April Newsletter 2024

March's meeting was full of exciting updates and lots of great input!
Dates for future events were solidified:
  • Tag Day: May 18th from 8am-Noon
  • Memorial Park Monument Clean Up: May 25th at 8am
  • Summer Fun Fest Kickoff Party & Ducky Derby: June 8 from 4pm - 6pm
  • Movie Night in Lehigh Park: June 8 at dusk

If you are interested in volunteering for any of the events listed above, please fill out our volunteer form HERE.

Our 2024 Grant Application was modified due to our postponing of our Vegas Night. We simplified the grand application and removed the volunteer stipulation for this year. Any Oglesby charity, group, or organization can apply by simply filling out the application HERE.

The bench from our plastic bag recycling event has been delivered! It was decided that the bench would be dedicated to the Lance family for their huge contribution in reaching our goal! A ribbon cutting is set to take place later this year. More details will be announced as they are solidified.

The idea of one sponsorship letter with a new tiered sponsorship option was discussed. As we continue with our mission to support community improvements and economic growth throughout Oglesby, we rely not only on our membership dues but also on the generosity and support of our community. Sponsorships play a crucial role in helping We Are Oglesby achieve our goals and expand each year. The new letter would showcase a range of benefits that each sponsorship tier would receive with their donation. The new tiered option would allow our organization to better budget for our future events and will also alleviate the need for multiple mailings throughout the year.

An Oglesby business sign is also an idea in the works. We Are Oglesby submitted a grant application to cover the cost of this sign. The goal is to encourage tourism traffic into Oglesby from the Starved Rock area.

Lastly, 2024 goals were set. This year's focus will be to continue to recruit new members, focus on our scheduled events, and grow our volunteer base!

It is going to be an exciting year for We Are Oglesby. We hope to see you at our next meeting!

Monthly Meeting & Open House!

Member Spotlight

Illini State Bank

Even though Illini State Bank has had a facility in Oglesby since 1991, they have been a part of the Illinois Valley and serving customers since 1895. Illini State Bank consistently receives a 5-star rating from Bauer Financial Ratings and ranks amongst the top tier of banks in the nation for safety and soundness.  

Illini State Bank is locally owned and locally managed. 

Loan Services Provided:

Personal- Consumer Loan, Consumer Real Estate, Home Equity Line of Credit, Fixed Rate Residential Real Estate, Credit Cards, Student Loans

Commercial- Commercial Operating Loans, Commercial Real Estate Loans

Agriculture- Agriculture Operating, Agriculture Real Estate, Agriculture Equipment

Deposit Products:

Kasasa Cash and Cash Back Checking, Kasasa Saver Savings Account, ISB E-Checking Account, N.O.W Account, Tiered Money Market, ISB Statement Savings Account, Individual Retirement Accounts, Certificates of Deposit.

Upcoming WAO Events


W/ Special Guest

LaSalle County CASA

April 17, 2024

Check out all the details HERE!

Member Corner

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American Legion Post #237 Oglesby, IL

410 Clark Street - Oglesby

Steak Fry

Thursday, April 25th


Fish Fry

Friday, May 3rd


Carry out or dine in

Call (815) 883-3214

Taco Night

Wednesday, May 8th


Carry out or dine in

Call (815) 883-3214

Bulldog's Bar

201 E Walnut Street - Oglesby

River Road Trio

Saturday, April 13th



Friday, April 26th


Oglesby Elks Lodge #2360

800 E Walnut St - Oglesby

Queen of Hearts every Thursday! Doors open at 5:00pm, with cash bar. Drawing at 7:00pm.

Bingo every Sunday!

Doors open at 2:00pm and starts at 4:00pm. Mini games are played between 2 and 4.

There is an Abe game and Dual Dab game that both have a jackpot. Also, the last game Coverall is now a guarantee $500 game! 

Kitchen is open from 2 until break.

Bingo info and jackpots posted on the Oglesby Elks Facebook page every week.

If you're a business member of We Are Oglesby and would like your monthly events featured in our newsletter, please email WAOMarketing1@gmail.com.

2024 Corporate Members

2024 Non Profit Members

Oglesby Elks

Oglesby Public Library

Oglesby American Legion

Community Events

City of Oglesby

Get all the info for Oglesby's Taylor Era Dance Party HERE!

Want to join?

Online sign up now available here!

If you are a member and would like your events, important information, or specials posted in the Member Corner, please email details to WAOMarketing1@gmail.com

Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like us to notify you of upcoming volunteer opportunities?

Non-members are welcome to volunteer too.

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Your suggestions are important to help us continue to grow and revitalize Oglesby.

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We Are Oglesby is a non-profit organization made of

residents and business owners.

Our mission is community improvements and economic growth.

Our vision is to revitalize Oglesby, highlight existing businesses, welcome new businesses, and to host and promote events.

We Are Oglesby Officers:

President Brandy D, Vice President Angie P, Secretary Erin Q, Treasurer Nick N, Marketing Michelle K

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