Meet the Senior Advisory Board

Ruby Jones


Joe Ramholz

Will McGee

Bus Driver

Rick Rutledge

Bus Driver

Gary Wille

Bus Driver

Jeanne Whitehill


Connie Wille

Business Office Manager

Samantha Oleson

Communications Coordinator

Molly Camper

Director of Programming

Ray Miller

Robert Stefl

Margaret Ann Hayden

Alan McDowell

Dennis Bourgerie

Meet our Staff

​It is the mission of ARC to ​provide a modern, friendly atmosphere for socialization and fitness, as well as recreational, nutritional, health support and assistance services for senior citizens throughout McLean County.

​We believe in supporting a comprehensive range of programs and services for older adults.  Our classes and activities meet a wide array of interests, expectations and needs while we work to continually expand our program.

​ARC, sponsored by Normal Township, works with other supportive senior service agencies and individuals in and outside of McLean County.

At its original opening, the ARC building was used as an ice rink primarily for hockey players.  On March 14, 1988, Illinois State University's Student Recreation Building opened. Renovations now made cardio and weight training equipment available to students along with various courts, raquetball and fitness classes.  The Student Recreation Building closed in December of 2010.

Former Director Jennifer Engelman & Normal Township had been searching for a larger space to house its programs and services for seniors since 2009. They made the agreement to purchase the new building in April 2013.  Extensive remodeling has taken place that  allows ARC to offer a wide variety of programs and services to the 55+ community of Bloomington-Normal.

Mission Statement


Become a member today!

Benefits of Membership

  • Recreational activities for seniors (55+) in Normal and the surrounding area
  • Assistance services for seniors (55+) in Normal and the surrounding area
  • Nutritional and health support
  • Opportunities for improving fitness
  1. ​Access to indoor walking track (13 laps = 1 mile)
  2. Fitness Center open to all ARC members provides access to various cardio and weight training equipment
  3. Open pickleball 8:00 AM- 4:00 PM Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
  4. Exercise Studio for various fitness classes with an instructor
  • ​Opportunities for socialization and continued learning

Costs of Membership

  • Single Membership- $30/year
  • Couples Membership- $50/year
  • Membership forms can be filled out at ARC or found on the Contact Us page
  • Those interested in becoming members of ARC who meet the following requirements are eligible for a hardship reduction of the membership fee:
    • ​Annual income < $17,820 for a single person
    • Annual income < $24,030 for a couple

Elicssha Sanders

Member Service Coordinator

Pam Powell


Emeritus Chair

Don Swanlund

Carol Plotkin

Mindy Morgan

Director of Operations

Rich Farr

Dr. Uday Deoskar

​​​​​Building Hours

6:30 AM - 7:00 PM, Mon. - Thurs. 

​6:30 AM - 4:00 PM, Fri.

8:00 AM - Noon, Sat.

Programming Hours​​ 
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Mon. - Fri.​

Phone: 309-888-9099