Club news

Sep. 22, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


The Kiwanis Club of Western Harnett County has recently formed and is accepting charter members. The club is a new service organization in western Harnett County. Service projects will focus on the needs of children in western Harnett County and in developing future generations of leaders.

The new club, which began organizing in March and was officially chartered on May 23, currently has 25 members. The members recently elected the following officers: Opie Edmond, President; Scott Horton, Vice President; Sarah Raegan, Secretary; Ben Hannigan, Treasurer. Board members are Renate Beken, Joy Crowe, Becky Horton, Stacy Koehne, Suzanne Merritt and Michelle Sharp.

“The Kiwanis Club of Western Harnett County is dedicated to helping and mentoring children of not only our local community but those of the world community,” said Opie Edmond, president of Kiwanis Club of Western Harnett County. “The club will be dedicating its time to building strong ties with the local community as well. Anyone wishing to join or support us in our endeavor is more than welcome to join us at one of our meetings or fundraising projects.”

The group is currently meeting twice per month on the first and third Monday evenings, and has begun planning fundraising events to support its service projects. The club celebrated its official charter on Aug. 14 at Charter Night. More information on the Kiwanis Club of Western Harnett County can be found at or on Facebook at

The Kiwanis Club of Western Harnett County is part of the Carolinas District, which covers North Carolina and South Carolina, and the larger Kiwanis International organization. Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis and its youth-oriented service leadership programs serve communities in more than 80 countries and geographic areas.


President Andy Manhardt opened the Sept. 16 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Day: “Expect the best, plan for the worst and prepare to be surprised.’ — Denis Waitley.

Charles Oldham led the Rotary invocation, and Nolan Williams led the Pledge of Allegiance. Andy Manhardt and Terry Mullen received make-ups for attending the 2013 District Training Seminar and Manhardt again for attending Sanford Rotary and a Rotary Action Committee meeting.

In Good News, Manhardt reported meeting with other community leaders and learning the HAVEN reorganization is progressing rapidly.

In Community News, the Temple Theatre production of “The Music Man” will continue through Sept. 29th. The Lee County Arts Council and the Christians United Outreach Center are sponsoring a “Shared Abundance Dinner” on Oct. 20th.

In Club News, Andy Manhardt and Terry Mullen gave a report on their attendance at the 2013 District Training Seminar. The Character Plus kickoff luncheon will be on Friday, Oct. 4th, at the McSwain Center. The Sandler Training Polio Fundraiser will be held Oct. 21st , and San-Lee Sunrise will provide help to control traffic and parking at the No Scare Fair on Oct. 27th.

Debbie Clifford introduced Woods Doster with Doster, Post, Silverman & Foushee, P.A. and certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a specialist in the area of Estate Planning and Probate, for a program describing how you can “Turn your wishes into Estate Plans and Create peace of mind for you and your loved ones.” Estate planning is the legal means by which you can take control and determine specifically what will happen to your estate if you become incapacitated or after you pass away. Estate planning is a way of easing the burden for your loved ones and ensuring that your wishes for your estate are fulfilled. Estate planning is, essentially, an invaluable gift that you give to yourself and the people who you love. Estate planning is not just for wealthy people and a will, that only speaks at your death, does not constitute an estate plan.

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought: “When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.” The Sept. 23rd meeting of San-Lee Sunrise will feature a program by Bill Stone, 4-H Youth Development Agent at Lee County Extension, discussing Character Plus and other Extension activities.


The Kiwanis Club of Lee County acknowledged the club’s annual skip a meal day on Aug. 28. The weekly meetings resumed the following week with President Ronald Minter presiding at The Flame restaurant on Sept. 4. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Denny Woodruff and the invocation was given by Minter. Project fund tickets were sold by Kay Patterson and Woodruff was the winner. Happy dollars came from Woodruff, Nancy Watkins, Kimberly Lilley, Lyn Hankins, Ronald Minter, Tim Copas and Robert Gray. Guest included Emily Waite with Susan Campbell.

The membership stood in honor of fellow member Martha Lucas, who was installed on Aug. 24 as Lt. Governor/Division 10 of the Kiwanis Club Carolinas District. Lucas also received the Zeller Fellowship Award in recognition of the Kiwanis Club of Lee’s commitment to the Eliminate Program.

Drew Lucas encouraged all who can to come and participate in the Aktion Club’s fishing outing that was set for Sept. 5 at San-Lee Park. Happy Birthday wishes went to Crystal Copas, Kay Patterson, Patricia Deffenbaugh and Lyn Hankins.

Margaret Murchison introduced Cheryl Rodriquez, a Lions Club member, chairman of the Miss Lee County Fair Pageant and the speaker for the day. With this the 76th Annual Regional Fair, the goal is to get all 73 participants involved in the process which will include various pageants. In the Miss LCF contest, scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $500, $750 and $1,000.


President Ronald Minter presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on Sept. 11. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Denny Woodruff and the invocation was given by Gwyn Maples. The project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell and the winner was Denny Woodruff. Happy dollars came from Woodruff, Drew Lucas, Tim Copas, Sally Porter and Kim Lilley. Guests included Fellow Kiwanian from then Sanford Kiwanis Club, Shante Richards with Denny Woodruff and Jones Angel (Voice of the Tar Heels) with David Caplan.

Susan Campbell introduced Aaron Mabe, Director of Veterans Services at Central Carolina Community College, and Kimberly Kay, Administrative Assistant in Veterans Services, — the speakers for the day. Prepared with an informative brochure, Mabe and Kay told about a new program at CCCC titled Veterans Upward Bound. Targeting Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Wake counties, VUB offers free personalized college services for returning veterans and is designed to assist them in preparation for postsecondary education. For information, they encouraged calling (919) 718-7463, emailing or go to


President Harold Harrington presided over the weekly meeting of the Exchange Club of Sanford held at Exchange Club Building on Sept. 12. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Malcolm McCracken and the invocation was given by Harry Miller. The meal was prepared by David McCracken. Guests included spouses and friends of the members.

Harrington introduced Susan King, current Volunteer/Interim Director of HAVEN in Lee County and the speaker for the evening. The former Director and Outreach Coordinator of HAVEN, King said she was glad to come back to help HAVEN get back in operation after the recent, yet temporary, closing. Speaking with much optimism, she told how the community has rallied to help this much needed shelter and service for families in crisis due to domestic violence. Funding comes primarily from personal donations and grants; annual fundraisers organized by Willing Hands including No Scare Fair & Holiday Sox Luncheon and Haven’s Treasures Thrift Shop. She encouraged getting involved either personally or by way of organizations and churches that one might be involved in. For more information, she suggested contacting the shelter at (919) 774-8923 or calling the United Way of Lee County at (919) 776-5823. At the close of her talk, Harrington presented a check to King to assist in getting HAVEN up and running once again.


Lee County Retired School Personnel met Sept.11 at Lee County High School in the culinary arts dining room. The room was decorated and the food served by the students. Sam Carter returned thanks for the meal of salad, fish, rice, broccoli, sweet potatoes and dessert.

Ruth Gurtis introduced Amy Wood Pasquini, representative of OUR STATE magazine. She has joined the group meeting for 15 years and related the progress that the magazine has made. Lee RSP has sold subscriptions and the money gained is placed in the scholarship fund. Pasquini gave an overview of future articles in the magazine and weekends sponsored by the magazine. She had door prizes for all attendees.

A memorial for Geneva Harrington Cameron was taken. This is placed in the scholarship fund. Also, donations for the Pack Back project were accepted.

Ruth Gurtis, OUR STATE chair, announced the yearly goal of 200 plus subscriptions sold will allow a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a 2014 Lee County graduate.

Betty Lou Burns asked that the volunteer hours accumulated during the summer be given to her.

The Apple Award Chair, Vivian Shaver, presented John Bolton, club treasurer, with an award for his helpfulness in accepting the membership dues for 2014. Ruth Gurtis was also awarded for her chairmanship of the OUR STATE magazine drive.

The RSP will continue to meet at Lee County High School for the 2013-2014 year. All retired school personnel, which includes any person who worked in cafeterias, maintenance, transportation or related areas, are eligible to become members. If interested, please contact Eugenia Thompson or John Bolton. The next meeting will be held Oct. 9 at noon.


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.  Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661.


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.