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The Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the Philippi Convention & Visitors Center, both reciprocal members, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month for August. 

Tina M. Shaw, left, is the President of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.  Annette F. Santilli is the President of the Philippi Convention & Visitors Center.

The Marion County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit economic and community development organization, says Shaw, which “connects members to one another and provides them with business assistance, education, recognition, engagement opportunities, and legislative updates.  The Chamber provides leadership to improve economic environment and to enhance the quality of life in Marion County.  It is a volunteer organization that focuses on the economic well-being and quality of life in the county and in North Central West Virginia,” she says.  The Chamber is located at 110 Adams Street in Fairmont, telephone 363-0442, or go to www.marionchamber.com

Shaw is a graduate of Leadership, West Virginia, President of the Marion County Boys & Girls Club, Vice Chair of  the South Fairmont Rotary Club, Chair of the 2018 United Way Campaign, and a member of the American Association of University Women.  She was the 2013 Outstanding Alumna at Fairmont State University where she majored in marketing and communication, and received the Directors Choice Award from the U. S. Small Business Administration in 2016..

The role of the Philippi Convention & Visitors Center is to promote historic Philippi, says center President Annette Santilli.  “Philippi is the home of the renowned Covered Bridge, the site of the first land-battle of the Civil War, and houses our popular historical museum located in the former B&O Railroad Station which also hosts Graham Hamrick’s world-famous mummies.

“The Philippi Convention & Visitors Center sponsors the annual Blue & Gray Reunion, Philippi Main Street’s annual Corn Hole Tournament, Li’l Moe’s Bike Race, and the upcoming Brews & Cruise In on Saturday, August 11th.  The Center also provides the trophies for the Blue & Gray parade, plaques for the Blue & Gray window-decorating contest in downtown Philippi, and trophies for the annual Philippi Christmas Parade,” Santilli says.