KIWANIS CLUB OF LEE COUNTY
President Ron Minter presided over the March 6 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Lee County held at The Flame Restaurant. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Nancy Watkins and the invocation was given by Minter. The project fund tickets were sold by Drew Lucas and the winner was Martha Lucas. Happy dollars came from Martha Lucas, Linda Moore and Watkins.
President Minter invited new member April Montgomery and Martha Lucas to the front for her official induction into the club. Lucas presented Montgomery with her club pin and certificate of membership.
Minter reported on the Kiwanis Board of Directors meeting from March 5 and the plans for the Arts and Vine Festival that is set for the first weekend in May. Upcoming events and club projects include: March 12 meeting with the Southern Lee High School Key Club, Coats for Kids drive with the San-Lee Middle School Builders Club, and March 12 inner-club with the Seven Lakes Kiwanis Club.
Martha Lucas introduced David Montgomery, Director of Downtown Sanford Inc. and the speaker for the day. Prepared with charts and a spreadsheet that compared the facts and figures for Sanford with other cities and towns with similar size, Montgomery told about additions and improvements that have recently been added to the downtown area. He said that Sanford’s downtown is the center of local cultural and entertainment and therefore has a great impact on the economics here. The spring calendar of events includes spring fling with the merchants, spring movie series and fitness fest. Montgomery encouraged going to www.downtownsanfordnc.net to learn more.
EXCHANGE CLUB OF SANFORD
President James Baker presided over the Feb. 28 meeting of the Exchange Club of Sanford held at Exchange Club Building. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Harold Harrington and the invocation was given by Harry Miller. The 50/50 winner was Malcolm McCracken. The meal was prepared by Nick Porter.
Secretary Nick Porter read correspondence from the District and letters of thanks from local wheelchair recipients. Treasurer David McCracken gave the treasurer’s report and then recognized President Baker, the speaker and program for the evening. His topic for the evening was increasing membership. Prepared with publicity handouts from clubs around the state as well as programs and fundraiser ideas, Baker opened a discussion on bringing in new members to the Exchange Club of Sanford. Plans were made for the annual law enforcement banquet, which is set for Thursday night, March 28. This banquet, started in 1956, honors all law enforcement. Invitations will be delivered to all departments of law enforcement including the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, Sanford Police Department, Broadway Police Department and District Headquarters for the N.C. Highway Patrol.
At the close of the evening, President Baker inducted new member Gordon Liederhauser (pictured) into the club.
SANFORD ROTARY CLUB
President Alan Dossenbach opened the March 5 meeting of the Sanford Rotary Club by calling on Dr. John Mangum to lead the Rotary Prayer.
Tom Spence led the group in the singing of “Get Together.”
Special recognition was given to March birthdays that included Wilson Cox, Demi Esporas, Woods Doster, Doug Mikesell, Tommy Davenport and Sam Sillaman.
John Ramsperger of the Jonesboro Rotary Club was introduced as a special guest. Richard Hayes was introduced as a special guest of Dr. John Mangum.
Sam Sillaman won the 50/50 raffle.
Under “ A Rotary Minute,” Tony Lett announced the Rotary International Report was available and that the report highlighted the progress being made in the elimination of polio worldwide.
Dr. Mitch Reese spoke on the importance of the “Stop Hunger” program and asked members to sign up to assist in the packaging of food.
Paul Horton reminded members of the Character Counts meeting at Tramway Elementary School.
John Ramsperger spoke on the Jonesboro Rotary Club annual raffle and asked for support for that project. He also reminded members of the East Sanford cleanup project and asked for assistance.
Under Bragging, Tom Spence spoke of a recent trip to Richmond and Petersburg, Va., and the involvement of his ancestors in the Civil War battle in that area.
David Nestor spoke of an exciting Amtrak ride to Florida. Tony Lett bragged on John Ramsperger and his many community activities.
Doug Gay presented a program based on the studies and research of Jonathan Last in regards to how birth rates in several countries will eventually affect in a negative way the future of the world. The illustration of China where birth rates are limited was used in the research. Without intervention of the policy, China’s population is predicted to peak in 2030 at 1.5 billion and will then begin decreasing by an average of 4 million in each of the next 50 years. The average age there is predicted to increase from 32 to 45 in the year 2050. The research is pointed toward the impact that such changes will make in the demands for goods, the available workforce and the economy of the country. Other countries such as Japan will face similar although less alarming situations. Declining workforces in countries such as Mexico may cause less migration as jobs will be more plentiful in that country.
Dick Poletti led the Pledge of Allegiance. Paul Horton led the Rotary Four-Way Test.
SAN-LEE SUNRISE ROTARY
President Ed Mishler opened the March 11 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “If you find yourself in a hole … stop digging.” – Will Rogers.
Neal Jensen led the Rotary invocation, and Terry Mullen led the Pledge of Allegiance. Club guest Alan Zulich was recognized. Ed Mishler, Andy Manhardt and Nicolle Phair got make-ups for the RAC meeting March 4.
In “Good News,” Martin Davis reported a great trip to visit with his mom in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ed Mishler and his wife Janet had great reviews for the Temple Theatre presentation of “Forever Plaid.”
In “Club News,” the Belk Charity Sale will be held Saturday, April 27, from 6-10 a.m. in all Belk stores. President-Elect Elect Nicolle Phair will attend the upcoming President Elect Training Seminar. The San-Lee Sunrise program for Monday, March 18, will be presented by Sanford Rotary Rotarian David Nestor, who will be speaking about the Lee County Arts and Wine Festival to take place in April at the Civic Center. The 18th will be a PB&J day for the CUOC.
President Ed Mishler led a club assembly program highlighting club finances and membership recruitment. He provided the membership with a budget handout and then led a discussion of ideas for membership recruitment. This discussion was supported by a San-Lee tri-fold and a listing and description of San-Lee Sunrise service projects.
President Mishler closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and the thought, “What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?”
President Ed Mishler opened the March 4 meeting of the San-Lee Sunrise Rotary with the Quote of the Week: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain.
Andy Manhardt led the Rotary invocation, and Charles Oldham led the Pledge of Allegiance. Rotary guests Mark Zeringue, Area 10 Assistant District Governor and President of Siler City Rotary, and Alan Dossenbach, President Sanford Rotary, were recognized along with Club Guest Matt Matthews. Make-ups were given for Nicolle Phair, Nolan Williams and Ed Mishler for Character Plus classes March 1 at J.R. Ingram Elementary School.
In “Good News,” Sheriff Tracy Carter announced his 25th anniversary, and Mark Zeringue announced his wife will embark on a two-week mission trip with Mercy Ships. Andy Manhardt is hopeful his son might move from Pittsburgh, and Ed Mishler reveled in the Purdue win over Wisconsin in basketball.
In “Club News,” San-Lee Sunrise Rotary is helping sponsor “Stop Hunger Now” on March 16 at the Lions Club Fairgrounds. There will be two shifts, from 10 to 12 and 12 to 2. “Stop Hunger Now” supplies food to schools in impoverished countries with the idea that parents will make sure their children go to school to get a nourishing meal at least once a day.
There will be a Rotary Peace Symposium held in Chapel Hill on April 5. The San-Lee Sunrise meeting on March 11 will be a club assembly. Bill Ray introduced Bob Bridwell, head of Planning and Community Development for Sanford, Broadway and Lee County, for a program sharing ideas from the recent Lee County Economic Development Summit and ideas for the continuing economic development of Lee County and the two county municipalities.
Bridwell concluded his program by talking about some of the coming development around the Tramway community and taking questions from attending Rotarians.
President Mishler closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and the thought, “Generally speaking, you’re not learning a whole lot while your mouth is moving.”
JONESBORO ROTARY CLUB
President Michele Bullard called the Feb. 28 meeting of the Jonesboro Rotary Club to order and Michael Basinger gave the invocation. Guests Kendra Martin, Madison and Megan Bullard, Terry Keith, Justin Britt and David Marsh were welcomed. Assistant District Governor Mark Zeringue also joined the club. With the front table overflowing with a plethora of items for the annual White Elephant Sale, Michele Bullard opted to move on to the program to provide Robert Gilleland and assistant Mike Thomas sufficient time to sell the items and raise money for the Character Plus programs at J. Glenn Edwards and Greenwood Elementary Schools.
Robert Gilleland opened the event, donning his special cap and reminding us that this event had raised money for charities since this club’s formation and noting that the club needed to raise over $1,000 for the Character Plus kids’ T-shirts. There were lots of items. It was obvious once more the club had achieved its goal.
Jay Childress took the floor back to finish the meeting. Yvonne Bullard announced that there would be a board meeting at Sanford Real Estate on March 7. Van Sillaman distributed the raffle tickets for the annual fund-raiser scheduled for the end of March. Michele Bullard led the group in the Four-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance.
LEMON SPRINGS EXTENSION AND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
The Lemon Springs Extension and Community Association met at the McSwain Center on March 7. Ollie McLucas gave the Thought for the Day.
The program, “Keeping Your Brain Engaged,” was given by President Mildred Smith and Sondra Burford. Methods to keep the brain active include to get moving, weight training, seek out new skills, meditation, spice up different foods, find your purpose, get a social life, reduce risks for bad health and maintain a healthy life style. Visual and oral methods were used.
After the minutes and treasurer’s report, the ECA calendar of events was reviewed.
Former President Brenda Willett was presented a gift for her years of service.
The Farm to Table project will allow the members the opportunity to give service by distributing the food when delivered to the Center. Dates for this are April 28, May 2, May 9 and May 16th Judging of the Cultural Arts entries took place on March 8th. Winners will advance to the district level and state levels. The state winners will be announced at the State Conference to be held in October.
A community service project was discussed. A tour of a local facility will determine how the project will benefit those who will be serviced.
President Smith urged all members to attend the March 16th Leadership meeting when county business is presented. The next Lemon Springs meeting will be April 4th. Meta Upchurch, club member who is a retired nurse will present information of the heart, diabetes & stroke.
ECA members are active in many areas. One club member represents Lee County on the state Centennial committee. Tomato clubs, home demonstration clubs and the present ECA were organized 100 years ago and a celebration will be held at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh during the state conference. The history of Lee County’s extension clubs written by a Lemon Springs member is used as a model for other counties. Other members helped to choose the county scholarship winner.
The recitation of the Club Collect adjourned the meeting.
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.