Parkersburg Area Jaycees finish 2017 projects

Photo Provided The Jaycees held their annual Christmas party and collected for the Latrobe Street Mission.

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Area Jaycees closed out 2017 with two final community outreach projects and are preparing for more projects in the coming year.

On Friday, Dec. 22, the Jaycees organized a Christmas party for the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg that included a dinner catered by Mary B’s Diner, gift certificates from local businesses, and a visit from Santa sponsored by Goff Brothers Machine and Fabrication. Two weeks earlier, on Friday, Dec. 8, they hosted their annual Christmas party at the North End Tavern and collected essentials for the Latrobe Street Mission to use over the holidays.

The Parkersburg Area Jaycees are the local chapter of the Junior Chamber International. The organization is open to young people ages 18 to 40 who are interested in growing their business network while also giving back to their community.

This past year, the Parkersburg Area Jaycees also awarded their third annual scholarship to an outstanding local high school senior, raised money for the Humane Society of Parkersburg through a drawing for WVU season football tickets, and collaborated with Generation MOV to throw a Halloween party for the Boys and Girls Club.

The Jaycees once again partnered with Downtown PKB to put on the Downtown Throwdown, which has become the premier fall event for the area and grown to over 1,000 attendees, and with the Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley by volunteering to help at Chamber events, participating in Chamber meetings, and sponsoring an award at their year-end dinner.

The group’s 2018 schedule kicked off with the election of new board members. Christian Wilcox of BB&T was elected president, while Mark McLean of Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Company will assume the role of Chairman. The remaining board members for 2018 include: Nick Curry, Curry Warehouses, VP of Social Project Management; Megan Hardway, Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley, VP of Marketing and Communications; Chantel Grogg, United Bank, VP of Community Development; Chelsey Snyder, WesBanco, VP of Membership; and Ford Rucker, United Bank, Treasurer.

In the coming months, the Jaycees will be planning activities and events for the coming year, including the awarding of their scholarship, fundraising for local charities, and hosting social events. For more information or to join the organization, visit or email


Mark McLean is Jaycees Chairman and Vice President at Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal.