On Membership and Community: Meet Frank Readus

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Feb 262014
 

Frank T Readus, a GSLA Board member since October, 2013, shares some thoughts on why he joined the Board, and more broadly speaking, why he engages in community life in the South Loop:

I decided to become a part of my present homeowners association after participating as a “benchwarmer” at my previous condominium location. I originally said to others and myself that my reasoning was to protect my financial investment and later found that to be just a part of the story.

My interests became diverse in scope as the issues arising in a new construction property came fast and furious. When the dust settled after a few years, I discovered that my external neighborhood was quickly developing and that my viewpoint had been severely altered by internal matters of the homeowners association.

Communities, like organizations, cannot exist in a vacuum and that realization led me to explore neighborhood groups with a more strategic viewpoint. I joined the Greater South Loop Association, in part, because I believe in their vision and practice of giving value and not just taking from the community.

To those of you who have read this far, I thank you for your interest and invite you to review the numerous benefits of membership and join the Greater South Loop Association to expand and enhance the giving of value to our community.

Want to get involved with GSLA? Check out our events page, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and consider membership for you, your family, your business, or your homeowners’ association.

 

Board of Directors 2013-14

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Oct 212013
 

The board of directors of the Greater South Loop Association received nominating petitions for the board of directors and held an annual election on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the DayStar Center located at 1550 S. State Street.

Gail Rutkowski, president, called for nominating petitions from South Loop residents and said, “We invite all community members to get involved – either by seeking Board or committee seats or by volunteering for project work. We encourage residents to be involved in the community and welcome their support.” Gail served as president and completed her 2 year term. During her time at the helm, the GSLA’s presence in the South Loop has grown. “Success can be measured ranging from counting the extensive business relationships that have been forged in the neighborhood to the variety of events that bring neighbors together. The board is very grateful to have had Gail’s leadership” says incoming president Jeanette Johnson.

Jeanette shared her 2013-14 goals with the newly elected board. “With the real estate market poised for a comeback, we will continue to expand our reach and continue to build community in the neighborhood to existing and new neighbors alike”.

Officers were elected to the board as follows:

  • T.J. Sagen, our previous Bash on Wabash chairman, as vice-president
  • Bill Van Emburg was re-elected as treasurer
  • Josh Ellis, a newly elected director, as secretary

Returning directors to the board include Jeff Key, Gail Rutkowski and Deb Soehlig who were re-elected and Norma Jordan that is in the middle of a 2 year term. Kimberly McMiller join the board as director.

Special thanks to Molly Heyen who finished her term and recently served as our events director and Bash on Wabash volunteer committee chair. Molly’s contributions have been critical to our success and we look forward to her continued community building efforts as her South Loop Toastmasters group becomes chartered. Alison Jackson, our former secretary will be leading our events committee.

Additionally, Tyler Joyner was thanked for his time as a director as he resigned from the board to spend time with his young family. Frank Readus was appointed at the election to the remainder of Tyler’s term as a director.

Board of Directors 2012-13

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Oct 082012
 

The board of directors of the Greater South Loop Association received nominating petitions for the board of directors and held an annual election on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the DayStar Center located at 1550 S. State Street.

Gail Rutkowski, president, called for nominating petitions from South Loop residents and said, “We invite all community members to get involved – either by seeking Board or committee seats by conducting an open and transparent election.   We encourage residents to be involved in the community by attending community events, neighborhood and association meetings and by supporting South Loop businesses.”  Gail also shared her 2012-13 goals with the newly elected board.  “Our mission of ‘bringing neighbors together’ will be supported by continuing to focus on growing membership and neighborhood events.”

  • Officers were elected to the board as follows: Jeanette Johnson as vice-president, Bill Van Emburg as treasurer and Alison Jackson as secretary.
  • Norma Jordan was re-elected to the board and maintains the title of our longest serving board member.  We appreciate her continued dedication to the GSLA and to the South Loop.
  • Tyler Joyner was appointed to an vacant position after serving as the ‘Dash to the Bash’ Committee Chair earlier this year.
  • Special thanks to Blagica Bottigliero who recently served as a director and lent her passion for developing a local high school option by collaborating on the Reuse Jones petition.  We are looking forward to Blagica continuing to serve as an Education Committee Chair.
  • Additionally, Virgil Nita and Margaret Hicks were thanked for their time as a director.

Board of Directors 2011-12

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Oct 042011
 

The board of directors of the Greater South Loop Association received nominating petitions for the board of directors and held an annual election on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the DayStar Center located at 1550 S. State Street.

Deb Soehlig served 2 years as President and plans to continue to support the board in a director role.  Gail Rutkowski, former vice-president who succeeded to president per the group’s by-laws, said, “The GSLA has gained a great deal of momentum and success in the South Loop due in large part to Deb’s dedication and love of the South Loop community.  We are thrilled that she will continue to serve on the board to foster our relationships with aldermanic and business leaders.”  Gail also shared her 2011-12 goals with the new board.  “Our mission of ‘bringing neighbors together’ will be supported by continuing to focus on growing membership and neighborhood events.”

  • Officers were elected to the board as follows: Jeanette Johnson as vice-president, Bill Van Emburg as treasurer and a yet to be appointed secretary.
  •  South Loop residents and business owners were newly elected to the board including: Blagica Bottigliero, Molly Heyen, Margaret Hicks, Virgil Nita, and T.J. Sagen.  Other directors returning to the board are: Norma Jordan, Jeff Key, and Deb Soehlig.
  • Special thanks to Bob Wilson who recently served as Treasurer and also lent his technology skills in implementing our new website.  Additionally, Mark Stern and Eric Westberg are thanked for their time as directors and Mark’s support from his business, Weather Mark Tavern.  Another round of thanks goes to Joe Leamanczyk who created a strong tie with Columbia and began studies at the Art Institute.

Board of Directors 2010-11

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Nov 012010
 

The board of directors of the Greater South Loop Association received nominating petitions for the board of directors and held an election on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Britten Banners located at 1420 S. Michigan Ave.

Deb Soehlig will continue to serve her second year of her term and has served on the board for a total of 5 years to date. Priorities for this year will include our “Shop the South Loop” initiative, hosting candidate forums for the upcoming aldermanic elections and, as always, “bringing neighbors together.”

  • Effective October 9th, Gail Rutkowski continues as vice president, Eric Westberg, secretary, and Bob Wilson, treasurer.
  • Other directors on the board are Dennis Beninato, Jeanette Johnson, Jeff Key, Joe Leamanczyk, Mark Stern, and Norma Jordan.
  • Bill Van Emburg is newly elected to the board and will focus on safety and community policing efforts. Bill manages the “Prairie District Neighborhood Watch” and looks to offer his leadership to other areas of the South Loop that are looking to establish similar programs.
  • Special thanks to Gail Moody who has served as the Bash on Wabash Volunteer chair for the past two years. We wish her continued success in her new job at Private Bank!

We invite all community members to attend community events, neighborhood and association meetings, and by supporting our local businesses.