Harvey Choplin named Travelers Rest Citizen of the Year

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — The Greater Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce presented Travelers Rest City Councilman Harvey Choplin with the annual Citizen of the Year award on Tuesday night at Green Valley Country Club.

The award, sponsored by the Bank of Travelers Rest, is presented to someone who "has gone above and beyond in recent times to improve the quality of life in our community."

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Choplin, currently in his 28th year of service as a member of Travelers Rest City Council, is a retired educator with 32 years with the Greenville County School District. In addition to teaching math and coaching at Travelers Rest High School, he also served as an assistant principal and principal. Choplin is well known for his work with Furman University's Bridges to a Brighter Future program, winning the Individual Bridge Builders Award in 2015. Choplin is also a past president of both the Travelers Rest Lions Club and the Foothills Rotary Club.

"This is an unexpected and grateful honor," Choplin said, adding that he's happy "serving and helping other people."

Other past winners of the Citizen of the Year award include Cheryl Lynn Herman (2017), Dr. Stanley Coleman (2016), Steve Borklund (2015), Rev. David Simmons (2014), Winn Freeman (2013), Roy Reynolds (2012), Mann Batson (2011), Dr. James E. Barnett Sr. (2010), Clyde Carr (2009), Dot Bishop (2008), Raymond and Brynda Brown (2007), Terry and Lee Cross and "Our Gang” (2006), Linda Garland (2005), Dianne Drummond (2004), Carolyn Crosby (2003) and Virginia Whitmire (2002).

To learn more about the Greater Travelers Rest Chamber of Commerce, visit their website here.

Related: Kathy Moore named Chamber's Businessperson of the Year


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