the 50/50 raffle of $20.  

Paul Horton announced that the Character Plus participants would be meeting at Tramway Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at noon.

Under “bragging,” Deloris Jenkins encouraged everyone to attend the 49th annual Brush and Palette Club’s show, opening Saturday, Oct. 19, for nine days. She also was excited to learn that several of her paintings have been selected for the Magnolia Garden’s show in Charleston, S.C. Dick Poletti bragged on the Lee Senior Marching Band for winning the Grand Champion award in two different divisions during a recent band competition. David Nestor bragged via Sam Sillaman that his Seattle Seahawks had beaten the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.   

President-elect Gay called on Tony Lett for the “Rotary Minute.” Lett encouraged everyone to read the letter from the Rotary International president in the current Rotarian Magazine. In the letter, President Ron Burton reminds members that October is the month set aside to remind Rotarians of the Second Avenue of Service: vocational service. He stresses the importance of vocational service in the club, even if it isn’t always prominent.

Tom Dossenbach introduced Bob Brickhouse, an engineering graduate of N.C. State University and worked in the brick industry for many years. His program was the “History of the Brick Industry in Lee County.” Brickhouse explained that brick making goes back 10,000 years. Lewis Calvin Isenhour, a resident of Salisbury at the time, started a brick factory in 1918 after discovering that the area between Deep River and Sanford had desirable resources for brick making. Brickhouse explained how other brick factories moved into the area in 1924 after seeing the success of Isenhour’s factory. When the Great Depression hit, Isenhour survived by building post offices in the area. Brickhouse noted that the Isenhour family always gave back to the community. They sponsored the Sanford Spinners baseball team, donated two tracts of land for the Sanford Golf Course, supported many local churches, built the first Lee County Hospital and supported many non family members through college.

President-elect Gay thanked Brickhouse and told him that, in appreciation, a dual-language children’s book will be donated in his name to the Lee County Library.

Phill Richmond led the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Horton led the Four-Way Test.


President Andy Manhardt opened the Oct. 21 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary. Deborah Clifford led the Rotary invocation, and Ed Mishler led the Pledge of Allegiance.

In Good News, Andy Manhardt shared an enjoyable trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn. Nicolle Phair Fuller reported the birth of her great-niece. She also reported an enjoyable trip to the N.C. State Fair. Ed Mishler returned from a trip to China Lake, Calif., which is located near the China Lake Naval Weapons Center and Death Valley. He got to see his grandson play football and returned with a banner from the China Lake Rotary Club. Charles Oldham reported on an article in the November issue of The Rotarian magazine describing the African mission of Mercy Ships. Prominently mentioned in the article is Elizabeth Zeringue, wife of District 7690 Assistant District Governor Mark Zeringue. Oldham also reported a great concert by the Lee County Community Orchestra on Sunday, Oct. 20, at Depot Park. 

In Club News, Ed Mishler announced he has Belk Charity Cards available for the Belk Charity Sale to be held Saturday, Nov. 9. The Rotary Foundation Banquet will be held Nov. 7 at the High Point Country Club. The San-Lee Sunrise Christmas Party will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Carolina Trace Country Club.

Manhardt conducted a Club Assembly Program discussing club activities for the coming year, membership growth and fundraising. 

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test.


Jonesboro Rotary met Oct. 17 Gina Eaves presiding. Rupert Ainsley gave the invocation.

Bob Joyce introduced the speaker, Jim Murray from Pfizer (formally Wyeth). Murray is the site manager for the Pfizer campus. In 2007, there were over 1,500 associates. In 2008, Pfizer bought out Wyeth. In 2009, the Sanford campus started transitioning from manufacturing to clinical development on a commercial scale. Murray said that despite the downsizing to the current 550 associates, the future looks bright for the Sanford facility. The site is looking to lease out part of the facility to companies looking to do clinical development. They have over 17,000 square feet of manufacturing space along with 10,000 square feet of lab space, plus space in the administration building. He said the appeal of this to a company is the millions a company will save in startup and validation costs. It would also save three to four years in bringing a product to market.

Howard Bokhoven gave a stock report. Betsy Jungkind told of the Walk to Remember to benefit Alzheimer’s at Kiwanis Park. Eaves reminded the club to dress up for the club’s Oct. 31 meeting. There will be a crowning of a king and queen for the best Halloween outfits. Michele Bullard reported on the first Character Counts at Greenwood Elementary. 

Chad Spivey, Gina Eaves and Van Sillaman all had brags.

Ken Armstrong won the raffle of $36 and donated it all back.

Eaves closed the meeting and Ken Armstrong led the club in the Four-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance.


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.