Debbie Schoonover, left, was presented the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Directors Award by Chamber President Eric Ruf recently during the annual Chamber banquet meeting at Alderson Broaddus University.


“Debbie Schoonover has a long history of service, often behind the scenes, not only in Barbour County but in the state of West Virginia,” said Ruf.  “She has been a leader with the Barbour County Fair Board for over 25 years, and for the same amount of time with the Board of Directors of the Blue & Gray Reunion.  As a Queen’s Pageant Director, she judges pageants throughout the state and is on the judges list for the Miss West Virginia Pageant.  She was the Barbour County Fair Person of the Year,” Ruf said, “and received their Hall of Fame Award.  She is also a member of the state’s Association of Fairs & Festivals Committee, and has received their Hall of Fame Award also”, said Ruf.

Schoonover is a former 4-H member and leader, a West Virginia 4-H All-Star, a member of the Belington Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Philippi Chapter of the Eastern Star, and coached youth soccer for many years.  As Chief Operating Officer of the Belington Clinic, where Ruf is the Director, she developed numerous programs such as the Bonnie Bus Mobile Mammography, Relay for Life Wellness Warriors, Breast Cancer Awareness Program, and the PANIC Love Your Heart Program. “She represents well the clinic at community health fairs and events,” Ruf said, “and is recognized by the Chamber for her long history of service to Barbour County”.