Salisbury in Rowan County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Salisbury Rotary Club
Salisbury History & Art Trail
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June 15, 1920—First formal meeting, installation of local officers, and presentation of its charter from Rotary International was held on the roof garden of the Wallace Building (now The Plaza).
The need to build a separate high school was the impetus for 22 men to band together, form a civic club and affiliate with Rotary International. Because of their efforts, the $500,000 bond issue passed and Boyden High School (now known as Salisbury High School) became a reality. In 1925 the club led the local drive to raise $150,000 toward the endowment needed to ensure Catawba College's relocation from Newton to Salisbury.
Through the 1940s, the club promoted agricultural growth. They presented Guernsey cows to yough and helped establish a creamery in town which boosted Rowan County's dairy interests.
From their earlier earlier emphasis on educational and rural affairs, Rotarians expanded their involvement to include all facets of local life. Throughout its history the club, composed of business and professional persons, has been in the forefront of numerous civic endeavors, has awarded scholarships
Erected by Salisbury History & Art Trail.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Education • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 15, 1925.
Location. 35° 40.065′ N, 80° 28.206′ W. Marker is in Salisbury, North Carolina, in Rowan County. Marker is on West Innes Street just west of South Main Street (U.S. 29/70), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 W Innes St, Salisbury NC 28144, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boone Trail 1769 (within shouting distance of this marker); Hinton Rowan Helper (within shouting distance of this marker); William Valentine (within shouting distance of this marker); John Willis Ellis (within shouting distance of this marker); Salisbury Fire Dept. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); J.C. Deagan Tubular Bell Tower Chimes (about 400 feet away); Rowan County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Washington’s Tour of the Southern States (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salisbury.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.