Looking for a few good members

If you want to make a difference in your community, you'll be in good company at Monday's East Village Association meeting.

Suzanne Keers and Peter Locke of the business alliance Local First Chicago will suggest shopping strategies that strengthen the neighborhood economy. Patrick Shaffner will talk about the writing workshop his spy shop The Boring Store is supporting, and Rachael Switall will introduce the citywide school newspaper StudentsXpress.

EVA was founded to improve East Village, and Monday's meeting also starts EVA's annual search for the volunteers who make it happen. President Greg Nagel is standing down, and has asked Neal McKnight, Tom Tomek and me to find candidates for the March EVA election.

Our slate for president, vice president, secretary and treasurer will be profiled on the EVA website before the March 5 meeting. Members can nominated as officers the night of the election as well. Whoever members vote in as president will get to choose additional directors. Whether you volunteer or vote, it will be worth your time.

We're looking now: If you want to do your part for your neighborhood, come to Monday's 7 pm meeting at the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott, and we'll tell you what's involved. Or follow the links above to email one of us, even if only to suggest who might be ready to take a role in the place we live.

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