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Varina Hopper, outgoing Executive Director of the Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce and Susan Fernandez, Member Services Manager for the DeSoto County Economic Council, enjoy a moment during Tuesday's Third Quarterly Luncheon.

"Continue to be visionaries," were the words of wisdom that outgoing Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Varina Hopper shared with an overflow crowd gathered at the Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce luncheon. 

Hopper is leaving her post to attend to her ailing father in East Tennessee. She said her husband Heath and daughter Samara are eager to get "situated" in their new home but saddened to be leaving so many good friends behind.

Heath Hopper is the band director at Horn Lake High School.

At Tuesday's Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce Third Quarterly Luncheon held at Bonne Terre Country Inn, Hopper was congratulated for her efforts to promote business and growth in Horn Lake, an effort that often meant Hopper worked long hours alongside a small but dedicated staff.

"Mrs. Hopper (Varina) has been a tremendous asset not only to our Chamber of Commerce but to the city as well," Horn Lake Allen Latimer said. "She is a hard worker and sets her goals really high. Her goals are not only to attract business but to improve the quality of life to all Horn Lake's citizens. We are going to miss her. She has been a godsend."

For her part, Hopper encouraged leaders of business and industry to give back to the community and achieve excellence.

"Do your best," Hopper said. "Be the best that you can be. That's all you can do."

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252

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