A Bitter Sweet Goodbye, Laura Mendoza Retires
By Susan Skommesa
Late Tuesday afternoon many gathered at the Chamber of Commerce to say goodbye to a dear friend and treasured member of the Chamber staff, as well as our community. A strong sense of bitter sweet filled the air as Laura Mendoza expressed her appreciation for the role she’s played, sorrow in leaving, excitement for the future, mingled with humor and warm stories of affectionate gratitude told by those present.
Laura has worked for the Chamber of Commerce for 5 years, almost to the day. As an Office Administrator, she took care of the day-to-day needs of the chamber, fundraising, events planning, preparing board meeting agendas and a host of other administrative and bookkeeping responsibilities. Listening to the stories though, her reputed force-of-nature came through her relationship building activities, connecting businesses and people to each other, and being the point of contact through which the Chamber could impact the community. As Laura shared her thoughts, her statement that best summed up what seemed to make her so effective was; “It’s been fun being the one common denominator that brings everyone together.”
Other highlights from the afternoon included an amazing finger-food spread, a gorgeous and tasty cake, and the presentation of a plaque of appreciation.
Filling Laura’s capable and efficient shoes is Jayla Bray Melton. Through a brief conversation with Jayla, her friendly and warm personality gave me the impression that the Chamber of Commerce will not miss a beat.
Susan Skommesa is a freelance writer and editor with The Northeast Texan. Her many interests include studying Biblical and Paleo-Hebrew, renovating houses, all things health and nutrition, knitting, homesteading, and teaching and writing on topics of faith, gardening, pets, chickens, and human interest.