By KAROLYN GEPHART
After 25 years at the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce, ambassador, multitasker, event planner/hostess, finance/accounting specialist, and friend to everyone she meets, Lucy Woltz is starting a new chapter of her life and retiring from her job.
During her time at the chamber, Woltz was a part time worker, then administrative assistant, events coordinator and most recently vice president.
“When I started, the chamber had mostly mom and pop businesses but now we have many home businesses too,” Woltz said.
Woltz and her husband of 35 years, Jim, have a daughter, Jesse, with husband, David, and three grandchildren and a son, Andrew, with wife, Lindsey, who are expecting their first child in September. Jesse lives in Baton Rouge and Andrew in Houston, so road trips are definitely in her future.
Woltz also has five sisters and a brother and enjoys getting together and taking road trips and adventures with them.
Her new life will allow her more time to do this.
She does admit she will miss so many awesome members.
“I have met some incredible people over 25 years. I have been around when their kids were little and now some of them are coming back and being chamber members or volunteering,” Woltz said. “And of course I will miss Carol and Diane. What I won’t miss is early morning events and 14 hour July 4th days.”
Woltz moved to Friendswood when she was 14 years old. She graduated from Clear Creek High School. Her outgoing and friendly personality prepared her for chamber work.
“I’ve known Lucy and her family for most of my life and she has always had that beautiful smile and friendly personality. I affectionately call her Miss Friendswood. She has been the perfect ambassador for our community. She seems to know everyone and has a talent for connecting people. Whatever needed to be done, Lucy could do it and made it fun. Our chamber and community will miss her,” Councilmember Trish Hanks said.
Woltz carries with her in retirement 25 years of memories. Two favorites involve office changes and car shows.
“Moving into our new office, we worked hard to raise money to buy our own building and being a part of it from ground up was exciting,” Woltz said. “Also the first car show is a great memory. I didn’t really understand that people would pay us to come show their car. The morning of the show watching all the classic cars roll into the park was amazing. The most we have had was 180 cars.”
Chamber President Carol Marcantel, together with Woltz, went through many changes.
“Lucy and I have worked together for 25 years but I have known her for almost 30 years. We have grown the chamber from 150 members to 530 members. We have moved from a small office into a large building. The chamber has grown through many years of dedication and hard work to where it is today,” Marcantel said.
Former City Manager Ron Cox met Woltz in 1990.
“Lucy has been a great asset to the chamber and our community. When we first met in 1990 she was a valued member of the July 4th committee,” Cox said. “It is a great pleasure to congratulate her for her dedicated service to our city. We wish she and Jim the best as they move to the next phase of their lives.”
Mayor Mike Foreman also associates parades with Woltz.
“Lucy Woltz has been part of every big celebration in Friendswood; bringing enjoyment to thousands of people of all ages. Everyone loves a parade and, as a long-time volunteer on our Fourth of July committee, some of the best ones in Friendswood have been planned by Lucy,” Foreman said.
He also remembers a time when Woltz played an important role in a situation that involved the entire city.
“What many people may not know is that in one of Friendswood’s darkest moments, Lucy played a key role during the 1997 search for Laura Smither. She dropped what she was doing to help coordinate and equip 6,000 people into search teams. Lucy used her instincts and put in long hours. We all wish the outcome would have been different,” Foreman said. “There’s no way to replace someone like Lucy, but we can be inspired by her example of serving our community in a selfless and dedicated way for many, many years.”
To celebrate her new journey, a special reception is planned for Thursday, March 14 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce at 1100 South Friendswood Drive.
“I am so happy for Lucy to take this next chapter in her life by enjoying her grandkids, spending more time with her husband and doing anything she wants to do,” Marcantel said.