There are certain special people you get to meet who truly give their very best to make a difference in everyone’s lives that they touch.

William Chick (Chapin) is one of those individuals.

On September 13 in front of his American Legion Post 193, Senator Ronnie Cromer, Representative Walt McLeod and I joined Representative Huggins in presenting “Chick” with the highest civilian honor in our state – the Order of the Silver Cresent.

Here are some remarks included in a letter to Chick from Governor Mark Sanford:

“You have an outstanding record as a community and civic leader and, in these pursuits; you have set a standard of excellence that is second to none. You have been tireless as an ambassador for many causes, and I am impressed just looking at the breadth of your devotion to others – the Chapin Chamber of Commerce Publicity Committee, the American Legion, the South Carolina Moose Association as well as the Cayce Moose Lodge, the Chapin Labor Day Festival, the Rotary Club, the Irmo/Chapin Recreation Commission…..thank you for your service in the Air Force Reserve and the Civil Air Patrol.

South Carolina is blessed by your tremendous commitment to your community and to our state. Thank you for upholding the ideals of servant leadership in everything you do.


Mark Sanford”