ELVERSON (December 16, 2019) – Mark and Dottie McGill, long-time community advocates and owners of McGill’s Stationers in Thorndale for more than 25 years, were recently honored by state Senator Andy Dinniman and the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce (WCCC).

The McGills received the chamber’s Joseph G. Filoromo, Jr. Community Service Award at the organization’s recent annual holiday dinner at French Creek Golf Club.

Dinniman was on hand to present the honorees with special Senate citations in recognition of their achievements.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and organizations like the Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce continue to play an important role in supporting them and the business community,” Dinniman said. “I want to recognize the honorees and thank them for their service in giving back to the community and mentoring the next generation of business and community leaders.”

In addition to growing McGill’s Stationers into a staple of the community, they have given a lifetime of service to others in the western Chester County region. The pair have served as dedicated Rotarians. Mark is a 41-year member and past president of Coatesville Rotary, a Rotary District Governor of Southeastern Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Thorndale Rotary. Dottie is a Charter member and past president of the Thorndale Rotary.

Mark currently serves on the Board for Coatesville Area Partners for Progress (CAPP), has served as a member and past president on the Board of Handi-Crafters, was a founding member of the Strawberry Festival in 1985, and helped launch the STRIVE program at Coatesville Area High School. Through Rotary,

Dottie has contributed to many projects, including book bags for Caln Elementary School and Caln Christmas Families. Dottie served for 10 years as treasurer of the Women’s Auxiliary, actively engaged in programs benefiting the hospital. She was also involved with the former Soroptimists Club and worked with the “Friends of the Library” to get the new building built for the Coatesville Library.

After receiving the award, Mark McGill said, “These last 41 years have been a great journey, I am very happy and glad I could contribute to my community.”

WCCCC also honored former Chamber Board Member, Janet Petsko of Image Ink, with the Elliott R. Jones Memorial Award for her continued commitment to enhancing the Chamber and its impact on the business community.

Petsko and her business partner, Judy McNeal, bought their business, Image Ink in 2008. Petsko served on the WCCC Board of Directors for six years and was chair of its Communications Committee for eight years. As Communications Chair, Janet showed outstanding leadership and dedication. She was an advocate for starting its Western Chester County Life Magazine in partnership with Chester County Press.

The Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1916 and is the oldest chamber of commerce in Chester County. One of its top priorities is encouraging mentorship to inspire and grow the leaders of tomorrow.

WCCC President Karl Klingmann II reminded attendees that “mentorship can mean a lot of different things to different people and it is important that we try to reach out and extend our hand to others and uplift them.”

WCCCC currently has 380 members and serves 24 municipal areas in the County’s dynamic and growing western region. WCCCC’s mission is to connect our members to new ideas, resources, and relationships to achieve their goals.

For more information, visit www.westernchestercounty.com