BUCKHANNON — Rotarians had a hands-on meeting Tuesday, spending the time their speaker was at the podium snapping green beans that will be donated to the Crosslines Food Pantry at the Upshur Parish House.
The second annual Green Bean Weekend is coming up Aug. 12 and founder Dr. Joseph Reed shared why volunteers — and not just green beans — are the focus of the event.
“For several years, I have thought that Buckhannon is a success because of the volunteers,” he said. “I looked for a way to celebrate volunteers.”
While in Charleston, Reed observed a similar event in which 800 pounds of beans were donated to help feed the hungry.
So, Reed thought why not use green beans in Upshur County?
Green beans are nutritious in that they contain rich sources of dietary fiber, Vitamin A and more.
Last year, the first Green Bean Day, included proclamation signings with the Upshur County Commission and Buckhannon City Council and some snapping of beans at Create Buckhannon among other places.
This year, with the help of a committee, the event is now a weekend.
“Maria Bray has been a tremendous help in pulling this together,” he said.
Proclamation signings are still on tap for the Buckhannon City Council on Aug. 8 and Upshur County Commission on Aug. 10.
On Saturday, Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. there will be registration for the Green Bean Stroll, a walk or ride around the river walk on a 1-mile route.
Electric scooters or wheelchairs are allowed for those who have a handicap, but otherwise feet, strollers, scooters, bicycles or similar modes that are non-powered are allowed for all others.
The registration is a bag of fresh green beans snapped, two cans of green beans or $5.
T-shirts can also be ordered for $15 each (slightly more for sizes 3X and larger).
For more information, email [email protected] or call Reed at 304-472-2146.
In other business, Rotary recognized a first-time Paul Harris fellow, Jamie Powell, for his financial support to the Rotary Foundation which supports polio eradication, among other causes.