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Chapin plans for dedication of new clock, Arbor Day

The Town of Chapin will observe Arbor Day on Friday, December 1, 2017, with a dedication ceremony for a new planting coordinated by the Chapin Beautification Foundation and Chapin Garden Club. The ceremony will also feature the dedication of a new town clock, provided by the Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am in the park area adjacent to the railroad tracks and Beaufort Street (1162 Chapin Road).

“We are excited to celebrate our second Arbor Day as an organization and are committed to working with the Town of Chapin to enhance the beauty and appearance of our community through the planting of trees,” said Gerald Meetze, president of the Chapin Beautification Foundation, formerly known as Chapin Arbor Foundation. “We appreciate all those who supported our oyster roast fundraiser last year, which helped make this landscaping project possible. We encourage everyone to mark March 24, 2018, on their calendars for our next oyster roast event, so we can complete this beautification project.”

The Chapin Beautification Foundation is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the beautification of Chapin through the planting and protection of trees. Since organizing in the spring of 2016, the group has planted sequoias in the Chapin Business and Technology Park at Brighton, coordinated the landscaping of the Chapin Road park and replaced the Sango Kaku Japanese maple tree in the In Loving Memory Garden located at Chapin Town Hall. For more information about its programs or to donate to their beautification efforts, please visit their website at www.chapinarbor.org.

The motto of the Chapin Sunrise Rotary is Service Above Self. The club’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

The Chapin Garden Club was organized to promote the love of gardening, protect our trees and flowers and encourage civic beauty as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The club has a long history with the planting of trees in and around Chapin.  In 1948, the club assisted the Ruritans with a Community Christmas tree.  Early record keeping was limited but members estimate that Chapin Garden Club has planted approximately 25 trees on Arbor Day in South Carolina.

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