Club Information

Rotary Club of Champaign, IL

Champaign Rotary
We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
The Round Barn Conference Center
1900 Round Barn Road
Champaign, IL  61821
United States
District Site
Justin Spring, U of I Men's Gymnastics Coach
Jan 22, 2018
University of Illinois Gymnastics Program
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Director- President Elelect Nominee
Immediate Past President
Youth Exchange Officer
Youth Exchange Officer

Welcome from President Connie Walsh



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Riggs Beer Company
1901 S. High Cross Road
Urbana, IL 61802

Mini-tours for those interested at 5:30 & 6:00pm (max. 15 each)
Purchase your own drinks & food. (Piato’s food truck is scheduled.)
Live music 6:00-8:00pm

It is with great sadness we note the passing of long-time Rotarian and community servant Dave Lawrence on January 1, 2018. His life of service to Rotary, the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, the United Way, and others is recounted by friends and associates in his obituary and a feature article in the News-Gazette. Dave was laid to rest on January 6. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife Rhea and four children.

Photo by: Sandra Gorman/For The News-Gazette

Beginning January 8, Champaign Rotary meetings will be located at Round Barn Banquet Center located at 1900 Round Barn Road in Champaign.  The Hawthorne will undergo an extensive renovation that will include their banquet facilities.  The charge will be $10 at the door regardless of whether you are eating or not. 
The emergency winter shelter for men is operated by a new nonprofit organization , C-U Men's Shelter.  The nonprofit board includes members from several area churches, the Council of Service Providers to the Homeless, and United Way of Champaign County.  It operates  from November 20, 2017 to March 31, 2018 at New Covenant Fellowship Church in Champaign.  It can shelter up to 30 men and is open from 9:30 pm to 8:00 am daily.
Monday, December 18th
Bring your family!
Special music, a visit from Santa, and Christmas tie and sweater contests
Please RSVP to Marlys Scarbrough ( about children attending so that Santa knows how many gifts to bring.

Holiday Party for Rotarians & Significant Others

$5.00 for Food & Drinks
Thursday, December 7th
5:30-8:00 p.m.
 At the home of Eric & Donna Meyer
 1704 Sandcherry Court, Champaign

Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army Saturday Dec. 16

All area Rotary Clubs will be ringing bells at 18 locations on Saturday, December 16. Our Club is responsible for NINE locations. There is a large need in our community, with many families and individuals who are homeless, hungry or just getting by.  Club members are asked to sign up to ring the bell for 1 hour on December 16, and to bring cash or a check made out to the Salvation Army of Champaign County to our Club meeting on December 11. Our Captains and locations are:
Jim Acheson-Champaign Schnucks,356-0486
Sam Banks-Walgreens @Village at the Crossing , 799-0762
Tom Corum-Prairie Garden, 356-5365
Tom Costello-Urbana Walmart, 493-0539
Pat Kovar-Harvest Market, 493-5182
Dave Lawrence-Savoy Walmart, 359-4583
Scott Moe-Walgreens @Neil and Kirby, 359-9590
Janet Nelson-Value Check, 202-3898
Dan Wheatman-Savoy Schnucks, 373-0700
John Williamson-Hobby Lobby, 586-3230
Reason to ring the bell # 6: Help the most needy families in our community.
The cup committee presented a check to the Champaign-Urbana One-to-One Mentoring Program.  This program is a school-based mentoring program of the Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana District #116 Schools. Mentoring is about building relationships of trust between a young person and an adult for the purpose of providing support, encouragement and guidance.

Mentors are matched one-on-one with a student of their own gender when the student is in 3rd-7th grade. Mentors meet with their 'mentees' for one hour a week during the school day on school grounds. They may read together, play games, go for a walk, workout in the gym, discuss current events, work on a school project or just talk. Coordinators at each building help provide activity suggestions, training and support.

Mentors commit for one year at a time. Students who stay in the program through high school graduation receive a scholarship for continuing education funded by our community partner, the Mentoring Scholarship a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that works to both eliminate poverty housing around the world and to make adequate housing a matter of conscience and action. Habitat welcomes partners from any faith – or no faith tradition -which are willing to help improve the lives of families needing safe, affordable, decent housing.
Congratulations to all Rotarians achieving perfect attendance:
Kyle Robeson, Dave Lawrence, Jan Bahr, Carl Meyer, Connie Walsh, John Calderon, Scott Anderson,
Todd Salen, Ken Buel, Bill Malone, Jim Acheson, Steve Carter, Marilynne Davis, Jay Downey,
Marlys Scarbrough, Lott Thomas, Eric Meyer, Janet Ellis-Nelson, Shelly Romack, and Craig Rost.
Congratulations to the Students of the Quarter from Judah Christian School.  Recipients are:

Laura Krasa - Athletics

Ruth Zielke - Academics

Brendan Olauson - Activities

Betty Eisner is celebrating her 96th birthday on Nov. 21st.  She is pictured with her great granddaughter at Memorial Stadium in September.  Betty is the wife of Past President, Bob Eisner and Nancy Martin’s Mother. 
Congratulations to Central High School's Students of the Quarter:
  • Academics: Ms. Omer Barkan
  • Athletics: Ms. Mia Hayasaki
  • Activities: Ms. Lauran Miler
Come out and support Fall Carnival sponsored by Centennial's High School Interact Club.
When: Sunday, November 19
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: Centennial High School Gymnasium, 913 S. Crescent Drive, Champaign
There will be Ring Toss, Bingo, Bean Bag Toss, Bowling, Bozo Bucket Game, Cake Walk and more.
All proceeds go to The Rotary Foundation's PolioPlus Campaign.
View Flyer.

Austin's Place is the only emergency shelter for single women in Champaign County. Austin's Place operates solely on volunteer effort--from volunteers who stay overnight, transport guests, do laundry, make phone calls, advertise, collect donations, etc. Dedicated service meets significant needs and provides valuable support to all the guests that come through our doors.

Thank you Marc Changnon for sharing your inspiring story.
Marc contracted the polio virus following a family trip to Virginia when he was just 19 months old. He required a 6 week hospitalization followed by years of rehab.The growth of his left foot and leg was inhibited throughout his development. At age 40, he was diagnosed with post-polio syndrome, with ongoing nerve damage in his left foot. He started wearing a leg brace in 2009 which helps with basic mobility, but cannot be as active as he was in his youth.
Marc's energy and drive are unaffected and he continues to inspire others as a motivational speaker.
Thank you for your time and service to "End Polio".  We had several club members come and give of their time collecting donationations and "Making Our Dream REAL". 
Thank you to the committee for organizing one of our largest service events this year.
The Veterans Day One-on-One program is planned and organized by a joint committee of CU area Rotarians and is an opportunity for all local Rotarians to invite a veteran to join them as their guest for lunch and entertainment. 
Please consider joining all of the Champaign-Urbana based Rotary clubs in honoring and thanking area veterans for their service to our country.  Event details include:
- Location: Champaign Hilton Garden Inn
- Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Friday, November 10, 2017 (Program begins at 11:30)
- Keynote Speaker, Lt. Col. Matt Shortal, USMC, UI graduate in Accountancy, and former TOPGUN Instructor and Navy Blue Angel pilot.
- Tickets: $20.00/person, available online at:
Please secure your tickets early.

Honored to Help with Relief Effort in Florida

I made a call to the Placida Rotary Club in Florida where I attend make-up meetings when I’m in Florida to determine the damage from Hurricane Maria. They told me our area was spared, but in Le High and Estero the devastation was horrible. They connected me with the Next Level Church in Ft. Myers, which was acting as a liaison station, dispatching volunteers to areas where help was needed. I told them I was willing to come down on behalf of my Rotary Club in Champaign, Illinois with my van loaded with anything they needed. They requested that I bring tarps or heavy plastic and some mini generators to power air compressors in the field. I put the word out that Monday at our club, and many Rotarians gave me money to get started. I also had several Rotarians come to my home with tarps and an 8500w generator. The response was overwhelming as my vehicle was loaded from end to end! I had to stop people from giving because I could not fit more in my van. My journey to Florida took 22 1/2 hours, due to the remaining waters from Hurricane Maria and families making their way back into Florida. When I finally arrived, I was overwhelmed with 3,000 volunteers that had already assembled from Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis, churches, schools, and governments from afar to help those in need. The Next Level Church was prepared and organized in dispatching groups to needed areas. I was connected to a minister from Le High Acres, who was an experienced roofer and served as our foreman. Two Rotarians from Ft. Myers and two college students joined our team. With the supplies from Champaign Rotary and others in our Champaign area, we used tarps to cover twelve houses in four days. It was hot, and it was painful, but we gave and kept giving until we were finished. I was blessed to be hugged by many people, with tears in their eyes, who lost so much. I thank God for allowing me to be there to help! This “priceless” reward is imbedded in my heart and can never be taken away.

More photos are on the Champaign Rotary Facebook page.

The passing of longtime and distinguished Rotarian Ken Gunji on September 30, 2017 is noted with great sadness. As reported in the News-Gazette, a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. October 7, at the I Hotel Chancellor Ballroom, 1900 S. First St., Champaign. The family will greet friends after the service until noon. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests memorial donations to WGRC Inc., the Foundation for the Rotary Club of Champaign, Prairielands Council Boy Scouts of America, or the Champaign Public Library Foundation.

President Connie recognized Ashley Dye as Rotarian of the Month of September for her service to the Cup Committee. Thank you, Ashley!