Club news

Mar. 03, 2013 @ 04:00 PM


President Alan Dossenbach opened the Feb. 19th meeting of The Sanford Rotary Club with additional “Little Rules of Life,” including: Buy what kids sell on tables in their yards; Keep your shoes polished; Remember others’ birthdays and send Valentine cards; Use your good silver; Be the first to say “hello”; Look people in the eye; Return what you borrow; Make new friends but continue to value old ones; Plant flowers every spring; Have a dog or cat; Keep jumper cables in your trunk; Have a firm handshake; Constantly improve; Keep secrets.

Phill Richmond led the Rotary Prayer; Tom Spence, the singing of the fourth verse of “America” in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Visitors were District Governor Rick Snider, Assistant Governor Mark Zeringue, District Governor Elect Cookie Billings, Siler City President Elect Scott Harris and San-Lee Sunrise President Elect Andy Manhardt. David Foster’s guest was Dr. Phillip Price, Vice President of Administrative Services at CCCC and formerly a Rotary member in Washington, N.C.

President Dossenbach praised the official committee and the 48 club members who worked on the Gala, which he deemed “excellent, if not perfect.” Lynn Sadler gave a preliminary report on what it netted — $2800+ over last year’s, despite the bad weather — and indicated that members can pick up charitable donation tax receipts at the next meeting to send to their donors.

Phill Richmond won the 50/50 raffle ($20).

Paul Horton announced that Character Plus would meet Feb. 20.

Paul P. Harris formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on Feb. 23, 1905, and that date is now observed as World Understanding and Peace Day. For his “Rotary Minute,” Tony Lett pointed out that, from Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2012, over 1,800 Rotarians, community leaders, and students and alumni of the Rotary Peace Centers Program gathered in Berlin to promote peace. The attendees adopted a declaration calling for “Peace Without Borders” and recognizing that “all humans have the right to live in a state of peace, free from violence, persecution, inequality, and suffering.” Another forum was held in Honolulu, Jan. 25-27, with Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and member of Parliament, giving the keynote address. It will be followed by one in Hiroshima, May 17-18. Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka selected the sites for their significance in World War II.

Under “bragging,” Tony Lett thanked the spouses who helped with the Gala and the new dealers in the Casino Royale (David Foushee, Matt Lett, and Tommy and Pia Thystrup), as well as David Nestor for helping find them. David Nestor bragged on his wife Dawn’s picture-taking at the Gala and thanked her for washing all of the tablecloths. Assistant District Governor Mark Zeringue was pleased that he and his wife counted 61 birds, representing 50 species, in their yard during the weekend. Jonathon York found the Gala great fun and announced that the Boys and Girls Club had received renewed funding.

Assistant District Governor Mark Zeringue introduced Governor Rick Snider, who spoke on the District Conference, April 19-21, at The Homestead, in Hot Springs, Va. Snider, a graduate of N.C. State, is from Lexington, worked with Eastman Kodak, and owned a real estate sales and property management company in Emerald Isle. He and his wife Linda lived aboard a Mercy Ship five years, ministering to the poor and needy in Central America and the Caribbean basin. She was the Director of HealthCare Services on the ship; he was the Program Officer responsible for outreach ministries. Mercy Ships, a global charity that utilizes hospital ships to aid the poor, partnered with a small Rotary Club in Honduras, which was developing a relocation community for evacuees from Hurricane Mitch, to build the water and sanitation system. When they returned home, he joined the Rotary Club of Lexington and served as President, Foundation Chair, Projects Chair and Secretary. He and his wife Linda are Paul Harris Fellows, and he is a member of the Paul Harris Society. Now a staff member with Mercy Ships, she is Regional Development Officer for the Southeastern United States.

Snider began his presentation with a video on the District Conference and then outlined its program. Highlights are, on Friday, April 19, Plenary Session I, a reception and Falconry Exhibition, a Scotch/Wine Tasting and fellowship in “Rick’s Café Americain”; on Saturday, April 20, a Fun Run, Plenary Session II, optional activities [golf, skeet and clays shooting, Gourmet Safari), a Women-of-the-World Tea, a reception honoring District Governor-Elect Cookie Billings, and a formal dinner with awards; and, on Sunday, April 21, an Interfaith Service, Remembrance of Deceased Rotarians and Plenary Session III. Throughout, the House of Friendship will be available for meetings. Speakers/presenters are musician David LaMotte, a former Peace Fellow; Don Stephens, founder of Mercy Ships; and Bruce Goldsen, a radio personality from Michigan and a Rotary International representative. Special presentations will be given on Interact/Rotaract; vocational training teams, with the first soon departing for Guinea; End Polio Now; and CART [Rotary’s Coins for Alzheimers Research Trust Fund].

President Dossenbach thanked Governor Snider and told him that, in appreciation, a dual-language children’s book will be donated in his name to the Lee County Library.

Paul Horton led the Pledge of Allegiance; Doug Gay, the Four-Way Test.

At the Feb. 26 meeting, Mitch Reese will give a program on the Stop Hunger Now Drive (to be held March 16.)


President Michele Bullard called the Feb. 13 meeting of the Jonesboro Rotary Club to order. An invocation by Doug Doris led into the weekly program.

Larry Aiken introduced Caty Garcia, who was making her return visit to the club. She has served as a Rotary Peace Fellow from 2011-13 and is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, where the Rotary Zone 33 Peace Conference will be held on April 4-6. The Rotary Peace Fellows program has awarded $35 million in scholarships to 590 fellows in over 90 countries as of June 2011.

Garcia spoke at length about the “The Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution,” which is the only U.S.-based university partner for the Rotary Peace Center. According to their online description, the center’s mission “is to promote peace through a holistic approach to training by combining conflict resolution methods, peace building and conflict prevention with an emphasis on more sustainable economic, political and human development.”

The club’s Hunger Walk proceeds were presented to representatives of several area charities, including J.C. Perry from the Outreach Mission, Helen Lovett and Mark Hackett from H.A.V.E.N., Teresa Dew Kelly from Christians United Outreach Center, and Heather Little from Backpack Pals. A check in the amount $1,000 was presented to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief.

Yvonne Bullard offered two lucky Rotarians free tickets to the Sanford Rotary Gala on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Elks Lodge.

Prior to giving the weekly financial report, Howard Bokhoven, who is president of the Lee County Community Foundation, announced that the club’s own David Spivey will be awarded Man of the Year by the Foundation on March 12 at Carolina Trace Country Club. Kate Rumely bragged that her niece Sarah has been hired as an assistant volleyball coach at Wake Forest University.

David Spivey ushered Betsy McNeill to be inducted as a new club member. She is a registered nurse at Community Healthcare Hospice, and her husband Daniel works in the Harnett County Clerk of Court’s office.

Doug Doris bookended his invocation with winning the weekly raffle and leading the club in the Four-Way Rotary Test and Pledge of Allegiance.


Lee County Retired School Personnel met at the culinary department of Lee County High School on Feb. 13. The dining room was decorated in the Valentine theme. The former employees of that school thoroughly enjoyed touring the new additions and especially the meal served by the students of Sandra Duty. Principal Greg Batten explained the programs that are available to the students while emphasizing that students are offered many opportunities to be successful.

Sam Carter returned thanks before the three-course meal was served to the 20 attendees. Marci Houseman, a principal intern from the Sandhills Leadership Academy, joined the group.

President Eugenia Thompson presided and asked for readers to attend the area elementary schools to read on March 1 to observe Read Across America in memory of Dr. Seuss. This is an annual project and readers enjoy returning to the classroom. Mrs. Thompson announced that the yearly RSP convention will be held in Durham March 19 and 20. Seven delegates will attend. She also reminded that members will be able to vote on the delegates to the National Education Convention at the March 13 meeting.

Reinette Seaman made shares available at $10 each to buy beginning life with books for babies born at the local hospital. Four spellers will represent RSP at the 14th annual spelling bee, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center on March 25.

Ruth Gurtis announced the sale of Our State is still open and will be so through April. She challenged the members to sell at least one additional subscription to reach the 200 subscriptions goal.

Chevelle Branch recognized Vivian Shaver for her February birthday and Eugenia Holmes for her January birthday.

In the absence of Betty Lou Burns, Lora Mae Culberson collected the volunteer hour totals for January. Members are encouraged to tally those each month.

JoAnn Thomas won a blooming plant for the door prize. Ruth Gurtis again gave bags of pecans to Eugenia Thompson, Mildred Smith, Patricia Pemberton, Ramona Lawson, Sam Carter, Karen Miller and Cheville Branch.

The group was dismissed to continue the building tour and to remember the March 13 meeting.


Vice President David Caplan presided over the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County on Jan. 30 and President Ron Minter presided over the meetings on Feb. 6, 13 and 20, all at The Flame Restaurant.

On Jan. 30, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Drew Lucas and the invocation was given by Kay Patterson. The project fund tickets were sold by Patricia Deffenbaugh and Martha Lucas was the winner. Happy dollars came from Denny Woodruff and Ron Minter. April Montgomery was introduced as the club’s newest member.

On Feb. 13, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Denny Woodruff and the invocation was given by Minter. The project fund was won by Woodruff and happy dollars came from Nancy Watkins.

On Feb. 20, the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Helen Culberson and the invocation was given by David Caplan. The project fund tickets were sold by Susan Campbell and the winner was Linda Moore. Happy dollars came from Moore, Sally Porter and Ron Minter.

Programs included:

• Jan. 30 — Drew Lucas introduced Kenosha Davenport, Executive Director of Haven in Lee County and the speaker for the day.

• Feb. 6 — Ron Minter introduced AJ Stone, Guidance Counselor at Greenwood Elementary School and the speaker for the day.

• Feb. 13 — John Payne introduced John Crumpton, District Chairman of Boy Scouts, and Nicolas Long, the Senior District Executive of Boy Scouts for the Moore District. Both were the speakers for the day.

• Feb. 20 — Denny Woodruff introduced his son, Nathan Woodruff, the Southern Lee High School women’s basketball coach and the speaker for the day. He was accompanied by four seniors from the team: Ashley Owens, Deshele Sumpter, Brianna Taylor and TaNora Boykin. Woodruff shared the many benefits and life skills that come from being a team player.


The Feb. 21 meeting of the Sanford Kiwanis Club was the annual Ladies Night program, which was held a week later than normal due to the Symphony program the previous Thursday.

After the opening prayer led by Sam Gaskins and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Dan Jones, club president James Emerson asked for introduction of guests.

Guests included Sue Bailey, Regina Emerson, Joan Forbes, Mary Foster, Kay Byerly, Lynda Turbeville, Ann Hodges, Shirley Joyner, Ann Kightlinger, Susan Laudate, Betty Lawrence, Darlynda Patterson, Gordy Reese and Sara Reese. Also as guests were widows of former Kiwanians: Jan Brooks, Doris Cox, LaFay Pickard and Margaret Flaherty.

The musical program for the evening was introduced by MaryLee Dutton. Peggy Taphorn and Kim Brown sang, accompanied by David Almond. Songs by Taphorn and Brown were “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Clap Your Hands,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “The High Heel Blues,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine.” Almond played a piano solo “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess.

Following the program, club secretary Neal Kightlinger presented awards for years of perfect attendance at club meetings. It was noted that members have several opportunities to make up missed meetings, including board meetings and club projects.

Years of perfect attendance and recipients were: 2 — Tom Reese, 3 — Bill Crawford and James Emerson, 4 — Dan Jones, 11 — Ed Garrison and Tom Joyner, 14 — John Dutton and Jim Foster, 15 — Mike Laudate, 16 — David Patterson, 21 — Neal Kightlinger, 28 — Gordon Bailey, 35 — Joe Lawrence and 39 — Bob Brickhouse.

Club president James Emerson presented the 25-Year Legion of Honor award to club treasurer Mike Laudate.

Kiwanian Seth Cox led all in attendance in singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”


The Sanford Lions Club welcomed District 31-F Governor Dr. Randy Kirby at its weekly meeting Feb. 21. Club President Nick Novosel introduced the Whiteville Lion, who is an optometrist and also serves in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Dr. Kirby reviewed the themes and goals set by both Lions International and his administration in District 31-F where the emphasis this year has been on “Your Club, Your Focus.” He urged each Lion to first examine his or her personal club service and strive to get the most out of Lionism. Second, examine your club, its membership makeup, its service to community and the core statewide goal of Humanitarian White Cane services to the sight impaired. And thirdly, examine your community’s needs and how your club can become more relevant and responsive to these needs.

A topic of interest with the district official was the planned redistricting throughout North Carolina, where it is proposed to reduce the number of districts from eight to five. Thus, districts will become larger. Many concerns have been raised around the state and a decision is expected at the Lions state convention this May in Greensboro.

Several reports on local projects were given, including a visit by the N.C. Lions Vision Van here March 15 and 16 at the Piggly-Wiggly parking lot on South Horner Blvd. Chairman George Kostrewa praised the popular grocery business for its cooperation and for incorporating information on this free eye screening service in its newspaper advertising. Local Lions will volunteer in conducting the screening tests.

Jim Romine urged club members to be working on sales of hole sponsors for the June 1 Sanford Lions Golf Tournament at Quail Ridge Golf Course. This will be the eighth annual event and a great day of golfing, food and prizes is planned, Romine said. Interested golfers can contact Romine, Quail Ridge or any Lion.


President Ed Mishler opened the Feb. 25 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “A word to the wise ain’t necessary; it’s the stupid ones who need the advice.” — Bill Cosby.

Neal Jensen led the Rotary invocation, and Charles Oldham led the Pledge of Allegiance. Club guest Janet Mishler was recognized. Terry Mullen, Nolan Williams and Ed Mishler got make-ups for Character Plus education at J.R. Ingram Elementary School.

In Good News, Charles Oldham shared the birthday of his grandson Hemi, who had two birthday parties and no longer has to ride in a booster seat. The law in N.C. is eight years old or 80 pounds. Neal and Molly Jensen are home from a cruise to Hawaii. Ed Mishler is happy to no longer be living as a bachelor as his wife Janet has returned from a trip to Wisconsin, and Martin Davis has enjoyed visiting relatives here to enjoy his youngest daughter’s part in a theatrical production at William Peace University. Nicolle Phair enjoyed the celebration of Black History Month by attending a banquet in Maryland.

In Community News, the Lee County Rotary Clubs will sponsor Stop Hunger Now on March 16. Non-Rotarians are welcome for this program.

In Club News, at the San-Lee Sunrise March 4 meeting, Bill Ray will introduce Bob Bridwell, head of Planning and Community Development for Sanford, Broadway and Lee County, for the program.

Martin Davis introduced Peggy Taphorn, Producing Artistic Director for the Temple Theatre, and Morgan Sills who was an actor in the original production of Forever Plaid and is now producer of the original show, described as 90 minutes of harmony and happiness, and will be presented at the Temple Theatre through March 17.

The 2012-2013 theatrical season at the Temple is described as the Season of Silver Linings and has presented Sweet Charity, The 39 Steps, A Christmas Carol, The Swingin’ Cowboys and is now presenting Forever Plaid. The season will conclude with productions of The Smell of the Kill, March 28-April 14, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, May 2-May 19. A fundraiser presentation of Buddy Holly: The Concert will be held April 19 and 20.

Next year’s theatrical season will include productions of The Music Man, The Dixie Swim Club, Plaid Tidings, Smoke On the Mountain, Sherlock Holmes - and The Case of the Jersey Lily and Grease. The Temple’s present production Forever Plaid portrays a singing group on the way to their first big concert. The singing quartet The Plaids are killed in a car accident. Due to the alignment of space and time, The Plaids are able to return to Earth for one final concert. The Plaids perform some of the greatest hits from the 1950s in four-part harmony before returning back.

Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the restoration of the Temple, a theatre constructed in 1925. The Temple may be contacted by phone at (919) 774-4155, by email at and the box office is open Monday-Friday 2 to 6 p.m.


The Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild will have sew-time from 3  to 6 p.m. on its monthly meeting day, Thursday, March 7, at the Enrichment Center. Delores Danuck is responsible for refreshments being served before meeting time of 6:15 p.m. Anyone needing assistance with ongoing projects should bring their sewing machine to sew-time. Members are reminded to britheirng  project book and tomato paper pieced blocks. Any completed projects members wish to share with the guild should also be brought to the meeting. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome.


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.


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.