Club News

Jun. 23, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


President Ed Mishler opened the June 17 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “Men don’t care what’s on TV; they only care what ELSE is on TV.” — Jerry Seinfeld. Matt Matthews led the Rotary invocation, and Andy Manhardt led the Pledge of Allegiance. Rotary guest Tim Martin from Jonesboro Rotary along with club guests Martha Oldham and Deb Mullen were recognized.

In Good News, Deborah Clifford enjoyed her first Durham Bulls game. The Bulls are a Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The team was established in 1902 as the Durham Tobacconists. Terry Mullen announced the graduation of two grandchildren in Cary, and Martin Davis reported the enjoyment of a great Father’s Day.

In Club News, the June 24 meeting of San-Lee Sunrise will feature a talk by Brian Estes, narcotics officer, Lee County Sheriff’s Department, to talk about illegal drug issues in Lee County. There will be no San-Lee Sunrise meeting on July 1 due to the Fourth of July Holiday.

Charles Oldham introduced Elizabeth Zeringue for a program describing Elizabeth’s Rotary Foundation Future Vision Pilot project in Guinea, West Africa, undertaken in conjunction with Mercy Ships. Guinea is an Islamic country of about 10 million people; French is the official language and the port of Conakry is the capital city. The Future Vision project of training to help with the control and tracking of communicable diseases took place in two of the three hospitals in Conakry, Ignace Deen and Donka. Zeringue described a litany of infrastructure, environmental and cultural factors that make the provision of medical care a major problem in Guinea.

One of the founding ideas of Mercy Ships is that 95 of the 100 largest cities in the world are port cities and this allows Mercy Ships access to a majority of the world’s needy from their shipborne hospital. The Africa Mercy has six operating theaters and a 78-bed recovery ward. Major treatments on the Africa Mercy are available for cleft lip and palate, cataract and crossed eyes, bowed legs, dental problems and repair of injuries sustained during childbirth.

The message of Future Vision and Mercy Ships will be continued as local doctors in Guinea benefit from the training they received and, in turn, train others to help care for patients.

President Mishler closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and the thought, “If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?”


President Alan Dossenbach opened the June 11 meeting of The Sanford Rotary Club with an “instructional” joke about the “know-it-all” vs. the senior citizen.

David Foushee led the Rotary Prayer; Tom Spence, the singing of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”

Those present voted by written ballot for Program of the Year, the Golden Cobb Award and Rotarian of the Year. Lynn Sadler passed out sign-up sheets for Charter Night (June 25, Carolina Trace Country Club).

These new members were inducted: (1) Chas Post, Classification—Law [Civil Litigation], presented by Doug Gay, and (2) (Dr.) Phillip Price, Classification—Education [Community College], presented by David Foster. Post is with Doster, Post, Silverman, Foushee & Post, P.A.; Price is Vice President of Administrative Services at Central Carolina Community College. The induction of two other candidates is pending: (1) Bill Ray [transfer of membership], Classification—Insurance [Home], nominated by Doug Gay, and (2) Shawn Harrington, Classification—Department Store Management, nominated by Lynn Sadler and awaiting completion of the Tramway Walmart.

Under announcements, President Dossenbach offered congratulations to Supt. Jeff Moss, wished him well on behalf of The Sanford Rotary Club, and encouraged members to attend his upcoming farewell party. Tom Dossenbach indicated that weather delays may prevent completion of paving necessary to proceed with the dedication of the Donald Buie Trailhead as scheduled on June 18.

Dan Harrington won the 50/50 raffle ($11).

Under “bragging,” Doug Gay cited the graduation of his daughter from Lee County High School as salutatorian. Guest Joe Johnson was proud of his granddaughter’s recent appointment as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force. She will attend Bethesda Medical Center for training. He also bragged on his daughter, who holds the position of Nurse Recruiter at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dick Poletti introduced the speaker, Joe Johnson, formerly in insurance and real estate and now president of Highway to Healing. He presented its history through the time of a necessary name change to avoid conflict with the American Cancer Society. It provides Lee County cancer patients with free transportation to hospitals and physicians to receive treatment. Currently, 65-75 are served monthly by approximately 100 volunteers, of whom 50 are active drivers. Additional drivers are greatly needed, and their gas is furnished.

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

James Mitchell led the Pledge of Allegiance; David Foster, the Four-Way Test.


President Michele Bullard called the June 13 meeting of the Jonesboro Rotary Club to order with Bo Hedrick giving the invocation.

Gina Eaves presented the club’s own David Spivey for a program on North Carolina history.

Spivey started with a number of firsts for North Carolina. It was chartered by the King in 1663 and became a state in 1789, establishing the first public university in the same year. One of its nicknames is the Old North State as opposed to South Carolina. It was last to join the Confederacy, but lost more than 40,000 of their finest and bravest in the Civil War. It was first to propose women’s right to vote in 1897, but buried it in a subcommittee on prohibition. Spivey then gave a quiz on the N.C. state symbols.

Sgt at Arms Jay Childress welcomed guests Madison Bullard, Munsey Wheby and Carolyn Spivey. Yvonne Bullard reminded  members to sign up for the Installation Banquet on June 27 at 6 p.m.

Michele Bullard announced the passing of Cliff Peake on June 10 and read a letter of gratitude from his daughter.

Ron Hewett won the raffle and led the club in the Four-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance.


The Republican Women of Lee County received a visit from Lindalynn Kakadelis, Director of the North Carolina Education Alliance, at their monthly meeting on Monday, June 10.

Kakadelis presented information about the issue of the Common Core curriculum. While budgets and staffing issues seem to dominate much of the talk during recent state and local meetings, she stressed the consequences of these fundamental changes now being implemented in all N.C. schools. Kakadelis focused on the curriculum’s many uncertainties, one being that these methods and standards have never been field tested in any school, and that the cost of implementing these standards could reach unprecedented levels, placing a further strain on state and local resources with no clear return on their investment.

The Republican Women of Lee County will meet again at 6:30 p..m. Aug. 12 at the Lee GOP Headquarters, 101 S. Steele St., Sanford.


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.