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:

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

    Chair: Jay Stortzum (Champaign), jwstortz@gmail.com

  • District Grants Committee – This committee promotes, solicits and awards district grants to clubs in the district and administers the grants at the district level and fulfills the reporting requirements of Rotary International.

    Chair: Larry Pennie (B-N Sunset), pennierotary@comcast.net

  • 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), janetnelson1994@gmail.com

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A faithful Rotarian has passed. Donald G. Bathgate was a member of the Gibson City Rotary Club for many years and contributed his time, talents and service to both the Gibson City club and District 6490. He was very instrumental in establishing the District RYLA program. We salute him!

District Awards Application Open. Share with all of us what you and your club are doing, and in the process gain some recognition and an award! Click here for more details and the application. Deadline to apply is May 28th.

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.

May 13th - Rotary Foundation Event A reception for Paul Harris Fellow or higher donors, A Presentation by Rotary International Director Elect PDG Floyd Lancia, and a Screening of the Movie “Breathe.” Sponsorship opportunities are available, click here for more information.

Hoopeston Annual Golf Benefit - June 1st The annual golf benefit is at Hubbard Trail Country Club. Click for the registration form and for the sponsorship form.

Cards/Cubs Game - June 17th Save the date for Rotary Day! Click here for purchase information! Proceeds from the tickets will go to support District Literacy Activities.

Next RI Convention set for June 23-27, 2018 in Toronto. The Rotary International Convention will travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where there’s Inspiration Around Every Corner, June 23-27. Toronto is a diverse city with lots to offer, including vibrant cultural, art, entertainment, and culinary scenes. You’ll learn about new ideas, hear different perspectives, and gain new skills through engaging speakers, breakout sessions, and exhibits in the House of Friendship. Don’t miss out on the most inspiring convention yet! For more information, click here.

PETS pictures. Check out pictures from the 2018 Presidents-Elect and President-Elect Nominees training. Photos taken by District 6490 Official Photographer Bill Warmoth
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