Club 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 Club Service. This Avenue promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. It involves the activities necessary to make the club function successfully and achieve its goals.


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

Awards Committee 

The District Awards Committee recognizes clubs and individuals for their service and contributions to Rotary.

Alumni Committee 

Chair: Liz Skinner, PDG, (Monticello)

The Alumni Committee promotes the life-long association of Rotary alumni (Group Study Exchange members, RYLA, RYE, Peace Fellows, scholars, Interactors, Rotaractors) with Rotarians, clubs, and the district.

Finance Committee 

Chair: Treasurer Michael Martin, District Treasurer, (Mattoon)

The Committee reviews the proposed budget submitted by the District Governor Elect and recommends the per member  dues and special assessments for the next fiscal year before submission to the next PETS, District Training Assembly or District Conference for approval by the presidents-elect.

District Assembly 

Chair: District Governor Elect Connie Walsh (Champaign)

Planned for April 30, 2022, this committee offers training and education to club and district leaders.

District Conference 

Co-Chairs: Joe Mikulecky (B-N Daybreak) and Winnie Stortzum (Arcola)

Scheduled for September 25, 2021 at Richland Community College, the District Conference will focus on the “Power of Friendship” through learning, fellowship,  service, and fun.

District Trainer 

Doug Nelson, (Champaign)

The District Trainer supports the governor-elect by training incoming club and district leaders during the District Assembly and PETS and throughout the year as requests  for training are received.

Land of Lincoln Presidents-Elect Training 

Chair: District Governor Elect Connie Walsh (Champaign)

This committee helps plan, organize, and promote training for all incoming Presidents-Elect and Presidents-Nominee of the clubs for Districts 6490, 6510, 6560, and 6580 in Effingham, IL at the Keller Convention Center March 19-20, 2022.

LOL PETS is always held the third weekend of March in Effingham, IL at the Keller Convention Center. Rotary International requires Presidents-Elect to attend PETS prior to their term as club president. If a President-Elect is unable to attend Land of Lincoln PETS, he or she should make arrangements to attend another Presidents-Elect Training Seminar. (Note the majority of PETS take place before LOL PETS. Please contact the DGE for assistance in registering for a different PETS.) Presidents-Elect, Presidents-Nominee, Assistant Governors, and guests should register at:

Membership Services

Chair: Mary Hodson (CU Sunrise)

The committee works with clubs to retain members and attract new members.

Nominating Committee

Chair: Mike Step, PDG (Paris)

This committee seeks Past Club Presidents who have been Rotarians for a minimum of seven years to apply and serve as District Governors. They will interview candidates on November 13, 2021 and select the District Governor Nominee Desig nate to become the District Governor in  2024-25.

Public Image 

Chair: Julie Dobski, PDG, (BN Sunrise) 

The Public Image Committee assists the clubs and district in their efforts to promote Rotary and its activities both internally at the club and district levels and externally to communities  and perspective Rotarians.

RI Convention 

Chair: District Governor Elect Connie Walsh (Champaign)

This committee helps to promote the Rotary International Convention to be held June 4-8, 2022 in Houston, Texas. 

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) 

Chair: Cindy Guthrie (Mahomet)

RLI is a three-part series of one-day courses offered to Rotarians to increase their knowledge of Rotary and improve their leadership skills. It is a great networking opportunity that meets twice a year.

Visioning –Mike Step, PDG (Paris)

This committee helps Rotary clubs create their own unique plan and discover the steps necessary to achieve that future.


The May Newsletter is available now.
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Time to Submit District Awards Applications!
Club Awards
These awards will recognize a small club (under 50 members) and a large club for their performance throughout the past year. Eligible clubs must meet the 13 of 25 possible goals entered into Rotary Club Central for a Rotary Citation. Clubs will have been actively worked to increase club membership, developed service projects, promoted giving to The Rotary Foundation, and built awareness of Rotary.
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Individual Awards
Rotarians who have made their clubs and communities here and around the world better places to live and work will be honored for their commitment to Rotary. Nominees shall have demonstrated leadership and the advancement of service.
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Avenues of Service Awards
As Rotarians, we channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through the five Avenues of Service which are the foundation of club activity. Projects must be new or enhanced projects and may not have previously received an award. Club presidents should send completed applications for Avenues of Service awards by June 30th to Heather Stoa at:
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Past recipients can be seen under the “About the District” tab on the website.”

Resources to share updates
Ukraine PowerPoint Slides.
Ukraine 1 Page Brief
ShelterBox Current Work Deployment Map.

ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray providing an update from the field.
Recording of International Women's Day Panel, with Ukraine Update.
Video Training: How To Enter Club Positions:
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End Polio Now Video produced by Rotarians in our Zones 30-31.
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Rotary District 6490 Annual Conference Content:
Watch Dean Rohrs' Keynote Speech
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Watch the Awards Presentation
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Watch the Memorial Service
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