2017 Person of the Year Tribute Dinner

September 13, 2017 – The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership will honor Linda Willis—an insurance professional with Gunn-Mowery and a dedicated community and business champion—as their Person of the Year at the annual tribute dinner to be held Wednesday, October 25th.

Tribute Dinner

Linda Willis
2017 Person of the Year

Proceeds from the tribute dinner recognizing Willis will benefit the Partnership funding downtown events, storefront improvements, beautification efforts and marketing initiatives.

Willis joins a distinguished group of Mechanicsburg-proud previous honorees including Earnie Zimmerman, owner of Zimmerman’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning; Jack Ritter, mayor and business owner; Sue Erdman, executive director of the Simpson Library; the late Bob Marquette, president and CEO of Member’s 1st Federal Credit Union, and Mary Eberly, a realtor with Coldwell Banker and a charter member of the Partnership

The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership’s annual tribute dinner will be held at the Mechanicsburg Club, 333 Heinz Dr., Mechanicsburg, beginning at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner. Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets can be reserved by emailing us at info@downtownmechanicsburg.com.

The Partnership is an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 charitable non-profit registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau

 

She started her successful business right here—graduating  from Mechanicsburg Area High School in ’67, then working as a secretary. She’s been a part of the community, business and otherwise—a leader…everything from the Boy Scouts to president of the Chamber of Commerce and then some. Here’s a little more about Person of the Year honoree Linda Willis

Many know Linda Willis from the insurance industry. Right out of high school, she worked at the Paul Sopensky Agency in a building she now owns at 73 W. Main Street. When the then-owner looked to retire, Willis was faced with a startling reality—would she still have a job? Yes—a new job, as owner of what became Mechanicsburg Insurance Services Limited; sold in 2004 to Gunn-Mowery, LLC, she is still hard at work handling all-things-insurance—commercial, personal, benefits, healthcare, home, life, auto and ag. Along the way, she has been keenly involved in many industry-related organizations—the boards of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of PA, MD and DE, as well as on the board and president of both the Capital Area Independent Agents and Insurance Women of Harrisburg (known as Insurance Professionals of Greater Harrisburg). She holds distinguished insurance designations—CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor), AAI (Accredited Advisor in Insurance), AIS (Associate in Insurance Services) and AFIS (Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist).
She’s a woman with a lot of interests and loyalties; many community organizations have benefitted from her dedication, volunteerism and enthusiasm. She has served on the boards of the Little Theatre of Mechancisburg, Joseph T. Simpson Public Library (president), Cumberland County Library System Foundation and the Wildcat Foundation. When her children were young, she was involved in scouting with their troops, and continues working with Boy Scouts earning their “Personal Management” and “Citizenship in the Community” merit badges. Willis was president of the Jaycettes and is a Lion, and notes that she is “a lifelong Jubilee Day” and Wrench Drop volunteer—you can’t get more Mechanicsburg than that!
A woman of faith and a certified lay speaker, she is a member of and finance chairman for Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church and serves on the insurance committee of the Susquehanna Conference of the UMC.
She has made promoting small business her business as a member of the Mechanicsburg Borough Commercial Rehabilitation Loan Program committee. An advocate for these businesses, the program has financed key projects like the Taylored for You bridal shop expansion, the reopening of and improvements to Eckels Ice Cream Fountain and renovations inside and out, like that at Myers-Buhrig Funeral Home.
A proprietor of Union Church and member of the Mechanicsburg Museum Association, she has fittingly chosen Frankenberger Tavern and Gardens as an additional beneficiary of tribute dinner proceeds.
She is actively involved in family life whether that’s time with mom Virginia Scritchfield, 91, or son Cephas and his two children—who continue the scouting tradition. Daughter Marian Willis passed away at age 27.

Downtown Mechanicsburg Honors Community Advocate and
Business Woman Linda Willis with 2017 Tribute Dinner

September 13, 2017 – The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership will honor Linda Willis—an insurance professional with Gunn-Mowery and a dedicated community and business champion—as their Person of the Year at the annual tribute dinner to be held Wednesday, October 25th.

Proceeds from the tribute dinner recognizing Willis will benefit the Partnership funding downtown events, storefront improvements, beautification efforts and marketing initiatives.

Willis joins a distinguished group of Mechanicsburg-proud previous honorees including Earnie Zimmerman, owner of Zimmerman’s Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning; Jack Ritter, mayor and business owner; Sue Erdman, executive director of the Simpson Library; the late Bob Marquette, president and CEO of Member’s 1st Federal Credit Union, and Mary Eberly, a realtor with Coldwell Banker and a charter member of the Partnership

The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership’s annual tribute dinner will be held at the Mechanicsburg Club, 333 Heinz Dr., Mechanicsburg, beginning at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner. Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets can be reserved by emailing us at info@downtownmechanicsburg.com.

The Partnership is an IRS-recognized 501(c)3 charitable non-profit registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Charitable Organizations.