ROCK ISLAND -- For Dee Lang, talking up the Quad-Cities always has come easy. |
"I just love the area, the people. There's no place better," Mrs. Lang, of Rock Island, said.
So becoming a volunteer for the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau was easy, and doing it for 27 years was easier still.
"I like talking to people, and I like learning about them," she said. "I just always enjoyed my time meeting visitors and telling them about the Quad-Cities."
Mrs. Lang was born in Davenport, but moved to Rock Island with her husband, Bob, 22 years ago.
The two served together as Quad-Cities Ambassadors with the QCCVB and greeters in the information booth at the Quad City International Airport.
They met in high school, and they were married for 58 years before Bob passed away in 2010. The Langs had three children, all boys -- Robert Jr., Lucky and Brian.
"I've always said we got our daughters when our sons married," Mrs. Lang said.
Mr. and Mrs. Lang were part of the original ambassadors program at the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, "but that's been a while ago," Mrs. Lang said.
"They say you can reverse your numbers when someone asks your age, so I tell everybody I'm 48, but I'm really 84," Mrs. Lang said.
She's had a few health concerns this month, and has been a little concerned about driving, but is hoping to get back behind the wheel and back to volunteering.
She was awarded the Garry Thompson Volunteer Award at the QCCVB annual meeting last week. She said she was honored and surprised with the award.
"I've volunteered in many respects -- as a greeter, ambassador, leading tours, in conventions," she said. "It was always a lot of fun for me. I've always been so proud of the Quad-Cities; it always tickled me. When NorthPark Mall opened, I would walk down there, and I remember meeting people who decided to go to another state and they didn't stay long -- they missed the Quad-Cities and moved back."
She has a hard time picking out a favorite event or attraction in the Quad-Cities.
"There's just so much here," she said. "I wouldn't know where to start. It's such a nice place to live. I don't think there's a better place to be."
"I remember giving a tour, and everybody on the bus was from Ohio, and they were kidding me how proud I was of the Quad-Cities. They couldn't get over it," she said. "I just always wanted to be here."
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