Siler speaks to Optimists

TROY — The Troy Noon Optimist Club was entertained with a presentation about the new changes coming to the Hobart Arena, during their recent weekly Monday lunch meeting at La Piazza.

Siler, manager of the Hobart Arena announced that the physical floor space will increase from 51,000 square feet to 77,000 square feet, allowing for better pedestrian flow throughout the venue, including modifications to the main corridor, increasing the number of concession stands and moving them to the exterior of the corridor and a significant increase in the number of restroom fixtures throughout the venue.

A Troy High School Graduate, Siler is managing Hobart Arena during one of the most exciting times since it was constructed. The arena has not gone through any major functional improvements since its last renovation in the late 1990s. In addition to the concession and restroom improvements, a multipurpose room will be added to better accommodate events and will also be available for rent. Upgraded dressing rooms will be added to the north end of the building along with other back of house functions such as storage and maintenance areas. This is a real tribute to the original planners noting that even though the venue is now 65 years old, it is still a viable venue that will continue to provide the community with many more years of service. The construction is planned to be completed by December 2016. In the meantime, business is as usual. All of the scheduled events will continue to take place around construction.

The Troy Noon Optimist Club has been supporting the youth of Troy for 59 years. A few of the service projects that the club is involved in include sponsoring the Hometown Halloween Parade and Costume Contest, the Hometown Holiday Celebration, our own “Avenue of Flags” and the Troy Noon Optimists Strawberry Festival Booth. Our “Avenue of Flags” program provides the majority of our funds to support our five scholarships awarded yearly to Troy graduates and allows us to continue our Troy Noon Optimists Oratorical Contest for Junior and Senior High students.

It also gives us the ability to provide support for kids programs like The Lincoln Center, Girl Scouts, Destination Imagination, Sheriff’s Summer Youth Camp, Brukner Nature Center, Kids Read Now, and many others. I am honored to be a part of this enthusiastic group that is contributing to all the great things that make Troy one of America’s Best Communities!”