We are excited to be a part of Notre Dame Day, when the global Notre Dame family will come together to celebrate what each of us loves most about the University. As an Alumni club, we seek to promote the culture and values of the university in all our club activities and in our interactions with the community. Our club seeks to include all students, alumni, parents, and friends in its activities.
Each year, the ND Club of Central Illinois
⦁ The annual “Universal ND Celebration,” at which a University representative updates club members and interested families with a “state of the University” report and addresses on-going university initiatives.
⦁ The Hesburgh Month of Service, during which club volunteers support local community activities, such as the Care Center, St. John’s Breadline, St. Martin de Porres Center, St. Joseph’s Home, Mission Outreach, Habit for Humanity, and the Capital Art Fair.
⦁ The annual ND Alumni Association Leadership Conference, at which club representatives from around the country discuss ideas and programs to identify innovative new ways to promote club activities and programs to more effectively support ND alumni and Alumni Association’s goals and objectives.
⦁ The Student Sendoff and Family Night, an annual event that includes a Mass and meal, to recognize the new and current students at the university and to wish them well at school.
⦁ Three partial scholarships to students from the club’s area. They are funded through the Scholarship Fund raffle, in which two tickets to a home ND football game are raffled off throughout the community.
⦁ Game Watches for football games, men’s and women’s basketball games, hockey and lacrosse games, so members can root the Fighting Irish on to victory.
⦁ The Hesburgh Lecture series, in which a university faculty member discusses topics related to church, communications, ethics, family life, government, politics, science concerns, spirituality and others. The lectures are free and open to the public.
⦁ An annual communion breakfast, with Mass at a local church followed by a cordial breakfast to promote Christian/Catholic Spirituality and Camaraderie.
⦁ Annual “Juniors of the Year” recognition of an outstanding student from the Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield and Routt Catholic High School in Jacksonville. They are recognized at a formal dinner and provided a monetary award. In addition, their names are recorded on a ND club plaque maintained by each school, recognizing their achievement.
⦁ “Person of Year” award to a club member or supporter in recognition of his/her contributions to the club and community.
⦁ The annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day parade. No St. Patrick’s Day parade would be complete without the Fighting Irish.
⦁ “Care Packages” of refreshments and snacks food are provided to local area students at Notre Dame during fall and spring finals. The ND Alumni Association distributes them to the students.
⦁ Support of the SHG Mostaccioli Dinner, the Mike Ference Charity Golf Tournament by advertising in the respective programs. We also support the Sangamon Valley Honor Flight program through a donation.
⦁ A designated Alumni Network Representative to assist ND graduates who may fall ill while traveling through the club’s area.
⦁ Club members support the “Mission Outreach” program by inventorying and packing surplus medical supplies from medical facilities around the state for shipment to medical missions overseas.
⦁ Club support of ND students who wish to perform Summer Service at local charitable facilities.
⦁ Hosting of university clubs and activities, such as the Glee Club/Chorale or ND Band, by providing housing and a venue when they stop in Springfield on their national or local tours.