AVON – Today is the day. The Avon Lions Club delivered an ornate pole clock to the outside of Circle Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International.
The Lions’ generosity installed the clock on a small grass triangle just outside the circle at half the expected cost to the Village and Town.
“The Village and Town each contributed $2,500 towards the project rather than the $5,000 that we originally asked for because the community was so generous to our fundraisers,” said Jim Carney, Centennial Clock Chairman. “We had some large contributors and small donations from our membership totaling $12,000.”
Carney said that the last $5,000 for the project came from the Lions Club itself.
“That was a minimal cost to the Club because our mission is still focused on service,” said Carney.
Lions Club International asked local clubs across the country to organize small centennial projects. The Avon Lions Club is turning 65 this year.
“The completion of this project will provide the community with a beautiful timepiece in the center of the Village and will be a hallmark sight within Avon, just like the Circle Monument, the Five Arch Bridge and the White Horse have been, for years to come,” said the Lions Club in a press release. “The clock also will serve as a reminder of the important work that Lions Clubs International has done for their communities and the world for the past 100 years and the service the Avon Lions Club has provided locally for the past 65 years.”
“The installation of the Centennial Clock is the culmination of almost a year and a half of planning and fundraising to provide this visible gift to the community that not only commemorates Lions Clubs’ centennial, but serves as a testament of the 65 years of dedicated service of the Avon Lions Club to the Avon community. In another 65 years, when most current Lions are gone, the clock will still be standing tall as a symbol of the 135 years that the Avon Lions, and 165 years Lions Clubs International, will have been living the Lions motto, ‘We Serve'” said Carney.
The 16 1/2 foot post clock is manufactured by the Verdin Bells & Clocks Co. out of Cincinnati, OH.
In the spring, a plaque will be placed thanking the significant donors who made the project a reality.
Star Headlight, Gray Metal Products and White Horse Auto each gave $5,000. Generous donations also came from DP Tool, Barilla, Lattimore Physical Therapy and Bank of Castile.