πŸŽƒ A Heartfelt Thank You for a Spook-tacular Halloween Bash! πŸŽƒ

As the echoes of laughter from our recent Halloween Bash fade, we pause to reflect on the magic that was. It’s truly heartwarming to see our community come together to celebrate, and we’re thrilled to report that the event was a delightful success!

Such a memorable evening would not have been possible without the unwavering commitment and support of many.

🌟 Our Outstanding Volunteers: Your dedication, enthusiasm, and hands-on help were indispensable. Thank you for being the backbone of this event.

πŸ™ A Special Shoutout to Our Generous Sponsors:

  • State Senator Ram Villivalam: Your contribution brought the magical performance of The Great Boodini to our community.
  • All Aboard Learning Express: Thanks to you, our little attendees wore big smiles as they enjoyed the delightful balloon creations.
  • Alderman Sam Nugent: The face-painted masterpieces on our kids were a testament to your wonderful sponsorship.
  • The Learning Experience: The craft stations were buzzing with creativity and happiness, all thanks to your generous support.

πŸ‘ Our Dedicated Board Members: Your tireless efforts in planning, coordinating, and executing ensured that every detail was perfect.

❀ To All Our Supporters: Your continued faith in our endeavors and your presence at our events provide the encouragement we need to host such successful events.

Some of the photos we took are in a gallery posted below. We’d love to see and share your favorite moments from the event also! If you have any photos or memories you’d like to share, please forward them to [email protected] and we will add them to this gallery.

Once again, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! Here’s to many more successful and fun-filled events in our community.

Warmly,

Don Morton SPCA Chairperson

Independence Day Parade and Picnic Event

Once again the SPCA and the SCA are partnering to celebrate our independence as a community. 

The celebration will begin with a parade that will travel through Sauganash, cross Peterson, and end at the War Memorial. A few of our community leaders will give short speeches. Then all are welcome to attend a picnic at the park. The SPCA will provide hot dogs and the SCA will provide refreshments and other treats.

 

Parade Begins at 9:30 AM

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

All community members are welcome to march with or ride alongside the parade. Bicycle decorations are encouraged! You are also welcome to spectate. Feel free to set up a lawn chair along the parade route and grab some free candy if any is thrown your way. 


 

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 membership tent!

You are also welcome to pay your membership dues in advance through Zelle at our payment address: [email protected] or paypal us at paypal.me/yourspca.

Our dues for the 2023-24 membership cycle are just $40 ($30 for seniors over 64).


 

Volunteers Needed

The SPCA cannot do our part in hosting this event without volunteers. We need help with the setup. We need help wrapping the 2000 hot dogs. And we need help cleaning up the messThis is a community effort. And this is a great opportunity to give back to your community.

If you can donate some time, please signup hereWe can’t do it without you.

Thank you!

2022 Holiday Decorating Contest Winners

First our neighbors selected 20 well-decorated homes for our contest. Then we received around 50 online votes after a week of voting. Now the results are in and here are the winners of our contest:

4th Place – 6322 Keystone

 

 

3rd Place – 6200 Tripp

 

 

2nd Place – 6311 Kildare

 

 

1st Place – 6236 Lowell

 

This year’s contest winners will be awarded small trophies. I hope to deliver them this weekend. Our contest winners will also be announced in the next issue the Sauganash Sounds.

We appreciate everyone who participated in our contest by voting and nominating homes. And thank you to everyone who decorated this year. You make our neighborhood a brighter place.
 

Attend the 2023 Aldermanic Forum in the 39th Ward

The SPCA is cosponsoring the 2023 Aldermanic Forum for the 39th Ward along with 9 other civic associations in the Ward. Our current Alderman Sam Nugent, who has sponsored and participated in many of our events, is up for reelection. She will be running against Denali Dasgupta. 

All are welcome to hear both candidates have a civil discussion about issues facing the Ward. It will be moderated by David Schaper of NPR News. The forum will take place on Thursday, January 19th at the Irish American Heritage Center at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30. This event is free.

Additionally, if you have a question that you’d like our moderator to ask, you may submit it here

 

What: 39th Ward Aldermanic Forum
Where: Irish American Heritage Center
When: Thursday, January 19th – Doors open at 6:30
 

Join or Renew Your SPCA Now

Our community association is the SPCA. We are a volunteer organization. We rely on membership dues from our neighbors. Though it is a new year soon, we are still in our 2022-23 cycle. Our membership cycle runs from July 1st to June 30th.

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 removal efforts this winter

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!

2021 SPCA Holiday Decorating Contest – Voting Now Open

Last week our neighbors nominated the best decorated homes in Sauganash Park. We created a gallery of 21 homes. Now it’s time to vote for the winner!

The voting period begins now. The last day that you may submit a vote is Sunday, 12/26.

I recommend that you browse the gallery of homes. Click the photos to enlarge them and see the addresses. Choose your three favorites and submit them on this voting form

Your first place vote is worth 3 points. Your second place vote is worth 2 points. And your third place vote is worth 1 point. The homes that receive the most points will win the contest.

Winners Will Be Awarded Gift Cards


Winners will be awarded a gift card to one of our partner restaurants 
in the following increments: $100 (1st), $50 (2nd), and $25 (3rd and 4th). Runners up will also receive a special prize.

 

We are looking forward to announcing our community-selected winners one week from today, on Monday 12/27.

Don’t forget to vote!

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