It’s ‘Rotary time’ in town

New clock gift resplendent in downtown 100 Mile House

Rotary Club of 100 Mile House members and representatives from Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett's office and the 100 Mile Community Hall turned out for the official unveiling of the new Rotary Clock on Nov. 20.

Rotary Club of 100 Mile House members and representatives from Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett's office and the 100 Mile Community Hall turned out for the official unveiling of the new Rotary Clock on Nov. 20.

Some 40 people gathered in front of the 100 Mile Community Hall when the Rotary Club of 100 Mile House unveiled an impressive Rotary Clock on Nov. 20.

The formal presentation of its gift to the community was intentionally held on the 38th anniversary of the club’s inception.

“It is 100 Mile House’s clock because the town supports us for all the fundraising we do, which then goes right back into the community for causes like this,” said Rotary club president Craig Lee. “It’s a full circle.”

He explained past president Maureen Pinkney had come up with the original idea for a town Rotary Clock and worked for three years to bring it to a reality.

“Maureen is the lady who deserves a hand because she has been the point person on this, she has followed it through to completion.”

Pinkney noted the local Rotary club has continued to give back to the community through many student scholarships and donations to a wide range of organizations since 1976.

“Facilities, such as Creekside Seniors Activity Centre and the Horse Lake Training Centre that the cadets are in, would not exist today if it was not for this Rotary club … we really believe in giving back.

“Now, we want everyone to focus on our Rotary time,” she joked.

Pinkney added the fundraising for the clock ($10,000) included its annual Lobsterfest event, and facilitated a matching grant from Rotary International District 5040 ($9,500).

“The District of 100 Mile House provided the concrete base for the tower, and it will do the maintenance.”

Mayor Mitch Campsall thanked the Rotary club for the clock and for all the club does for the community.

Lee passed his thanks back to the District for its own contributions.