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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 response to the Gaza missile attacks.

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.


In December 2019 GVS Board members Art Farber and Phil Witt visited Herzl school on Douglas Boulevard in Chicago, which was of course  attended by some of our members in  the 1940s and 1950s.  They were there in conjunction with a  Christmas gift program coordinated by Temple Beth Israel in Skokie. In recent years, the Herzl students have been educated on who Theodore Herzl was and have learned about the Holocaust among other matters. GVS was proud to participate in this program.


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 500.

Our  semiannual dinner was scheduled to be  held on Monday May 18, 2020 at Chateau Ritz, 9100 N. Milwaukee Av., Niles, Illinois. However due to the coronavirus pandemic, the dinner was cancelled. The next dinner will be scheduled as conditions permit hopefully in 2022. The most recent dinner (attended by over 250 people) was held on October 14, 2019 and featured a presentation by David Goldenberg, Midwest Regional Director of ADL.

2 Sponsoring ambulances through AFMDA, the American Friends of Magen David Adom (the Israeli Red Cross). In May 2021 our 15th ambulance (each costing $ $100,000) was presented  in memory of one of our founding members, Billy Woloshin. The presentation was made at a special ceremony at Billy’s residence at Mission Hills in Northbrook.

In 2013, our 9th ambulance which was dedicated to the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre was presented at a special ceremony in Newtown CT attended by GVS Board members Herb Kanter and Art Farber.

We need your help in order to continue to fund these significant acquisitions including a 16th ambulance which is in the planni8ng stage.. Please send your tax deductible checks to either GVS or AFMDA (both 501 (c) (3) organizations) to AFMDA at 3175 Commercial Av . #101 Northbrook IL 60062.

Or you can make a secure credit card donation to GVS through PayPal by clicking the “Donate” link at the top of this page.