Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
My favorite poem is  The Soldier by Rubert Brooke.  This patriotic piece is a powerful reminder that a  place  can mold you, strengthen you, and forever be a part of your identity.  I am deeply grateful for my roots in Chester County and this Memorial Day I give thanks for the men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. Their sacrifices, and those of their families, have been many--all to protect and preserve our beloved country, state and county.  Thank you!                 --Brooke Clinton

The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of England's, breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

Chamber Happenings that 
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Human Resources           Round-table

The Human Resources Round-table is a group of HR professionals who meet monthly to delve into current issues involved in managing employees. It is an excellent way for local businesses to connect and brainstorm solutions together--a win-win for Chester County. May's lunch event was sponsored by Chamber member Chester Metropolitan District/Chester Sewer District. Thank you!
Chamber Summer Hours

The Chamber of Commerce office hours for the summer months are Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.-noon.  We do close for lunch and an occasional out-of-town meeting.  For any-time assistance you may call 803-209-2143.  Thank you.

Follow the Chester Chamber of Commerce on Twitter!  Help us share the good news and follow news re-tweeted from sites that matter to your business!  #TalkChesterCounty

Also please note that our website WILL be updated this summer!
RECAB - Regional Education Center Advisory Board 

Lisa Robbins, Regional Workforce Advisor for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, reports that four Chester County teachers will spend their summer completing an on-site internship with local business, all geared at giving teachers real-world experiences to take back to their students.  Congratulations to the following teachers:  Pam Craig, Justin Tisdale, Nakia Houston, Latrekka Rivers, and Sherry Adams.  Thank you to Springs Creative, IBHS, Chester Metropolitan District/Sewer District, and Southern Printing for hosting teachers in their facility.

Mrs. Robbins also shared data from the Department of Commerce regarding Chester County's labor profile.  Click here and then select Chester County.
Welcome New Members!

919 E. Liberty Street
York, South Carolina 29745
Contact:  R.O. Atkinson , 803-684-4271
Chevrolet Dealership:   Sales, Parts and Service, Bodyshop Repair Facility.  Parts & Service open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Sales open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
THANK YOU to our loyal members who renewed their Chamber memberships this week.  Your contributions keep us working for you!

ATI Specialty Materials
Eye Associates of Chester--Dr. Doug Marion
Hamilton, Delleney, Grier, & Cotten LLC
Chester IGA
Volunteers Needed!

Are you creative and crazy about Christmas!? The City of Chester will be sponsoring this year's annual Chester Christmas Parade. Volunteers are needed to plan this special event.  A meeting will be held June 29th at noon at The Cyclone.  Email Administrator Sandi Worthy for more details.  
Carolyn Cloud, Human Resources Coordinator for Chemtrade, was honored at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce's annual Human Resources Conference as one of the state's top six HR professionals.  Congratulations Ms. Cloud and Chemtrade!
Teacher Gifts!
The Arts Council of Chester County has great gifts for teachers, including soaps, candles, notecards, paintings, prints, Chester and SC-themed items, and more. Many gifts start at just $5. Remember to "Shop Local".  Check out more items on the Chamber's Facebook page.