Rotary unveils new clock downtown

Published 2:33 pm Tuesday, October 25, 2022

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The Washington Rotary Club unveiled a new clock in downtown Washington on Friday, Oct. 21. It celebrates their centennial anniversary. The anniversary was actually in 2020, but the project was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and a merger of the Washington Rotary Club with the Washington Sunrise Rotary Club. 


The clock is located at the intersection of Gladden and West Main Streets at the entryway of Stewarts Parkway. It was a gift to the City of Washington from the club. It is four-sided and in an antique style.  


At the unveiling, the Honorable Tom Payne spoke. He is a retired Beaufort County Clerk of Court and a former Rotary District 7720 Governor. Washington Mayor, Donald Sadler accepted the clock on behalf of the city. The Hon. Sam Grimes began the removal of the covering from the clock. Judge Grimes is the longest tenured member of the Washington Rotary Club and is the grandson of founding member and first vice president of the club, Junius D. Grimes. After, Club President Charlie Manning and others including Sam Grimes and Mayor Sadler removed the covering from the clock. 


The clock features the Rotary logo and motto which states “Service Above Self.” It commemorates a century of service to the community by the Rotary club.