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Great Vest Side Club plugs along and remembers life back in the day
(Crain's Chicago Business, Dec. 23, 2011)

Three ambulances recently sponsored by GVS were utilized in fighting the devastating forest fires in Northern Israel in November 2016.

The next time you visit the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, note the bench and associated plaque in the lobby which were donated by GVS in memory of Herman Pozin.

GVS CLUB OF Chicago is please to announce that Josh Carl, Dick Millstone and Danny Zakon have recently been elected to our Board of Directors.

At the October 2, 2017 dinner our speaker will be Rich Cohen, Chicago area native and author of books such as "Tough Jews", "Monsters of the Midway" and "The Sun and the Moon and the Rolling Stones". This will be Rich's second time with us and he will describe the book he is currently finishing as well as other projects.

The GVS Club of Chicago is an Illinois not for profit corporation which has two main objectives:

1 Providing, primarily through semiannual dinner events, an opportunity for a social gathering and reunion for persons who grew up on the West Side of Chicago between approximately 1930 to 1960. The word "Vest" used instead of "West" is intended as an homage to the mostly immigrant Jewish parents of our members, currently numbering over 700.

Our next semiannual dinner will be held on Monday October 2, 2017 at Chateau Ritz, 9100 N. Milwaukee Av., Niles, Illinois. See the right hand panel for a description of the program. The most recent dinner (attended by over 300 people) was held on May 15, 2017 and featured a presentation by Mark Weitzman, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center in New York..

2 Raising funds for donation to certain charities, particularly AFMDA, which is the 501(c)(3) US fundraising entity for the Israeli Red Cross and to whom we presented our 12th sponsored ambulance (costing $100,000) at a recent dinner. The ambulance was presented in honor of our recently deceased director, Jerry Lipman. See the attached photo from the presentation. Our 9th ambulance which was dedicated to the victims of the Newtown/ Sandy Hook massacre was presented at a special ceremony in Newtown CT on June 30, 2013 with the ambulance on exhibit prior to being shipped to Israel. As can be seen in the attached photo, GVS Board members Herb Kanter and Art Farber participated in the ceremony. See attached article from Jewish Ledger of Connecticut.

We need your help in continuing to fund these significant acquisitions. Please send your tax deductible checks made out to GVS (we are also a 501(c)(3) exempt organization) or AFMDA to AFMDA at 3175 Commercial Av. #101, Northbrook IL 60062. Secure donations by credit card (Pay Pal) can be made direct to GVS by clicking on the "Donate" link at the top of this page. .