KIWANIS CLUB OF
Every Wednesday, 7:30 am, American Legion Hall (corner of Oak and Madrona), St. Helena, CA, 94574
One of our club's recent projects has been the restoration of a historic picket fence that surrounds a small graveyard plot in Bothe Napa Valley State Park. This cemetery is believed to be the oldest pioneer cemetery in Napa Valley. The project was to dismantle the original fence and replace it with new posts, stringers, pickets, fenials and gates.
Redwood lumber for the replacement members was provided by a local resident on Mt. Veeder, who milled redwood logs into dimensioned lumber, which club members then cut to size, primed, painted and installed on site.
15 club members participated in this project, logging over 200 hours. Park staff oversaw the project to ensure historical accuracy. An exception was made for modern fasteners to be used instead of the original square-cut nails that had rusted over the years.
Twice a year the St. Helena Kiwanis Club serves the St. Helena American Legion at their meetings.
One of our regular projects is picking up litter along Lodi Lane, a local road that connects Highway 29 with Silveradero Trail.
Every three months an intrepid crew of club volunteers, led by coordinator Jan Darter, outfit themselves with CalTrans vests, trash bags and tongs and scour the roadside for unwanted debris.
Jan had proposed the project and, after contacting Napa County's Adopt-a-Road program, was told we could have Lodi Lane. This location has worked out well due to moderate traffic and terrific scenery.
In this photo, taken in September 2016, Jan poses with Lowell Smith, Jeff Farmer, Bob Matheny and Bob Beckstrom (behind the camera) before heading down the yellow brick road. Singing is always optional.
Our club volunteered to install parking signs at Moore Creek Park near Lake Hennessey in the Eastern foothills near St. Helena. The club created, built and installed the signs in the Spring of 2017.
Bothe Napa Valley State Park fence replacement at Pioneer cemetery