Centennial & Club Projects

The Rotary Club of Carbondale is  100 years old!

The Rotary Club of Carbondale was founded on May 1, 1920, so we are celebrating our 100 year old event!

Our Centennial Year has been an awesome year!

Our Centennial Event was held on May 1, 2021 – here is the video of the event: 

Our Centennial year project – 100 Little Things – continues forward.

Details on the 100 Little Things Project – Why do one thing when we can hundreds of little things!

Random acts of kindness can happen when like-minded Rotarians work together. Our “100 Little Things” will focus on the seven (7) Rotary Areas of Focus. We will collect items in need and distribute within our community. We will also help by volunteering where help is needed.

The Champion listed is the Club Rotarian leading the project for our club. So what are we doing, here is the current list: (updated June 23, 2021)

SERVICE PROJECTS COMPLETED during the Centennial year

1)Project Boys and Girls SOCKS – 100 pairs of socks –Boys and Girls Club of Southern ILL Champion – Rick Morse

2)Operation Arrowhead – donate firewood to local campsites – Champion Shane Hermetz

3) operation Energize SIH – Donation of Snacks to SIH Healthcare workers – Champion Cindy Buys/Jill Gobert

4) Operation Protector  – Face Masks – locally – SIH, local nursing homes – Champion – various Rotarians

5) Operation Promise for Haiti – 100 MASKS – Internationally – Promise for HAITI – Champions – Ella Lacey/ Pam Umlauf Brown

6) Operation mask Carbondale – 100 MASKS – LOCAL – MASK CARBONDALE & ROTARY THEMED Masks – Champions – Shane Hermetz & Harvette Grey

7)Operation Shield – 100 PPE – face shields – SIH/ VA – Champion – Shane Hermetz/Nathan Hermetz

8) Operation Sweet Tooth – 100 toothbrushes, dental floss, combs, razors, etc – SIU Dental – Champion – Faith Miller

9) Operation Full Belly – 100 meals – Deliver meals to friends in need – Carbondale Warming Center – Champions – All Rotarians help fund this project, lead Champion – Gail White

10) Operation Dirty Laundry – 100 loads of Laundry – assist Carbondale Laundry Project – Champion – Cindy Buys

11) Operation First Nation – 100 MASKS – First Nation – Native Americans (Navajo, Apache, Pueblo) – New Mexico – Project Champion – Rick Morse

12) Operation Pencil Pusher – 100 pencils – school supply donation – champion- Rick Morse 

13) Project Happy Holidays – 100 holiday cards to active military soldiers – Champion is Faith Miller 

14)Operation Be Counted – 100 COUNTED – Assist with the 2020 Census – Champion – Carl Flowers 

15) Operation Rock the VOTE – 100 new voters – Voter Drive – assist 100 people with registering to Vote – Champion – Carl and Linda Flowers

16)Operation Empty Beer Can – 100 aluminum cans – recycling of collected cans – COMPLETED – Various Rotarians

17)Project Crayon –  100 Crayons – basic box of crayons for pre-K and Kindergarten children – Champion – Rick Morse

18) Operation Drop Off – 100 Senior Meals Delivered – local area – Gayla Borgognoni

19) Operation Stack – 100 Shelves – provide shelving units to the Carbondale Warming Center – Various Rotarians – Gail White, Ed Reeder, Shane Hermetz, Rick Morse, Carl Flowers

20)Project Adopt a Spot –  100 Pieces of Trash – volunteer and pickup trash – Spring – Adopt a Spot Cleanup – Champion – Pam Umlauf Brown

21) Operation Red Tomato – 100 Tomatoes – donation of fresh tomatoes to local agencies in need. Champion – Brooke Guthman

22) Operation Daisy – 100 Kids Cards – cards of encouragement to children’s hospitals – Champion is Cindy Buys 

23) Operation Happy Veggie – 100 Veggies – Donation of fresh tomatoes and other veggies to the Carbondale Warming center – Champion – Shane Hermetz

24) Operation Hot Pepper – 100 Peppers – Donate fresh bell and banana peppers to local agencies in need – Champion – Shane Hermetz

25)Operation We Serve – 100 hours of community service – various projects – Multiple Rotarians

26)Project TEE Shirts – PROMISE for HAITI Project – collection of shirts, cut to masks, and ship to Haiti – Champion – Ella Lacey

27) Operation Clean Butt –  100 Rolls of toilet paper – Perry/Jackson County Child Advocacy Center – Champion – Gayla Borgogonini

28) Operation Child Protector – 100 Children’s masks – Perry/Jackson County Child Advocacy Center Project – Champion – Gayla Borgogonini

29) Project Pears – donate over 100 pears to a local food pantry – Champion – Shane Hermetz

30) Project Red Apples – donate fresh fruits to schools and food pantries –  Champion Gil Kroening & Nic Skovgaard

31) Operation People Colors –  100 Crayons – PEOPLE COLORS crayons project – Champions – Pam Umlauf Brown and Ella Lacey

32)Project Clean River – 100 pieces of trash – Adopt a Creek/River – local river area trash pickup – Completed – Grand Tower Pickup  Champion is Shane Hermetz/ Sarah Heyer

33) 100 bike helmets to children – Champion – Ginger Murray.

34)Project  Thank You –  cards for Veterans on Veterans Day –Champion is Faith Miller.

35) Operation Candy Corn – 100 Pieces of candy – send Halloween candy to Active Military – Champion – Shane Hermetz

36) Operation Vampire – 100 pints of blood – Red Cross Blood Drive – Champion – Gail White

37) Project NO Polio – 100 Polio Vaccinations – raise money to cover 100 vaccinations – Champion – Jim Grant

38) Project JUNK – 100 electronic items recycled – recycle old electronic devices – Champion – Brooke Guthman

39) Operation Shredder – paper and cardboard recycling – Champion – Brooke Guthman

40) Operation dead battery – battery recycling – Champion – Brad Austin

41) Operation Darkness – light bulb recycling – Champion – Brad Austin

42) Operation Spray Can – spray paint can recycling – Champion – Brad Austin

43) Operation CLEAN – over 100 dental checkups – Champion – Faith Miller

44) Project THANKS – 100 Veterans Cards – Honor Flight Project – Champion – Faith Miller

45) Project RSVP SI – 100 Holiday Cards for Veterans – RSVP SI Project – Champion – Faith Miller

46)Project CAN FOOD –  100 cans/ 100 lbs of food – Food Drive donations Champion is Rick Morse

47) Project Empty Bag – Donation of carry bags – Perry/Jackson County Child Advocacy Center – Champion – Gayla Borgogonini

48) Project SPEAK UP –   discuss World Peace and topics of important in our local community – Carbondale Library web series – Pam Brown/Ella Lacey

49) Operation – I CAN SEE – collect and donate eyewear – Lion Clubs Partnership project –  Champion- Faith Miller

50) Operation STAMP – donate postage stamps – Stamps for Wounded Project – Champion – Shane Hermetz

51) ‘Operation SANTA’ – donate toys to TOYS FOR TOTS – Champion is Gayla Borgogonini. 

52) OPERATION WARMTH – Donate Coats for children

53) Operation Kids – 100 volunteer hours with the Boys and Girls Club – Champion is Ginger Murray

54) Operation Penny POWER – collect and Donate 100 pennys – Foundation Wishes project

55) Operation GROW TALL – Plant trees in Southern Illinois –  Champions – Shane Hermetz & Nic Skovgaard

56) Mission DING DING – Assist Salvation Army  – Bell Ringers – Champion – Gilbert Kroening

57) MISSION SNACK TIME – delivery of snack items to the Carbondale Warming Center

58) PROJECT MENTOR – mentor high school and college students as that progress with higher education

59) OPERATION GROW ROTARY – launch a Satellite Club in a neighboring Community

60) Operation FOOTWEAR – donate pairs of shoes –  Champion – Shane Hermetz 

61) Operation WARM TOES – Donation of Socks to local organizations – Faith Miller

62) Operation CLEAN PLATE – Donation of plates to Carbondale Warming Center – Ella Lacey

63) Operation Empty Cup – Donation of disposable cups to Carbondale Warming Center – Ella Lacey

64) Operation Flashlight – Donation of over 100 flashlights to friends and neighbors in need – Sharon Harris Johnson

65) Operation Hat – Donation of over 100 hats to local friends and neighbors in need – Shane Hermetz

66) Operation Safety Trigger – collect and Donate gun Safety locks – joint project with MOMS DEMAND ACTION – Sharon Lorinskas

67) Project APPLE DUMPLING – prepare and cook Apples for a local Community Project – Aur Beck

68) Project STRIDE – various Rotarians collect and donate funds to raise Cancer awareness (American Cancer Society) project – Various Rotarians

69) Project TRASH – organize and collect trash in a neighboring community – Johnston City project – Shane Hermetz

70) Project SPRINGTIME – plant springtime flowers – Cindy Buys

71) Project BIG STEPS – walk/run event- virtual event to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research – Champion is Faith Miller

72) Project VACCINE – Assist getting friends and neighbors to locations to receive the COVID-19 vaccine – various Rotarians

73) Operation Spring-Clean may2021 – Adopt a Spot Cleanup on May 8 2021 – Pam Brown/Jerry Molumby

74) Operation Vampire – Round 2 – another record setting collection of Blood drives – Red Cross – Brooke Guthman/Gail White

75) Project Harvey – create of the Harvey Welch memorial scholarship program – Rick Morse/Kristine McGuire/Jerry Molumby

76) Operation Book Donation – donation of 100 books – Shane Hermetz

77) Operation blanket – collect and donate blankets – Rick Morse

78) Operation Flashlight #2 – collect and donate another 100 flashlights – Sharon Harris Johnson

79) Operation Cookie – donate cookies during Red Cross Blood Drive events – Brooke Guthman

80) Operation Save a Life – CPR and First Aid Training – Brooke Guthman

81) Operation – Rural trash – cleanup trash along a rural country area – Shane & Valoree Hermetz

82) Operation Sanitize – donate hand sanitizer to people in need – various Rotarians

83) Operation Mostaccioli – joint project with Unitarian Fellowship for meals at the  Carbondale Warming center – Jerry Molumby

84) Mission Furniture – Collection and donation of household furniture for the Carbondale Warming Center – Jerry Molumby

85) Operation Hygiene – collect and donate over 100 feminine hygiene products – Carbondale Women’s Center Project – Cindy Buys.

86) Operation Color with Pencils – collect and donate over 100 colored pencils – Carbondale Women’s Center project – Cindy Buys.

87) I Can Read 2021 – read to children weekly – Ella Lacey

88) Project BRIGHT FLOWER – planting of over 100 perennial bulbs at the SIH Cancer Institute. Gayla Borgognoni 

89) Project Blueberry – donation of blueberries to various pantries – Shane Hermetz

90) Project CLEAN – collect and donate over 100 toiletry items – Southern IL Immigrant Rights\Shawnee Farmer Worker Program project – Cindy Buys

91) Project Chemical Cleanup – properly collect and dispose of over 100 unwanted chemical containers – Jackson County Health Project – Shane & Valoree Hermetz

92) Project Women’s Center – Collect and donate over 100 feminine hygiene products to the Carbondale Women’s Center – Faith Miller

93) Operation Dental – collect and donate dental supplies – SIU Dental Project Faith Miller

94) Project Clean Shirt – collect funds to assist with laundry services for citizens in need – Cindy Buys

95) Project Strawberry – donate fresh strawberries to local food pantry – various Rotarians

96) Operation Bow Tie – Donation of Ties and clothing – Various Rotarians

97) Operation Hanger – collect and donate over 100 clothing Hangers to Carbondale Warming Center – Julian Pei

98) Project PONG – donation of 100 ping pong balls to the Carbondale Warming Center – Pam Brown

99) Operation Brush – donation of another 100 toothbrushes to the Carbondale Warming Center – Pam Brown

100) COMING SOON!!!!!

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If you are interested in helping out, we would love to have your assistance.

Start by contacting us via email. Then we can arrange a drop off location and time. This method is necessary until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. After the restrictions are lifted, donations can be drooped off at our regular Rotary club meetings – Noon Wednesday.

email us at: rotaryclubofcarbondaleIL@gmail.com if you want to help!

Hope to see you soon….