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.
DUE TO LOWER THAN EXPECTED TICKET SALES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
The Springfield Township Rotary Club Super 3000 Committee met to plan this years next upcoming fundraiser. The Club has run this very successful and fun filled evening in the past. This years event is no exception and will take place around St. Patty’s Day, Saturday, March 15th, 2014 CANCELED at Sandy Run Country Club. 100 tickets will be sold for $100 each, and can be requested below.
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.
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.
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.
On November 11, 2012, The Rotary Club of Springfield Township proudly re-dedicated a new portion of the Flourtown-Erdenheim Warm Memorial along Bethlehem Pike (across from the Black Horse Inn). The new portion of the memorial which will eventually list veterans of the War of Terror was dedicated in honor of Korean War Veteran and Charter Rotary Club Member, the late, Thomas J. Timoney.