Karen Larry, left, and Mary Pletcher, right, are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in November.

Larry is Director of Marketing at Adaland Mansion.  Pletcher is the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Premier Bank First Central Division in Philippi.

Karen Larry is a native of Fairmont and graduate of St. Peter’s High School.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Fairmont State University, two Master’s Degrees from West Virginia University in Communications and Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate in Education at Marshall University.

Larry was a teacher and Drama Director at Morgantown High School, and teacher at Philip Barbour High School where she was Director of the Teachers Center.  She was Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of West Virginia Schools in Charleston for twenty-two years before retiring in 2009.  She is the current President of the Barbour County Education Association, Chairperson of Kid’s Day for the Blue & Gray Reunion, was a two-term President of Delta Kappa Gamma education honorary, and President of the county’s association of school employees.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philippi Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Barbour County Community Foundation, the Ocean City (MD) Condominium Board, and St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church.  She was a Barbour County Teacher of the Year, Distinguished West Virginian, and Philippi Main Street Volunteer of the Year.

Larry said, “I represent the many volunteers who give hours of their time to keep open the doors of Philippi’s historical gem.  Volunteers at Adaland helped with the initial 1996 opening of the 1870 Neo-Greek home, contributing approximately 40,000 hours restoring the house so that others might enjoy its magnificence.  Our volunteers serve guests at High Tea, and spend days decorating the mansion to create the holiday magic the region has come to celebrate during the holidays.

Each season, Adaland welcomes nearly 5,000 visitors,” said Larry.  “Every year, more than 40 volunteers greet our guests, conduct guided tours, demonstrate crafts, clean, set up and take down furnishings, bake and serve food, and the list goes on.  I have always believed that public service is the way we can give something back to the community.  It is how we ‘pay our rent’ and the way communities further their well-being,” she said.

Mary Pletcher is a Buckhannon native and graduate of Elkins High School.  She has been employed by Premier Bank as a Loan Officer, Assistant Vice President, and Branch Manager since 2000.  Pletcher is a member of the Tennerton Lions Club, the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers with the Salvation Army and Buckhannon Literacy program.

“Premier Bank’s commitment to this community is as strong as ever, as it is among our other branch communities of Buckhannon, Bridgeport, Gassaway, Flatwoods, Burnsville, Clay, Rock Cave and Sutton,” said Pletcher.  “As a community-based financial institution, loan decisions are made locally.  We continue to offer a line of products and services on par with other banks,” she said, “and you will find friendly and knowledgeable employees whose expertise and efficiency will make your banking experience the best it can be.

We believe in taking an interest in the community we serve and helping our neighbors,” Pletcher said.  “Our charitable giving has a local focus.  Whether it’s an academic program at a local elementary school, or pitching in at a community fund-raiser, we’re working hard to improve the quality of life where we live and work.  Premier Bank is the right bank for all your financial needs,” she said.