East Village membership: Renew yours or join our community today

By Steven Crane

The East Village Association is a nonprofit organization that provides a forum to discuss local events and concerns. EVA maintains contact with our aldermen, acting as a liaison between the neighborhood and our representatives.

Our monthly meetings also include guest speakers. Notable recent guests include our police commander and a group from the Near North Montessori School that plans to develop a community garden right in the heart of our neighborhood. We also plan an annual summer barbecue and an annual holiday dinner, both fun events to relax with your neighbors.

Vital to this mission is the involvement of the community. We need your ideas and input to continue making our neighborhood the vibrant place we enjoy.

As the new year begins, we’d like to remind our members that it is time to renew your membership. Membership dues are critical to the support of our mission. Annual membership is inexpensive and provides valuable benefits.

Membership runs from January through December. If you paid dues via PayPal last year, your membership will automatically renew.

  • Voting: Members have the right to vote on motions during our general meetings. This includes motions regarding new businesses and zoning changes in our neighborhood. Our aldermen seek the EVA’s input, and the outcome of these motions matters. Members also have the right to vote in our annual officer elections.

  • Maintaining contact: Membership insures that we have your current contact information so that we can keep you informed about upcoming meetings and events.

  • Annual membership dues: Business membership $30; family/household membership $20, individual membership $15, senior membership $5.

You can join in person at one of our meetings. General meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Happy Village Tavern, on the corner of Wolcott and Thomas.

You can also join on our website: www.eastvillagechicago.org. Just follow the link to PayPal.

Lastly, checks payable to East Village Association can be mailed to P.O Box 476622, Chicago, IL 60647.

We realize that we are in tough economic times, and we hope you will continue your support of the EVA and stay involved in your community.
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