Welcome to Spring-Ford Rotary!
Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
 
We are very proud of the positive impact that the Spring-Ford Rotary Club is making toward a better community here and a around the world.  
 
While we are constantly working on projects to help our community, our larger signature events include the Annual Pancake Breakfast Buffet and our annual Adopt-A-Family program, both of which help numerous local organizations and families.
 
Our annual Limerick Uncorked Festival is quickly becoming a must-attend event, with thousands of participants local wineries and brewers, great music and artisan craft vendors. This event enables us to provide funding for even more needed projects and local organizations.
 
While our focus is on helping our community, we are also a fun, energetic group of area business professionals. Our weekly meetings provide an opportunity for us to listen to interesting speakers from many local organizations, and to build strong, long-lasting friendships. Due to COVID-19, we're currently meeting online via Zoom.
 
We welcome all who would like to join our efforts to continue making our community a better place to live and work.
Limerick Uncorked Festival
 
We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday October 1st. Come out to enjoy complimentary samples from local wineries, breweries and distillers. Feast from an incredible selection of food trucks offering delicious cuisine, shop from local artisan vendors and enjoy the music from local bands all day long. All proceeds from the festival are donated to local non-profits, so come to celebrate for a great cause.
 
 
 
 
 
Our Signature Events
      Adopt-A-Family    
 
   Pancake Breakfast   
 
 
Limerick Uncorked Festival
 
 
 
 
The Spring Ford Rotary Club is pleased to offer a Corporate Membership Option.
 
This flexible program allows multiple employees of an organization to share a membership.
 
Perfect For…
  • Professionals interested in helping our community, but struggle with the weekly meeting commitment.
  • Organizations who want to have a stronger presence in the community.
  • Small business owners with limited time.
Corporate Membership Program
This flexible program allows multiple employees of an organization to share a membership.

Includes…
  • All Rotary dues and lunch expenses
  • Ad placement on our website
  • Tickets to our annual Night Out and Changeover dinners
  • 10 tickets to Pancake Breakfast
  • 10 Pancake Breakfast Raffle Tickets
  • Pancake Breakfast Placemat Ad
  • Bronze sponsorship recognition for the annual Limerick Uncorked Festival
  • Ability to name two alternate members to allow your business to continue to be represented when schedule conflicts arise
 
Weekly lunch is for one member. Additional member visiting on same day will be billed as a guest.
 
Help us keep our community a great place to live and work! Visit Us and Join Today!
 
 
Spring-Ford Area

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Luciano's Pizzeria & Ristorante
112 W Ridge Pike
Royersford, PA 19468
United States of America
Spring-Ford Rotary News
Congratulations are in order.....2022 Citizen of the Year......is awarded to the first woman elected Mayor of Royersford, Mayor Jenna!   What an astounding woman....Jenna juggles so many responsibilities with great success and makes it look effortless.   The Spring-Ford Area Rotary presented Mayor Jenna with her plaque at our 8/17 lunch meet at Luciano's.....If you don't know Mayor Jenna, as I did not, check out her list of many accomplishments and her ever fresh Facebook page....
I got to sit and chat with Jim Oehlert, and his lovely bride, Beverly at their beautiful home in Limerick.  We sat outside, under the gazebo overlooking a "Jim" built Koi pond with about 100 fish of various shapes and sizes in it...This couple is the stuff dreams are made of.....They complete each other's sentences and smile at each other....They are truly in love after 59 years!  But, let's start at the beginning...James Oehlert "Jim" was born and raised in Limerick Township with one brother and one sister....Mom and Dad were of German decent...His Dad started Oehlert Brothers Oil Company and their first delivery was 12/24/48!  As a boy, Jim went to a one-room schoolhouse that housed eight grades of learning....and believe it or not, Jim walked one mile to get to school!  True story!  In first and second grade, the schoolhouse had an outhouse, no electricity, and a pot belly stove for heat!   Another true story!!  In seventh grade, Jim attended Royersford Junior/Senior High School, which still stands on Washington Street in Royersford.   In 1957, Jim attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA. He also started young in his volunteering career, he was a member of the National Guard for six years. In 1960, Jim was set up on a blind date, which would change his life forever...He had the top down on his candy apple red Austin Healey Sprite, preparing to take a young lady named Beverly out to Specht's Chicken....after driving 3 miles, Beverly asked that he put the top back up...the wind was messing up her hair!   Ever since then, Jim has been making sure Beverly is well taken care of!   They got engaged after 2 years of dating....Jim drove from Harrisburg on her birthday, 8/15, and proposed! They were married the year after, in 1963.  Beverly attended Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing...and at that time, the three-year program with room/board, meals, books, etc. was $500 for the three years!!!!    Jim went to work with his father in the oil delivery business in 1962, working from 7:30 - 5:30 delivering oil!  Jim and Beverly have a daughter, Sandra, and son, Steve, along with 4 grandchildren ages 26 - 30.   Beverly worked part-time teaching a nursing curriculum at St. Joe's, then worked as the Director of Counselling at Ursinus...As their children grew, Jim and Beverly believed in educational and enriching vacations.....They participated in many Road Scholar/Elderhostel programs, exploring such places as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Utah, Alaska, Galveston, Sweden and Hawaii.....Now, Jim is retired from the business, since 2015....He then handed it down to his son, Steve to run.   And, Beverly took care of her Mom for five years til she passed.  Jim and Beverly have lived 46 years in Limerick Township...Jim is an avid "birder" and gardener....amoung the lush landscaping Jim created, they have three ponds. Giving more of his time, Jim also completes 20 hours of volunteer work annually for the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Group!   One of Jim's passions was running....he ran in 369 races from 1978 - 2017...to name a few, the Broad Street Run, and the Marine Corp. Marathon in Washington, DC...He could run a 5K in under 20 minutes...WOW....when I posed the question of "what is in your bucket list"....Beverly answered quickly....."I wish I would have traveled more"...Jim said, "I'd like to do a Viking cruise" !   This time I shared with the Oehlerts' was relaxing and so enjoyable.   
Let me introduce my new friend, Vince Raffeo….
Vincenzo Raffeo was born to immigrants from Sicily, Italy…they came to America through Philadelphia and settled in Norristown on 759 Sandy Street….Vince was the youngest of eleven kids, six boys and five girls!  In those days, there was a midwife who delivered the babies….and that midwife would get the birth paperwork to the Catholic Church….thereby, setting the baby’s birth date.  It might not have been the true birth date, but, possibly months after!   Now, Vince happens to be the only remaining family member left!   His Mother, Lena, was a guiding force in young Vince’s life….he thought she was the most beautiful woman in the world, with red hair and green eyes.  His love for his Mother grew into the loving traits he instills to this day in helping women in business and the community…But, tragically, at the age of 53, Lena passed away from leukemia when Vince was 10 years old. 
I met with Gene Krasley at his home in Limerick Township....I could not help but notice the collection of Hess Trucks!   Gene is an avid collector, although he assured me that he is "downsizing" his collection and that now he only has his favorites....Gene was born and raised in beautiful, downtown Royersford!   He had one sister, Mary and three brothers, Art, Bud and Jack, all of which are deceased,...leaving a very empty space in Gene's life.  I came to find out, during our conversation that Gene holds his family in the highest regard.
 
Ed Nugent agreed to sit down with me this past week, and I could not have enjoyed our meeting more....Let me tell you about Ed.......Ed was born and raised in Elizabeth, NJ in 1929 in an Irish and German household, as a middle child with two sisters.   In first grade, he met his future wife, a young Irish girl named Ann Celeste....they grew up in the same community and went to the same church.  As a young man, Ed enlisted in the military with four of his hometown buddies.  He served in the 25th Division, the 27th infantry regiment.  His company was relieving troops coming out of the Philippines during the Japanese occupation in WWII.  Ed came out of the service and attended Seton Hall College on the GI bill.  At one point, Ed and his friends threw a party in a local hall to celebrate coming back from the War, and guess who was in a corner....Ann Celeste...Ed and Ann got together and married at 22! 

Stampede-Of-Business-PeopleWe would love to have you visit!

We all have busy schedules.  We all run everywhere we go.  In the end there is no better feeling then giving of yourself for your neighbor.  Our club is a great group of people from all walks of life.  I'm sure there are 3-4 people just like you in our membership.  We all have the same goal.  Promote Rotary and help each other.  Take a few minutes to read over and watch some of the information on our site.  The internet is wonderful tool.  You can see what Rotary is all about.  Feel free to come and visit us at our meetings above.  If you have any questions, please drop any of us an e-mail.  Hope to see you for lunch!

Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
Rotary Foundation
Membership
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Interact Liason
Director 2
Director 3 - No succession
Senior Board Member
Director 1
Sergeant-at-Arms
 
Speakers
Linda Mayger
Oct 05, 2022 12:30 PM
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Kristine Parks, MA
Oct 12, 2022 12:31 PM
Skeleton Key genealogy DNA
Isaac Pedroza
Oct 19, 2022 12:19 PM
New Member Classification
Tom Smith and Erin Cohen
Oct 26, 2022 12:30 PM
Rotary Direct/Paul Harris Presentation
Veterans' Day Honors
Nov 09, 2022
Veterans' Day

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