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.
Here are some of the District 6490 committees that help carry out the mission of Community Service:
District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in our community and communities abroad
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
Polio Eradication – Chair: Fred Heilich, Tuscola
Solicits funds raised to support immunization campaigns to, once and for all time, eradicate
Service and Activity Projects – Director: Mary Hodson, Champaign-Urbana Sunrise
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 6490
respond to and recover from disasters