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Annual Sessions Information


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ILYM Annual Sessions is a gathering of approximately 200 people 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 Friends.

Annual Sessions is primarily 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 helping during a meal, cleaning a bathroom, or helping with childcare or the children’s programs. Volunteer sign-up sheets are located near the check-in/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.  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 the 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) and turn left. After about ½ mile, the meetinghouse is the large white building on your right.
  • By Amtrak:  Transportation between the Princeton, IL, station and the ILYM campus can be arranged via the registration form.

PARKING: There is parking for campers on the north side of the road at the front of the camping area. Vehicles should not be driven into the camping area.  There is parking on the south side of the road for non-campers between the meetinghouse and Clear Creek House.  This includes a marked parking area for Friends with disabilities.

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 the registration desk.

ACCESSIBILITY: The meetinghouse has a ramped entrance and wheelchair accessible restrooms. 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 in the dining tent.  First floor of Clear Creek House is wheelchair accessible.

FEES: The fee structure is a simple per day (24-hour period, afternoon to afternoon) per adult fee that reflects the actual cost of running Annuals Sessions. We do not charge for children 18 and under. The fee is $40.00 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 your monthly meeting, the amount that your monthly meeting will be assisting you, and the amount you additionally need to attend.

BOOKSTORE: A selection from the FGC Bookstore will be available

WHAT TO BRING: Musical instruments, recreational equipment, clothes for active wear, bathing suit (for those going swimming), towel, sun-screen, mosquito repellent, flashlight, rain gear, and linens (if staying in cabins or Clear Creek House). Showers are available for bathing. Coin-op laundry is available in Spring Valley.

VARIETY SHOW is on Saturday afternoon. This is a supportive group that is easily entertained.

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

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 table.

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 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 or drink bottle.