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October Board Meeting

October 29, 2009 - Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce

There are a lot of exciting things happening in Wetzel County.  Your Chamber of Commerce met on October 28th at 8am for their monthly board meeting to review and receive updates on recent activity.

October is member recruitment month for the Chamber and we had 17 new members as of the time of the meeting.  It's not too late to join and receive all the benefits of membership for 1/2 price.  In addition, members who signed up and paid in October will receive 2 free tickets to the Celebration Dinner and 2 free tickets to the next Business After Hours.  The local radio station is offering 75 commercial spots for free with your membership.  If you are a Wetzel County business, or a company that does business in Wetzel County, this should be a no-brainer.  You can't get 75 radio spots for the price of membership!

Upcoming activites include the Chili-Fest on October 31st.  This is the 10th anniversary of the Chili-Fest and we have more vendors and participants than ever before.  On a personal note, you might want to be at the Courthouse at noon to hear Rob Campbell, a local who is also a Nashville recording artist.  Make sure to visit downtown on Saturday and experience this year's Chili-Fest!

The theme for this year's Christmas parade is "All I Want for Chrismas Is..." and the date is December 5th.  Sponsorship letters have already gone out to all Chamber members and this sponsorship also includes the Celebration Dinner to be held on December 10th.  Key-note speaker will be Jeff Kessler.   Reserve your seats as soon as tickets become available and learn about all the accomplishments of your local Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Free lunch and lecture at WVNCC on Friday, October 30th at noon features Tom Myslinsky speaking on Social Media.  They just finished a class at the college and plan to offer it again in January.   If you want to learn more about Facebook, Twitter, Digg, etc. please call the college and let them know of your interest either in the lunch and lecture or the class that will begin in January.   Using Social Media for business is entirely different than using it for pleasure.  If you aren't online yet as a business, you need to be - and soon!  Larry Tackett did a presentation at the board meeting on the Social Media revolution - Shift Happens!!

We are researching starting a Convention and Visitors Bureau for Wetzel County.  Don't let the title alarm you - this is basically the arm of tourism for the state.  We have a lot to offer in the way of parks, recreation, and cultural activities and we need to start leveraging our assets.  I will keep you posted as this develops. 

Lucille Blum gave a report on the progress of a Camper Park on Hydro Drive.  Dave White has sketched out the plan and is working in concert with the Parks and Recreation Dept. of New Martinsville.  The current plan calls for 7 campsites with the possibility of expanding to 20.  Addressing access to Hydro Drive for campers and RV's is the first item on their agenda.   And if you haven't seen them yet, the new ball fields are wonderful.

The next Business After Hours will be hosted by City Wide in November with date and time to be announced.  If you are currently a Chamber member and would like to host a BAH, please contact the Chamber Office at 304-455-3825 or send an email to me at the above address.

Make sure you check out the Chamber website at and sign up for the newsletter to stay on top of current events.   You can submit items to the Chamber office to be considered for publication in the newsletter.  We are always looking for articles of interest concerning Wetzel County and any activities that may be coming up.  

We are the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce and market Wetzel County to prospective businesses as well as to those who may be moving into our area.   If it seems as though you hear mostly about what is going on in New Martinsville is because that's the information your Chamber hears about.  We have several new members from across the river in the Hannibal and Sardis area and I hope they take advantage of the Chamber and let us know what is happening in their communities.  Same for all the communities of Wetzel County - let us know so we can promote, promote, promote!!!

I had the chance to travel through Reader the other day and I've just got to mention what a beautiful community that is.  The pride of their citizens is so obvious.  Clean, no litter or trash and all the properties (at least on Rt. 2) are so well maintained.  I felt good just being there.  A little slice of "almost heaven".  Keep up the good work, Reader!

My name is Sandy Hunt.   Feel free to contact me at 


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