Apr 28, 2014
Women's Basketball and Golf at the U of IL
May 05, 2014
What's Happening at Parkland
May 12, 2014
Rotary Challenge-The Top High School Investors
May 19, 2014
Krannert Center for Performing Arts
May 26, 2014
Memorial Day
Jun 16, 2014
The New World of Health Insurance-the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Jun 23, 2014
View entire list...
President John Calderon
President Elect Steven Carter
Treasurer Bethany Hearn
Secretary W. Todd Salen
Cannon Grants Dean V. Cavey
New Generations Darcy Sementi
Club Service Eric Bussell
Historian Emeritus Peter Tomaras
Communications Marilynne B. Davis
Membership Connie D. Walsh
Local Projects Jeffery Lehmann
Assistant Sergeant of Arms Jay Downey
Book Keeper John Foley
Future Vision Advisor Scott Anderson
Assistant Sergeant of Arms Janice M. Bahr
Sergeant of Arms Ken Gunji
Past President Fay Rouseff-Baker
Foundation Dale Morrissey
Youth Exchange Officer Samuel Banks
Youth Exchange Officer Sandra Calderon
Rotary Club of Champaign: The World's Greatest Rotary Club!

Welcome from President John Calderon

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM

The Hawthorn Suites Conference Center

101 Trade Centre Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

  Venue Map

  Duty Roster

  Club Bulletin

  District Site

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 22, 2014

ImageScott Anderson announces Ebert Sculpture will be unvailed April 22, 2014

For more information, see the article in the April 22 News Gazette



Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 22, 2014

ImageIllinois Marathon Cheering Station

Date: Saturday April 26

Time: 7:30 – 10:30 am (Runners start coming by around 7:45)

Location: Mile 9 of the race near Meadowbrook Park in Urbana

Parking available in the lot off of Race Street

Coffee, Orange Juice, Sweet Rolls, and a Bloody Mary Bar

$5.00 Donation

Come cheer on the runners, promote Rotary in our community, and enjoy a bloody mary in the park!

The star marks the Cheering Section Location


Posted by William Malone on Apr 22, 2014


Our club is involved in the "Adopt a Highway" program.  We keep part of Mattis Avenue cleaned up.  It is a great activity that takes only an hour or so of your time and gives you an opportunity to get to know other members while performing a wonderful service to the community.


We meet in the Christy Clinic parking lot (Mattis and Windsor).  Contact Jerry Pagac at jerpagac@yahoo.com or 369-5253

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 22, 2014

Thanks Dean Cavey for these new banners!















Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 22, 2014

Individual recognitions

  • Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, when you give $100 or more per year to the Annual Fund.
  • Benefactor, when you include the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in your estate plans or when you donate $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.
  • Paul Harris Fellow, when you give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. To recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, you can give that amount in their name. You are recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow with each additional gift of $1,000.
  • Paul Harris Society Member, when you give $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. 
  • Bequest Society Member, when you give $10,000 or more via your estate plans. All society members receive recognition from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation, and donors can choose to receive an engraved crystal recognition piece and a Bequest Society pin.
  • Major Donor, when your cumulative donations reach $10,000. You can choose to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. 
Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 22, 2014

ImageThanks Tom Costello for auctioning Ebeert Festival Pass and Ticketrs to the C-U Symphony.

and the President John Calderon impersonation

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 16, 2014


Centennial High School Students recognized at our April 14 Meeting:

Academics – Benjamin Hornsey and Wanjell Harvey-Robinson

Activities – Jacqueline Corum and Mariah Schaefer

Athletics – Sammy Lack and Jacki Vipond


Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 16, 2014

ImageWelcome to new member Karl Muster! Karl is transferring his membershi from the Danville Noon Rotary. He is sponsored in our club by Steve Hamburg (right).
Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 13, 2014

Record turnout for Austin's Day service projects

From Sunday April 13 News Gazette:


Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 13, 2014

Boneyard Creek Community Day

From Sunday April 13 News Gazette:


Posted by William Malone on Apr 11, 2014

Volunteers recall Austin Cloyd's zeal for service

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 09, 2014

ImageJohn Van Grinsven took some great picures over the three days of Let's Get Growing Again, from Loading the trees to Planting the trees.  The pictures are on Flicker.

Here are the links to view the pictures:

April 1: Gifford Tree Loading

April 2: Gifford Tree Distribution

April 4: Gifford Tree Distribution


To View:

1. Click on link
2. Click on upper left hand picture
3. On right side of picture.... click on > to advance
4. On left side of picture.... click on < to return


Posted by William Malone on Mar 20, 2014

ImageIf you wish to make a donation to the "Let's Get Growing Again" tree planting project, being sponsored by the Champaign County Farm Bureau, The Rotary Clubs of Champaign, Rantoul and Piatt County, please send a check made out to WGRC, Inc. and note in the comment line for trees for Gifford.  Send it to:

The Rotary Club of Champaign
%Bill Malone
1114 Mayfair Rd.
Champaign, IL 61821

WGRC, Inc. is a 503c non profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 09, 2014

ImageJohn Deckert recruited members of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. to participate in “Let’s Get Growing Again”. He figured suitable tasks could be found for college students with strong backs.

Kappa Alpha Psi joined cleanup crews, organized by the people of Gifford, picking up the small debris that was everywhere.

A big thanks to Kappa Alpha Psi for their help!





ImageThis Saturday the Fraternity is hosting a tailgate for high school students involved in Kappa Alpha Psi’s mentoring program. If you would to come and meet some of these young men, please contact John Deckert jdeckert@alumni.nd.edu or C: (312) 286 - 5753 O: (217) 356 - 5575

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Mar 27, 2014

ImageIn an effort to honor Austin Cloyd’s commitment to community service, Centennial High School is proud to announce the seventh annual Austin Cloyd Day of Service.

Austin Cloyd grew up in Champaign-Urbana and was a member of Interact while at Centennial. She was unfortunately a victim of the Virginia Tech shooting on April 16, 2007.

The Centennial Interact Club strives to continue her legacy through community service. The public is invited to participate in the Austin Cloyd Day of Service event on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Austin’s Day will be the local wrap up to National Volunteer Week and this year will once again be held in conjunction with the University of Illinois’ Second Annual Day of Service which will kick off National Volunteer week April 5. The university will be packing 147,000 meals for the community.


Some of the organizations that may benefit from Austin’s Day are:

  • Center for Women in Transition
  • Champaign Park District
  • Crisis Nursery
  • Eastern Illinois Food Bank
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Champaign County Humane Society
  • Champaign County YMCA
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Times Center Soup Kitchen
  • Unit 4 School District
  • CU Public Health Dept
  • Lierman Neighborhood Action Committee
  • Society for Hooved Animals’ Rescue and Emergency (SHARE)

Volunteers can register online at www.austinsday.com.

Austin’s Day volunteers should meet in the north parking lot at Champaign Centennial High School, 913 S. Crescent Drive.

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 09, 2014

ImageApril 12 is the Boneyard Creek Day of Service. Each year we team with Champaign West to help with registration of volunteers.

We need a total of 12 people. Most will start at 8:00am at Scott Park and finish in a couple hours. Others will start at 11:00am and finish in an hour or so.

Please contact Jerry Pagac jerpagac@yahoo.com or 369-5253

Posted by Stephen R. Ayers on Apr 09, 2014

Kelly Lamb at piato is dedicating her next $5 buffet on April 17 at Lincoln Square to Shelter Box.


For More Information Contact Steve Ayers

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 03, 2014

Congratulations to Marjorie Williams, Michael DeLorenzo and Craig Rost for being elected to the Rotary Club of Champaign's Board of Directors. Our club will be in great hands for the next 3 years!

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 03, 2014

Congratulations to:

John Deckert, Darcy Sementi, and Jeff Lehman for being elected to the WGRC, Inc. Board of Directors. WGRC, Inc. is the Charitable Foundation for The Rotary Club of Champaign.



Many thanks to:

Marsha Grove, Bethany Hearn, and Dan Wheatman for their service as they retire from the board.

Posted by Steven Carter on Apr 03, 2014

ImageAll Club members:

I am asking for your feedback on 2 things: 1) review the attached draft 3 year strategic plan and provide your suggestions or comments on it; and, 2) think about what you would enjoy doing in our Club next year and let me know what committee(s) you would enjoy working on. Please give me 2-3 options and note the one you would like the most. I have attached a committee list to make it easy for you. Respond by email, pass me a note or catch me at a meeting. Please try to do this by April 11 to give me time to put the committees together and have them ready for publication. Thanks!!!

Steven Carter, President-Elect
Rotary Club of Champaign

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 03, 2014

ImageCongratulations to the Champaign Central students honored at our March 31 meeting.

Ranija Turner

Sahana Jain

Evan Miller

Corey While




Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 03, 2014

ImageMarch is PolioPlus Month and the Rotary Club of Champaign haD a goal to raise $3,000 $5,000 for Polio Plus! 

As of March 28th, we raised $5,256 for PolioPlus.

Again, the Rotary Club of Champaign has shown we are the World's Greatest Rotary Club!


Posted by Stanley Herrin on Mar 29, 2014

Club Member and next year's Club President, Steve Carter, recently spoke to the Rantoul Rotary Club. His talk was summerized in the News Gazette and Rantoul Press

Ex-city manager gives his advice

RANTOUL — Steve Carter says village and city governments aren’t easily understood.

The former city manager for the city of Champaign for 28 years told members of the Rantoul Rotary Club March 18 that the “real issue is that people don’t understand city government.”


For the rest of the story, follow this link


Posted by William Malone on Mar 28, 2014


Say welcome to Michelle Luna, Membership Sales Director at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce.
Michelle has a Bachelor's Degree from EIU in Sociology and has been involved with the March of Dimes, Signature Chefs and is a huge fan of Illini Football and Basketball.

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Mar 20, 2014

ImageBill Malone points out last fall's tornado path through Gifford, IL at our March 17 club meeting.

Sharon Lilly and Stephanie Stuart talk about our Club's spring project "Let's Get Growing". 

235 trees will be planted in Gifford for people who lost homes/trees etc. due to November's tornado.

The project is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Champaign, in conjunction with the Champaign County Farm Bureau, the Rotary Club of Rantoul and the new Rotary Club of Piatt County. The trees will hopefully all be planted on Saturday April 5th.  Prior to April 5th, workers will be divided into teams.

There will be tree pick up and delivery teams earlier in the week organized by the Farm Bureau. 

On Saturday the Teams will be:

* Hole drilling teams with proper equipment to dig holes for all the trees. Starting at 7:30 am

* Tree planting and watering teams will be split into two shifts, one starting at 9:30 till noon and one starting at 12:30 til finished

* Tree staking and mulching teams will be from 11-2 and 2 until finished

* We will also need some volunteers to help with check in from 7:15 to 2:30


A Note from 'The Tree Team': Due to the generosity of our community, support for this project has been overwelming, and we are at our limit of needed volunteers.  If you want to support the efforts with a donation please view the 'story' that follows.

Thanks again as our community "Rocks".

Posted by Steven Carter on Mar 24, 2014

ImageClub members, as you recall, Champaign Rotary has a long-standing youth exchange with the Yanai, Japan Rotary Club. They select a college student to spend a month in Champaign, and we select a student to send to Yanai.

Our Club will need to identify hosts for the Yanai student to stay with during his or her visit. More than one is better as staying in more than one home broadens the experience. Hosts will also be needed to show the student around our area to give a good picture of what life is like in East Central Illinois.

Our Club has partnered with the University of Illinois Campus Honors Program to identify great ambassadors from our community. Students may come from the Campus Honors Program or from students known to members of our Club. An application form is attached.

The applications are due on April 18. If you know anyone who might be interested, please share the application with them. This is a wonderful opportunity for both Clubs and youth in each community. Your support is encouraged If you are willing to help host, please contact Sam Banks or Sandra Calderon, the Club's Youth Exchange Officers.


Posted by Stanley Herrin on Apr 22, 2014


Theme:            Celebrate Service


When:              May 3 & 4, 2014


Where:             Hilton Garden Inn

                        1501 Neil St

                        Champaign, IL  61820


Beginning Time: 7:30 am


Registration:    Now Open

                         Register on line at http://rotarydistrict6490.org/

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Mar 27, 2014

ImagePast Prersident Dave Lawrence presents check from February's Cup Funds to Family Services of Champaign Executive Director Sheryl Bautch.



Posted by Stanley Herrin on Mar 20, 2014

ImageCongratulations to the our newest Paul Harris Society Members

Chris Miller - Paul Harris Fellow and Paul Harris Society

Jay Downey - Paul Harris + 1 and Paul Harris Society




Posted by Stanley Herrin on Mar 20, 2014

ImageMike DeLorenzo accepts a check for $5,000 on behalf of  the Eastern Illinois Foodbank for Community and Campus Day of Service.  The money will be used to prepare 147,000 packaged meals for distribution by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and food distribution centers through out Central Illinois.  The pre-packaged meals will be distributed to needy families.
Posted by William Malone on Mar 13, 2014

Members with over 40 years of Service were honored at the all area meeting on Wednesday March 12 as well as women with over 25 years of service. (Women were not allowed into clubs prior to that time).  President John reads the extensive list of Champaign Rotarians!


Jim Acheson, 46

Bon Bate, 46

Ken Buel, 48

Todd Dawson, 47

Bernard Dunn, 49

Victor Feldman, 44

Steve Hamburg, 47

Morrie Hecker, 65

Frank Keck, 53

Bill Kuhne, 47

Dave Lawrence, 45

Don Moyer, 51

Terry O'neill, 47

Robert Parkhill, 61

Jim Ploeger, 42

John Reed, 42

Kyle Robeson, 56

Joe Smith, 48

Bill Stallman, 42

Lott Thomas, 51

Peter Tomaras, 48

Richard Tryon, 54

25+ years (women)

Jan Bahr

Nancy Martin

Bonnie Kelly

Thanks to these great Rotarians for all your years of service!

Posted by William Malone on Mar 08, 2014


Great Job Champaign Rotarians!

Posted by William Malone on Mar 04, 2014

Another great project announced and it makes the morning paper!

Image Image

This is going to be a huge project with both hands on work and $7,500 donated by the club.  There are request for approx. 80 trees to be planted in the rural areas around Gifford and another 190 in residential Gifford plus another 50 for the Village of Gifford.  Some trees may not be able to be planted this spring and will be delayed til fall or next spring.  By next spring there will be many more people ready for trees so this may be a big project for next year also.

More info to come soon as the committee is working out details and will report progress as we have it.


Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 27, 2014

ALL Rotary Club Meeting

Begins at noon

Round Barn Convention Center

No Rotary Club of Champaign meeting on March 10


Posted by Stanley Herrin on Mar 05, 2014

ImageCongratulations to three new Paul Harris + Members

David Thies - Paul Harris + 1

Eric Bussell - Paul Harris + 1

Marjorie Williams - Paul Harris + 2


Posted by Stanley Herrin on Mar 05, 2014

ImageCongratulations to Eric Bussell, Rotarian of the month for February.

Eric was recognized for his work on the Trees for Gifford project.

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 20, 2014

ImageCongratulations to four new Paul Harris + Fellows

Todd Salen: Paul Harris + 1

Scott Dahman: Paul Harris + 1

Bill Williams: Paul Harris + 2

Jim Acheson: Paul Harris + 3


Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 27, 2014

Past President Dave Lawrence presents a check from the January Cup to CASA (Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocate).


Posted by Stanley Herrin on Mar 04, 2014

If you are going to the Club Member Social at Stone Creek on March 13 please sign up with Jared Spencer at our 10th meeting.

Jared Spencer will be standing next to Todd S. at our Monday March 10th meeting.  March 10th is the final day to sign up and we need all monies by then to finalize our plans.

Cash is always accepted, and any checks should be made out to Jared Spencer at this point.

For more information, please see the Club Memeber Social announcement that follows.

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 27, 2014


Centennial High School Students recognized at our February 24 Meeting:

Left to Right
Zsayla Brummett - Athletics
Michael Finke - Athletics
Caila Yount - Activities
Chris Piper - Academics
Nicole Wilson - Academics

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 27, 2014

ImageThe March Social is an event created to learn some healthy eating practices that can be utilized at home, and hopefully help in preparation of our April marathon event!
March 13, 5:30-7:30
Stone Creek
Chef Bob Rowe will give us a cooking demo of healthy food, menu to take home.
We sit, watch, eat the food and drink wine/beer.
$40 per Person. (Wine/Beer is separate cost)
Please invite anyone who you think may be interested in joining; the more the merrier!
Jared Spencer is organizing sign up and monies . He will be standing next to Todd S. at the next meeting on Monday March 3rd, and again on March 10th.
March 10th is the final day to sign up and we need all monies by then to finalize our plans. Cash is always accepted, and any checks should be made out to Jared Spencer at this point.
Jared is NOT THE CHEF, if he were, you may end up eating bacon fried spinach leaves.
Any questions? Contact Jared Spencer at 217 552 3123 or e-mail at Getmomoney2007@yahoo.com
Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 20, 2014

Students from the Champagin Centennial Interact Club are traveling to Haiti over spring break along with Champaign Rotary Club member Carl Burkybile to work on sustainable food resources.  Centannial Interact members are Coty Greaser, Ana Hosier and Katie Wyss.  Traveling with the group is Connie Hosier, Ana's mother.
Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 20, 2014

ImageA Big Thank You to Willie Sommerville, Rotary Club of Urbana, for being our guest pianist at our February 17 meeting
Posted by William Malone on Feb 13, 2014

Past President, Dave Lawrence, presents a check for the December Cup to the Salvation Army.


Posted by William Malone on Feb 13, 2014

Congratulations to Abbie Osterbur - Rotarian of the Month and New Paul Harris Fellow


and Susan Cavey, Paul Harris Fellow, presented by her Husband Dean Cavey


Posted by William Malone on Feb 11, 2014



Past President Elizabeth Krchak presented checks to three organizations at our meeting on Monday.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank

In FY13, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank provided 7.3 million pounds of food to local families.  The Foodbank will use its $8,300 Cannon grant to purchase a Reach-In Freezer to increase their ability to store frozen product by 25%.  This expansion in their cold storage capacity will allow them to distribute more nutritious and fresh food to children and families and will increase their ability to safely store donated product from local retailers.

The Center for Women in Transition

The Center for Women in Transition serves up to 19 women and 25 children at any given time in their homeless services program.  The Center will be using their $3,800 Cannon grant to repair the front porch and install a privacy fence around the outside children’s play area at their shelter at 508 E. Church Street in Champaign.   These improvements will provide a safer, more secure, and enjoyable space for their residents.

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, an all-volunteer run organization, provides a hot lunch to over 200 men, women and children five days per week in the Fellowship Hall of New Covenant.  Due to heavy client use and the need to stack chairs for daily floor cleaning , the organization needs new chairs and a dolly.  The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen’s $2,400 Cannon grant will provide 32 durable, stackable chairs to provide a safer client environment and a dolly to ease daily cleaning activities.  

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 05, 2014


2013/2014 Cannon Grant Checks presented at our January 27 Club Meeting 


Family Advocacy in Champaign County - $7,900

East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center - $7,000


Family Advocacy in Champaign County

The mission of Family Advocacy includes:  empowering families through advocacy and outreach to understand their role and responsibilities in the child welfare system; to engage families in active participation in service interventions, so they can obtain the skills to build stronger families; to provide families with assistance on how to navigate the child welfare system and become the driving force in their cases.  Family Advocacy will use their $7,900 Cannon grant to purchase new staff computers, enabling them to connect to the DCFS database and to maintain a secure and confidential site for client and organizational information.  Their current computers will be used by their clients for housing and employment searches, for homework, and to connect with community resources.  


East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center

ECIRMAC provides comprehensive service to refugees and immigrants who reside in East Central Illinois.  These services include orientation, translation and interpretation, supportive employment services, referral , counseling and advocacy.  Most donations are applied to program and project costs, so the agency has not been able to update their office equipment.  The$7,000 Cannon grant will allow ECIRMAC to purchase 11 safe office chairs, one laptop computer, four computer hard drives, a document scanner and wireless network access.  These upgrades mean they will now be able to run on compatible operating systems,  download software upgrades to their financial computers, and  email reports from an internet capable computer, thus improving the efficiency of their office.

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 06, 2014


Vinay Shanbhag, is Taiwan Bound, as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Champaign.

Vinay is a Senior at University Laboratory High School

Says Vinay "although I skipped 7th grade to come to Uni, I am a varsity member of the cross-country and track teams at Uni, and I also participate in volunteer groups in school like Habitat for Humanity and the Wesley Evening Food Pantry. I want to participate in Rotary Youth Exchange because I am looking for a new experience that will push me beyond my comfort zone and help me grow. When I return from my exchange, I want to major in Computer Engineering."

Posted by Stanley Herrin on Jan 23, 2014

ImageNew Member Social at the Orage and Brew 5:00 on February 13.

New Members Honored

New members get their first drink on us.
Counts as a makeup.

We will have fun. Come on out to make our new members feel welcome.

Fay and the Social Committee
Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 05, 2014

ImageCongratulations to:

Bethany Hearn - Paul Harris Fellow

Jerry Pagac - Paul Harris Fellow

Jeff Lehmann - Paul Harris Fellow

Marlys Scarbrough - Paul Harris Fellow




Posted by Stanley Herrin on Feb 05, 2014

Congratulations to Judah Christian Students of the Semester

Left to Right: Michael Linsner, Jenna Conway and Dylan Hamilton



Posted by William Malone on Feb 03, 2014


Club Member John Van Grinsven has posted 65 photos from this great event on Flickr, use this link  to view them.


Posted by William Malone on Jan 28, 2014

ImagePresident John Calderon of the Rotary Club of Champaign presented a plaque to Tom Ramage, President of Parkland College in Champaign.  For the past 37 years the Rotary Club of Champaign has been awarding vocational scholarships to deserving Parkland students in a total giving of over $50,000. Late last year it was decided to create a plaque that shows the vocational scholarship award winners by category, for each of the last two years. New plaques will be presented in the future.
Posted by Stanley Herrin on Jan 23, 2014

Steve Carter has begun planning for a float in the July 4th Parade.  If you would like to help him, please contact Steve!
Posted by William Malone on Jan 20, 2014


Today's Sgt. at Arms, Mr. Sam Banks offered a wonderful tribute to Dr. King, reading from a speech he made on February 4, 1968 called ‘The Drum Major Instinct’ (excerpt)
A Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta

Sam did a great job of comparing Dr. King's call to service to our "service above self" in Rotary.  Dr. King's words are certainly an inspiration for all Rotarians around the world.

150 Broadway, Suite 1700 NY, NY 10038-4401 | T 212.233.1131 | F 212.233.4607 | www.nyhumanities.org
…If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you
want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your
servant. That’s your new definition of greatness. And this morning, the thing that I like about it . .
. by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great. Because
everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to
make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and
Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have
to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of
grace. A soul generated by love. And you can be that servant…
…Every now and then I guess we all think realistically about that day when we will be
victimized with what is life’s final common denominator—that something we call death. We all
think about it. And every now and then I think about my own death, and I think about my own
And I don’t think of it in a morbid sense. Every now and then I ask myself, “What is it that I
would want said?” And I leave the word to you this morning.
If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you
get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder
what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize; that isn’t
important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards; that’s not
important. Tell him not to mention where I went to school.
I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving
others. I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody. I
want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the war question. I want you to be able to say
that day that I did try to feed the hungry. And I want you to be able to say that day that I did try,
in my life, to clothe those who were naked. I want you to say, on that day, that I did try, in my
life, to visit those who were in prison. I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say
that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other
shallow things will not matter. I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and
luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.
And that’s all I want to say . . . if I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer
somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will
not be in vain…
Reprinted by arrangement with the Heirs to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr.
c/o Writers House as agent for the proprietor, New York, NY
Copyright 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr., copyright renewed 1991 Coretta Scott King
‘The Drum Major Instinct’ (excerpt)
A Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta
February 4, 1968


Posted by Elizabeth A. Krchak on Jan 10, 2014

ImageThe Cannon Grant Committee has announced the eleven non-profit recipients of Grants totaling $72,000.  The checks will be presented during our meetings over the next month or so.  Letters have been sent out to those receiving grants and those who did not.  All grant applications that did not receive a grant this year will be forwarded to our project planning committee for possible funding by WGRC.
Posted by William Malone on Dec 27, 2013


The members of our club donated over $14,500 during the kickoff meeting and then our bell ringers brought in another $21,000 to set a new club record.  Final totals will be announced soon.  Despite awefull weather our bell ringers did there job!

Posted by William Malone on Dec 27, 2013


Six members of the Champaign  Rotary Club were enrolled as new members of the Paul Harris Society during the club's weekly meeting on December 23rd.  PDG J. Gordon Bidner, Normal, chair of the District 6490 Paul Harris Society committee, presented the certificates and pins assisted by club president John Calderon and District Governor Designate Kevin Yonce, Champaign West.

The Champaign club now has nine members recognized by The Rotary Foundation for their willingness to contribute $1,000 or more annually to the foundation's work.  The newest members are: Sandra Calderon, Dean Cavey, Marilynne Davis, Patrick Harrington, Larry Miller and Kyle Robeson.  They join the club's previous PHS members: Past District Governor's Ken Buel and Ken Gunji plus John Calderon, club president.

Posted by William Malone on Nov 25, 2013

This is a copy of the thank you note from the Rantoul Rotary Club....

Rantoul Rotary Club
Rantoul, IL

Champaign Rotary Club
John Calderon, President
Champaign, IL

On behalf of the victims of the tornado that hit the community of Gifford
and the surrounding area on Sunday, Nov. 17, as well as the club you
helped found over 75 years ago, Rantoul Rotary, it is astounding the
gracious $10,000 gift provided by the Champaign Rotary Club. When we first
heard the news, tears came to my eyes because of your genrosity and
kindness. This is what being a Rotarian is all about!

The money will be put toward the Gifford Tornado Relief Fund, managed
through Gifford State Bank. A committee of seven will guide those funds to
the right places and families. Among that committee are two bank members,
a member from each church in the community, the village, the elementary
school district and the Country Health nursing home center. Tony McLain,
President of The Gifford State Bank, assures me that 100 percent of these
funds will go to the right places, noting between all those people on the
committee, there isn't anyone that they won't know their needs and
financial capabiulities.

It is indeed an honor to be associated with a Rotary Club of Champaign's
calibre and we can insure this gift will be used in the right manner to
help those struggling to make ends meet in Gifford and beyond. Will it
build good will and better friendships? It already has!

From the Rantoul Rotary Club to yours, THANK YOU!!!

Rantoul Rotary Board & Membership
President - Tim Evans
President-elect - Tim Weitekamp
Secretary - Gary Crane
Treasurer - Hal Loebach
Sgt. At Arms - Brian Schurter
Interact Representative &#8213;  Roxanne Johnston
Board members &#8213; Michelle Ramage, Tom Iorio, Sue Weitekamp, Roxanne
Johnston, Jim Etheridge.  Past President &#8213; Jessica Holmes
Interact President – Mercedes Porter

Tim Evans
General Manager
News-Gazette Community Newspapers
1332 E. Harmon Drive
P.O. Box 5110
Rantoul, IL   61866

Posted by William Malone on Nov 09, 2013

www.facebook.com/rotary on November 8th 2013 @ 7:40 a.m. Our Club makes the Rotary International Facebook Site!


Telling your community about your Rotary club helps keep your club growing and vital. Ask the Rotary Club of Champaign.

By telling the community about its 97-year history, which is part of their strategic plan of "Awareness and Growth," th
e #Rotary club introduced 17 new members since 1 July. Every Rotary member in their club is asked to bring new members to the club. They now have 174 active members and 10 honorary members, for a total of 184 members.
Furthermore, the Rotary Club of Champaign has taken action and changed lives in their community by distributing more than US$15,000 dollars in local project grants. Their club foundation will donate more than $70,000 next month to local nonprofit organizations.

The club also introduced and sponsored a new provisional club (Piatt County Rotary Club) with 15 members and growing to be chartered!

Great job, Rotary Club of Champaign!

As of 11/12/13, we have had 833 'Likes'.

In the photo are John Calderon and new club members Janna Sartini.


Comment from Bill Malone:


Just got this message on our facebook page, not sure you can see it or if only the admin can so i copied it:
"Muchas felicidades por su cumpleaños, reciban un saludo afectuoso de nuestra parte soy Felipa Contreras Gaona del club rotario poza rica, Veracruz, México"
Posted by Stanley Herrin on Oct 08, 2013

Carl Burkybile update on the well in Kenya can be found under "News" (Right Column - half way down page) on our Club's Homepage.
Posted by Gordy Hulten on Jul 16, 2013


If you're interested in the events, announcements and good works of the Rotary Club of Champaign, please follow us on our Facebook page. We'll be increasing the Club's activity level on social media this year quite a bit.

Posted by Ken Gunji on Oct 29, 2013

ImageRotary Direct-Rotary's recurring giving program

Monthly - Quarterly - Annually Gift to the Rotary Foundation via your Credit or Debit Card

Rotary Direct Saves...

* Time - sign up once to give continuous support

* Money - Lower administrative costs means more money for programs

* Lives - Give to The Rotary Foundation to do good in the World

Click here to go to the  complete brochure on how to get started.


or go to the download section of the Clubrunner home page to download and print the brochure.

For Example, if you donate $10.00 to the Rotary Foundation every month via your Credit Card, at the end of the year you would have donated $120 and you would be a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member.

Please give your completed form in the brochure to Ken Gunji.



FIZZ Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter mailing list.

Click here to sign up!
Illinois Marathon Sponsored Cheering Station Apr 26, 2014
District Conference 2014 Hilton Garden Inn
May 03, 2014 - May 04, 2014
Mattis Avenue Cleanup May 10, 2014 08:00 AM
May Social will have a Mexican Theme! El Toro II
May 15, 2014 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Honoring our Presidents Cabos
Jun 26, 2014
Apr 10, 2014
by Stanley Herrin

Additional club Photo are found on Flikar.

Click for links

Oct 08, 2013
by Carl Burkybile

Currently Rotary clubs from Illinois, Louisiana and Kenya along with the help of NGO’s Caring for Kenya and Healing Hands International and a matching grant from Rotary International are completing a water distribution system for 3 wells that will bring clean water to 15,000 people in eastern Kenya. (Clik title for entire story) 

Jul 14, 2013
by William Malone
This is the text from an email we just received from Carl in Kenya.  What a fabulous project we have helped get going.
May 20, 2013
by wmalone2882

Wednesday May 15 at Centennial Interact initiation of 57 new members, they are well on their way. 

It was an honor for me to welcome them with Mr. Blood (Faculty Sponsor) and Todd Salen (Rotary Sponsor)  

These new potential Ambassadors of Goodwill now take on the challenge of leading us into a better era in our World!


Aug 26, 2013
by Steven Carter
The Project Planning Committee recommended that the Club contribute $2,500 to the Champaign Park Foundation for improvements to the Virginia Theater by becoming a sponsor of the Opening Night festivities. The Board of Directors approved the project and forwarded it to the WGRC Board, which decided to fund the request. Opening Night at the Virginia Theater featured comedy by Tony Clements, music by the Chorale, an interview with Coach Beckman by Brian Barnhart, dances by youth in the Park District dance program, music by Erika Harold, the Marching Illini, and a one act play "The Galloping Ghost Visits the Virginia." Several Rotarians were in attendance, including Honorary Member Lou Henson. The UI President, Chancellor, Athletic Director and Football Coach, and 15 senior football players enjoyed the program. Champaign Rotary was prominently featured in the printed program and on a large screen above the stage.
Sep 07, 2013
by Steven Carter
Champaign Rotary received a special "Thank You" for saying "YES" and providing $2,500 to be a sponsor of their Opening Night at the Virginia Theater. The contribution to the Parks Foundation was approved by the Club Board of Directors and then the WGRC, Inc. Board. Champaign Rotary received recognition before an audience of 850, including the UI President, Chancellor, Athletic Director and Football Coach, and many other community leaders and Rotarians. The event raised over $18,000 for continuing the Virginia Theater restoration.
Powered By Subgurim(http://googlemaps.subgurim.net).Google Maps ASP.NET