Chapin is busy with a lot of activities and events. I want to encourage support for the Chapin Arbor Day Inc.’s upcoming Oyster Roast fundraiser, which will take place on Beaufort Street on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 5:30 pm. The Arbor Day folks are raising money to help support beautification efforts in Chapin, which is a cause close to my heart. They have identified updating the little park on Chapin Road that is next to the railroad and Beaufort Street area, which will be a welcome project for our community. Tickets are on sale for $10 at Town Hall, the Chamber of Commerce and at the Tipsy Toad, and includes your admission to the event which will feature live music by the Brendan Roberts Band as well as variety of food and beverage choices and door prizes donated by Chapin area businesses.
The 17th Annual Community of Character Service Day is coming up soon, too. We hope your church, civic group, school or business will join us on Saturday, April 1, as we get out into the community to volunteer and make our town better. Some of the projects that have been turned in include sprucing up the grounds at the Chamber, installing the new Welcome to Chapin signs on Chapin Road, roadside litter clean ups, a food drive collection for Chapin We Care at Food Lion, and delivering meals to seniors in our community. There is still time to sign up. The forms are on the town’s website and should be submitted to Capt. Troy Crump.
And please join us for the Volunteer Appreciation Lunch at Crooked Creek Park which starts at 12 pm that Saturday. Our friends from the American Legion Post 193 and Auxiliary will be cooking up hot dogs and desserts for us again. It’s a great time to catch up with your neighbors and friends after a morning of community service work. I look forward to seeing everyone there!
On Friday, March 31, we will hold the Fourth Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at Town Hall, and I anticipate we will have another fulfilling and inspiring community gathering. The theme is Building Community, and we look forward to having Dr. Akil Ross as our featured speaker. He’s certainly distinguished himself in the education community and has been a tireless community servant as well. We have a number of businesses, churches and individuals who are sponsoring tables for this year’s event, and there is still space available. Call Town Hall to reserve your space. Individual tickets are also available for $5. Proceeds help defray costs of the Community Service Day activities and volunteer luncheon.
I want to congratulate Judith Meyers of Chapin for recently being selected to participate in the 2017 Miss Teen pageant competition this coming Sunday. She will be competing in the Miss Teen division for her share of prize money and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants who rank high in modeling routines, personality and interviewing skills. If Judith wins the title of Miss Teen, she will represent Chapin at the National Competition in Orlando, Florida. We wish Judith all the best and know she will make us #ChapinProud!