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 2019-2020 final report form (doc) or final report form (pdf)

Click here for the 2020-2021 information sheet (pdf) and the editable application (doc)

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


Spring Forward with the May 1 District Assembly!

REGISTER NOW for the morning of Saturday, May 1, for a fast paced, hands-on “how to“ Zoom morning at District Assembly.

Join fellow Rotarians as we explore topics such as:

Improving club communications;

Working with social media;

Applying for grants and organizing a PolioPlus campaign;

Incorporating tech into meetings;

Entering and editing data in DACdb;

Conducting New Member Orientations;

Registering for a “My Rotary” account and entering goals;

International Service Opportunities for 2021-2022.
Our GOAL: we want club and district leaders to have the knowledge and tools they need for success in the upcoming year!


If you missed the Rotary Town Hall with IL Dept of Public Health Director Dr. Ezike, you can watch it HERE.


April 7: On Fire for Rotary-Conversation with Heart of America Innovative Club Advocates

Click here for DISTRICT EVENTS with more information on how to join this program.

April 12: How to do Great Orientations

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April 13: Women in Rotary Speaker Series with Dana Vogelmeier

There is a speaker each month, starting in April and ending in September. Click here for info!

April 21: PDG Sylvia Whitlock - You've got to the carefully taught!

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April 28: Connecting the World with Rotary with Gay Mahoney (Rotary International First Lady, 2019-2020)

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May 15: 2020-2021 Award Nominations Open!

Information available May 15!

June 27: Installation of 2021-2022 District & Club Officers

More information available soon!
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