The Rotary Club of Lakeland marked its 100th birthday today with the dedication of a decorative, 17-foot clock near Lake Mirror that the club has donated to the city of Lakeland. The clock with illuminated faces on four sides stands on a pedestal at the top of the hill that forms the Lake Mirror Amphitheater.

One of three plaques being placed at its base dedicates the clock to the memory of Publix Super Markets founder George Jenkins, the Lakeland Rotary Club‘s first Paul Harris Fellow. The other plaques include a dedication and Rotary International’s 4-Way Test.

The Jenkins family was represented at Thursday’s ceremony by Barney  Barnett, a son-in-law of the Publix founder.

The clock was manufactured by Verdin Bells and Clocks of Cincinnati.

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