On Tuesday November 21st, the Springfield Township Rotary Club welcomed a new member, Dr. Ron Attarian. Pictured in the photo, left to right, President Dorothea Hatt, New Rotarian Dr. Ron Attarian, and Club Secretary Amanda Helwig. For more information about Rotary, please visit us at www.SpringfieldRotary.org
Springfield Township Rotarians proudly inducted their newest member, Dianna Gallen of BQ Basement Systems in Erdenheim this week. She is pictured with here with her sponsoring Rotarian, Dan Helwig, of Dan Helwig Realtors in Flourtown. Springfield Rotarians either live or work here in the Township and meet weekly to raise funds for local and international projects. Their motto is “Service Above Self”. For more information about Rotary, please visit www.Rotary.org.
The Rotary Club of Springfield Township celebrated friends and fellowship this week; welcoming the Chorus of the Springfield Township High School to share songs of inspiration of the holiday season. In addition, two Rotarians received Paul Harris Fellows, the highest honor a Rotarian can receive either through personal contributions to the Rotary Foundation or by being honored by their club. Pictured Left to Right: George Struzyna, a now four time Paul Harris recipient and Dan Helwig who received his fifth Paul Harris for his work on the Flourtown-Erdenheim War Memorial.
The Rotary Club of Springfield Township is pleased to announce the induction of our newest Member Rev. Carol Ficken of Grace Lutheran Church in Wyndmoor. Rotarians embody the spirit of their motto “Service Above Self” and undertake numerous projects locally and internationally. Pictured Left to Right members of the Rotary Board and their newest inductee: Linda Silva, Roseann Nyiri (Pres), Tim Ernst, Maureen McGettigan, Frank Duff, Rev. Carol Ficken, Amanda Helwig, Jack Norrie, and Sponsoring Rotarian Rev Marcia Thompson of Zion Church in Flourtown.
The 2011 Edition of Changeover Night was held June 14, 2011 at the Sandy Run Country Club as a celebration to honor our outgoing and incoming officers of the Rotary Club of Springfield Township. It was a night of laughter, fellowship and a few tears as we remembered several members who passed away over the last Rotary Year, including Tom Timoney and John Brady.
Jeff Kroberger emceed the evening and Mick Kelly, a bag piper from The Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band added a touch of the “old country” for outgoing President Jack Norrie. The new Board was welcomed in for the new Rotary year and incoming President Roseann Nyiri presented Colleen Robinson (below) of the Springfield Community Foundation with the 2011 Citizenship Award.
Board Member and Rotary Foundation Chair: Maureen McGettigan then explained the Paul Harris Fellow awards and that the club saw fit to award three in 2011.
Walt Long (Presented by Mandy Helwig) – for his tireless work internationally with the Water Tower in Tanzania and his consistent support of the club locally.
Carol Getz (Presented by Rosann Nyiri) – for her continued “mothering” of the club, planning fun fellowship events and continued support and planning of events such as Changeover Night and Charter Night.
Tim Ernst (Presented by Teresa Buzniak) – for his support of Rotary projects through technology, running the email notification system for Bingo, Fruit Sale and other events and using his talents to revamp the club’s website.
Jack Norrie, as outgoing president, made his presentation of $5,000 to Shelter Box USA, one of his goals of his presidency to Allan Syphers, a Blue Bell Rotarian and District 7430 Shelter Box Representative. The money will be used to purchase five shelter boxes that the club can track in the future and help those in need of shelter, food and water around the world.
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Jack also made his President’s awards to several club members who consistently go above and beyond the call of duty to keep the club running smoothly. George Schaefer was recognized for his commitment to a successful Fruit Sale. Janine Corbett (pictured above with Jack) was cited for her excellence as Program Chair. Mandy Helwig and Teresa Buzniak were awarded respectfully Rotary Secretary of the Decade and Rotary Treasurer of the Decade Awards.
Jeff Kroberger had the crowd in stitches as he turned the tables on outgoing president, Jack Norrie and administered his own trivia quiz complete with “wiener” references and ended with a stirring tribute to Jack’s Scottish and University of Edinburgh roots with a reading of Robert Burns’ My Heart’s in the Highlands while the evening’s piper played Amazing Grace.
Roseann Nyiri then presented Jack with the past president’s pin and gavel and Jack then made the presentation of the President’s Pin to Roseann. Roseann then concluded the festivities with her vision for the next Rotary year that will fall within the Rotary International theme of “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity.”