Club news

Aug. 18, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


The Sanford Lions Club celebrated its 78th Charter Night recently with a dinner meeting at the Lions Den at the Sanford Lions Fairgrounds. A large crowd consisting of members, spouses, friends and widows of past Lions gathered for the annual event led by President Richard Holshouser.

Past President and Past District Governor Avron Upchurch traced the club’s long history and its devotion to good works in Sanford and Lee County. Its primary fundraiser, the Lee Regional Fair, came under Lions management in 1938 and has grown into Lee County’s largest event with the 2013 fair scheduled to run Sept. 10-15.This and other fundraisers have made possible many services for the blind and sight impaired, youth sports facilities, aid to underprivileged youth, sight screenings in local schools, scholarships and much more. The club has also been able to make a number of major improvements to the fairgrounds, which is used for a variety of charitable purposes and has produced a dozen Lion District Governors from its membership.

“I am convinced that the Sanford Lions Club lives up to its motto of ‘We Serve,’” Upchurch said.

Adding to the evening’s history theme, tables covered with past fair catalogs dating back to the 1930s were on display as a popular attraction. Past President Nick Novosel arranged the display from historical items stored by the club, some of them donated by past members including a large collection of old fair catalogs given by the family of the late Tommy C. Mann Sr.

Guest speaker was Lion Ken Smith of Lillington, first vice district governor of District 31-F. He addressed the number one problem facing many civic organizations, including Lions Clubs in this district and across the country, that of growth and development. He said Lionism is exploding around the world while declining in America. He used a football analogy of what a coach faces when it’s fourth down and one-yard to go.

“We’re at that crossroads to either grow or die,” the Lions official said. Like the football coach, there are four points to be considered. The first is call a time-out and evaluate the situation and the possibilities looking forward. The second thing to consider is punting. If the club keeps doing the same things that no longer work, be open to change and new things.

Third, is the field goal option, which may not get as many points as you would like, but sometimes people and clubs have to value and appreciate small things in life. We should be thankful for and celebrate small victories and the work done by everyone. And then there’s the fourth option—go for it. Be willing to take risks if the results mean touching one child with a sight problem, it’s worth it.

He commended the Sanford Lions for having taken many risks since its founding in 1935 and meeting countless challenges. With the 2013 Lee Regional Fair soon upon us, Smith urged the club to “just try one more time.”


President-Elect Nicolle Phair Fuller opened the Aug. 12 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Day: “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” — John Muir. Charles Oldham led the Rotary invocation, and Terry Mullen led the Pledge of Allegiance.

In “Good News,” Ed and Janet Mishler will travel to see their grandson play football and Terry Mullen’s daughter will be moving to Durham.

In “Club News,” Ashley Hinman has agreed to foot the bill for mulch for Haven. Kids will soon be back in school, so the first meeting of San-Lee Sunrise each month will be Back Pack Pals Day. The third meeting each month will be peanut butter and jelly (PB&J) day for the Christians United Outreach Center. The (RAC) Rotary Action Committee will meet after the San-Lee Sunrise meeting on Sept. 9.

Ed Mishler introduced Sam Buchanan, North Carolina State Forest Ranger for Lee County, and Matt Garner, Assistant N.C. State Forest Ranger, Lee County, for a program describing the many services the N.C. Forestry Service can provide for North Carolina landowners.

Forests provide clean water and air, timber for wood products, wildlife habitat, stable soil and recreational opportunities. Over 60 percent of North Carolina’s land is commercial forestland, capable of producing marketable timber for its 704,000 private landowners. It is to everyone’s advantage that the forests be well managed for environmental, aesthetic or economic reasons rather than left unproductive and inactive.

The N.C. Forest Service team in Lee County is Sam Buchanan, County Ranger, Matt Garner, Assistant County Ranger, and Robert Thomas, equipment operator. The team’s efforts are 20 percent for forest protection and 80 percent for forest management. A major tool for forest management is a Forest Service Forest Management Plan which can reduce your taxes, increase your revenue, improve wildlife conditions, develop cleaner flowing water, create a more scenic forest and increase land value. A part of this plan would include control of forest pests such as the Southern Pine Beetle.

President-Elect Phair Fuller closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought, “A grove of giant redwoods or sequoias should be kept just as we keep a great or beautiful cathedral.” — Theodore Roosevelt.


President David Nestor opened the Aug. 6 meeting of The Sanford Rotary Club and called on Tommy Rosser to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “Home on the Range.”

Visiting Rotarian was Assistant Governor Area 10 Mark Zeringue. Other visitors were Natasha Rawls and Richard Feindel. David Foushee won the 50/50 raffle.

Under announcements, Tom Spence noted this month’s birthdays — Joy Gilmour, Paul Howard, Bill Holt and Ted Lanier. Tony Lett discussed under the “Rotary Minute” as a reminder that there is a district publication called the “Piedmont Rotarian” and wanted to share some news on great article’s including one on Organ Transplant. the Rotary link can be found from the district rotary website at

Under “bragging” Tom Spence noted he and his wife recently attended the 100th anniversary of the Spence farm north of Lillington in Harnett County. Lynn Sadler noted to all to take notice of the Paul Harris quote on the back page of this month’s club newsletter, and Club President David Nestor wanted to send out kudos and thanks to the local hospital staff and for his son.

Cindy Johnson introduced Gary Hahn, Voice of the Wolfpack, N.C. State Athletics, as the program presenter. Hahn is a graduate of Butler University and is the play-by-play announcer for NCSU football and basketball. Feindel thanked Cindy Johnson and Richard Feindel for inviting him to visit. Hahn spoke on the successful season State has had in athletics this season. He went on to note that State Athletic Director Debbie Yow had a goal and wanted NCSU athletics to be in the Top 25 of the Directors Cup standings every year. All eight spring sports this past year advanced to postseason play. Dave Doren, new head football coach, has hit the ground running and is committed to recruiting and high-energy teaching. Hahn also mentioned the men’s basketball program is coming off its second straight 24-win season. President Nestor thanked the speaker and told Hahn that in appreciation, a dual-language children’s book will be donated in his name to the Lee County Library.

Judy Fowler led the Pledge of Allegiance; Phil Richmond, the Four-Way Test.


President Gina Eaves called the Aug. 1 Jonesboro Rotary meeting to order and asked Pastor Tim Martin to do the invocation. There was an outpouring of thoughts and memories about the passing of Jonesboro Rotarian Mike Thomas.

John Ramsperger assumed the Sgt. at Arms duties. He announced that Robbie Gilleland had applied to rejoin the club. Richard Carlson bragged on San-Lee Sunrise Rotary’s workday at Haven and the ongoing support. Robert Gilleland bragged on Mike Thomas and all he had meant to the club, to his community and to his state.

Eaves presented the speaker, Elizabeth Zeringue, a nurse with a Master’s in Public Health. She was part of a group that partnered with Mercy Ships with a grant from the Rotary Foundation to provide training to health personnel in Guinea, Africa. The curriculum they developed provided training regarding infectious disease control, identification and prevention. Guinea became the site because that was the location of the Mercy Ship. The language in Guinea is French so although there would be interpreters, everyone scrambled to get a basic understanding. Because the literacy rate is low, most signs and newspapers are written at a basic level and therefore not difficult to decipher. The training provided by Mercy Ships was at the surgery level which the grant provided the training to the hospitals. The conditions were like something Zeringue had never seen regarding sanitation, sterilization, incineration and supplies. Bedding and bandages had to be supplied by the patient. Power was intermittent. Things had to be adapted to the cultural differences when possible.

Eaves thanked Zeringue for the program and promised her a Rotary Four-Way Test pen. Robert Gilleland led the club in the Four-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance.


The Lee County Genealogical & Historical Society holds its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 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.