Junior Firefighters 203 W Jackson St., Towanda, IL 61776

The Junior Firefighters group is open to girls and boys ages 15 - 17. The group learns life saving, first aid, and proper firefighting skills. Participants prepare to become active firefighters by working alongside Towanda firefighters. Enrollment is open and youth may join at any time.

Meets: 2nd and 4th Monday of the month Towanda Fire Station, 7:00 pm

Tom Wagner

James Crow

Towanda 4-H Club Community Building, 103 S. Jefferson St., Towanda IL 61776

4-H is open to boys and girls ages 8 to 18 by September 1 and Cloverbuds are for boys and girls ages 5 to 7 by September 1.

Meets: 1st Tuesday of the month, September - July at 6:30 pm

Leader Scott Clement

Leader Malisa Kraft

Clover Buds Jeanie Wager

Meets: 1st Tuesday of the month, September - July at 6:30 pm

Boy Scouts of America Wesley Cabin, Adams Street, Towanda IL 61776

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Troop Committee Chairman Kevin Dieken

Meets: Quarterly - as called

Troop 56 Scoutmaster Mickey Lang

Meets: Each Monday year round Wesley Cabin at 7:00pm

Cub Scout Pack 56 Cubmaster Mike Clark

Meets: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month usually during the school year Towanda Elementary School, 6:00 pm

Pancake & Sausage Supper Chairman Mike Potts

Meets: 2nd Saturday, February

Girl Scouts

Each grade level K - 5 generally has it's own Girl Scout troop. Contact us for information about Leaders and meeting times.

Mary Wagoner


Friends of Towanda Route 66

The Route 66 linear parkway captures the local history and geography of the "Mother Road" as it passes through Towanda.

Brochures, murals, pamphlets, maps on the pavement, and Burma Shave signs provide information to enhance your knowledge of our local, state, and U.S. history.

Come enjoy the beautiful gardens and landscaping along the 2 1/2 mile Parkway. Benches and picnic tables are located along the road for your convenience. Volunteers are welcome to help maintain our piece of history.

Web Site:

Rick and Carol Myers

Friends of the Library 301 S Taylor St, Towanda, IL 61776

The Friends of the Library are involved in two major projects per year to support the library along participating in other library activities throughout the year.

Meets: At least twice a year at 4pm at the library, check our web site for dates or contact us.

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  • Annual Artist/Vendor Holiday Sale and Christmas Tea held on the first Saturday in November from 10am to 2pm
  • National Library Week during April each year.
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Book Sale at the 4th of July Flea Market

Towanda District Library

American Legion, Post 931 207 Hely St, Towanda, IL 61776

Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm

Web Site:

Commander Tom Wagner

Adjutant Mike Potts

Legion Auxiliary, Unit 931 President Debbie Kinsella

Sons of the Legion President Paul Dabbs

4th of July Committee Community Building, 103 S. Jefferson St., Towanda IL 61776

Meets: 4th Monday of the month, January - July & September at 6:30 pm

Web Site:

Committee Debbie Kinsella

Parade Chairman Virginia Lowery

Flea Market Linda Potts

Towanda Reads Book Club

The group is always open to the public and welcomes anyone who may be interested in current book selection. This is an excellent way to get to know your neighbors, as well as to expand your horizons with books suggested by other book club members.

At each meeting those attending discuss a book selected by the members.

Visit our web site to see the current year's book selections.

Meets: Every other month on the second Tuesday at 5pm at the library -- February, April, June, August, October and December

Web Site:

Towanda District Library Kay Liebenow

Towanda Area Historical Society (TAHS) Community Building, 103 S. Jefferson St., Towanda IL 61776

The Towanda Area Historical Society (TAHS) was formed in early 2005 in response to the departure of original residents from the area and the development of rural properties into business and residential areas for nearby Bloomington and Normal.

The hope was to preserve the rich history of the area before it was too late. Much of the area history has been captured and is available at the TAHS website as well as at the Illinois State Library website

Meets: As announced on our webs site at 7:00 pm

Web Site:

President Gail Ann Briggs

HCE - McLean County Home/Community Education Community Building, 103 S. Jefferson St., Towanda IL 61776

The Towanda HCE is open to all individuals and offers educational opportunities and an exchange of ideas. HCE believes in leadership and community service while promoting friendships and enhancing home, families and self.

The Towanda Unit regularly sponsors the July 3 Spaghetti Supper during the community's annual celebration. With any profit received, they support the community, county and world.

Meets: 2nd Monday of the month, September - May at 7:00 pm

Web Site:

President Cindy Kelley

Membership Chairman Robin Pearson

Pat Pulokas

Towanda Ladies Night Out

This social group is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Towanda area by:

  • Supporting the Library’s summer reading program
  • Donating to the 4th of July Celebration
  • Providing school supplies to students
  • Coordinating food baskets at Thanksgiving
  • Purchasing gifts at Christmas to give to families in need

Meets: 1st Tuesday of the month, except January and July at 6:00 pm. Contact us for locations.

President Sue Larkin

Secretary Carol Meyers

Lions Club Community Building, 103 S. Jefferson St., Towanda IL 61776

Mission Statement: To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation. The Lions Motto is “We Serve”.

While the Towanda Lions Club prides itself in helping people who cannot afford eye exams and glasses, some of the local activities include:

  • Highway Litter control two miles south of Towanda
  • Easter Seals Camp
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Steve Liebenow Memorial Scholarship
  • Serving Towanda Elementary children snow cones in the spring
  • Recycling eye glasses too!

Meets: 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm

President Stan Bauer

PTO - Parent/Teacher Organization

The Towanda Parent-Teacher Organization's purpose is to promote a better relationship and understanding between parents, teachers and students, and to provide a service to school and community.

Membership consists of faculty members, parents, and other interested members of the community.

Meets: 1st Monday (usually) September - May at the school at 7:00 pm

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Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Group Community Building, 103 S. Jefferson St., Towanda IL 61776

It is all about family fun on the most famous road in America, Route 66, also known as the "Mother Road". The Red Carpet Corridor consists of all the communities on historic Route 66 between downtown Joliet and south to Towanda.

Towanda events include a flea market, a car show and a visit to the beautifully landscaped abandoned section of Route 66 alongside the town.

The Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Event takes place 1st full weekend of May.

Meets: 1st Thursday of the month, September - April, in the Community Building

Web Site:

Sharon Arteman

Towanda Senior Organization Community Building, 103 S. Jefferson St., Towanda IL 61776

The Towanda Senior Organization was organized by the Towanda Junior's Organization in 1978. They meet monthly for a pot luck luncheon and meat & drinks are always provided. Members bring food to share and their own table service.

On some occasions there is a special program, such as a speaker or musical entertainment and there are no membership dues.

Meets: 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12:00 noon

President Beverly Meginnes

First Baptist Church 205 West Monroe Street, Towanda IL 61776

Love each other...minister to people.

Meets: Sunday School at 9:30 am, Worship Service at 10:15 am, Bible Study at 6:00 pm

Pastor Jack Moody