On to 2019!
2018 was a big year in Lovington! Wow, just like that, a year has come and gone. I started at the Lovington Chamber of Commerce, September 25th, 2017 and this year has flown by. As my first year comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on how the chamber has evolved over the last year and I wanted to share those thoughts with the community. I first want to tell you how Lovington has impacted me personally. I have lived in larger cities for most of my adult life and was unsure of how a city girl like myself would adjust to a small town. After a year of living here, I can confidently say I am beyond grateful this is where I ended up. I have been shown warmth, kindness, hospitality, and support by the residents of Lovington. I got married in April at the Lea County Museum which will always be a special moment I cherish deeply, thanks to Lovington. I’ve also learned a lot about community, family, support systems, and life during my first year here. I truly cannot express my deep thankfulness for those of you who have been a part of my journey and for the City of Lovington for welcoming me with open arms. I couldn’t pick a better city to work, make friends, experience community, or live in. Lovington truly is one of a kind.
To continue about my work over the last year: The chamber has a rich history in supporting businesses in the community. The goal will be to continue to support our businesses and make a positive impact by partnering with them. I once heard it said, “A strong chamber is a strong community.” I believe that to be so. Oil and gas production is booming and what a reflection that is on the hard work and dedication of the people of Lea County. It takes a community working together to support a strong, vibrant area. Which is why I feel it’s important to thank the residents of Lovington again for their commitment towards the chamber. I’ve learned that the men and women that live and work here, care about strong schools, safe roads, and have a sense of pride on where they live and work. It’s that spirit of community that I’ve come to realize really drives us to do our best. With any community, there comes challenges. But I think what sets Lovington apart is that we all truly care about the community we are in, and it shows.
One initiative the “Summer of Lovington”, was a great representation of our amazing city and what can come out of people coming together for one purpose. This event brought together several organizations working together for the common goal of making Lovington a great place to be. It started off with a kick-off party celebrating the Lovington Youth Center and Lovington’s Public Library’s summer programs. This was a way to start the festivities that were planned for the summer. In conjunction with the City of Lovington, Lovington Mainstreet, Lea County Museum and the Chamber of Commerce, the Summer of Lovington showed how we could pull together the community and provide activities and events throughout the summer. It was with the support of the businesses though, that brought the ideas to fruition. This event stands out to me because of the connections that were made, the care of businesses received and showed. This event created an environment for people and businesses to grow, prosper, and enjoy life with quality events.
This last year, the chamber brought in public forums, community live streams, workshops and events. The chamber has seen many businesses prosper and have worked to support local businesses and our community along the way.
To say I am grateful is an understatement. It is because of you that we are able to make a difference in Lovington. I am excited to see what the future holds for Lovington, the chamber, and all of us.
Leslie Everson Boldt