Rotary welcomed Wendy Souders from the Green Dot Moms today to Rotary. The Green Dot Moms are a closed group of Facebook mother’s supporting each other while their children are deployed abroad. They have been sending care packages to their children’s unit if only to bring smiles to their children’s faces and for them to know they are loved and people back home care and are thinking of them. The Souders Family also is instrumental in maintaining the Flourtown Erdenheim War Memorial on Bethlehem Pike, which the Rotary Club just completed a $20,000 renovation on last year. Today, Rotary Club President George Schaefer presented Mrs. Souders a check for $250 to help defray the shipping costs of the care packages. We love our troops and the Rotary Club will always support you! Pictured Left to Right, Pres. George Schaefer and Wendy Souders of the Green Dot Moms.
“Last Saturday’s drop-off was a huge success. Thank you for the Rotary Club’s support again this year. The children who received the equipment were very appreciative of the donation. I’ve attached a picture of Bill with the kids from the Strawberry Mansion Athletic Association. Derrick Ford is the league President and has promised me that he will send some pictures of the children playing with the equipment.”
The Rotary Club of Springfield Township participated along with The Springfield Community Foundation to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr through a day of service at the Springfield Township High School. Rotary President Linda Silva, presented to Mary-Kay Meeks-Hank, Executive Director of Face to Face, a check for $5,000 during the program. Face to Face offers dignity, compassion, and a sense of community to hundreds of disenfranchised men and women. Located in Germantown, it is a haven of food, human warmth, and access to solutions to life’s challenges. The Rotary tasked themselves with a service project this year to help Face to Face on numerous facets. In addition to the $5,000 donation to the facility, the Rotary Club along with local businesses and contributors have donated over 6,000 items. Most of these items were sorted and organized into Plastic Bags donated by Bonus Marketing of Flourtown. The “Washeteria” bags contain basic sanitary items to give the less fortunate the ability to shower and clean themselves up in a respectful and dignified way. Today marked the culmination of the Rotary’s fundraising as Committee Chair, Claudia Campbell, helped fellow Rotarians serve a nutritious hot meal to 150 people at the facility. Monetary donations totaling $750 enabled the Club to pay for the meals and with the help of Karla’ Kitchen from the Flourtown Farmer’s Market, those most in need were provided with a memorable meal and dessert from Sandy Run Country Club in Oreland. As one of the speakers at Community Service Award Presentation stated, it is a good thing to walk in another’s footsteps, but even better to leave footsteps of your own. The Rotary Club hopes to continue to embrace “Service Above Self” leading to way for others to serve their community and the world.
On Tuesday, August 21 the Rotary Club of Springfield Township presented a check for $2,500 to DIstrict Governor Tony Janetta for Polio Plus, the Rotary Foundation program to eradicate Polio worldwide. (L-R) 2012-2013 Springfield Rotary President, Linda Silva, Springfield Rotary Foundation Chair, Maureen McGettigan and Tony Janetta, District Governor for Rotary District 7430