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).



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.

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.
Click Here To Attend.

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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