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Spring/Summer 2016 Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation Newsletter


Tuesday, June 8th, 5:30pm

The Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation’s Fall/Winter 2015 newsletter featured an article that outlined major improvements being made to the waterfront at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center. The newsletter outlined a $220,000 project to renovate Timber Pointe Outdoor Center’s aging boating, swimming and fishing areas through a funding partnership between the Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation, The Woods Foundation and Easter Seals. State of the art elements and design were incorporated into the project to insure the safety, accessibility and enjoyment of the Center’s waterfront for campers of all ages and abilities.

The new waterfront and marina featuring fully accessible boat launches, a boardwalk complex and sun shades will be completed on schedule and in time for Timber Pointe’s summer camp season. Timber Pointe supporters and the public at large are invited to attend

a ribbon cutting to be held at 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 8th. Guests attending the event will have the opportunity to enjoy pontoon boat rides, refreshments and a tour of Timber Pointe Outdoor Center following a ribbon cutting ceremony. Please join us! RSVPs are not necessary.

Summer Camp 2016

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center’s 2016 summer season includes a full season of Easter Seals’ “Adventure Day Camp” as well as a broad range of Easter Seals overnight camps session.

Each program is uniquely designed to meet the needs and interests of campers, including

those with a diagnosis of autism, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and/or sensory impairments. “Night Owl Camp”, “U Can’t Do That At Camp” and “Motor Madness” are examples of a few unique programs that have been added to this season’s program lineup.

In addition, Timber Pointe partners with other regional organizations to offer specialized camp experiences:

  • Penguin Project (overnight program for young artists • ages with disabilities and their friends centered around performing arts and traditional camp activities)

  • Autism McLean (2 day camps, one for children with autism • and one for typically developing siblings)

  • Brain Injury Association of Illinois (two overnight camps one • for children and one for adults)

  • MDA Northern & Central Illinois

(overnight camps for • children with Muscular Dystrophy or other neuromuscular diseases)

  • Camp Coco/SIU School of Medicine (overnight camp for • children affected by cancer or blood disorders and siblings)

  • Association of Horizon (overnight camp designed to build • relationships between adults with and without physical disabilities)

  • Sickle Cell Disease Association (overnight camp for children)

  • Thresholds (overnight camp for youth affect by mental illness.)

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center’s summer camp programs provide amazing opportunities for campers to gain new skills and self-confidence, experience increased independence and develop friendships in a fun, safe and supportive outdoor environment. In addition, families and caregivers are often provided a much needed respite from daily caregiving responsibilities allowing the opportunity to focus on the needs of other family members and themselves. Through the caring and generosity of our supporters, Timber Pointe Foundation will continue to its play a major role in making life changing programs like these possible.

The Heffernan Cabins

A New Foundation Initiative

Shortly following the construction of Lake Bloomington in 1929, local businessman, Ralph Heffernan built a trio of small cabins that served as a lakeside retreat for generations of family and friends until 1988 when the property the cabins sat on were purchased by new owners Al and Sue Johnson.

In 1996 the Johnson’s began plans to build a new home on the property but they were also interested in preserving the cabins given their historical significance. The decision to donate them to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center was a happy solution for both the Johnsons and Timber Pointe. With great care and donated funding the cabins were moved to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center. Following Al’s passing In 1999 Sue continued to live on the Lake. In 2001 Sue married husband Gordon Hoff. The Hoff’s have continued to be active Lake Bloomington residents and supporters of Timber Pointe’s mission.

For the past 20 years the larger of the three cabins, with its’ original stone fireplace, has served as an office, meeting space and welcome center. The two smaller but charming structures have been camper and guest cabins. However, due to the effects of weather and age they have not been habitable for several years. While the main cabin is still in use today it too it too is in jeopardy as the logs are in a state of serious deterioration.

In the interest of preserving three structures that are of great service to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center, while preserving unique elements of McLean County history, the Timber Pointe Foundation is working to secure $42,000 in funding to secure the services of a Galesburg, IL based company that is known nationwide for their commitment to quality construction renovation and preservation of log and timber structures.

If you would like to contribute to this effort you can do so by designating a gift to the Heffernan Cabin Project by mail or online at

2016 Timber POitne Charitable Foundation Officers and Directors Officers Announced


Jim Waldorf, President Wells Fargo Advisors

Josh Yoder, Vice President Yoder Oil Company

Jennifer Gentes, Treasurer Sulaski & Webb CPAs

Paige Proctor, Secretary Paige Proctor Consulting

Members at Large

Jim Aaberg Synergy Home Care

David Bateman DB Consulting

Elizabeth Binning Illinois State University

Willie Brown State Farm (retired)

Catherine Gronemeier Gronemeier Concrete Cutting

Dennis Killian, MD Cardiology Associates of Northern Illinois

Tom Mercier Bloomington Offset Process, Inc.

Don Pioletti Pioletti & Pioletti, Attorneys at Law

Mike Rave State Farm, Mike Rave Agency

Don D. Rood Jr. State Farm, Rood Agency

Past Presidents

Don D Rood, Sr. State Farm

Jim Malay State Farm

Greg Nussbaum J.L. Hubbard Insurance & Bonds

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