As they have for more than a decade, Troy Rotarians will pick up trash and debris along a two-mile stretch of St. Rt. 55 East in Troy on Saturday, 3 October 2015 at 9 AM. Club members gather to clean up the roadway at least twice a year. John Haller, program chair, estimates they fill 25 trash bags each time and often find interesting items such as a large roll of baling wire and various pieces of clothing.
This semiannual community project is part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) “Adopt-a-Highway” program managed by the Division of Operations. ODOT rolled out the first project in 1989 following suggestions made by citizens to make Ohio a cleaner, and more scenic, state. Since then, more than 1,400 groups, prison inmates and ODOT employees have worked to police highways across Ohio. Volunteers receive training, trash bags, disposable safety vests and two road signs to mark the section of highway being cleaned. For more information on the program, or to become a volunteer, visit www.dot.state.oh.us and select the Division of Operations.
Troy Rotarians, the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several projects each year. Together, they distributed over $16,000 in scholarships, program support and community aid in 2014-15. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about membership, visit their Web site at www.troyohiorotary.org.