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Rappahannock Rotary makes timely donation
Rotary club dedicates $15,000 clock to UMW

 The Rappahannock Rotary Club dedicated the Eagle Village clock to the University of Mary Washington.
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Date published: 11/4/2011

BY JEFF BRANSCOME

The Rappahannock Rotary Club dedicated a $15,000 clock to the University of Mary Washington this week in celebration of the club's 25th anniversary.

The 16-foot, four-sided clock was placed at the university's Eagle Village shopping center--across U.S. 1 from the Fredericksburg campus--in late September. It's at the end of the development's main entrance road, across from Salad Creations.

The Rotary club's anniversary was actually last year, but it took longer than expected for the clock to be delivered.

"This is a beautiful clock, and it's very meaningful," said Marty Wilder, chief of staff to UMW President Rick Hurley. "As you know, one of President Hurley's main goals is to connect with the community, to engage and to be a part of the greater Rappahannock region."

Hurley, who is a Rotarian, wasn't at the event because he is out of the country on a fundraising trip.

The clock has a plaque that states it was given to UMW by the Rappahannock Rotary Club.

Some speakers at Wednesday's dedication noted the hotel the UMW Foundation, a private nonprofit, plans to open at Eagle Village in summer 2013.

"With a hotel coming up and with students and faculty and parents coming through, what better way for them to see about Rotary," Rappahannock Rotary Club President Janet Brown said in an interview.

Rick Pearce, a Rotarian and UMW's vice president for administration and finance, said the Fredericksburg school has always had employees in the Rappahannock Rotary Club.

"We've been hosting events for Rotary since it started back in 1985," Pearce said.

In her remarks at the dedication, Brown said she hopes the clock will be a "reminder to our community that our Rotary club seeks to serve them through our projects."

"We further hope that when the students, faculty and staff of the University of Mary Washington see the clock, it will remind them of the long-term relationship between the university and our Rotary club," she said.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402
Email: jbranscome@freelancestar.com