Club Notes: Nov. 3

November 4, 2013 

Blood drive collects 45 pints

A blood drive sponsored by the Benson Lions Club collected 45 pints for the American Red Cross.

Longtime donor Flora Stafford received her 5-gallon donor pin, and she won one of the cash drawings. Ralph Tart won the other. First-time donors were Tina Tripp, Angela Thornton and Gina McLamb.

Club women attend conference

Eleven members of the Clayton Branch of the National Association of University attended the 89th Southeast Sectional conference, held Oct. 4-5 in Hampton, Va. The Clayton branch received the first-place award for most scholarships awarded and third place for best scrapbook and most members in attendance.

Toastmasters meeting

Clayton Area Toastmasters meet from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center, 135 Bestwood Drive, Clayton. For more information, call David Warner at 919-327-1219 or visit

PIO speaks to book club

Stacy Davis Beard, Clayton’s first public information officer, spoke at the October meeting of the Felicia Book Club. Beard discussed her life and her position, detailing what it takes to keep a town running. The November meeting of Felicia Book Club will be at Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes on Main Street.

Girl Scouts support benefit walk

Smithfield Girl Scout Troop 3614 volunteered at this year’s Walk the Trail in Her shoes, a benefit for Harbor Inc., which provides aid to victims of rape and domestic violence.

“It always feels great to participate in Harbor’s walk and know that we are supporting such a worthy cause,” said Gina Grimes, leader of Troop 3614. “The girls love it and look forward to this event each year.”

During this event, men slide into high heels and walk the gravel trail at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. Members of Troop 3614 ushered walkers to the starting line and cheered them on with purple pom-poms.

SSS students shadow Rotarians

Eleven Smithfield-Selma High School students recently visited the businesses of some Central Johnston County Rotary Club members. Through Rotary’s Shadow Day, the students learned about different aspects of the business world.

Rotarians hosting students were Dr. Willie Smith, Willowrun Veterinary Hospital; Beth Watson, a real estate agent and broker with Coldwell-Banker; Kim McCullers, owner of Mitchell Temporary Services; Michael Scott, chief of the Smithfield Police Department; Joy Callahan, a dean at Johnston Community College; and Keith Dimsdale, owner of Chick-fil-A in Smithfield.

The students shadowing the Rotarians were Kara Harrison, Sierra Kincaid, Nirmine Moore, Kerlyn Fiallos, Itai Torres, Jasmeen Kaur, Karlie McCullers, Norma Rodriguez, Lenin Soto, Alexis Haynes, and Briana Nunez.

“The CJC Rotary Club appreciates the students’ interests in the various business professions,” said Landis Bullock, coordinator of Shadow Day. “We are always pleased to be able to share what goes on in our businesses on a daily basis. The students get to see first hand how the business world operates.”

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