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Community Activities 2009

See also: Regional Community Activities, Community Activities 2007, Community Activities 2008

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department random photo # 155Photo# 155 from the Photos section; click to zoom (1156 kb).

Upcoming Community Activities:

  • Planned events include:

    • King Day of Service: A National Day to Volunteer, January 2010
    • Spring Yard Sale, Spring 2010
    • Bake Sale, April 2010
    • Bass Tournament, April/May 2010
    • Fireworks (possible), June/July 2010

Current or Past Community Activities:

  • Volunteer Recognition Dinner Held 12/13/2009

    The WRCVFD Volunteer Recognition Dinner was held Sunday, December 13th at 3PM. Gary Riggs was named 2009 FireFighter of the Year.

    Many thanks to all the volunteers, especially Regina Durham, who made the dinner a success.

  • Boot Drive for Operation Reach

    A Boot Drive was held December 5, 2009, to help Operation Reach. Thanks to all for the generosity of the volunteers and donors.

  • West Roane Community Get-together at Camp Buck Toms October 4

    This free annual community get-together is traditionally the first Sunday afternoon in October, about 12:30 PM. Dress is casual. Bring the whole family. West Roane County VFD will have a fire truck there to delight the children.

    Ranger Dave is supplying meat and drinks for this indoor picnic in the Camp Buck Toms dining hall. Please bring a side dish, salad, bread, or dessert if you can.

    Come on out and do some old-fashioned socializing with your neighbors.

    Directions: Take Winton Chapel Road and follow the signs to Camp Buck Toms.

Free community indoor picnic at Camp Buck Toms 10/4

West Roane Community Get-together at Camp Buck Toms October 4

  • United Way Event September 17

    Updated 9/11/2009: Roane County United Way held a "Dog Days at the Courthouse" event on Thursday, September 17, 2009, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Old Roane County Courthouse in Kingston, Tennessee. There was "a grilled hot dog lunch" and the program began around noon. "Robin Wilhoit from Channel 10 [was the] guest speaker for the day."

    Volunteers from the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, a United Way Partner Agency, were there to help.

  • Boot Drive July 11

    The West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department held a boot drive on July 11, 2009, to raise much-needed funds. Volunteers met at Station #1 on Pumphouse Road just outside Rockwood at 8:30 AM and stood outside Wal-Mart all morning.

  • Memorial Service for Dr. Charlie Grandison Charlie Mead

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is deeply sorrowed by the passing of our dear friend Dr. Charles Grandison Charlie Mead (1933-2009). He passed away peacefully at home on Monday morning, June 22, 2009, at 2:58 AM.

    In accordance with Charlie's wishes, his body has been sent to the University of Tennessee Forensic Research Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Research was very important to Charlie.

    Charlie Mead was a good friend and neighbor, a tireless volunteer and board chairman, and a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

    The family will be receiving friends at the West Roane VFD Station No. 1 at 1303 Pumphouse Road in Rockwood, Tennessee, on Monday, June 29, 2009, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, followed by a memorial service at 7:30 PM, also at Station No. 1. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlie's memory to the WRCVFD at PO Box 417, Rockwood, TN 38754.

    More information is available on his obituary page here at WestRoane.com and in the OakRidger and Knoxville News Sentinel newspapers.

Dr. Charles Grandison (Charlie) Mead 1933-2009; photo by Tom van Dalen 2009
Dr. Charles Grandison Charlie Mead 1933-2009

  • WRCVFD Fireworks Sale June 25 - July 4

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department is holding its "Fireworks Sale," this year in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Highway 27 in Roane County. The sale will be open all day and all evening

    There are for-profit fireworks tents around, but this one is the only one that benefits our West Roane VFD. If you are buying fireworks this year, make sure to get them from the hardworking volunteers in your fire department.

    thumbnail of poster for West Roane VFD Fireworks Sale

    Download a PDF of this color poster (1.7Mb)
    Or download a black and white PDF poster (307kb).

    Volunteers are needed to help with the sale, security at night, and with finishing up on July 5. This is a great way to socialize and get to meet your neighbors while giving service too! For more information, call 354-5140 or 354-1500.

    Remember to always use caution around fireworks. West Roane County VFD provides fireworks safety tips and downloadable brochures in its Fireworks Safety section.

  • United Way Family Fun Day May 30 at Roane State

    A United Way Family Fun Day was held on May 30 from 11 AM to 4 PM at Roane State Community College. All ages were welcome; admission was free.

    Fun activities, including children's inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, children's book giveaways, games, and the West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department-sponsored Live Burn Trailer Training, took place throughout the day.

    Many local groups were in attendance, including the Girl and Boy Scouts, Second Harvest Food Bank, CASA, Michael Dunn Center, the Salvation Army, West Roane VFD, and more.

    The event was preceded by a 5k CASA run at 9 AM and a 1k walk.

    The Live Burn Trailer Training was particularly exciting. West Roane VFD also gave out safety information, coloring pages for children, and quite a few free smoke alarms spread throughout the day.

  • Relay for Life Friday, May 15, 2009

    The American Cancer Society's Relay For Life is Friday, May 15. This is their annual national fundraiser. WRCVFD volunteers will be setting up at the Renaissance tent (formerly Marshall Voss Health Care). WRCVFD will be located immediately on the left upon entering the faculty parking lot (the lower parking lot) of Roane State Community College.

    Volunteers will need to be there by 5:15 PM if possible. If others can come later when they get off work that is fine. Volunteers do not have to stay the entire time. Please dress neatly and if possible wear some type of WRCVFD clothing such as t-shirt, dress uniform, or cap if you have it.

    Volunteer firefighters should bring fire gear in case WRCVFD gets a call. Please let WRCVFD chaplain Bruce Foster know if you are planning on helping by emailing bruce_em805@bellsouth.net or calling at (865) 466-9147.

    Most volunteers' lives have been touched by cancer and so has the Department.

Relay for Life logo

  • WRCVFD Yard and Book Sale

    The West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Spring Yard and Book Sale on Friday and Saturday May 8th and 9th from 7:00 AM to dark both days at Station #1 in Rockwood, TN on Pumphouse Road. Volunteers performed all tasks, including pickups of donated items, signage, cleanup, decorations, publicity, and staffing the yard sale. Many thanks to all who helped through donations or volunteering.

    A large part of the annual WRCVFD budget comes from donations so community support for the Yard Sale is much appreciated.

Yard Sale May 8-9

Arson Week 2009 poster Download Arson Awareness Week 2009 poster (PDF, 1.1 Mb, 11” x 17”)

  • Arson Awareness Week May 3-9: Arson for Profit

    The losses from arson are staggering! There are many motives for arson, the crime of deliberately and maliciously setting fire. One particular type of arson - arson for profit, or economic arson - is the theme for this year’s Arson Awareness Week, May 3-9. Arson for Profit occurs when businesses or individuals set fires to reduce financial loss, recoup initial investments, and dispose of depreciated assets usually for a payout from insurance companies. Referring to all types of arson, the Insurance Information Institute indicates that arsonists destroyed nearly $900 million in insured property and killed 295 civilians nationwide in 2007 alone.


    Read more about Arson Awareness Week from the US Fire Administration.

  • King Day of Service: A National Day to Volunteer:
    A Recruitment Day for West Roane VFD

    January 19, 2009: This year's M. L. King, Jr. Day of Service is a day on, not a day off here at WRCVFD. King Day is an excellent time to give something extra back to the community. Remember that no one is too old or too young to start helping.

    To find out more on this Day of Service about volunteer opportunities at WRCVFD, call 354-3116 to speak with a volunteer. Or, any other day call Station #1 at 354-8201 or Charlie Mead at 354-1993. Or see: Volunteer Opportunities.

    You may also view our event listing at USAService.org.

WRCVFD is one of hundreds of organizations in states and cities nationwide to honor the legacy of Dr. King. In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, directing the King Center and the Corporation for National and Community Service to carry out a day of service reflecting Dr. King's life and teachings.

David Eisner, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, said, Martin Luther King said, Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. We honor the life and legacy of Dr. King by doing things that help others and strengthen communities.

For more information about the national day of service, please visit www.mlkday.gov.

Make it a Day On... Not a Day Off! MLKDay.gov.


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