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Waynesboro Chamber names new director

November 30, 1999|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. ? Carlene Willhide on Thursday spoke comfortably with her boss, who affectionately calls her "C.W."

The pair expect that Willhide's transition from the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce's membership manager to executive director will be as smooth as their banter.

After all, Willhide quickly points out that while sitting next to board President Ronnie Martin, she learned myriad skills from departing director MaryBeth Hockenberry.

"I've seen her and how she responds to certain things," Willhide said. "Her message got across to people."

Hockenberry departs the Chamber April 30 after nearly three years at its helm and is moving to Hanover, Pa. Willhide has taken on an increasing number of responsibilities since starting in November 2005.

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"I lived here, I wanted to be here and saw its potential," Willhide said.

The Washington Township, Pa., resident and Waynesboro Area Senior High School graduate said her first moments with the Chamber "felt right, felt natural."

"I've never had a bad day here," Willhide said.

The Chamber's 12-member board of directors was impressed by Willhide's knowledge of the entity's operations, Martin said.

"We feel she can take it to the next level," Martin said.

The board now is seeking a new membership manager, a part-time employee and someone to rent its old offices in the historic Toll Gate House, Martin said.

"We are looking forward to working with all the municipalities ? including the Borough (of Waynesboro) ? on issues that affect the membership," Martin said.

Willhide said she wants to "win people outside the community and bring them in."

The Chamber's greatest services to its members are health insurance and assistance in an array of needs, especially legislative changes, Martin said.

The Chamber can be reached at 717-762-7123.

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