Archives for March 2013

Wheat Wallenborn Joins SML Rotary

Wheat Wallenborn New SML Rotary Member 3-14-13Wheat Wallenborn is a very special new member to the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake. He has been a Rotarian for more than 40 years and has a perfect attendance for meetings and functions during his time in membership. That is quite an achievement in itself, but is not the reason that he is so special to the local club. While belonging to the Rotary Club of Roanoke, Wallenborn was a participant on the committee that developed and chartered the Smith Mountain Lake club.

Wallenborn recalls working with Rotary District 7570 officials to initiate a petition to start a club at the lake. The initial chartering took place on December 12, 1990 at the Westlake Golf and Country Club, where the club currently meets. He says that he has watched the club’s activity over the years and likes the “hands on” approach to community and international projects that is a cornerstone of the club’s activities. That plus the high cost of commuting to Roanoke for weekly club meetings helped him make the decision to join SML Rotary.

Dave English, club president, said; “We have known Mr. Wallenborn for some time as a guest at our meetings and are glad to have him on board.”

Photo: Wheat Wallenborn with SML Rotary President Dave English.

SML Rotary Presents Paul Harris Fellowship to Jim McKelvey

Jim-McKelvey-Receives-Paul-Harris-FellowshipMarch 14, 2013 – The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake has presented Jim McKelvey with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship. Jim McKelvey is well known for his development of Park Place and other commercial properties around the lake. However, he was selected for the award due to his civic contributions to the community. These include being a major sponsor for the Ronald McDonald House, the Lions Club Youth Golf Tournament, providing heavy equipment for the lake cleanup, participating in the Jim Cameron Walk, and funding high school scholarships including the Alex Ernandes Scholarship for the Franklin County High School and numerous others.

Photo: Jim McKelvey receives Paul Harris Fellowship from Smith Mountain Lake Rotarian Steve Strickland.

Giving Garden Gears Up for the 2013 Season

giving-garden-1 (300 x 169)March 8, 2013 – With Spring just around the corner, twenty-two volunteers from the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake, Franklin County Master Gardeners and the community joined together to get the “Giving Garden” located at Booker T. Washington National Monument ready for early spring planting. Their work involved rebuilding the initial 12 six inch high plots with twelve inch boards and adding peat moss, compost manure, and top soil to all plots.

The “Giving Garden”, formerly referred to as the Community Garden, is part of Rotary’s Tackling Hunger and Nutrition Project which is designed to provide fresh organic produce to the local food pantry at Lake Christian Ministries. The project is a collaborative partnership with the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake, the Booker T. Washington National Monument, the Franklin County Master Gardeners, Hot Shots Entertainment Center and includes dedicated volunteers from the local Democratic Club and community in general.

giving-garden-2 (300 x 169)The name was changed from the Community Garden to the Giving Garden to emphasize the point that all produce is given to those in need in our own community through Lake Christian Ministries and none is grown for the personal use of those who volunteer. The Giving Garden, now starting its fifth year of operation, uses principles of Square Foot Gardening to maximize the amount of produce grown in the equivalent of forty-four 4 foot x 8 foot raised beds. Thanks to the many hours put in by dedicated volunteers, over 2400 pounds of fruits and vegetables were sent to the Lake Christian Ministries food pantry.

Everyone in the community who have family gardens or farms are encouraged to grow an extra row and donate these fruits and/or vegetables by dropping them off at Hot Shots Entertainment Center located at 13360 Booker T. Washington Highway (next to Capps). They will be picked up and delivered to Lake Christian Ministries.

Those interested in learning more about square foot gardening, the plant a row program, or in joining the team of dedicated volunteers are encouraged to contact De English at 483-0123.

Picture captions: Volunteers from the Rotary Club of SML, Franklin County Master Gardeners, and the SML community work to prepare the “Giving Garden” located at Booker T. Washington National Monument for this season’s plantings of fruits and vegetables.