The purpose of the Orangeburg County Community of Character is to strengthen the citizens, their families, and the community by promoting excellence in character, and thereby to become known as the Orangeburg County Community of Character.
The Orangeburg County Community of Character's By- Laws were adopted on February 12, 2004. The Character program was run by several local volunteer citizens, until October, 2006, at which time Don Tribble was hired as the Executive Director.
How did it begin?
Bernice Tribble and Laura Hibbits were in a meeting in Aiken, SC about how they came about to revitalize their downtown. The Mayor of Aiken, who was speaking to the group and mentioned that they had a Community of Character Program in their city. This was when the idea was brought back to Orangeburg.
Several people came together to make it happen in Orangeburg, spearheaded by the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce led by Dede Cook and Donnie Jameson, Bernice Tribble of the Downtown Orangeburg Revitalization Association (DORA), who introduced the character initiative to Orangeburg; Hal Johnson of the Orangeburg County Economic Development Commission; The Times and Democrat because of the natural role the newspaper can play in disseminating the information to the community.
It quickly became a countywide effort.
What an accomplishment that in its second year, the Orangeburg County Community of Character initiative has countywide participation. All 17 municipalities In Orangeburg County and the county itself have signed resolutions proclaiming their respective areas " Communities of Character." Hundreds of volunteers from all over the county have become involved.