New president takes over helm of Wolfforth chamber

A new leader took over as head of the Wolfforth Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture last week.

Terri Robinette served as vice president under Cindy Stephens over the past year, and took over as president at the conclusion of the chamber’s business meeting and recognition banquet last Thursday in the Casey Administration Building.

Robinette said she moved to the Lubbock area about 12 years ago to attend Texas Tech and liked the area so much she made it home. She and her family moved to Wolfforth about five years ago.

She became involved in the chamber to meet people and make connections, as well as to help create new events and market the city of Wolfforth.

Robinette has been a Realtor for more than a year, and hopes to specialize in the Wolfforth area through Keller Williams.

“This is where I’d like to focus my business on, the Wolfforth area for sure,” she said.

After growing up in Colorado City, she said Wolfforth seemed a bit like home.

“It’s close to the same size as Wolfforth. Of course, the schools are smaller,” said Robinette. “I’d like for my kids to go to church and to school with kids that are right here close and not so spread out as in Lubbock.”

As president of the chamber, Robinette said she wants to see businesses network more, and she hopes to bring educational opportunities for business owners. She wants business owners to be able to get marketing guidance and information on running small businesses from the chamber.

Robinette said one item that small-business owners might want to know more about is social media and how to use it in a business.

The chamber faces challenges, Robinette said, because it has a volunteer board whose members struggle to have enough time for their careers and the needs of the chamber.

“I think time management is a challenge for everyone today,” said Robinette.

Another challenge the chamber faces is letting people know about the organization and how it can help them.

The chamber really needs more feedback from members about how they would like the chamber to help them, she said. She said she would like to know what kind of speakers the members might want to hear from.

“If they have an idea, I want them to know they can call me, they can call any of the board members,” she said. “I definitely can’t help if I don’t know.”

Robinette said the chamber has to get Wolfforth’s name out and let people know of the unique qualities it has and its separate identity from Lubbock.

She said she is excited about the possibility of helping to get a pavilion built in Wolfforth’s Patterson Park. The chamber has approached the city about building a pavilion to host a concert during its second barbecue cookoff July 29-30, but the outdoor gathering place could also be used for parties, awards, the Wolfforth Fourth of July event and Harvest Festival.

“I think it’s a very positive thing,” said Robinette. “I think it would open up a place to have some more events.”

Robinette described herself as a “yes person” who loves volunteering.

She is a Sunday school teacher at Wolfforth United Methodist Church and operates a taxi service for three young daughters. She enjoys renovating houses and being outside.

“I’m an outdoors kind of person. I love to decorate. And any time that I can just sit down and play with the girls, it’s nice,” she said.

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