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January Board Meeting

February 2, 2010 - Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce

The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce held their monthly board meeting on January 27.  Two new board members were inducted in a very nice ceremony led by Larry Tackett.  Your two new board members are Fran Caldwell and Sandy Hunt.  The election of officers was also held and the vote was unanimous.   Once again the following people have agreed to serve:  Don Riggenbach, President; Larry Tackett, Vice-President; Mindy Mall, Secretary; Eric Vincent, Treasurer. 

When you see them out and about, please take the time to thank the Chamber officers for their dedication and service to the community.  Until you become involved in these organizations, you really can't comprehend the time that they spend in efforts to better our community.  And not just through the Chamber of Commerce - they are involved in many other organizations in our county and serve those with the same dedication.

Currently, the Chamber is planning a new member orientation with date and time to be announced.  There are currently 28 new members of the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce and the orientation will bring them up to speed on what the Chamber accomplishes as well as the activities we are currently pursuing.  We have four main committees that can all use the talents of the members. 

The next big activity is the awards dinner and Jae Lehew is chairing that event.  We need board members to chair some of the events planned for later in the year such as the celebration dinner and the Christmas parade.   And of course, those that have served in the position before will be available to assist. 

Donna Schramm and Fran Caldwell will be working together on the Chili-Fest this year.  They are looking at the possibility of combining the Chili-Fest with the Parlor City Craft Fair to make both events larger and by so doing attracting even larger crowds. 

The Community Involvement Committee is now the new Wetzel County Convention & Visitors Bureau.  It is a stand-alone entity working in cooperation with the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce as well as other organizations in the county.  The new CVB will begin having regular hours at the Historical Society Museum in the very near future - Saturdays in February, Sandy will be there from 10am to 4pm and both the CVB and and Historical Society members will be reorganizing the displays and updating the look of the museum.  We'll be sure to let you know when we plan a grand re-opening.

WVNCC, the Regional Economic Development committee, and our regional schools are checking the feasibility of offering vocational/technical certification classes for high school students.  I think most of us would agree that our area could benefit from a return to vocational training in Wetzel County. 

The Riverfront Development Committee is currently working on the Festival of Memories and the plan is to also move the Stern-wheeler event to this same weekend.   The committee made a trip to Pt. Pleasant and were very impressed by a portable stage unit that was purchased by the City of Pt. Pleasant for their Riverfront area.  In the near future our own Riverfront committee will be exploring grant possibilities to purchase something similar for Wetzel County to be able to offer more weekend events.  They are also currently looking at a dock system for boats to moor at the downtown New Martinsville location.  If anybody out there has an extra $40,000, the Riverfront Development Committee can purchase the property behind WesBanco.   Of course, you might ask if they would name the amphitheater in your honor (or in memory of the person you choose) for such a generous donation.

Check out the chamber website at for the new on-line fact book about Wetzel County.

My name is Sandy Hunt, and you can reach me at the above email with any comment or questions. 



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