Community Service

Rotary strives to achieve its objective of “Service Above Self” through activities in five primary areas. These are often referred to as the Five Avenues of Service.

One Avenue of Service is Community Service. This Avenue relates to the activities that Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. Particular emphasis is given to helping children, needy families, the aged, the handicapped, and those most in need of assistance. Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business and community lives.

Committees

Here are some of the District 6490 committees that help carry out the mission of Community Service:

District Grants Committee – Chair: Heather Stoa, DGN, Decatur

District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in our community and communities abroad

District Grants are due September 1.
Click here for the application.
Click here for the final report form (doc) or final report form (pdf)

217-422-0879
hhstoa@gmail.com

 

Literacy and Education – Chair: Janet Ellis-Nelson, Champaign

Responsible for working with clubs to implement local and international literacy projects;
distributes Cardinal Care funds, and assists in any other initiatives dealing with literacy and
education


217-202-3898
janetnelson1994@gmail.com

 

Polio Eradication – Chair: Fred Heilich, Tuscola

Solicits funds raised to support immunization campaigns to, once and for all time, eradicate
polio


217-552-4059
fheilich@msn.com

 

Service and Activity Projects – Director: Mary Hodson, Champaign-Urbana Sunrise

217-493-6957
maryfhodson@aol.com

 

Shelter Box USA and Disaster Relief – Tom Hodson, Champaign West

Provides humanitarian relief and aid in the form of equipment and materials that provide
shelter, warmth, and comfort for displaced people; enhances awareness and helps District 640
respond to and recover from disasters

217-840-5551
tzhodson@gmail.com

We Are People of Action Making A Difference.
Announcements
Matching Points Campaign Through January 31st, all contributions of at least $100 to the Rotary Foundation for the Annual Fund-Share or Polio Plus will have their Paul Harris Fellow recognition points matched (1,000 PHF earns a Paul Harris Pin). Complete this form to receive the matching points for your donation.

Mid-Year Meeting District leadership will meet Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 9am to noon at the Forum in Carle in Urbana. This meeting is hosted by District Governor Julie Dobski; DG Julie invites the District Governor Elect, the District Governor Nominee, the new District Governor Designee, all Assistant Governors and their Coordinator, all District Directors, and all District Committee Chairs to attend. Forms to report your progress will be emailed and postal mailed to invitees, with a deadline to return by the end of the year. There is no fee to attend. A light breakfast will be available throughout the morning. Our keynote speaker is Doug Nelson of Champaign, followed by roundtable and networking activities. Register at this link!

Get Ready for 2020-2021 with DACdb Webinar It's nearly time to enter next year's leadership team into DACdb! Join us on Thursday, January 23, from 6-7pm to learn how. This webinar is best for club leadership but is also open to any member in the district. Registration is FREE and EASY: click HERE!

Go for the Goals: Using MyRotary Webinar The webinar held November 6, "Go for the Goals: Using MyRotary," was recorded and has been uploaded to the District 6490 YouTube Channel. Click here to watch it. If you have questions about MyRotary and entering your club's goals, contact Jane Chamberlain, District Admin, for assistance.

Save the Date: Youth Conference 2020 On Feb. 22, around 9am-1:30pm, District 6490 will hold a Youth Conference for Interact members and Rotaract members at Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign. There will be no charge. Lunch will be provided. More details will come later.

Next Rotary Leadership Institute Rotary Leadership Institute is designed for those Rotarians who have the potential and willingness to engage in future club leadership, not necessarily as club presidents. RLI provides you a quality education in Rotary knowledge and leadership skills that are so important in voluntary organizations.The leadership skills you obtain at an RLI event will help you in your involvement in Rotary as well as your leadership efforts professionally. Join us for the next RLI: Saturday, February 29, 2019 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Richland Community College, Decatur. Light breakfast, refreshments and lunch are included in the $50 registration fee. Many clubs sponsor members who are interested in attending RLI. To register go online at http://www.hoa-rli.org/ by Wednesday, February 26, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact RLI Chair, Cindy Guthrie at district6490rli@gmail.com.

New Fundraising Page Our website now has a Fundraising page. Click here to check it out

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Presidential Citation Let your club get the recognition it deserves. RI recognizes outstanding clubs with the Presidential Citation. You can find the criteria by clicking here.
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