Roger May, President, Lake Oswego, Oregon Rotary reports: “I was in Dar es Salaam on August 24 and again on September 5. I visited the SOS Childrens Village there on both occasions. The purpose of the return visit on the 5th was to see the completed water storage project. As you can see from the photos they weren’t quite done [finishing the Water Tower, that Springfield Rotary plus some other Rotary clubs helped fund] but they were putting on a “full court press” to get all of the loose ends tied up because the former president of Tanzania was to dedicate the structure on the coming weekend. Along with various photos of the water storage structure I have include some general pictures of the village as well. There are photos of one of the thirteen houses showing the dining – living area, bedrooms, boys and girls wardrobe cabinets, class rooms and some general site shots. I have more if that would be of interest to you or your club. I have now had four visits to the village and have been in many of the houses. They are all maintained to the same high level. The orphaned children here appear to be receiving excellent care.”
On September 11, 2011 Springfield Rotary came together with the rest of Township community to remember those who lost their lives 10 years ago as America was attacked. Started by Rotarian Teresa Buzniak 17 years ago, Springfield Township Community Day has been an annual celebration of community, where organizations and businesses throughout the township donate food, services and information to treat our residents to a day of fun. This year’s festival and 5K run had a patriotic theme as the Township paused to remember those lost on 9/11/01 and recognize the emergency responders in our own township. Rotarians helped with 5K race administration and gave away hot dogs and information on upcoming event like BINGO.
The two Rotarians pictured at the tower are Past President, Edith Lyimo (left) and Ailinda, both with the Mzizima Rotary Club.
Springfield Township Rotary Club’s latest International Project is this Water Tower being constructed at SOS Children’s Village in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Lead at the local level by Rotarian Walt Long, the water storage tower will have a 15,000 liter Poly Tank Facility to provide safe well water for the 130 children and staff members that live in the village. The $26,200 project was funded with the combined contributions of Springfield Rotary, Rotary District 7430, Lake Oswego Rotary of Oregon and Mzizima Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam.
The Water Tower will be completed this month.
Thanks to you it was one of our best Carnivals ever! We had perfect weather, big crowds, discount nights and, of course, crowd-pleasing FIREWORKS! Thanks to the hard work of many Rotarians and their families the Springfield Rotary raises a lot of much needed funds for its continuous community projects! We ended our Rotary year with a bang! Thank you for your support.
Enjoy some photos from the carnival. See you next year!
and Gregg Lodes. Photo by Stacey Godshall.
Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Springfield Township, joined together with firefighters from Flourtown Fire Company and Oreland Volunteer Fire Company, and members of the Oreland Lions Club to decorate the community for the holidays. By wrapping holiday lights and decorations around area lampposts the Rotarians hope to add to the friendly and festive atmosphere of Springfield Township’s business districts. They hope as the number of lampposts in the community grows, so too will the decoration efforts.