SANFORD LIONS CLUB
The latest developments in robotic orthopedic surgery were described by Dr. Andrew Bush at the June 6 meeting of the Sanford Lions Club. Dr. Bush is an orthopedic surgeon with offices in Sanford and Pittsboro and has been serving this area some seven years. He was introduced by program chairman Hal Siler, who also opened the dinner meeting with prayer.
Robotic surgical equipment is now in service at Central Carolina Hospital, one of only five hospitals in North Carolina with it. Dr. Bush said it started about seven years ago in the U.S. and he is among one thousand surgeons in the country trained in its operations. His training included workshops with its maker, Mako Surgical Corp., and sessions in hospitals in Miami, Charlotte and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
With the use of knee joint simulators, photos and diagrams, the surgeon described how orthopedic surgery lends itself well to the new technology. Its precision reduces the chance of mistakes and it requires only small incisions resulting in minimal tissue damage, which is a major concern in conventional surgery impacting recovery time.
The success rates using robotics have greatly improved, Dr. Bush said, noting he has performed 18 with perfect results in all cases. Another great benefit is its use in performing partial knee replacements. He is also using the technology with hip replacements. Surgeons must learn how to analyze each case and properly program computers that control the robot to do exactly what is needed with precision. He said training involved working with more engineers than surgeons.
Another guest at the meeting was Gerald Bunnell with St. Joseph of the Pines health systems. He said that organization operates a medical van that provides free medical and dental care for the disadvantaged and he requested use of the Lions Fairgrounds for a two-day visit here. The club has agreed to the arrangement and details will be announced. Lion John Burns introduced Bunnell.
Lion Tommy Mann introduced visitor L.T. Holder. President-elect Richard Holshouser presided and led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
SAN-LEE SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB
President Ed Mishler opened the June 10 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary Club. Alan Zulick led the Rotary invocation, and Sheriff Tracy Carter led the Pledge of Allegiance. Club Guests Sam Mooneyhan and Mike Tannenbaum were recognized.
In Good News, Sheriff Tracy Carter announced his son graduated from Southern Lee High School and will complete training for the National Guard this summer. Terry Mullen announced the graduation of two grandchildren, one granddaughter and one grandson in Cary. Alan Zulick enjoyed a visit from his son, and Ashley Hinman had high praise for the recent production by the Trace Players.
In Club News, on June 17 Elizabeth Zeringue will share her experiences working with Mercy Ships in West Africa. Installation of THE new Rotary District Governor, Cookie Billings, will be held June 17, and San-Lee Sunrise Charter Night will be held June 20 at the home of Ed and Janet Mishler.
Neal Jensen introduced Sam Mooneyhan and Michael Tennenbaum for a program describing the mission, vision and organization of FORSCOM (United States Army Forces Command) centered at Fort Bragg. The Mission of FORSCOM is to prepare conventional forces to provide a sustained flow of trained and ready land power to Combatant Commanders in defense of the Nation at home and abroad.
The vision statement for FORSCOM states that for the Army of 2020, FORSCOM provides enhanced land power gaining operational depth and versatility through a mix of fully integrated Active and Reserve Component forces operating in a Joint Intergovernmental and Multinational environment.
Organizations will be expeditionary, campaign focused and tailor able to provide Combatant Commanders the required capabilities to be decisive across the range of military operations.
The leader of FORSCOM is General Daniel B. Allyn. As the commander of the Army’s largest organization, he is responsible for manning, equipping and training 265,000 active component Soldiers, and training and readiness oversight of 560,000 Soldiers of the Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve.
President Mishler closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought, “An archeologist is someone whose life is in ruins.”
JONESBORO ROTARY CLUB
Jonesboro Rotary met at The Flame on June 6, with President Michele Bullard presiding, Kevin Dodson providing the invocation and Gina Eaves introducing the speaker.
The club was treated to a program presented by a fellow Rotarian, Guinn Massey, from Sherwood, Ark., who was in Broadway visiting a family member. Guinn has 25 years of perfect attendance in Rotary and has received a number of awards, but his passion is for the Four-Way Test. He has visited 176 Rotary Clubs over the past 26 years, and has presented his program to numerous Rotary clubs in a number of states.
He cited recent cheating scandals in one public school system as evidence of how ethical standards have eroded and the effects of the “boa” principle (how every ethical lapse tightens your predicament and restricts your appropriate response to ethical challenges.) Rotarians should lead the way in sharing the principles of the Four-Way test and carrying its message beyond the walls of the meeting room. These principles should become the bedrock of each Rotarian’s personal behavior. Each Rotarian should take the ethical standards of the Four-Way test and espouse them to others in the workplace. Are customers treated fairly and with respect? Are employees treated fairly and with respect?
Guinn challenged members to master the little things with regard to ethics and to share the message with everyone you care about, attempting to always influence others for good, through your love, your time and your attempts to educate others about the importance of high ethical behavior.
As soon as Guinn received applause at the conclusion of his program, Larry Aiken told Guinn how Rotarians in this area had taken the Four-Way Test into the public schools as part of the character-building program.
Ron Hewett announced that at Broadway Elementary School earlier that day, kindergarten students had received T-shirts as part of the Project PK-14 program that relies on volunteers who find out about volunteer efforts through www.volunteerlee.com .
Yvonne Bullard announced that the annual installation banquet is at Carolina Trace Country Club on Thursday evening, June 27.
Howard Bokhoven gave a stock market report.
John Langan was a guest of Ron Hewett.
Robby Gilleland was in attendance as a prospective member.
Gene Rogers won the raffle.
Larry Aiken delivered the Four-Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.
SANFORD ROTARY CLUB
President Alan Dossenbach opened the June 4 meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club and called on Phill Richmond to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”
Dossenbach welcomed several visitors to the meeting. The visitors were Tommy and Pia Thystrup, guests of David Nestor, Chaz Post, guest of Doug Gay, and Dan Harrington, guest of Tommy Rosser. John Rosser of Greensboro attended as a visiting Rotarian.
David Nestor won the 50/50 raffle of $15.
Dossenbach reminded the club of several upcoming events. In next week’s meeting, the club will vote on the club awards and there will be an induction of three new members. On June 18, the meeting will be held at the Don Buie Trailhead site for the dedication and ribbon cutting. The Rotary Club’s Charter Night will be held at Carolina Trace on June 25. Dossenbach announced that the club is invited to a retirement reception for Supt. Jeff Moss.
In Bragging Bucks, Tommy Rosser thanked the guests and John Rosser for attending the meeting.
Tommy Rosser introduced John Rosser for the introduction of the guest speaker, Tracey Flynn Murphy, CPA, of Bernard Robinson & Company, LLP. Murphy presented the program on “The Financial and Regulatory Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).” Murphy explained that she was going to talk about the “highlights” and how it impacts small businesses. The PPACA is over 30,000 pages in length and she focused on how PPACA impacts companies and “the good, the bad and the just plain ugly” of the PPACA. Murphy highlighted several charts and graphs to explain how healthcare and the cost of healthcare have been trending for several years. In general, the United States is an unhealthy nation with 64 percent of the population overweight, 21 percent smoking and 25 percent admitting they maintain a lower than average healthy diet.
Murphy focused first on “The Good.” The first being SHOPS, which is a Small Business Health Option Program. SHOPS is a marketplace where individuals and small business can buy coverage. This service will be federally facilitated and operate through a website and a toll-free phone hotline. There will be four levels of health insurance plans plus a catastrophic plan option for individuals under 30. The second positive concerning PPACA is Premium Tax Credits, 35 percent (50 percent in 2014) of Employer Paid Premiums and lastly, Medical Loss Ratio Rebates. The ACA requires plans in the individual and small group markets to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care quality improvement.
Murphy next explained “the Bad.” She described this as “Play or Pay.” Two different penalties are associated with “Play or Pay.” The first penalty is for not offering coverage and the second is a penalty for providing unaffordable coverage.
The final aspect, “the Ugly,” will most likely result in the increased cost of coverage. Murphy encouraged everyone to visit the website www.brccpa.com for further information and to become more educated on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Dossenbach thanked Murphy and told her that, in appreciation, a dual-language children’s book will be donated in her name to the Lee County Library.
Dan Harrington led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lynn Sadler led the Four-Way Test.
LEMON SPRINGS EXTENSION AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Lemon Springs Extension and Community Association met at the McSwain Center on June 6 with 16 members present, including a new member, Beverly Brown McGilveary. The thought for the day was presented by president Mildred Smith. Georgia Garner introduced Melanie Rogers, Administration Marketing Director for the Enrichment Center of Lee County. She explained the many programs available at the Center, including fitness, support groups, trips, Medicare information and various activities that are open to citizens of Lee County.
After treasurer and secretary reports, Valerie Johnson reported on the community service project of HAVEN taken by the club. Various opportunities will be addressed during the year. Paper products, art supplies and items for children for use especially during the season of school vacations have been supplied. The July project will be fresh foods provided by the club members, some from the members’ raised gardens located near the McSwain Center and personal home gardens.
Carol Cox, who represents Lee County on the Centennial committee of the ECA, reported that many activities are in the planning stage for the Oct. 27 celebration prior to the Oct. 28-30 State Conference held in Raleigh. All ECA members are urged to attend both activities.
Certified Volunteer Unit forms have been completed for the Lemon Springs club. These will be combined with other groups from Lee County and submitted to the state organization. It is important for members to record all hours to be submitted for accurate accounts spent to show the importance of volunteering. Tomatoes planted in the area by the Center are progressing and the need for members to attend and water is important.
The Report to the People dinner was successful and thanks were given to those members who prepared and served the attendees. The Lee County Fair date has been set and the club will have a display at that event.
Lemon Springs is reminded of the Leadership Team to be held Saturday, June 15, at the Center. Refreshments will be provided by the Lemon Springs ladies and all members are urged to attend.
The July meeting will be a social at the home of Carol Cox. All members, their guests and prospective members are invited. The August meeting will be a tour of Petal House Florist and demonstration of flower arranging.
Coupons and can tabs were collected as well as items for HAVEN. The Club Collect was recited to adjourn the meeting.
HEARTS AND HANDS ECA QUILTERS GUILD
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.
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.