Grassy Knob Volunteer Fire Department is a Membership Community, and Membership has its Privileges!
Your nominal annual dues support the fire and emergency teams who keep us safe. It also opens the doors to a supportive, caring community of people who choose to live and love life on and around beautiful Beaver Lake. In some ways it’s like Mayberry RFD – with our own modern version of Aunt Bea, Sheriff Andy and a host of characters in a beautiful, quiet, quirky spot on the planet. On Grassy Knob, life can be as busy or serene as you like. Below are some bits of information to help you find the best path for you. Welcome!
Annual Membership dues are $100 for land with a residential structure, $40 for Land Only and $300 for Business Lots (any activity that collects a fee or payment from the public). Without a membership, any fire originating on your property could incur a $5000 fee per call. We have over 800 addresses in Grassy Knob – and your dues keep your homeowners property insurance from being astronomical. Without a fire department, insurance could rise 400% (Yikes!)
Grassy Knob was named by Katheryn and Einar Strand in 1950 who owned the stone schoolhouse across from the once knobby mound of grass that stands between 187, Mundell Road and the Cut-through road. The grassy knob was covered with blueberries. Over the years, the birds and wind scattered seeds so it now is a forested mound.
In 1977, several couples met in the yard of the old Grassy Knob School (across from the Grassy Knob mound) which was then the home of Einar and Kathryn Strand. This group determined the need for a fire station and thus the Grassy Knob Volunteer Fire Department was born.
The original station consisted of a garage and a small kitchen and was completed in October 1985 at 12037 Highway 187. At a later date a large community room was added. More garage space was constructed in 1989. A new larger kitchen area was adjoined to the community room in 1994. Finally, a substation (station 2) was erected in 2007 at 3927 Mundell Road.
All of the above has been achieved through volunteer fund raising. We have no paid personnel operating our GKVFD. Our devoted volunteers have achieved a department which is recognized for its excellence of services. Today we have about 30 volunteer Fire Fighters, 4 EMT’s and 6 Traffic Directors who live in our district. There are many ways to serve with the fire department. Training Included. To inquire: Contact Fire Chief Bob McVey (479-253-9528)
Grassy Knob covers essentially 25 square miles, both lake and land.
South Boundary: An east/west line through Point Five (Lake Marker).
East Boundary: Just south of KOA and Highway 187.
West Boundary: The middle of Beaver Lake to CR113.
North Boundary: Two miles west on Dam Site Road (CR 113) and a ½ mile past CR113 on Highway 187. See the MAPS page for more detail.
A majority of the 814 addresses which populate Grassy Knob are situated in the many community sections off Mundell Road while many others enjoy the hills and vales off highway 187. It is a fun to toodle around the many curving and steep roads that make up our area. Our community has a wide variety of interesting folk to meet, greet and get to know. Grassy Knob folk are not your “average bear”. Fun loving, independent, spirited, curious, inventive, dedicated and motivated are just some of the descriptions of our neighbors. To find out more, get involved a little or a lot - join the Auxiliary, come to a pot luck, toss your hat in the volunteer ring and get to know your neighbors and make some new friends.
This is THE support group of the GKVFD! The women and men of the Auxiliary fundraise for the Firefighters, EMR and Traffic Director Personnel for necessary equipment and supplies. And they do so with a lot of fun at the annual Turkey Trot, the monthly Pot Lucks and Special Events. The free Ice Cream Social in July is just marvelous! Open to all, not just members. The Auxiliary holds a general meeting every other month and alters that with a pot luck luncheon in the off month at various Auxiliary member homes. It’s a special group doing great work with good friends. See more on the AUXILIARY PAGE and to get involved contact: President Sharlene Kenyon: 918-244-0603
Even on the water, GKVFD has you covered with a River and a Lake boat for water rescues. Rescues and Tow Service (tows on the lake only) are provided for GKFD Members. If you have trouble on the water in the Grassy Knob area, keep these numbers handy: Lake Boat: Mike Godfrey 402-699-9593. River Boat: Eric Lutz 913-908-9619 or 911
The Auxiliary maintains the local directory of Names, Addresses and Phone Numbers of Members. Every Welcome Packet has a copy. For a most updated copy ($5), Contact: Lynn Palmer 479-981-1364. (PS: Any listed number without an area code is local. Area code 479)
Got something to sell? Need something to borrow? Having a local event? Let your community know via an email blast sent to all members. Write up a simple message with your contact information and send it to Bebe Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will blast it out to our Membership email list. It gets a really FAST response.
Got a stack of wood you want transformed into mulch? GKFD has a chipper for Membership use. It is free (donations appreciated). We bring it to you and do the operation with you. Contact: Vern Nelson 479-253-2065 and Alan Stevens 479-253-7660
TO BURN OR NOT TO BURN
At various times of the year, due to rainfall, there are BURN BANS, restricting any burning on your property. Burn Ban notification is on the home page of our website, posted in the window of our community center, also near the KOA Campground and near the Dam Site Store – all of which are on route 187.
CALL BEFORE YOU BURN
You must call the FIRE DISPATCH office (870-423-7373) to notify them of any burn NOT contained in a trash barrel or similar container.
FREE STREET ADDRESS SIGN
GKFD provides free, metal, reflective green street signs with white numbers for all property owners. (small donation to cover supplies appreciated) Attach it to the mail box or a visible tree to aid our fire and EMT responders in finding your location as quickly as possible. To get yours, Contact: Gary Finkeldei: 479-254-5171 / email@example.com
FIRECALL QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER
A round up of activities in the past quarter for GKVFD is captured in the quarterly FIRE CALL, distributed to all active members by mail or email. It includes a letter from the President, the Auxiliary, A Meet Your Neighbor section and various other tidbits to be in the know.
MONTHLY FIRE BOARD MEETINGS
4pm on the second Monday of the month, the Fire Board meets at the Community Center to review actions, budgets, expenditures, grants, auxiliary matters, reports and the like to keep things on track and moving forward for the GKVFD. Minutes are posted on the bulletin board in the Community Center and are also available upon request from the Recording Secretary Laura Hahn firstname.lastname@example.org
GKFD ANNUAL MEETING
First Saturday in June is an annual membership meeting where the year is reviewed, officers are elected and the state of the union celebrated. It begins with a pot luck and concludes with the new officers vote. The positions of President, VP, Treasurer and Recording Secretary are for one year terms but most of the Director positions are for two years. For more information, contact Recording Secretary Laura Hahn email@example.com.