The Balloon Association of Greater Illinois was formed in 1990 as a way to connect balloon pilots and crew together to improve the sport of hot air ballooning. The Club started in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area at that time, but now includes pilots and crew from several states. The Club includes over 90 members and nearly fifty different balloons.
The Club uses several methods to communicate with it's members. Keeping crew connected to pilots is one of the primary missions of the Club.
- The Windbag
- The Club produces a periodic newsletter to it's members. It is sent mostly by email, but can also be delivered by postal mail if requested.
- A Facebook page is established for the club and, with the increased popularity of the social media, is growing in use. Members and friends can LIKE the page at BAGI on Facebook.
Join the Club
BAGI is always looking to add new members. Annual membership fees are just $20 for an individual, $30 for a family. Price is cut in half if you join after June 30th. Dues are billed every January.
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Each Winter the club elects members to serve on the Board of Directors. The directors then elect officers for a one year term.
The current officers for the Club are:
- President, Debra Griest
- Vice-President, Larry Owen
- Treasurer, Dean Carlton
- Newsletter editor, Angie Carlton