Archives for February 2015

SML Community gives BIG and Parties at largest annual fund raiser for SML Rotary

Have you  heard of Rotary Club Nite at the Races?

The Nite at the Races was a thoroughbred of fun for the full house that attended.  All eight races were punctuated by the crowd with shouting and cheering for the favorite horse to win.


It is estimated that the event will raise $12,000 for the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake.  The money will be used exclusively for Rotary projects and supporting local charities.  Among the many projects, the club has a partnership supporting Dudley Elementary School and our Hunger and Nutrition Program Provides fruits and vegetables to Lake Christian Ministries.  Financial support is provided to 13 local causes and charitable organizations and Rotary scholarships are presented at Staunton River and Franklin County high Schools.  The club hosts an annual “Excellence in education” banquet honoring teachers at ten local elementary and middle schools.  The club also supports Rotary International’s project for the worldwide elimination of Polio.



The Lady’s Hat Parade is a crowd pleaser every year.  Ladies attending the Nite at the Races are encouraged to wear a special Derby hat.  Some are very stylish and some are custom designed in very clever ways.  The winner this year was Toni Sidleman with a hat decorated with many fall colored leaves.  Her ensemble also included shoes with fall leaves to match.  The second place hat was created by Marge Epps and was a flashy pink flamingo based hair accessory.

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Winners of the major prizes include the following:

Ann Kostel – Elegant dining for two at the Hotel Roanoke

Darlene Gauthier – Pidge Morgan photography Massai Giraffe portrait

Jeff Teeter – Giant golf package at Brice Resort, Hunting Hills Country Club, Mariner’s Landing and Westlake Golf and Country Club

David Grant – Arthur’s Jewelry custom diamond ring

Cindy Turlington – Bernard’s Landing stay and dinner at the Landing

Marge Epps – hickory Hills Vineyards tasting party

Margaret Hager – Original sailboat painting

Peter Brinkerhoff – Wintergreen Resort recreation coupons

Robin Martinelli – Taste of the Lake dining discount package

Dawn Spencer – Lake Wicker glider lounge

A 50/50 drawing was won by Paul Giammattei who graciously donated the full amount back to the Smith Mountain Lake Rotary Foundation.

Other prizes include numerous gifts presented by local sponsoring businesses too numerous to mention.


Good food and fun at Nite at the Races put everyone in the winner’s circle.


For information on the rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake, or any of its projects, contact Steve Miller at 540-520-4028.



SML Rotary Lead other Rotary clubs to help with building 60 Drinking Water Wells for Those that Need it Most

Rotary-Tanzania2WaterMr. Walter Hughes spoke to the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake describing the safe drinking water projects he headed in Guiana.  On missionary trip to the South African country he noticed the fundamental need for good quality water resources.  He returned to Rocky Mount where he is a member of the local Rotary club and began the project to drill a single well.  Over the next several months his project grew in scope to drill 60 wells.  This was made possible through the partnering arrangements with other Rotary clubs as distant as California.


The Smith Mountain Lake club, led by member Pidge Morgan, has funded the purchase of teaching materials and goods in Tanzania and South Africa.  The club is currently embarking on a project to provide clean water resources, restroom facilities and environmental improvements in Tanzania.


For information on the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake contact Steve Miller at 540-721-0336.


SML Rotary Meeting Cancelled 2-26-2015= Stay Safe!