On March 16, 2012, Bellaire/Southwest Houston Rotary gifted its namesake city with an elegant new landmark: a fifteen-and-a-half foot clock tower that now graces the central intersection of Bellaire Boulevard and S. Rice Avenue in the heart of Bellaire’s Paseo Park.  "We're extremely proud to be able to do this for our wonderful community," club spokesperson, attorney Nan Wagoner said. "The inscription, ‘It’s always time for service above self’, on the commemorative plaque is a Rotary reminder of the importance of community spirit in keeping Bellaire the great place to live and work that it has become - - and it's also the motto that Bellaire Rotarians try to live into every day," she added. 
 
With a $25,000 price tag, the old world clock represents the service group's major community donation for this Rotary Year and is both a useful and lasting monument that will be enjoyed for many generations.  On hand for Clock Tower Installation Day were BSWH Rotarians Matt Lopez, Bellaire Assistant Chief of Police Byron Holloway, David Truran of Keller Williams Realty, club president Ed Seale, Tradition Bank CEO Craig Wooten, Judy Harwell, financial planner Surpris Cherazard, CPA Ralph Rieger, and Trung Doan, founder of StudioRed architects, who designed and orchestrated the placement.
 
The black metal clock tower weighs approximately 500 pounds and features gold leaf accents, with a lighted face that makes it visible both day and night to passersby on Bellaire’s major traffic artery. It has massive concrete footings, and landscaping surrounding the installation will be completed before a formal dedication ceremony is held later this Spring.

Rotary club projects are funded with money donated and raised by Rotarians, and this year's Annual Bellaire Rotary Fish Fry Fundraiser is scheduled from 6-10pm on April 21 at Bellaire City Hall. "We're hoping for an excellent turnout this San Jacinto Day." "We encourage everyone to come for a terrific time and to bid generously on our superb auction items," Wagoner said. Tickets to the April 21 fundraiser are $25 per person and may be purchased on the club website at bellairesw.org, where sponsorship and auction donations also may be made. $20 raffle-only tickets are available online for door-prize drawings for a large-screen television with home sound system and an IPad.

Bellaire / Southwest Houston Rotary is one of 60 Rotary clubs with more than 3,000 service-minded volunteers in the Greater Houston Area that provide charitable and humanitarian services worldwide and promote goodwill both locally and around the globe. More information about Bellaire Rotary membership and projects may be found online at www.bellairesw.org

For more information/larger or original photo files, contact F. Nan Wagoner, 713-668-5680, wagoner@wagonerlaw.com, Wagoner Burgert LLP Law Offices, 5202 Spruce, Bellaire, TX 77401.