This week during the Mineral County Day activities in Charleston, numerous state leaders offered expressions of gratitude for the 22-year-long service of Anne Palmer as executive director of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, and Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

For the News Tribune
This week during the Mineral County Day activities in Charleston, numerous state leaders offered expressions of gratitude for the 22-year-long service of Anne Palmer as executive director of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce, and Convention and Visitors' Bureau.
From Governor Jim Justice through the State Senate and House of Delegates, citations for faithful service were presented in the opening moments of each chamber Thursday morning.
Attorney General Morrisey presented his commendation during his meeting with the Mineral County representatives on Thursday afternoon. At the Mineral County Luncheon for members of the Legislature, a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition was presented from Congressman David McKinley.
The commendation language made note of a number of Anne's accomplishments:
 - She was asked by Dr. Harry Boggs to take the job for a few months in 1995 just before the annual Yuletide Ball in Keyser was to take place, because it needed to be planned, and the rest is history.
Her happiest accomplishment is the foundation of Mineral County Day, along with Terry Stephens and Curtis Durst, and she is most pleased with its successes over its 18 years, including grants for historical buildings, infrastructure projects, the new bridge over the Potomac River coming into Keyser, and successes with Potomac State College.
This year a team of approximately 30 people have been planning Mineral County Day, many of whom are young leaders in the county.
 - Her work on attracting businesses to Mineral County saw results with Peebles' new Keyser store and Walmart coming to the county.
 - Under her leadership the chamber found a permanent location in town, and gave leadership to festivals including the Strawberry Festival, Octoberfest, and the Farmers Market at the Pines.
 - And this year Anne saw a dream come true as the first Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade float featured Jack Rollins, writer of “Frosty the Snowman” who called Keyser home. The float appeared in the Keyser, Elk Garden, and Tri-Towns Christmas parades.
 - Along Route 220, the main thoroughfare through Keyser, there is a welcome sign calling Keyser "The friendliest city in the USA,” and if a newcomer were fortunate enough to meet Anne Palmer in the chamber office first, they indeed would believe  that sign to be true.
“We wish Anne the best in her return to her home state of Kentucky this year, and just wanted to take a moment to say ‘Thank You!’ for a job well done, for 22 years of dedicated service to the people of Mineral County, and the State of West Virginia,” said John Lecky, president of the chamber of commerce.
And in The Legislative citations:
Be it known on this 11th day of the month of January, 2018, that on this Mineral County Day in the Legislative Houses of The State of West Virginia, that we gratefully acknowledge the devoted service of one Anne Palmer, the executive director of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce; in so far as she has:
For 22 years faithfully served Mineral County as the chamber's executive director, and also as executive director for the Mineral County Convention and Visitors' Bureau;
And for now 18 years organized the Mineral County Day in Charleston, having founded such with fellow county residents Terry Stephens and Curtis Durst;
And during these many years offered devoted outstanding citizen service to the State of West Virginia, in that:
When she encountered something she did not know, she set out to learn it;
When she was asked a question she did not have an answer for, she found it;
When she met a stranger to our state, she offered welcome;
When approached by a business with interest in locating to Mineral County, she made every effort to assist with the information and services needed;
When beset by obstacles in her path; she navigated around them;
When no one else would take on a task she felt important for fellow citizens of the County; she took it on;
When first though of as an outsider from Kentucky, she demonstrated such loving service that her County in short order embraced her and her family as one with them, home in Mineral County, West Virginia;
We, the members of the Legislature of the State of West Virginia, pause this day to acknowledge the faithful service of Anne Palmer, and do gratefully count her as an outstanding citizen example of selfless service for the well-being of the people of Mineral County, and The State of West Virginia.”