AUBURN- The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club is leaving as a lasting legacy in the joint communities – a four-sided street clock, located at Festival Plaza in Auburn.

Feb. 23, 2005, marks Rotary’s 100-year celebration of “Service Above Self.” Nearly 100 years ago, Rotary grew from a group of four Chicago professionals into a worldwide service organization of more than 1 million members. In 2003 clubs worldwide launched a diverse range of centennial projects designed to fill a need in their communities, spotlight the club’s good works over time and tell the world about Rotary’s history.

One of the four founders of Rotary was Hiram Shorey, who lived in Litchfield. The Hiram E. Shorey Family History Center at the Town Office in Litchfield was dedicated on July 24.

One of Rotary’s goals is to eradicate polio by the year 2005. This commitment began in 1979, and by 1988 Rotarians had raised $248 million. By the time the world is certified polio-free, Rotary’s contributions will exceed $600 million.

Locally the club raises in excess of $10,000 for six scholarship programs and community support such as the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Susan Curtis, the Liberty Festival, Lots to Gardens, Classy Lady and Listen, a youth anti-drug education program.

The clock project funding was shared by three administration: Sylvia Plourde, Paul Lacombe and President Jan Barrett. The plaque states, “Rotary International, 100 Years of Service Above Self,’ donated by the, Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club, 1905-2005.


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