Chamber director Lane looks forward to final retirement

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 4/5/21

After a little more than three years working for the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Linda Lane is retiring, again.

Lane first retired in 2006 following a 16-year stint as Edgar …

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Chamber director Lane looks forward to final retirement

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After a little more than three years working for the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Linda Lane is retiring, again.

Lane first retired in 2006 following a 16-year stint as Edgar County Treasurer.

“After I retired as treasurer, I took a job at Dimond Brothers for a couple of years,” she said.

That employment was cut short when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Lane and her husband sold their Paris home and moved to St. Louis to be closer to their daughter. Lane explained her son-in-law worked nights and the younger couple needed help with childcare during the trying time.

She remained in Missouri for five years until the grandchildren were old enough to assume more personal responsibility. At that point, she and her husband returned to Paris.

“When I moved back to Paris I learned the Chamber had an opening for an office manager,” said Lane. “I wasn’t looking for a job. They were looking for me.”

She added the office manager job was a good fit since she had so many contacts in the community from her years as treasurer. The opportunity to move into the executive director’s role followed a transitional period when the Chamber was without a director and board members were trying to fulfill that duty while still working at their own careers.

Lane became executive director Feb. 14, 2018, and now that her retirement is official she said it is a bittersweet because she enjoyed her time with the Chamber and appreciated the relationship with a working board of directors. Still, she said the time is right to leave.

“This is the perfect time of year to make the change,” said Lane. “I like to be out in the yard working with flowers. I don’t think I will get bored.”

She does plan to remain involved with some Chamber activities like the Christmas in Paris committee and the new effort to create an Eifel Tower in Paris, just at a reduced scale from executive director. Most of her focus will be on retirement pleasures like traveling, especially to see grandchildren in college, and having more time available for family.

“I actually retired three times. I’m going to make this one stick,” Lane said.