Chapin has many traditions and many legacies. Early this year, we celebrated the Chapin Garden Club’s 80th Anniversary celebration. On Saturday, October 27, I had the opportunity to celebrate yet another longstanding Chapin organization by celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Chapin Ruritan Club.
Established in November 1948, the club has been involved in many endeavors in the interests of fellowship, goodwill and community service. These decades of service to the Chapin community were celebrated at Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church.
Among the Chapin Ruritan endeavors were fundraisers to support Chapin High School scholarships, Little League baseball, Boys State representatives, the Newberry Boys Farm, the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce, the Labor Day Festival Car/Truck show and the Ruritan National Foundation. Today the Chapin Ruritan Club continues its active community involvement. In 1993 membership was men only. Today, the Club invites men and women into membership. Ruritans meet on the fourth Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Guests and prospective members, and those who just want to know more about Ruritan, are always invited.
It was my pleasure to be able to speak at this event alongside so many valuable members of our society. I am grateful to the Ruritans that have helped shape our community. We extend a heartfelt congratulations on 70 years of service to Chapin.
In addition to the Rurtian celebration, I have had the opportunity to participate in several other community activities. It is an honor to meet business owners, employees and other elected officials on a weekly basis. Since taking office, I have enjoyed learning about different aspects of our community and creating community partnerships with our local organizations.
This weekend marked a special occasion for the Chapin community. It was the 30th annual Greater Chapin Area Holiday Open House. We encouraged residents and community members to visit the participating local stores throughout the weekend. They ran holiday specials and offered special incentives for participants. We ask all our citizens to remember that by shopping local you are supporting your neighbor and your community.
Have a safe and enjoyable week.
Mayor David Knight