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Elks Member Chris Black named NCSHP Trooper of the Year

Trooper Black

Trooper Black, pictured at left.

Sanford native Chris Black, a master trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, is one of just a handful of recipients of the patrol’s D.R. Bowick Trooper of the Year award.

Black, 35, has been with the Highway Patrol for 10 years and began his law enforcement career with the Sanford Police Department. His award is for Troop D, which covers a 9 county area including Lee and Chatham. There are eight troop divisions in the state; each names a Trooper of the Year.

Black said he found out about the award at his troop’s annual holiday party. He’d known he was one of a handful of troopers in the running, but didn’t expect to be the winner.

“Of course, it’s based on your statistics, your tickets and wrecks and all, but they also look at what you do off duty, for charity, in the community,” said Black, who also operates SanLee Roofing. “We did a lot of free work for people who had damage during Hurricane Matthew and I think they liked that.”

The award plaque said he was “selected by his peers for his outstanding dedication, selfless service and leadership to the NCSHP, Troop D, and his community.”

The award is named for Trooper Dustin Ryan Bowick, who died in 2012, shortly after joining the Patrol.

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2016 Oyster Roast Sponsors

The following members/business have so graciously paid sponsorship to assist with the cost of this years oyster roast:

  • Chris Black / San-Lee Roofing & Construction
  • Phil and Sharon Bray / Goodfellas
  • Joe Bauerband
  • Charles Goodwin / Goodwin Trucking
  • Monty and Sandra Frelich
  • Justin Smith / Meridan Builders of NC, Inc.
  • Jerry Stephens
  • Scott Pace / Edward Jones Investments
  • Tim Childress / State Farm Insurance
  • Randall Godfrey / Tramway Auto Body
  • Derrick and Kathi Smith
  • Joe & Yenly Clancy / Express Employment Professionals
  • Glenn Gunter / Gunter Plumbing and Home Services
  • Radford “Raddy” Holton
  • Brent Smith / J. Brent Smith Construction
  • Tim Sherman / Sherman Architecture
  • Mike and Cindy Gonella
  • Todd Pace & Phillip McCune/Mobile Media Blasting Technology
  • Douglas Littiken / Cooper Contractors
  • Michael Hattaway / Hattaway Dentistry
  • Brett Reagan / Reagan & Son Grounds Maintenance
  • Clay Moretz / Moretz Electrical Corporation
  • Mike Cox / Argos Ready Mixed Concrete Company
  • Clyde and John Nicholson / Nicholson Farms
  • Harold and Trina Oldham
  • Bobby and Jane Brewer
  • John Crumpton
  • Gary Johnson for President
  • Brian McRae / Steel & Pipe Corporation
  • Jimmy Martin / J & J Vending, Inc.
  • Roland and Helen Frechette
  • Chas Post / DWI Defense Attorney
  • The Flame Steak House


North Carolina Exalted Ruler of the Year

The North Carolina State Exalted Ruler of the Year for 2015 – 2016 was presented at the NC Elks State Convention in Asheville and this year’s winner was our ER Joe Clancy.  Joe is only the 4 ER from the Sanford Lodge to be honored with this award.  Congratulations to Joe for representing the Sanford Lodge and bring this award back to our great Lodge!

Congratulation Joe Clancy!

Flag Day – June 14

The History of Flag Day

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as ‘Flag Birthday’. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.

On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as ‘Flag Day’, and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.

Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames. As a result of the resolution, Dr. Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia, directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square. School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children’s celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.

Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.”

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.


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