LANSING | The Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau truly appreciates the individuals who go above and beyond the call to volunteer their time, talents and energies to our mission. We've created an award that embodies this spirit of volunteerism, the Linda Morgan Award for Volunteerism, in memory of a woman who contributed countless volunteer hours to the CVB and to the Chicago Southland region.
Our winner was described by a local reporter as "a great business person with a big heart." She has been an active supporter of the CVB and every year you will find her serving her great sandwiches at National Tourism Day. As one of the founders of the Lansing Autumn Fest, she helped to produce one of the top new festivals of 2012 and generate a considerable amount of positive coverage for the Village of Lansing and the Chicago Southland. She helped create the Lansing Association for Community Events to help organize events throughout the year. She also spear-headed projects like the installation of a lift for handicapped individuals at the Lansing American Legion Post so that it can be better utilized during community events.
A strong supporter of the military, she has hosted fundraisers for the Lance Corporal Philip J. Martini Foundation. Phil was a Thornton Fractional South graduate who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country in 2006. She also has made her restaurant available to host welcome home celebrations for local members of the military. Whether it's for the Convention & Visitors bureau or for her community, JoEllyn Kelley of J. J. Kelley's in Lansing is a tremendous and tireless volunteer and we can't thank her enough for everything she does.