Community Service Continues During the Pandemic

 
Our Club members embrace Service Above Self - the motto of Rotary International. During the 2019-2020 Rotary Year, our club members contributed over 1,100 hours of community service for 40 projects. Six of those projects occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
  • In April, we launched Rotary’s Ultimate Food Fight, virtual games modeled after March Madness with teams named for foods. We donated the proceeds from the games to the Land of Lincoln Community Foundation-United Way COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund and to Titan Fuel to purchase food for food packing projects for hungry elementary students. Members also donated nonperishable items featured as the Food Fight teams to the Central Illinois Food Bank and Titan Fuel when we were able to gather outdoors at the end of June.
  • In April and May, our Club partnered with District 186 and Neuhoff Media on 96.7 BobFM (WCVS) to provide Storytime. The radio station recorded club members reading stories (first image above left) for presentation to pre-school through grade 2 learners and grade 3-5 students.
  • In May, Club members donated and packed personal protective equipment (second image above right) for the Springfield Police Department to provide to the homeless.
  • Club members installed flags for our Flag Service Project earlier in May to honor soldiers and also to recognize all the frontline health care and other essential workers who are working during the pandemic (see Flag Service Project story below).   
  • In May, Chatham Satellite Club members helped Clean the Village of Chatham (third image above centered).
  • In June, the Chatham Satellite Club partnered with Bickford of Springfield and participated in their Chalk the Walk for Father’s Day
We already launched our first project for the 2020-2021 Rotary Year. On July 15, Club members (image below) and other volunteers cleaned up brush and litter at the IMagicNation property in Springfield and donated books for the Little Library (constructed and donated by Club member Neal Miller) that will be installed there.  
 
If you like doing community service, please consider joining our club.