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Chamber Elects New Board and Officers

By Staff | Feb 9, 2021

The Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce held its annual membership meeting over the internet platform Zoom on Thursday, January 21st.

At the meetings, members voted on new Directors to add to the Board as well as a revision of the By-laws. Six names were on the ballot for the Board of Directors and all six were approved as Board Members, with terms ending in 2023.

Of those, three were returning members, Ashley Blake with WesBanco in Pine Grove, Julia Matheny with Bayer Heritage FCU & Tina Rush, Local Government Affairs Representative for MPLX.

The remaining three new members of the Board are Andrea Lockhart, DDS with New Martinsville Dental, Larry Tackett, Retired from WVNCC and Miranda Sine-Corcoran with local radio station, Power Country 99.5.

In addition to voting in these six Board Members, the Membership also voted to approve the revision of the by-laws.

Following the membership vote, the Board elected new officers for the 2021 fiscal year.

Don Riggenbach, Chamber President for approximately 17 years, nominated Tina Rush to take that position.

Without debate, that nomination was seconded and unanimously approved by the board. Tina Rush, who has been Chamber Vice President, then nominated Ashley Blake for the VP position.

She was also unanimously voted in along with returning Treasurer April Pierce of Peoples Bank and Secretary Debbie Bennett of WVNCC.

The Meeting was capped off with the presentation of a plaque to Don Riggenbach in recognition of his many years of service and dedication to the Chamber and the community.

After the meeting, Mr. Riggenbach stated “I have worked to grow the Chamber and support our communities of Wetzel, Tyler and Monroe Counties for a long time. I never did it for recognition, but am deeply honored that I am appreciated by those who I have workedwith to make the Chamber a viable entity in this area. And this won’t be an ending but a new beginning for our organization as I can’t imagine leaving it in more capable hands.”