Forty Morrow County Chamber of Commerce members had the opportunity to give one minute commercials at the October meeting. There was just enough time at the noon luncheon at the Morrow County Hospital for each person to speak about their business or agency.
Cardington Yutaka had the largest business represented. Yutaka representative, Casey Pollock said the industry now has over just over 1,000 associates working there.
New businesses included Trish Philbrook of Kountry Kennels and the Oxygen Store represented by Brooke Jackowski and Courtney Long.
Greg Gompf and Chris Conant were there to give a plug for the new “Young Professionals” group in Morrow County. They meet at Cornerstone Restaurant in Mount Gilead the first and third Wednesday morning every month at 6 a.m.
Herb Baldwin and Carol Lessick of Howard Hannah realtors said it has been a good year for real estate sales in Morrow County. Business is up with $20 million dollars in sales so far this year. Their observation was seconded by Leann Gompf of Century 21. She said it is the best year since she began selling real estate.
There was a variety of businesses that included: Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Printing Arts Press and Gompf Funeral Services. Financial institutions and Banks were represented by Fawn Mollenkopf and Erin Kelty for First Knox National, Christina Rowland for United Bank and Andy Bower for Edward Jones.
Schools in the county represented were: Mount Gilead Schools, Pioneer Vocational and the Tomorrow Center. Jonathan Kelly spoke about the importance of Passage for the Morrow County Hospital Levy. Cardington Family Dental and the Stojkovic Dental staff spoke for dentists in the county.
The new Community Center Director, Sara Baldwin, was introduced and reported on Community Center activities. Other agencies included United Way, Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Prevention of Morrow County, Community Action Program and Delaware-Morrow Mental Health and Recovery Program.
Don Wiggins reported for Flying Horse Farms and Dick Miller was present for the Morrow County Commissioners.
Cathy Francis encouraged Chamber members to adopt a family or contribute to a food pantry this Christmas. She said she has been organizing the Christmas for families program in the county since 1975. That first Christmas there were 10 families who received Christmas gifts, food and toys. In 2014 there were 390 families in the county who received gifts, clothing and food at Christmas.
Francis announced that Christmas in the Village will be Friday December 4th in Mount Gilead. The theme is “Lighting up the Village” and it will be held in the evening with a parade.
Alberta Stojkovic is a correspondent with the Morrow County Sentinel and can be reached at [email protected]