Youth Service        

By nurturing youth, Rotarians can provide the skills young people need to succeed as future community leaders. Youth programs provide Rotarians the opportunity to develop their own leadership and communications skills and also provides for many incredible moments!  

Youth Service Activities:

Rotary Youth Exchange
Other Committees 

Rotary Youth Exchange

District 6490 is very active in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, which involves hosting international students in the U.S. and sending our local students to study abroad. These exchanges have a powerful, lasting impact on the students and host families alike. Learn more about Rotary Youth Exchange.


Chair: Shandra Summerville (Champaign)

Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of “Service Above Self”. Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.

  • Bloomington Central Catholic, sponsored by Bloomington-Normal Sunrise 
  • Champaign Centennial, sponsored by Champaign Rotary 
  • Champaign Central, sponsored by Champaign-Urbana Sunrise and Savoy 
  • Charleston High School, sponsored by Charleston Rotary 
  • Clinton YMCA Excel Club, sponsored by Clinton Rotary 
  • Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, sponsored by Gibson City Rotary 
  • Mahomet-Seymour, sponsored by Mahomet Rotary Club 
  • Marshall High School, sponsored by Marshall Rotary 
  • Monticello High School, sponsored by Monticello Rotary 
  • Normal Community High School, sponsored by Normal Rotary 
  • Paris High School, sponsored by Paris Rotary 
  • Rantoul High School, sponsored by Rantoul Rotary 
  • Robinson High School, sponsored by Robinson Rotary 
  • St. Thomas More High School, sponsored by Champaign West Rotary 
  • Sullivan High School, sponsored by Sullivan Rotary 
  • University High School, sponsored by Bloomington-Normal Sunset Rotary 
  • Urbana High School, sponsored by Urbana Rotary  
  • Vandalia High School, sponsored by Vandalia Rotary  
  • Decatur Young Leaders in Action, sponsored by Decatur 180 
Download information on starting an Interact in your community.

Download the District 6490 Interact Club Project Request 2021-22


Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18 and older to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.

Learn more about Rotaract Clubs



EarlyAct is a service club for elementary or middle school/junior high age students. The sponsoring Rotary club members act as facilitators, role models, and mentors to the EarlyAct Club members. A faculty sponsor is also highly recommended for club success. EarlyAct engages students in character-building activities and prepares them for leadership roles by identifying and carrying out service projects that benefit their school, local and global communities. 

EarlyAct Committee - This committee can provide assistance and materials to help clubs establish their own EarlyAct Club.

Chair: Janet Ellis-Nelson (Champaign)

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

Chair: Roxanne Johnston (Rantoul)

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Committee organizes a three-day weekend in the spring for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors where students develop leadership and team building skills while having fun.

Learn more about RYLA.

Download the RYLA Manual 

RYLA Application and Medical Authorization Form

Other Committees 

Here are other District 6490 committees that help carry out the mission of Youth Service:

Literacy and Education Committee

Chair: Julia Roundtree Livingston (Decatur)

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.

2021-2022 High School Essay Writing Contest

Download the Guidelines and Registration Packet 

Please direct questions toJulia Roundtree Livingston (Decatur).



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.
Click Here to Read.

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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