GREENVILLE — The Darke County Chamber of Commerce named John F. Marchal its Citizen of the Year and presented Phillip Pierri its Tourism Citizen of the Year Award during the organization’s annual meeting held Friday.
Marchal is a longtime Greenville attorney, who served as Darke County court judge from 1960 to 1962 and as prosecuting attorney from 1965 to 1968. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and is a member and Past President of the Darke County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section of the Ohio State Bar Association. For the past 30 years, his practice has been concentrated in Estate Planning, Probate Administration and Elder Law.
Marchal has been active in community affairs for more than 50 years including service on the boards of the Brethren Retirement Community, Greenville National Bank, the Darke County Board of Elections, the Darke County Chamber of Commerce, the Greenville Rotary Club, St. Mary’s Church Parish Council and the Boy Scouts of America. John is currently serving as president of The Darke County Historical Society. John resides in Greenville with his wife, Joy.
In accepting the award, Marchal said, “Normally I would say a lot of things, but since my granddaughter is here, I’m going to tell you what she would normally say to me: The less said, the better.”
“Thank you very much, that’s quite an honor, and I think about all those people who’ve been named before me,” he added.
Pierri is the manager of Zechar Bailey Funeral Homes in Greenville and Versailles. He is currently a member and past president of the Greenville Rotary Club, member of the YMCA of Darke County and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In addition, Phillip is the founder of Zechar Bailey’s Team YOLO and a committee member of the Wayne HealthCare Challenge. He and his wife Jodi have four children.
“It’s definitely a true honor,” said Pierri. “I need to thank my wife. She embraces me, she helps me out. There’s this thing out there where people talk about their better half — she’s definitely my better half.”
Pierri also thanked his YOLO associates, saying the award was “a group effort.”
In addition to their Chamber awards, Marchal and Pierri received commendations from representatives of the Ohio Governor’s Office, the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives.
Founded in 1927, the Darke County Chamber of Commerce has 400 member businesses. For further information, visit the organization’s website at www.darkecountyohio.com.
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