For the Lake Wedowee Property Owners' Association, "Protecting Your Playground" is more than just our motto. It clearly states our mission of safeguarding and improving the quality of the lake environment and the interests of the property owners.
Lake Wedowee POA Fall Meeting
LWPOA had its fall meeting Saturday September 29th at Wedowee Marine South. It was a great turnout with many new members signing up. The Key note speakers were members of the Randolph County High School Fishing Club. Sawyer Cross, Brooks Wortham and Sam Perry. They did an outstanding job!
Shelia Smith from Alabama Power Shoreline Management also spoke and updated members on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Study, she answered many questions from our members. Marlon and Betty Glover along with Bob May gave details on the upcoming Renew Our Rivers clean up coming in October. If you could not attend this time mark your calendars for the next meeting in February..
An important aspect of being .a member of the LWPOA includes volunteering to help with many of our ongoing events and services, some of which are shown below:
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Annual Renew Our Rivers Lake Wedowee Cleanup a Great Success!
The annual Renew Our Rivers lake cleanup, a joint project with Alabama Power Company (APC) and the Lake Wedowee Property Owners’ Association (LWPOA), was a huge success. According to the Renew Our Rivers’ campaign organizers, of the thirty seven lakes covered in the state, Lake Wedowee is the best organized group they work with. Marlon and Betty Glover, and Bob May, LWPOA members, again organized this year’s event.
Over one hundred volunteers, including LWPOA members, Alabama Power Company employees, the Randolph County High School Fishing Team, and residents and businesses of the lake community, worked this three day event. Volunteers filled two 30-yard roll off containers with trash pulled from the lake’s shoreline.
Each day started at the Highway 48 Boat Ramp where volunteers assembled on pontoon boats and set out to clear coves and the lakeshore of trash and debris. Pontoon boats were provided by Randy Morris of Lake Wedowee Marine, LWPOA members, and area residents. Jeremy Lipham of Lake Wedowee Docks, LLC provided his pontoon boat, workers, a barge, and an excavator to offload heavy trash and tires from his barge and the Alabama Power barge into the dumpsters at the collection area. Alabama Power Company furnished its barge and personnel to off load trash from the smaller boats. APC also provided hundreds of trash bags and awarded T-shirts to all workers. Andy Ethridge of ALA-GA Roll Offs provided roll-off containers for the trash pulled from the lake and hauled off debris to the dump site.
Local businesses kept the volunteers fortified by providing lunch, snacks, water and soft drinks each day. Crystal Barnes-Key, of Hunter Bend Realty, provided Subway sandwiches. WM Grocery brought sandwiches and brunswick stew, chips, cookies, water and tea. Lakeside Market and Grill provided chicken sandwiches. Each boat was equipped with snacks, water, and soft drinks thanks to Perryland Foods and Small Town Bank.
LWPOA thanks the many local businesses, organizations, and agencies that made the Renew Our Rivers campaign a success. Also, thanks to all those individuals who allowed the use of their pontoons and to the many volunteers who came out to work in this year’s most successful Renew Our Rivers cleanup campaign. We look forward to seeing everyone next year, which will mark 20 years of the Renew Our Rivers campaign, as we work to maintain the beauty in our back yard.