Club News

Nov. 03, 2013 @ 02:00 PM


President David Nestor called the Oct. 22 meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club to order at noon by asking Tommy Rosser to lead the Rotary Prayer. Tom Spence directed the group in singing “America, The Beautiful.”

Nestor gave a brief overview of his recent visit to the Seattle area. He mentioned several special places that would be of interest to anyone visiting there, including the much publicized “Gum Wall.”

Joy Gilmour won the 50/50 raffle.

Paul Horton announced that the group that leads Character Counts at Tramway School would meet on Wednesday and that any Rotarian with interest in this initiative would be welcome to attend.

David Foushee gave an update on the speech contest for high school students.

Under the bragging section, Dick Poletti praised the Lee County High School Band and its recent  great performance. Tom Dossenbach commended Carter Keller on his leadership of the Airport Authority. He also mentioned the ribbon cutting for the enhanced airport runway. David Nestor bragged on the Seattle Seahawks. Sam Sillaman bragged on the Rotary Foundation and Tommy Rosser’s leadership in the local club Foundation effort.

Nestor introduced Petty Officer First Class Nathan Naomb, the Navy Recruiting Officer of the local region, who made a presentation on the Navy as a career; and in particular, the effect submarines have had over the years in assuring the security of America.

The speaker gave a detailed explanation of the benefits the Navy has to offer recent high school graduates and others who might have interest in that particular branch of the services. He explained how the G.I. Bill could care for the cost of a college education. He covered the benefits of learning a trade while in the Navy. He spoke with pride about serving in a meaningful way in the security of America.

The speaker gave a history of the submarine and its use in peaceful times and in times of conflict. He explained that Germany was ahead of the U.S. and the rest of the world in the use of submarines as early as World War 1. He explained that submarines came into prominence around 1940, playing a major role in World War II, sinking a major part of the Japanese Navy and rescuing many Americans whose ships had been sunk. He said submarines were very effective in slipping into enemy ports and destroying submarines that were in the process of being built. He said the quietness of submarines allowed them to enter and leave places with highest secrecy during war or peace time. When asked how long a submarine could stay under water, his answer was the limit was determined only by the food supply.

The speaker responded to several questions.

Nestor thanked the speaker. Joy Gilmour led the Pledge of Allegiance and David Foster led the Rotary Four-Way Test.


Members of the Sanford Lions Club officially installed its newest member Thursday, Oct. 24, in an induction ceremony conducted by past president and treasurer Bob Nelson. New Lion Lewis T. Holder accepted the club’s challenge and mission of helping the blind and sight impaired and working on projects that help others in the community.

Holder was sponsored by Tommy Mann, who praised him for already working very hard the past few months leading up to and including the Lee Regional Fair. They along with several other Lions are members of Sanford High School’s Class of 1961. Holder was senior class president and worked for more than three years as a N.C. Highway Patrolman before enrolling in the School of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill where he graduated in 1972. He was a pharmacist in several North Carolina cities before retiring and returning to his hometown.

The night’s guest speaker was Matt Van Hoose, coordinator of Grants and Sponsored Programs at Central Carolina Community College. He explained the new Central Carolina Works program that will place a career and college advisor in each of the nine high schools in Lee, Chatham and Harnett counties served by the college. They will encourage participation in dual enrollment coursework, most of it offered on the high school campuses. Students can pursue studies that can transfer to the state’s four-year colleges or pursue technical and vocational fields leading directly to employment.

Much of this will be free, or at little costs, to students and their families. A fundraising target of $750,000 has been set by the program committee to cover initial startup, including hiring the advisors and cover scholarships for needs such as transportation, books and materials for students. This program should increase the number of students taking advantage of dual public school and college enrollment, increase the number of students who enroll and complete college coursework, and improve the job readiness of our young workforce, Van Hoose said. This program is endorsed by school systems in the three counties, area chambers of commerce, economic development leaders and North Carolina’s Golden LEAF Foundation.

Program Chairman was Bucky Phillips and Dr. Marvin Joyner, past president of CCCC, introduced the speaker. President Richard Holshouser presided and Richard Hendley opened the meeting with prayer. Tail Twister Bonita Cox got things started with several jokes and also fined a number of Lions for not wearing wrist bands to promote membership.


Newly installed President David Caplan presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant on Oct. 16. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Lyn Hankins and the invocation was given by Caplan. Project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell and Helen Culberson was the winner. Happy dollars came from Culberson, Sara Harrington, April Montgomery, Tim Copas and Sally Porter. Meghan O’Shaughnessy, guidance counselor at BT Bullock School, was the guest of Caplan.

Caplan recognized Denny Woodruff for the weekly Woody’s Words of Wisdom. Drew Lucas thanked the membership and reported that the club’s Sanford Area Soccer League concession stand has been greatly appreciated by the soccer league participants and has become a great mini-fundraiser for the club’s service projects. Patricia Deffenbaugh thanked the membership for preparing and delivering the dictionaries to the local elementary schools, noting that every third grader in Lee County would receive a dictionary in the next two weeks. The third grade students at Grace Christian School received their dictionaries on Oct. 16. This dictionary project has been made possible because of the co-sponsorship and generosity of the following: Good Hope Baptist Church ($500), Phoenix Fire Protection ($750) and TV-46/Kim Lilley ($250).

In community announcements, Judi Womack told the membership about the following two events sponsored by the Enrichment Center of Lee County: Walk for Alzheimer’s Research and a seminar titled Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren. Gwyn Maples passed a sign-up sheet and encouraged the membership to volunteer at this year’s No Scare Fair.

Sara Harrington introduced Kamilah Davis, the Lee County Director of the NC Coastal Pines Girl Scout Council and the speaker for the day. Davis began with a contest about Girl Scout trivia. Correct answers were awarded a box of Girl Scout cookies. Davis shared information about what the 11 troops in Lee County offer, stating that Girl Scouting is much more than the traditional cookies, camping and cooking. A forever expanding program, participants will have the opportunity to excel in science, finance, health and fitness, leadership, arts and culture, the outdoors and high adventures. Volunteer opportunities are available and Davis encouraged calling the NC Coastal Pines office in Raleigh at (800) 284-4474 or go to and mention Lee County.

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


President Andy Manhardt opened the Oct. 28 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the “Quote of the Day”: “Don’t take your organs to heaven with you. Heaven knows we need them here.”

Paul Dauphin led the Rotary invocation, and Ed Mishler led the Pledge of Allegiance. Andy Manhardt, Neal Jensen, Ed Mishler, Debbie Clifford and Paul Dauphin received make-ups for work at the No Scare Fair, and Nolan Williams and Terry Mullen received make-ups for Character Plus instruction. 

In Good News, Alan Zulick reported a birthday, and Terry Mullen shared the news that his daughter is soon to be married. Paul Dauphin touted wins by the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Andy Manhardt described how smoothly and efficiently parking was managed at this year’s No Scare Fair.

In Community News, Neal Jensen and Andy Manhardt had high praise for “The Dixie Swim Club,” the current show at the Temple Theatre. 

In Clubs News, the next meeting of San-Lee Sunrise on Nov. 4 will be a Back Pack Pals day. Ed Mishler has Belk Charity Sale cards to raise funds for the club. The Charity Sale will be held Nov. 9. The Rotary Foundation Banquet will be held Nov. 7 at the High Point Country Club. The San-Lee Sunrise Rotary Holiday Party will be held Dec. 5 at the Carolina Trace Country Club. The festivities will include the traditional auction to raise money for underprivileged children. Terry Mullen presented a brief description of the 2013-2014 Character Plus program for Lee County Schools.

Manhardt introduced Taylor Anderton, with Carolina Donor Services, for a program using the precepts of the Four-Way Test to describe how when you donate your organs for transplant you have the power to donate life. Approximately 3,600 people are waiting for transplants in North Carolina. As a donor, a person can save eight lives through organ donation and heal more than 50 lives through eye and tissue donation. The wait for a kidney in North Carolina is six to eight years. Transplantable organs include heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, cornea of the eye, skin, small intestine, thymus and heart valve. As part of her program, Anderton described and explained many of the myths and misconceptions associated with organ transplantation. 

There are three ways to join the donor registry in North Carolina. You can have a red heart added to your driver’s license through the Department of Motor Vehicles. You can register anytime online at or you can complete a paper enrollment form available through Carolina Donor Services. Carolina Donor Services may be contacted at 1-800-200-2672 or .

Manhardt closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought: “Don’t think of organ donations as giving up part of yourself to keep a total stranger alive. It’s really a total stranger giving up almost all of themselves to keep part of you alive.”


Are you interested in learning how to quilt? Would you like to enhance your quilting skills or just enjoy being with other quilters? Come join the Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild meeting Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Enrichment Center. Come early, bring a bag dinner and join in for fellowship from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Members will share current projects during show and tell. The Guild looks forward to seeing all level of quilters.


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.