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At its December monthly meeting, the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to fill two vacant board seats.
Pleasant Hill’s Mike Peebles and Hull’s Lisa Smith were selected to represent their respective communities on the board.
Peebles serves as a loan officer at Central State Bank in Pleasant Hill.
In addition, Peebles serves on the Pleasant Hill school board. His father was longtime Pleasant Hill educator and superintendent Donald Peebles.
Smith owns and operates the Hull Community Center – which is the former West Pike School building and the adjoining six acres of ground.
The Hull Community Center hosts a number of private and public events throughout the year, including but not limited to weddings, reunions, fitness classes, and charitable fundraisers. In addition, the building houses a commercial kitchen that can be rented and utilized by community members.
The Pike County Chamber of Commerce was formed in October, 1987 by a county-wide group of business people, municipal officials and concerned citizens. It evolved from the Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce which was chartered in 1950. The formation of a county-wide Chamber ensured adequate representation of the developmental needs for Pike County, and created a central point of reference and information for the County.
The Chamber is run by an elected Board of Directors. Directors are selected from defined geographical areas, including East Pike, South Pike, Pittsfield, Barry, and West Pike. There are also members-at-large who are able to represent the whole county. This type of Board representation ensures that the Pike County Chamber meets the needs of all citizens and businesses throughout the county.
On the board, Peebles and Smith join President Coy Bainter (Great Rivers Bank), Vice-President Diane Vose (JWCC), Treasurer Kaye Iftner (Past Pike County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director), Past President Beth White (FNBG), Susan Chenoweth (Illini Community Hospital), Brenda Middendorf (Pike County Economic Development Corporation), Christy Davenport (Liberty Village), and Natalie Roseberry (County Clerk).
David Camphouse, Pike County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, serves as a non-voting member of the board.