Chamber of Commerce chief to retire in April

February 15, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

Waynesboro, Pa. - The bunches of flowers on Carol L. Henicle's desk in her second-floor office at the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce came from her husband and daughters.

The cards read, "Great. You finally did it. Now you can spend more time with us."

Henicle, 55, said this week that she will retire as executive director of the Chamber at the end of April. She's held the post for 10 years.

"Mostly, I want to take the summer off," she said.

She and her husband, Carroll "Bill" Henicle, plan to spend more time on their 25-foot boat in Chesapeake Bay and in their cabin in the woods in Fulton County, Pa., she said. Her husband has been retired for five years, she said.


Henicle said she might look for some volunteer work or a part-time position in the fall.

A search committee for Henicle's successor, headed by Kim Shockey, office manager at the Waynesboro branch of The First National Bank of Greencastle, will meet Monday.

Shockey said the committee wants to review the job description.

"A lot of things have changed since Carol came on," she said.

Shockey said the committee will come up with the salary range and, for the first time, a benefits package. Henicle makes $38,000 per year.

The position will be advertised in area newspapers, on the Web and in Chamber publications, Shockey said.

Henicle said she's proud to leave the 375-member Chamber's budget in good financial health. The Chamber office also has a new computer system, the building has been renovated and there is a new Web site.

The chamber's budget runs around $100,000 per year, she said. Henicle is the only full-time employee. Joan Cordell, wife of Art Cordell, chairman of the Washington Township Supervisors, works as a part-time secretary in the Chamber office at 323 E. Main St.

Henicle points to her efforts to open the 120-acre Wharf Road Industrial Park in December 2002. So far, one tenant has moved in and prospects for a second are looking very good, Henicle said.

Henicle said she also can point to some disappointments in her years at the helm.

"One of the biggest is that l couldn't revitalize the downtown," she said.

Henicle also lamented the loss of the Doris I. Billow Ice Arena in Zullinger, Pa., that opened in 1997 and never became a success. The $3 million venture eventually went bankrupt and the building sold in a sheriff's sale.

Since then, it has been taken over by The Tennis Club, an indoor tennis facility that has been successful.

"I'm happy that it's become a recreation facility," Henicle said.

Washington Township Manager Michael A. Christopher said Henicle's retirement will be a loss for the community.

"She's done an outstanding job for the Waynesboro area," Christopher said. "She's represented the area in many diverse areas. She has worked hard and has the community's interest at heart. Her leadership in many areas will be missed.

"She's too young to put her feet up on the desk," he said.

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