Sanford Rotary Club

It was another beautiful day at the Aug. 21 meeting of The Sanford Rotary Club with President Daniel Simmons presiding. The meeting was called to order with Dick Poletti leading the Sanford Rotary Club prayer, and robust singing of “America, Stanza 4” was led by Tom Spence. Club members were given “Eye-Opening Facts about Polio Eradication” via a slide presentation during our meal. Polio has been eradicated in 99 percent of the world with only a few cases reported in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. Over 2.5 billion kids under age 5 have been inoculated since Rotarians around the world started this program in 1988. Sanford Rotarians will continue to support this worthwhile “End Polio Now” project by selling wrist bands for $8 in the upcoming weeks, so be generous Lee County, Sanford and Town of Broadway.

Under make-ups: Woods Doster made up at Pittsboro Rotary Club.

Under Good News/Brags: David Nestor is back after a two-month vacation (seeing Rotarians at work everywhere), and he announced Adcock Associates are hosting an ice cream social next door to Libations on Thursday night Aug. 23. Tom Dossenbach announced his & Mary’s 58th wedding anniversary. Leslie Cox bragged on his ninth-grade grandson, Preston, playing football at his school in Raleigh. Mindy Marlowe bragged that her dad got both kids up and delivered them to school recently. President Simmons bragged on Sam Silliman and the Public Image/Social Media committee for getting the word out on Sanford Rotary Club!

Dossenbach and Doster each won a $5 gift card to Libations, donated by Dave Nestor, and Peggy Taphorn won the Club’s 50/50 Raffle ($17 cash money) and promptly donated $7 back to SRC.

Mitch Reese introduced Taphorn who gave a dynamic program on Temple Theater’s upcoming 2018/19 season. Taphorn, who is now celebrating her 10th year with the Temple, gave facts and figures on the last 12 months. As of June 30, more than 41,000 people have attended Temple Theatre productions/events, 11,000 have been kids under age 18. There is a waiting list for the Kids’ Theater, with kids being auditioned from age 4 and up who can sing, dance and act. The largest number of patrons come from three counties: Wake, Chatham and Lee plus many others in N.C., S.C. and Virginia. The 2018/19 lineup includes “1776, The Musical,” “Ghost, the Musical,” “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Show,” “A Second Helping of The Church Basement Ladies,” “Boeing, Boeing,” “Big River,” based on Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and finishing the season with “Grease.” You may buy tickets online at or call the box office at 919-774-4155 for tickets and special events.

Taphorn also introduced Jacob Toth who has moved from New York to Sanford, and Toth has been hired as choreographer instructor and associate arts director of education to Temple Teens. No stranger to our area having appeared in several plays locally, Toth thanked Rotarians for their warm welcome to Sanford. Taphorn says, “Buckle up Lee County, it’s going be a great year at Temple Theatre!” President Simmons announced Sanford Rotary Club’s donation in Temple Theatre and Taphorn’s name to Lee County Partnership For Children for providing today’s program.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dossenbach, The Four-Way Test was led by John Taylor, and the meeting was adjourned. A good time was had by all who attended!

If you have an interest in joining us for lunch, Sanford Rotary Club meets at The Flame Restaurant on Tuesdays about 12 noon. Please come and be our guest!

Jonesboro Rotary Club

The Aug. 23 meeting of the Jonesboro Rotary Club was called to order by President Morris McClelion, with David Spivey leading the Rotary prayer for invocation. Sergeant At Arms Van Sillaman noted visitors (and soon-to-be newly inducted Rotarians) Maricela Macias and Chad Spivey, guests of their sponsors Debbie Scott and David Spivey, respectively. Visiting Rotarians were District Governor nominee Tommy Rosser, District Governor-elect Randy Perkins, and District Governor Claudia Cannady.

Terry McMillian with help had corrected video tech problems of the last several weeks and previewed the video of Richard Carlson talking about how he came to be a Rotary member. Richard and wife were looking to move to a warmer climate from Anchorage, Alaska (lots of choices!) and somehow arrived in Sanford. David Spivey encouraged him to come to a Rotary Club meeting, and he joined our club in 2002. He enjoys the fellowship of meetings, the contacts made and the information gained from speakers about our local community and culture. He has been involved with the Character Plus sessions at local schools, and the kids like hearing his stories about Alaska.

President Morris noted our recent social at member Mike Stec’s Camelback Brewing Company which was well attended. Other announcements included the Aug. 30 work date for volunteers to help pack for Backpack Pals, a Rotary Fall Seminar on Sept. 8 in Asheboro, Oct. 11 Membership Summit, and Oct. 25 golf tournament in Greensboro – two more good golfers needed!

Then on to new member induction, with Yvonne Bullard helping for Maricela who has worked with First Citizens bank for 10 years; she is married with two young sons. David assisted with the induction of son Chad, a former member who is now able to rejoin due to a favorable work schedule/in town Thursdays; he works with Harris Insurance locally. District Governor Claudia also participated; she noted that the inductees’ Rotary pins were special “international” pins, not available in the states usually.

District Governor Claudia then was introduced and brought us the day’s program. She has degrees from High Point University and UNC-G, worked in marketing/sales promotion for Hanes and Kaiser-Roth, then with financial services with Morgan Stanley, now retired. Her husband is an architect, she has two children, and enjoys hiking, reading and movies. She noted the Rotary slogans of “People of Action” and “Be the Inspiration,” and recognized our member Larry Aiken as one who exemplified these themes. She also recognized Morris, stressing the importance of club presidents. Although she joined Rotary in 1998 (Summit Rotary in Greensboro), she said that she was not much of a participating member at first. She received a “happy letter” regarding poor attendance, and thereafter came to meetings more regularly, but still without much involvement in activities otherwise. She became the International Service chairperson, learned more about what Rotary does in the world, and got involved with matching grants through Jack Reynolds. One grant involved support for an orphanage in Haiti, and a visit there 12 years ago changed her life. She returned with a broadened world view and greater appreciation for what Rotary does to improve conditions for people in need. She noted that Rotary is not exactly a service organization, but instead a member organization with service as our product – it’s what we do. There are 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide in 35,000 clubs, in over 200 countries (more nations than are members in the United Nations). She encouraged us to grow/increase our membership so as to do more, friends getting together for fellowship and fun and to do good work, both locally and globally. In the 15 counties of our district, more than 20 percent of families are below the federal poverty level, and 25 percent of children live in those families.The RUSH program (Rotarians United to Stop Hunger) initiative was begun by a past district governor, and every club in our district now has a service activity related to this.

A recently approved global grant for use in our district includes assistance from NC AT&T students, Guilford County Schools, a local Food Bank, and Rotarians to grow high priced herbs for packaging and sale, with the proceeds used to farm acreage for food crops to support local families – a sort of economic development and food project combined. DG Claudia noted that the Rotary Foundation is the “best charity in the world,” with low administration costs/ 92 percent of funds contributed going to programs, and half of that coming back to the district. She also noted our biggest international program, the Polio Plus immunization initiative, which started 35 years ago as a small project in the Philippines. This is now a worldwide program to eradicate polio, with the addition of matching grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. When first begun, there were 350,000 cases of polio worldwide, but now the number is down to 14 new cases this year so far. It is estimated that $1 billion more is needed to complete the program, and we are about halfway there at present.

At the last Rotary International convention in Toronto, an initiative for clean water for Haiti by 2030 was announced; if polio is conquered, perhaps clean water could be our next worldwide program. As with most good ideas, one idea by one person can be adopted by others to make our world a better place! Rotary is a great vehicle for involving its many members to achieve such ambitious goals.

DG Claudia packed a lot of thoughts and ideas into her message to our club. Yvonne Bullard presented her with a gift of appreciation for the good work she is doing. Jeremy Thomas presided over the weekly 50/50 raffle, won by lucky Al Rushatz, who then led us in the Four-Way Test and pledge of Allegiance to end another good meeting. Please make up if you missed.