Rotary began in 1905, the vision of Paul Harris, an attorney in Chicago who saw a need to connect people of different vocations with a shared vision of service above self.

Rotary has three branches: Rotary Clubs, The Rotary Foundation, and Rotary International (RI).

Clubs are grouped into districts to make local administration easier. There are over 500 districts throughout the world, with a range of between 45-60 clubs each. Each district is led by a Governor, who is assisted by other officers. The annual District Conference emphasizes fellowship and a chance to share ideas, as well as a place to conduct District business.

Annually, RI holds an international convention offering an opportunity for Rotarians from all over the world the opportunity to connect and learn about the incredible work happening and needs across the globe. A different host city is selected each year.

Effingham Rotary - Over 100 Years of Service

In 2020, Effingham Noon Rotary celebrated our centennial anniversary. Click below to learn more about our Club History!

District 6490

District Governor Connie Walsh

Connie Walsh joined the Rotary Club of Champaign in 1998 and has enjoyed being an active part of numerous Club committees over the years. She was Club President in 2017-2018, Club Foundation President in 2010-2011, Rotarian of the Year 2010-2011, and has over 21 years of Perfect Attendance.  Connie is a Paul Harris Fellow +6 and a member of the Paul Harris Society.  She is a graduate of the Rotary Leadership Institute.

Connie and her husband Pat live in Champaign and have a combined family of four children and 11 grandchildren.  Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling, golf & reading.