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


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

District Grants Committee – Chair: Ray Rybarczyk, BN Sunrise

District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in our community and communities abroad

District Grants are due each year by September 1.

Click here for the 2020-2021 final report form (doc) or final report form (pdf). 

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

Click here for the 2021-2022 application (doc) or application (pdf).

Literacy and Education – Chair: Mike Harris, Monticello 

Responsible for working with clubs to implement local and international literacy projects; distributes Cardinal Care funds; and assists in any other initiatives dealing with literacy and education

 Polio Eradication – Chair: Mike Martin, Mattoon

Solicits funds raised to support immunization campaigns to, once and for all time, eradicate polio

 Shelter Box USA and Disaster Relief – Tom Hodson, Champaign West

Provides humanitarian relief and aid in the form of equipment and materials that provide shelter, warmth, and comfort for displaced people; enhances awareness and helps District 6490 respond to and recover from disasters


June 27: Installation of 2021-2022 District & Club Officers - "The Power of Friendship"
Registration has closed. See you in Decatur!

Registration is also open for PATHWAYS TO OUR FUTURE
The Zone Conference will take place in Chattanooga Tennessee in early October!

2020-2021 Award Nominations Open!
Click here for INFORMATION

Click here for the Avenues of Club Service Awards FORM

Click here for the Individual Recognition Awards FORM

Click here for the Club of the Year Awards FORM for Assistant Governors

June 30: Final Reports Due for 2020-2021 District Grants

Click here for the FINAL REPORT form in WORD.

Click here for the FINAL REPORT FORM as a PDF form.

September 1: Applications for 2021-2022 District Grants are due

Click here for the APPLICATION form in Word.

Click here for the APPLICATION as a PDF form.

September 25: District 6490 Annual Conference

Registration will open in Mid-July.
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