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, families in need, the aged, the disabled, and those in vulnerable circumstances. Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business and community lives.

Community Service:

Chair: Mary Hodson, Champaign-Urbana Sunrise

Committees

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

District Grants Committee 

Chair: Marlys Scarbrough (Champaign)

The committee accepts, reviews, and recommends District grants for approval. District Grants fund small-scale, shorter activities that address needs in our community and communities abroad.

 District Grants are due each year by September 1.

Click here for the 2022-2023 application (doc) or application (pdf).

Click here for the 2021-2022 final report form (doc) or final report form (pdf)

Click here for a summary of the 2020-2021 Grants that were awarded.

 

Literacy  

Chair: Jackie Wells (Villa Grove)

The Basic Education and Literacy Committee works with clubs to implement local projects such as the high school essay contest, supports international literacy initiatives, and distributes the Cardinal Care Funds.

 PolioPlus Committee

Chair: Mike Martin (Mattoon)

The committee promotes polio eradication efforts, presents programs on PolioPlus, and helps organize fundraisers for Rotarians and communities. The funds raised in our district support immunization campaigns in developing countries where polio remains a threat.

 Shelter Box USA and Disaster Relief 

Chair: Tom Hodson (Champaign West)

 This committee raises funds and awareness for   humanitarian relief and aid in the form of equipment and  materials that provide shelter, warmth, and comfort to   people displaced by natural or other disasters.  

Announcements
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: hhstoa@gmail.com.
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Past recipients can be seen under the “About the District” tab on the website.”

SHELTERBOX RESPONDING TO UKRAINE CRISES
Resources to share updates
Ukraine PowerPoint Slides.
Ukraine 1 Page Brief
ShelterBox Current Work Deployment Map.

Videos
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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Shop Amazon and Give Back to Rotary with AmazonSmile.
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End Polio Now Video produced by Rotarians in our Zones 30-31.
Click Here to Watch The End Polio Now Video.

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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Check out all the photos from the Rotary District 6490 Annual Conference
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