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Odin Renewal & Development Committee

Members you may contact for any information:
ORDC President: Marilyn Gimbel  mgimbel@fairpoint.net
Vice- President: Bruce Hubbell, hubbellb62@hotmail.com
Treasurer: Sheri Utchitjil, uchitjil@gmail.com
Secretary: Cheryl Soulon, cherylsoulon@yahoo.com  
Social Media Consult: Annette Schiro, annetteschiro@gmail.com
Board Memeber: Linda Williams, blswilliams@hughes.net
Compliance Officer: Vicki Vaughn,

Billing Address - 1829 Range Road, Odin IL 62870 

Non Profit Organization Address - 2814 Chouteau Ave, Odin IL 62870

Facebook: Odin-Is-Home  Website: http://www.odinishome.com

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Our Mission:
 To make a difference in the community of Odin by promoting charitable and civic projects and events while nurturing community members and partners.



 Our Vision:  To preserve the heritage of a close-knit small town while building a future of prosperity for Odin.

 Our Values:

   To foster positive community interactions

   To promote the volunteer services we provide

   To conserve national resources by promoting environmental awareness

   To encourage inclusion of all community members


 Odin Renewal and Development Committee (ORDC) reorganized as a Nonprofit civic and charitable corporation to expand their opportunity to apply for Federal Funding available to non-profits.

   Also, this year 2022, ORDC is celebrating 20 years of service to the community of Odin. The Odin Renewal/Development Council (ORDC) was formed in 2002. That group was the building blocks for what ORDC is today.

   According to Marilyn Gimbel President of the Odin Renewal and Development Committee, an Odin-based nonprofit organization, is ready to start writing federal, state and local grants. This will help us sustain ORDC’s mission to make a difference in the community of Odin by promoting charitable and civic projects and events while nurturing community members. Additional money would help us support other events or give us greater opportunities for our community.

   The intention of ORDC is to continue promoting our volunteer services as usual by offering our bi-annual Electronic Recycle in April and October, sponsoring the Goose Creek Classic 5K run in May, diligently beautifying the Memorial Garden west of the Odin Public Schools all year long, and decorating the Memorial Garden for Christmas and sponsoring Santa House for the community. Visiting Santa gives the community a chance to share the beauty of the garden of lights with the joys of Christmas. Each member of ORDC believes that we could not have continued the accomplishments above without the generous donations from local individuals, businesses, and organizations.

   Our Special project this year is to restore the three Odin “Welcome” signs by repairing and repainting the original signs. We are repairing instead of replacing the signs to help preserve the legacy of Harold Lee who made and installed the sign and son Steve who designed the eagle on the sign. By doing this we are practicing the ORDC’s vision to preserve the heritage of a close-knit small town while building a future of prosperity for Odin.

   Any donations can be sent to ORDC’s Treasurer, Sheri Uchtijil at 1829 Range Road, Odin IL 62870.  All donations collected will go toward the funding of special projects such as the Odin “Welcome” signs, memorial garden, lighting, or Santa house.

  If anyone is interested in being part of a enjoyable group, ORDC is always needing committee members!  Visit us on the internet to see what we are doing.

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Click Final Report below for PDF of Report


ORDC--Odin Community Needs Suevey

Community Needs Assessment of the Village of Odin and Odin Township


Odin Renewal and Development Committee


  The Odin Renewal/Development Counsel (ORDC) was formed in 2002. The Council consists of a group of Odin residents that meet once a month for the purpose of improving conditions in our Village.

   The group plans projects to improve the quality of life in our town; and raises money through various fundraisers to complete these projects. We average 6 or more community projects per year.

   One of our largest projects was bringing a branch library to town. Inside the library we have developed a History Room, with most of the memorabilia being donated by two Odin historians. Our library is utilized by many local residents and the host library is pleased with its usage. In 2018 due to county tax & financial issues Odin's library was closed  .

   Another of our major projects was purchasing and renovating three sections of Odin’s oldest buildings. Built in 1913, the building has housed many businesses. We are operating a resale shop in one section with proceeds going towards the renovation. Another section is used for lectures, fundraising events, senior citizen activities, etc., with future events in planning stages. The finished project would have housed a senior citizen center and banquet hall. This project was a wonderful dream of the ORDC but in reality the project proved to be very costly and some of the buildings were condemned.

   We celebrated Odin’s Sesquicentennial in 2010. The successful 3-day event was coordinated by the ORDC. A 48 page History Book was published for this event, with stories being written by various Odin residents.

   Other activities include craft fairs, used book sales, craft classes, 5K run, electronic recycling, dinners and annual family fun day. We have started a garden club and memorial garden. We purchased and maintain an LED sign for community events and information. We combined with other nonprofit groups for various events.


Odin Renewal and Development Committee (ORDC) has been preparing the Memorial Garden for the last couple months by trimming and grooming the garden for its annual Santa’s visit.
Santa will be at his workshop in Odin on December 4, 11, & 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. Santa's Workshop is in the Memorial Garden on the corner of Spruce St & South Merritt across from the school. Visiting Santa will be FREE, but Photographers will be available to capture your special moment with Santa

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Since Santa Claus is coming to town, we are decorating his workshop and the memorial garden in preparation for his arrival. Many thanks to Wyatt Capp’s Senior Leadership class from Odin High School that volunteered to give ORDC a helping hand decorating the memorial gardens.
Pictured L to R - Front Row: ORDC member, Annette Schiro Boatwright, Aaron Oliver, Trenton Simmons, ORDC Pres. Marilyn Gimbel. Carson Parrish, Brandon Hamburg, Kyle Friend, and Mr. Wyatt Capps. Back Row: Jada Simpson, Landon Jones, and Cailynn Hodge.


O.R.D.C. - Caps  for Benches Project