SPRINGFIELD, NJ - At Tuesday's rotary club meeting, Springfield Rotarians heard from a long-time town resident and volunteer.

Gerry Gebauer, American Legion Post 228 Commander and Springfield First Aid Squad volunteer was on hand to present his story to the group. Gebauer briefly ran down the highlights of his life, including being drafted during the Vietnam War, which led to his involvement in the American Legion.

Upon joining post 228, Gebauer recounted some of the notable people he had met at the Legion post, including long-time member Ray Schramm, who served as group historian for many years. He also recounted some of the current activities the group does, including handing out poppies in remembrance of Memorial Day.

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Additionally, he also mentioned the first aid squad, a group where he has volunteered for 40 years. Gebauer also made note of Dan Kalem, the late rotary and first aid squad member who was recently honored by having his name affixed to the crew room at the first aid building.

Speaking with TAPinto Springfield after the meeting, Gebauer said that in presenting to the rotary club, he got a better idea of how intertwined the various groups in town are.

"Certainly, from my perspective, it means that all the organizations in Springfield are kind of interconnected," Gebauer said. "You know people in rotary, people in the first aid squad and it turns out they know each other as well. So I think that's very nice to know that Springfield, especially has so many people who are so involved in the town.