TROY ROTARY AND INTERACT CLUBS TO SHAKE THINGS UP AT FESTIVAL
May 14, 2015
TROY, OHIO < 14 May 2015> Visitors to the 39th annual Troy Strawberry Festival can quench their thirst at Troy Rotary Club’s Strawberry Lemonade Shake-up booth and enjoy a freshly squeezed beverage created when it’s ordered. This year, the booth will be located in the Square on Main Street and will face the fountain. “We are excited to be part of the festival again,” said Lisa Winterhalter, Rotarian and co-chair of the booth. “It’s a great time to meet people and work with the Interact students on their service project,” she noted.
The Interact Club is offered at Troy High School and is sponsored by Rotary. Designed for youth ages 15-18, Interact is a global program that provides opportunities for members to perform community service projects and improve international understanding. “These students take their service projects very seriously,” explained John Frigge, Rotarian and Interact Club advisor, “and they look forward to helping at the festival every year,” he said.
Proceeds from the sales of the strawberry lemonade shake-ups benefit the Troy area in a number of ways. “Annually, Rotary uses part of the proceeds to help the Interact Club and to provide assistance when there is a community need,” shared Tom Giere, Rotary treasurer and co-owner of Nolan, Giere & Company. “Just recently, we donated money to the Troy Carbon Monoxide Detector Fund to help with the purchase and installation of lifesaving CO alarms,” he added. This is the program that was established by the City of Troy, the Lincoln Community Center, Partners in Hope, and The Troy Foundation in response to the tragedy that happened in February. It makes combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms available to residents who are served by the Troy Fire Department. “Rotary is honored to help keep area families safe,” said Giere.
In addition to the festival booth, the Troy Rotary Club supports several programs and provides scholarships to area students. In 2013-14, Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, distributed more than $11,000 in community aid and scholarships.
Follow the club’s activities on their Troy Rotary Club Facebook page.