Time To Support Your Local Rotary Club Of Smith Mountain Lake:

ROTARY CLUB OF SML CHRISTMAS TREE SALES begins November 21, 2017 at Hot Shot, 67 Village Ln, Moneta VA – Ph: 540-719-1547.  Trees are handpicked Fraser Firs from Floyd County and sized from 6′ – 10′. They have been selected for their beautiful appearance and freshness. Come early for best selection.

SML Rotary Foundation Coats 4 Kids Initiative – Winter 2017

SML Rotary Foundation a 501 (c) (3) is pleased to announce  $5500 in commitments and is doing a   $1 for $1 match for donations that are earmarked for Coats 4 Kids.

In the fall of 2016 one of our members embarked on a mission to provide new coats to needy children in our area.   That member project started out because he was late to deliver new coats for a local coat drive. The drive was over and the coats were no longer needed.  Determined to deliver coats he  walked  into an elementary school and said Hi, you don’t know me but, my name is ____.  I have new coats in the car, are you allowed to accept them?   The response  blew him away.  The principal and surrounding staff burst into tears and was so grateful.

Shortly thereafter he  went with his wife to Macy’s to purchase a child’s shirt. Next to the shirts were racks and racks of kid’s coats that were $85 on sale for $15.  He bought them all.

When word got out additional monies were donated to purchase more coats (Macy’s and Walmart). Friends sent 20 new coats from Maine.  Even a classmate not seen in more than 30 years sent new coats and scarves from Alexandria.  When we asked what motivated him, he said he found real joy in helping kids in need, coupled with terrific deals and new money coming in.  This is a beautiful cycle that I hope will continue on so many levels.   He said he is learning that amazing things happen when God gets the glory.

The thought of a local  kid with no coat, then walking around in a “new, nice,  warm coat” is something  SML Rotary wants to be a part of.  Don’t you?  Remember every dollar donated for Coats 4 kids will be matched up to $5500 and is tax deductible.   $11,000 will buy a lot of coats, hats and gloves.  Checks, Credit/ Debit and Pay pal can be used via our Donate button on the right side of  our home page. If you would like to donate or volunteer your time or talents please contact our new members chair Tom Ulbrich 540-420-8033 (cell).

Macy’s Kids Dept

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Rotary Club of SML’s Giving Garden Update:

The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake’s (SML) “Giving Garden” at the Booker T. Washington National Monument continues to produce vegetables for clients of Lake Christian Ministries (LCM), located in Moneta VA. LCM provides food, clothing and financial help for thousands of families each year located in the Smith Mountain Lake area of Bedford, Franklin and Pittsylvania Counties. The garden was started in the spring of 2009 as a signature project of the Rotary Club of SML and is now in its ninth year..  Initially entitled  “Tackling Hunger and Nutrition”  the Giving Garden, as it is now known, has grown to include the Franklin County Master Gardeners, local farmers, individual volunteers, members of the SML Rotary Club, the Heritage Garden at Booker T. Washington, along with many individuals. The gardens also serve as an educational tool where adults and children from local schools and organizations such as boy scouts, summer campers, etc., can learn about growing organic produce. Since inception, the Rotary Giving Garden has provided over 20,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to clients of LCM. To date this year 1357 pounds of organic produce has been harvested  with a goal of 2,000 pounds by the end of this year’s growing season. [Read more…]