Monday
Aug152016

Call to Action: Looking for Volunteers

Safety and Sound

Call for Volunteers! Showing Appreciation for First Responders

The third annual SOAR First Responders Appreciation Day, a tribute to the firefighters at Engine Companies 98 and 13, EMTs and paramedics from Ambulance Companies 11 and 74, officers of Chicago Police District 18, the Chicago Police Marine Unit, Northwestern University Police and representatives of other private forces will be held at the Lake Shore Park Field House, 808 N. Lake Shore, on Wednesday, September 14. The day-­long event requires a number of volunteers to help in planning and on­-site assignments. For information contact Safety and Sound Management Task Force ChairBob Johnson
                               1st Respnd 2016_1 


Monday
Aug012016

Message from the President: Keeping SOAR a Voice for Streeterville

SOAR is consistently recognized as the "Voice of Streeterville." SOAR is the go-­to resident organization in Streeterville. When our aldermen plan community meetings, SOAR is the go-­to co-­sponsor. When developers propose new or repurposed buildings, SOAR is the go-­to organization. When the City wanted to transfer management of the Streeterville Farmers Market to the local level, SOAR was the go-­to organization. When the Mayor's Office created a new approach to neighborhoods, Chicago Neighborhoods Now, SOAR was appointed the go­-to residential representative.


As SOAR interacts with stakeholders in the Streeterville community, we are always shown respect for SOAR's relevant, responsible, responsive and resilient approaches to priorities.  As a volunteer, Board member and now President, I am proud that SOAR's grassroots efforts are seen as setting high standards for a resident advocacy organization. Along with all Board members and task force leaders, we are grateful to take the support of our members as we meet with community and City leaders.  The more members we have, the louder our voice to support our community.  If you have not renewed your membership in SOAR please renew now at Renew Membership.    And if you are reading this and are not a member please consider joining now Membership.  Our members are the heart and soul of SOAR. 

It is astonishing to remember that residential development has thoroughly turned a swampy Chicago industrial and institutional area called Streeterville into a mixed­-use neighborhood in fewer than 50 years, almost as long as SOAR has existed. Since 1975, SOAR has been a continuing presence regarding issues emerging in and between all four corners of the neighborhood: from Lake Michigan on the north to the Chicago River on the south, from Navy Pier on the east to the Magnificent Mile to Rush Street on the west.

Last week SOAR sponsored a major safety meeting, "Living in a Safe Environment in Streeterville," and the first in a new series of "First Wednesday" social events planned each month. There's more to come, as you'll read in this issue. I want to offer special thanks to the sponsors, speakers, volunteers and staff--the go-­to people!--for their time, talent and enthusiasm. 
As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments when you reach me at dgershbein@soarchicago.org

Deborah Gershbein


 

 

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Friday
Jul012016

Message From the President: SOAR Stakeholders Side by Side

 

In addition to the more than 30,000 people who call Streeterville home, some 66,500 come to work in Streeterville every day, more than 9,000 students study here and countless others arrive to see friends and families, visit our health care facilities, cultural and religious institutions and enjoy our parks, shopping and recreational attractions.
 
SOAR leaders are committed to maintaining a balance of interests between those of us who live here and visitors to our "destination neighborhood." We believe that we are all stakeholders and that residents have more in common with businesses and institutions than differences.  We all share a passion for "keeping Streeterville a neighborhood".
 
That is why, in addition to individual memberships, SOAR has developed special membership categories for condominiums, co-ops and rental buildings, for businesses, institutions and cultural organizations-and even for non-residents who enjoy member benefits. To explore all membership options please visit our website 
 
We welcome your assistance in signing up the building you live in, the businesses you patronize and the institutions and cultural organizations you attend. Please submit any suggestions to Membership Recommendation   
Thank you to all who renewed their SOAR membership, as well as those who just joined during our most recent membership drive. And a very special thank you to those who contributed generously to our membership drive.

The winners of the renewal drawings in connection with the membership drive are:
Linda Avery: Tickets to the Lookingglass Theater production of "Thaddeus and Slocum:  A Vaudeville Adventure"
Pamela Crandall & Michael Peninger tickets to the MCA "Kerry James Marshall: Mastry"

As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments when you reach me at email

Debo0rah Gershbein

 

 

To read the June 30th, 2016, edition of SOAR eNews in entirety   CLICK HERE.

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Wednesday
Jun222016

Message from the President "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!"

"It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. 
It's easy to say, it's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.
Then there are those who see the need and respond."
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)
                   
   
SOAR remains a member-driven advocacy organization, 
connecting residents for more than four decades. 
 
Once again, I want to convey gratitude for your membership in SOAR, as dues remain our largest source of income-and to welcome those who plan to join as new members.
 
I hope you will respond promptly, and generously, to the only Streeterville residential organization that responds to many aspects of your life here. New and renewing members  will receive a copy of SOAR's Streeterville Neighborhood Plan. 
  • Please consider using our safe and secure link to review new membership categories and benefits. 
  • If you prefer to rejoin by phone, call the office at 312.280.2596, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and provide your credit or debit card number and expiration date.  We'll be happy to assist you.
As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments via  email.
 
Deborah Gershbein

To read the June 17th, 2016, edition of SOAR eNews in entirety CLICK HERE.

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Monday
Jun062016

Message from the President: "You've Got a Friend"  

"Winter, spring, summer and fall, all you've got to do is call."
                                                                                         - Carole King
Every day, someone in SOAR is talking with someone - including our aldermen, representatives of the Chicago Park District, police, developers and business owners, along with many others - whose decisions must keep in mind the fact that more than 30,000 people make their home in Streeterville. To continue "Keeping Streeterville a Neighborhood," SOAR remains a member-driven advocacy organization, serving residents for more than four decades. And we are grateful for your continuing membership.
 
It's time again to support SOAR's efforts by joining or renewing your membership in SOAR for July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017. As you are aware, SOAR is Streeterville's only organization "of the residents, by the residents, for the residents" that encompasses safety, traffic, parks, real estate, greening-including planting and maintenance of the gardens at Lake Shore Park-and preservation, as well as our special projects: the SOAR Farmers Market, SOAR Artisan Market, Annual Clean-Up  information/education, cultural and social programs. SOAR is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization substantially funded by our members.
 
I hope you will respond promptly, and generously, 
 to the only Streeterville residentialorganization that responds to many aspects of your life here. With your new membership or  renewal, we will be mailing you a copy of the "SOAR Streeterville Neighborhood Plan."
  • Please consider using our safe and secure link to review membership categories and new benefits. 
  • If you prefer to join or rejoin by phone, call the office at 312.280.2596Mondaythrough Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and provide your credit or debit card number and expiration date.  We'll be happy to assist you.
  • Come to the SOAR Booth at the SOAR Farmers Market at MCA Plaza, beginning Tuesday, June 7. Volunteers will be happy to sign you up and hand you a copy of the "SOAR Streeterville Neighborhood Plan

P.S. To inquire about your SOAR membership status email or call 312.280.2596 

 

P.P.S Respond by Friday, June 10, to be eligible for a drawing for four tickets to the Lookingglass Theatre performance of "Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure."




As always, I will be happy to respond to your questions and comments via email.

 

Deborah Gershbein

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