Archives for May 2013

SML Rotary Donates to Franklin County Free Clinic

FCFRCLN (400 x 300)The Rotary Club of SML President, Dave English, presents a check to Alise Culbertson, Executive Director of the new Bernard Health Center. The Bernard Health Center, is a part of the Free Clinic of Franklin County.

In 2012, the Free Clinic of Franklin County embarked upon becoming a Rural Health Center under the name Bernard Healthcare Center. Ms. Jeanne Bernard founded the Free Clinic over 20 years ago. The Bernard Healthcare Center, when completed, will serve uninsured adults up to 400% of the federal poverty scale on a sliding scale, accept Medicaid and Medicare adults and. eventually will accept patients with private insurance. The Free Clinic component will remain intact for uninsured people below the poverty guidelines. The Bernard Health Center is tentatively scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

The current location of the Free Clinic of Franklin County is 490 South Main St., Rocky Mount, VA 24151. The clinic may also be contacted by phone at 540-489-7500.

Picture Caption: Club President Dave English thanks Alise Culbertson of the Franklin County Free Clinic

Farmers Donate to LCM

IMAG0151 (1) (400 x 226)Through the generosity of Farmers John and Elaine Dansby, of Glade Hill V A, approximately 40 pounds of Asparagus were harvested by Rotarians and community volunteers and donated to Lake Christian Ministries for their clients. For those lucky clients it was a special treat. Elaine is in the middle in the picture. Those wishing to buy their own asparagus can call John or Elaine Dansby at 540-576-3658 and get directions. This is the 3rd year in a row they have donated asparagus for Lake Christian Ministry clients.

AEP Executives Visit SML Rotary

AEP Larry Jackson - Carolyn Gordon - Charles Patton - Dave English (400 x 325)May 19, 2013 – AEP Chief Operating Officer, Charles Patton and Mr. Larry Jackson head of external affairs and the Shoreline Management Plan briefed members of the Rotary Club of SML on the future of power generation. Mr. Patton discussed changes made to power plant generation resulting from Environmental Protection Agency requirements for cleaner burning fuels.

Costs of electricity has increased as a result of the EPA requirements especially as it relates to coal powered facilities. Mr. Patton stated that coal would still be used as a source of power for some plants but that EPA requirements have erased a competitive price edge AEP has had in Virginia over other power generating companies such as Dominion Power. The need to install expensive scrubbers on existing coal powered facilities and the move to more shale and natural gas powered plants has resulted in increased cost of electricity. for transmission. The abundance of shale and natural gas has made generating electricity from those energy sources cheaper than coal. Based on current costs, Mr. Patton indicated future plants would be gas powered but clean coal technology would still be used.

According to Mr. Patton, 68% of an electric bill’s cost comes from generation of electricity. An additional 25% is due to distribution costs and 7% from transmission.

Picture caption: Rotary Club President Dave English (right) thanks AEP COO, Mr. Charles Patton , Rotarian and AEP employee Carolyn Gordon and Mr. Larry Jackson for their informative presentation to club members on the future of power generation.