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Volunteers needed for Beautification Committee

Village Clerk Vivian Payne follows through on campaign promise

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (January 11, 2018) – Vivian Payne has spent the past seven years cleaning up Lansing, and now she’s ready to continue beautifying it.

In 2010 she initiated and organized the first Lansing Clean-Up Day, and it became an annual community-building event for her entire term as Executive Assistant to then-Mayor Norm Abbott. Recognizing the need for ongoing efforts to keep Lansing clean and beautiful, Payne made a campaign pledge when running for Village Clerk to form a “hands-on Village Beautification Committee.” The committee will be responsible for maintaining and improving village aesthetics.

Beautification Committee
2017 campaign flyer
Payne recognizes that diversity is part of Lansing’s beauty, and she wants the Village Beautification Committee to include a variety of ethnicities, ages, and skills. The common goal that will unite the committee is simply beautifying Lansing.

“The purpose will be to generate an even stronger sense of community pride,” said Payne. “A passion for gardening will be helpful because we’ll be paying special attention to public areas such as the landscape beds around the welcome signs and the flower containers throughout the Ridge Road business district.”

Payne has begun reaching out to potential members, and she is hoping that new people will respond to her invitation to get involved in Lansing. The committee will offer unique opportunities for Lansing’s long-time volunteers to work alongside newcomers.

“If this sounds like something you might be interested in, and you’d like to get active in helping your community, please contact me,” said Payne. “This committee will be a great way for folks to meet new friends without having to make a huge commitment, because it’s seasonal.” Payne’s direct contact information is:


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.