The Springfield Township Rotary Club completed their $20,000 + renovation and addition to the Flourtown Erdenheim War Memorial last fall. Continuing to maintain the site, Philip Dominic and others from Laurel Hill Gardens of Chestnut Hill, volunteered their time to weed, mulch and plant annuals at the memorial to spruce it up for the Labor Day weekend. A local resident and war veteran from Springfield Township stopped by during the clean up to express his thanks to the Rotary Club and to Laurel Hill Gardens for remembering all Veterans Service.
Sunday, November 11th 2012 at 12:30pm
Flourtown-Erdenheim War Memorial
(Located Across From The Black Horse Inn on Bethlehem Pike)
The Rotary Club of Springfield Township will gather to rededicate the Flourtown-Erdenheim War Memorial Renovations. In addition, Rotarians will be placing a bronze plaque in Honor of Thomas J. Timoney, Charter Member of the Club. Renovations included the placement of a new granite stone that will be engraved with those that have served in the “War on Terror”. Additional renovations included; all new slate walkways, refurbished benches, upgraded lighting, and complete new landscaping.
A special thanks to Carson Valley School for continued use of their grounds for this memorial.
The Springfield Rotary Club would also like to acknowledge the local businesses that contributed their time and labor to the renovation effort:
Scott’s Tree Service | S.Vechione Paving & Excavation | Littleton Masonry | Dan Collins Painting | Durkin Associates | Gallagher Memorials | Denny Electric | Signs By Tomorrow | Helwig Wood Works | Mongan Property Services | Kreilick Conservation | Rittenhouse Lumber | Frank Duff Electrical Services | Laurel Hill Gardens
“Oh if that bell could talk,” stated Rotarian Frank Duff on examining a brass bell at a the Club’s Board meeting. The bell was recently returned to the club, no one had seen it since the late 1950s or early sixties when it was created to honor the Charter Members of the Rotary Club of Springfield Township. The club was chartered in 1957.
Where the bell has been and how it came to be back in the club’s possession is an interesting story. Using the Contact Our Rotary Club link on this website, Anna Maye Sigel an Inactive member of the Hancock, MD Rotary Club, reached out to ask if we’d be interested in getting a brass bell with the names of our Charter Members back? Club President Roseann Nyiri answered Anna Maye and said she’d love to get the bell back. It seems Anna Maye’s brother frequents yard sales and flea markets found the bell. When he saw it was “Rotarian” he passed it along to his sister. She did some research and narrowed it down to our club. Anna Maye went out of her way to package up the bell and ship it from Walfordsburg, PA to Roseann. Anna Maye may be inactive, but she’s truly a Rotarian at heart. Thank you Anna Maye!
The Bell lists all the Charter Members of the Springfield Rotary Club. As of October 2011, Walter S. King and Robert L. Mohr remain the only living Charter Members of our Club.
- Norbert J. Puerta
- David A. Johnston
- Thomas J. Timoney
- Hood van den Arend
- Godfrey R. Sauter
- Rex E. Lothrop
- Edward A. Baumgart
- Pearce M. Gabell
- LaRue Lunger
- Robert L. Mohr
- Walther S. King
- William J. Winters
- John J. McGettigan
- Edward L. Feilke
- William A. Nye
- Lewis E. Hatch
- John A. McNichol
- John M. Collyer
- William R. Walton, Jr.
- John J. Fleming, Jr.
- C. LeRoy Sibre
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.
More information on Shelter Box.
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.”