In considering the impact that COVID-19 has had on CGS and our ability to meet in person, we want to inform you of some changes we are planning for the 2021 board election procedures.
Changes to Voter Eligibility
Ordinarily an eligible voting member must have attended a minimum of three (3) regular business meetings as a member in good standing in the fiscal year beginning April 1st. Due to COVID, all our meetings since April have been conducted on Zoom, and any current members who will have attended at least 3 of these Zoom meetings in the current fiscal year will be eligible to vote.
We understand that Zoom has not been accessible to all members. So as an alternative this year, we will additionally consider members as eligible to vote if they were eligible to vote in last year’s board election, provided their membership has remained in good standing. It’s not necessary that you voted last year. If you were eligible to vote in last year’s election, you will continue to be an eligible voter for the 2021 election.
Nominations for board positions are taken at the regular monthly business meeting in February of each year. For the February 2021 meeting, we plan to conduct the nomination process as usual. We strongly encourage all eligible members to attend if possible. If the February meeting is conducted on Zoom, and for those who cannot attend, we will be adding an opportunity to submit nominations via email for eligible members in advance of the February meeting. In January, we will be notifying eligible members regarding the procedures for submitting nominations via email.
Obviously it’s been unfortunate that COVID-19 has had such a severe impact on our usual ability to meet together. We certainly don’t want these circumstances to cause any members to feel disenfranchised. The above changes to the election process are intended in consideration of members unable to use Zoom. If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, or if you believe you are disadvantaged in any way by these revisions to our usual process, please contact the board directly by replying to this email announcement. We will consider individual accommodations if the situation warrants it.
Thank you all. We look forward to meeting together again when it’s safe to do so!
The CGS Board
As of course you are all aware, COVID-19 has had a major impact on CGS’s social activities, and for the time being we have replaced our meetings and socials with online Zoom sessions. The current phase of reopening in Illinois and the Chicago area does not permit gatherings of our size at our usual venues, and the board unanimously believes it’s not safe for us to be meeting in person right now. We understand how important it is to many of our members to have these social activities, and Zoom can’t entirely take the place of that. So we have been working to pursue approaches to add value for our members during this time of restrictions. To that end, we’ve set up virtual “trans conference”-type presentations at our recent and upcoming monthly members meetings. These presenters — Stephanie Carey (makeup & skin care), Cassandra Storm (photographer, feminine comportment coaching), Lindsey Taub (image consulting), Savannah Hauk (dual-gender author) and Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality — are examples providing offerings that can cover the range of coaching, education, self-help, and inspiring stories of the transgender experience which we feel are conducive to the Zoom platform, and can make our meetings effective, valuable, and entertaining during this time.
We don’t want to stop there — we welcome your input as CGS members of what you would like to see us doing while we’re operating under the current restrictions. We want to make the organization what you want it to be, to add value any way that’s reasonably possible under the circumstances. So if you have thoughts or suggestions regarding what would most interest you, please answer the below questions and reply back to us via email:
- What kinds of activities or presentations would you like to see at our monthly meetings? For the monthly socials, do you prefer a free-form interaction or more structured group activities (i.e., games, questions posed to the group, etc)?
- Do you have any suggestions of the kinds of content you would most like to see in The Primrose?
- Please provide any other recommendations you may have for adding value to CGS during this time
Chicago Gender Society (CGS) Meeting:
November 10, 2020 Via Zoom ~ Mara Keisling, founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality will be joining us.
December 8, 2020 Via Zoom ~ Cassandra Storm and Lindsey Taub will be joining us again.
January 12, 2021 ~ Virtual Wine Tasting!
Our meetings are held at The Curragh Irish Pub, 6705 N. Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631 Doors open at 7pm. Meeting starts at 8pm. Newcomers are encouraged and welcomed. Just ask for Karen.
Chicago Gender Society’s (CGS) Social Corner:
Our monthly social is held at Peggy Kinnane’s on the 4th Tuesday of each month. From 7pm-whenever. Peggy Kinnane’s is located at 8 N. Vail Ave. in Arlington Heights. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Peggy Kinnane’s offers us a friendly environment to gather and visit.
Intro to Chicago Gender Society (CGS):
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The Chicago Gender Society (CGS) was founded 34 years ago for transgender education and support. CGS continues to provide a safe place for people to explore their gender identity. We do this through our monthly meetings, socials and events. If you are new to the community, CGS meetings provide our members and guests an opportunity to network with other individuals exploring similar feelings and provide educational programs from experts in the fields of interest to our members. Our monthly socials provide an evening out with members and friends in a public environment. Our events range from a golf outing, an evening of bowling, to a grand Holiday Party.