Bea Gardner, honorary Rotarian of the Springfield Township Rotary club and Flourtown resident celebrated her 90th birthday in August. The Club honored Bea with a surprise birthday celebration that included a cake, singing and Phillies gifts. Bea is an avid Phillies fan and the reason many club members wore Phillies attire for her party. Bea’s late husband, Bill Gardner was past president of the club 1979-1980 and past Vice President of Firstrust Bank. Bea was officially inducted into the club in 2001 as an honorary member. Bea is the heart and soul of the club and never misses an opportunity to serve her community and Rotary family! Happy 90th!
Representatives from CONCERN, a private 501(c)(3) non-profit community based child welfare organization dedicated to meeting the needs of abused, neglected, and delinquent children and youth, presented to the Springfield Township Rotary Club on what the organization does, what it looks for in foster parents, and described some of the circumstances for which children come under their care.
They reviewed how they are organized, that they serve some 200 children a year in Montgomery County alone and 20,000 – 25,000 children a year in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information on foster care and adoption through CONCERN visit www.concern4kids.org
Former Springfield Rotary President, Jack Norrie with two representatives from CONCERN, Diane Devlin and Mary Kay Rafferty, a foster care
and adoption agency that helps children throughout Montgomery County.
CONCERN’s Montgomery County office is located at 49 Easton Road (behind Weinrich’s Bakery) Suite 202, Willow Grove, PA 19090
The Springfield Township Rotary Club was proud to present the Gene Gisbourne Golf Awards to students from our local high schools on May 31, 2011. This award named after a past member and past president who loved to play golf has been given annually for the past two decades. Springfield High School: Dan Lane, Awardee; Al Corolla, Coach and Rev. Jack Norrie, Springfield Rotary Club President. La Salle College High School: C.J. Dunn, Awardee; Marty Jackson, Coach and Rev. Jack Norrie, Springfield Rotary Club President. Mt Saint Joseph’s Academy: Alise McNutt and Rev. Jack Norrie, Springfield Rotary Club President.
Photo: Amy Shields, PR Director at Eastern; Michael Thornton, Rotarian; Mark Tournier, Awardee and Rev. Jack Norrie, Springfield Township Rotary Club President.
The John McCook Memorial Award has been presented annually for the past twenty-five years to a Springfield Township High School student who attends the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology. John McCook was a past president who worked in the trades most of his professional life. Mark Tournier, the recipient participated in the HVAC program at Eastern.
The Springfield Township Rotary Club hosted the Springfield Township Interact and Phil-Mont Christian Academy Change Over ceremony at their weekly meeting. Joy L. Zwicker, Interact Committee Chair moderated the program and highlighted both clubs achievements and challenged the new board to continue the momentum as they fill the shoes of the former board.
First Row (LtoR) – Intereact Incoming Board Members: Zach Endter, SHS Treasurer; Carolyn Messer, SHS Secretary; Sam Mikels, SHS Vice President, Carrie Quaco, SHS President; Campbell Meyers, Phil-Mont President; and Sarah Eckel, Phil-Mont Vice President
Second Row (LtoR) – Interact Outgoing Board Members: Mr. Tom Vizza, Springfield High School Interact Advisor; Maya Sabin, SHS Treasurer; Anna Morrow, SHS Secretary; Rehema Korich, SHS President; Stefan Johnson, Phil-Mont President; Jennifer Khoo, Phil-Mont Vice President; Claar Ennis, Phil-Mont Treasurer; Victoria Glover, Phil-Mont Secretary; and Mrs. Gail Frey, Phil-Mont Christian Academy Interact Advisor.
The Springfield Township Rotary Club awarded Springfield Township High School Interactors and the Phil-Mont Christian Academy Interactor the Service Above Self Award on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Since 1999 this award has been presented to the Interactors who are true community service champions and exemplify the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”. The student(s) from each school are honored with a framed certificate of achievement and a $100 check from the club. Joy Zwicker, Interact Committee Chair presented the awards to:
Anna Morrow, SHS Interact Secretary
Maya Sabin, SHS Interact Treasurer
Rehema Korich, SHS Interact President
Stefan Johnson, Phil-Mont Interact President
Springfield Township Rotary Club presented the Student / Teacher awards to five local schools on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. The schools represented were Carson Valley Center, LaSalle College High School, Mt Saint Joseph Academy, Phil-Mont Christian Academy, and Wordsworth Academy (Springfield High School Student/Teacher awards will be held on a separate date). The Rotary Club presents this award annually to the student and teacher who best exemplifies the ideas of Rotary “Service Above Self”.
LaSalle College High School Student Teacher Awardees: Carol Haggerty, Joe Marchese, Sean Sweeney, Julia Maher and Don Mirabile
Wordsworth Student Teacher Awardees: Angerique Thornton, Paula Frost and Alex Prinzvera
Phil-Mont Christian Academy Student Teacher Awardees: Matt Stemler, Sarah Ghattas and Marilyn Furcola
Mt. Saint Joseph Academy Student Awardee: Catherine Moran and Sister Joan Cassidy
Carson Valley Student Teacher Awardees: George Melton, Lori Ogeda and Lakeisha Robinson
The Rotary Club of Springfield Township was honored to have Nancy J. Becker, Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds as our weekly guest speaker. She spoke about the hundreds of thousands she has saved local tax payers by organizing and streamlining the department. She relayed a great deal of information that may not be known by the average resident. Her office is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm. Her Department has records dating back as far as September 10, 1784. The department records and stores veterans DD214 at no cost. Nancy also told us of companies who are contacting residents with letters that look like they are government agencies, but are in fact private firms telling them they should have a copy of their deed. These private firms charge $59.50 to $69.50 for the copy of a deed. She stated having a copy of your deed is in fact a good idea, however her department sends copies at $5.00 or $10 for a certified copy. To request a copy of your deed send a letter with the book and page of the document along with the payment and a self addressed stamped envelope (large envelope) to Recorder of Deeds, P.O. Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404-0311 or online atwww.montcopa.org/rod (select search public records) and request a certified copy.