|From left Chamber President Randy Allmon, Member Diane |
Lenkey and Member Pastor Mark Blakely (far right) present traveling
Buiness of Month Award to Bill Roberts shown holding th plaque.
The Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce met at Tonda’s Place for their November luncheon. Chamber President Randy Allmon presided. Plans were announced for the annual Christmas Parade and Light-Up Night were announced.
Allmon advised that the 3rd Annual Light-Up night will be held Thursday, December 6, at the 4th Street Square. Ceremonies begin at 5:30 PM. The Daw Middle School group called the Harmonics will be performing. The tree was once again donated by Cope’s Nursery and has been put in place. Members of Wellsville’s First Christian Church youth group will help decorate the tree. The tags for the memorial bulbs have been sold out. Santa will be present to hear all the Christmas wishes and will pose for pictures. Everyone is encouraged to bring their cameras.
The Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 8, starting at 6 PM. The parade will line up near Village Hall and proceed to 4th Street. Parade Chairwoman Sheryl Gibson advised the parade entries will be lined up in the order that they signed up.
Cross Roads Assisted Living is the newest member for the Wellsville Area Chamber. Allmon extended well wishes for the newly combined East Liverpool – Calcutta Chamber. The Wellsville Chamber declined to join.
Member Diane Lenkey reported on a new fund raising project in the works for the Chamber. It will be a new discount card for business members offering different sorts of discounts. Owner Al Cuneo of Ark Wood Products is donating the first 100 cards which will have spaces for advertisements on one side and discount deals on the other side.
Roberts Funeral Home was named November Business of the Month. Located at 631 Main Street in town, Roberts is the oldest family owned funeral home in the village. Owner Bill Roberts father started working in the home in 1936 when it was owned by the Haugh Brothers. “Red” Roberts acquired the business in 1972. Roberts was noted for his strong belief in supporting Wellsville businesses.
Southern Columbiana County United Way Board Chairwoman Diana Allmon was the guest speaker. Mrs. Allmon gave a brief history of United Way & its goals for this area. Their primary goal is to raise money to help support area volunteer social service agencies. This year’s goal is $110,000 and to date 25% has been met. There are 13 member agencies in the southern Columbiana County area. Except for annual dues to United Way any money raised here stays here for support of those agencies. Debbie Koffel is this year’s Fund Raising Chairwoman. Diane Johnston is the local office manager. There will be an end of the year dinner on December 6 at the East Liverpool Country Club to honor past chairmen. Tickets are $20 each for the dinner that begins at 6 PM. Anyone interested is asked to contact Johnston at 330-385-2082.
In other business President Allmon complimented the members of First Christian for all their community service they perform. Funds raised at the Rabies Clinic will be used to purchase supplies for the Wellsville Animal Pound. The pound is looking for a donation of two new doors for the pound. Anyone that can help is asked to Animal Control Officer Heidi Pecorelli.
The Chamber’s annual Christmas party will be held at the Riverside Roadhouse on December 13 beginning at 6:30 PM. This years “Rising Star On The River” will be announced. Those attending are asked to bring a gift wrapped exchange gift to be auctioned. There is a $10 maximum limit on exchange gifts.
The next monthly luncheon will be held in January at a location to be announce later.