Club news

Jul. 21, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


Recently installed President Harold Harrington presided over the weekly meeting of the Exchange Club of Sanford held at Exchange Club Building on July 11. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Immediate Past President James Baker and the invocation was given by Harry Miller. The meal was prepared by James Baker.

Harrington presented plans for the annual Parent-Child Golf Tournament, which will be held at the Sanford Golf Course on Saturday, July 27. The morning tee time will be 8:30 and will be captain’s choice format. The afternoon round is slated to begin at 1:15. The club will again be serving lunch at the club house located next to the ninth green. The Exchange Club of Sanford has sponsored the tournament since 1999, with prizes to flight winners and individuals with the longest drive and closest to the pin on designated holes. Registration for the tournament may be made by calling the Sanford Golf Course pro shop. Hole sponsors will be recognized with signs placed at each tee.

Club Treasurer David McCracken announced the travel plans for the delegates to attend the 2013 National Exchange Club Convention. The Sanford delegation to the convention arrived on Friday, July 12, and later attended the annual One Nation Under God Banquet. The ceremony was highlighted by the keynote address from noted author Rochelle Pennington. Pennington’s message on Patriotism gave special attention to Past Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Pennington noted that the inaugural addresses of all of our nation’s presidents have made reference to God.


President Ron Minter presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on July 3. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Patricia Deffenbaugh and the invocation was given by Minter. The project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell and Kim Lilly was the winner. Happy dollars came from Lilly, Gwyn Maples, Ron Minter, Margaret Murchison, Sara Harrington and Drew Lucas.

The program for the day came from David Caplan. Prepared with a slide presentation, Caplan told of his experiences at the Kiwanis International Convention that was held in Vancouver in June.


President-Elect David Caplan presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on July 10. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Susan Campbell and the invocation was given by Caplan. The project fund tickets were sold by Tim Copas and the winner was Denny Woodruff. Happy dollars came from Woodruff and Sally Porter. Guests included Anna Lucas with Drew Lucas.

Club and community announcements came from Anna Lucas, who updated the club on Lee County Communities in Schools and the upcoming fundraiser that is set for Sept. 7 which will be called Second Chance Prom. The 11th annual reverse raffle for the Kiwanis Club of Lee will be held Aug. 13 at the Westlake Club. The Carolinas District Convention for Kiwanis will be Aug. 23-25 in Greenville, S.C., and Kiwanis of Lee Immediate Past President Martha Lucas, will be installed as the District’s Lt. Governor.

Denny Woodruff introduced Bo Hedrick, executive director of Boys and Girls Club of Lee County, and Brad Simpson, chairman of the B&G Club Board of Directors, who were the speakers for the day.


The Sanford Lions Club is partnering with St. Joseph of the Pines and Helping Hands Clinic to bring an outreach dental and health program for the needy to Lee County each month. The first visits here will be July 26-28 at the Lions Fairgrounds located on the corner of Weatherspoon and Seventh streets. Other dates are scheduled each month through the end of the year and will be announced.

This program is made possible by grant funds and contributions and the generous volunteer services of doctors, dentists, dental assistants and hygienists. Susie Buchanan, director of community relations for St. Joseph of the Pines, was guest speaker at the July 11 meeting of the Sanford Lions where she described the program and its beginning in 2012. She expressed her appreciation to the Lions for providing space and power services required to operate the large specially designed semi-truck filled with modern medical equipment.

Buchanan praised the Lee County Dental Society for pledging strong support of the program and many local dentists have signed up to volunteer their services. Dental assistants and hygienists will also volunteer as will the staff and students from Central Carolina Community College dental hygiene program. More than a hundred patients have already been scheduled here through the Helping Hands Clinic and referrals by doctors. Patients are screened and must be 21 years of age, underprivileged and uninsured.

The dental semi program started in Moore County last August with plans to expand into adjoining counties. An advisory board is now organizing in Lee County under the direction of Phillip P. Richmond, a volunteer. Richmond accompanied Buchanan to the Lions meeting and said anyone interested in working with this board is welcome to contact him or Buchanan at St. Joseph of the Pines. Richmond, a financial strategist, operates Consolidated Planning Inc. of Sanford.

Lions President Richard Holshouser presided at the meeting while Bill Whiteman was program chairman and delivered the invocation. Members were reminded of several important event dates, including the 75th anniversary banquet of the Aberdeen Lions Club on July 24. The Sanford club sponsored the Aberdeen club and will be represented at the banquet. The District 31-F officer installation and awards night will be July 27 at Carolina Lakes Country Club in Western Harnett. Sanford Lion Don Morton will be installed as a zone chairman at the event. And the 78th Charter Night Anniversary of the Sanford Lions will be held Aug. 1 with a ladies’ night dinner meeting.


President David Nestor opened the July 9 meeting of The Sanford Rotary and called on Paul Horton to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group singing of “God Bless America.” The club also sang Happy Birthday to all Rotarians celebrating a birthday in July.

Visiting from the Jonesboro Rotary was Tim Martin. Guests of David Nestor were Primo Estrada and his daughter Brenda.

James Mitchell won the 50/50 raffle.

Nestor announced that the annual foundation meeting would be held immediately after The Sanford Rotary meeting on Tuesday, July 16.

Under “bragging,” John Mangum announced the marriage of his son Daniel on June 29 and was thankful that it did not rain. Ted Lanier welcomed the new club treasurer Doug Mikesell and thanked Wilson Cox for his help during the previous year. Sam Sillaman expressed excitement over his daughter’s upcoming trip to Greece for 16 days. Phill Richmond expressed his gratitude to our service men and women for what they do for our country. He also spoke of two outstanding fireworks shows that he was able to enjoy this past Independence Day. Lynn Sadler was recently awarded the 2012 Evening Street Press Helen Kay Chapbook Poetry Prize for her book of poems.

Nestor called on Tony Lett for the “Rotary Minute.” Lett encouraged members to read the June issue of The Rotarian magazine or visit to see ways to connect with other members who share common interests, which include anything from bird watching to kayaking.

Alan Dossenbach introduced the program, on the Sanford Area Society of Shaggers (SASS), by President Gary White. White introduced other members of SASS in attendance, Vice President Charles Neal, Secretary Cindy White and Newsletter/Webmaster Linda Gilliam. White described SASS as a fellowship of friendly, fun-loving people, age 21, or older, of good character who shares a strong interest in promoting and preserving the Shag. The Shag is a dance form that began in the 1940s and is still popular today. Shag classes are offered and dancing is encouraged, but dancing is not a requirement for membership. <embers meet the third Friday of every month at the Sanford VFW. The club was chartered in 1989 to promote dance and the music of Shag. SASS participates in many local events and fundraisers for Sanford and Lee County charities, as well as a national sponsor for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Each year SASS holds an event, Shagging in the Sandhills, which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. After 23 years, this event has grown and extended to other local charities within the Sanford area. SASS has donated over $300,000 and still continues to raise money, donate it to charities and make wishes come true for sick children. SASS members also donates their talent by performing at quarterly visits to a local retirement home. White then asked Linda Gilliam, webmaster and newsletter editor for the club, to speak. She shared a newsletter and pamphlet with more detailed information about SASS and she answered questions from members regarding some of the history of the club and the history of the Shag.

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.

Jeff Hockaday led the Pledge of Allegiance and Amber Cameron, the Four-Way Test.


The Kiwanis Club of Sanford met July 11. After the opening prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, Club President James Emerson introduced guests including Whitney O’Quinn and her parents Pat and Bruce. Whitney O’Quinn is one of the club’s scholarship winners this year. She told  members that she plans to attend William Peace University where she will study Biology and play soccer and basketball.

Emerson also introduced four members of the Seven Lakes Kiwanis Club who were visiting on an interclub visit — John Clohessy, Jack Fetzer, Bob Racaine and Ken Sparks.

Emerson then asked for Spiritual Aims, which were noted.

President-Elect Ed Garrison reported that a group of Kiwanians were to go on an interclub visit to the Sandhills club. Several members went on an interclub visit to the Lee County Club the last week of June.

Emerson told members that no members have a birthday in the month, but it was discovered that Whitney O’Quinn has a July birthday so members sang Happy Birthday to her.

Happy bucks were given by Neal Kightlinger, Joe Lawrence, John Clohessy, Bob Brickhouse, James Emerson and Ed Garrison.

Kiwanian Jim Foster introduced the evening’s speaker, James French, who is a Deep River resident with his wife Gloria. French started his career with the Department of Corrections in 1972 after serving three years in the U.S. Army. Upon his return from Vietnam, he served 18 months with the Presidential Honor Guard Unit in Washington, D.C.

French rose through the ranks at Central Prison in Raleigh and, in 1994, became the facility’s first African-American warden. Five years later, he was appointed Director of the Division of Prisons. After retiring in 2001, he was called back to service in 2009 as Deputy Secretary of Corrections. He received many awards and recognitions for exceptional service.

French talked about Central Prison and the prison system in North Carolina. Central Prison now has about 1,200 inmates and over 1,000 employees. These include those providing food service, custody, maintenance, medical mental health, chaplaincy and administration. Central Prison was originally built in 1884, but has been modified many times. In 2011, a new hospital facility was completed. The newer facility allows significant savings versus taking inmates to local hospitals. There is also a new mental health facility with 152 beds to serve inmates from across the state. Central has the sixth highest number of inmates in the nation on death row. There has not been an execution in N.C. since August 2006. Overall, the prison population is going down from a high of 43,000 a few years ago to about 37,000 now.

In response to questions, French stated that the facility in Sanford is a minimum custody facility for those inmates with short sentences or those with longer sentences and near the end of the sentence.

French stated, “It takes a special person to work in the prisons.”

To end the meeting, the 50/50 fund-raising drawing was won by Jim Foster.


Jonesboro Rotary met July 11 at The Flame with President Gina Eaves presiding. Bo Hedrick had the invocation.

Eaves introduced Sanford Rotary Club member Tom Dossenbach, who presented a slide program on the Sanford Rotary Club’s recent completion of a five-year project to honor the late Don Buie with the Don Buie Memorial Trailhead. Dossenbach described the history of the project, which began from a desire to rally club members around a worthwhile project that would benefit the citizens of Lee County while honoring a beloved Rotarian and outdoorsman, Don Buie.

A ribbon cutting was held June 18, with local dignitaries and Buie family. A bronze plaque at the site remembers Don Buie as a Christian, a Rotarian, an educator, a family man and an outdoorsman.

Jay Childress welcomed club guests, including Cameron Wilson and her mother, Ellen Wilson. Cameron Wilson is the most recent recipient of the Jonesboro Rotary educational scholarship. She graduated from Southern Lee High School and will attend UNC-Chapel Hill this fall with an announced major in chemistry, with a goal of becoming a radiologist. She recently returned from a mission trip to Washington, D.C., where volunteers cleaned up various areas.

Also visiting were Assistant District Governor Mark Zaringue from Chatham County, Sanford Rotarian David Nestor and San-Lee Sunrise Rotarian Andy Manhardt.

Bragging bucks: Bo Hedrick on one of the bright stars from his Boys and Girls Club program off to Raleigh to assist with page duties in the General Assembly. Gina Eaves on taking on new duties as a columnist for The Herald. Ron Hewett encouraged Jonesboro Rotarians to watch next Wednesday’s episode of “Franklin & Bash” on the TNT network at 9 p.m., a show about the adventures of lawyers in a law firm. Ron’s son, Richard Hewett, wrote the episode.

Ron Hewett won the raffle and led members in the Four-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.


President Andy Manhardt opened the July 15 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “Just as Rotary itself can never keep its place unless it is constantly growing, so each individual Rotary club cannot afford to stand still while the stream of life moves onward.” — Armando de Arruda Pereira.

Nolan Williams led the Rotary invocation, and Martin Davis led the Pledge of Allegiance.

In Good News, Nolan Williams announced his granddaughter Savannah’s first birthday. Terry Mullen announced his two daughters are on the move, one to Durham and one to Austin, Texas. He also shared the experience of a trip to Arizona and New Mexico and the news that his daughter Sarah is expecting. Andy Manhardt is going to host his eight-year-old granddaughter for two weeks.

In Club News, Nolan Williams received a banner from his term as San-Lee Sunrise Rotary President. The banner represented the term of Kalyan Banerjee as Rotary International President. The July 22 meeting of San-Lee Sunrise will feature a program presented by St. Josephs of the Pines. St. Josephs has obtained a trailer equipped with medical facilities. They are interested in using the medical facilities for a dental clinic in Lee County. The July 22 meeting will be followed by a meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Board.

The July 15 meeting of San-Lee Sunrise Rotary was a club assembly led by President Andy Manhardt. Issues discussed were meal cost, club activities for the coming year, membership growth and fundraising. The slate of committee chairs was announced for the year.

President Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought, “Hope is the expectation of better things — a polio-free world, a world without hunger, universal peace. It is the spark that keeps a man going, whatever his station. Without it, life is nothing more than existence in despair.” — M.A.T. Caparas.


Members of the Sanford Modern Woodmen of America chapter recently helped raise money for Mike and Cindy Salmon Johnson by holding a BBQ chicken plate sale at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

The event, held on June 22, raised $19,000. This includes $1,000 matched by Modern Woodmen’s home office through the organization’s Matching Fund program.

The Matching Fund program offers Modern Woodmen members nationwide the chance to show their support for a community cause, organization or individual in need by holding fundraisers. Modern Woodmen matches money raised up to $2,500. These fundraising projects contribute more than $6.5 million to community needs nationwide each year.

Coordinated by local Modern Woodmen members, chapters provide opportunities to connect through social activities and volunteer projects.

For more information about the local chapter and how one can get involved, contact Terry Keith at


The Lemon Springs Extension and Community Association splashed its way through the downpour to its annual social that was held at the home of Boyce and Carol Cox on Thursday, July 11. Husbands of the members grilled the hot dogs and hamburgers at the host home. Side dishes and beverages were furnished by the ladies. A special attendee was Kay Morton, extension secretary. President Mildred Smith reminded that the Aug. 1 meeting will be on flowering arranging held at a local florist. Vegetables grown by various members were collected to be delivered to the club’s project.


The Lee County Genealogical and Historical Society will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Society member and author James Vann Comer will present a program on his recently published book “I can show you better than I can tell you!” which includes family history and recounts his father’s experiences during World War II. Meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. Call (919) 499-7661.


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.