Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson briefed the Chapin Rotary on a wide variety of current town initiatives addressing financial transparency, improved utility service, updating code, zoning, and architectural standards, and future annexation issues. Accompanying the Mayor were administrative staff members Karen Owens (L) and Priscilla Green (R).
Each Friday of the school year, Chapin United Methodist Church, Lake Murray Presbyterian and the Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club provides 40 students at Chapin Elementary, Lake Murray Elementary, Chapin High School and Chapin Middle with weekend Snack Packs. These students are identified by social workers at the schools as needing help. Many are homeless; others are free/reduced lunch students who do not get enough to eat at home over the weekends. Pictured (L to R) are Stephanie Smith, Rotary Club Treasurer and Snack Pack lead and Stuart Stout, Columbia Area Snack Pack Coordinator.
Chapin High School senior K. Lee Graham, newly crowned Miss Teen USA, visited with the Chapin Rotary Club and spoke about her experiences at the pageant and her travel plans for the coming year. Miss Graham is academically first in her class and will finish her senior year by taking courses on line. Pictured with her is Dr. Akil Ross, principal of Chapin High School and also president of the Chapin Rotary Club.
Chapin Rotarians turned out Saturday morning to pick up trash and litter along a two mile stretch of Amicks Ferry Road. The club has been participating in this “Adopt-A-Highway” volunteer effort for the past ten years. From the left are George McConnell, Lisa Smith, John LaFond, Barbara Seward, John Stickney, Ton Wilkinson, Ken Sullivan, Stephanie Smith, and Johnny Moore. Not pictured, Margaret Hinson.
Christopher Joye, President of Joye Technology Group in Columbia, joined the Chapin Rotary Club for breakfast and gave a sobering assessment of the cyber security threats we are facing today. He offered a wide range of recommendations for protecting our information and assets, both at home and in our business environment. Mr. Joye is also the past president of the Lake Murray- Irmo Rotary Club.
Bob Montgomery, President of the Newberry County Historical & Museum Society and fellow Rotarian, spoke to the Chapin Rotary Club about the conversion of a historical building into a new museum in Newberry, SC. The historical building selected was originally the 7,000 sq.ft. Post Office facility built in 1911, and was the 4th busiest postal facility in the state at that time. The building later served for years as Newberry’s Public Library.