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The Illinois Club is one of the oldest university social clubs serving the University and Champaign-Urbana community. The purpose of our Club is to promote friendship and education, this purpose is achieved through interest groups, campus tours, University of Illinois scholarship awards, and special events.

A Letter from the President...


I was so pleased with attendance at the Opening Party. It was a joy to catch up with members and meet new friends. Special thanks to Jennifer Dillavou for lending us the space, to Jim Runyan and his student staff for helping us with the set up, and to the always cheerful staff of Michael's Catering. All contributed to making the event a success.

I hope you found a new interest or two to explore during the Opening Party. Interest groups are at heart of our Club. There is no limit to the number of groups you can participate in, and we are always looking for fresh ideas. If you have a suggestion for a new interest group, please let us know. We would love to explore your passion with you. Email interestgroups@theillinoisclub.org or president@theillinoisclub.org and we will help you get going.

If you were unable to attend the Opening Party, consider joining us for our Newcomers event on October 7th. Everyone is welcome. We will be on the patio at Rigg's starting at 5:30 PM. It is a great way to introduce friends to the Club as well as another opportunity to learn more about our interest groups and how to get involved. If October 7th does not work for you, the August newsletter is full of information on when our various groups are meeting. Just reach out to the Interest Group Coordinator or me and we will help you get connected.

I close my message by announcing the Communications Team and Webmasters have produced a dynamic new business card for the Club. There is a QR Code on the reverse side that can be scanned with your phone's camera to open the Club's brochure on our website. Pretty cool, huh? Many members have told me they pass along cards when they make new connections in the community, so we want to make the cards available to everyone. If you would like a few cards to carry with you, contact me and we will coordinate a way to get some to you.

Donna Offenbecher

More About The Illinois Club

Next Event(s):

NEW!!! Fall Tour of the Illinois Fire Service Institute

University of Illinois Fire Service Institute
11 Gerty Drive, Champaign (map)

Thursday, November 4: 1:00-3:30 PM

Limit of 50. RSVP by Monday, November 1 to reservations@theillinoisclub.org.
Masks must be worn for all indoor portions of the tour.

Have you ever wondered what all those burned-out buildings are as you drive down Windsor Road near Neil Street? Now is your opportunity to see them up close! Our Fire Service Institute tour will include a 30 minute presentation and questions period on the science of fire and how dangerous it can be. We will then do a walking tour of the grounds, see the different areas used for training, and observe classes in action. Classes being conducted will include live fire, industrial training, and a couple of other groups on site doing some specialized training. You don't want to miss this amazing opportunity!

See Tours for details

Newcomers & Social Hour

Riggs Beer Company
1901 S High Cross Rd., Urbana, IL (map)

Thursday November 4, 2021
5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join us at Riggs Beer Company on the first Thursday of the month
as we welcome and get to know our Newcomers.

A mask is required
All Club members are welcome as we gather on the Party Patio, enjoy the fall weather, and get acquainted with our Newcomers. An RSVP (email newcomers@theillinoisclub.org) is requested for Newcomers (only) by Monday, November 1.

Newcomers, when you arrive, please start at the Party Patio to collect a token for a free drink, which can include nonalcoholic beverages. Outside food is allowed, so feel free to bring something to eat. In addition, the Piato food truck will be available on site.

Contact Christina (newcomers@theillinoisclub.org) for more information.

Holiday Party - Save the Date

Siebel Center for Design
December 9, 2021; 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Details to follow...

More, To Be Announced

Currently, most in-person/indoor events have been postponed due to COVID-19 and will resume when it is safe to gather in large groups.