Club 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 Club Service. This Avenue promotes the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service. It involves the activities necessary to make the club function successfully and achieve its goals.


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

Awards Committee 

Chair: Dana Schaumburg (Champaign)

The District Awards Committee recognizes clubs and individuals for their service and contributions to Rotary.

Alumni Committee 

Chair: Liz Skinner, PDG, (Monticello)

The Alumni Committee promotes the life-long association of Rotary alumni (Group Study Exchange members, RYLA, RYE, Peace Fellows, scholars, Interactors, Rotaractors) with Rotarians, clubs, and the district.

Finance Committee 

Chair: Treasurer Michael Martin, District Treasurer, (Mattoon)

The Committee reviews the proposed budget submitted by the District Governor Elect and recommends the per member  dues and special assessments for the next fiscal year before submission to the next PETS, District Training Assembly or District Conference for approval by the presidents-elect.

District Assembly 

Chair: District Governor Elect Janet Ellis-Nelson (Champaign)

This committee offers training and education to club and district leaders.

District Conference 

Co-Chairs: Kevin Yonce (Champaign West) and District Governor Connie Walsh (Champaign)

Scheduled for September 16-17, 2022 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, Champaign, the District Conference will focus on “Imagine Rotary Blazing Trails ” through learning, fellowship, service, and fun.

District Trainer 

Doug Nelson, (Champaign)

The District Trainer supports the governor-elect by training incoming club and district leaders during the District Assembly and PETS and throughout the year as requests  for training are received.

Land of Lincoln Presidents-Elect Training 

Chair: District Governor Elect Janet Ellis-Nelson (Champaign)

This committee helps plan, organize, and promote training for all incoming Presidents-Elect and Presidents-Nominee of the clubs for Districts 6490, 6510, 6560, and 6580 in Effingham, IL at the Keller Convention Center March 18-19, 2023.

LOL PETS is always held the third weekend of March in Effingham, IL at the Keller Convention Center. Rotary International requires Presidents-Elect to attend PETS prior to their term as club president. If a President-Elect is unable to attend Land of Lincoln PETS, he or she should make arrangements to attend another Presidents-Elect Training Seminar. (Note the majority of PETS take place before LOL PETS. Please contact the DGE for assistance in registering for a different PETS.) Presidents-Elect, Presidents-Nominee, Assistant Governors, and guests should register at:

Membership Services

Chair: Mary Hodson (CU Sunrise)

The committee works with clubs to retain members and attract new members.

Nominating Committee

Chair: Heather Stoa, PDG (Decatur)

This committee seeks Past Club Presidents who have been Rotarians for a minimum of seven years to apply and serve as District Governors. They will interview candidates on November 13, 2021 and select the District Governor Nominee Designate to become the District Governor in  2025-26.

Public Image 

Chair: Julie Dobski, PDG, (BN Sunrise) 

The Public Image Committee assists the clubs and district in their efforts to promote Rotary and its activities both internally at the club and district levels and externally to communities  and perspective Rotarians.


Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) 

Chair: Cindy Guthrie (Mahomet)

RLI is a three-part series of one-day courses offered to Rotarians to increase their knowledge of Rotary and improve their leadership skills. It is a great networking opportunity that meets twice a year.

Visioning –Mike Step, PDG (Paris)

This committee helps Rotary clubs create their own unique plan and discover the steps necessary to achieve that future.


District Conference Schedule of Events
Click Here For Schedule.
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.

The July Newsletter is available now.
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The second Rotary ball game scheduled for the 2022 year is on August 6th, 2022. This game is between the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals and starts at 6:15 p.m.The tickets are $ 45.00 each for the game in Sections 271 and 272 Big Mac Land at the stadium. The order can be sent to Rod Buffington by email:
Click Here To Attend.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact or

Please join Rotarians from around the world for this virtual fundraising concert on July 29th. The chair of the Mexican Zone 25A fundraising committee is the Empowering Girls Ambassador for her district and District 6490’s primary contact for the 100 in 100 Tijuana Women’s Shelter project that eight of our clubs are supporting. RI President Jennifer Jones, TRF Chair Ian Riseley will be participating. Enjoy the concert and thank you for your donations to The Rotary Foundation.
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Heart of America Zones 30-31 Summer Leadership Series
July 26 –Think Innovation Not Habit: Fresh ideas for reimagining how we do Rotary in our communities (6:00 – 7:30 pm CT)
July 30 – Think Passion Not Program: Discover what happens when you share your passion with your club. (9:00 – 10:30 am CT)
August 9 – Think Stories Not Information: Creating messages about service projects for attracting and engaging members. (6:00 – 7:30 pm CT)
August 13 - Think Inclusive Not Limited: Reflecting our communities and expanding our partnerships. (9:00 – 10:30 am CT)
Registration: Click Here to Register on the Zone 30-31 website.

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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