Rotary exceeds goal at festival

TROY — The 2015 Troy Strawberry Festival proved to be the best one ever for strawberry lemonade shake-up sales at the Troy Rotary booth during the June 6-7 event.

“We sold more drinks this year than in 2012, which had been a record-breaking one for the club,” said booth co-chair Lisa Winterhalter, noting that sales were up over 20 percent compared to their annual average.

The great weather played a key role in encouraging people to come to the festival and to quench their thirst with the freshly made drinks, she said.

“We are very thankful to everyone who stopped by and purchased a Rotary shake-up,” Winterhalter said.

The festival is truly a community effort as Winterhalter also expressed her thanks to global management consulting firm, TriVista, for making a truck available to Rotary volunteers as they transported booth properties and drink supplies throughout the weekend.

Relying on club members and Interact students from Troy High School, the booth was shaking and selling drinks from open until close both days.

“Annually, this is our biggest fundraiser,” said Gavin Fielden, co-chair of the booth. “What’s most exciting is that the community will benefit from the proceeds of shake-up sales throughout the upcoming 2015-16 Rotary year.”

Proceeds are used to provide financial support to the Interact Club and other projects Rotary sponsors. The funds also enable the club to respond to unforeseen community needs. Recently, Rotary donated money to the Troy Carbon Monoxide Detector Fund to help with the purchase and installation of lifesaving CO alarms for residents who are served by the Troy Fire Department.

In addition to the festival booth, Rotary supports several programs and provides scholarships to area students. In May, the club announced that Troy High School graduates Luke Oaks and Collin Moeller each received $1,000 scholarships to help defray the cost of their college tuition in the fall. In 2013-14, Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, distributed more than $11,000 in community aid and scholarships.

To learn more about Rotary programs and membership, visit Follow the club’s activities on their Troy Rotary Club Facebook page.