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Rockwell Station by Karl Raak

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based on a photograph by Tony Gagliardi

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October Calendar

2 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Horner Park Advisory Council. Horner Park Fieldhouse, Montrose & California
3 Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. GRO Meeting. Luther Memorial Church, Wilson & Campbell
8 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. Gross Park Advisory Council. Gross Park Fieldhouse,
Lawrence & Washtenaw
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President: Joetta King
First Vice President: Bill King
Vice President
Second Vice President: Tom Kosinski
Second Vice President
Secretary: Bea Tersch
Treasurer: Lucinda Dieker

GRO Updates


GRO Annual Elections

GRO Annual elections were held on Tuesday, October 3 at the monthly meeting. Please welcome our new officers for 2017-2018:

President - Joetta King has served recently in the position of first Vice President. She has also worked tirelessly on the Special Events Committee and was instrumental in the success of this year's Summer Party as well as a number of other recent events such as the Spring Potlucks and holiday mixers.

First Vice President - This is Bill King's first stint as an officer of GRO. He is, and continues to be, co-chair of the Special Events Committee and has contributed mightily to the success of the Annual Summer Party as well as our other social events. Bill is a professional artist and cartoonist. All of the recent flyers and posters you see advertizing our special events, either on this page or posted around the neighborhood, are Bill's handiwork.

Second Vice President - Tom Kosinski assumes the position of Second Vice Predsident after having served as President for the last three years. He will also continue to maintain the GRO website.

Treasurer - Lucina Dieker will continue as GRO Treasuer where she combines her professional financial expertise and with tireless and boundless enthusiam in the service of our community.

Secretary - Bea Tersch, longest serving officer of GRO, will continue as Secretary of the organization. Additionally, Bea is chair of the Beautification Committee as well as a enthusiastic member of our Corner Gardens group. Bea hosts the annual Perenial Divide each autumn for the neighborhood gardeners and is key in the production and distribution of the GRO Newsletter.

The new membership year brings other changes to the organization. After a long and arduous search, GRO has a new Chairperson for the Corner Gardens Committee. Dana Dougherty has stepped up to the position. We congratulate her on her new role, surely one of the most important duties in our organization.

Shonagh Merits, Chairperson of the Membership Committee and acting Chairperson of the Corner Gardens committee will be relinquishing her Vice President position on the board as well as her role as Chairperson for both these committees. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for the hard work she has put in over the last few years. As mentioned above, Dana Dougherty will be taking over as Chairperson of Corner Gardens and Tom Kosinski will be taking over as chairman of the membership committee.

Jeanne Marie Uzdawinis Co-Founder of Cafe Selmarie

Jean Marie Uzdawinis, co-founder of Cafe Selmarie, passed away on Sunday, October 8, of ovarian cancer. She was 63 years old. It is impossible to overstate the importance that her bakery and restaurant, the Cafe Selmarie, has had in the birth of Lincoln Square and the revitalization of Ravenswood in general. GRO would like to extend our condolences to her family.










Welcome to the neighborhood!

The Greater Rockwell Organization (GRO) is committed to engage in activities that will promote civic pride and community welfare. The low-cost Membership is an excellent way to engage in your community.

From Wilson to Lawrence and Western to Virginia (at the river), you will see the elegance of Greater Rockwell Organization’s award-winning corner gardens.

The monthly GRO newsletter with a circulation of 1,500 reaches our community, as well as commuters at the Rockwell Brown Line station.

You have a more beautiful neighborhood due to the ongoing efforts of our graffiti removal program – and neighbors who join in the clean and green weekends.

Annual events such as the summer block party and the winter potluck dinner are a great way to share in our community spirit.

By signing up for GROnews (at the left, under Rockwell Station), you can join hundreds of neighbors who receive emails about local events, meeting reminders and important community alerts.

Whether you’re concerned about property taxes; public transportation; safer streets; a cleaner, greener neighborhood; a vital business district; or simply a place to say hi to your neighbors – GRO has something for you.

When we meet

Greater Rockwell Organization meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Meetings are held at Luther Memorial Church at the corner of Campbell and Wilson. Enter through the red doors (to the left of the main doors) on Wilson. You will find the buzzer up and to the right.


The goals of GRO are met through our community volunteers. Follow the links to web pages describing each committee's doings and how to contact the members if you're interested in getting involved. Please give the idea some serious thought – we welcome your participation at any level, and any amount of time you care to give.

Newsletter Beautification
Greening Membership  
Urban Development Public Safety
Fundraising & Special Events  


History of the Greater Rockwell Neighborhood

Would you like to know a little of the history of our neighborhood? Former president and local historian Mark Dawson has provided an excellent short history of the Greater Rockwell Neighborhood


Greater Rockwell Mural by Karl Raak