Announcing the SPCA 2022 Holiday Decorating Contest

The SPCA is once again organizing our annual Holiday Decorating Contest. This a time when we as a community recognize those well-decorated homes that brighten our neighborhood. Here is the timeline for this year’s contest:
 

  • Sunday, December 11th – Online Nominations Open (Nominate Homes Using an Online Form)
     
  • Saturday, December 17th – Nomination Night (In-Person Event and Final Nominations Submitted)
     
  • Sunday, December 18th – Nominations Close and Online Voting Begins
     
  • Saturday, December 24th – Voting Period Ends
     
  • Sunday, December 25th (or shortly after) – Contest Winners Announced

The four homes that receive the most votes will be declared our winners. The prizes this year are NOT monetary. Rather, we have four small trophies for the winners and ribbons for all nominees. Additionally, photos of the winning homes will be submitted to the Sauganash Sounds.

This contest is nondenominational, decided by community, and all are welcome to participate

 

Nomination Night (In-Person Event)

The SPCA will host an in-person Nomination Night. We will setup our tent at the corner of Tripp and Granville. All community members are welcome to walk or drive up and get some hot chocolate and cookies. We will also give you a nomination card. Then you can scout the neighborhood and nominate well-decorated homes.  

This will be a fun activity for individuals and families that want to appreciate and recognize the efforts of our neighbors and the beauty of our community

Participants can return nomination cards to our tent between 4:30 and 7:30 on Saturday, December 17th. We will then take photos of the 20 homes that receive the most nominations and add them to a gallery. Then the voting period will open.

What: Nomination Night for Our 2022 Holiday Decorating Contest
Where: Tripp and Granville
When: Saturday, December 17th from 4:30 – 7:30 PM
 

We will send you emails and make announcements throughout December as the contest progresses through its stages. We hope that you participate!

Join or Renew Now

Our community association is the SPCA. We are a volunteer organization. We rely on membership dues from our neighbors. Our membership cycle runs from July 1st to June 30th. We are now in the 2022-23 cycle.

If you haven’t joined or renewed yet for this year, please do so as soon as you canWe need your membership to support our snow plowing efforts this winter

Thank you!

Don Morton
SPCA Chairperson

SPCA Halloween Party and Movie Night Review

Dear Neighbors,

It was wonderful to see friends, neighbors and families at Sauganash Park Community Association’s Annual Halloween Celebration!  Through the tireless efforts and generosity of our neighborhood volunteers, we hosted a wildly successful event. 

Senator Ram Villivalam generously donated two bounce houses. Alderman Samantha NugentRep Mike Kelly and Congressman Mike Quigley helped fund our face painter and our friend and neighbor Beata Rogowski sponsored our Balloon Twister.  We were also lucky enough to shake hands with our elected officials who attended. 

Taffy Apples, candy goodie bags, apple cider, chalk, lemonade, popcorn galore! A very kind neighbor dropped off the most delightful Halloween buckets for our kids to enjoy. Our spirited neighbor, Jeannie Gillespie, led the kids along a parade route to spooky dance tunes. Our sound and movie setup wouldn’t have been the same without our neighbor Kinan’s expertise. The smiles were plentiful. 

Folks, this is the neighborhood we are lucky enough to live in.  

Won’t you help us host more events like this one?  With sufficient funding and a few extra hands, the sky’s the limit! We have ideas involving an adult trivia night at Alarmist Brewery, Earth Day cleanup and of course, our wonderful 4th of July picnic.  These events take a considerable amount of time, coordination and funding.  We work tirelessly to add value to our neighborhood and our group of volunteers are second to none.  

We had members and non-members alike join our celebration. Neighbors brought friends and family from other neighborhoods.  If you attended and took a minute to purchase a raffle ticket or drop in a few bucks to the donation jar, THANK YOU! If you didn’t have a chance, would you consider chipping in a few dollars to help fund future events? 

Feel free to sign up to be a member at a low, low rate of $30 per year to get the latest updates and become a part of Sauganash Park Community Association!  We look forward to having you!

Would you consider sponsoring popcorn supplies? 
($30 buys enough popcorn for 30 people!)

Want more amazing raffle prizes similar to the candy buckets and the very generous Thule Stroller (donated by the Maticiucs)? 
($15 buys a roll of raffle tickets.

Every. Dollar. Counts. Our volunteers are unpaid and we are very resourceful. We will put your membership dollars to good use to invest back in our neighborhood. 

Your friend and neighbor from the SPCA Board,
Iram McGill

Submit Photos for Our Gallery

We made a photo gallery of the event on our website. We’d like to add your photos too. Please submit them through this form or email them to [email protected]. We will be updating the gallery throughout this week.

 

Feedback Requested

Thank you again to everybody who attended and participated. We are collecting feedback on the event. Please take a few minutes to share your opinions and ideas if you would be so kind.

October 2022 Updates

SPCA Halloween Party and Movie Night

The SPCA will host our annual Halloween event on October 22nd from 4-8 PM at the intersection of Granville and Tripp.

The event will feature a face painter, balloon twister, bounce house, treat bags, and costume parade.

Also, a movie will be shown at sunset and popcorn will be provided. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets!

All are welcome to attend

 

 

Vote on the Movie

We will show a Halloween film and serve popcorn at sunset (6 PM). Remember to bring lawn chairs and blankets!

We need your help picking the movie. Click here to vote on the filmVoting starts now and will be held through next Sunday, October 9th.

Volunteers Needed

We’d like to have crafts and other fun activities for the kids. But we can’t do it without your help. Interested in volunteering? Click here

Thank You to Our Sponsors

This event is financed by our members and our sponsors.

Our friend and neighbor Beata Rogowski, Coldwell Banker Broker, is sponsoring the balloon twister.

8th District State Senator Ram Villivalam is sponsoring our bounce house.

Additional contributions from our Alderman Sam Nugent, our State Representative Mike Kelly, and our US Congress Representative Mike Quigley make this event possible.

We appreciate all our sponsors for helping us with this event, and for the fine work that they do in our community. 

Join or Renew Now

We are the SPCA, a volunteer community organization. We rely on membership dues from our neighbors. Our membership cycle runs from July 1st to June 30th. We are now in the 2022-23 cycle.

All are welcome to join. And all members receive special membership benefits. Membership is only $30 yearly ($20 for seniors). If you haven’t joined or renewed yet for this year, please do so as soon as you can. We need your membership. 

Thank you!

September 2022 Updates

Fall General Meeting on 9/20 @ 7 PM

The Sauganash Park Community Association will host our annual Fall General Meeting on Tuesday, September 20th at 7 PM.

Our friends Alderman Sam Nugent and Police Commander Michelene Alexa are scheduled to speak. The meeting will be held at the Sauganash Park Fieldhouse at 5861 N. Kostner.

All interested community members are welcome to attend. 

 

What: Fall General Meeting
Where: Sauganash Park Fieldhouse at 5861 N. Kostner
When: Tuesday, September 20th at 7 PM
Who: Alderman Nugent and Commander Alexa
 

2022-2023 SPCA Event Planning Meeting

Some of our board members are meeting at Alarmist Brewing this Sunday at 2 PM to plan SPCA events for the upcoming year. You are invited to join us!

We want to plan events such as a neighborhood-wide garage sale, an adults-only social event, movie night, and Halloween party.

But we cannot do it without help from our community. Can you help us put together any of these events? Do you have ideas for another event or a program? Let’s work together!


 

What: SPCA Event Planning Meeting
Where: Alarmist Brewing and Taproom
When: This Sunday, September 4th at 2 PM
Who: SPCA Board Members and YOU!

Join or Renew Now!

Our community association is the SPCA. We are a volunteer organization. We rely on membership dues from our neighbors. Our membership cycle runs from July 1st to June 30th. We are now in the 2022-23 cycle.

If you haven’t joined or renewed yet for this year, please do so as soon as you can. We need your membership. 

Thank you!

June Updates – 4th of July Parade and Picnic Info

4th of July Parade and Picnic Event

Each year the SPCA and the SCA work together to celebrate our independence. This is usually done with a large parade that travels through Sauganash, crosses Peterson, and ends at the War Memorial. This is followed by a few short speeches from civic leaders at the memorial, and then all convene at the park for hot dogs, refreshments, and fun.

 

Parade Begins at 9:30 AM

This year the parade will form on the west side of Sauganash Park at 9 AM on Monday, July 4th. The parade will begin around 9:30.

You and your family are welcome to march with the parade. Bicycle decorations are encouraged! Or spectate alongside the parade route and scoop up some free candy. 

 

 

Picnic to Be Held After Parade

Please join us after the parade for a picnic at Sauganash ParkOur new membership cycle begins July 1st. We encourage you to pay your dues at the event. Look for our tent. We will give you an SPCA Koozie or two to help keep your beverages cold.

 

 

The SPCA will also provide 2000 hot dogs for the event. First come first serve. 

Volunteers Needed

The SPCA cannot do our part in hosting this event without volunteers. We need help with the setup. We need help preparing hot dogs. And we need help cleaning up the mess. This is a community effort. And this is a great opportunity to give back to your community.

If you can donate some time, please signup here.

Thank you!

SPCA May 2022 Updates

Pizza Party at Alarmist Brewing

Please join us this coming Thursday at Alarmist Brewing as we honor and thank our neighbors Carrie and Bill Morrissey, who are leaving Sauganash Park.

Carrie and Bill have been active members of the SPCA board since they arrived in our neighborhood a decade ago. Carrie has planned and executed several successful Halloween events, movie nights, and summer parties. And Bill served as President and Chairman of the SPCA. He led our annual hot dog purchases for the July 4th picnic, and he handled many critical administrative functions for our Association.

Your SPCA is organizing, but not sponsoring, this farewell party to express our deep appreciation for all Carrie and Bill have done over the years to put the unity in community. Please come if you can and help us thank them.

At around 5:30, a variety of pizzas will be delivered from Lou Malnati’s. We will have soft drinks for the kids. We will also have a voluntary contribution jar to help cover the cost of the pizzas and soft drinks.

Please R.S.V.P. so we know how many pizzas to order.

We look forward to seeing you there!

WHAT: Pizza Party in Honor of the Morrisseys
WHEN: Thursday, May 19th, 5:30 – 9:30ish
WHERE: Alarmist Brewing and Taproom
WHO: All ages and interested parties are welcome

R.S.V.P.s Requested


 

Praying Mantis Egg Sign-Up

The SPCA intends on distributing praying mantis eggs after Memorial Day to dues-paying members on our distribution list. Praying mantis are voracious predators. They provide natural mosquito and pest control to our community. If you are an SPCA member and would like to receive praying mantis eggs, sign up here if you have not already done so. This is our last call for sign-ups!

 

Shirt Sale to Fundraise for 2022-23 DC Trip

Each year the 8th Grade class from Sauganash School takes a trip to Washington DC. The class of 2022-23 is selling special Sauganash t-shirts to raise funds for this trip. You must place your order by May 22nd to support this worthy cause. Sauganash School parents will be pleased to know that these shirts CAN be worn as part of the PE uniform.

April Updates

Principal Munns To Discuss Sauganash School Expansion

 

The SPCA is excited to host Principal Munns at our Spring General Meeting She will discuss the expansion at Sauganash School and let us know how things are going. We invite all interested community members to attend. 

Also, US Congressional Representative Mike Quigley will lead the meeting with some remarks. We look forward to hearing how things are going at the Capital. 

WHERE: Sauganash Park Field House (5861 N. Kostner)
WHEN: Tuesday, 4/19 at 7:00 PM
WHO: Principal Munns and Congressman Quigley


 

SUPPORT UKRAINIAN REFUGEES   

 

The SPCA will be collecting items to donate to refugees of Ukraine at our Spring General Meeting.  Supplies needed/recommended:
 

  • Medical Supplies (Tylenol, Band-Aids, Antiseptic Wipes, Gauze, Adhesive Tape & More)
  • Food (Ready-to-eat pre packaged food, Coffee, Tea)
  • Clothing (Hats, Socks, Undergarments, Tactical Gloves/Pants- new items please)
  • Hygiene Products (Diapers, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Feminine Hygiene Products, Baby Formula)
  • Other: Flashlights, Baby Bottles, Sleeping Bags, UV Lamps, Knee Pads, Blankets)

Updating Our Bylaws

The SPCA also intends to update its bylaws for the first time since 2003 at our Spring General Meeting. In accordance with the existing bylaws, we need to inform dues-paying members of our intentions.You may review the proposed amendments and revisions here if you are interested. Also, please come to our meeting and vote ‘yes’ as we believe the amendments are good.

 

Holding an Election for Officers

The SPCA also intends to elect officers for our 2022-23 membership cycle at our Spring General MeetingOur board has a Chairperson, a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary. If you are interested in serving in any of these roles, or just working with our board, please contact us. We could use your help.

 

Praying Mantis Egg Sign-Up

 

Each spring the SPCA delivers praying mantis eggs to members on our distribution list. These eggs provide natural mosquito and pest control. If you are an SPCA member and would like us to deliver praying mantis eggs to your home for spring of 2022, sign up hereIt is required that you sign up for the 2022 delivery, even if you have already signed up in the past. The reason for this is so that people do not receive unwanted deliveries.


 

Earth Day Cleanup Event

 

The SPCA and our friend Alderman Nugent are organizing an Earth Day Cleanup Event on April 23rd. We plan to clean on Saturday morning from 9 AM until noon. Alderman Nugent’s Office will provide supplies but you are welcome to bring your own! 

Volunteers can join one of two teams. One team will meet near the underpass by the west trail on Lowell. One team will meet near the east trail by Glenlake and Keystone. 

This will be a fun community-building event. When you are done you will feel good about helping our environment. But also remember: you can pick up litter anywhere and at anytime. It is appreciated.

 

 
We hope that you choose to become involved!

Here are photos from the event!

Thank you to all who participated!

Spring General Meeting on 4/19

The SPCA Spring General Meeting will be at the Sauganash Park Fieldhouse at 5861 N Kostner.

 

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th at 7 PM.

 

Scheduled speakers include US Congressional Representative Mike Quigley and Principal Munns from Sauganash School.

 

 

 

Updating Our Bylaws

We plan on updating the bylaws of our Association. You can read the proposed updates here.

There will be vote on our proposed changes. You may vote “YES” or “NO” if you are a dues-paying member.

Election

We will also host an election for our officers. You may vote for us or even run against us if you want.

 

Hope to see you there!

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