Club news

Jul. 28, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


The Sanford Lions Club recently sponsored a visit by the N.C. Lions Vision Van where 111 area residents were screened free of charge for vision impairment. Project chairman was George Kostrewa, who reported to club members that 25 Lions volunteered contributing a total of 160 man-hours. The testing was held July 12-13 at the Walmart parking lot.

Those working on this project included Ish Rivera, Carole Smith, Don Morton, Richard Holshouser, Dan Hruby, Phil Bradley, Steve Stoutzenberger and Marvin Joyner. Also, Darrel Sapp, Jim Turner, Tommy Mann, Phil Gurkin, Bill Whiteman, Hal Siler, Everett Cox, Reggie Miller, Joe Johnson, Mark Arey, Bob Edens, Michael Wicker, Woody Seymour, Richard Hendley, Bonita Cox and Carolyn Joyner.

This is the second Vision Van trip to Sanford this year as Lions screened 93 clients in March, making for a total of 204 persons served in the two visits and a total of 324 service hours volunteered by local members. Kostrewa told club members at the weekly meeting July 18 that he was very pleased with the results of these two projects and thanked members for their service.

Lions have also been busy in recent weeks selling advertisements for the 76th annual Lee Regional Fair Catalog that will be published in The Sanford Herald in late August. Hans Niedworok and Phil Gurkin are co-chairs of this project and reported good results from the hard work of Lions and the support of local businesses. The 2013 Lee Regional Fair will be held Sept. 10-15 at the Lions Fairgrounds.

President Richard Holshouser presided at the regular meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Past President and Past District Governor Avron Upchurch gave the invocation. New Tail Twister Bonita Cox got the evening started with a few jokes and a stern warning that members will be held accountable in the event they violate club rules this year with the usual penalty of fines deposited in the brass Lion.

Holshouser introduced the evening’s guest speaker Anthony Dyson who, along with his wife, Janice, operates Blueberry Hill Farm on Steel Bridge Road. They grow 10 varieties of blueberries and customers can pick their own or buy already picked berries in their store which features many blueberry products including juice, jams, jellies, salsa and many more items. Their berries are also sold at Lowe’s Foods.

They came to Lee County in 2000 when his work moved to Apex. The Sanford area was recommended to them since U.S. 1 provided quick access to the Triangle area. They were raised in a rural area of Duplin County. On his father’s farm they grow 20 acres of blueberries, so he’s been involved with this fruit all his life. Dyson gave many details about the planting and care of blueberry bushes and harvesting techniques. A very spiritual family, Dyson said they give the Lord all the praise and glory for what they’ve been able to do in their lives.

He brought three bottles of their blueberry juice as prizes for those who could answer Bible related questions. The winners were Jim Turner, Bill Whiteman and Avron Upchurch. While the bottles resembled wine, Dyson assured them it was non-alcoholic.


President David Nestor opened the July 16 meeting of the Rotary Club of Sanford and called on Ted Lanier to lead the Rotary Prayer.

Tom Spence led the singing of “ In The Good Ole Summertime.”

Guests were Jonesboro Rotary Club President Gina Eaves and Nick Novosel, father of the club’s high school scholarship winner from Lee County High School Alex Novosel.

50/50 raffle winner was Sam Sillaman.

Nestor reminded board members that there will be a monthly board meeting after the regular meeting on July 30.

Tony Lett gave us a Rotary Minute and highlighted a couple of articles from the July edition of The Rotarian magazine. The first article was about the new Rotary International President, who is from Oklahoma. The other article was about Jim Kushner, Past President of the Rotary Club of Inwood, N.Y. Kushner is a first responder to natural disasters all over the world. The story is about when Hurricane Sandy hit right in his own backyard.

Nestor showed off the club’s new Rotary Banner for 2013-2014. The theme for this year is “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.”

Braggin Bucks: Lynn Sadler bragged on her new published book, “Last American Gypsy,” and Bardic Tales and Sage Advice, Volume V, won an award. Sam Sillaman bragged on daughter, Samantha.

The club honored two Sanford Rotary scholarship winners — Alex Novosel from Lee County High School and Brandon Perry from Southern Lee High School. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to be paid to their college of choice in the fall. Alex was involved in athletics and headed up the Leos Club, which is basically the Jr. Lions Club. He will attend UNC-Chapel Hill. Brandon will attend Appalachian State. Thanks to Jeff Hockaday and David Foster for their work on selecting the scholarship winners. Foster presented the scholarships to each winner.

Tom Dossenbach called a makeup meeting for the Sanford Charitable Foundation. He went over the disbursements for the Don Buie Memorial Trailhead and the contract with the City of Sanford for upkeep of the trailhead that was deeded to the city. Two new Foundation Board members were elected to replace outgoing members Tom Dossenbach and Paul Horton. The new board members are Cindy Johnson and Amber Cameron. Ted Lanier gave a treasurer report on the Foundation. All members were given copies of the report.

Nestor then gave the club a preview of the upcoming year. He spoke about the good that the Rotary Club does for the community and new ways the club can be relevant to younger members and to the youth in the community. Nestor spoke about how honored he is to serve as president and hopes the club will continue to invite new and diverse members to join. The club will be more aggressive on Facebook and other multimedia areas. Nestor wants the club to grow and engage in our community. All members are encouraged to continue seeking quality members for the coming year.

David Foster led the Pledge of Allegiance and Delores Jenkins led the Four-Way Test.


The July 18 meeting of the Jonesboro Rotary Club was called to order by President Gina Eaves. Rich Trogdon gave the invocation. Club Secretary and Sgt-at-Arms Emeritus Jay Childress introduced the visitors. Dawn McDowell was a guest of Betsy McNeill, and Toni Davenport was a guest of Ken Armstrong. Everett Stiles was visiting from the Franklin Rotary Club. Also visiting was Rotary Past District Governor Rick Snider.

David Spivey presented Tim Martin and Rich Trogdon as new Paul Harris Fellows.

Eaves urged everyone to attend next Thursday’s meeting, as Sanford Herald Publisher Bill Horner will speak about his recent trip to China.

Ken Armstrong said closing has finally occurred for the purchase of the old Wilrik Hotel property by the Sanford Housing Authority. Sanford Housing plans to further renovate and improve the property, including the ballroom and other public areas, along with gradually updating the apartment offerings.

Larry Aiken bragged that his 17-year-old grandson and his U17 soccer team is traveling to England to play some matches. Mike Thomas announced that his daughter is pregnant with a baby girl. And, Gina Eaves’ dad celebrated his 62nd birthday last weekend.

Howard Bokhoven gave the financial report.

Ken Armstrong presented the program on the Boys & Girls Club of Sanford/Lee County. Armstrong spoke to the group about the good works of the local Boys & Girls Club, which has two locations in Sanford: O.T. Sloan Park and another on Church Street. In 2012, the club had 1,149 total registered members. For more information, visit

Jonesboro Rotary is just one of 18 clubs in the district awarded the Presidential Citation for 2012-13, and Past District Governor Snider presented the citation to Immediate Past President Michele Bullard.

Richard Carlson won the weekly raffle and led the club in the Four-Way Rotary Test and Pledge of Allegiance.


President Andy Manhardt opened the July 15 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “Being poor is knowing exactly how much everything costs.” — John Scalzi.

Ed Mischler led the Rotary invocation, and Paul Dauphin led the Pledge of Allegiance.

In Good News, Paul Dauphin announced his birthday last week. Phillip Richmond took a trip for his 27th wedding anniversary and saw a lot of golf courses, but did not play. Andy Manhardt announced that his son finally closed on his house in Sanford. Martin Davis announced that the Youth Conservatory at the Temple Theatre will be doing the second set of performances of “Ella” this weekend.

In Club News, the speaker for next week’s meeting will be Hal Siler.

Phillip Richmond of the Sanford Rotary Club introduced Marlena Booth, the Adult Dental Program manager for St. Joseph of the Pines. She described the dental program to help adults who can’t afford dental services and give them the care that they need with dignity and respect that they are starting up in Lee County. The program uses a fully equipped medical semi-trailer that will be located at the Lions Fair Grounds in Lee County two days a month. They have been running a similar program in Moore County, which has provided dental exams for 76 patients, 121 extractions and 25 fillings. They will be able to run the program in Lee County two days a month due to the very strong desire by our dentists and dental hygienists to volunteer to participate in the program. If any dentist is interested in volunteering, they can call her at (910) 246-3126 or e-mail at Slots are available for volunteers in September through December. The Van will be at the Fairgrounds July 26-27 this month and Aug. 9-10. Contributions are also needed to support the $2,500 cost of moving the trailer to the location each month.

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test.


The Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild will meet at Davison’s on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 6 p.m. for the year-end dinner. Anyone interested in quilting on any skill level is welcome to join the Sept. 5 meeting at the Enrichment Center. Sew time will be from 3-6 p.m. with members working on ongoing projects. A brief business meeting begins at 6:15 p.m.


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.