Judy Chaplin was posthumously presented with a 2015 Lieutenant Governorís
Hoosier Hospitality Award on Friday in Indianapolis, the county tourism
office said after deadline on Friday.
Chaplin, who died
May 21, operated Shady Lawn Florist in Chesterton and served 11 years on the
Board of Directors of Indiana Dunes Tourism (Porter County Convention,
Recreation, and Visitor Commission). Indiana Dunes Tourism nominated Chaplin
for the award, which is one of the highest honors someone in the travel,
tourism and service industry can receive in Indiana.
Chaplin, Indiana Dunes Tourism noted that Chaplin provided such good service
to her flower shop customers and to the community that the tourism staff
decided to put her on the nomination card for its Recognition of Service
Excellence (R.O.S.E.) Awards.
Tourism was planning to nominate Chaplin for a 2015 Hoosier Hospitality
award and decided to proceed with the nomination after her death.
Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer joined Chaplinís family in
Indianapolis for the Hoosier Hospitality Awards ceremony. Lt. Governor Sue
Ellspermann was joined by Mark Newman, executive director of the Indiana
Office of Tourism Development (IOTD), in presenting the awards to Chaplin
and others throughout the state who set the bar for service.
ďIím very happy
Judy is being honored posthumously because she really did embody Hoosier
Hospitality,Ē Weimer said.