WEIRTON - Weirton's Hall of Fame Committee wants to make sure future members know what they're getting into when they volunteer to help.
Earlier this week committee member Frank Bohach asked Weirton City Council for help, pointing out there still are several openings on the committee, which not only solicits, reviews and votes on hall of fame nominations, but also organizes the annual banquet and arranges for the plaques and medals given to honorees.
"We need help," he told council Tuesday. "We've never had a full complement of nine members on that committee in all the years I've been involved."
But Bohach, the last remaining member of the original committee, said those who are interested in serving need to know up front it's not an easy job, "to the point where a lot of people have left because it required so much of their time."
"Last year we went through 21 applications to whittle down to the seven honorees," he said.
While some openings have been filled, Bohach said Ward 3 and Ward 6 still have slots to fill.
Councilmen Fred Marsh (Ward 3) and David Dalrymple (Ward 6) both said they're looking for volunteers, saying the time-consuming nature of the task has made it difficult to locate candidates. Those interested in being part of the committee should contact them, they said.
"It's tough finding people to volunteer for anything, much less something where there's that much work involved," Dalrymple added.
Bohach, meanwhile, asked council to consider designating a city employee to assist them with "some of the running around that has to be done." He also asked council to consider appropriating funds out of next year's budget for the project.
"We're going to run out of money next year," he said, noting the two grants from the state that have funded efforts thus far will be gone after this year. "We're hoping next year council can (earmark) money in the budget so we can continue."
The committee was founded in 2009.
Despite the work involved, Bohach said serving has "been a privilege."
"I've learned so much about the people of this city," he said, adding that it's given him "a sense of the people who make up this city, who turned it into what I believe is a great city."
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