The Last Word with Ginny Chase

146-TheLASTword42-sfwSay “November” and the first thing people think of is being thankful. The Last Word is thankful we caught up with Ginny Chase, Director of the Lewisville-Clemmons Chamber of Commerce, at the perfect time – as she was celebrating her 3 year anniversary with the Chamber!  Ginny was kind enough to carve some time out of her busy schedule and sit down with us at the Historic Broyhill to chat. 

  1. How did you get involved with the Chamber? Was it something you fell into? “Fell into is perfect. I spent 16 years at home taking care of my husband Doug and two sons, Andrew and Ethan. Once Andrew got his driver’s license, it opened up my time, giving me the opportunity for part-time work. A friend of mine mentioned to me that the Chamber was hiring.  I came in for the interview and three years later, here I am! I am so lucky working in a job I love.”
  2. What is the most rewarding part of working at the Chamber? “The people I get to interact with every day! I have met so many wonderful successful business people.  The businesses in our area are so diverse.  I also love where I work.  The Historic Broyhill is so warm and inviting – a great place to come every day.”
  3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? “Italy.  I don’t even have to think about that answer.  Ask my husband and sons, they’d all agree that is number one on my bucket list.  Imagine traveling there, enjoying the food, wine tasting, not to mention the scenery.”  
  4. What defines a person as your friend?  What trait draws you to them? “Funny – when we first moved here 11 years ago for Doug’s work, we didn’t know a soul. Luckily I was invited to a wine tasting in the neighborhood, meeting other women with children around the same age, finding out most people were exactly like us, transferring in when Reynolds merged with Brown & Williamson. I met my friends throughout the neighborhood and we’ve been together ever since. Two traits I look for in a friend are loyalty and trust. I think friends should also be funny, optimistic and kind.  I feel very strongly that life is short, so surround yourself with people that bring out the best in you.”  
  5. Favorite trail for walk/bike/run in the Winston-Salem Area? “Tanglewood Park.  I am a recreation runner and I love the trails at Tanglewood. I didn’t get into running until a friend invited me to run a 5K with her, and then I was hooked.  In the summer you can escape the heat by running in the shade provided by the trees.” 
  6. What is your biggest life lesson learned as a parent? “My biggest life lesson is flexibility. Many who know me know that I am very structured, I like everything controlled. Enter children and nothing goes as planned! They have taught me how to roll with things and remain peaceful. It is wonderful seeing your small children growing up into productive young adults.”  
  7. F146-TheLASTword87-sfwavorite vacation – describe it in detail, and what made it special? “Kiawah Island, South Carolina!  The beaches are not crowded, with no rocks or shells, no high rise condos.  It also has great running and biking trails. I ran my first half marathon there in December. It is special because of the memories I have made there with my husband and kids.”
  8. Whats your guilty pleasure? “Sunday nights with my four girlfriends! We have been getting together on Sunday nights for 10 years.  The husbands take over the kids, we sit around eating, drinking and LAUGHING!”
  9. If you could re-live one life experience, what would it be and why? “Going back to college and reliving that all over again.  We just dropped my first son off at the University of South Carolina.  College is so different than when I went to school. So many more opportunities to connect, travel abroad, and the dining hall experience is so much better!  Let’s not forget the sleeping in and no responsibility other than school work.”
  10. Name someone you admire and why. “My mother.  She was a stay-at-home mom and raised six children.  Every night we had a home cooked meal, eating dinner as a family.  I admire her because she never lost her temper with six kids.  I don’t ever remember her complaining.  She did her job as a mom and gave 100 percent.  She was always loving and kind.  To this day, people tell me how lucky I am having such a sweet mother.”