Monday, April 19, 2010

Carterville Rotary Trash Pickup

We had an awesome turnout for our Trash Pickup on April 12th. It was record attendance for the club in helping clean up our community. Thanks for everyone that came out!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Prom/Party Dress Sale

A quick announcement to all Carterville Rotary members:

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Busy Month for Carterville Rotary

Carterville Rotary was busy in the month of September. First, we're excited to welcome two new members to the group: Bob Fuller and Jonathan Mitchell. We're always pleased to accept new members to the Rotary family.

We were also treated by a visit from the Illinois Baptist Disaster Team. They brought by their "Disaster Van" which was neat to see.

Lastly, we were involved in the annual Carterville Free Fair parade. Many members came out to pass out balloons, suckers, and Rotary stickers to the Carterville public. The weather couldn't have been any more perfect.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Carterville Rotary Club Shelter Box Arrives!

It looks as if Carterville Rotary's Shelter Box has arrived to its destination in the Phillipines. Starting as the brainchild of one Rotarian with the support of his Rotary club in year 2000 – ShelterBox has grown to become the largest Rotary Club project in the 100 year history of the organization.

Rotarian support currently contributes an estimated 50% of ShelterBox donations. Around 5,000 rotary clubs worldwide have supported ShelterBox since it was launched.

Recognizing this worldwide support from the Rotary community, ShelterBox was designated as a Global Rotary Club Project in 2009. Logos with this designation will now appear on all ShelterBoxes, tents, blankets and ancillary materials.

You can learn more about the ShelterBox project at their website here.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Fund Rasing Yard Sale

The Fund Raising Yard Sale we had for Baylen Earls raised an impressive $1116! Baylen will be traveling to Mexico to study abroad coming this August. Thanks to the efforts of the Carterville Rotary members and Woman's Life, Baylen will be able to enjoy this unique and exciting experience. Good Luck Baylen!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Gumdrop's, NFP comes to Carterville Rotary

What is Gumdrop's NFP? We are a non-profit organization that provides a backpack with child-friendly foods to at-risk children for the weekends in southern Illinois. This program began January 2008 in the Carterville School System. The first drop provided backpack for 12 kids. By the end of the school year, we were delivering 64 backpacks. In January 2009, we were able to extend the backpack program to the Herrin School District. In both school systems, we are now feeding 200 backpacks a week to these at-risk children. As additional funding comes available, we will be expanding those backpack program to other school districts throughout southern Illinois.

How can you help?

There are a number of ways to help. Volunteer - Your time to assemble the backpacks and other miscellaneous jobs at our facility located at

118 Elles Avenue,
Carterville, Illinois
Behind the new bridal shop.

Monetary donations - Payable to Gumdrop's NFP.

Food donations -
Drop at point at 118 Elles Avenue, Carterville, Illinois, or give Ron or Amy a call, and we can come by and pick up the food. Ron Simpson - cell, 618-319-3829. Amy Simpson - cell, 618-319-3828, or at home, 618-985-4159.

Or visit our web site at

A list of their needed items:

  • - Granola Bars
  • - Pop Tarts
  • - Apple Sauce
  • - Pudding Packs
  • - Jello Packs
  • - Cereal Bars
  • - Fruit Cups
  • - Trail Mix
  • - Oatmeal
  • - Cheese and Crackers
  • - Peanut Butter and Crackers
  • - Small Cereal Bowls or Mini-Boxes
  • - Raisins
  • - Vienna Sausages
  • - Goldfish Packages
  • - Beans and Franks
  • - Packaged Meats
  • - Can Fruits

Monday, May 4, 2009

Carterville Student To Study Abroad

We had a special visitor last week at Carterville Rotary. Baylen Earles, who is our Outbound Exchange student who is heading to Mexico. Baylen stopped by to tell us a little about himself and express his gratitude to Carterville Rotary for making this experience a reality. We wish Baylen good luck!
Fundraising Yard Sale
To help with the expenditures of his travel, Carterville Rotary will be partnering with Woman's Life and hosting a Yard Sale.

When: Saturday, June 6, 2009, 8:00 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Where: First Baptist Church Parking Lot (on Division St).

Why: This is a fundraiser to support Baylen Earles (pictured above), our Outbound Exchange student to Mexico

How can you help?

Bring things that can be sold at the sale:

  • Clothing-adult, child, baby
  • Appliances, in good working condition
  • DVD's, CD's
  • Books
  • Tools
  • Decorating accessories
  • Jewelry
  • Etc.
Bring in a box labeled "Rotary/Woman's Life Yard Sale" to the House of Busifingers, 1101 S. Division, at any time after May 13th. If no one is there, just leave it on the front porch.

Also needed:
tables or plywood sheets on sawhorses
canopy ( 10 x 10 or larger)

Most important- we need helpers to set up and help man the sale.

Questions? Call Carl Cottingham, 618-521-0742 or 618-985-3354.