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…]

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Sponsor the 9th Annual Nite at the Races

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Time is running out, don’t miss this great opportunity to support the charitable giving of the Rotary Club of SML and get the word out about your business!

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Teams Prepare For Cardboard Boat Regatta

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Induction Of New Officers

The Rotary Club of SML recently inducted new officers and directors for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018)  The new President is James Buchanan and the President Elect for Fiscal Year 2019 is John Stafford.  Officers include Treasurer, Steve Wheeler and Secretary Rosalind Reichert.  Past President Susan Phillips also serves as a Board Member.  Rounding out the Board are Directors, Jeff Schott, John Lietz, Gary Doninger and Dick Kenyon.

The Rotary Club of SML meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at the Westlake Country Club.  Doors open at 7:15 AM for breakfast and the meeting begins at 7:40 AM.  Guests are always welcome.  For more information about the Rotary Club of SML, please fill out the contact form located here

Photo Caption:  FY 2017 SML Rotary Club President, Susan Phillips administers the oath of office to incoming President James A. Buchanan.


12th Annual Excellence in Education dinner

The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake held its 12th Annual Excellence in Education dinner Monday, May 8, 2017, at the Westlake County Club.  The dinner and award ceremony honored two scholarship winners and 8 local teacher of the year recipients from 7 area elementary schools and Staunton River Middle School.

Carolyn Gordon, Chair of the Club’s scholarship committee along with committee members Pidge Morgan, Dick Kenyon and Cindy DeMarco presented $1,000 SML Rotary Scholarships to Franklin County High School Senior Colton Kitzmiller in memory of Alex Ernandes.  Also presenting the scholarship to Mr. Kitzmiller was Tim Ernandes, the father of Alex. A second SML Rotary Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, was presented to Staunton River High School Senior John Kuczmarsk

Mr. Kitzmiller will be attending East Tennessee State where he plans to pursue a degree in Biology with hopes of becoming a Physicians Assistant.  Mr. Kuczmarski will be attending  Virginia Western College majoring in Civil Engineering and plans to transfer to Virginia Tech to complete his Engineering Degree.

This year’s Teacher’s of the Year, honored by SML Rotary, and chosen by their respective schools are Carrie Perry, Goodview Elementary; Jubal Poindexter; Burnt Chimney Elementary; Danielle Drake, Glade Hill Elementary; Ryan Wells, Moneta Elementary; Jesica Gawor, Windy Gap Elementary; Pilar Parry, Staunton River Middle; Lori Cooper, Dudley Elementary  and Rose Hager, Bedford Elementary.

Principals of each school introduced their school’s Teacher of the Year and highlighted some of the traits and characteristics making his or her teacher special.  Each teacher spoke about their experiences and traits they believe make a difference for their students.

Caption:  From left Rotarians Pidge Morgan, Dick Kenyon, FCHS Scholarship Winner Colton Kitzmiller, SRHS Scholarship Winner John Kuczmarski

Rotarians Carolyn Gordon and Cindy DeMarco

Caption:  From left Teachers of the Year Rose Hager, Bedford Elementary; Carrie Perry, Goodview Elementary;

Pilar Parry, Staunton River Middle; Ryan Wells, Moneta Elementary; Lori Cooper, Dudley Elementary; Jubal Poindexter,

Burnt Chimney; Jessica Gawor, Windy Gap Elementary and Danielle Drake , Glade Hill Elementary.