Brews at the Zoo

Join the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees at Miller Park Zoo on the evening of Friday, August 5th for food, drinks, and an imaginative, educational experience.


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The B-N Jaycees announce Brews at the Zoo, an after hours culinary exploration.  From 5 – 8 p.m. on August 5th, admission to Miller Park Zoo will not just include the usual access to animal exhibits.  Each exhibit will also feature food and drink samples with a theme relevant to the exhibit’s culture.

Tickets are currently on sale.  More details and to purchase online, visit our event page.

ID Event: Brewing with the Beev

This month’s individual development event is Brewing with the Beev.  B-N Jaycees members will learn how to brew their own beer!  Come on, this is an invaluable skill to have.  There is no cost and beer and food will be provided.

The event takes place at Chad Bever’s home (a.k.a. The Bever Dam) in Heyworth. The event starts at 8 a.m. and will go for most of the day.  Attendees are welcome to come over at any time or point in the process, but the first 3 hours is when the important steps happen.

You can RSVP on our Meetup page.




“Mark it 8, Dude.”

Our general membership meeting is this Wednesday, 7 p.m. at the VFW in Bloomington.  We’ll be starting with the business of the chapter, but we’ll be running through that quickly.  After the meeting, we’re hitting the lanes right at VFW for some bowling.

Both members and non-members alike are welcome and encouraged to hang around and bowl!



Anderson Horse Farm

Another month, another individual development event in the books.  A group of B-N Jaycees walked away from Anderson Horse Farm with knowledge of owning a horse and riding experience.  We learned basic maintenance and training, as well as heard some harrowing tales of emergency horse care.

Anderson Horse Farm gives lessons to kids and adults on their beautiful farm in Heyworth, for anyone who is interested.

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Bruegala Games

Our Bruegala chair members held a booth at Saturday’s Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bloomington to spread the word about Bruegala ’16.  They ran a coin toss game where the prizes were official Bruegala glasses!

Bruegala ’16 is August 26th and 27th, mark your calendars!

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Horse Riding!


Our IDVP has scheduled the June Individual Development event, we’ll be meeting up in Heyworth on Saturday, June 18th at 9 a.m. to ride some horses!

The event is being held at a farm with horses, the address is 15467 County Road 300 N, Heyworth, IL.  The owners are accomplished riding teachers who will be demonstrating the basics of horse care and riding.  We’ll then get to do some light riding on their land to test out our cowboy skills.  Make sure to wear pants and closed-toed shoes for safety!

After we’ve tired out the horses and owners, we’re moseying over to Pit Row Sports Bar in Heyworth, the home of $1.75 Cheeseburgers and $2.00 Bloody Mary’s!

Find out more info and please RSVP on our Meetup page!


Down at the Farmer’s Market


The Bloomington-Normal Jaycees are going to have a booth at three upcoming Farmer’s Markets.  Farmer’s Markets takes place in Downtown Bloomington on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon.  We’ll be there to meet new people, raise awareness of our chapter, and garner interest in new membership.  We’ll also be answering questions about our upcoming Bruegala, which is always a popular topic of discussion!

The Farmer’s Market offers a great selection of healthy food and homemade crafts.  Stop by to support local commerce, and if we’re on location, make sure to say “hi.”  We’ll have some fun things going on in the B-N Jaycees corner!

B-N Jaycees Farmer’s Market Dates:

  • June 18th
  • July 23rd
  • August 20th


Bruegala Charities

The Bloomington-Normal Jaycees are pleased to announce the 2016 charities for #bruegala2016!

It is going to be an awesome year and we can’t wait to work with our amazing charities!  There are still many exciting announcements to come…


Archery Success!


The B-N Jaycees had a great time at our recent ID event at Select Archery. By the end of the night, we were all hitting our marks, which ranged from traditional bullseyes to 3D animal targets.  Check out the full library of photos from the fun evening.

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8th Annual Tulip 5k for a Cure: Photos

For the 8th time in a row, we had a blast at our Tulip 5k for a Cure.  We witnessed another competitive group of runners, and the winners were able to take home great prizes thanks to our sponsors.  But in what might be the marquee highlight, event coordinator Katy Griesemer awarded the first Cindy K. Griesemer Memorial Award.  And once again, we were able to raise substantial donations for Siteman Cancer Center to continue their innovative Pancreatic Cancer research.

Check out photos from the event here.

Congratulations to all the award winners, we look forward to holding our 9th race next year!