Club News

May. 04, 2014 @ 01:30 PM


President David Nestor opened the April 22nd meeting of The Sanford Rotary Club and called on Jeff Clark to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”   

Visiting from the Jonesboro Club were Dr. Rupert Ainsley and Larry Aiken. Also visiting were Cookie Billings, District Governor of Rotary 7690, and Larry Lassiter, District Governor Elect of Rotary 7690. Nestor announced a make-up by Tommy Rosser at Jonesboro Rotary Club.

Ted Lanier won the 50/50 raffle of $23.  

Nestor announced that the project to provide a large screen TV with educational videos to the Christian United Outreach Center was moving forward. Doug Mikesell will set up the system and Phillip Price will provide videos through CCCC. It was also announced that the 2014 Rotary bills will be now emailed. Larry Aiken of the Jonesboro Rotary announced the “Dine Out to help the CUOC” would be taking place at participating restaurants April 25-May 4. Participating restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds during this time to the CUOC. Paul Horton announced that May 7th is the last day for Character Plus at Tramway Elementary.

Under “bragging,” Sam Sillaman saluted his daughter Samantha on making the Dean’s List at UNC-Greensboro. Alan Dossenbach congratulated Steve Brewer on being the new owner of Fairview Dairy Bar.   

Sam Sillaman introduced the program, on the Toastmasters Education Program. Norbert Miller, president of the Sanford Toastmasters, described the program and how it has helped so many people become more confident in front of an audience. There are approximately 250,000 members in over 12,500 clubs in 106 countries. Miller explained how the meetings were conducted and the process members complete to become confident, charismatic speakers. Miller then gave a speech that he will be using in an upcoming competition. He explained that each speech is timed and must be 5-7 minutes in length. The title of Miller’s speech was “Life Lessons.” Miller then answered questions from the attendees.

Nestor 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.

Dick Poletti led the Pledge of Allegiance and Jeff Hockaday the Four-Way Test.


The Sanford Lions Club held a special meeting Thursday, April 24, to welcome visitors and potential members. Leading Lions Avron Upchurch and Bob Nelson delivered remarks describing the club’s dedication to public service and what Lionism has meant to them over their combined service of 83 years.

Both men are past presidents and Upchurch also served as District Governor of District 31-F. Both have served in many capacities in the service organization. They stressed that Lions programs help build-up our community and serve those in need whether it’s the sight impaired, youth without homes, or children who need eye exams and glasses and youth who need a place to play soccer.

“We’re proud of what we do, and we do our share in the community, but we don’t do it for us, we do it for people in need,” Upchurch said.

Nelson said the Lion’s motto of “We Serve” is a way of investing one’s life in your community and contributing to its success. He said just looking at the hundreds of youngsters with smiles on their faces after winning ribbons and awards at the Lee Regional Fair gives him reason to say, “This is why I’m a Lion.” The club treasurer also cited the facts that over $21,000 this year will go into helping the needy get eye exams and glasses and that the 2013 fair resulted in $171,000 being invested in the community. “Again, this is why I’m a Lion. Being a Lion is a way to live more fully,” Nelson said.

President Richard Holshouser presided and extended a warm welcome to the visitors. The president introduced as his guests Barney Wells and Tilla Minter. Nelson introduced guest Bill Oberkirsch while Lion Lindsay Jones presented guests Beverly Tippett and Juan and Elsa Fuentes. Lion Bob Hughes’ guest was Scott Phillips and Lion Wendell McGee introduced the Rev. Ron Stoker, pastor of Sanford’s First Presbyterian Church, as his guest.

The Ninth Annual Sanford Lions Club Golf Tournament is weeks away on May 31 at Quail Ridge Golf Course. Chairman Jim Romine reported that player sign-up and the sales of hole sponsors are progressing with a field of 120 golfers expected. There will be prizes and Wilkinson Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet is providing a new vehicle as a hole-in-one prize once again. And golfers will have lunch provided by Chick-Fil-A. More information is available at, or by contacting Romine or Quail Ridge Golf Course.

Guest speaker for the evening was Lee County Sheriff Tracy L. Carter, who described the growth and programs designed to improve law enforcement and public safety here. With 16 divisions within his agency, he said all his staff work together to meet the services of Lee County residents. He praised the Sheriff’s Department staff for the outstanding jobs they do and gave them the credit for success.

Carter said the Patrol Division continues to be the backbone of the department as they are on the roads and on the front lines fighting crime. Patrol officers have been added in the past year as well as taking responsibility for animal control whose officers also serve as patrol officers. One big change this year was the transfer of school resource officers to the Sheriff’s Department that had formerly been under the board of education. This has worked well as they continue to provide safety for school children and staff and are a great crime deterrent at our schools, the sheriff said.

The sheriff said drug law violations continue to be a major problem and he urges all parents, grandparents and other family members to talk to their young people about the dangers of drugs.


President Andy Manhardt opened the April 28 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Day: “If the numbers we see in domestic violence were applied to terrorism or gang violence, the entire country would be up in arms, and it would be the lead story on the news every night.” — Mark Green quotes.

Nicolle Phair Fuller led the Rotary invocation, and Terry Mullen led the Pledge of Allegiance. Club guest Martha Oldham was recognized.

In Good News, Charles Oldham congratulated Matt Matthews for his healthy return. Andy Manhardt put in a plug for the Temple Theatre production of “CATS,” which will run through May 11th. Terry Mullen reported on attending a wedding that took place in the scenic and historic country between Richmond and Williamsburg, Va. Nicolle Phair Fuller shared her excitement with having Susan King, Director of Lee County HAVEN, as a program speaker for the day’s meeting.

In Community News, Ed Mishler spoke briefly to promote the “Eat Out to Help CUOC” program now under way in Lee County restaurants. The Lee County Arts and Vine Festival will be held May 3rd-4th at the Wicker Civic Center.

In Club News, the District 7690 District Conference will be held May 2nd-4th and the District 7690 Training Assembly will be held May 9th. The District Installation Banquet will be held June 23rd.

President-Elect Nicolle Phair Fuller introduced Susan King, Director of HAVEN, for a program describing how the HAVEN mission of “Helping People Heal” directs the organization to end domestic violence and sexual assault through community, education, intervention and primary prevention.

When HAVEN in Lee County opened its doors in 1985, its founders dreamed of creating an agency that would serve all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault — men, women and children. Staffed by one person, housed in a small downtown office, HAVEN provided crisis intervention and emergency services to victims. The mission of HAVEN is to help people heal from abuse as it works to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault through community education and intervention. Through the years HAVEN has grown into an 18-member team and merged into one building called the HAVEN complex — a 29-bed shelter.

HAVEN is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and their services include 24-hour crisis line, hospital accompaniment, emergency shelter, assistance with protective orders, bilingual services, M.O.V.E. (Men Overcoming Violence with Education), presentations to civic and church groups, support during criminal and civil proceedings, emotional support for clients, family and friends, referrals, case management, counseling, housing referral and support, and collaboration with sister support agencies.

HAVEN needs helpful caring people who are good listeners and want to help people in need explore their options without making decisions for them. HAVEN needs help with office support, fund development, student tutoring, shelter support, tech support, transportation, child care and others.

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought: “Domestic violence causes far more pain than the visible marks of bruises and scars. It is devastating to be abused by someone that you love and think loves you in return.” — Dianne Feinstein.


Jonesboro Rotary met at The Flame on April 24, with John Ramsperger greeting Rotarians and guests. Robert Gilleland gave the invocation and Ramsperger welcomed guests, including Tim Dubois and Brandon Bureau of Enterprise Rental Car, guests of Larry Aiken.

Ramsperger welcomed new Jonesboro Rotarian Tim Singleton, who was inducted by David Spive, Yvonne Bullard (handing out the loving welcome) and Larry Aiken. Singleton is a manager at Pilgrim’s Pride and has moved to Sanford from Arkansas with wife, Britt, and four children. His work career has included a two-year assignment in Mexico.   

Bob Joyce introduced guest speaker, Dr. Tina Poltrock, director of secondary education for the Lee County school system. She is a former teacher and principal at Seventy-First High School.

Poltrock described the AVID program (an acronym for Advancement Via Individual Determination) started in the 1960s in California and which has spread into 16 different countries, and now serves students in Lee County’s middle and high school levels.

Poltrock also described programs in the areas of Career and Technical Education, training students in job skills. Southern Lee boasts the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (AOHT), which helps students chart career paths in one of the world’s largest industries, from hotel management to sports, entertainment, and event management, and includes the study of geography, economics and world cultures. Next year, an Engineering Academy will be available and later one in Finance.

Yvonne Bullard promised a fabulous production of Cats at the Temple Theatre. The Temple Theatre Golf Tournament is set for May 20th.

The May 8th Small Business Banquet will feature guest speaker and honoree Phil Ford of UNC basketball fame. Tickets are $20.

Larry Aiken reported on this year’s successful final Character Plus session at J. Glenn Edwards Elementary School, featuring speaker Norbert Miller, who described the self-discipline and perseverance necessary to complete the Appalachian Trail. Several leaders of Rotary District 7690 were in attendance and were impressed by the growth of the Character Plus program throughout the Lee County schools, with the assistance of other civic clubs.


Jonesboro Rotary met April 17. President Gina Eaves called the meeting to order. Richard Carlson gave the invocation. Visiting were Kelly Quinones Miller and Sanford Rotarian Tommy Rosser.

John Ramsperger announced that Rotary district officials would be at Edwards Elementary for the Character Plus program. Van Sillaman said April 25th would be the last Character Plus program at Greenwood Elementary for the year. Yvonne Bullard announced that the Temple Theatre Golf Tournament would be on May 20th.

Sillaman bragged on Gene Rogers for selling 20 raffle tickets. Robert Gilleland bragged on Byron Ramirez.

Kelly Quinones Miller made announcements about upcoming events in the City of Sanford. She said the city would once again have a prayer breakfast for the National Day of Prayer. The annual Block Party was to be held April 26th. Sanford Fitness Fest was to be held April 27th. Aug. 5th is the date for National Night Out.

Robert Gilleland won the raffle. He led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Four-Way Test.


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.