Friday, October 02, 2009

Morgan Park Neighborhood Hero Chester “Chet” Johnson

By Debbie Isabel Nelson, on behalf of Morgan Park Community Club

Chet Johnson is a true hero in every sense of the word. He has lived in Morgan Park his whole life. He is a proud community member who is always there with a helping hand whenever needed. Chet is always willing to step up to the plate. You will find him leading the kitchen crew at the Morgan Park community picnic and the Annual Breakfast with Santa; sharing his love of gardening through his membership with the Morgan Park Garden Club, at the NHS Flower Fest, and at the United Protestant Church gardens. He has been a constant figure at the annual Riverfront Communities Clean-up day as the money collector at the gate. He has been involved with the Morgan Park School Service Learning program sharing stories of growing up in Morgan Park. You name it and he is there. Chet was a great asset in the Morgan Park revitalization meetings and the sewer task force. He was instrumental in getting the street lighting along 88th Avenue West and was a member of the Community Development Block Grant committee for several terms. The list could go on and on.

Everything Chet does, he does for the pride of the community and the neighborhood. Chet is a model for the Morgan Park philosophy “If every one of us does One Thing, we will get over 1000 things done!” Chet does his “One Thing” on a daily basis. One Morgan Parker shared, “Just watching Chet work makes me want to help more in my community.”

Chet is active in his church, the United Protestant Church in Morgan Park. He is always lending a hand at their Annual community Halloween party, the Easter Breakfast, and the Walk/Run in Morgan Park. He holds offices of the Church and is a council member. He weeds and plants the flowers, he mows, and whatever else he can do for the Church which also helps in the beautification effort of Morgan Park.

Chet is a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He attends most all of his grandchildren’s school events such as concerts, grandparent’s day, and sports events. He is also recognized as a great community leader Chet is truly a good neighbor and friend. He is always there to offer his good ideas and help whenever he can with a smile on his face.