The Melvin S. Johnston Citizen Volunteer Award is named in honor of Melvin Johnston, the founder of the Smith Mountain Lake Association (the SMLBA), real estate broker, land developer, and philanthropist. His greatest accomplishment as a member of SMLA was his efforts to stop Roanoke from dumping raw sewage into the feeder tributaries of the lake. He was our first Steward of the Lake.
The award, in his honor, goes to a person or persons who made the greatest contribution to Smith Mountain Lake and the quality of life around the lake, in the prior calendar year or over an extended time period. Prior recipients are not eligible for this award. Nominations must be submitted on this form.
Please provide as much information as possible, within each of the areas noted below, to support your nomination. If you prefer a paper form, please download the nomination form.
Please describe how the nominee has impacted one or more of the following criteria:
Impact on SML environmental issues; Significant contributions to water safety; Effective management of lake maintenance issues; Projects or programs within the Smith Mountain Lake Association; Demonstrated leadership; Lake and/or community stewardship; Other contributions of significance.