Club News

Oct. 13, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


The Sanford Lions Club received expressions of appreciation for its support of local blind and sight impaired citizens at its regular weekly meeting Oct. 3. Guest speakers were Jamie Perkins and Sally Walker, both of whom work with the state’s Services for the Blind division under the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. The primary mission of Lions is to help the blind and sight impaired and others in need. Club funds come from projects supported by area citizens and the business community. The Lee Regional Fair is the Sanford Lions’ major fundraising project.

Reduced state funding and budget cuts, especially in the health and human services area, have hit the Services for the Blind hard and without the help of the Sanford Lions Club many blind and sight impaired local residents could not be served, the social workers said. That is especially true with funds for basic eye exams and eyeglasses for the needy.

Lions pay for exams and glasses for those whose need is approved by Social Services. Local Lions Clubs pay one-half the cost while the N.C. Lions Foundation provides the remainder. And with the Sanford club being one of the larger clubs in the state, its funds have a heavy impact especially throughout this area. Sanford Lions provide more than $20,000 annually with half of that directly benefitting local blind and sight impaired residents. These funds go for eye exams and glasses, sponsorship of local blind residents attending Camp Dogwood for a week in the summer, sponsorship of the blind to participate in the annual fall VIP Fishing Tournament sponsored by N.C. Lions on the Outer Banks, and direct contributions to local blind citizens at Christmas. Local Lions members also sell raffle tickets each year to support the maintenance and upkeep of Camp Dogwood which is located on Lake Norman near Charlotte.

Program Chairman was Phil Bradley, who emphasized that such programs as these are why club members, volunteers and friends work so hard at fair time each year. And the club appreciates the contributions of many such as Family Eye Care Optometry and the support of Lee County citizens and business leaders in making it all possible.

President Richard Holshouser presided and led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. Bradley opened the dinner meeting with prayer. Lion Bucky Phillips introduced his son, David, who was a guest. Tail Twister Bonita Cox had members reminiscing as she read a description of the simple life of yesteryear as compared to today’s more complex world.


President Dave Nestor opened the Oct. 1 meeting and called on Ted Lanier to lead the Rotary Prayer.

Tom Spence directed the group singing of “Vive Le Rotary.”

Visiting from the Jonesboro Club was Rupert Ainsley.

Alan Dossenbach announced that he had a make-up.

Tony Lett won the 50/50 raffle for $16.

Nestor acknowledged fellow Rotarian Natasha Rawls for being in The Herald’s annual industrial edition and for being in the Member Spotlight of the Rotarian newsletter. Tom Spence recognized all October birthdays and led the group singing of “The Birthday Song.” Nestor announced the passing of Martha Cline.

Under “Bragging,” Nestor bragged on the Seahawks winning their football game. Wilson Cox was proud to brag on the recent ECU victory over UNC. Deloris Jenkins bragged about celebrating her 13th wedding anniversary. 

Nestor called on Tony Lett for the Rotary Minute. Lett shared an article from The Piedmont Rotarian; “District Rotarians break the million-dollar mark in giving.” He spoke on how the article put the 51 Rotary clubs in District 7690 in the spotlight by having generous hearts and helping hands. He stated that the District clubs also donated more than $700,000 to the Rotary International Foundation. The article mentioned Cookie Billings’ statement saying that more than 2,600 district Rotarians value greatly, the Rotary ideal of “Service Above Self.”

Michael Matochik of the Lee County Library was the guest speaker of the day. He was introduced by Wilson Cox as having his MBA in Library Science. Matochik started out the meeting by saying that the best thing to do is to come to the library and “experience” it for yourself. He also said that he is an advocate for E-books. He said that there is a shared card catalog by the name of NC Cardinal that has 14 other library systems linked to it in North Carolina. NC Cardinal allows people to check out books from other libraries where they may be available. He says that in retrospect, it makes the Lee County Library bigger. By allowing this E-book catalog, it saves Lee County about $10,000 a year in associated library costs. In a survey in 1916 by American Publishers, there were 10,445 books published. In 2012 there were over three million books published. The first E-book was based on Philosophy and Theology. The first E-book that was patented was in 1949 and was an encyclopedia. Matochik also spoke on NC Live. He says that all you need to be able to access this is an active library card and it contains over 35,000 books.

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.

Bill Ray led the pledge of allegiance; Dick Poletti, the Four-Way Test.


The Lemon Springs Extension and Community Association met at the McSwain Center on Thursday, Oct. 3. President Mildred Smith gave the thought for the day and introduced the program given by Joe Cherry, Lee County Solid Waste Coordinator.

Cherry gave recycling updates that reflect changes to the recycling program. Paper items, except for corrugated cardboard, may be put in the same bin. Metal items do not need to be separated, all colors of glass may be placed together, plastic containers except those holding motor oil, anti-freeze, pesticide containers and Styrofoam items are not recyclable and should be put into trash. He answered several questions and announced a household hazardous waste collection day to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Dennis A. Wicker Center.

Forms for recipes that will be included in a cookbook given at the annual Ladies Farm City Banquet on Dec. 4 were distributed.

Lemon Springs fair booth, “Money Does Not Grow On Trees,” was judged first place. A check was presented to club treasurer Georgia Garner from the Lions Club. Members including husbands, Dewey Roberts, Ricky Smith and Boyce Cox, were thanked for their assistance in constructing the booth.

Valerie Johnson, community service chair, will announce a date to feed Habitat for Humanity workers later in October.

Membership chair Brenda Willett announced that the club has grown by four members.

The county ECA clubs have voted to have a “No Bake Contest” as a fundraiser. Each member is asked to donate $10 instead of baked goods. 

Certified Volunteer Reports are due Nov. 22 and should include hours spent June – November.

The NVON/CWC Water Around the World project in common for 2013-2015 was discussed. Lemon Springs sent $60 to purchase a portable water filter, the “Point ONE Filter” that was designed the fastest, easiest and most cost efficient portable water filter. 

Celebrating the Legacy ... 100 Years of Homemaking 1913-2013, The History of Lee County Extension and Community Association, formerly called Tomato Clubs, Home Demonstration Clubs, Extension Homemakers was compiled by Georgia Garner. Copies of the book were presented to Lou Roberts, a 50-year member, Angela Jenkins and Carol Cox, 25-year members. Copies may be purchased at the ECA office in the McSwain Center.

The Centennial Celebration­­---2013 will be held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh on October 27 at 3:30 p m. Bricks in honor of Susan Condlin, Lee County Extension Agent, and Wilma Winstead, past N C ECA Parliamentarian and member of the Lemon Springs ECA will be dedicated at that ceremony. Several Lee County ladies will attend. 

The annual State Leadership meeting will be held at the Raleigh Marriott October 28-30. Lee County ECA will be represented there.

Hearts and Hands ECA Quilters’ Guild will present “A Harvest of Quilts” at the Dennis Wicker Civic Center on Oct. 18-19. Lemon Springs members will assist those members. 

The annual covered dish event usually held in the fall has been canceled for 2013.

Club dues are due by Nov. 22.

Nancy Upchurch will present the program for Nov. 7 on Chair Exercising.

The Club Collect was recited to adjourn the meeting.


The Jonesboro Rotary Club met Sept. 26, which included a visit from the Rotary District Governor.

It was a full house, according to President Gina Eaves, mostly thanks to the visiting Rotary brass on hand. After Bo Hedrick’s invocation, Assistant District Gov. Mark Zeringue introduced Dist. Gov. Cookie Billings. Billings is a native of Greensboro and graduate of UNC-Greensboro. She lives in Jamestown with her husband, Dr. Ray Pifer, who was also in attendance. She was a charter member (1996) of the Rotary Club Greensboro Airport.   

Billings then introduced more visiting dignitaries, including District Governor-elect Patrick Eakes and future District Governor Larry Lassiter.

Billings paid tribute to the late Jonesboro Rotarian Cliff Peake. She reminded members of the District Conference at the Grove Park Inn next May 2-4, which will include discounted golf, a local brewery tour and a zipline adventure.

She then spoke about a variety of Rotary issues revolving around this year’s slogan: “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.”

Eaves thanked the District Governor for her words and gave her a piece of Sanford pottery. Billings was then asked to help induct two new Jonesboro Rotarians. The two new members are Josh Threatt and Byron Ramirez. Threatt is executive director of Sanford Health and Rehab and Ramirez owns Mundo Latino grocery store.

Visited Rotarians included Andy Manhardt and Nicole Phair from the San-Lee club. A.J. Stone, a guidance counselor from Greenwood Elementary School, was visiting and spoke to the club about the upcoming season of Character Plus and all the great things it has accomplished for students.

Bud Marchant reminded members about the China National Orchestra concert coming to the Wicker Civic Center. The visit is being sponsored through CCCC’s Confucius Classroom.

A.J. Stone won the weekly raffle and led the club in the Rotary Four-Way Test and Pledge of Allegiance. President Eaves adjourned the meeting.


Jonesboro Rotary met at The Flame on Sept. 19. Yvonne Bullard welcomed Sanford Rotarian Richard Hayes and Temple Theatre actors, who were guests. Peggy Taphorn introduced actors from the Temple Theatre’s current musical production, “The Music Man.” Present were Cathy Guthrie, Kelsey Adcock, Tim Russell, Mallory Cunningham, Chas Pofahl, Chuckie Dixon, Neil Parker, Neil Bullard, Wayne Staton, Patrick Holt, Shannon French and Stephanie Chopnacki.

This is the 30th anniversary season for the Temple Theatre and Taphorn has planned an ambitious schedule that features “The Dixie Swim Club,” a Christmas show (“Plaid Tidings”), the return of former artistic director Kathie deNobriga to direct “Black Pearl Sings,” “Smoke on the Mountain” for bluegrass lovers, a “Sherlock Holmes” comedy and a blockbuster musical to complete the season, with a title to be announced later.

Country music star Mark Wills, recognized by the Academy of Country Music in 1999 as its Top New Male Vocalist, will perform on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Larry Aiken and Mikeal Basinger reporting on the successful debut of Character Plus at J. Glenn Edwards as Rotarians introduced them to “Respect.” Greenwood Character Plus will kick off soon. Basinger also announced that Vocational Services Month is coming soon with opportunities for Rotarians to allow young students to shadow them for a couple of hours.

Ken Armstrong and donated his winnings to the Temple Theatre. He led the Four-Way Test and the Pledge to the American flag.


Jonesboro Rotary Club met Sept. 12 with President Gina Eaves presiding. David Vann gave the invocation.

Richard Carlson introduce speaker Susan King, the past executive director of HAVEN having left to pursue a state level job dealing with battered and abused women. She is now back with HAVEN in an interim position to help the organization get back on its feet and running. She said the hotline is still open and that she is hoping to get the center back open soon. They are trying to secure more funding so they can reopen. HAVEN served over 100 families last year in Sanford. King then discussed the No Scare Fair coming up in October. Proceeds will benefit HAVEN and Family Promise. The time is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  for ages 2 to 10. Entry fee is $4 and there are time slots for the kids. Candy is being donated once again by J.T. Davenport. She said that they are looking for door sponsors.

Eaves reminded the club of the upcoming District Governor visit. Robert Gilleland announced that the Tuesday Nite Music Club would be playing at The Flame. He also announced that Robby Gilleland would not be rejoining the club since his job has moved him to Chapel Hill. Richard Carlson announced that Character Plus would be starting next week at Edwards Elementary.

Andre Knecht bragged on the Wounded Warriors Golf Tournament which raised over $3,000. Richard Carlson bragged on the HAVEN board and for those who have stepped up to get it back going. Van Sillaman bragged that his daughter had joined Rotaract at UNC Wilmington. Eaves bragged on The Sanford Herald staff for the work they did on Election Night.

The raffle today totaled $39 and the winner was Ron Hewett.

Eaves adjourned the meeting and Ron Hewett led the club in the Four-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance.


Newly installed President David Caplan presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on Oct. 2. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Ronald Minter and the invocation was given by Denny Woodruff. Project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell and John Payne was the winner. Happy dollars came from Payne, Ronald Minter, Denny Woodruff, Patricia Deffenbaugh, Lyn Hankins, Susan Campbell, Nancy Watkins and Sandra Bridges.

Martha Lucas, Lt. Gov. of the Carolinas District 10, installed the following officers and new board members for 2013-2014: President, David Caplan; President-Elect, Lyn Hankins; Vice President, Tim Copas; Immediate Past President, Ronald Minter; Secretary, Patricia Deffenbaugh; and Treasurer, Drew Lucas. New board members include April Montgomery and Martha Lucas.

It was reported that the club is at 54 percent of the pledged goal of $22,000 for the Eliminate Program. Helen Culberson presented a check from Phoenix Fire Protection in the amount of $750 as did Ronald Minter a check from New Hope Church in the amount of $500. Both are co-sponsors along with the Kiwanis Club of Lee of the annual dictionary project for all third graders in Lee County.

Caplan introduced fellow Kiwanian Lyn Hankins, director of the Lee County Partnership for Children and the speaker for the day. Hankins’ topic for the day was Read for the Children.

The meeting was adjourned with the reciting of the Kiwanis Defining Statement.


San-Lee Sunrise Rotary President Elect Nicolle Phair Fuller opened the Oct. 7 meeting asking Charles Oldham to lead the Rotary invocation. Fuller led the Pledge of Allegiance.

In Good News, Matt Matthews and Neal Jensen reported they are recovering from successful visits from grandchildren.

In Community News, the Lee County Arts Council and the Christians United Outreach Center are sponsoring a Shared Abundance Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.

In Club News, the area Rotaries are considering a joint fundraiser at the Temple Theatre in October during presentation of “The Dixie Swim Club,” Oct. 17-Nov. 3. The District 7690 Golf Tournament will take place Oct. 10 at the Pinewood Country Club. On Oct. 21, the Sandler Training Polio Fundraiser will be held, and The Rotary Foundation Banquet will be held at the High Point Country Club on Nov. 7. San-Lee Rotarians are urged to sign up for No Scare Fair parking detail. Fuller gave a short report on the kickoff of this year’s Character Plus Program.

Fuller introduced fellow Rotarian Alan Zulich for the first installment of his hour-long program on snakes with particular emphasis on snakes found in Lee County. Zulich professes to a life-long love of snakes. After receiving a degree in Wildlife Management, he engaged in snake bite research for the U.S. Army. He and wife Billie founded and operated the Harford Reptile Breeding Center where they specialized in the breeding and sale of leopard geckos and pythons. Zulich declared that snakes are more afraid of people than humans are of them, and described several types of non-violent defenses snakes use. Snakes can use their colors, intimidation, deception and theatrics to avoid direct contact with humans.

There are six types of venomous snakes found in North Carolina. The copperhead found in all 100 N.C. counties along with the water moccasin, timber rattler, pigmy rattler, eastern diamondback rattler and the coral snake.

Zulich ended the first installment of his program stating that in all his years in proximity with snakes he had never been bitten.

Fuller closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test.


The Lee County Forestry Association met. Oct. 3. President Mark Luellen called on Secretary Charles Oldham to present the minutes of the previous meeting. Treasurer Bud Taylor announced the association has 25 active members. Luellen announced there are only 20 forestry associations in the 100 North Carolina counties.

Luellen introduced James Jeuck, Extension Associate in the Forestry Department, N.C. State University, for a program titled Introduction to Woody Biomass, Wood as a Modern Day Energy Solution. 

Growing biomass for fuel recycles carbon and using biomass for a fuel source is a carbon neutral system. The least expensive solar collector is a tree. Biomass is defined as “Any organic matter including forest and mill residues, agricultural crops and waste, wood and wood waste, livestock operation residues, aquatic plants and municipal and industrial waste.” Biomass can be used to produce biopower and biofuels. Biopower comes from biomass being used for small to medium scale power plants instead of, or along with, fossil fuels.

Regenerating a new timber stand and removing tops and branches (excess biomass) during a final harvest logging operation reduces site preparation cost for reseeding, reduces fire, insect and disease risk and increases site access and maneuverability and area that can be devoted to reseeding. 

The Enviva Company plans to build two new pellet mills in southeastern North Carolina to produce one million tons of wood pellets by 2015.

Bob Joyce, president of the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce, while speaking about biomass and economic development in the area, mentioned that Pfizer Inc. in Sanford has a CHP (combined-heat-power) operation already in place. 

Kim Tungate, Lee County Extension Agriculture Agent, was recognized for setting up the meeting.


The Lee County Genealogical & Historical Society will not hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct 22, in the Lee County Library Auditorium, 107 Hawkins Ave., Sanford. Instead, the Society will take a field trip to Pittsboro the following day to tour the new Chatham County Justice Center and the restored Chatham County Courthouse. Members wishing to carpool should meet in the Library parking lot at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. The tour will begin at 3 o’clock in front of the Justice Center, 40 E. Chatham St., Pittsboro. 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.