THE MARTINS Ferry Chamber of Commerce recently announced that the very successful Academic Recognition Banquet will be held in 2009 but it won't be held in Martins Ferry.
It will be held at a new location, the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling. For several years the banquet has been held at the White Palace in Wheeling but since the event is so popular and attended so well the old venue was just too small.
Dorothy Powell, executive president of the chamber, said, "We had about 675 people this past year and the fire department told us that the building was only okay for 650 or less. We had no choice if we didn't want to limit the people, we had to get a bigger place."
The May 5 banquet will be the chamber's 25th year of honoring those students who have proved to be doing their best to achieve high marks during their school career.
The Martins Ferry Chamber has gotten a web site for those who want to know what's happening in the business world of Martins Ferry.
The web site, martinsferrychamber.com or martinsferrychamber.org was made thanks to skills and expertise of webmaster, Brian Brown.
Banners and side ads are being offered to chamber members at a cost of $30 a month for the banner ads and $20 a month for the side ads.
Several members have already expressed an interest in being a part of those ads so if anyone is interested, have questions or ideas, call the chamber at 633-2565.
The public can also take advantage of this website since the chamber is finalizing plans for upcoming events to be advertised for local churches, clubs and organizations.
In other business, the chamber is planning to hold its annual raffle at the rec center.
Tickets are $50 for two meals and one chance at the grand prize. The doors will open at 5 p.m.
Also the chamber will be hosting a cornhole tournament on Saturday, Nov. 8. More information will be available at a later date.
The chamber will be mailing out dues notices to its members for 2009. These will be mailed out at the end of September with the dues expected by Dec.31, 2008.
After reviewing their budget, the board of directors have decided to change the amount of dues.
Business dues will be $85 for one, $80 each for two or more; Fraternal organizations and churches will be $50; and Honorary dues will be free.
The 2008 officers include Justin Redinger, president; Randy Greenwood, first vice president; Jim Brown; treasurer; Dorothy Powell, executive director; Marian Klier, secretary; and Paul Riethmiller; city liaison. The Board of Directors are Paul Curnes, Randy Greenwood, Joe Kerker, Justin Redinger, Joe Czuchran, Brian Dawes, Connie Jacob, Kevin Neavin, Lesley Link, EJ Miller, Stephanie Siburt and Bill Suto.
The chamber continues to grow with the addition of Medi-Home, 309 South Fourth Street (on the plaza where the laundromat was located); Rum Runners (formerly Histories) 508 Main St., and MC Thomas Insurance Agency, Inc., Bridgeport. Dan Jones and Son Insurance Agency was purchased by the MC Thomas Agency due to the retirement of long time chamber supporter and community organizer Dan Jones.
For more information of the Chamber of Commerce in Martins Ferry call the office at: 740-633-2565.
Hull can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.