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  ILYM Annuals Sessions is a community of approximately 200 people gathering at the beautiful Illinois Yearly Meeting campus which is surrounded, to the horizon, by corn and soybean fields. On the south side of “Quaker Lane” is the meetinghouse, parking areas, several large tents, a farmhouse, and several outbuildings. The tents are used for the children’s programs, workshops, and outdoor dining.  On the north side of the road is a campground which includes a parking area, a showerhouse, space for tents, 6 small cabins, and buildings used for High School and Middle School Young Friends.
     The Annual Sessions is planned and managed by volunteers so we ask everyone to pitch in. All Friends over age 10 are asked to sign up for at least two volunteer jobs during Annual Sessions, which might include serving at a meal, cleaning a bathroom, or helping the babysitters or children’s program. There is a volunteer signup chart near the registration table.
     Please do not bring pets. Do not smoke in the buildings or on the grounds (including campground). Keep noisy activities away from Friends who need quiet, and respect the surrounding farm crops and property.



DIRECTIONS: The meetinghouse address is: 14365 N. 350th Ave., McNabb, IL 61335.

•  From Champaign-Urbana: Take I-74 west to Bloomington-Normal, then I-39 north to Rt. 18 west. Near Magnolia, take Rt. 89 north. After Edgewood Park Golf Club on the left, turn right at the “Friends Meetinghouse” sign (Co. Rd. 350N). After about ½ mile the meetinghouse is a large white building on your right.
•  From St. Louis: Take I-55 north to Bloomington/Normal, then I-39 north. From here, same as from Champaign-Urbana.
•  From Chicago: Take I-80 west past Ottawa, then I-39 south to Rt. 71 west, then Rt. 89 south. Go past McNabb about 1½ miles, and look for the “Friends Meetinghouse” sign at the first cross-street, Co. Rd. 350N. Turn left. The meetinghouse will be on your right in about ½ mile.
•  By Amtrak:  Transportation between the Princeton, IL station and the ILYM campus can be arranged via the registration form.

FEES: The fee structure is a simple per day (24-hour period), per adult fee that reflects the actual cost of running Annuals Sessions. We do not charge for children 18 and under. The fee is $36.00 per day per adult for a total of 4 possible days. There are no half days.

FEE REDUCTIONS: No one should hesitate to attend ILYM for financial reasons. Most monthly meetings have funding for financial assistance for individuals and families to attend Annual Sessions.  Should you need financial assistance to attend, first please request assistance from your monthly meeting.  Should you still need additional assistance, in the registration comments area indicate that you have asked you monthly meeting,   the amount that your monthly meeting will be assisting you, and the amount you additionally need to attend.

WHAT TO BRING: Musical instruments, recreational equipment, clothes for active wear, bathing suit, towel, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, flashlight, rain gear, and linens for cabins and Clear Creek House. Showers are available for bathing. Coin-op laundry is available in Spring Valley.
PHONE: The meetinghouse & Clear Creek House number is 815-882-2214. Outgoing calls must be calling card or collect only.

EMERGENCIES: Dial 911 for emergencies. St. Margaret’s Hospital is in Spring Valley: emergency number is 815-664-1464. Spring Valley is north on Rt. 89. There are several medical clinics in the area. Information will be available in handouts at annual sessions.

ACCESSIBILITY: The meetinghouse has a ramped entrance and a wheelchair accessible restroom. The showerhouse in the camping area is also accessible, but you must go through a grassy area to get to it. The dining room is in the basement and is not wheelchair accessible but meals can be served elsewhere.  Clear Creek House is wheelchair accessible.

MARKETPLACE: From Fri. afternoon to Sun. morning individuals who wish to bring items to sell may do so. Vendors must provide their own tables, etc. The indoor display area is for Quaker organizations and committees only.

BOOKSTORE: A selection from the FGC Bookstore will be available.

TECHNOLOGY: There are no duplicating facilities. Please bring what you will need. There is wireless internet available. The password will be displayed near the registration desk.

VARIETY SHOW: Saturday afternoon is our annual variety show. This is a supportive group that is easily amused.

PARKING: There is a parking area for campers on the north side at the front of the campground. Vehicles should not be driven into the campground.  There is a  parking on the south side of the road for non-campers between the meeting-house and Clear Creek House.  There are a few marked parking spaces along the meetinghouse drive way for Friends with disabilities.

NEW ATTENDERS MEETINGS: New attenders meetings to help orient Friends new to ILYM will take place on Wednesday at the end of the evening program and Saturday at breakfast time. Please gather at the registration table.  If you need help or information at any other time, those handling registration will be glad to assist.

TIPS FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN: You can bring your smaller children to the dining room 5 minutes before scheduled mealtimes to eat or you may go to the head of the line. It is hard for small children to wait in line when they are hungry.  We suggest that you bring drinks and non-perishable snacks for times your children may be hungry or thirsty and perhaps a breakfast food if your children find it hard to get up in time for breakfast in the dining room.

REDUCE DIRTY DISHES: Bring your own coffee cup to ILYM.