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May 7, 2009 - Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to the Chamber Corner! The Chamber of Commerce is very active in our communities and I hope to help keep you updated on what's going on. One thing that few people realize is that you don't have to join the Chamber of Commerce in order to help. You can visit the website at www.wetzelcountychamber.com and check out the list of events and activities and meetings. We encourage you to get involved as we strive to make this area a vibrant, prosperous one.
Many of you have seen the Buy Local Now advertisements. This campaign was started by your Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce and included Marshall, Tyler, Monore and Wetzel counties. I personally live in New Martinsville and would have to travel an hour north or south, a couple of hours east or west to come to a city of any significant size. So the Buy Local Now campaign is just a reminder for us to do as much of our business as possible in any and all of the surrounding communities. And I thank you for supporting all of your local businesses.
The Chamber has four major pillars or committees. And one of those is Pillar III, Community Involvement. Pillar III is currently working on developing a tourism brochure for Wetzel County. In recent meetings the rich history of the area has come to light. At the current time we are thinking of using the architectural history of our county as the "backbone" for the brochure. We will be listing all long term established events, fairs and festivals as well as restaurants, hotels/motels and camping sites. Our intention is to travel out into the county to help facilitate the research. And in addition, we found out that the 4H was instrumental in the 40's and 50's in bringing all the kids from the towns in Wetzel County together - that's why everybody knows everybody else!!!! So we are exploring that history also.
If you have any photos or documents concerning historical sites in the county I would very much appreciate it if you would be willing to share those. Any history of the 4H in our county would also be of tremendous help as we explore the possible content of the tourism brochure. We don't know the final form that the travel brochure will have but will certainly consider all the possibilities as we are made aware of them.
My name is Sandy Hunt and I approved this message. (Okay, that was supposed to make you laugh!)
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