Beth Wingard Addresses Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club

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Feb 162015

Beth Wingard, Manager of Major and Planned Gifts for Lexington Medical Center, joined Chapin Rotary members for breakfast and gave an overview of her LMC activities. In addition she gave the club an update on the District’s efforts on promoting Global Scholarships. Beth chairs this committee and is a Past president of the Cayce-West Columbia Club. Scholarship candidates should be forwarded Winguard 001

Oct 312014
The Chapin Rotary Club recently took part in the “Meals on Wheels” program to deliver delicious lunches to 23 very appreciative senior citizens in the Chapin community.
The lunches included hot soup, sandwiches, fruit ,desert, and a kind greeting. Pictured (L-R) are the Rotarian organizer, Jason White, Crooked Creek Park Director ,Karen McConnell, and Liz Seward .Also participating in food preparation and delivery were Amee White, and Rotarians George McConnell, Barbara Seward, Dr. Ben Sloan, Tanya Calvin, Marsha Clayman, and Margaret Hinson.

Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club Distributes Dictionaries

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Oct 222014

The Chapin Rotary Club is continuing it’s annual tradition of distributing dictionaries to local area elementary school students. Third grade students at Lake Murray Elementary, Chapin Elementary, and Little Mountain Elementary will each receive his or her own dictionary this month. Pictured with students from Lake Murray Elementary are (L-R) Ken McKellar, Lisa Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Officer Troy Crump, Doug Martin, Dr. Akil Ross, Principal Claire Thompson, J.B. Brown, George McConnell, and Rotary program lead Margaret Hinson.

Chapin Sunrise Recognizes Teachers of the Year

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May 242014

On May 15, 2014, the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise honored six area teachers of the year for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Each teacher was introduced by their Principal and given the opportunity to address the group. The teachers talked about their love of this profession and the rewards and challenges that come with teaching children at all levels. The teachers honored were: (1) Irene Toe – Chapin High School, (2) Christin Bradshaw – Academy for Success, (3) Alanna Barnett – South Carolina Whitmore School, (4) Ginny Lindler – Chapin Middle School, (5) Emily Berry – Chapin Elementary School, (6) Sharon Matney – Lake Murray Elementary School.  Superintendent Dr. Steven Hefner emphasized the critical role teachers play in the success of the educational environment in School District Five.

Rotarians Stay Informed With Crimestoppers

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May 172014

A.    On May 8, 2014, the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise was pleased to hear from Captain Chris Cowan with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department who spoke about his work with Crime Stoppers of the Midlands and the South Carolina Crime Stoppers Council.  Eleven Crime Stoppers programs across South Carolina unify under the SC Crime Stoppers Council.  Crimestoppers is a private, non-profit organization started in 1982, which is completely supported by volunteers and donations.

B.    The primary function of crimestoppers is to provide an outlet through which anonymous callers can provide information about unsolved crimes.  Callers who telephone the 24-hour hotline (1-888-CRIME-SC) are immediately given a code number.  If their tip results in an arrest, the caller is eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 through the use of the code number, to guarantee tips remain anonymous.  Completely anonymous tips can also be submitted by text message to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC”.  Every tip that comes into crimestoppers is passed along to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation, and tips though these programs aide hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement efforts every year.  In 2013, the call center averaged 700 calls per month, received a total of 18,827 tips, and contributed to solving 960 crimes in South Carolina.

C.    Captain Cowan stressed to the Chapin Rotary Club that community education about preventing crime is a high priority for the organization because many crimes can be prevented by changing our habits to deny criminals opportunity.  His number one recommendation to deny criminals opportunity, is for people not to leave anything of value in their vehicles.

D. Chief Crump is the President Elect Nominee for the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise and Captain Chris Cowan is the President Elect of the Blythewood Rotary Club.

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Lisa Lee Smith, President, Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise; Chapin Police Chief Troy Crump & Richland County Sheriff’s Department Captain Chris Cowan with Crime Stoppers of the Midlands

Chapin Rotarian Ron Saxton Honored with Four-Way Test Award

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Sep 182013

Submitted by George McConnell
Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise

Recently Rotarian Ron Saxton of Chapin was honored with an award by the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise, called the “District 7770 Four-Way Test Award”.  Rotary is an international organization that emphasizes “service above self” in community and international charitable efforts and stresses integrity in business and personal relationships, through its Four-Way Test. The Four-Way Test is a test of the integrity of the things that we think, say and do: first, it is the truth; second, is it fair to all concerned; third, will it build good will and better friendships; and fourth, will it be beneficial to all concerned.

B. Ron Saxton was nominated and recognized by his fellow Rotarians because he exemplifies these ideals of service and integrity.  He has served the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise faithfully for years on the Board of Directors heading up their community service efforts. Within the club, he has been a reliable “go-to” person for the officers and virtually anything that the Club needs. Ron has personally made a positive difference to boys at Chapin Middle School through their mentoring program.

C. Ron Saxton’s background includes his retirement as a United States Army Infantry Officer with combat experience in Vietnam.  Ron has collected and sent magazines and other reading materials to the troops in the Middle East, has supported collectively and individually, the wounded warrior combat veterans of the Gulf Wars.  Ron’s announcements and testimonies to the Chapin Rotary Club about the needs and impact of these service areas have been an inspiration to others.   

D.  Ron Saxton’s advocacy and leadership as an operation coordinator with the Honor Flight program to take WWII and now Korean War Veterans to the memorials in Washington DC has brought joy and good will to so many Veterans and it has inspired many in our community to participate in honor flight as volunteers.  His leadership and inspiration in the Honor Flight program has made a lasting impact on the Chapin Rotary Club collectively and on the individuals who have been fortunate enough to join him on one of these journeys.  For these reason, the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise was pleased to honor Ron Saxton with the District 7770 Four-Way Test Award.

5.  The Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise meets for breakfast and informational speakers at Crooked Creek Park every Thursday, 7:30 am – 8:30 am.  For more information about Chapin Rotary, contact Lisa Lee Smith, President (

DG Lou Visits Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise

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Sep 072013

Submitted by George McConnell
Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise

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Lou Mello, Rotary District 7770 Governor, visited with the Chapin Rotary Club and reviewed the challenging service goals for the coming year, both in our own community and worldwide. Of particular importance was Rotary’s continued aggressive effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Rotary International, with their partners, have immunized more than 2 billion children in 122 countries since 1985. Polio cases have been reduced 99% worldwide, with only Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria still reporting cases.
Governor Mello is a member of the Mount Pleasant, SC Rotary Club and is pictured above with Lisa Smith, President of the Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise, which meets every Thursday morning at the Crooked Creek Recreation Center.

Along with DG Mello, pictured are the current Assistant District Governor for Area 3, along with Past Assistant District Governors and former a District Governor, all from the Chapin Sunrise Club. From the left, PAG George McConnell, PAG Richard Kenan, DG Lou Mello, PDG Mack Branham, Jr., and current AG Johnny Moore.

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