SAN-LEE SUNRISE ROTARY
President Ed Mishler opened the April 15 meeting of San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “When I’m 33, I’ll quit. I couldn’t bear to end up as Elvis Presley and sing in Las Vegas with all those housewives and old ladies coming in with their handbags.” — Mick Jagger in 1972.
Andy Manhardt led the Rotary invocation, and Alan Zulick led the Pledge of Allegiance. Club guests Deborah Mullen and Matt Matthews were recognized, and President Mishler was given a make-up for attending the Rotary Action Committee meeting.
In Good News, Andy Manhardt attended the Rotary Peace Symposium in Chapel Hill and learned how peace is central to all Rotary activity. Also, he shared information about a recent trip to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Dollywood, Tenn. Martin Davis alerted the membership to The Temple Theatre Art Crawl and the Lee County Senior High theatrical production of “Lil’ Abner.” Alan Zulick announced he recently presented a program to a local civic club describing snakes. Terry Mullen put in a plug for the recent Temple Theatre production of “Smell of The Kill” and praised Peggy Taphorn for her acting ability, standing in for one of the stars of the presentation who was unable to perform.
In Club News, members were asked to contact President Mishler for Siler City Rotary raffle tickets. Rotary District 7690 District Assembly will be held Friday, May 10. President-elects and members of the Membership Committee need to attend. The District Governor installation will be held Monday, June 17. Central Carolina Community College Appreciation Day will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 1. The April 22 meeting of San-Lee Sunrise will feature a program by Terry and Deborah Mullen describing the 2013 District 7690 Rotary District Conference.
Mishler introduced Chris Tacia and Tom Ryan with Southern Realty Century 21 Real Estate for a program describing Lee County real estate and what Realtors mean when they talk about location, location, location. Lee County and Sanford are ideally located in the center of North Carolina and centered between the other great cities of Raleigh, Fayetteville, Southern Pines and Chapel Hill. Home sales in Lee County are improving with advantageous prices and mortgage lenders willing to lend to worthy borrowers at historically low rates.
Tacia and Ryan spoke at some length about the re-evaluation process in Lee County and gave examples of the results of the process. The Realtors also spoke concerning how the internet has impacted the real estate business.
Mishler closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
SANFORD ROTARY CLUB
President Alan Dossenbach opened the April 9 meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club by asking Cindy Johnson to lead the Rotary Prayer.
Tom Spence directed the group in the singing of “God Save The Queen.”
Phillip Price, Vice President of Finance at Central Carolina Community College, was a guest of David Foster. Tom Dossenbach won the 50/50 raffle.
In a special ceremony, Carter Keller and Dan Harrington were installed as new members of the club. Tom Dossenbach introduced Carter Keller and performed the pinning ceremony. Dr. Lynn Sadler introduced Dan Harrington and performed that pinning ceremony. President Alan Dossenbach officially inducted and welcomed the new members.
Under announcements, President Alan Dossenbach reminded the club of the clean-up project in East Sanford and urged members to participate in this most important service. He also announced the Sanford Rotary Club had averaged over 70 percent in attendance over the past year. Paul Horton reminded members of the next meeting of the Character Counts Program at Tramway School. Tom Dossenbach gave an update on the Don Buie Walking Trail and further announced the completion of the gazebo in the very near future. Doug Gay gave high praise to the club for its work in the recruitment of new members. Alan Dossenbach announced the Board of Directors of the club will hold a short meeting on April 16.
Under bragging, Dr. Lynn Sadler announced she had been chosen, along with three other poets, to a special reading in Raleigh on April 20. Joy Gilmour spoke glowingly of a meeting she attended of the Morehead City Rotary Club.
Jan Hayes, executive director of the Lee County United Way, was introduced as the speaker of the day. She gave a brief presentation of the purposes of the United Way, its new ventures and its improving services to citizens of the county.
Hayes spoke of efforts to be more accessible to people who have needs the United Way can address. A new, easy to remember phone number has been established for people in need of food. Great effort is being exerted to keep people informed regarding the services offered. Work is being done toward better organization of volunteers. Effort is being given toward better cooperation with other non-profit organizations in the county. A special partnership for service is being developed with the Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce. A special group of volunteers has been created for the purpose of screening requests for funds that come to the United Way.
Following the presentation, a question and answer session was held in which good interest in the United Way was expressed by members of the club.
President Dossenbach thanked Hayes for her presentation and announced that, in appreciation for her presentation, a dual-language book would be donated in her name to the Lee County Library.
Wilson Cox led the Pledge of Allegiance and Dr. Mitch Reese led the Rotary Four-Way Test.
KIWANIS CLUB OF LEE COUNTY
President Ron Minter presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame restaurant on April 3. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Drew Lucas and the invocation was given by Minter. The project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell and the winner was Margaret Murchison. Happy dollars came from Murchison, Nancy Watkins and Minter. Happy birthday wishes went to April Montgomery and Margaret Murchison.
Minter reported that the Board of Directors approved a contribution to the Peace and Unity Garden. Denny Woodruff updated the membership on the plans for the Sanford Arts and Vine Festival.
Margaret Murchison introduced Roger Bailey, executive director of the Stevens Center and the speaker for the day. Bailey informed the club about the center’s new Rideability collaboration with County of Lee Transit System (COLTS). For the cost of $1, Rideability enables disabled Lee County residents to have affordable transportation within the county on Friday evenings and during the day on Saturdays.
President Ron Minter presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame restaurant on April 10. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Denny Woodruff and the invocation was given by Susan Campbell. The project fund tickets were sold by Martha Lucas and the winner was Woodruff. Happy dollars came from Martha Lucas, Patricia Deffenbaugh, April Montgomery, Denny Woodruff, Tim Copas, Drew Lucas, Lyn Hankins, Ron Minter and Sally Porter.
Lyn Hankins introduced Fredericka Cooke, executive director of Family Promise of Lee County Inc. and the speaker for the day. Originating in New Jersey as an inner-faith network, the mission of Family Promise of Lee County is to mobilize the community to provide homeless families with shelter and meals as well as comprehensive, compassionate support services that will enable them to incorporate back into the community. Established in Lee County in November 2011 when the first families were hosted, the five components that have made Family Promise so successful in re-establishing families are: the host churches/congregations; volunteers; social service agencies; day center and transportation. Using community resources, FPLC is a Christian experience that is keeping entire families together while getting them back into their own homes. These are families helping families. For more information, Cooke encouraged going to www.familypromiseofleecounty.wordpress.com.
SANFORD LIONS CLUB
Members of the Sanford Lions Club approved its slate of officers for the 2013-14 club year at its regular meeting held Thursday, April 11, at the Lions Fairgrounds. The group will assume their posts on July 1.
President for the coming year will be Richard Holshouser and Phil Gurkin will be president-elect. Dan Hruby will be first vice president followed by Bernie Smith as second vice president. Two of the club’s top officers have agreed to serve another term. They are Glenn Stubits as secretary and Bob Nelson, treasurer. Bonita Cox was elected tail twister and Mike Wicker will continue as Lion tamer.
Richard Hendley and Tim Smith will return for another term on the board of directors and new board members selected are Phil Bradley and Darrell Sapp. Current President Nick Novosel will round out the board as past president.
President Novosel sadly reported the passing of Lion Lewis C. Yow the previous day and led the club in a moment of silence in his memory. Reports were given on other members and spouses who are ill.
Several reports were given by chairmen of projects. Theron Womble informed the club that about $1,400 was raised from selling lunch concessions two days at the recent Fiber Fest at the fairgrounds and he thanked those members who worked. Jim Romine gave an update on the June 1 Sanford Lions Golf Tournament, reminding the group that $100 hole sponsor sales are still under way and that Lion Mike Wicker was doing an outstanding job helping contact golfers for the event. Leo Club President Alex Novosel and club advisor Bob Edens presented Romine a check for $100 from the Brick City Leo Club in memory of Lewis Yow. And Dan Hruby, chairman of the Camp Dogwood raffle ticket sales, urged members not yet buying or selling their allotted number of tickets to please do so as the deadline is approaching.
Program chair was Ismael Rivera who introduced Alan and Billie Zulich, who gave an informative talk and slide show on snakes, especially those common in this area of North Carolina. Zulich worked over 30 years as a researcher and branch chief at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland managing a comprehensive research and development program in chemical and biological agent defense. The couple also operated a professional breeding company for rare reptiles with worldwide sales.
They retired to Trace last year and decided to present programs on snakes. Zulich showed photos and gave characteristics of more than 25 snakes, most non-venomous, that we might find. He stressed that most of them are beneficial as they prey on insects and rodents. The only venomous snake common in Lee County is the Copperhead snake and it would not normally deliver a fatal bite as long as victims get to a hospital within a reasonable period of time. The more deadly snakes such as Coral, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Pigmy Rattler, Timber Rattler and Cottonmouth, or Water Moccasin, are more common farther southeast in North Carolina, but if one should be attacked by one of these snakes, medical attention should be sought quickly.
At a recent meeting this month, the Lions welcomed several special guests. They included Tom Mann, son of Lion Russel Mann, and Levi and Elijah Temple, grandchildren of Lion George Kostrewa.
EXCHANGE CLUB OF SANFORD
President James Baker presided over the weekly meetings of the Exchange Club of Sanford held at Exchange Club Building on March 21. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by David McCracken and the invocation was given by Harry Miller. The 50/50 winner was Malcolm McCracken. The meal was prepared by Baker.
Baker introduced Dan Wakeley, District President of Exchange Clubs, and Sue Liles, the District Director, who were the speakers for the evening. Wakeley told about the upcoming National Exchange Club convention to be held in Greensboro in July.
President James Baker presided over the weekly meeting of the Exchange Club of Sanford held at the Exchange Club building on March 28. The Pledge of Allegiance to then Flag was led by Harold Harrington and the invocation was given by Harry Miller.
The theme for the meeting was the annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner. The meal was a barbecue dinner with all the trimmings and was served by the Exchange Club members.
Harold Harrington introduced the head of each department and thanked them for their service. Law enforcement included Broadway Police Department, Sanford Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Department and N.C. Highway Patrol Local District.
Donell Lee introduced R.V. Hight, Editor of The Sanford Herald and the speaker for the evening. Hight spoke of his personal attachments to the law enforcement family — and his respect and appreciation for those who serve in law enforcement. Several members of Mr. Hight’s family have been directly involved in law enforcement. His father who was a State Highway Patrolman who lost his life following an accident en route to assist another patrolman. Hight recalled the outpouring of love and compassion from the law enforcement community shown to his family after this tragedy. Lee thanked Hight for his comments and for setting the tone of the meeting.
WESTERN HARNETT LIONS CLUB
Oscar Taylor recently spoke to the Western Harnett Lions Club about the Central Harnett Hospital in Lillington, which opened Jan. 18 under the guidance and management support from Wake Med. Also at the meeting, two new members — Donna and Keith Carroll — were inducted into the club by District Gov.-elect Vince Schimmoller.
HEARTS AND HANDS ECA QUILTERS GUILD
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.
N.C. CHRISTIAN CYCLISTS #129
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.
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.