Recently, several LRA members took a field trip to Zinnia Happiness Farms in Tiger, Georgia. Their visit was was featured on the Today Show with Hoda and Jenna.
The “farm”, run by Tommy and Collin Lines sells “you pick” zinnia and herb bouquets for $10 each. All proceeds are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation because they double all gifts each October.
More information on Zinnia Happiness Farms may be found at:
2022 LRA Officers
President: Dick Newkirk
Vice President: Connie Thompson
Secretary: Pat Hickey
CFO: Anita Pittman
2022 LRA Board of Trustees
|Richard Simms - Chair||Hannah Salwen (2)|
|Victoria Anderson (3)||Taylor Schweiger (1)|
|Neal Creech (3)||Ryan Simmons (1)|
|Keith Davidson (3)||Mary Shannon Scott (1)|
|Marchie Hepner (2)||Oakley Sutherland (2)|
|Lori Hughes (1)||Susie Tillis (1)|
|Forrest Kennedy (1)||Mary Turner Troutman (3)|
|Rob King (2)||Peter Watt (3)|
|Maurice Rosenbaum (3)||Open Position (2)|
( ) denotes number of years remaining to serve.
HELEN FUNK MCSWAIN
Without Helen McSwain’s efforts the Centennial Book would not have been the same beautiful coffee table book that we have now. Helen’s family has been on Lake Rabun since the 1930s and she knows everyone that has old pictures of the lake. She scheduled appointments and went to house after house to scan photos – carrying her own laptop and flat bed scanner. Helen taught herself to use Photoshop and improved the quality of many of the photos she had scanned so we could use them. She also learned to colorize them. Bob and I benefited from her skill because she colorized two black and white photos of us from the 1960s.
Helen helped with the research for old Lake Rabun Families like the Rutherford, Lipscomb, Hodgson families on ‘Witham Point. Helen is the one that figured out that Laura Jacquelin Rutherford Lipscomb was called Lamar of “Ms. Lamar’s Hill” and who Lamar Alley was named for.
She worked with Barbara, Mary Cobb, and me to choose pictures for the DVD. She was the one that really knew what pictures we had, and she was a huge help as we were looking for the final pictures for the Centennial book. By the way, it was Helen that introduced us to Laurie Shock who created our book.
Since she retired from her OB-GYN practice, Helen has served on the Board of Trustees, coordinated the clean-up of Minnehaha Falls, been a member of the Lake Rabun photo team, joined the kayaking group. (She painted a wonderful picture of the kayaking group.)
Helen has loved and supported Lake Rabun all her life. She is very deserving of the Whippoorwill Award.
It’s time to visit Alley’s and get your LRA Merchandise – Shelves are fully stocked!
2021 Buz Stone Lake Rabun Cares Award Recipients - Clay & Al Battle
Benefiting CASA & F.A.I.T.H.
At the Memorial Day Meeting Clay and Al Battle were awarded the 2021 Buz Stone “Lake Rabun Cares” Award.
For many years both Clay and Al have contributed to the Lakemont community by doing the behind-the-scenes support work. This talented couple has built the infrastructure for LRA events. They establish the wi-fi connections, provide payment processing and sell tickets. Simply, they quietly figure out how to get things done.
Both have been wonderful LRA representatives in the community. For 5 years Clay served as Treasurer and active board member of FAITH. She was recognized in 2018 with the FAITH Helping Hand Award. She continues to assist FAITH in many ways. Caroline Wallis said, “Without Clay, FAITH would not be where it is today”.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) has benefited from Al’s involvement for many years. He, too, has been a board member and served as Treasurer for several years. He continues to lend support for this impactful organization. Al has been an active volunteer for the Save Georgia Hemlock’s program. He has been involved with the Lakemont Wiley Volunteer Fire Department. In recognition of his many hours of work, Fire Station # 4 made Al an honorary member of the department.
Clay and Al have been longtime supporters of the LRA Scholarship program. Joy Wilson, a scholarship student, wrote, “I absolutely love Clay and Al. They are so genuine, kind and intelligent”.
Clay and Al have requested the $2500 grant for the Buz Stone Award be split between FAITH and CASA.