ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville Space Chamber of Commerce loved a spirited night at Belmont Faculty and acknowledged companies which have gone above and past of their dedication to the group in the course of the 2021 annual dinner and awards Thursday.
The attending enterprise representatives additionally loved an interesting presentation from Cyril Wecht, a celebrated forensic pathologist who has weighed in on the irregularities of quite a few high-profile murders because the Nineteen Sixties.
Belmont Financial savings Financial institution took the prize of Enterprise of the Yr. Wheeling Hospital, the scheduled presenter, was unable to be represented, however E.J. Schodzinski, director of selling and growth at Crittenton Companies, learn the hospital’s assertion concerning the financial institution.
“How they really feel about this group is clear in all the things they do. They’ve a ardour. They care, and they’re residing life out locally day by day,” he mentioned, including that this contains sponsoring native occasions and serving to companies and people obtain their objectives. “They all the time have one thing on the calendar that has one thing to do with the group.”
“This really means the world to us,” Belmont Financial savings Financial institution President Todd Cowl mentioned, including the financial institution is dedicated to the group.
“We’re not a typical financial institution,” he mentioned. “We wish to have a whole lot of enjoyable, however that’s not what separated us. What separates us is 2 phrases: we care. … We care about our prospects. We care about communities. We care concerning the faculties. … We’re all the time there.”
Cowl credited the workers for making this potential.
“I can’t promise we’ll all the time remedy all of your issues, however I can promise you a couple of issues: we’ll be there to pay attention, we’ll offer you all the things we’ve bought…and most significantly, we’ll care.”
He acquired a standing ovation.
United Method of Higher Ohio Valley was awarded for Neighborhood Involvement. Jessica Rine, govt director, accepted the award from Belmont Faculty President Dr. Paul Gasparro.
“For the great efforts they put forth within the tri-state space and the work that they’ve placed on for the group is unparalleled,” Gasparro mentioned.
The Residents Inn by Marriott in St. Clairsville was awarded Distinguished Employer of the Yr for offering alternatives for a variety of workers with disabilities.
“We’re very dedicated. We appreciated it. We strive our greatest and attempt to do higher annually,” Brianna Ball, operations supervisor for Residents Inn, mentioned.
Brenda Garletts, outreach coordinator of the Belmont Profession Middle, was named Ambassador of the Yr for her efforts in selling the world and gaining new chamber members since late 2019. She credited St. Clairsville Space Chamber of Commerce Director Wendy Anderson with inspiring her to behave as an envoy.
“I went all the way down to the chamber workplace and I had simply moved right here and didn’t know anyone,” Garletts mentioned. She added that group spirit, compassion, relatability and a capability to speak to individuals have been very important to the work. “I’m an excellent volunteer. … I’m proud this system has continued to develop. We do a whole lot of various things, we go to a whole lot of completely different occasions, but it surely simply retains rising.”
Schodzinski mentioned the chamber now has 500 enterprise members.
“Fairly an accomplishment,” he mentioned.
Wecht’s keynote presentation took on a personable environment as he interspersed private tales and impressions with the recitation of historic homicides.
He lamented the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic and referred to different widespread ailments which have impacted the nation prior to now. He additionally inspired all to get vaccinated.
He additionally commented on the rising recognition of forensic science, significantly because it has gained prominence in lots of types of fiction. He added that forensic science has existed in a single kind or one other all through civilization, and forensic science applications are being taught in a mess of schools.
“It’s caught on like wildfire,” he mentioned.
He associated his investigations into details and irregularities surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, together with odd selections of who was chosen to carry out the post-mortem, and leveled criticisms in opposition to the FBI’s actions. He additionally went over oddities within the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., in addition to occasions surrounding the homicide trial of O.J. Simpson, the homicide of Jonbenet Ramsey and the loss of life of Elvis Presley, all of that are additionally mentioned in Wecht’s varied books.