1977 Frenship High graduate now head of Wolfforth Chamber
A graduate of Frenship High School is now at the helm of the Wolfforth Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.
Cindy Stephens took over as the president of the Wolfforth Chamber in April.
Stephens, a 1977 graduate of FHS, married her high school sweetheart, Steve Stephens, just after graduation. She attended Texas Tech, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in education, and then became a teacher.
“All I ever wanted to do was teach school,” said Stephens.
While she started off in the Lubbock Cooper district, she later taught in the Lubbock Independent School District and in the Frenship Independent School District.
“I started the gifted and talented program here at Bennett back in the ’80s,” said Stephens.
When her husband wanted to attend veterinary school at Texas A&M, the family, by then including son Seth and daughter Chelsey, moved to College Station. Following his graduation, they moved to Burleson, but came back to Wolfforth in 2000.
Having moved away from Wolfforth for a while, Stephens said she learned that not all Texans are the same.
“There’s nothing like West Texas,” she said. While it was nice to live near Dallas shops, she said the warmth of friends and family in Wolfforth can’t be beat.
“We won’t ever leave. It’s home,” said Stephens.
Throughout this time, Stephens put in 24 years as a teacher. Currently she works part-time for Pre-Paid Legal Services and part-time for the Lubbock County Extension Office.
As a part of the extension office, she continues to take lessons to students, including lessons on bullying, portion distortion and team building, among many others.
“We can take any kind of lesson in there, but I don’t have to teach to the TAKS,” said Stephens, referring to the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills.
She said she enjoys working for Pre-Paid Legal Services because she gets to help people.
“I’m a people pleaser, which is not always a good thing,” she said with a laugh. “I want people to be happy.”
As the former owner of a catering business called My Lips Are Sealed, Stephens said she still occasionally makes homemade salsa and her special “Cindy Brownies” for friends and clients.
As the new Chamber president, she noted that the Wolfforth Chamber consists entirely of volunteers, most of whom are also working full-time jobs.
As such, she said all Chamber board members have to serve as spokespersons for Wolfforth and the Chamber, and to try to attract new businesses to the Wolfforth area while also trying to provide support for the area businesses.
This year, the Chamber held a business expo for the first time, and it will also be sponsoring a barbecue cookoff in Patterson Park on Aug. 6-8.
“We’re working on trying to have some breakfasts or luncheons,” said Stephens, adding that the Chamber would have guest speakers for Chamber members on relevant information like the new health care bill and how it will impact small businesses.
Stephens has one granddaughter, Bailey Stephens, 11, and will soon welcome a grandson from her daughter, Chelsey Groves.
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