Vero Beach in Indian River County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
On February 23, 2005, the five Rotary Clubs of Indian River County joined together to break ground on this Centennial Fountain.
The fountain was built to commemorate Rotary International’s 100th Anniversary and revive the original Rotary Fountain built on this site in early 1931.
The first fountain was a public drinking fountain made of coquina rock, erected by the Rotary Club of Vero Beach as a tribute to Charles H. Pettibone, Doctor of Divinity and retired congregational minister from Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Pettibone was instrumental in the organization of both the Community Church and the First Rotary Club in Vero Beach, serving as the first minister of Community Church in 1924 and as the first president of the Rotary Club of Vero Beach, chartered on June 9,1926. He remained a member of the club of Vero Beach until his passing in May 1929.
A dedication of the original fountain, faced with a plaque honoring Dr. Pettibone, took place on March 20, 1931. The fountain served faithfully for over thirty years. It was demolished in July 1962 due to the deterioration of the coquina rock and disuse.
To find out more about Rotary International and our five local Rotary Clubs, please visit this website: WWW.rotary6930.org
Erected by The Rotary Clubs of Indian River County, Florida.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 20, 1931.
Location. 27° 38.395′ N, 80° 23.952′ W. Marker is in Vero Beach, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Avenue and 21st Street, on the right when traveling north on 14th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2111 14th Ave, Vero Beach FL 32960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Simmons / Seminole Building (a few steps from this marker); William Jennings Bryan (within shouting distance of this marker); Community Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pueblo Arcade Courthouse Executive Center (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Theater Plaza (about 300 feet away); Maher Building (about 500 feet away); City of Vero Beach (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vero Beach.
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