REALTOR® Vicky Turner is looking forward to the summer, and not just because it’s prime selling season for homes.
It’s because summer is prime tourism season in Dixon, and the culmination of much of her volunteer projects will occur then, too.
“My true moments of enjoyment have come during the events I’ve helped plan or coordinate,” says Turner, a 2016 IAR board member who started volunteering years before starting her real estate career. “I love it when I see people singing during one of our summer concerts or when a child reacts to a monster catfish caught during the annual catfish tournament. I believe in giving back and I truly enjoy working on community projects for a community that has been good to me.”
Turner grew up in the nearby town of Oregon, attended Sauk Community College in Dixon and became a certified gemologist before she caught the volunteer bug. She was volunteering family members for some of her activities before she became a REALTOR®. Her volunteer efforts have included organizing the Country Concert, Garden Parties for Lee County Master Gardeners, Hospice of the Rock River, the Dixon Petunia Festival, projects for the Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce and Dixon Main Street.
“I’ve worked with many community organizations, but most recently I’ve worked with Dixon Tourism as the past president. As board president I worked with staff at the Dixon Welcome Center, organized and negotiated the lease for a big move last year to a new Dixon Welcome Center location. I have worked on promotions to bring tourists into our community, led a board of volunteers and worked with other organizations to develop promotions within our community like Bloomin’ on the Rock and Cabela’s King Kat Tournament .”
Turner says her work with Dixon Tourism also led to a mayoral appointment to the Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Board and most recently a mayoral appointment to “Dixon One.”
Turner, who’s involved in nine different IAR committees in 2016, is looking forward to working on the new Dixon One Concept bringing several entities together to work on tourism promotion for the city of Dixon. As a music lover, she especially enjoyed last year’s Lowell Park Summer Concerts. On three separate dates, multiple music acts performed in concert along the Rock River. Three “free will” concerts were held along the beautiful Rock River with Donations to be used to help restore the Reagan Bath House in Lowell Park. Dixon is known as the hometown of the nation’s 40th president, Ronald Reagan and his boyhood home sits proudly in Dixon.
“I believe in giving back to the community we live in,” Turner says. “It’s a life philosophy.”
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