The N.C. Beta Zeta Chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority for Women Educators held its April 24 dinner meeting at Rhett's Cafe, in Southern Pines.
Chaplain JoAnne Walters gave the devotional. President Carol Lucas called the meeting to order. "Joy Dollars" were collected by Toni Hyman, co-chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee.
The program consisted of the installation of officers for the 2012-2014 biennium.
The minutes of the March meeting were read by Secretary Frances Wilson.
Elizabeth Edwards, chairwoman of the scholarship committee, urged the membership of the chapter to apply for the Alpha Delta Kappa Grant for next year. Susan Paschal of the Beta Zeta Chapter was recently awarded this grant for the coming school year.
Carolyn Hatcher, chairwoman of the picnic committee, announced that the annual spring picnic would take place May 31, at 6 p.m. at the picnic shelter on the campus of Sandhills Community College.
Table decorations at the meeting became door prizes, and were won by several members. A standing ovation was given to outgoing president Carol Lucas for her devotion to the Beta Zeta Chapter during the 2010-2012 biennium.
The meeting was adjourned with the singing of "The Lamp of Alpha Delta Kappa."
Civil War Round Table
The Rufus Barringer Civil War Round Table will meet Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m., at the Village Hall, 395 Magnolia Road, Pinehurst.
Historian and Civil War re-enactor Patrick Falci will present "The Life and Times of a Civil War Soldier."
Falci is the face of Gen. Robert E. Lee's "Forgotten General," Ambrose Powell Hill. He will appear in full uniform, including the famous "red battle shirt."
Falci was instrumental in the making of the movie "Gettysburg," and is immersed in the history and preservation of Civil War artifacts and battlefields.
There will be a special raffle item, and refreshments will be provided.
New members are needed, and visitors are always welcome.
For information, call (910) 235-0946 or (910) 695-9058.
Eight members of Eureka ECA gathered on Tuesday, April 17, at Highlander's Farm for a tour of the strawberry fields and greenhouses.
Members walked through greenhouses containing English cucumbers, tomatoes and various plants. They were able to observe how the plants were nurtured, watered and pruned.
Members were served refreshments made with products grown at the farm.
In the monthly "Random Acts of Kindness" campaign, the Carthage Fire Department was delivered goodies expressing the club's appreciation for their service to the community.
The bi-annual roadside pickup was completed in April with six members participating and collecting 11 bags of trash.
Eureka ECA's monthly project to keep children in Moore County Schools healthy began last month with the collection of 30 items such as boxes of tissue, hand sanitizers, paper towels and other sanitation products, which were collected and delivered to Farm Life School. This month, products will be delivered to Carthage Elementary School.
On May 12, a bake sale will be held at Highlanders Farm offering cakes, cookies, brownies, bread and biscuits for Mother's Day.
The next meeting will be held on May 15 at the Moore County Agricultural Center. A nutritionist from FirstHealth will present a program on converting old recipes into nutritionally healthier dishes.
Members are reminded to bring school sanitizing supplies to this meeting.
Those interested in attending the May meeting should call (910) 947-3188 for more information.
Women of Weymouth
Women of Weymouth will end their season with the annual Strawberry Festival on Monday, May 21.
The program will feature pianist Sean A. Moore. He has traveled and performed extensively as a soloist and accompanist, and participated in numerous piano competitions, winning several.
In 1996 he was a semifinalist at the World Piano competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1997 he performed "Voyants" for piano and orchestra, by composer Barbara Kolb, with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Memphis, Tenn., in 1967, Moore has bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from the University of Memphis. He was the piano instructor and staff accompanist at Christian Brothers University in Memphis from 2000-2004 and taught class piano at the University of Memphis for many years. Both were adjunct positions.
Moore currently lives and works in Laurinburg, and is completing his eighth year as a full-time faculty member at St. Andrews University as instructor of music and staff accompanist.
He has performed original works for piano as guest composer/pianist at three College Music Society Chapter conferences, with the most recent performance in February at George Mason University.
Moore has also written original music for student film projects at St. Andrews. He is a member of BMI and is station manager/operator for the local cable access channel in Laurinburg and choir director-organist at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Laurinburg.
For the Strawberry Festival program, Moore will be performing Rachmaninoff's "Prelude" in C minor, Op 3 no. 2; George Gershwin's "Preludes for Piano"; and "Transcendental Etudes" by Franz Liszt.
The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include a luncheon. The charge for members is $5 and $10 for guests.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling Marion Gaida at (910) 295-0591.
Space is limited.
Two Southern Pines Rotarians became Paul Harris Fellows in April: Anne Snelgrove and Debbie McGahey.
Paul Harris Fellow recognition was first proposed in 1957 as a way to honor Rotarians who voluntarily contribute to the Rotary Foundation.
The distinctive Paul Harris Fellow medallion, lapel pin and certificate have become highly respected symbols of a substantial financial commitment to the Rotary Foundation by Rotarians and friends around the world.
In 2006, the number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the 1 million mark. Paul Harris founded Rotary in Chicago in 1905.
Patrick Coughlin, president of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, recognized Dr. Susan Purser for her years of service on the Moore County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors with a plaque commemorating her contribution.
David Zmiewsky, current president of the Southern Pines Rotary Club displayed the Terry Titus District Gold Club Award recognizing the Southern Pines Rotary Club for its outstanding service and leadership.
Speakers have included Dr. Nancy Gottove, from Central Park, a nonprofit business incubator, who spoke about the STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise.
Commissioner Nick Picerno spoke about the continuing discussions regarding water in our area, and Marion Goldwasser, a Rotarian from Mount Airy, spoke about a global grant effort in Uganda.
The Sandhills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will have a luncheon meeting Tuesday, May 15, at the Belle Meade clubhouse on Camp Easter Road.
Registration and socializing will begin at 11:30 a.m.
District Judge Rob Wilkins will be the guest speaker.
Wilkins retired from the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served as a line officer, at sea and on shore, and later in his career as a judge advocate general.
Wilkins' presentation, "A Veteran's View From the Bench," will speak to our judicial system, his role as a judge, and how his military background has influenced the performance of his duties.
Additionally, representatives from the Fort Bragg USO and The Fisher House will be presented the Sandhills Chapter's annual donations in support of these two important soldier support organizations.
All military and public health officers who have served their country are eligible, invited and encouraged to join the chapter and to attend the luncheon.
Contact Al Ashdown at (910) 295-2794 or alashdown @nc.rr.com to make a reservation.
Of the Sandhills
The Computer Club of the Sandhills will meet Monday, May 14, at 4 p.m., on the lower level of the Village Hall in Whispering Pines.
The program will be a question-and-answer meeting. Questions are being provided by the members of the Computer Club regarding any problems or questions they may be having with their personal computers. The questions are being asked in advance of the meeting so that they may be thoroughly researched to come up with meaningful answers and solutions.
The Computer Club of the Sandhills meets the second Monday of each month at 4 p.m. Membership is open to computer users with all levels of expertise. Visitors are always welcome, according to a spokesman.
For more information, contact Bill Matthews at (910) 692-8254.
Richard Moore, of Southern Pines, was Table Topics Master and led the group in a round of extemporaneous speeches on May 1.
Moore's theme was job interviews, and he used ads from the classifieds in The Pilot for sample job interviews.
Word of the Day was "germinate," presented by Joanne Conrad, of Seven Lakes. Members were tasked with using the word of the day in their impromptu job interviews.
The club practices impromptu speaking at every meeting.
Eight new members, including Conrad, have joined in recent months, representing a variety of interests in public speaking, including sales presentations, storytelling, book promotions, teaching and entertaining.
New members receive a complete training package to facilitate gaining public speaking skills.
Visitors to meetings are always welcome, says a spokesman.
The club meets the first three Tuesdays of the month at 125 Wellard on the campus of Sandhills Community College. For more information, visit http://999248.toastmastersclubs.org.
Pat Corso, the executive director of Moore County Partners in Progress, will be the speaker for the League of Women Voters of Moore County's luncheon on Tuesday, May 15.
Partners in Progress is a public/private partnership promoting economic development in Moore County.
The meeting will be held at the Table on the Green Restaurant, at Midland Country Club, 2206 Midland Road, Southern Pines. The check-in time is 11:30, and the meeting will start at 11:45 a.m. The meeting is open to the public as well as League members.
Corso is a graduate of Ball State University and a member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, Scotland. He was transferred to Pinehurst in 1986 by ClubCorp, the previous owner of Pinehurst Resort, and was named president and CEO of the resort in January 1987. He was CEO there for 17 years.
Corso has served on the North Carolina Travel and Tourism Board and the North Carolina Economic Development Board as well as the State Chamber of Commerce boards in both North Carolina and New Hampshire.
He also is past chairman of the American Hotel and Lodging Association Resort Committee.
He is currently vice president of the board of the Givens Library and Tufts Archives, is a board member of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, advisory board member for the Reeves School of Business at Methodist College, and a member of the Moore County Land Use Planning Committee.
Corso is also a franchisee/partner of Pinehurst Donuts LLC, owner of the local five-county Dunkin Donuts franchise.
His wife, Judy, teaches fourth-grade math and science at Sandhills Farm Life. They have three grown children.
A prior reservation is required to attend the luncheon. (League members may reply to an email from Charlotte Gallagher.) Others may reserve by calling Charlotte at (910) 944-9611 by May 11.
The total cost for the meal is $12; a check payable to LWVMC is the preferred method of payment. (No-shows who do not cancel in advance will still be required to pay, as the lunch is catered.)