Chapin, SC (Angelica Iglesias) – Friday morning’s Chapin Community Breakfast is close to sold out according to a town spokesperson who was in charge of the annual event’s planning. Although a few tickets were reserved for walk-ins who wished to attend, the demand for a place at the event will probably require that it be moved from the Community Room at the town hall to another location next year according to Chapin Town Councilman Al Koon. The breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Chapin Town Hall on Columbia Avenue.
Councilman Koon said that Nicholle Ogrodnick Burroughs, the town’s director of communications and special events, has done a tremendous job of planning the event. “She has spent untold hours on making this a quality experience for all that are attending,” Koon said. “It’s become so popular that the room really will be bursting at the seams Friday and I hope we don’t have to turn any away,” Koon continued.
Besides a wonderful meal, the opportunity to fellowship with neighbors of every faith, heritage, race, and background, there will be a slide-show of Chapin old and new produced by The Lexington Ledger and its editor Paul Kirby. It is intended to be thought provoking and challenge people to think about how Chapin was, is, and where it will be as the town tackles the challenges of growth and an influx of residents that are streaming there for its high-quality of life. Kirby said after producing it, “I grew up in Chapin and considered it to be an honor to be asked to try and represent Chapin for what it is, a community of character. The area’s leaders are working hard to have Chapin remain a beautiful place with a small town feel, while welcome all the new neighbors who are now enjoying it for what it is and will be.”
Wayne Atcheson is the keynote speaker at the breakfast. He became the first Billy Graham Library Director in Charlotte on June 1, 2006. Today he serves as the Library Historian for Billy Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He also serves in donor ministry and as host to special guests to the Library. He has given over 1,000 tours. The 2016 edition of Religious Travel lists the Billy Graham Library No. 1 in the Top Ten of religious attractions in America. TripAdvisor.com lists the Library No. 1 in things to do and see in Charlotte for the past five years.
For four years prior to joining the Billy Graham Library, Atcheson served as Admissions Manager of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jerry was co-writer of the blockbuster Left Behind series and the Guild’s purpose was to raise up a new harvest of Christian writers around the world.
From 1983-2003 Atcheson served as Sports Information Director for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, and Associate Director of TIDE PRIDE, the football donor program. Through the years, he was part of three Alabama national championships in football. He also served as advisor to the Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter for 18 years, putting together 550 weekly programs. He was secretary of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Museum committee for five years before it opened in 1988.
Atcheson spent 28 years in college football beginning with Coach Bobby Bowden at Samford University and Coach Paul Bryant at Alabama. He has the distinction of working with three distinguished Americans in Bobby Bowden, Paul Bryant and Billy Graham. His accomplishments and accolades go on and on.
Chapin officials said Thursday night that with the quality of the speaker that they have lined up, the good food on the menu, and the opportunity to spend time with good neighbors, there’s no telling what size halls they will need next year but clearly, unless they want to turn people away, they will need a bigger place to hold this. Councilman Koon said in closing, “Besides the hard work of Nicholle, none of this would be possible without the help and support of our sponsors. We’d certainly like to thank them as well.”
The sponsors are:
Rep. Chip Huggins and Rep. Nathan Ballentine
Mayor and Mrs. David and Holly Knight
Mr. and Mrs. Al and Susan Koon
Mr. and Mrs. John and Kay Hollis
Mr. and Mrs. Mike and Tish Clonts
Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church
Mr. and Mrs. JB and Toni Brown
Wilson Financial Group
Mr. Preston Baines
Chapin Baptist Koinona Sunday School Class
Chapin United Methodist
Mt. Zion Baptist Church- Chapin
Our Lady of the Lake
Tipsy Toad Tavern
First Community Bank
Mrs. Lill Mood