Indigenous waterfowl display to adorn fountain originally commissioned by Rotary Club in 2002; Club’s anniversary date to be proclaimed “Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Day” by Mayor’s office
February 29, 2020 – CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Rotary Club of Charleston marked the 100th Anniversary of its formation as a club on Saturday, February 29 with the dedication of a bronze sculpture display that will adorn the famed “Rotary Fountain” in Marion Square. The event featured a proclamation by the office of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg honoring the date as “Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Day.” Visiting Charleston fof the occasion were District 7770 District Governor Johnny Moore, as well as Past Rotary International Vice President Anne Mathews. Representatives from the Washington Light Infantry and Sumter Guard, which own Marion Square, were also be on hand.
The statue was designed by well-known wildlife artist Scott Penegar and features animals indigenous to the Lowcountry. The art will be mounted on the fountain that welcomes visitors at the southwest corner (King & Calhoun Streets) of Marion Square, a feature originally commissioned by the Rotary Club in 2002. The Charleston Rotary Club has a long history of beautifying Marion Square, dating back to the 1940s when it helped install plants and trees to upgrade the popular gathering spot.
The addition to Marion Square is part of the club’s 100th Anniversary celebration activities. A gala dinner was held immediately following the sculpture’s dedication at The Francis Marion Hotel, itself a beneficiary of Rotary’s community largesse when the club helped secure capital for construction of the hotel in the 1920s. The gala featured special addresses from PJ Browning, Publisher of the Post and Courier as well as Ms. Matthews, a past vice president of Rotary International, both of whom spoke about the impact Rotary has had locally and worldwide.
Additional recognition of the Rotary Club’s 100th Year of Community Service in Charleston includes:
- A $50,000 grant by the club to the Charleston Police Department to assist in the creation of a Leadership Development Institute
- The publication of an updated version of the club’s official history book, edited by Rotarian and noted journalist Andy Brack.
- A retrospective video on the impact of Rotary in Charleston, including its role in helping start the local chapter of the Boy Scouts, the Trident United Way, the Charles Webb Center, and The Coastal Community Foundation.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. We connect 1.2 million members from more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. More information can be found at www.rotary.org
The Rotary Club of Charleston, founded in 1920, is comprised of business and civic leaders who are dedicated to making an impact through service and support of important initiatives both locally and internationally. www.charleston-rotary.org