Youth Service        

By nurturing youth, Rotarians can provide the skills young people need to succeed as future community leaders. Youth programs provide Rotarians the opportunity to develop their own leadership and communications skills and also provides for many incredible moments!


Youth Service Activities:

Rotary Youth Exchange
Other Activities/Committees 

Rotary Youth Exchange

District 6490 is very active in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, which involves hosting international students in the U.S. and sending our local students to study abroad. These exchanges have a powerful, lasting impact on the students and host families alike. Learn more about Rotary Youth Exchange.

Outbound Program (US students studying abroad)

Learn more about the District 6490 Outbound program and application process.

2019-2020 Outbound Students

  • Sadie Armstrong (Mattoon to Spain)
  • Elaina Knecht (BN Sunrise to Germany)
  • Molly Lammers (Champaign-West to Poland)
  • Lindsey Ulrey (Charleston to Brazil)


Inbound Program (International students studying in Central IL)

Learn more about the District 6490 Inbound program, studying in Central IL

2019-2020 Inbound Students

  • Supisara Inthachak from Thailand to Champaign (West)
  • Ryo Karino from Japan to B-N Sunrise
  • Marta Martí Guillén from Spain to Arthur
  • Walter Monteiro Ribeiro Jr. from Brazil to Charleston
  • Emili Prietch Falca Pagno from Brazil to Urbana
  • Doris Radnic from Croatia to Eureka
  • Matias Sanchez De Agustin from Chile to Marshall
  • Federico Sartori from Italy to Danville


  • Rotary Youth Exchange Committee -- With the aid of designated club-level Youth Exchange Officers, this committee assists eligible high school students (Inbounds and Outbounds, 15-17 years of age 1 year prior to departure) in applying for and completing a year overseas as Rotary youth ambassadors representing their country, community and Rotary Club.

    Chair: Terry Weir (Marshall),


Interact is a service club for teens, and District 6490 has several Interact clubs – all affiliated with high schools:

  • Central Catholic High School, Bloomington – sponsored by Bloomington-Normal Sunrise Rotary
  • University High School, Normal – sponsored by Bloomington-Normal Sunset Rotary
  • Champaign Central High School – sponsored by Savoy and Champaign-Urbana Sunrise Rotary
  • Champaign Centennial High School – sponsored by Champaign Rotary
  • The High School of St. Thomas More – sponsored by Champaign West Rotary
  • Charleston High School – sponsored by Charleston Rotary
  • Clinton YMCA Excel Club – sponsored by Clinton Rotary
  • Gibson City - Melvin - Sibley Club– sponsored by Gibson City Rotary
  • Hoopeston High School - sponsored by Hoopeston Rotary
  • Mahomet-Seymour High School - sponsored by Mahomet Rotary
  • Marshall High School – sponsored by Marshall Rotary
  • Monticello High School – sponsored by Monticello Rotary
  • Normal Community High School – sponsored by Normal Rotary
  • Paris High School – sponsored by Paris Rotary
  • Pontiac High School - sponsored by Pontiac Rotary
  • Prairie Central High School - sponsored by Fairbury Rotary
  • Rantoul Township High School – sponsored by Rantoul Rotary
  • Robinson High School – sponsored by Robinson Rotary
  • Schlarman High School - sponsored by Danville Sunrise Rotary
  • Sullivan High School - sponsored by Sullivan Rotary
  • Urbana High School – sponsored by Urbana Rotary
  • Vandalia Community High School – sponsored by Vandalia Rotary
  • YILA - sponsored by Decatur Rotary

Download information on starting an Interact in your community.

  • Interact and Early Act Committee – This committee works with Rotary Clubs to implement and foster the development of Interact and Early Act Clubs.

    Chair: Art Drake (Normal),


Rotaract Clubs are service clubs for adults age 18-30. Most of the Rotaract Clubs in District 6490 are community based, one is centered around a university:

  • Douglas Country Rotaract

    Community Based

    19-20 Co-Presidents: Carly McCrory and Mallory Okoli



    Sponsor Club: Tuscola

    Meeting Time: As-Needed for events

  • Illini Rotaract

    College-based: University of Illinois

    19-20 President: Jessica Nicholson



    Sponsor Clubs: Urbana and Champaign West

    Liaisons: Mike Murphy (Urbana), Nick Voss (Champaign West), Gerry Smith (Champaign West)

    Meeting Time: Wednesdays at 5:30 in 292 Animal Science Lab on UIUC campus

  • Champaign County Rotaract

    Community Based

    19-20 President: Maghan Moslander



    Sponsor Club: Champaign West

    Liaisons: Nick Voss, Gerry Smith

    Meeting Time: Every other Tuesday, Location varies, See FB/Email

  • Rotaract Club of Bloomington Normal

    Community Based

    18-19 President: Jamie Rockhold



           Sponsor Club: Bloomington Normal Sunrise

           Liaison: Brian Shoemaker

           Meeting Time: See FB for events - 3rd Wednesday at 5:30 @ Community                        Healthcare Clinic as monthly general meeting

Learn more information about Rotaract Clubs

  • Rotaract Committee – This committee works with Rotary Clubs to implement and foster the development of Rotaract Clubs and work with Rotaract Clubs to help them achieve their goals.

    Chair: Nick Voss (Champaign West),

           District 6490 Rotaract Facebook Discussion group: 



EarlyAct is a service club for elementary or middle school/junior high age students. The sponsoring Rotary club members act as facilitators, role models, and mentors to the EarlyAct Club members. A faculty sponsor is also highly recommended for club success. EarlyAct engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles by identifying and carrying out service projects that benefit their school, local and global communities. 

  • EarlyAct Committee - This committee can provide assistance and materials to help clubs establish their own EarlyAct Club.

    Chair: Janet Ellis-Nelson (Champaign)

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

RYLA is a weekend retreat where high school students learn about leadership and team-building. The teens work together in groups on projects as well. Learn more information about RYLA.

  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Committee

    Chair: Roxanne Johnston (Rantoul),

  • District 6490 RYLA 2020

           The camp dates are April 17-19, 2020

           Early Registration Deadline is February 28th

           Regular Registration Deadline is March 17th

           The cost is $165 per attendee ($10 discount if registered by early deadline).

           Learn more about the 2020 District 6490 RYLA.

           Completed consent forms, the waiver forms, paper applications, and payment             should be mailed to:

           District 6490 RYLA Camp
           c/o Roxanne Johnston
           425 S. Garrard
           Rantoul, IL 61866

           Email address:

Other Committees

Here are other District 6490 committees that help carry out the mission of Youth Service:

  • Global Grants and Peace Scholars – The District Scholarship Committee functions as a subcommittee of the Foundation Committee. It has the responsibility of recommending to the District Foundation Committee the types of scholarships the District offers.

    Chair: Tom Hodson (Champaign West):

  • Literacy and Education – This committee is responsible to work with clubs to implement local and international literay 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),



We Are People of Action Making A Difference.

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 ( 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 by Wednesday, February 26, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact RLI Chair, Cindy Guthrie at

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 ( or her assistant, Liz Palma (

President-Elect Training Training for incoming presidents will be held in Effingham this spring, March 21 & 22. Please go to 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

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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