Emory Lencke has announced his official retirement as the executive director of Visit Hendricks County with mixed emotions.
Visit Hendricks County is the Hendricks County Tourism Commission which attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism. Lencke has been the executive director of the commission for the past 12 years.
“There’s always mixed emotions when you make a decision like this,” Lencke said. “I’ve been dealing with health issues since August and it has been a real challenge. It’s helped this decision to come quicker.”
Lencke went to the doctor on Aug. 9 and got home on Nov. 12 after time in the hospital and rehab center.
“I’ve been fighting some tough issues but I don’t think there has been a 24 hour span since then where I didn’t hear from somebody somewhere in Indiana,” he said. “I’ve had so many cards, notes, and prayers come my way. It blew me away.”
He said his difficulty in getting back to work helped him make the decision to retire.
“But I’m not one of those people who is going to disappear,” he said. “I’ve been working with people for more than 50 years and love the Hendricks County community.”
Lencke has lived in Hendricks County since 1969 when he married his wife. He lost her two years ago.
“I have some ideas for things that might be beneficial to the community,” he said. “I’m going to see what’s out there and continue to put my two cents in to make Hendricks County a better place to live.
“But I owe more time to these grandbabies. I have three more grandsons born this year — twins in January and another little boy in March. I want to give them more time as a grandpa and maybe a substitute grandma.”