Newberry Opera House Season Preview

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Aug 282015
 
Deborah Smith, Executive Director of the Newberry Opera House since its rebirth in 1998, joined the Chapin Rotary Club for breakfast and gave a preview of the exciting 2015-16 season show schedule.
The 426 seat theater presents approximately 250 shows  a year with ticket sales reaching over $1 million  annually. It has had a tremendous impact on Newberry’s hotel, restaurant and retail establishments.
Deborah will be retiring this September and Molly Fortune, formerly of the Fox Theater in Atlanta, will take the helm of leadership. For ticket information, call (803) 276-6264.

Vietnam Veteran Johnny Mayo spoke to the Chapin Rotary Club

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Aug 182015
 
Vietnam Veteran Johnny Mayo spoke to the Chapin Rotary Club about the SC War Dog Memorial to be dedicated this Veterans Day, November 11th, at Columbia’s Veterans Memorial Park.
Mayo has worked for years to erect this monument and notes that “ the dogs were great soldiers and deserve to be recognized”. The K9 Corps was created in the spring of 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Tax deductible donations may be made to www.warmemorialfund.com/donate.

Colonel Dave Garner Speaks at the Chapin Rotary Club

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Aug 112015
 
Colonel Dave Garner joined the Chapin Rotary Club for breakfast and presented a sobering assessment of the air defense procedures now in place since 9/11 to protect our nations capital. Now retired from the Air Force, he is replacing Colonel Jay Seward at Irmo High School teaching members of their JROTC.

Acts Metro Speaks to the Chapin Rotary Club

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Jul 302015
 

Acts Metro Executive Director Richard Sherman (C) and Board Chairman Genia Hall (R) joined Rotary Club president Troy Crump (L) and club members to present their organizations vision and strategies. Acts Metro works with District schools to pair families with trained mentors and social service agencies to empower these families in crisis to move from despair and dependence to hope and self-sufficiency. For more information, call 764-0588.

Birthright of Columbia Visits with the Rotary

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Apr 022015
 

Hank Chardos, co-founder of Birthright of Columbia 35 years ago, joined the Chapin Rotary Club for breakfast and talked to the club about the mission of Birthright. In addition to a hand of friendship and free pregnancy test, Birthright can also offer information on medical care, employment, housing, GED assistance, prenatal support, child care, financial aid, and adoption. For more information, call 765-0165.

Chapin Rotary Club Awards Student of the Month

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Feb 062015
 

The Chapin Rotary Club recognized Shalya Flores as the Chapin High School student of the month for January. Pictured from the left are her parents James and Debra Flores along with CHS principal, and club president Dr. Akil Ross.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott joined the Chapin Rotary Club

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Jan 302015
 

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott joined the Chapin Rotary Club for breakfast and discussed the success his organization has had with effective, pro active, community oriented policing strategies. His department is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the State. He encouraged homeowners and businesses to request a courtesy security evaluation of their property. Sheriff Lott is a member of the Spring Valley Rotary Club.

“Happy Wheels” Visits Chapin Rotary

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Nov 122014
 

Tracey Rankin, Program Director for “Happy Wheels”, joined the Chapin Rotary for breakfast and discussed the mission of their organization. Happy Wheels visits hundreds of hospitalized children every week with volunteers pushing a cart filled with books and toys through the hallways to each inpatient room. Each child receives a new book or toy of their choice each week for the duration of their stay. The gift is theirs to keep and take home. For more information on how you can help lift the spirits of impatient children, go to www.HappyWheelsInc.org.

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