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Chapin Woman's Club Delivers Mystery Bags to Cancer Patients- Click here for more information.

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The Chapin Woman’s Club has been an integral part of the Chapin, South Carolina community since 1971, and as a result has achieved great credibility in the area.

“For example, when our town needed us to moderate a town council candidate forum, we were there.  In turn, we are able to get participation and support when needed. Recently, when our club needed a letter of recommendation for a grant application, our state representative pulled over to the side of the road to take our call. That kind of positive response is due to the efforts of hundreds of wonderful women over the past 46 years. It is our mission to always honor that history and build upon it,” said Club President Suzanne Carswell.

Suzanne says picking a favorite club project is a bit like having to pick a favorite child. Top projects include a Butterfly Garden, Pink Ribbon of Hope, White Bags of Courage, Crafts for Kids with Cancer, First Responder Appreciation, and Free the Girls bras for international victims of human trafficking.

“I have lots of favorites for different reasons. A simple 8’ tall pink ribbon at our little town’s major intersection reminding women to get screened was wonderful, as was delivering 100 bags of art supplies to children undergoing cancer treatment at Columbia’s children’s hospital and the 38 bags of candy along with a poem we delivered over the holidays to thank our First Responders,” she said.

The club awards approximately $20,000 per year in grants and college scholarships. Members are advocates for local schools and support education with monetary donations, snacks for after school programs, tutoring, and mentoring.

Last year, the club’s butterfly garden was dedicated at a local park and is having a wonderful impact on the entire community. Both the elderly in the adjacent senior center and youth in scout troops and classroom field trips are enjoying the garden.

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Lyn Long recognized for community service, character essay contest

CHAPIN, SC – Mayor Skip Wilson proclaimed Tuesday, November 3 “Lyn Long Day in Chapin” this morning at the monthly meeting of the Chapin Woman’s Club at the Chapin Branch Library in recognition of her longtime service to the Chapin community and her leadership in coordinating the Character Trait of the Month essay contest.

For the past 15 years, Long has coordinated an essay contest with Chapin area elementary, middle and high schools to promote positive traits that lead to character development. The students are recognized with articles in the Chapin Times and displays at the library and on Channel 2, the town’s public access television station.

A retired educator and assistant principal at Chapin Elementary School, Long has been a fixture in the community serving numerous organizations as varied as the Fancy Hat Ladies and Chapin Chirpers to the Chapin Woman’s Club, which honored her in 2006 as Woman of the Year.

“We appreciate all that Lyn has done to expose students to the importance of  community service, respect, honesty, integrity, initiative, responsibility, patience and other important virtues so as to build future leaders for our community and state,” said Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson.

The ceremony included comments by former Mayor Stan Shealy and Gene Long, her husband of 55 years. Her daughter Kathryn Mahoney was also in attendance.


Chapin Town Council Canditates Talk Annexation
Recreation at Form -

There will be at least one new face on Chapin Town Council after the Nov. 3 election. The Chapin Women’s Club hosted a forum Thursday to give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates. Click on link for more info..


WLTX Feature on the Hub Playground

A Playground to Remember

By Mayor Stan Shealy  23 October 2013

Several organizations in the Chapin community will come together Saturday to build a playground that will be dedicated to the memory of 6-year-old Omara Aiken who died in 2010.

The Chapin youngster died after she fell from the porch of an area home while entangled in a jump rope. The accident inspired Chapin High School principal Akil Ross and the parent of one of Omara’s classmates, Britt Holstein, to seek local funding to build the playground.

“We are hoping to turn a tragedy into a triumph for our community,” Holstein said. “By bringing together the resources of several local charities, we hope to provide a safe place for children in our community to play for many years to come.”

The playground will be built at The Hub at 670 Meadowlark Road in Little Mountain on property provided by the Community Union Association.

The Greater Chapin Community Endowment, Rotary Club of Chapin Sunrise, The Justin Pepper Foundation and Chapin Woman’s Club are funding the project, and Home Depot will provide installation supplies and labor.

Volunteers will construct the playground from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and a dedication ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday.

Members of Omara’s kindergarten class, now third-graders, have been invited to attend the dedication ceremony and will be the first to enjoy the new playground.

“This project demonstrates the strength of community collaboration,” said JoAnn Turnquist, president & CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “We hope this example inspires other organizations to join forces to make a difference in Chapin.”


CWC Partners with other civic groups to open new Providence Playground

by Kaye Gerrald 16 October 2013

Construction will be 24-26 October.  Please feel free to come out and help!  If all goes well, and we hope and pray it does, there will be a brief dedication of the playground at 2:00 on Sunday, October 27.  The park is being dedicated in memory of Omara Aiken.  Omara’s classmates have been invited to be the first children to visit the playground.  Please join us for this very special event.



Chapin Woman’s Club Partners with Chapin High on SAIL Program

by Suzanne Carswell

In 2006 when Chapin High School’s then assistant principal Akil Ross initiated a book club to improve reading comprehension for freshmen, it sparked a larger vision. Mr. Ross’ desire was for a program at Chapin High which would serve all academically at-risk students.

The High School approached Chapin Woman’s Club to partner with them to help implement Mr. Ross’ idea.  Chapin Woman’s Club applied for and received a $1000 matching grant from the Progress Foundation of the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs-South Carolina and, in January, Chapin High School’s SAIL (Success Acquired In Learning) Program was opened to all grades, making Principal Ross’ vision a reality.

Chapin Woman’s Club is providing volunteers to mentor students and to deliver after-school snacks for the hungry teens.  One day each week, CWC provides food while the children study and complete homework assignments and one day a week the volunteers themselves provide the food.  Mentoring takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:30 pm at the High School and, today, about 30 kids are involved.  The goal is to help the children improve their grades and test scores while at the same time providing them with positive role models through the Club’s mentoring. Cec Calcaterra, Woman’s Club’s point person for the program said, “The kids have been wonderful to work with and the SAIL Director reports that interim grades have improved.”   About 20 women from Chapin Woman’s Club are involved in the initiative.

Chapin Woman's Club
P.O. Box 42
Chapin, SC 29036
President, Amy Warren


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