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Section 8 2019 Board of Directors Elected

Members of various supporters groups and independents congregated at Schubas on Saturday to elect a new board

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Section 8 Chicago held their annual general meeting at Schuba’s in Lakeview today in order to elect and welcome the new Board of Directors for 2019.

The new Chairperson is Nicole Hack of CF97 Sirens, who we interviewed yesterday. Along with fellow Sirens Moria Nestmann, the new head of marketing, and new Finance Director Carri Alldredge, three of eight positions on the 2019 Board are held by women. Rounding out the unopposed races is the new Vice-Chair, Marty Tomszak, and new Fundraising Director Nate Thompson.

The two contested races were for Director Of Events and Communications Director. Sean Callaghan retained his Events seat versus a two-person challenge of Nick Mann, representing the Black Fires supporters group, and popular community figure Mad Javier.

Karl Schuster, a founding member of Whiskey Brothers ‘05, was elected the new Communications Director, defeating former Hot Time contributor Jake Payne (also of Black Fires).

Aside from the elections there were a few other noteworthy announcements. The Away Section is moving to the terrace level either in section 203 or 211. This announcement concerned many fans due to both the lack of communication in the decision from the Front Office and safety concerns about that being closer to the Harlem End.

The results of Section 8’s 2018 charity initiatives were also revealed. Tomszak announced that his drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository raised ten thousand dollars over the course of the year. Tomszak will be continuing the ISA’s community work with the creation of a scholarship in partnership with the Chicago Community Kitchens, a 14-week culinary training program for the unemployed run by the GCFD. Section 8 hopes to equal or surpass their charity contributions this next year. The 2019 food drive starts on Monday.