Chamber director leaving townships

March 22, 1999

Jeannie BryanBy RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Jeannie L. Bryan will step down next month as president of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, a job she has held for little more than a year.

Bryan, 31, is leaving because her husband has a new job. The family, including the couple's two children, will eventually move back to their home state of Ohio, Bryan said.

Bryan replaced Lori Coover as president of the Chamber. It's offices are located at 217 E. Baltimore St. The Chamber has nearly 300 members, Bryan said.


As president, her job is to coordinate promotional events, serve the members, run the office and recruit new members, among other duties.

The chamber's three biggest events each year are the Heritage Christmas, a golf tournament and a yard and crafts sale. Altogether the three promotions involved bring in an estimated 8,000 people to the community each year.

Last year also marked the triennial Old Home Week Celebration, Greencastle's premier event which has been bringing back thousands of former residents for reunions every three years since the turn of the century.

"I've never seen anything like it," Bryan said. "It took a whole lot of work to put it together. It's something the people of Greencastle are proud of and always have been. This is a close-knit community where everyone seems to know everyone. I wouldn't leave here if it wasn't for my personal situation."

Bryan said major accomplishments in her year at the helm included the reorganization of the Chamber's committees and the way the office is run. She also brought in a new accounting program.

Some committees were dropped, some combined with others and some new ones were created. She also increased publication of the Chamber's newsletter from two to four times a year.

"We're trying to streamline everything," she said. "Things just need fine-tuning."

She said the Chamber's board of directors has already started to advertise for her replacement. So far, 10 people have applied, she said.

"The board will be looking for someone who is well-rounded, diverse and who is a self-starter, someone who can pick up where I leave off," she said.

Bryan will leave Greencastle in April but said she will be around to help train her replacement.

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