Audrey Ellis, the executive director of the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce, announced her resignation in a letter to chamber members Sept. 24.
Ellis has served as director of what was formerly called the Eastern Plumas Chamber since 2010.
“It is with heartfelt sadness that I now tell you that I am leaving,” she wrote. “As many of you know, I came to America with my husband Les, to follow our dream of living in America.”
In addition to her work with the chamber, Audrey and her husband were partners in a solar home development in Quincy. They both became well known in Eastern Plumas and Quincy.
“We have had a wonderful adventure, but we miss our family — our son, grandbabies, sister and lifelong friends,” she continued. “Les and I have decided to return to England. We will miss our many friends here in America, and will remember you all with great affection.”
Patricia Ryan, who is president of the chamber’s board of directors said, “Audrey has been a key member for the chamber and she will be sorely missed.”
A going away party is being planned for Thursday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m., at Nakoma. More details will be released as they become available.
Ryan said that there are no immediate plans to replace Ellis. Since this the chamber is entering its slow time of the year, leadership will be evaluating options. “Board members are going to step up and fill in as needed,” she said. Jan Tew, who works part time at the chamber’s tourist center, will continue in that role.
Looking forward, Ryan said that there are plans for more chamber mixers and community outreach events.