Sandhills Alumni Club of North Carolina

Sandhills Alumni Club of North Carolina

Alumni Club of North Carolina/Sandhills

Membership: 143
Recent award: Gold Star Award, 2008 (presented to clubs that have distinguished themselves in their support for Ohio State)

What We Do

  • Appreciation party
  • Game-watch parties
  • Golf outing
  • Wine and paint party
  • Walk for Literacy
  • Buckeye Cruise for Cancer
  • Graduation party for our first scholarship winner
  • Hosting the Ohio State women's golf team
  • Attending the multicultural Dogwood Festival in Fayetteville
  • Supporting the Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project
At football game-watch parties throughout the 2008 season, members purchased and donated personal-care items for wounded military personnel in transition at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville. There currently are 700 Wounded Warriors at Fort Bragg. Meeting some of them and seeing their progress was eye-opening. Their spirits and morale were extremely high. Being able to give them a token of our club's appreciation was nothing compared to what they gave for us.

Sixty-four members participated in the project in some capacity. The impact our club made on the Wounded Warriors is summarized in a comment made by S.Sgt. Anthony Logan of Charlotte: "Thank you so much for your gifts, but mostly for your smiling faces. Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and your kind spirit is healing for us soldiers."

If You Visit Our Area

  • Visit Southern Pines and Pinehurst to experience true southern charm.
  • Play golf on one of the 56 public courses.
  • Walk through the main hallway at Pinehurst Resort's country club to learn about the history of golf in our area.
  • Sit on the veranda at the country club and sip a cold beverage while watching golfers finish their round on the 18th hole at the famous Pinehurst No. 2. Our area has hosted two U.S. Men's Opens, three Ladies Opens, and numerous regional and U.S. Amateur Opens.
  • Our towns also offer quaint shops, live theater performances, and horse races, among other activities.
  • Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base offer museums, festivals, fishing, golfing, boating, hiking, biking, and other activities.
  • In downtown Fayetteville, visit the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, the only museum of its kind in the U.S. Innovative exhibits tell the story of the army's elite forces from WWII to today.

Southern Hospitality
At a football game-watch party in 2007, our club hosted visiting golfers from Columbus. One of the golfers, impressed with our "southern Buckeye" hospitality, presented his Big Ten championship ring to our president to be auctioned for our scholarship fund. The winner was to be announced at the Michigan game-watch party.

At the party, the winner proudly accepted the ring. Later, at the end of the game, he quietly presented it to another member who had never before been able to attend a game-watch party. He was a Wounded Warrior and had been hospitalized for injuries received in Iraq.

As the soldier looked admiringly at the gift, he was approached by two children who placed a Buckeye necklace they had just made over his head. These acts brought tears to the eyes of some who had witnessed the sharing, caring, and demonstrating of pure Buckeye heart. Priceless!

A Notable Alumnus
Among our members is a former four-year football letterman, Dick Thomas. Dick played under coach Wesley E. Fesler and then under Woody Hayes. He is a member of the Varsity "O" Club and will always remember playing in the famous Snow Bowl, along with defeating Michigan in 1952 and receiving the gold pants charm.

Our Student Scholarship Winner
Jonathan Gribben, our club's first scholarship recipient, had this to say about receiving the award:

"I am very grateful that I was provided the opportunity to receive the scholarship from the Sandhills Alumni Club. It has benefited my education and given me a chance to be a part of a special group as a graduate of The Ohio State University."

Upon graduation, Jonathan will be directly commissioned into the U.S. Army from the ROTC Buckeye Battalion. He also serves as our club's student representative and has donated a signed picture of the Ohio State baseball team to be auctioned to benefit the scholarship fund.

A Bit of Our Club in Ohio Stadium
Shortly after our club was formed in 2007, we learned that Advanced Cutting Technologies in Aberdeen had won the subcontract to provide the lettering for the new artificial turf in Ohio Stadium. Owners and club members Chris and Mike Dixon said the opportunity to do something for Ohio State had made them really want the job.

Chris, Mike, and family labored tirelessly on the project. Now, every time we watch a football game and see that vivid green field, we are proud to know that our members were responsible for the great new look.

After the field was laid, Chris and Mike donated a sample 5' x 7' Ohio State rug to auction for our scholarship fund. Winners Denny and Cathy diDonato said: "The rug is very well made and fits perfectly into our home's leisure space among a ‘few' other Ohio State memorabilia."

Favorite Ohio State Memories
Ted Davison:
Woody Hayes leading his troops out of the tunnel and beating Michigan.

Dick Thomas: Playing in the victory game over Michigan in 1952; Woody's first Michigan win, and I got my gold pants.

Jim Hampton: Winning the 2002 national championship when no one gave us a chance.

Meredith Curran: The first really warm spring day each year when we ditched classes, donned bathing suits, headed to Wal-Mart to buy kiddie pools, and filled them by carting huge wheeled trash cans of water (from the showers in the dorms) out to the Oval. Everyone was outside playing Frisbee, kicking a soccer ball, or lying in the 62-degree "heat".

Robert Billman: Meeting my future wife in the "tavern" of the Ohio Union.

Nancy Phelps: Receiving a call from Archie answering a question I had about acquiring a football team picture. I couldn't believe my hearing when he said his name.

Glenn Phelps: Watching the touching team ritual at the end of the football games.

Dan Delgarn: As a young man, watching the Woody Hayes Show at 11:30 Saturday nights and getting to hear from Coach Hayes and the star players from that day.

Kim Thomas: Meeting Woody Hayes on the Oval and having a picture taken with him with my camera from my journalism photography class.

Ann Bilobrowka: As a freshman at Ohio State and an avid football fan, I bought my season tickets. I didn't know anyone so I went on my own, although I was very shy. The senior sitting next to me taught me all the players' names and the songs and made me feel like I belonged. I never saw him again after that football season, but I never forgot him.

The Best Reason to Join Our Club
The Buckeye camaraderie! Those who visit our area say how nice it is to find fellow Buckeyes in the South enjoying the games together. Our club's fellowship is the next best thing to being in the stadium, a true feeling of home away from home.

Our club strives to constantly demonstrate the Buckeye spirit by working together while concentrating on building our scholarship fund.

President: Nancy Phelps, (910) 692-8126,

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