Springfield Township Interact Club students who had a day of service this weekend, serving more than 150 people at Face to Face in Germantown. So proud of these amazing kids!
Face to Face
Members of the Springfield Township Rotary Club came together for an evening of celebration marking their 58th Annual Changeover Dinner; a night to honor the outgoing Board Members and welcome the New Board Members. Also taking place during the evening, the awarding of $1,000 to Face to Face in Germantown, a shelter that the club has adopted. Mary Kay Meeks of Face to Face accepted the check, and was humbled by Rotary’s offer to serve a meals to 250 patrons this coming August. The meal will be served in honor of Beatrice Gardner, an Honorary Member of the club who recently passed away. The evening also celebrated the awarding of Paul Harris Fellows, Rotary’s highest honor, to a handful of Rotarians who exemplified “Service Above Self”. Recipients were Robert Scott III, Michael Creeden, Walt Long, Amanda Helwig, and Dan Helwig. The evening was topped off with the pinning of the incoming 2015-2016 President T. Scott Kreilick who currently is also serving as the President of the Springfield Township Historical Society.
Once again, The Springfield Township Rotary Club rolled up their sleeves and participated in Martin Luther King Day, by doing what they do best, “Service Above Self”. Mike Creeden and his kitchen staff at Sandy Run Country Club prepared a wonderful meal for Face to Face in Germantown. Joe Bonus of Bonus Marketing was a great help today with transport as were Rotary members who served the meal at Face to Face. Following the meal at Face to Face, Rotarian Claudia Campbell of Tabitha Harrier Concierge drove to Arcadia to pick-up donated items and then delivered them to Face to Face. To date our toiletry drive items total 2,141 and Rotary will have additional items for Face to Face during the month of January due to the generosity of the Springfield Democrats who also collected.
This holiday season thru Martin Luther King Day, Springfield Rotarians are collecting monetary donations and toiletry items for Face to Face in Germantown. Children at St. Genevieve’s in Flourtown have offered to help the homeless too by collecting sew socks for those less fortunate. Rotary invited Sister Theresa and some of the children to Rotary as a thank you. For more information please visit www.SpringfieldRotary.org. to see how you can help.
MISSION: HELP FACE TO FACE
GOAL (1) : COLLECT ITEMS FOR WASHETERIA
GOAL (2) : $$$ FOR MEALS
TIMELINE: JAN 2, 2015
Q: What is a Washeteria?
A: Provides visitors with a place to shower and do laundry.
NEED: (small/travel size) toiletries: Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Soap, Deodorant, Disposable Razors, Shaving Lotion, Shampoo, Conditioner and new Socks/Washcloths.
Q: What is Face to Face?
A: Face To Face is a human services organization located in Germantown that offers dignity, compassion, and a sense of community to hundreds of disenfranchised men, women and children.
NEED: Monetary donations to provide 200 meals on Martin Luther King Day (January 19th) at Face To Face.
Until January 2, 2015, all donations can be dropped off at
Dan Helwig REALTORS
1415 Bethlehem Pike,
Flourtown, PA 19031
For more information, contact Claudia Campbell, Coordinator Springfield Township Rotary Club (215-233-8919).
With a unified dedication, Rotary and our community can make a difference helping our neighbors – Face To Face.
John Hayden from Antonelli Institute was the speaker recently at a Rotary Club Meeting where he explained the Institute is celebrating 75 years of history teaching students the visual arts. Below is Club President George Schaefer and John Hayden. The Rotarians also presented a check for $1000.00 to Face to Face, a local facility and organization that offers a Dining Room, a nurse managed Health Center, a Legal Center, a Social Services Center and Children’s Summer Camps and After School programs. We also have a Washeteria where people can take a hot shower and receive a new set of clothes. Face to Face serves 2,500 annually and has been a stable presence in Germantown for over 20 years. They also recognized Honorary Rotarian Joe Bonus for always being willing to help in Rotary Projects.
The club recognized Bob Ryan for donating the chicken for the MLK Day lunch at Face to Face. Because of the efforts of Mike Creeden from Sandy Run Country Club, most of the food for the luncheon was donated. This freed up the money that the club allocated for the luncheon to be able to present a $1,000 check to Face to Face. Additionally, the club was able to donated 2,000 toiletry items for the washeteria.
Because of his monumental work on the Springfield Rotary projects over the past years, the Rotary Club presented an Honorary Membership to Joe Bonus.
Program: John Hayden, Director of the Antonelli School of Photography located in Springfield Township presented information about the school, its programs and most of all, its successful alumni. The school was founded in 1938 by Severo Antonelli. His work is exhibited in the Woodmere Art Museum. The school is accredited by the Association of Career Schools and Colleges and authorized to award Associate Degrees. Its distinguished alumni include those whose works have been featured on Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine and National Geographic to name just a few. The school motto is “Develop Passion-Design the Future.”
The Rotary Club of Springfield Township inspired others to lend a hand in honor of Martin Luther King and a national day of service to others. The Rotary ran a two fold campaign using mostly Facebook to spread the word. The first part of the fundraiser was to collect toiletry items for the “Washeteria” at Face to Face Shelter in Germantown. The “Washeteria” allows people to come in and shower and wash their clothing in a dignified manner. Most of the participants are homeless war veterans. Numerous donations poured into Dan Helwig Realtors in Flourtown who offered to be a drop off location on behalf of Rotary. Tthe Springfield Democrats picked up on the news feed and held their own collection to contribute. All in all, thru Rotary and the combined efforts and donations of others who found out about the fundraiser on Facebook, 2000 Toiletries were collected and donated. The second half of the project was to collect money to pay for 200 meals on MLK Day at Face to Face. When last years restaurant vendor bowed out due to increased costs of chicken, Sandy Run Country Club stepped up. Mike Creeden, Manager at Sandy Run, was able to get most of the vegetables and chicken donated for free and his staff at Sandy Run prepared the 200 meals at no cost. Because of Sandy Run’s generosity there is a surplus of over $750 which will be donated to Face to Face as a monetary contribution to help with the upkeep and maintenance of the facility. On MLK Day, Rotarians and other volunteers served 200 grateful people at Face to Face who enjoyed an amazing and nutritious meal. Though MLK Day comes but once a year, Rotarians keep service in their hearts all year long living by and spreading their motto “service above self”. The community recognized their Facebook call to actions and the response was nothing less than extraordinary.
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.
Rotary Club Of Springfield Township Community Drive
To Benefit Face To Face Toiletries For Washeteria
Offering dignity, compassion, and a sense of community to hundreds of disenfranchised men, women and children, Face to Face, a 501(c)(3) human services organization in Germantown, is a haven offering food, human warmth, and access to solutions for life’s challenges.
Many guests suffer from physical and/or mental health ailments, drug and alcohol addiction, post-traumatic stress syndrome and homelessness.
From its origins as a soup kitchen in 1985, Face To Face has evolved into a multi-faceted organization dedicated to caring for every aspect of its clients’ well being on an individualized, person-to-person basis.
Located at 109 Price Street, in an historic building rented from St. Vincent’s Parish, the Dining Room serves about 500 free meals each week on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
For most, the sense of social connection and acceptance they experience within the walls of Face to Face is as nourishing as the food itself.
Through many years of commitment to its community, Face to Face has created an environment of trust and hospitality that reacquaints each guest with his/her humanity.
Support services include a health care center, legal and social services, computer training, creative arts studios, and children’s after school and summer programming.
In addition to these services, a Washeteria provides visitors with a place to shower and do laundry.
Face to Face relies on in-kind donations to meet the basic needs of its clients. Face to Face currently needs the following toiletries (small/travel size): Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Soap, Deodorant, Disposable Razors, Shaving Lotion, Shampoo, Conditioner and Washcloths.
With a unified dedication, Rotary and our community can make a difference helping our neighbors – face to face.
Rotary is collecting: toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving lotions, shampoo, conditioner, and washcloths