May Newsletter 2024

We Are Oglesby would like to thank everyone that came out to our Open House last month! It was a pleasure talking with everyone and getting to show what We Are Oglesby is about.
Also, we thank Sacred Senses and Mr. Salsa's for their generous donation towards our door prizes!
We hope that our raffle winners enjoy their prizes that included gift certificates/drink chips from our members Sacred Senses, Garzanelli's Supper Club, Beck's Oil Phillip 66, MP Automotive, Archway Tap, Bulldogs Bar, Lizzie's Lounge, and Mercer's Rooftop.
Another big thank you to LaSalle County CASA for their special presentation. We learned how and why being an advocate is so important to the well being of youth in crisis situations and how we can support CASA in many ways.
Lastly, a special thank you to the Oglesby Elks for hosting us for the evening and providing a wonderful selection of food and beverages. Your generosity is deeply appreciated!


Monthly Meeting


Wednesday, May 15


Oglesby Elks Lodge

May's Agenda

Member Spotlight

Sacred Senses

Lexanne Jarosz, the owner of Sacred Senses, was born into a family that owned a cemetery. That, paired with becoming a CNA at the age of 16, started to prepare her for a world that she did not originally set out to be a part of. While working in a variety of healthcare settings, Lexanne noticed that while most people ran away from death, she seemed to be running into it. So, she embarked on a journey to learn more about end-of-life and to connect with families and individuals experiencing death and grief. This led her to become an End-Of-Life and Grief Specialist.

Amongst her many titles, Lexanne's favorite is mother and wife. She holds a Bachelor's in Science with a concentration in Small Business and Entrepreneurship and a Grief Coaching Certification through The Institute of Professional Grief Coaching, accredited by the International Coaching Federation. She has studied with many experts in the grief and trauma fields including David Kessler, Paul Denniston, and Frank Anderson, MD, a psychiatrist who specializes in trauma. Lexanne boasts an impressive variety of certifications including Grief Educator, Grief Movement, Funeral Celebrant, End-Of-Life Doula, Massage Therapist, Usui Reiki Practitioner, and a 200-hour Yoga Certificate.

Lexanne wants to be a light for others in their darkness. Her vision for the community is to create a safe space for people to connect the body, mind, and spirit that focuses on death, dying, grief, trauma, and education. Looking at humans as a whole being where everything is connected. A true "wholistic" practice, awakening the senses and moving through the sacred work that is involved with death, dying, and grief both earth side and through transitioning to the next realm. As a forever student, Lexanne is committed to continuing her education of death, dying, and the bereaved, while deepening her understanding of the connection that the body, mind, and spirit have as a whole, through continued coursework and experience.

For WAO Members, receive $10 off a massage service at Sacred Senses!

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Upcoming WAO Events

Member Corner

Member Specials & Events

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American Legion Post #237 Oglesby, IL

410 Clark Street - Oglesby

Steak Fry

Thursday, May 23th


Fish Fry

Friday, June 7th


Carry out or dine in

Call (815) 883-3214

Taco Night

Wednesday, June 12th


Carry out or dine in

Call (815) 883-3214

Archway Tap

730 N Columbia Street - Oglesby

Tuesday Specials

$2.50 domestic bottles

$2 Busch Lights

Friday Specials

Happy Hour 4-6pm

$2.50 domestic bottles

Oglesby Public Library

111 S Woodland Ave - Oglesby

OSF Health Screenings Resume

Wednesday May 22 at 9:30

  • No Appointment Necessary
  • Blood pressure, pulse Ox, blood glucose*, and cholesterol*  

*requires 24 hour fast

  • Health care navigation
  • MyChart assistance: Technology and digital assistance
  • Connection to Community Resources
  • Medicaid Innovative Collaborative Program Enrollment


Annual 2-Day Indoor Book Sale

Friday May 31 10am-6pm

Saturday June 10a-2pm


June and July

We’re Wild About Reading Summer Programs for Youth

Featuring weekly Masked Readers from the Oglesby School District

For more information:

Oglesby Public Library District

111 South Ave

Oglesby, IL


Facebook: Oglesby-IL Public Library

Bulldogs Bar

201 E Walnut Street - Oglesby

River Road Trio

Saturday, May 11th


Wild Card

Friday, May 17th


20th Anniversary Party w/ 303

Saturday, June 1


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!

No Bingo Sunday, May 12th.

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.

Garzanelli's Supper Club

750 N Columbia Street - Oglesby

Prime Rib Special

May 11th & May 25th

Mercer's Rooftop

135 E Walnut Street - Oglesby


Saturday, May 18th


Micheal Satarino

Sunday, May 26th


Member News

Zamin Insurance & Tax Preparation New Partnership

In April, Zamin Insurance & Tax Preparation partnered with SIA Chicagoland to provide them with additional insurance markets and carriers. Zamin is now contracted to write business directly with National General, Safeco, and Hartford. Also, they now have access to AAA, Society and Hagerty. With this new stable of companies, in addition to the ones they already have, Zamin is able to provide very competitive products to individuals and businesses in every segment!

Bulldogs Bar Serving Up 20 Years in Business

June is a very special milestone for Bulldogs Bar. This year, they are celebrating two decades in business! Since its inception twenty years ago, Bulldogs Bar has been more than just a place to grab a drink. It's a cornerstone of the community, a gathering spot where locals and visitors come together to unwind, socialize, and create lasting memories. Bulldogs is raising a toast to 20 years with a Block Party on June 1st with 303 starting at 7pm!

Oglesby Elks 2024 Eighth Grade Ball a Huge Success!

The 40th Annual Eighth Grade Ball for smaller school districts has been a big event that is much anticipated by local, soon-to-be high schoolers. Since its beginning in 1982, minus the two-year hiatus during the pandemic, the ball has been sponsored by the Oglesby Elks Lodge #2360 and held in the decorated main ballroom. Many parents of the attendees mentioned that they had also attended the ball in the past and reminisced about how much fun they had.

This year, over 120 students from 10 local schools attended. They all had a "ball" dressing up in their finest and dancing to their favorite music played by the DJ. The Elks members chaperoned the evening and provided refreshments. The event was once again chaired by Dustin and Kelli Shan. It's the Elks' Commitment to Caring and Sharing!

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Brennan's Bar & Grill

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Oglesby Public Library

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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.

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

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