GCNA Committees

Gold Coast Neighbors Association is comprised of a number of active committees with on-going projects and areas of responsibility. Members of the Board of Directors chair these committees, which are listed below. Contact us at info@goldcoastneighbors.org if you would like to volunteer.

GCNA Committees

Beautification Committee

  • Assist with beautification of Goudy Park Parkways; monitors condition of parkways; assists with fundraising efforts, provides oversight of contractors involved in parkway maintenance
  • Communicates at-risk properties to appropriate Alderman's office
  • Flower plantings at various mail boxes throughout the neighborhood
  • Presents Annual Beautification Awards to residential and business owners in the neighborhood

Spring Fundraiser Committee

  • Plans our annual spring fundraiser, which has been hosted by our organization since 1986
  • Solicits sponsors and donors of goods and services
  • Makes arrangements for venue, invitation, food and beverage, entertainment, etc.
  • Volunteer opportunities available to assists with event set-up, guest check-in, and post-event activities as needed

Evening on Astor Annual Block Party Committee

  • Plans our annual Evening on Astor block party, which has been hosted by our organization since 1982
  • Solicits sponsors and 'angels' (i.e, donors)
  • Works with Alderman and city for permits, works with vendors for tables, food and beverage, entertainment, etc..
  • Volunteer opportunities available to distribute flyers, help with set-up, check-in, or take down on the day of the event

History and Education Committee

  • Researches the history of the neighborhood streets, structures and people for inclusion in newsletters and website articles
  • Establishes liaison with the Chicago History Museum, the Chicago Architecture Foundation, or other area organizations to locate historic information
  • Maintenance of the local bibliography on GCNA website
  • Holds occasional talks with local experts concerning key historical concepts

Membership Committee

  • Identifies and evaluates initiatives designed to build and retain membership
  • Design and implement membership drives, recruiting opportunities and events, and mailings
  • Monitors membership statistics
  • Examines, on a broad level, how GCN activities and policies impact enrollment and retention of members

Safety Committee

  • Liaison with the 18th District Police Station and 42nd and 43rd Ward Aldermanic offices
  • Liaison with Chicago's Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) and attend CAPS meetings
  • Monitors Permit Parking and Rodent Program and other Safety Programs
  • As needed:  Monitors Safety Patrol program offering; coordinates fundraising; provides oversight of contractor providing safety patrol services

Communications Committee

  • Compiles and publishes news coverage for our Association
  • Produce newsletters, e-blasts and maintains website
  • Liaisons with Aldermen's offices and bordering neighborhood associations
  • Provides event and ad-hoc Public Relations with media

Zoning Committee

  • Attends City of Chicago zoning and planning meetings
  • Liaison to Near North Preservation Council and North Dearborn Association, among others
  • Monitors activity in the neighborhood, including signage and fencing and coordinates as needed with the appropriate Alderman
  • Reviews proposed projects in the area for the Landmark Commission of Chicago

Annual Meeting Committee

  • Identifies and obtains commitment from appropriate keynote speakers
  • Identifies potential location for the event and makes necessary arrangements
  • Arranges for food and beverage service
  • Assists with room set-up and guest check-in

Bylaws Committee

  • Monitors Association's compliance with GCNA bylaws
  • Makes suggestions to GCNA Board regarding necessary updates
  • Drafts changes to bylaws as requested by GCNA Board

Ghouly Halloween Committee

  • Identify possible entertainment, corporate sponsors, and donors for event
  • Coordinate with Chicago Park District, Chicago Police Department, and nearby buildings
  • Assist with event set-up and/or clean up
  • Volunteer opportunities include:  Set-up and tear down of event, greet guests, distribute candy