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Welcome to Urbana Rotary Club!

Urbana Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Clark-Lindsey Village
101 W. Windsor Road
Urbana, IL  61801
United States
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Mike Brunk, arborist with the City of Urbana explained the plan in city of Urbana for trees.
Urbana Rotarian Libby Tyler and her husband, Rob Olshansky, showed photos from their trip to Japan and Indonesia where they visited areas that had experienced natural disasters.
Larry Howell, District Governor, spoke on this year’s theme, “Making a Difference,” and Rotarians are “People of Action”. He talked primarily about the on-going efforts to rid the earth of polio and he requested donations for polio.
District Governor’s gift from the President Bob Rasmus — a basket of local fresh vegetables. The wagon is filled with Urbana Rotary club’s donations for polio. 
Mike Ross, Executive of Krannert talked about the 2017-2018 season.
Becky Rowe, manager of Europa House, sponsored by Betsy Hendrick, joined Urbana Rotary. President Bob Rasmus welcomed Becky.
Urbana Rotarian Joe Rank told us some of the history of band music at the University of Illinois.
Don White, Professor Emeritus, joined Urbana Rotary. He was sponsored by Anna Merritt and welcomed by President Bob Rasmus.
Urbana Rotarian Sam Smith discussed his experiences in Sierra Leone when he went over for the Kenema Water Well Project, co-partnered by our club with the Freetown Rotary and other groups.
Kenny Chumbley promoting the play, “The Green Children,” based on a children's book he wrote which will be presented Sept. 14 - 17 at Parkland.
Kenny Chumbley
Liz Wittrig
Sherrie Bowser
Paris Baldarotta, Executive of Urbana Business Association
Megan Casey - UBA
Sonya Darter, Executive Director, Spark Museum + Play Cafe in Lincoln Square.
Preview of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” presented by the Champaign Park District Thurs - Sat. at 7 p.m., and Sun. at 2 p.m., Aug. 3 - 6, at the Virginia Theatre. Pianist is Cheryl Forest Morganson and Trey Ball is Joseph (singer).
Diane Marlin, outgoing president pictured with James Quisenberry, President-Elect, Celeste  Choate, Vice President, and Tom Brown, Treasurer
President Bob Rasmus presented Rotary clock to Past President Diane Marlin. Bob gave highlights from Rotary International Conference in Atlanta.
Blood drive was announced in honor of Steve Shoemaker.
Brandon Boys (Economic Development Manager of the City of Urbana) joined Urbana Rotary Club. Brandon's sponsor is Libby Tyler.
Urbana Rotarian Phil Knox received Urbana Rotary Vocational Achievement Award at the May 16 meeting. The award is presented to an Urbana Rotarian who has accomplished outstanding achievements and service to his/her vocation. Phil has been actively involved the community in a variety of roles. He has been a Rotarian since 1972. Thank you so much for all you have done and continue to do for the area. Trust Phil!
Urbana Rotarians participating in Read Across America, a children’s reading festival held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10:00am to 1:00 pm at Lincoln Square in Urbana.
Linda Bauer and Libby Tyler
Betsy Hendrick, Stacey LaFeber, and Faruq Nelson
Betsy Hendrick and Faruq Nelson
Celeste Choate and Matt Metcalf
Urbana Rotary sent a check for $1,305 to United Way for the men's temporary winter shelter. Thanks to the generosity of the Club and to individual Club members.
On Monday, January 16, the Urbana Rotary Club and the Urbana High School Interact Club celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by having a Youth Commemoration and Day of Service. The youth organized an exciting musical and educational program for the morning and, following a lunch on site, and in the afternoon packaged food to benefit the Wesley Evening Food Pantry.
Urbana Rotarians participating include Don Owen, Matt Stark, Bob Rasmus, Debbie Rugg, Evelyn Underwood, Celeste Choate, Libby Tyler, and Erich Adickes.
Pictured below are some of the Urbana Rotarians who braved the cold weather to ring bells for the Salvation Army.
Diane Marlin
Skip Pickering
Tom Brown and David Sharpe
Debbie Day
Volunteers  distributed kindergarten readiness materials door-to-door in east Urbana under the leadership of United Way, Community Coalition, and CU Cradle to Career.  
Pictured above are Diane Marlin, Rebecca Guyette and son, Don Owen, Sallie Miller
Pictured above are Norsidah Saabin (Faruq’s wife) , Faruq Nelson, Don Owen
Pictured above are Diane Marlin and UIUC Rotaract members Jess Golden and Angelica Wozniak
Deb Rugg visits Northern Door County Rotary, Baileys Harbor, WI for a Wednesday breakfast meeting in September 2016 and Rotary club flags are exchanged.
Ramona Sullivan
Oct 24, 2017
Champaign County Public Defender's Office
Mayor Diane Marlin and Brandon Boys
Oct 31, 2017
Economic Development Successes in Urbana
Jennifer Neubauer
Nov 14, 2017
University of Illinois Alumni Association
Steven Benz
Nov 21, 2017
This season at the Virginia Theater
Dec 26, 2017
Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade
When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...
Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure
At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...
Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects
Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...