Organizations and Clubs

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of Chester County
Ann Elliott
(803) 980-6363

Junior Achievement of Chester County is a non-profit organization that provides economic programs for elementary and middle schools throughout Chester County. Volunteers are needed throughout the school year to teach the provided J.A. curriculum to the students. The classes are taught during the school day or after school. J.A. educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives. If you are interested in volunteering or financially sponsoring a class please contact Ann Elliott.

Service Groups

American Red Cross
James Mayhugh, Director
139 Cadz St
Chester, SC 29706

The Chester County Service Center of the American Red Cross works year-round to assist with area blood drives and families in crisis due to fires and other unforeseen tragedies. The organization also provides services to military personnel and their families, and it regularly offers CPR, first-aid and swimming classes. The Red Cross maintains an office at 139 Cadz St. in Chester. James Mayhugh is the director and can be reached at 581-4820. Donations to the organization may be mailed to: P.O. Box 353, Chester, SC 29706. Businesses, churches and other organizations can call the local Red Cross to schedule a blood drive.

Salvation Army Thrift Store
Leslie Cavenaugh, Manager/Case Worker
119 Cestrian Square
Chester, SC 29706

Chester County has a Salvation Army unit, the thrift store, which is open to the public and sells used clothing, furniture, toys, and some decor items. When you think of the Salvation Army, the organization’s famous red kettle and its Christmas-time bell-ringers may first come to mind, however this organization carries on important programs for the community. For example, one program provides monetary assistance to people who need help in paying their rent, food expense, or with their heating, electric or water bills. Fire victims are often assisted with clothing and household items. At Thanksgiving, the organization provides meals for senior citizens. At Christmas, the organization collects gifts for the elderly and needy children through the Angel’s Fund project. It’s the largest collection drive for the needy conducted by an organization in Chester County at Christmas. To succeed in its service mission, the Salvation Army needs year-round support from the community. Both volunteer workers to help run the thrift store and monetary contributions are needed. Monetary donations may be sent to P.O. Box 995, Chester, SC 29706. Clothing, furniture, toys and even food items may be dropped off at the store. To volunteer assistance or for information on Salvation Army programs, call the thrift store.

Turning Point of Chester Inc.
Geraldine Clawson, CEO
112 Gadsden St.
P.O. Box 1532
Chester, SC 29706

The Turning Point of Chester is a non-profit outreach ministry that was organized in 1986. It has a Christian home for men to aid them with alcohol and substance abuse problems. John Williams, director, may be reached at 581-3352. The ministry also operates an emergency food pantry and The Dove’s Nest Thrift Store located at 105 Cotton St. in Chester. To volunteer assistance or to obtain more information, contact Geraldine Clawson at 581-4298.

Chester Area United Way
Kristen Fairfax, Executive Director
109 Gadsden St
P.O. Box 163
Chester, SC 29706

The Chester Area United Way raises money each year to help fund the operational budgets of organizations that serve and help Chester County residents. Pledges of $229,000 for 2006 were received in the campaign held in the fall of 2005 that had a goal of $217,000. The lion’s share of funds collected in the 2005 campaign goes to fund budgets of 21 approved organizations, most of which are based in Chester County and all that have services to assist Chester County residents. Those organizations are:

  • Catawba Care Coalition Inc.
  • Chester County Branch YMCA, Chester
  • Chester County Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Chester County Rescue Squad
  • Chester/Lancaster Disabilities and Special Needs Board
  • Chester Ministerial Association
  • Clemson Extension 4-H programs
  • County Literacy Council
  • Easter Seals Society
  • Hazel Pittman Center
  • Hospice and Community Care
  • Open Door Foundation Inc.
  • Palmetto Area Council of Boy Scouts
  • Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault
  • Piedmont Council of Girl Scouts
  • Safe Passage Inc.
  • Salvation Army
  • Senior Services of Chester County
  • South Carolina Center for Equal Justice
  • Success By 6
  • Teens United for the Future

Monies are distributed as follows:
Administration - 9%
Emergency Assistance - 22%
Family & Individual Services - 37%
Fundraising - 1%
Health & Rehabilitation - 13%
United Way of SC & America Membership - 1%, and
Youth Services - 17%.
The current board of directors is already at work on the 2006 campaign. The campaign usually begins in the summer when “pace-setter” industries and businesses make their pledges. The official campaign is launched in early September and usually winds up around the end of the year.

Lantern of Love
Ricky and DeniseAnn Crenshaw
560 Saluda Rd.
Chester, SC 29706

The Lantern of Love has two sections, a coffee house and a small chapel area. It is designed to be a community fellowship center. Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays except by special appointment. Everything in the coffee house is free. A computer system is available for keyboard training and Bible research. The chapel can easily seat 30 guests. Ceremonies simple and formal are available as well as one stop wedding services. An outreach of Desperate Cry Ministries which is a non profit organization and is operated by donations which are tax deductable.

Organizations and Clubs

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Alice R. Walker—385-2642
Locations as announced
Second Saturday 10 a.m.

American Legion Post 27
Dan Hendrix—581-2608
Old Armory
109 Ella St., Chester
Second Sunday at 1 p.m.

American Legion Auxiliary Post 27
Cindy Richardson—581-1233
Chester County Library
100 Center St., Chester
Fourth Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Excepting New Members

AARP - Free Tax Service
Martha Hatcher—581-1168
Chester County Library
0001000 Center St., Chester
Available Tuesdays and Thursdays during tax season 9am until 1pm

Barbarette Federated Club & Young Men of Class Federated Club
Gloria Crank—385-6887
Calvary Baptist Church
130 Walnut St., Chester
Third Monday at 5 p.m.

Boy Scouts of America
Troy Roberts—581-3952
First ARP Church, Richburg
Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Cherokee Trail Riders
Martha Hatcher—581-1168
531 Hatcher's Hanger, Chester
Chester County Library
First Tuesday 7:30 p.m.

Chester County Bar Association
April Counterman—581-4293
Meeting dates and locations as announced

Chester County Education Association-Retired
Alice R. Walker—385-2642
Chester County Library
100 Center St., Chester
Second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in February, May, September and December

Chester County Family and Community Leaders: (President's listed below)
Bits of Thread FCL Club,
   Arla Carter, meets 1st Thursday, 10:30 a.m.
Edgemoor FCL Club
   Edith Beard, meets 1st Tuesday, 10 a.m.
Jolly Quilters FCL Club
   Martha Brannen, meets 2nd Saturday, 10 a.m.;
Ladies Friendship FCL Club
   Sarah Good, meets 2nd Monday, 3 p.m.;
Lewisville FCL Club
   Ernestine Bedenbaugh, meets 2nd Tuesday, 10 a.m.;
North Chester Neighbors FCL Club
   Sarah Grant, meets 2nd Tuesday, 10 a.m.;
This N That FCL Club
   Faye Alexander, meets 1st Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Please call the Clemson Extension Office, 803-385-6181 for more information.

Chester County Historical Society
Nancy C. Anderson—581-0910
Meeting dates and locations as announced
Board meetings second Tuesday

Chester County Livestock Association
Brian Beer—385-6181 ext 122
Meets quarterly

Chester Drag Racing Association
Jamie Abercrombie—581-3551
Ten races a year at different locations
Call for racing schedule

Chester Horsemen Association
Martha Hatcher—581-1168
531 Hatcher's Hanger
Chester, SC 29706
Call for meeting schedule

Citizens For A Better Chester
Jim Block—581-3393
Market Building
116 Columbia St., Chester
First Monday and third Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Civitan Club of Chester
Betty Bagley—385-5443
Cyclone Restraunt
249 Columbia St.
Second and fourth Tueadays at 7 p.m.

Classy Sassy Hatters
Cindy Richardson—581-1233
Anna's Arbor
129 Gadsden St.
Second Tuesday

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority of Chester County
Anna S. Boulware—377-4605
PO Box 743
Meeting locations as announced
Second Saturday at 10 a.m.

Disabled American Veterans
Nathan Witt—377-3068
Old Armory
109 Ella St., Chester
First Monday at 6:00 p.m.

Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary
Hope Stroud—385-2640
Old Armory
109 Ella St., Chester
Second Monday at 6:00 p.m.

Finley High School Alumnae
Sally Caldwell—385-3250
112 Caldwell St., Chester
Second Sunday at 6 p.m.

First Baptist Senior Adults
Charlton Blanks—581-4312
First Baptist Church
102 Church St., Chester
Third Thursday at 11 a.m.

4-H Clubs
(Day camps, overnight camps, and special interest activities that help young people learn leadership, citizenship, and community service.)
Robin Currence—803-385-6181, Ext. 113
Call for information on the various locations and meeting times.

Friends of the Library
Ann Ramsey—377-8145
Meeting dates and locations as announced.

Girl Scouts of America
Robin Matthews—(864) 576-2514

Golden Age Club Leroy Springs Golf & Recreation Complex
Colleen Littlejohn—385-6109
770 Richburg Road, Chester
First Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Great Dames of Richburg Red Hat Society
Brenda Stevenson—482-2996
Meeting locations as announce on the last Tuesday each month

Great Falls Garden Club
Diana Smith—482-4927
Great Falls Library
39 Calhoun St., Great Falls
Third Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

HALO Chester Chapter
Chester Friends of the Animals
Tootie Juliano—377-2091
T & M Restraunt
140 Church St.
Third Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Highland Ruritan Club
Paul Petitgout—377-7972
Lowrys Community Center
Old York Road, Lowrys
Fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Hilltop Cruisers Classic Car Club
Pamela Varnadore—327-3511
Second Tuesday 6 p.m.

Lewisville Preservation Society
Preserving the history real and anecdoctal of the Catawba Valley
Cloud Hickilin—789-5563
Mens study club meets the third Thursday of each month
Ladies night quarterly
Front Porch Restraunt

Magna Klumba
Alice R. Walker—385-2642
Locations as announced
First Wednesday 6pm

Masonic Orders
Lodge No. 180:
   125 Main St., Chester, Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Lodge No. 18:
   Tony Helms—581-8569, Second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Acacia Lodge No. 32:
   Chuck Ware—704-587-5951, Second and Fourth Thursday 7pm
Great Falls Lodge No. 277:
   Millard Smith—482-2087, Second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Richburg Lodge No. 89:
   Scott Hill—789-7707, Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Sandy River Lodge No. 207:
   Earl Black Jr.—581-4026, Second Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
York Rite Masonic Bodies:
   W. Penn Colvin—789-5247, Third Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

National Association of the Negro Business and Professional Women's Club
Chester Club
Shirley Tisdale—385-5232
Chester County Library
100 Center St., Chester
First Thursday at 5 p.m.

North Chester Saddle Club
Nancy Stewart—581-5941 or Stephanie Caston—581-8035
Holds rodeos on May 1 and Oct. 2

Onyx Club
Meets in various member homes
Second Thursday at 4 p.m.
Order of Eastern Star
Chapter 211: Virginia Gilreath—482-2845
   Masonic Lodge 399 Dearborn St., Great Falls, Second Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Chapter 213: Sarah Dixon—789-5437
   Masonic Lodge 111 East Lancaster St., Richburg First Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Palmetto Literary Club
Midge Cornwell—85-3096
Meets in various member homes
Fourth Friday each month
September through April at 3;45 p.m.

Pilot Club of Chester
Adrene Sanders—377-1794
The Summit
134 Main St., Chester
Second Monday at 7 p.m.

Potting Shed Garden Club
Martha Taylor—581-3507
Market Building
116 Columbia St., Chester
Second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Rotary Club of Chester
Buddy Aultman—385-3177
The Summit
134 Main St., Chester
Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

Shrine Clubs
Chester Chapter: Jim Harker—581-4296
   2321 Pressley Road, Chester, Third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Great Falls Chapter: Terry McKeown- 482-6901
   3162 Lingail Acres, Great Falls, First Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Silver Haired Legislature Representative of Catawba Area
Charlton and Angie Blanks—581-4312
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Donnie Rayburn—327-3757
Summit Restaurant
134 Main St., Chester
Third Thursday at 7 p.m.

Teens United For The Future
Melissa Benton—377-2731
Dates and locations to be announced
Quarterly at 6:05 p.m.

U.S. Marine Corps League Detachment 1161
 "Chester County Devil Dogs"
James Mayfield—374-1090
Memorial Building
154 Main St.
First Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5930
Charlton Blanks—581-4312
Old Armory
109 Ella St., Chester
Fourth Monday at 6 p.m.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 5930
Sara Witt—377-3068
Old Armory
109 Ella St.
Fourth Monday at 6 p.m.

Violet Sunshine Club
Leila Shannon—385-6452
Meets in various member homes
Third Thursday at 11:15 a.m.

Young Farmers
Kip Beam—377-1991
Blackstock Chapter:
   Old Blackstock Schoolhouse, Quarterly at 7 p.m.

Chester Chapter:
   Chester County Career Center, 1324 J.A. Cochran Bypass
   Fourth Thursday at 7 p.m.

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