Club News

Jul. 14, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


The 28th Annual Charter and Installation Banquet of the Jonesboro Rotary Club was held on June 27 at Carolina Trace Country Club. After the social hour, President Michele Bullard welcomed Rotarians and guests who included Yvonne Bullard’s daughter Sandi, Assistant District Governor for Area 10 Mark Zeringue and his wife, and some of Gina Eaves’ Sanford Herald “family” — Holly Hight, and Bill Horner and wife Leigh Ann. Kevin Dodson gave the invocation. Dinner was followed by a toast to the club’s fondly remembered “Mr. Rotary” Cliff Peake.

Michele Bullard gave a review of the past Rotary year, which included an overall increase in the number of members from 36 to 37. The club had $1,300 raised in the White Elephant auction, including funds for the Character Plus T-shirts, $1,120 raised by the Hunger Walk, and over $8,000 in receipts from the raffle. Donations of $1,000 were given for Hurricane Sandy relief, and $500 for the disaster in Moore, Okla. Larry Aiken gave details about the club’s support of the water project in Mexico, where through the assistance of a local Mexico City area Rotary club and with other clubs in the district, this Rotary support had increased from $300K to $600K.

Michele Bullard also presented the Rotarian of the Year award to Yvonne Bullard. Honorary members announced were Madison Bullard and several of Yvonne Bullard’s grandchildren. David Spivey presented eight new Paul Harris Fellows, making the Jonesboro Rotary again a 100 percent PHF club. Jonesboro Rotary also earned the Gold Club award for the eighth year, and received a Presidential Citation. 

Assistant District Governor Mark Zeringue next assisted with the installation of officers for 2013-2014, including Gina Eaves, President; Bob Joyce, President-Elect; Jay Childress, Secretary; Jeff Moore, Treasurer; Michele Bullard, Immediate Past President; and Directors Bob Joyce, Michele Bullard, John Ramsperger, Larry Aiken and Mikeal Basinger.

After being crowned President, Eaves gave a rousing challenge to the club to refocus on the mission, and ignite the passion to serve the community. She asked members to respond like “Rosie the Riveter,” WWII poster girl for the war effort, doing whatever it takes to get the job done. The club was adjourned with the Four Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance.


President Andy Manhardt opened the July 8 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week; “God respects you when you work, but he loves you when you dance.” — Common Whirling Dervish Proverb.

Ed Mishler led the Rotary invocation, and Neal Jensen led the Pledge of Allegiance. Rotary Guest Larry Aiken from Jonesboro Rotary was recognized.

Good News included reports of beach trips by several club members. Martin Davis had good words for the 2013 Temple Theatre Summer Youth Conservatory production of “Ella.” The second session of the Youth Conservatory will present “Ella” July 28-30.

In Community News, the Christians United Outreach Center (CUOC) will sponsor Charlie Daniels and the Down South Music Festival on Aug. 17 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds. More information is available at

In Club News, the San-Lee Sunrise July 15 meeting will be a club assembly, and the July 22 meeting will feature a speaker from St. Joseph of the Pines. St. Josephs is interested in providing a dental clinic in Lee County. Saturday, July 27, will be a work day for San-Lee Sunrise at the HAVEN. Larry Aiken gave a short report on the progress of Rotary water projects in Mexico.

President Manhardt introduced Judy McDonald and Tom Roach, a local dance team for a program describing the art of ballroom dancing. Ballroom dancing has evolved from the Minuet in 1620 to Dancing With the Stars in 2005. The dancing takes three forms or styles: social, competition and exhibition, and each style has its own personality. The emergence of ballroom dancing as a dance sport brought about the defining of dancing as either International Ballroom or Standard and the American (American Smooth and American Rhythm). In International Standard dancing, which has its history in Europe, the man, who controls all movements in ballroom dancing, starts the dance on the right foot. In American (Smooth and Rhythm), the man starts the dance on the left foot. Dance steps include the waltz, tango, foxtrot, samba, cha-cha-cha, rumba, mambo and others.

Judy McDonald, who can dance both sides of 22 different dance styles, teaches ballroom dancing at the Lee County Enrichment Center.

President Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test.


The Exchange Club of Sanford’s annual Parent Child Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, July 27, at the Sanford Municipal Golf Course. Superball starts are 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There will be lunch at 11:30.

Entry fee is $45 per player. To register, call (919) 775-8320. In addition to flight championship, prizes include closest to hole and longest drive.


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.