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UNION — The Union County Clemson Club is anticipating a banner year for the club, with goals to increase membership and improve its visibility in the community.

Highlighting these plans is a goal of increasing membership to 200 families, up from the 105 families in 2013-2014. That goal was established during a recent meeting of the Clemson Club Board during which members discussed possibilities for increasing the visibility of the club throughout the county. Other goals for the year include establishing a web presence through a new Facebook page and website, with hopes that members can pay dues online.

To reach the goal of 200 families, the club will begin a membership drive, seeking new members as well as maintaining its current membership. Annual dues for membership are $25 for individuals or families and go to support the club’s activities as well as the scholarships provided by the club. Club membership is open to all Clemson fans, not just those who attended or graduated from Clemson.

“If you are a Tiger fan, we want you in the family,” said club president Virgil Childers. “It is very important that non-alumni know they are welcome.”

The club annually hosts two major events, a membership meeting in August and a chicken roast in November leading up to the annual football game between Clemson and South Carolina. The club is in the early stages of preparing for the events, with preliminary dates of Aug. 19 for the membership meeting and Nov. 24 for the chicken roast. The club has been in contact with former Clemson quarterbacks Homer Jordan and Woodrow Dantzler to serve as speakers for the events.

In addition to its two events, the Union County Clemson Club awards two $1,000 scholarships each year. For 2013-2014, the recipients were Chakira Anthani Worthy and Tracy Lee Sanders, Jr.

Childers stated that the main goal of Union County Clemson Club is providing academic scholarships for deserving students going to Clemson.

For more information about the Union County Clemson Club, contact club president Virgil Childers at 864-251-0094.

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