2014 Seminar Scheduled

Updated 12/21/13

The Illinois/Indiana Continuing Education Seminar is scheduled to be held on Saturday. March 29, 2014 at the Bremer Center at Danville Area Community College, 2000 E. Main Street, in Danville Illinois. This is a joint venture between the Montgolfier Society of Indiana and the Balloon Association of Greater Illinois. Complete your on-line application by clicking this link.

Website Upgrade

Updated 12/21/13

Ryan Carlton has been working on this new version of the BAGI website, complete with new logo and lots more color. Look it over and provide feedback here.

Review Club Balloon Page

Updated 11/14/13

If you are a member, please check the Club Balloons page to see if we have your balloon information listed correctly. If we don’t show your balloon and would like it shown on the Club Balloon Page, just let us know at the email address at the bottom of this page.

January Dues

Updated 12/21/13

The annual dues invoices will be sent out in January to existing members. This year we have added an on-line payment option as well as receiving checks. Single memberships are just $20 and $30 for a family membership. Click on the JOIN US tab above for a new/renewal form.

Board of Director Elections

Updated 12/21/13

If you have an interest in running for the Board of Directors, contact President Debbie Griest below. The membership elects the Board, and the elected Board elect that year’s officers.

About BAGI

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.
Email Group
The club maintains a Yahoo Group specifically for club members. The system allows for members to post to a single email address, and have those messages shared with each member who has signed up for the service. This is great for gathering crew and pilots for group flights, social events, and general information sharing. Contact Mary Ohmit to be added to the email service.
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.

If you interested in hot air ballooning and would like to learn more, click this link.

BAGI Officers

Each Winter the club elects members to serve on the Board of Directors. The directors then elect officers for a one year term.

The 2013 officers for the Club are: