CHARLESTON -- Amanda Beals, one of the Charleston Rotary Club’s newest members, recently presented an impromptu mini-biography.

Originally from Monticello, Beals moved to Charleston to attend Eastern Illinois University, where she originally majored in accounting. While attending Eastern she came to know the Rotary Club while working as a server for What’s Cookin’, which caters the weekly meeting meals. Her exposure to Rotary sparked her interest in joining, and also helped redirect her studies due to meeting and working with Rotarian Craig Cunningham. She is now a financial adviser and likes helping people.

Beals is interested in community service. In addition to activities with Rotary, she is a Big Brothers/Big Sisters volunteer, a member of Mattoon Emerging Leaders, and volunteers at the Aikman Wildlife Adventure animal park in Douglas County.

The Charleston Rotary Club meets at noon on Tuesdays in the Rotary Room of the Charleston Public Library. The club’s local service has been on youth. Charleston Rotary provides “I Like Me” books to all first-grade students in the Charleston school district, presents leadership awards to Jefferson Elementary School students, sponsors the Charleston High School Interact Club, offers a $1,000 yearly scholarship to CHS graduates attending EIU and sponsors Rotary Youth Exchange students.

In addition, the club is partnering with the Excellence in Education Foundation to provide technology equipment to kindergarten, sixth grade and high school classes.

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