When the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce announced Thursday that Lexie Hash is going to be the new Chamber director, you could almost hear a collective sigh followed by a "Who else?" throughout Estherville.
Hash is a natural choice if there ever was one.
For starters, Lexie has been an active participant in Sweet Corn Days activities and other community events since she was a little kid. If you wanted to find Lexie, all you had to do was go where something was going on. And there she was.
And despite her relative youth, which in her case is a good thing, Lexie has already earned her stripes, both as a volunteer and for the past two summers when she worked as events coordinator for the Chamber. She was the breath of fresh air that made everyone look at the events that she handled in a different light.
She also comes to the Chamber well prepared with a degree in business and finance from Minnesota State University in Mankato. That gives her the knowledge to put a lot of her ideas into practice, fueled by her boundless energy.
Her predecessor, Stephanie Neppl, is moving on to bigger and better things as director of communications with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in Princeton, N.J., most definitely an Ivy League venue. Stephanie's true love is tennis, and given a similar position that she held in New Zealand, she'll no doubt make a huge impact in the tennis world.
What this all goes to show is that, while Estherville can grow some world-class people, it can also offer the opportunities to keep them here where they can raise families and contribute to the community.
And that's a powerful thought.