EARC Beginnings

The East Andersonville Residents Council was the second  Edgewater block club/neighborhood association to be formed, LBRC being the first.  It was the result of an initiative of two individuals: Marge Britton of LBRC and LeRoy Blommaert, then an unpaid consultant to LBRC.  Both believed that the success of LBRC should be shared and that the best place to start was the neighborhood immediately to the west of Lakewood Balmoral.  They began their initiative in 1972 or 1973.  One of the first meetings was held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Gayne on Rascher.  According to the June 1974 ECC newsletter, Richard Gayne became chairman of the steering committee that led to the formal organization of EARC as well as its first president. 

It is not known who first came up with the name "East Andersonville" but it was a logical one, being east of what by then had become known as the Andersonville commecial district.

Frank J. Schwerthhoffer, who also lived on Rascher, was one of the founding members of the organization.

–prepared by LeRoy Blommaert, February 2014