Times change, community endures



President Message by John Scheer 

Change and tradition. So many things change in our lives. Seasons change, and we are into a cold one now. Politicians change — at least they change offices. The stock market sure has changed. The East Village Association has changed, and I want to believe that this change mirrors the neighborhood's growth.

EVA membership has added a number of new residents while losing a few older ones. While it may be difficult to say goodbye to those longer-term members, it's exciting and energizing to say hello to new members who have recently located to the East Village neighborhood. Their fresh excitement, new expectations and personal views keep our community group fresh and current.

And then we have the traditions: the EVA holiday dinner and our family and friends celebrating the holiday festivities. As individuals, we reach out to neighbors that may be older or in need of help for either snow removal or helping them with daily activities that become so much harder in cold weather.

Another tradition is EVA's donation to the works of St. Stanislaus Kostka parish, 1300 N. Noble. This year, a representative from St. Stanislaus is scheduled to join the January EVA meeting to share how they support members of our community and how EVA can help them help others. Please join the EVA general meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at Happy Village Tavern, 1059 N. Wolcott. You might be surprised to see how good it feels to help others.

Don’t forget that January is time to renew your EVA membership. I hope you find your membership in EVA to be both informative and supportive. The membership dues remain the same, so do not break the tradition. The real value is the contribution that you make when you come to EVA meetings.

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