Champaign West Rotary Club 

Chartered on October 15, 1978

October 2015

Upcoming Club Events


Upcoming Programs

Oct 07, 2015
Club Assembly
CWR Committees meet
Oct 14, 2015
Dago Zelaya
Update on Children's Home in Azacualpa, Honduras
Oct 21, 2015
Dr. Sam Heads
Paleontology topics
Oct 28, 2015
DG Surinder Sethi
Visit by District Governor
Nov 04, 2015
Deborah Frank Feinen
Champaign Mayor
Nov 11, 2015
No regular meeting
All Rotary Veteran's One on One Luncheon
Nov 18, 2015
Mike Hirschi & Kevin Yonce
Rotary Foundation Month - opportunities
Nov 25, 2015
Kevin Ullestad
State Farm Center Renovations
Dec 02, 2015
Holly Stalcup
DIA Championship Event Management
Dec 09, 2015
Former U of I Pres. Bob Easter
Roadmap for Illinois Food and Agriculture
Dec 16, 2015
Anne Sautman
Krannert Art Museum
Dec 23, 2015
Nathan and Julie Gunn
Holiday Music and "Tales from the World Stage"
Dec 30, 2015
Guest President
CWR Trivial Pursuit
Jan 06, 2016
Jan 13, 2016
Chad Hoffman
Local Purchase Challenge program
Jan 20, 2016
Jon Rector
High speed Internet in Multi-family Housing
Feb 03, 2016
Kyle Galbraith
Carle Medical Ethics Program
Mar 02, 2016
Dr. Julia Whittington and her "feathered friends"
VetMed Wildlife Medical Clinic
Mar 09, 2016
Dr. Richard Godding- Christie Clinic
New Rotator Cuff surgery technique
Mar 23, 2016
May 04, 2016
Coach John Groce
Illini Basketball

Welcome to our Club -- Service Above Self!

Please join us on Wednesdays at 12:00 PM

Champaign West
Round Barn Convention Center
1900 Round Barn Rd
(Mattis & Springfield)
Champaign, IL  61821
United States


The Champaign West Rotary Club has joined with other area Rotary clubs to rehab a home for an area veteran and his family. Champaign West is providing both volunteers and a monetary donation to the project.  The goal is to complete the rehab so that the family can move in by Veteran's Day 2015.  The project is on schedule (maybe even a little ahead) and hopes are high that the family can move in earlier this fall!
Congratulations and Thank You!
Independent Stationers -- a National Office Products Cooperative -- recognized one of our local members and our club in their national newsletter.
Thank you all for being a great club!

On Thursday August 6, members of Champaign West gathered at Rogards in Champaign to stuff backpacks with school supplies. 

Nice article on Champaign West Rotary in the Tuesday April 28 News-Gazette!  Here is a link to their online edition:






I finished the first period and in the second [period] and finished five classes. Very soon I will have English classes. Thank you and God bless you friend I'm in college and thanks for all your help.

This is a greeting from Leonardo Montufar to everyone in Champaign West Rotary. Our Club has provided a scholarship for Leonardo Montufar, a (former) resident of the Children’s Home in Azacualpa Honduras with a scholarship to help him pay for college. He started classes in February and recently finished his first semester.

To Leonardo: You are very welcome! We are so glad you're in college, and we are honored to help with expenses. Work hard and do well in college!

The message comes via Debbie Hirschi, who continues to talk with Leonardo over email. Thank you, Debbie, for the update!


 I just returned home from a trip with several fellow Champaign West Rotarians to the Children’s Home in Azacualpa, Honduras.  This project began as an idea by Debbie Hirschi in 2005 for our club’s International service, and over the years we have been involved in various projects with the home and the Rotary neighborhood.  In addition to visiting the Children’s Home, we were able to watch fellow Rotarians fit 3 individuals with BUMP prosthetic arms.  To sum up the entire trip - it was so inspiring.   

What a treat - our club meeting was at the historic Virginia Theatre today.  Steven Bentz gave a background of the theatre since it was built in 1921.  Very interesting to hear about the stories of how the threate was built, how it got it's name, shows that have played at the theatre, and what has been involved in its restoration.  Champaign Park District has done a wonderful job of restoring the theatre.  Then the club was divided into 2 groups and a detailed tour Many Rotarians stated they thoroughly enjoyed the offsite meeting.   





A great time was had by everyone at the CWR visits Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch.  The weather was “Chamber” perfect and the various activities were fun.  Anita Broeren’s son, Stan and Chad Hoffman’s family were the only ones who found all 8 stations within the maze.  The hay ride was a hit, as well as the reindeer tour/feeding.   I think Paula Walters found her next pet!  J


Pictures from the day have been uploaded to clubrunner.  Go to the admin page, half way down on the left side is “edit photo albums”.   Click on that and then click the view button for Hardy’s pictures.




CWR Honduran Dinner

The CWR International Committee hosted a Honduran Dinner at the home of Mike and Debbie Hirschi’s home on Friday July 12.  The food was provided by the Mas Amigo’s taco truck and Jane Solon and Kevin Yonce served as bartenders for the margaritas.  Forty-seven (47) Rotarians and guests listened to Honduran radio streaming live from San Pedro Sula while dining in the garden on a beautiful evening.  After dinner, Mike Hirschi, gave a brief history of our club’s involvement in Honduras and what is planned for the future. 


Champaign West Rotary is ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things.

As a mentor associated with a local mentoring organization for the past 10 years, I have had the pleasure to interact with several young men that, for a variety of reasons, do not have a strong father figure in their lives.  One young man I have mentored for several years has not had a father at home for most of his life and, to make life more difficult, his mother has been in prison the majority of his life.  He and his three brothers currently live on their own in an apartment in Urbana.  The oldest has legal guardianship for his three younger brothers.



District 6490 Annual Conference

April 19 & 20, 2013

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Street
Normal, IL 61761

Follow <this link> to see information as it is added to the district site.


Register early now to receive the best rates and accommodations, and Let the Good Times Roll Again! Find out more about New Orleans, voluntourism, and more!


We have the best Rotary Club in the world! Read more about how dues and other club donations have supported the Champaign-Urbana community. We could not do this great work without your help! 


The New Futures Scholarship Campaign gives the children at the Ministerios de fe Vida Nueva Children’s Home in Azacualpa Honduras the opportunity to attend bilingual and vocational schools that they otherwise could not afford. Making these educational opportunities available will give them better opportunities in life and a new future.



Thank you your donation’s make a difference to the children of Honduras!


Thank you to the Champaign West Rotary Club! We raised just over $9,500.00 to support the Club's local community service and international service efforts. So again, thank you all!


The “Pickle” is one of our Club's popular outings, and is just one of the ways we have a great time giving back to others! We have donated $23,385 to the fight against cancer, with $12,400 of that directed directly to Glioblastoma research right here at Carle in the past two years.


The Rotary’s motto – Service Above Self – is a way of life for Rotarians.  And no one is a better example of ‘Service Above Self’ than our veterans

To promote active Rotary service, in 2011 Champaign West Rotary Club developed Veterans Day One on One, an invaluable program to honor our country’s service men and women.  Rotarians invite veterans to dinner to honor and pay tribute for their service providing an opportunity for Rotarians and those who served in our nation’s military to connect, express genuine appreciation, and share stories of their personal or loved ones’ experiences.  Soldiers are extraordinary, with the ability to influence and impact us all in incredible ways.


Thanks to all who attended the Ghost Train Fun!  There were some great costumes worn by Scott & Rita, Chris &  Emily, and Art! Fun was had by all as we enjoyed our family outing.  Hamburgers and hotdogs off the grill filled our belly's while hot choclate kept us warm.  No one got too scared on the train or in the box car...... This was our first time doing this event for Rotary and we are looking forward to next year.  A special thanks to our Ghost Train Committee: Laura, Jane, Art, and Eileen.




2012 Trip to Honduras Children’s Home

Champaign West Rotary members made a trip down to Honduras from November 14-18, 2012.  Rotarians Woody Chenault, Debbie Hirschi, Mike Hirschi and Kevin Yonce flew to San Pedro Sula and met with a Member of the SPS Rotary Club to discuss future plans between the two clubs.  Then on to the Children’s Home in Azacualpa, where we painted the cottage that Champaign West build for the home, we also planting 5 poinsettia plants at the Children’s Home to pay homage to the Champaign West Rotary’s Poinsettia Sales that helps raise money for our work at the Home and in the Azacualpa Community. 



On Saturday, October 15th, Champaign West Rotary volunteered at the Champaign Telephone Company's parking lot.  The Illinois vs. Ohio State football game spectator parking is always a hot commodity and the $1,505 in proceeds went directly to Crisis Nursery. 


CWR for years has held a golf outing, and our member Mike Dill was always instrumental in organizing this event. Hence the name the Pickle---Dill---Pickle---see the connection? Mike was also called "Pick" by several CWR members and friends.
We generally held this outing at the Lincolnshire Fields Country Club, where several CWR members are members.

      On September 29th 2011 Champaign West Rotarian Steve Gardner wins the Challenge and a Sprint HTC EVO View 4G Tablet!  Other Rotarians competed and worked the event to help raise awareness for our local Junior Achievement chapter and raise funds to help put on the challenge for local High School Students to participate in this coming Spring. 

Your purchase of a poinsettia from Champaign West Rotary will help fund the Club's local community service and international service efforts.  Champaign West Rotary poinsettias are nursery-fresh, 18"-20" tall, have 5-8 blooms, and come in your choice of red, white or pink.

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Director 2015-18
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