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.


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

  • Disaster Relief Committee – This committee works to enhance disaster awareness and help District 6490 respond to and recover from disasters.

    Chair: Jay Stortzum (Champaign),

  • District Grants Committee – District Grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in our local communities and communities abroad. This committee promotes, solicits, and awards District Grants to clubs in the district whose members contribute to The Rotary Foundation, administers the grants at the district level, and fulfills the reporting requirements of The Rotary Foundation.

    District Grant Application: Deadline is September 1, 2018

    Chair: Heather Stoa (Decatur),


  • Literacy and Education – This committee is responsible to work with clubs to implement local and international literacy projects, continue to build a relationship between the clubs and the Illinois Reading Council, distribute Cardinal Care Funds and assist in any other items dealing with Literacy and Education.

    Chair: Janet Ellis-Nelson (Champaign),

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District Events

District 6490 Writing Contest In celebration of September as Literacy Month by Rotary International, the District 6490 Literacy and Education Committee is sponsoring the fourth District 6490 Writing Contest. This contest is open to high school students residing within Rotary District 6490. View page 6 & 7 of the newsletter for more information.

Facilitator Training Workshop Participate in a special FACILITATOR training session on August 11 in Effingham, IL. Gain invaluable skills for both your professional role and your Rotary role! Please register by August 4 to Ron Schletter via email (, phone (217-347-0829) or text (217-848-9909). Please provide your name, your club name, your club or district position, and your contact information.

RLI The second RLI session for 2018 will take place on August 18 at Richland CC. Read more and register online at by Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

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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