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Season's Greetings from SOAR

Season's Greeting from the SOAR Board of Directors
We wish you, your family, friends and neighbors the happiest of holiday seasons and a wonderful 2018!


Left to right first row (seated): Christian Ficara, Howard W. Melton, Bob Johnson, Clare Hennessy. 
Back row, standing; Brian Butler, Judy Aiello-Fantus, Seth Blumenthal, Gail Spreen, Debby Gershbein,
Karen Burnett, Mario W. Hollemans, Joel Brosk, Bob Levin, David Hampe.

Message from the President; Turning Advocacy into Action

In our commitment to those who love the neighborhood, the SOAR Board of Directors has been hard at work this year advocating for Streeterville, working on actionable goals to educate, advocate and inform the community. We have been effective by working very closely with government officials to advocate for the neighborhood. For example, we frequently meet with Alderman Brendan Reilly, Alderman Brian Hopkins, State Representative Christian Mitchell and Police Commander Paul Bauer, communicating concerns about quality of life issues including safety and well-being, land use, traffic, development, greening and sustainability. As an example of our effectiveness, Alderman Reilly recently wrote several letters to inform us about actions he took in response to our concerns. To read his letters visit our website and look for the Position Statements tab on the left navigation. There are 4 letters for you to read.
SOAR connects the community educationally, culturally and socially, fulfilling our goal of "Building and Celebrating Community" through the flourishing Farmers Market, a significant community gathering place. We hosted Town Halls, social events, safety and greening/sustainability seminars and a new, informative and educational Speakers Series and celebrated the beauty of the neighborhood with our Beautification Awards and the SOAR Garden Club at Lake Shore Park.  
In our 43rd year, we find that SOAR has effectively met challenges presented by a Streeterville that is vastly different from the one organized to give residents a voice in 1975. We still have more to do. But SOAR's mission remains: to preserve, enhance and promote the quality of life and community in Streeterville.  
The Annual Appeal is a major source of income to support programs and operations. If you have already donated to the 2017 year-end Annual Appeal, thank you for your generosity. If you have not donated, it is not too late to consider a tax-deductible donation "close to home." If you wish to donate click here.
As always, I will be happy to hear your ideas and respond to your questions and comments when you reach me at

Deborah Gershbein



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