First Friday Club

Each morning the “Breaking News” sections of the Internet editions of the Tribune and Sun-Times publish the violence reports in the Chicago area for the past 24 hours. The reports resemble war zone information on the dead and wounded. But these are not battle ready soldiers or enemy combatants. They are our fellow citizens in and around Chicago – and – many of them young. They have died before they had a chance to live; their dreams buried with them.

In spite of the data that tells us that the murder rate is declining, there is a feeling of hopelessness in too many neighborhoods all around us. So who/what is winning? Hope or Hopelessness? Mr. Dan McGrath, for 13 years the sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, has moved from the Tower on Michigan Avenue to a greystone building on West 79th street, just west of Halsted in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood of Chicago. He is beginning his fifth year as President of Leo High School, his alma mater, an all-male Catholic school serving an urban population from some of the most disadvantaged areas of the city.

Please join us at the inaugural gathering of the new season of The First Friday Club of Chicago on October 3rd from noon until 1:15.

You will have the opportunity to become a member at the October lunch.  Since 2007, the modest membership rates have been unchanged; however, to cover increases in expenses, FFCC membership rates for the coming year will be increased slightly.  The new membership rates are; Member-$50; Patron-$75; Supporter-$125; Benefactor-$150 and Sponsor-$250.

To reserve your place for the October 3, 2014 meeting of The First Friday Club of Chicago, please call 312-466-9610 no later than Noon Tuesday, September 30.  Please give the number of reservations needed and any dietary restrictions.   The lunch fee is $35 for members and $40 for guests.  Once your reservation is made, your lunch fee is required, even if you are unable to attend. The Union League Club has a dress code: business attire for women; a shirt with collar for men; no tennis shoes or jeans.

Friday, October 3, 2014 – 12:00pm

Union League Club of Chicago


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Registration Deadline:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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