Optimists host TFBT director

TROY — Natalie Rohlfs is a homegrown Troy Trojan, with a journalism/public relations degree from Ohio University. Her experience for more than a decade has been in the field of higher education advancement, where she has made scholarship and programming fundraising, development, community and donor relations and communication her passion. With strong family roots in Troy, she continues to serve her Troy community through her volunteer work with her church, Troy schools and St. Patrick Catholic School.

Rohlfs’ husband, Brad, teaches at Van Cleve School and her daughters attend Forest Elementary, where she serves at the PTO president. In her third month as the executive director of The Future Begins Today, she is already committed to bringing enrichment programs and scholarship opportunities to Troy students so they can reach their educational and personal potential.

The Future Begins Today Board announced that Natalie Rohlfs has been named the executive director of the 22-year-old program that supports the education of Troy students.

“I’ve been privileged to see the many opportunities that the program (TFBT) has offered our Troy students. It is my hope that these opportunities will become something that many more families can experience,” Rohlfs said.

She began the transition process with previous director Cheryl Cotner in October 2015 and assumed the executive director position in December 2015.

To learn more about supporting The Future Begins Today and the opportunities that it provides, visit www.thefuturebeginstoday.org . The Future Begins Today is a non-profit organization that partners with the Troy City Schools to provide additional programs and support for students to succeed. TFBT also provides college grants for students who otherwise might not view post-secondary education as an option.

The Troy Noon Optimist Club has been supporting the youth of Troy for 60 years. The club motto is “Bringing out the Best in Kids.” 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 Jr. and Sr. 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.