On Wednesday May 7th, members of the Springfield Township Community and Springfield Township Rotary Club came together to do a spring clean up of the Flourtown Erdenheim War Memorial. This was a group effort, thanks to the volunteer contributions of many. A special thanks to Wendy Souders, Robin Fittipaldi and Carole Souders Berneski who started the weeding a day in advance. June W. O’Neill who having seen the event posted on Facebook donated all the mulch for the project. Shane Halligan Memorial Fund also provided a monetary donation for the flowering annuals still to be planted just before Memorial Day. Yesterday, Rotarians and local volunteers, pruned, finished up weeding, and spread the donated mulch. The Souders Family, a local military family maintains the site. Their son, Spc. Russell H Souders III, is currently serving abroad on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and the community is looking forward to welcoming him home this summer. This years Memorial Day Services will take place on Monday, May 26th 11:45am. New names are being engraved this week, due to a generous donation from the Sandra C. Lesser Charitable Foundation. Pictured Middle Row Left to Right: Rotarian Janice Mannal, Mike Doyle, Wendy Souders, Rotarian Dorothea Hatt, Rotarian Elizabeth Shannon, Rotarian Claudia Campbell, Rotarian Amanda Helwig, and Rotarian William Totten. Bottom Row Left to Right: Maurice Rippel and Nolan Souders. Above Center is Ret. 1st Sgt. Russell H. Souders Sr.
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.