Upcoming Events

The Bloomington-Normal Jaycees are underway on an incredibly exciting lineup of events and changes for 2016!  We’ll be keeping you up to date as we roll out the many announcements we have planned.  For now, here are some upcoming highlights below:

  • Join us at Epiphany Farms, 220 E Front St. in Bloomington, on Wednesday, February 10th at 7 p.m. to celebrate a new age for the BNJaycees.  We’ll have appetizers, drinks, and yes, a big table with all of the awards we won for our stellar 2015 year as a chapter.  We’re allowed to brag in one meeting a year, and we’d love for you to join us in the fun!
  • Tuesday, February 16th, we’ll be meeting at Red Raccoon Games at 6 p.m.  We’ll be learning how to play some of the trending and most intriguing board and card games.  Red Raccoon Games is located at 309 N. Main St. in Downtown Bloomington.
  • The BNJaycees are working on a new website!  We’re excited to be updating our image as we give ourselves virtual face lift.  The new website will combine a modern look with a more interactive component, and we’re sure it will be a great resource for members and non-members alike. Keep an eye out for that!

Non-members and anyone interested in our community organization or just helping out with one of our many awesome events should attend our monthly meeting – the next one is on Wednesday, February 10th at 7 p.m at Epiphany Farms.  In the meantime, feel free to contact us by email and check out our Facebook page!

Big weekend for the BNJaycees at our General Assembly! More details to come…


August Presidents Message

Our meetings have been a little sparse since we voted for Bruegala Charities, and it’s not all that uncommon with our chapter.  There is SOOOO much going on in everyone’s lives, especially during the summer, that we tend to do a “Break” (get it…Huddle…break…football…..anybody???).  Well, now is the time that we get back in the GAME!!!!!!!!!!  (LOL I’m cracking myself up)   We are going to make it easy for you, too!  We are giving you a REASON to come to our meetings, not just to get a schedule of events, or hear a recap of our events – which is still very important.  For the next few months, we will be trying out some new things for our meetings – discussions, huddles, decisions for our chapter and/or projects, etc.  I encourage you all to come to the meeting and see what happens, you may be very pleasantly surprised at how informative, motivating, and productive we can get!

That all being said, this Wednesday (8/12/2015), we will be voting on T-shirts for all you awesome members (no charge to you at ALL).  And, we will also be voting on having a “Create you Own Logo Wear” event!  This is where you can bring any item of clothing, and have 1 of 4 designs imprinted on it…for free (if voted that way, of course).  After the business end is completed (including the logo wear voting), we will be doing an activity that will lead into a “Jaycee” Huddle.  You won’t want to miss it!

BRUEGALA!!!!!!!!!!  Guys…this event is seriously going to be amazing.  I am so incredibly excited about it this year…the Beer Mile, is probably what I am most excited about.  I will be taking side bets each night on the person who tosses their cookies first!  :)  Hahahahah!

Finally, if all the items above have not inspired you to come to the meeting STILL, then I’m hoping Seth dressed as a Chicken will…I know I want to see that!  :)

Can’t wait to see you all there!  Wednesday August 12th at 7pm – Anju Above (220 E. Front St. Bloomington)

GO TEAM GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katy Griesemer
2015 BN Jaycees President



Upcoming events:

8/18 – Bruegala marketing at Lounge about the Roundabout in Uptown Normal

8/20 – Social at Twin City Trivia at the Firehouse Pizza Pub

8/27 –  Bruegala setup

8/28 and 29 – BRUEGALA

8/30 – Bruegala cleanup

9/9 – Jaycee Speed Networking / General Meeting

9/26 – Rural Pub Crawl

Bruegala 2015 Press Release


From the library of the Baron; which smells, oddly, of baseball glove oil.

My Honorable Bruegalites,

My Mischief Makers have been toying and teasing you with mentions of Big Revelations coming soon. I asked them not to, but they tend to do whatever brings a smile to their faces. Please don’t blame me for any inner turmoil that they may have caused you. However, I do say, the news I am here to announce is, in a word, PHENOMENAL.

Due to the continued support of you, my dear Bruegalonians, we need to expand our operations. I am here to publicly proclaim that the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees are going to be moving Bruegala to the Corn Crib in Normal! We have been working tirelessly with the Illinois Corn Farmers and the Corn Belters to analyze multiple layouts of their facilities (the possibilities make me giddy); to take thermal imagery of their ice machines (a chilly sub-0 degrees Celsius); and my minions have gone so far as to test their field soil (its still Astroturf).

We look forward to a great relationship with the Corncrib and this exciting new venue! Bruegala will be held on August 28-29th. In the coming days, we will be releasing more information, including band line-ups, food vendors, special events, and so much more! Make sure to check our media outlets for more information!

Information in brief (not in briefs, that would just be awkward),

WHO: Bruegala XVI
WHAT: Charity Beer and wine tasting
WHERE: the Corn Crib – 1000 W Raab Rd, Normal, IL 61761
Dates: August 28-29

General Summary:

Bruegala is a charity beer and wine festival run by the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees. The 16th annual Bruegala will be held on Friday, August 28 and Saturday, August 29 at the Corn Crib. The event currently offers over 300 beers, 50 wines, multiple food vendors, and music throughout the two-day event. In the past 4 years, more than 16,000 people have attended Bruegala and the event has raised over $160,000 for local charities. This money directly impacts the citizens of Bloomington-Normal and McLean County.

Contact information:
[email protected]
www.bruegala.com ** www.bnjaycees.org/events/bruegala
www.facebook.com/bruegala ** www.twitter.com/BaronVBruegala

Late April/May update


Late April/May Events

To see this on a calendar, check it out on Google Calendar, HERE

4/18 – Bruegala marketing/Helping out at the Peoria Beerfest!

– planning on carpooling from Bloomington at 1pm, returning around 9. We only ask that you ‘work’ from 4:30-7… the rest of the time, have fun!

5/1-3 – Illinois Jaycees General Assembly
– Get professional trainings, participate in awards ceremonies and attend the Top Outstanding Young Person Awards. We currently have 9 people attending, contact Seth ([email protected]) if you would like to join us. more information can be found at www.iljaycees.org/ga

5/6 – Board Meeting – 7pm

5/13 – General Meeting – 7pm at Anju Above.
– Join us to get updates on upcoming projects, find your passion and get ideas for your own project, and expand your personal/professional network! Happy hour to follow

5/16 – Storage Unit clean – 12pm – RP Storage in Heyworth
– We have plenty of stuff that we need to sort through, take stock of, and organize… and we need help! Join us at the storage unit to show off your ability to stack and file, not to mention pick up some carpentry skills while you’re at it!
– Social/cookout at the Romagold’s to follow. More information soon.

Doggie Easter Egg Hunt


We love our animals and want to give back to the community!  The BN Jaycees are throwing a Doggie Easter Egg Hunt on March 28th from 2-5 at Maxwell Park in Normal.  There will be chances to adopt pets, organic dog treats, some awesome eggs to find, and a chance to have your dog’s picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

Its only $5 a dog for the egg hunt and $5 for a picture – Proceeds will be going to HSCI, Wishbone, and Cisar

if you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]