Club news

Sep. 29, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


President Ronald Minter presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on Sept. 18. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Helen Culberson and the invocation was given by Minter. The project fund tickets were sold by Minter and Tim Copas was the winner. Happy dollars came from Minter, Denny Woodruff, Sara Harrington, Drew Lucas, Ronald Minter, John Payne Lyn Hankins and Martha Lucas. Ben Lucas was the guest of Martha Lucas.

In club business, Denny Woodruff reported on the Kiwanis Club of Lee’s participation in the 2nd annual Sanford Arts and Vines Festival that is set for May 2014. Patricia Deffenbaugh reported on the changes and updates to the club’s Terrific Kids Program where elementary students throughout the county are recognized.

Sara Harrington introduced Kelly Q. Miller of the City of Sanford and the speaker for the day. Describing the website and the Facebook page that have been developed for the City of Sanford, Miller told of the advantages of having events, resources and services coming together on one sight. For more information, she encouraged calling her at the City of Sanford or going to

Before adjourning the meeting with the Kiwanis Defining Statement, Minter reminded everyone that the installation of officers and board of directors would be the program for the Sept. 25 meeting.


President Andy Manhardt opened the Sept. 23 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary Club with the Quote of the Day: “Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It’s not hard. Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.” — J.C. Watts. Neal Jensen led the Rotary invocation, and Terry Mullen led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

In  Good News, Neal and Molly Jensen enjoyed their stay at Olde Mill Resort in Laurel Fork, Va.Neal Jensen also put in a good word for the Temple Theatre production of “The Music Man.” Terry Mullen announced his younger sister might be moving to the area. He also announced a birthday.

In Community News, The Temple Theatre production of “The Music Man” will continue through Sept. 29. The Lee County Arts Council and the Christians United Outreach Center are sponsoring a Shared Abundance Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.

In Club News, Sunrise Rotarian Debbie Clifford will become treasurer of San-Lee Sunrise Rotary. Character Plus kickoff lunch will be Oct. 4 at the McSwain Center. The 7690 District Golf Tournament will be held Oct. 10 at the Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro. The Sandler Training Polio Fundraiser will be held Oct. 21, and the District 7690 Rotary Foundation Banquet will be held Nov. 7 at the High Point Country Club. San-Lee Sunrise Rotarians should sign up for the No Scare Fair parking detail.

Nolan Williams introduced Bill Stone, Lee County Agricultural Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development, for a program describing 4-H youth programs including Character Plus.

Stone described the Young Commissioners Program, which concentrates on job and career skills including interviewing and resume writing. There were 35 participants (15 first time) in 4-H public speaking training this year. Lee County Youth 4-H members participated in the 4-H Congress at N.C. State University and the 4-H Shooting Sports Safety Program.

One of the most important 4-H programs is Character Plus, which was offered in all Lee County elementary schools during the 2013-2014 school year.

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four0Way Test and the thought, “No one knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent.” — Marcelene Cox.


President David Nestor opened the Sept. 10 meeting of The Sanford Rotary and called on Paul Horton to lead the Rotary Prayer.

Tom Spence directed the group singing of “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands.”

Visiting Rotarians from the Jonesboro Club were Gina Eaves and Rupert Ainsley; and from San-Lee Sunrise, Andy Manhardt.

Alan Dossenbach won the 50/50 raffle of $18.

David Nestor encouraged all Rotarians to sign up to be an organ donor. Paul Horton announced Character Counts program at Tramway School will be getting started in mid-October. Tommy Rosser mentioned the Rotary Million Dollar Dinner that was going to be held in Charlotte for Rotarians who sign up to donate $10,000 or bequest $10,000 in honor of Rotary.

Tom Spence noted that US News and World Report listed their best 2013 edition of best colleges in the country and Davidson ranked 13th, the highest of any N.C. college or university.

David Nestor bragged on the Seattle Seahawks from his native state of Washington on their win against the Panthers.

Nestor called on Tony Lett for a “Rotary Minute.” Lett brought attention to the monthly newsletter and the thought, “The reason why you joined Rotary and what makes you proud to be a Rotarian.”

The Program was introduced by Jeff Clark, who introduced Heather Little, executive director of Community in Schools Lee County (CISLC). The 10th anniversary of Communities in Schools is in January. Little has three full-time staff that serve inside the schools. CIS is a public-private partnership and part of a national program. CISLC provides a link between our educators and the community, which means teachers are free to teach and students can focus on learning. Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CISLC works differently than some other youth organizations by coordinating the delivery of resources and services at schools with a dedicated staff member, a CIS Site Coordinator. CISLC offers two services; Level One services are widely accessible to all students and deal with an entire school’s needs; Level Two service is targeted for individual students who may be at risk. Over 1,524 students were served in the 2011-2012 year. Last year and for the sixth year, they have served 350 students through their Backpack Pals program where food is sent home for students who are underprivileged to have something to eat during the weekend. CIS held a Second Chance Prom at the Wicker Civic Center on Saturday Sept. 7, as a fundraiser. For more information on Communities in Schools, one may contact Little at (919) 718-5426 or or


President David Nestor opened the September 17 meeting by asking Delores Jenkins to lead in the Rotary Prayer and Dr. Jeff Clark to lead in the singing of “ If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

Poly Cohen introduced his daughter Robin Carpenter as a guest. Other guests were Teresa Leigh, a guest of Delores Jenkins, and John Taylor, a prospective club member.

It was announced that Woods Doster had made-up a meeting at the San Lee Sunrise Club. Nestor announced the new district governor would visit at our next meeting.

Cindy Johnson won the 50/50 raffle.

Under bragging rights, Delores Jenkins spoke highly of her sister and of Rotary kindnesses to other members of her family in the past. Cindy Johnson bragged about her trip to New York and the quality of the shows she saw. Dr. Lynn Sadler alerted the club of a pending publication of poetry. Nestor bragged on the Seattle Seahawks, his favorite NFL team.

Poly Cohen introduced Dr. Janet McAdams, executive director of the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals as the guest speaker.

Dr. McAdams outlined the mission, goals and values of the 40 bedroom home in Chapel Hill that lends itself to both patients and families of patients of Chapel Hill hospitals. A major purpose of the Home is to make life more bearable for people who need assistance during hospital treatments and/or stays. Room and board are made available to patients and families at a minimum charge. A further goal of the SECU Family House is to provide emotional support to patients and families of patients by providing a place where people with similar issues can be together for conversation with each other and with skilled counselors.

Dr. McAdams explained the genesis of the Home, which was assisted in a great way by a matching grant of $2 million from the State Employees Credit Union. She explained other ways the Home had to raise funds, including in-kind gifts from residents of Chapel Hill and other places. The original cost of the 40 bedroom facility was $7-1/2 million. The Home receives no state or federal funding. The costs of operation comes from patient fees, fund raisers and individual gifts.

Sixty-two families from Lee County have been served by the SECU Family Home.

The Board of Directors of the Home is considering an addition of 20 bedrooms.

Nestor called on Joy Gilmour to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Tommy Rosser to lead in the Rotary Four-Way Test.


Are you interested in learning how to quilt? Would you like to enhance your quilting skills or just enjoy being with other quilters? Come join the Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild at 5:30 p.m. with a bag dinner and enjoy fellowship on Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Enrichment Center of Lee County.The  meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with new officers for 2013-14 year. Bring any project you’ve completed and share with the members during show and tell. Members are reminded to bring their favorite 12” block to share with everyone. 


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.N.C. CHRISTIAN CYCLISTS #129 

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.