Clubs and organizations


President Cathy Jo Littleton Wahl opened the Jacksonville Rotary Club’s December 10 meeting at noon at Hamilton’s home.
The pledge of allegiance was recited. The group sang “America”. Cathy Jo Littleton Wahl gave the Reflection.

The volunteers were thanked, including Alberta Robinson, Karen Walker, Steve Holt and Jan Ryan, the hostesses and the 50-50s; Cathy Jo Littleton Wahl, Reflection; note taker Anne Jackson; Craig Albers, Sergeant-at-Arms; Todd “The Magnificent†Evans, Reconnaissance and Rotations; tech guru Dan Lepper; vocal director Nancy Thorsen; and April Clarke, food delivery.

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• Polio Plus Pots are on the tables!

• A Christmas social event will be held at 5 pm on December 10 at Steve and Susan Hardin’s house.

• Volunteers are needed to ring Salvation Army bells. Contact April Clarke.

• Volunteers are needed for the Adopt a Family program. Contact Joe Kauffmann.

• Volunteers wishing to help with Wreaths Across America should contact Cathy Jo Littleton Wahl or new member Sarah Shellhammer.

Breanna Van Matre and Maddie Revers were guests of Nancy Thorsen and both plan to join us. Robert Suefert accompanied his wife Diane. Sarah Shellhammer was the guest of Cathy Jo Littleton Wahl.

Events to come:

December 10: Christmas party at the Hardin’s

December 11: Ringtones for the Salvation Army

December 18: Wreaths Across America at 10 a.m. at Williamson Funeral Home

Dec 21 : Valentine’s Day Committee via Zoom at 5.30 p.m.

December 24: There will be no meeting at noon.

Sarah Shellhammer was installed as a new member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club. Welcome Sarah!

Todd Evans led the recce and rotations.

Brian Gillespie presented the Prairieland United Way Efforts program for the year. It was an interesting presentation and many Rotarians are involved in this great cause.

Guest Maddie Revers shot unsuccessfully for the 50-50 draw.

The four-way test was recited and the meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

– Submitted by Anne Jackson


Genealogical and Historical Society of the Jacksonville Area

President Elizabeth Hardy opened the Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society‘s December 8 board meeting at 1 p.m. All council members were present.

Secretary Anne Jackson distributed the October Board meeting minutes and they were unanimously approved as written.

Treasurer Wanda Dame is working with counsel to finalize 501 (c) (3) documents and clarify the procedure for mandatory annual updates. She also briefed the group on the current financial situation of the group and the report was unanimously approved as written.

Several ongoing projects are underway. A scanner has been purchased and members are preparing to begin updating our current “paper†library. We are eagerly awaiting the installation of broadband. The group is working to develop its volunteer base. Interested persons are encouraged to contact the company by calling 217-245-9623, emailing the company at [email protected], or by stopping by the company office at 416 S. Main St. between 13 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays.

We are collecting contributions for 2022. They are $ 25 per year. A website is under development.

Officers for the year 2022 have been installed, including the President: Chris Marshall, Vice President Elizabeth Hardy, Secretary Anne Jackson, Treasurer Wanda Dame and Board members at large Dan Currier, Jane Hadden and Ruth Linear.

The company has a new email address – [email protected].

The company’s office hours are 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The group thanked Elizabeth Hardy for her hard work as President over these many years. She received a round of applause, many slaps on the back and a token of our appreciation from those present.

The meeting rose at 2.10 p.m.

– Submitted by Anne Jackson


Jacksonville Amvets Ladies Auxiliary 100

Jacksonville Amvets Ladies Auxiliary Post 100 recently met and made Christmas donations to several organizations including Wreaths for Vets, Wounded Warriors, The Salvation Army and Shop with a Cop.

Merry Christmas!

– Submitted by Kathy Price, secretary


Genealogical and Historical Society of the Jacksonville Area

The Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society has updated their IT process.

The new leaders will take office after being installed at the board meeting on December 8.

A member of Winchester came to town to drop off his newsletter by email.

The requested information on Grierson, Epler, Layton and others has been sent.

Publications have been received from the St. Louis Society and the groups in Greene, Cass and Schuyler counties. The Quincy Company also sent one that was colorful and had several events mentioned.

The company has bought a scanner and is adapting to its use.

The board was due to decide at its December 8 meeting whether there would be any changes to the meeting schedule for 2022. Therese Schroeder asked not to be on the board, but said she would stay member of society.

There has been an unusual investigation of a ghost in Jacksonville.

Therese Schroeder will be thanked for her time on the Board of Directors.

Recent new members of the society include Mike Baise from Indiana and Jennifer Liklani from Woodson.

Mary Dray was elected to the board of directors.

Those paying dues included Belotte, Heaton, Ivemeyer, Lahey, Lonergan, Eric Key, Sucia and Spriger.

Readers can obtain subscription information to various publications and read Bloomington, St. Louis, DAR and State Genealogy Magazine during library hours. Other data available are city directories, family histories, local history, Portuguese, Black history, marriages and obituaries that have been saved.

The company is working on planning an open house, which will be announced.


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