There are five main standing committees in the BCO that serve the members and our community: Events, Gardening, Planning and Development, Communications and Membership. Explore these committees at the links below.
Two additional permanent committees serve the needs of the organization itself: the Auditing Committee, and Nominating Committee.
A Bylaws Committee is a “Special Committee” that is active when needed.
Their are three additional “Special Committees” currently authorized and operating: GreenSpace Committee, Public Art Committee and Finance Commitee.
The Events committee produces the annual and special events of the BCO. Three main events are currently planned:
- Street / Yard Sale in early June
- Garden Walk in mid July
- Ice Cream Social in mid August
The BCO Events Committee is officially committed to having FUN with our annual events! We kick off the outdoor season the Annual Street Sale, traditionally held the first weekend in June each year. This great event enables residents to clean out their basements and sell their surplus to the shoppers who wait. Past years have seen 90+ families participating in the sale, with a big draw of shoppers. Recently we have added a post-sale happy hour to allow sellers to unwind and compare notes after it’s over.
The Bowmanville Garden Walk shows off the amazing beauty hidden within our community. For over 20 years, our signature event, has drawn thousands of people from across the city to see our neighborhood in full bloom. The Bowmanville Garden Walk features hosted gardens, where the garden owners are there to welcome you into their garden and talk about their efforts.
The Ice Cream Social provides an afternoon of fun, camaraderie, prizes and free ice cream! This is a great time to mingle with neighbors and to meet new people.
The BCO Gardening Committee organizes volunteers to maintain our three community gardens: the Bowmanville Community Garden at 5386-5410 N Bowmanville Ave, the Gateway Garden at 1801 W Balmoral Ave and the Westgate Garden at 2329-2339 W Berwyn Ave. Volunteers maintain a regular schedule of watering, weeding, mulching and pruning. As past chairman Tom Kennedy says, “This is the way-coolest committee. You don’t have to know a darn thing about gardening to get involved and have fun.” The motto is: Come when you can, Leave when you must!
Planning and Development Committee
The BCO Planning and Development committee keeps its fingers on the pulse of development in our community. Bowmanville continues to attract avid interest among residential and commercial developers. Working with the Alderman’s office and city departments, the Planning and Development Committee monitors real estate and commercial development in the community and provides guidelines to developers and businesses when requesting zoning changes through the Alderman’s office. They inform the community of initial plans that require zoning changes and host community feedback meetings with developers. The committee also fosters partnerships with local industrial and commercial businesses.
The Communications Committee informs and updates the community of BCO events, meetings and local issues. They are responsible for the publication of the Bowmanville Bee and the electronic e-Bee. The Bowmanville Bee is the printed publication for the BCO and is published quarterly as the seasons change. The e-Bee is an electronic e-mail publication that is also published 4 times a year in the months between the distribution of the printed Bowmanville Bee. The Bowmanville Bee began in December 1995 as a four page newsletter trumpeting the renaissance of the BCO and voicing concerns of the neighborhood residents. The Bee covers crime, traffic, development, local history, committee news and a calendar of local events.
The Communications Committee also sends out BCO “special issues” e-mails (BCO e-blast) whenever an important community issue or event needs attention and could not be included in either the Bowmanville Bee or the e-Bee. The BCO phone line is available for leaving us a message. Call (773) 349-2268 anytime.
This Web site is another way we communicate to everyone. If you have content ideas for this web site or stories for one of our publications, please contact BCO Communications.
The Communication Committee chairman keeps the committee members organized at monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month, works with our Web Master, keeps the Board and other committees informed and updates the publications schedules. It is a fun and creative opportunity, and a great way to contribute to the Bowmanville community.
The BCO Membership Committee works hard to expand the reach of the BCO. In 2008 a membership drive was launched featuring events including a New Neighbor Social, a Food Drive, a door-to-door campaign, and the inception of the BCO Kids Rewards program. Special membership drive events are planned to introduce new residents to the organization and their neighbors. Membership also helps members connect with the other committees for volunteer work and social events. This committee is open to new and innovative ideas on how to get current members more involved and how to continue to expand our membership. Joining the effort is a great way to meet new people, test out new ideas, and get out there in the neighborhood.
Membership makes it happen!
BCO GreenSpace Committee
The BCO GreenSpace Committee was formed in 2009 – This committee was created to research permanent green space locations in the community and to facilitate the planning and establishment of parkland and open community spaces. The committee joined Friends of the Parks to form BCO GreenSpace Chicago. See more information on the GreenSpace page.
Public Art Committee
The public Art Committee was established in November of 2010. This committee was created to research and promote public art offerings in the Bowmanville community. Their current project is the Berwyn Pedestrian Tunnel Mural.
The Berwyn Mural project is a community-driven public art project. The goal was to create a painted and mosaic work of art in and around the pedestrian foot tunnel underneath the Metra tracks at Berwyn and Ravenswood Avenues. See more information on the Public Art page.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the BCO phone line at (773) 349-2268 to get involved! Contributions can be made to the Bowmanville Community Organization – email@example.com
If you notice graffiti, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can remove it. And if you see anyone interfering with or damaging the mural, please call 911 right away to report it. Thank you!