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Lolly Lewis and Christopher Gales appointed to Lan-Oak Park District Board

Newly-appointed pair sworn in alongside returning commissioner John Kelly

By Quinton Arthur

LANSING, Ill. (May 23, 2021) – The Lan-Oak Park District inducted two new members during its board meeting last week. A shortened meeting was held to fill board vacancies and swear in new board members.

The two newly inducted park board members were Christopher Gales and Lolly Lewis. Gales and Lewis replace Micaela Smith and Karen Adams, respectively. Neither Gales nor Lewis ran for the office in the April election, but they were appointed afterwards. John Kelly — who was reelected in April to the board — was also sworn in during last week’s meeting. Commissioner Bob Tropp was also in attendance.

Members of the board serve without compensation and share a number of duties. These duties include formulating and approving policies to guide the planning, operations, activities, improvements, and maintenance of the park district’s parks and recreation programs, facilities, and services.

Christopher Gales

Christopher Gales seeks to continue to serve the Lansing community after living in town for 15 years. He began his journey to the Park Board of Commissioners after a friend saw his dedication to the community.

“I’ve been active in the community for a long time, so it feels good,” said Gales.

Lolly Lewis

A Lansing resident for over 20 years, Lolly Lewis is optimistic about the future of the park district. She feels her nomination came at the right time in her life.

“There are a lot of good things to come, and opportunity to make changes and improvement,” says Lewis. “Not that there is anything is broken, but we want to enhance what we have.”

Lan-Oak Park District
From left to right: Christopher Gales, Lolly Lewis, and John Kelly are sworn into office. (Photos: Quinton Arthur)

There remains one open position on the Lan-Oak Park District Board.

Park board meetings

Park Board meetings are held at The Eisenhower Fitness & Community Center on the third Monday of each month. Meetings are open to the public, with agendas posted on the park district website at least 48 hours before each meeting.

The Lan-Oak Park District is located in the Eisenhower Center at 2550 178th Street, Lansing, IL.

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Quinton R. Arthur
Quinton R. Arthur
Quinton received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University and his Master of Science in Journalism from Roosevelt University. In addition to reporting for The Lansing Journal and the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, he volunteers with 100 Black Men of Chicago, Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Burst Into Books, and various other organizations. A south suburban resident since 2004, Quinton is passionate about telling the unsung stories of the community.