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, needy families, the aged, the handicapped, and those most in need of assistance. Rotarians strive to promote the ideal of service in their personal, business and community lives.

Committees

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

  • Disaster Relief Committee – This committee works to enhance disaster awareness and help District 6490 respond to and recover from disasters.

    Chair: Jay Stortzum (Champaign), jwstortz@gmail.com

  • District Grants Committee – This committee promotes, solicits and awards district grants to clubs in the district and administers the grants at the district level and fulfills the reporting requirements of Rotary International.

    Chair: Larry Pennie (B-N Sunset), pennierotary@comcast.net

  • Literacy and Education – This committee is responsible to work with clubs to implement local and international literacy projects, continue to build a relationship between the clubs and the Illinois Reading Council, distribute Cardinal Care Funds and assist in any other items dealing with Literacy and Education.

    Chair: Janet Ellis-Nelson (Champaign), janetnelson1994@gmail.com

District Events
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Announcements
Shelterbox to aid hurricane victims. For years, Rotarians in District 6490 have worked to help Shelterbox provide emergency shelter to disaster victims. To learn more about Shelterbox involvement in the area hit by Hurricane Harvey, click here.

Next RI Convention set for June 23-27, 2018 in Toronto. For more information, click here.

Winning essays. You can read the two essays that won recognition in this spring's District 6490 writing contest. Click here.

Joint District Institute. Rotary Districts 6460 and 6490 will hold a Joint District Institute Sept. 8-9, 2017 at the Wyndham Hotel in Springfield. This will be held in conjunction with the Zone Institute. Registration information will come later. For info on speakers and activities, click here.

RYLA camp scheduled. RYLA dates for next year have been set for April 27-29, 2018, at Allerton Park 4-H Memorial Camp.

Presidential Citation. Let your club get the recognition it deserves. RI recognizes outstanding clubs with the Presidential Citation. You can find the criteria by clicking here.

District Conference Sept. 8-9. Register now. Click here for the registration form.

District Grants. Rotary Clubs do a lot of good throughout District 6490 with the help of District Grants. Your club and your community can use these grants to maximize your efforts. For more information, click here.

Projects in Mexico. District 6490 Governor Larry Howell is on the advisory group for Heart 2 Heart, a group of Rotary districts that is banding together for a variety of projects in Mexico. Those projects include kidney transplants, heart surgeries, education and more. Your club can help. For more information, click here.
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