Club News

Apr. 28, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


President Alan Dossenbach called the April 16 meeting of the Rotary Club of Sanford to order and called on Sam Sillaman to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence led the singing of “America” to honor victims and injured in the Boston bombing and Dossenbach called for a moment of silence.

Jane Barringer was the guest of Lynn Sadler.

Visiting Rotarian was Jeff Moore from Jonesboro.

Paul Harris 50/50 raffle was won by James Mitchell.

James Mitchell made up by tutoring at Tramway School.

President Dossenbach thanked David Nester, Phil Richmond and Sam Sillaman for volunteering at the Mayor’s Housing Task Force Clean Up Day April 13th. The group painted houses, planted shrubs, clean yards and many other fix ups for several houses on Maple Avenue.

Tony Lett gave us a Rotary Minute about April being Rotary Magazine Month. It is edited at RI headquarters in Evanston, Ill., and has a circulation of about 500,000. The first Rotary magazine was printed in 1911 by Paul Harris and called The National Rotarian. It was changed to The Rotarian in 1922.   

Tom Dossenbach announced that on Saturday he needed volunteers to help out at the Don Buie Trailhead to help move the Gazebo sections to their final spot for construction.

Braggin’ Bucks — Tony Lett bragged on his son, Matt, who was married this past Saturday on Ocracoke Island; Lynn Sadler being interviewed by Johnny Miller on his program and Phil Richmond on the great leadership Alan Dossenbach has given the club this year.   

Program — Bill Holt introduced Hal Siler, an Honorary Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. Siler was executive chairman of the Sanford Chamber of Commerce for 25 years and he and his committees were responsible for over 35 new businesses coming to Sanford. Siler told the group about what it takes when having speakers come to your clubs: entertain, educate, inform, improve business and be better members. He also gave  his formula he used about decision making: identify problem, consider alternatives, choose best solutions, carry out work and critique your work. Siler also recited two poems he wrote about life and also gave a history lesson about the Lee County area landscape. Siler, also a talented artist, showed some of his “special artwork.”

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jonathan York and the Four Way Test by Paul Horton.


April has been Leo Club Awareness Month observed by Lions Clubs all over the nation and world and Sanford has one of the top youth organizations with the Brick City Leo Club made up of Lee County High School students. With guidance from adult Lions, the youth participate in community service projects, social functions and leadership development activities.

Leo members play a vital role in the success of the Sanford Lions Club. At last week’s meeting on April 18, Leo President Alex Novosel reported that Leo Club members sold $499 worth of Camp Dogwood raffle tickets at an event held at the Piggly Wiggly Grocery parking lot on Saturday, April 13. The special sale was chaired by Lions John Walden and Tim Smith, who praised the youth group for their hard work. These proceeds plus additional sales by Lions benefit Camp Dogwood, a recreational facility on Lake Norman for the blind and hearing impaired. Sanford Lions already have six visually impaired citizens signed up for the summer experience and expect several more, according to Treasurer Bob Nelson. Local clubs sponsor participants from their communities.

The Leo president also presented a check to the Lions for $500 designated for debt reduction on the fairground’s arena and barn facility. Club president Nick Novosel, Alex’s father, and treasurer Bob Nelson accepted the check with gratitude. And on April 11, the Leo Club purchased a $100 hole sponsorship for the Lions Golf Tournament on June 1 in memory of Lion Lewis Yow. And the Brick City Leo Club has given to a number of community charities over the past year.

Other officers serving the club this year included Mariah Rockwell, vice president; Micaela Schlott, secretary; Yasmin Diaz, treasurer; Richard Hoyle, historian; and Daniel Briggs, tail twister. New officers for next school year were elected last Sunday and they are Micaela Schlott, president; Yasmin Diaz, vice president; and Daniel Briggs, secretary-treasurer.

Lion Woodrow W. Seymour Jr. was program chairman for the evening and spoke on a topic dear to him and many others, especially longtime Sanford residents — the semi-pro baseball team called the Sanford Spinners that played here in the early 1900s. He dedicated the program to the late Lion Lewis Yow, who worked with the team in his youth and was a lifelong baseball fan. Seymour also introduced special guest Howard Auman, who was a pitcher for the Spinners in 1946.

The team originated from workers in the local cotton mill, thus the name Spinners, going back into the 1920s. As its popularity grew, and with financial backing from businessman Lewis Isenhour, a number of paid players were recruited and became household names throughout the area. Several veteran Lions vividly recalled their memories of those years and games at Temple Park and the players that became local heroes. Jimmie Bridges recalled the 1947 team that went to the national finals game in Wichita, Kansas, and his trip there on the train. He said they expected to stay only a few days, but as the Spinners kept winning that turned into three weeks. Others relating stories of the team were Worth Pickard, Billy and Reggie Miller, Hal Siler, Avron Upchurch and Bucky Phillips. The Tobacco State League in which the Spinners played folded in 1950, a victim of changing social trends such as television and greater mobility of citizens, Seymour said.

Seymour wrote a history of the team that appears in the 2007 Lee County Centennial history book available at the Railroad House Museum. He related many interesting stories from his research from this era of America’s favorite pastime.

The meeting was opened with prayer by Dr. Marvin Joyner and President Novosel led the Pledge of Allegiance. Guests included Jessie Niedworok, granddaughter of Lion Hans Niedworok, and Tom Mann, son of Lion Russel Mann.


The Sanford Woman’s Club met Friday, April 5, at The Flame with 11 members and one guest present. Co-President Esther Siler  called the meeting to order, welcomed members and guest, and led the group in the salute to the American and North Carolina flags.

Ruth Gurtis read a beautiful devotion from God’s Little Devotion Bible. She spoke of a man who pawned the Bible, but later received the Bible back and became a devout preacher. She then gave the invocation.

Eugenia Thompson, program chairman for April, introduced Karen Laurie, an international traveler, who gave a presentation on traveling and how traveling develops self-confidence, patience, problem solving, resourcefulness and other attributes. Laurie shared albums of pictures and post cards from her travels.

The March 1 minutes were read by Joyce Rosser, co-recording secretary. The minutes were approved.

Mary Upchurch gave the treasurer’s report, which was approved.

During old business, Co-President Siler reminded members that last month the club had a written survey about whether or not it should remain with the District and State Federation or become an independent club. After discussion, a vote was taken by secret ballot with four votes to remain with the District and State Federation, three votes to withdraw and two abstention votes. Therefore, the club will remain a member of the North Carolina District and State Federation.

There was no update on the lighting at the Lee County Arts and Community Center.

Bragging bucks were paid by Bonita Cox, Mary Upchurch, Vivian Shaver, Ruth Gurtis and Joyce Rosser.

Each member was asked to give the treasurer 25 cents for the first 100 pounds of their weight, and one cent for each additional pound for the April Pennies fundraiser. In May, members are asked to put in five cents for each meeting missed this year.

Esther Siler will be caller for the May program and program chairman will be Janice Cox.

Joyce Rosser distributed Belk Charity Tickets to all members as a fundraiser project. Selling tickets at the door on April 27, the day of the sale, will be Joyce Rosser from 6 to 7 a.m. and Ruth Gurtis and Eloise Berryman from 9 to 10 a.m. The club will receive all monies for pre-sale tickets, but will receive a percentage of the ticket sales at the door. Co-President Siler encouraged members to make an effort to invite new members and led the members in reciting the Club Collect. The next meeting will be Friday, May 3, at 11:30 a.m. at The Flame.


Delta Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International met Thursday, April 11, at the Jonesboro Presbyterian Church. The women of the church prepared the meal. President Barbara Keller called the meeting to order. Cindy Quiggle gave the invocation; Linda Truitt the devotion. Keller recognized Hannah Cowfer, Delta Rho’s 2012 grant-in-aid scholarship recipient, and her mother. Hannah Cowfer graduated from Lee Early College and is attending Campbell University.

Following the meal, Delta Rho members Ada James and Barbara Keller presented the program “Schools for Africa,” an official project of Delta Kappa Gamma. As part of the program, there was a display of items from Africa. Many of the items were provided by Reginald Hodges, Director of Literacy in Greensboro and a college classmate of James. Hodges taught school in Libya and became involved in teaching teachers.. James gave a brief history of the “Schools for Africa” project and then described several of the display items — a dress from Liberia, school pictures from Sierra Leone, and bottles and mats from West Africa. All of the items Keller described were from Nigeria. She wore a tie-dyed dress and headscarf ,which probably would be considered a woman’s everyday attire. The headscarf covers a woman’s entire head when she is working. Wooden sculptures and carvings depict symbolism that is deeply ingrained in the African culture. Some of the symbols used in the sculpture and carvings include the elephant (a symbol of strength and power), a mother and child (a symbol of motherhood which is highly respected in African culture), and a working woman with baby on her back and a basket on her head (type of basket indicating if it is used in the market/field or if it is used in carrying water). Keller showed two musical instruments — a handheld wooden cylinder/gourd filled with dried seeds and wrist and ankle bracelets made from thin, hollow wooden shells. The handcrafted Mancala board game originated in Africa and is one of the two oldest board games still played today. Also on display was an oxtail fan that is used in dances.

A business meeting followed the program. The minutes were corrected and approved. The following committees gave reports:

Educational Excellence — The Recognition of Chapter Achievement was submitted before March 15. Based on the number of points the chapter earned, the chapter will be recognized as a Distinctive chapter at the state convention. All first-year teachers received invitations to the spelling bee. Four first-year teachers participated as members of their school’s spelling bee teams. Kathryn Waters gave each member present two baskets to fill with school supplies to bring to the October meeting. The baskets will then be given to Lee County’s 2013-2014 first-year teachers.

Newsletter — Lisa Chapman encouraged members to consider taking over her position as editor of the newsletter.

Webpage — Emily Lucas reminded members that in order to have the webpage approved by International, she needs to have each member’s permission slip on file.

Literary — Patricia Pemberton said that all the spelling bee teams have received their team pictures via email.

Nominations — Janice Thompson nominated Wendy Bryant Motley to be the chapter’s new First Vice President.

Personal Service — Nancy Turner reminded members to contact her committee if they know if a member has been sick or has had a death in the family.

Project Fundraising — Kathryn Parker said that all the money collected through the year from the “money” jars will be given to the treasurer.

Recruitment — Karen Kershner/Jaylnn McDonald said that the applications for the grant-in-aid scholarships will be sent to the high schools and Lee Early College. The deadline for the application is May 3.

Scholarship — Mary Waters recognized Amanda Bullard as recipient of Delta Rho’s chapter scholarship as well as an Eta State scholarship. She is working on her doctorate at UNC-Wilmington.

Following our “bragging,” the meeting was adjourned. The chapter’s next meeting will be Oct. 3.


Jonesboro Rotary met April 18 at The Flame with President Michele Bullard presiding. Jeff Moore gave the invocation, remembering families affected by the tragic events in Boston and Texas.

Guest Ron Hewit described his efforts in promoting and the ongoing “Real Men Read” project at Bullock Elementary (once per week, 30 minutes, to promote interest in reading among boys in elementary school). Also, April 30 is Lee County Reading Day – volunteers are needed in elementary schools throughout Lee County.

Larry Aiken and other J. Glenn Edwards mentors, David Spivey, John Ramsperger and Richard Carlson, read heartwarming letters from Edwards students who described their favorite character traits and thanked Jonesboro Rotarians for their visits and their leadership.

John Ramsperger described the successful Maple Avenue project which attracted 111 volunteers (Jonesboro Rotarian Chad Spivey was volunteer coordinator). Alan Dossenbach and David Nestor were key volunteers from the Sanford Rotary Club.

Gina Eaves bragged about a memorable birthday at the annual Titanic dinner at the Angus Barn.

David Spivey bragged on Jeff Moore for his efforts in the recent Rotary raffle and for taking on treasurer duties for the club. Yvonne Bullard bragged on Jay Childress for taking on secretary duties for our club.

Guest speaker Walt Lovett described the Christians United Outreach Center (CUOC) as the second largest food bank in North Carolina. Corporate sponsors are needed to help CUOC continue to provide needed food to hungry people in Lee County, as it has for eight years. 1,100 boxes of food are given out monthly, and $45,000 has to be budgeted annually to purchase food as food donations have decreased. Teresa Dew Kelly stated that the persistent economic downturn has had a cumulative effect on CUOC as donations (cash and food) have declined, and United Way funding and grants have decreased. A recent decision was made by CUOC to limit recipients to one box of food per month, rather than two as was past policy.

Dine Out to Help Out is going on right now as local participating restaurants are donating a percentage of sales to CUOC through April 30. Tim Copas announced that food drives are scheduled. In August, Charlie Daniels comes to Sanford as a giant fundraiser for CUOC.

Gina Eaves won the raffle, and led the club in the Four-Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance.


President Ed Mishler opened the April 22 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” — Margaret Thatcher.

Neal Jensen led the Rotary invocation, and Charles Oldham led the Pledge of Allegiance. Club guest Deborah Clifford, a new Legal Assistant at Doster, Post, Silverman, Foushee, & Post, P.A. Attorneys at Law, and Rotary guests Dan Murphy, director and choreographer for the upcoming Temple Theatre production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” from Tigard, Ore., and Tim Martin with Jonesboro Rotary and whose art will be displayed in the lobby of the Temple during the “Dreamcoat,” were recognized.

In Good News, Martin Davis had praise for the Temple Theatre production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and Ed Mishler announced the marriage of a nephew last week. Neal and Molly Jensen recently had a visit from Molly’s best friend from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

In Club News, Ed Mishler and Andy Manhardt will attend the Rotary District Assembly on Friday, May 10, and the installation ceremony for Rotary District 7690’s new District Governor on Monday, June 17. San-Lee Sunrise Charter Night will be held Thursday, June 20, in Deb and Terry Mullen’s home at Carolina Trace. The April 29 meeting of San-Lee Sunrise will have a speaker from the YMCA.

President Mishler recognized Deb and Terry Mullen for a program reviewing the 2013 District 7690 District Conference held at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. The conference began on Friday afternoon and featured a speech by Mercy Ship’s founder and Director Don Stephens. Mercy Ships inspires a workforce of over 1,000 professional volunteers from 50 nations and continues to follow the 2,000-year-old model of Jesus by providing services to the marginalized poor free-of-charge. Saturday morning featured a speech by Rotary International representative Bruce Goldsen, co-owner with his wife, Sue of Jackson Radio Works serving the Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, area. The Rotaract group from Guilford Technical Community College and the Interact group from Mount Airy also made presentations. Saturday afternoon the Mullens, accompanied by Sanford Rotary President Alan Dossenbach, engaged in skeet shooting. Deb Mullen attended a Ladies’ Tea Saturday afternoon, hosted by Linda Snider, wife of District Governor Rick Snider.

The Saturday evening dinner featured speeches by District Governor Elect Cookie Billings and Rotary Peace Fellow, Songwriter and Itinerant Peace Activist David La Motte. On Sunday morning, an interfaith service included a Remembrance of Deceased Rotarians that included Terry Mullen lighting a candle for deceased San-Lee Sunrise Rotarian Dottie Merriman.

President Mishler closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and the thought: “People tend to make rules for others and exceptions for themselves.”


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.


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.


The Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild will have sew-time from 3 to 6 p.m. on its monthly meeting day, Thursday, May 2, at the Enrichment Center. Teresa Patterson is responsible for refreshments being served before meeting time of 6:15 p.m. Anyone needing assistance with ongoing projects should bring their sewing machine to sew-time. Members are reminded to bring your project book, corn and tomato square, and their six to eight red and white tessellation blocks. Any completed projects members wish to share with the guild should also be brought to the meeting. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome.