365 Things To Do In Wheeling

#10. Join OV Connect. 

I often hear people say or ask, "How can I get involved?" and "What is there to do?"

There are myriad organizations throughout the region (and I'll dedicate a post to each) in which people can become involved.

But first ask yourself this: Why?

Why do I want to be involved?

Is it to volunteer, to have a sense of community, to network, to meet new people, or just because? Once you can answer that for yourself, there is definitely a group out there that is a good fit.

Today, let's discuss OV Connect.     <-----  (that's a link.  Click it.)

In their own words -

Simply put: we’re an organization of young professionals for young professionals.  We believe in fostering ideas to move this Valley forward.  We believe in networking.  We believe in giving back to the community while developing as individuals.  And as you might have guessed from the paragraph above, we believe in washing all that down with some good-old-fashioned fun!
All sorts of characters gather together to network at one of their Pub Run stops.
All sorts of characters gather together to network at one of their Pub Run stops.
Our members come from all over the Upper Ohio Valley.  From the lush, green hills of the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and Southeastern Ohio, to the sprawling Washington – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania region, we’re represented by a wide variety of individuals from a wide variety of businesses and organizations in many different industries.
Our members include bankers, doctors, marketers, non-profit directors and volunteers, attorneys, business owners, artists of all kinds, Web developers, sales professionals, dentists, insurance providers, accountants, chiropractors, educators, stockbrokers, and many other professions. It’s also open to folks entering the work force, getting their education, or staying at home to raise their families.  It is not open, however, to “fuddy-duddies”, whatever they are.  Sorry, duds.
Whether you…
  • Are new to the area and looking for ways to “plug-in”
  • Have been around for a while and are looking for fun/informative events to attend
  • Need to network for professional opportunities for yourself or your business/organization
  • Are comfortable in your career but looking to connect with others
I've been a member of OV Connect for several years and I can tell you this - it's a good group.  The people are genuine, caring, community-minded, and fun.  

It's $20 a year.  And they have super fun events like Pub Run, Zoo Brew, Playground Olympics, and more.  

Below are pics from the Pub Run 2013 & 2014.  You ever drink Guinness to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and then run down the street?  It's just as fun as it sounds!

Facebook and all that - https://www.facebook.com/ovconnect 

Pub Run 2014 is below - 

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