Board meeting minutes for Aug. 14, 2009

Submitted by Dana Palmer

Attendance
Board Members: John Scheer, Brodi Cole, Dana Palmer, Stephen Rynkiewicz, Rich Anselmo and Scott Rappe
Non-Board Members: Marjorie Isaacson and Brian Thompson


  1. August barbecue review: Approximately 120 people came with 10 new memberships acquired that evening earning $200 for EVA. Suggestions for improving next year's barbecue were to have name tags and a possible raffle for those who join that evening.

  2. Monthly membership meeting for September will be moved from the first Monday, Labor Day 9/7/09, to second Monday, 9/14/09 at same place and time.

  3. Possible speakers for next meeting: New businesses in East Village such as Urban Joe's, Jam, Division Ale House and Green Heart. John Scheer will attempt to speak with new businesses about doing an introduction at membership meetings. Also, Chamber of Commerce or the SSAs for Bucktown/Wicker Park and Chicago Avenue were suggestions for the upcoming membership meeting.

  4. Dana Palmer will send an email notice to all members of EVA regarding the change of date for September membership meeting.

  5. Brodi Cole and Steve Crane will work on consolidating the membership list to include the new members from the barbecue.

  6. John Scheer shared that the library to be established in the Goldblatt's building has been put on hold due to a study regarding the load limit for book and bookcase storage.

  7. The EVA monthly newsletter will be printed and sent to all members without an email address before the end of each month. Dana Palmer will print and send them. It was also agreed that each month's newsletter should be printed for archiving.

  8. Planning, Preservation and Development: Scott Rappe reported that 1142 N. Wolcott is under structural review regarding possible demolition. He also shared that 1810 W. Cortland has a new owner who has applied for demolition. Scott is asking for phone calls to the alderman to request landmarking due to it being Richard Nickel's home. Rich Anselmo stated that 920 N. Winchester has already begun demolition.

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