Laura Lacy doesn’t live her life with the roll of the dice. More like the flip of a coin.
She keeps handy a coin that Rotary International issues its members – a tangible reminder of the service organization’s four-way test. The ethical guide asks that in all that they think, say or do, Rotarians consider whether:
- It is the truth.
- It is fair to all concerned.
- It builds goodwill and better friendships.
- It benefits all concerned.
“Attitude is everything,” Lacy said. “If you start with the right attitude, you can really make things happen and influence people positively.”
Based in Dallas, Lacy traveled the U.S. from 2003-09, appraising commercial properties. She moved to San Angelo in 2009 after marrying county prosecutor Leland Lacy. Although worried how the move would impact her career, her uncle-in-law, Realtor Lance Lacy, introduced her to the local banks, “and it was off to the races.”
“I don’t miss much about Dallas,” she said. “The quality of life here is awesome, and I love the people. It’s been a blessing.”
She joined the San Angelo West Rotary Club partly to network with business and community leaders. More importantly, Lacy said she aspires to the club’s credo of “service before self.”
“A true leader is a servant leader – someone who is really willing to go out there and do it themselves and be a good example,” she said.
Lacy, 36, grew up in the organization. Her grandfather was a Rotarian in Waco, and in high school, she presided over one of the state’s largest chapters of Interact – Rotary’s high school service organization.
In San Angelo, she has helped organize the planting of American flags at more than 100 homes and businesses on patriotic holidays. The effort raises funds for Rotary’s annual banquet honoring the top 50 graduates of Central and Lake View high schools.
Lacy’s club chose her as its Rotarian of the Year in 2011 and later as its president, the youngest in its 50-year history. Despite her leadership role, she worries about Rotary’s declining and aging membership across the country.
“My generation are not joiners,” she said. “We have a problem with work-life balance. And Rotary has struggled to keep up with the times.”
Other service endeavors include the Junior League of San Angelo and the San Angelo Association of REALTORS. Past works include the Christian Women’s Job Corps, which pairs Bible study with life skills training for women needing jobs.
Service, Lacy said, is “in my blood.” Her grandfather was president of Baylor University from 1961-81. Her mother served on the school board and as Junior League president in Waco.
“If you asked my parents, they would say I was a born leader – I was kind of a bossy little girl,” Lacy said, laughing. “The past few years, I have tried to embrace the different personality styles of people, realizing that not everyone may be Type A extrovert like I am. But I’ve always felt led to lead people. It’s just in me.”