Charlene Saling

Charlene Saling is executive director of the St. Clair Area Chamber of Commerce and is heavily involved in the community. She is a board member for Empac, Mercy Hospital Washington Foundation and Auxiliary, St. Clair Area Chamber Foundation and is a member of the St. Clair City Planning and Zoning Committee. The retiree was formerly employed in the banking finance sector and ended her career as a retail development training manager for US Bank Home Mortgage. 

Saling is a member of Parkway Church of the Nazarene and enjoys spending time with friends attending music concerts, frequenting local wineries, seeking out great restaurants, shopping online and at boutiques and antique districts and reading. She jokes that she has lately become a Netflix junkie. Her favorite activity, however, is avidly following sporting activities of her grandchildren throughout the Franklin County area. She and her late husband have three children, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be … a hair stylist … I was very young and my dad used to let me put rollers in his hair when he was watching television in the evening.

What would you rather be doing right now? Traveling.

Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone that … Now, why would I tell you that?

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Being asked to be present in the delivery room at the birth of my grandson to cut the cord. Owen Michael is the namesake of my late husband.

It really stinks when … people stink!

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Maybe “smile?”

I always laugh when … I hear children laughing.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? What would you serve? My mom, dad and husband, and I would serve roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, home grown tomatoes and cherry pie with ice cream.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to … take a walk or drive to clear my head/sit out on my deck with a glass of wine and relax.

People who knew me in high school thought I was … Not sure, I hope they thought I was kind. 

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was … this is silly, but I appeared on television two times.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to … go to a sporting event for one of my grandkids.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would … Ha! That opens possibilities that do not include “no way.”

America should be more concerned about … embracing our differences rather than focusing on them as obstacles.

I’m OK if there’s ever a national shortage of … Oh, so many things, but I will say crock pots.  My daughter will appreciate that answer!

When I’m in a bookstore, I always go to this section first … I review the top 10 best sellers first.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? You should never depend on anyone else to make you happy.

When I’m cruising down the road, I’m likely listening to … lately, classic vinyl.

I always get sentimental when … listening to music of the ’60s and ’70s.

The older I get, the more I realize … the choices we have made in life have put us right where we are supposed to be. There is no room for regrets. 

If I had one “do-over” I would … I would not choose a “do-over.”

My favorite item of clothing is … SHOES!

If I’ve learned anything at all … In the words of Maya Angelou, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

What do you wish Washington or Franklin County had to offer? A Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

Who is your personal hero or mentor? That has changed throughout the years, and I now realize that with age, the baton passes and you become the mentor.

A historical figure I’d like to meet is: Mark Twain.

In my opinion there is no more beautiful place on Earth than … I love Sedona.

I’ll watch the movie anytime it is on television … “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

What’s your superpower? Not sure I have one, but my kids would say I may have ESP.

If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask? I wouldn’t ask … I believe things need to unfold in their own time.