Salem Lutheran Annual Day of Community Service


On Sunday, September 11th, thirty-five members of the Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church spent their afternoon performing community service at the Willow Waterhole Greenway.   They put thirty-four plants in the ground at the Rafferty Memorial Wetlands (Blue Flag Iris, Dwarf Palmetto, and Bald Cypress), picked up litter, moved mulched, and pruned trees.    Members also took canoes recently purchased by the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy out on Westbury Lake for their inaugural voyage!

George Zemanek, Bob Ellet, and Randy Ditmore organized and led the community service project for the Church congregation.   Bill Burhans, Ralph Rieger, and Valerie and Ray Runge from the WWGC planned and supervised the tasks.  

Mr. Rieger, President of the WWGC, said “I would like to thank Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church members for their continued support in the development and maintenance of the Greenway.   They come out each year in the heat and perform much needed work, we depend on volunteers like them to improve this wonderful community asset. “

George Zemanek remarked “Working together at Willow Waterhole was a great way to build community. Until we began planning this project, some of us had no idea that Houston even had such a treasure! I'm glad that the members of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church were able to come together and help out. Some of us drive by here often and it will be great to see things like the blue flag irises growing and know that we helped make it happen."