Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake dock signs

Rotary Club of SML members George Morrison (from left), Steve Miller and Gary Doninger install a dock sign for Ed Calfo.

Members of the Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake recently installed several dock signs around the lake as part of the group’s ongoing effort to identify waterfront homes. The signs can help first responders who often have no way to identify homes when arriving to an emergency by water.

In the past 12 years, the club has installed the reflective signs with a home’s street address on docks where they can be seen easily day or night. So far, 960 signs have been installed around the lake.

“We would like to reach 1,000 this year,” said club member Steve Miller.

Miller estimates that the group has provided signs for nearly 15% of the lake’s docks and said he hopes to one day reach them all.

Rotary Club members go out several times a year to install and deliver the signs. The cost for a sign is $30 and for an additional $20, it can be installed.

Ed and Carol Calfo had a dock sign installed at their Contentment Island dock recently. The couple ordered a new sign to replace one they had for several years.

Carol Calfo said they decided to get one after watching the SML Marine Volunteer Fire Department search for a neighbor’s home. “We watched the (marine) fire department looking for a home several years ago. It’s stupid not to have one.”

Information on the signs is available at smlrotary.com. Payment can be made via PayPal or by printing an order form and mailing it with a check to P.O. Box 1811, Hardy, VA 24101.

Homeowners are required to print and mail a form with the location of the home by water, Miller said. Exact details of the dock’s location and type are necessary to assure the sign is delivered and installed at the correct location.

For more information, contact Steve Miller at 520-4028.