Posted on Jul 04, 2015
Serving up some delicious treats
Members of Rotary Club of New Berlin served up slices of tasty, juicy watermelon during New Berlin's 4th of July Celebration at Malone Park.
The annual event, held July 2-4, offers fun, food and entertainment for the whole family.
This is the third year that Rotary Club of New Berlin has offered watermelon. Pictured are just three of the many people who helped out: Rotarians Dale Worden (left), Tom Fuszard and Pat McLaughlin. Sales were hampered on Thursday and Friday (2nd and 3rd) due to the cooler temps. But things really heated up on Saturday. With the thermometer topping 80 degrees, customers lined up all day and night.
We went through a record 29 watermelons during the three-day event, and served more than 230 plates! The warm weather on Saturday helped, of course, but those watermelon slices were a refreshing, nutritious and inexpensive treat for fair goers of all ages.
Our watermelon booth is the brainchild of Dale Worden. A certified public accountant and our second longest-serving member (he joined in July 1971), Worden felt it would be important for the club to show its support for New Berlin. "Our club should be involved at the [4th of July Celebration]," he says, reflecting on his thoughts in 2012.  The idea wasn't as much to raise money as to promote the club. Proceeds from this event were added to our general donation fund.
We'd like to extend a hearty "thank you" to all the Rotarians and friends who assisted during this event. And a special "thank you" to Dale for organizing this event and manning the table the entire time. That's quite an effort.