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 

Chair: Dana Schaumburg (Champaign)

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 Janet Ellis-Nelson (Champaign)

This committee offers training and education to club and district leaders.

District Conference 

Co-Chairs: Kevin Yonce (Champaign West) and District Governor Connie Walsh (Champaign)

Scheduled for September 16-17, 2022 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Champaign, the District Conference will focus on “Imagine Rotary Blazing Trails ” 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 Janet Ellis-Nelson (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 18-19, 2023.

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: Heather Stoa, PDG (Decatur)

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 Designate to become the District Governor in  2025-26.

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.


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.


Past or current club presidents interested in serving District 6490 as District Governor in 2025-26 should submit an application to Nominating Committee Chair Past District Governor Heather Stoa: by October 31, 2022.
Click here for Qualifications, Requirements, and Instructions

Click here for Governor-Nominee application forms.

All applications must be signed by both the candidate and the Club Secretary. Interviews will be held in-person the morning of November 5th at the Decatur Club, 158 W. Prairie Avenue, Decatur, IL 62523.

The September Newsletter is available now.
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Jackson, MS, is experiencing major water system problems, which have resulted in a lack of drinking water. Many clubs have asked how to help. District 6820 has disaster relief funds available through the 6820 Foundation. Funds will be used towards projects such as obtaining, delivering and distributing pallets of drinking water and/or addressing other needs.
If you or your district would like to donate to this endeavor, please send your donation to the following address. All donations are tax deductible.

District 6820 Foundation - Disaster Relief Fund 131 Fox Run Road Canton, MS 39046-9633

District Conference Schedule of Events
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Register Here for the Conference.

Please help the people of eastern Kentucky. The Pikeville, KY Rotary club will serve as the district’s point of contact for cash contributions to a 501(c) (3) fund, through an account with the Pikeville Community Foundation.

Cash contributions can be sent to the following address:
Pikeville Rotary Club Eastern Kentucky Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 988
Pikeville, KY 41502

Funds will be used for immediate disaster relief for the affected families. More information about relief efforts and needs will be communicated as it becomes available.

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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