Bloomington-Normal Young Professionals Kiwanis Club serving the children of the world

Quiz for Kids’ Sake – Trivia Night for Big Brothers Big Sisters

What: Quiz for Kids’ Sake – Trivia Night for Big Brothers Big Sisters

When: Friday, June 10th,  7:00 PM  – 9:00 PM

Where: V.F.W. Post 454, 1006 E Lincoln St, Bloomington, Illinois 61701

More Info: Come join us for Trivia Night on June 10th. Not only will you have a fun night out with your friends, but you can enter a raffle for your chance to win a brand new iPad! Sign up at the Doodle poll here:… read more

Easter Seals Walk with Me: A Walk With Champions

What: Volunteering for Easter Seals Walk With Me: A Walk With Champions

When: Saturday, June 4th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Where: Illinois State University Hancock Stadium

More Info: Easter Seals Walk with Me: A Walk with Champions is not your average fundraiser. It is a day for the community to join with Easter Seals in making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

Individual walkers and teams join hundreds of other passionate people in their communities for a day full of entertainment, fun and, of course, the signature walk! Since 2003, over 150,000 have participated in 500 Walk With Me events nationwide, generating over $30 million to support families at Easter Seals.

Our club will be handing out balloons during the event. Sign up at the Doodle poll here:… read more

2016-2017 Board Election Results

At our May meeting we voted in our new board for the 2016-2017 Kiwanis year beginning in October:

  • President – Julie Wood
  • President Elect – Meryl Brown
  • Secretary – Jenn Anderson
  • Treasurer – Nicole Zomboracz
  • Service/Program – Cara Nelson
  • Membership/Social – Craig Luchtefeld and Brendan O’Neill
  • Marketing/PR – Craig Luchtefeld
  • Fundraising – responsibilities divided among the board

We would like to congratulate and thank everyone for participating, especially those who are willing to offer a little extra commitment to serving our club and our community in the upcoming year!… read more

Bloomington Kiwanis Mother’s Day Flower Sale

Who: Bloomington Kiwanis with proceeds supporting Camp Limberlost

What:  The flowers are a wide selection of annuals in flats, pots and hanging pots. Large planted pots and lovely hanging baskets, as well. A popular feature of the Mother’s Day Flower Sale are the Master Gardeners, local experts to help advise shoppers and to share tips on how to plant pots, how to pick the right plant for light and soil conditions, and more. Potted and hanging plants, flats of annuals, vegetables and herbs provided by Wendell Niepagen Greenhouses

Where: The Shoppes at College Hills (between Yankee Candle and Ann Taylor Loft)

When: Wednesday, May 4th – Saturday, May 7th, 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Why: For more information, visit www.bloomingtonkiwanis.orgread more

7th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp Update

The 7th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp total was down from past years, but was still a good haul. In the end, we raised $2500. That’s the equivalent of sending 10 kids to camp, cost-free.

The check will be presented to the Autism McLean board on Thursday, May 4th, 2016.

The garage sale fundraiser is done, annually, in April as April is National Autism Awareness Month. Check out Autism McLean‘s website for more information about autism-related events in Bloomington-Normal.

Pictures from the garage sale are up on our Flickr site.

Many thanks to the Autism McLeanSugarOak Management ServicesDistrict 87, GLT, to everyone that donated items for the garage sale, and last, but not least, all of the fantastic volunteers from BNYP, Autism McLean, ISU’s Tri Sigma Epsilon Omicron, family members, and friends that helped make this year’s garage sale a success!

We had a lot of fun working with everyone who contributed to make this a success again this year. Lots of planning, long hours, lots of elbow grease (in the form of folding clothes, sorting stuff, and moving large objects) helped make this happen yet again this year.

We’re looking forward to hearing how well Autism Camp goes and can’t wait to help again next year.… read more

7th Annual BNYP Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

BNYPThe Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club will be hosting the 7th annual Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

All proceeds from the garage sale will be given to Autism McLean for Autism Camp.

Autism Camp is dedicated to providing a valuable experience for children on the autism spectrum in a natural outdoor setting on Lake Bloomington. Children have the opportunity to engage in typical camp activities, including, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, games, and much more in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

The cost for camp is $225-$250 per child. The money raised by our fundraiser will help pay the way for kids who could otherwise not afford to attend camp. You can read more about Autism Camp here.

Here are the details:

  • The garage sale will be on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM @ the Crossroads Center, 310 Wylie Drive, Suite 450, Normal, IL (1 mile from the Interstate Center)
  • The garage sale itself will be a “name your own price” garage sale – no listed prices. The goal is to sell each and every item.

BNYP_ASMC_Garage_Sale_LocationHere’s how you can help:

  • Donate garage-sale worthy items for the garage sale. If you’re interested in donating in advance of the garage sale please contact Craig Luchtefeld, at or 309-319-6006. The more items donated, the more money we can raise, and the more kids we can send to camp!
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, April 11th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, April 13th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Friday, April 15th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • We’ll have volunteers to help unload and sort your items.
  • If you have items you’d like to donate but cannot make one of the early drop-off dates, please contact Craig Luchtefeld at or 309-319-6006 and we’ll work out a time to retrieve your items.
  • If you’d like to volunteer to help unload or sort items at any one of the early drop-off times, we’d very much appreciate the help! You can register to volunteer here:
  • If you’d like to make a monetary donation in lieu of donating garage sale items, we’d welcome the donation!

So, please, help us get the word out for this fundraising event and do some garage sale-ing!

Bloomington Kiwanis Pancake Days: 2/20 and 2/21

What: Bloomington Kiwanis Pancake Days at Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

When: Saturday and Sunday, Feb 20 and 21 from  7am – 12:30pm

Where: Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, 600 N East St, Bloomington, IL 61701

More Info: Tickets are in advance $6/adults and $3 for children 5-12 years old, children under 5 are free. At the door adults are $7.00. Pancake Days helps support many local charities including: Camp Limberlost, Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Miracle Network, the Salvation Army, and the Boy Scouts of America. For tickets in advance, please call the Kiwanis District Office at 309-585-2216.… read more

Flat Top Fundraiser / Social – Tuesday, Jan 26th

  • What: We’re having our monthly social at Flat Top Grill on a day where all 15% of all sales go towards the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter. Feel free to bring a friend or family.
  • When: Mon, 1/26, 6 PM
  • Where: Flat Top Grill, 307 Veterans Pkwy, Normal, IL 61761
  • More info: Here’s the link to the doodle poll. Please sign up if you know that you are coming so that we can get a headcount for the table. Hope to see you all there!
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