Aug. 2 barbecue set; Walgreens taps liquor

Board meeting minutes for Sept. 20, 2010 submitted by Dana Palmer 

Attendance: Greg Nagel, Neal McKnight, Nicole Semple, Dana Palmer, Tom Tomek, Marjorie Isaacson and Richard

Meeting commenced at 6:37 p.m. Greg Nagel is missing the EVA notice sign he placed out prior to the EVA membership meeting for July.

Guest Speakers: Greg Nagel confirmed with Wayne Janik to be the business minute speaker for September. Aaron Bilton has been requested to confirm with the LaSalle school to be the main speaker for September. Greg Nagel also suggested having a representative from Streets and Sanitation, possibly Manny Gonzalez, to speak regarding parkway regulations and issues with alleyways such as trashcans. Greg will make contact with them for possible guest speaker in November.

Aug. 2 barbecue: Tom Tomek agreed to work on a design and layout for fliers that will be dispersed to the East Village neighborhood to notify residents of the BBQ happening on Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Happy Village Tavern. The flier also will notify residents that if they sign up for a membership with EVA or renew a membership with EVA at the BBQ, they will receive an additional four months' free membership and will not asked to renew again until January of 2012. Nicole Semple has agreed to work on asking a few local businesses if they would be willing to make some food donations. She will also work with Dana Palmer on purchasing condiments and paper items and setting up prior to the BBQ. Neal McKnight will also speak with Ald. Joe Moreno to formally invite him to attend the BBQ.

Dana Palmer is updating the EVA membership list and combining it with the previous EVN list to have one complete up-to-date list. After the BBQ, she will also update the list with any new memberships or renewals that were obtained.

For membership renewals, the board briefly discussed the possibility of having a annual renewal date to help ease the process of keeping the membership list and renewals up to date. This will be discussed further at the next board meeting in August.

Walgreens: PR representatives for Walgreens contacted EVA president Greg Nagel asking to come to a meeting to inform the group of plans to reintroduce liquor sales at the Chicago Avenue location. After discussion, EVA board members decided that they did not want the PR group to come but that if Walgreens' manager or director has a specific request of the group they would be welcome as guest speakers. Ald. Moreno was approached by the PR group and told them to contact EVA. EVA board members Neal McKnight and Scott Rappe spoke with Ald. Moreno about the decision to speak directly with Walgreens representatives. Greg Nagel will make contact with Walgreens and the PR group to inform them of the decision and to ask them if there is something specific they are wanting to request of the group.

Galleria Liquors: Neal McKnight reported that the individual originally requesting for the lift of the moratorium for the building at Ashland and Division has decided not to purchase the property. Therefore, nothing needs to be done.

Treasurer's Report: According to Nicole Semple, the key to the old post office box no longer works. She also stated that she cannot continue to have our mail forwarded to our new box because it requires having a credit card with the ZIP code corresponding with that location. Majorie Isaacson stated she could help with the issue if need be. Nicole Semple also stated that she has been unable to find a new bank that will offer EVA a no-fee account. Neal McKnight agreed to make contact with MB bank as a possibility.

Meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

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