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

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Youth Conference 2020 On Feb. 22, 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. This event is a great way for Interact and Rotaract members to trade ideas and brainstorm new ideas. To register, please send the following information to District Interact Chair Art Drake (ardra345@hotmail.com) on or before Feb. 15:
1. Which school your club represents
2.How many Interact members will attend
3. How many adults will attend
4. Any dietary restrictions

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, 2020 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.

Women of Rotary - New Initiative - Let's Grow Rotary! DG Julie Dobski is gathering a group of Rotary Women to brainstorm how to increase women's membership throughout the district on March 2 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Stephens Family (Champaign County) YMCA. Rotarian women interested in participating should contact DG Julie (littlejewels.julied@gmail.com) or her assistant, Liz Palma (lizzym555@gmail.com).

President-Elect Training Training for incoming presidents will be held in Effingham this spring, March 21 & 22. Please go to http://lolpets.org/ for all kinds of information, including event registration, to help president-elects start their Rotary year with success!

Field Trip to RI in Evanston Join district leaders for a group tour, lunch and small-group training at Rotary International, April 20th. Read more about the trip and register at https://dacdb.com/index.cfm?EventID=77445278.

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

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

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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