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Riverbend Rotarian Eric McRoy

Eric McRoy - Riverbend Rotary Member Spotlight

February 12, 20242 min read

Eric McRoy

Riverbend Rotary Member Spotlight: Eric McRoy

This month’s Rotarian Spotlight is Eric McRoy, recently retired (sort of!) after he sold his family business in 2021, AdVantage News. After a brief retirement, Eric is once again helping small businesses with marketing through his new company,

A native of the Riverbend area, Eric proudly calls this community his lifelong home. After graduating from Roxana High School in 1985, he attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), where he met his wife, Leigh Ann. They transferred and graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), with Eric receiving a bachelor’s in Marketing and Advertising. Both being 'only children,' they cherished the unique bond they shared and later welcomed their own "only child," Drew, into the world. Continuing the family tradition, Drew has married an 'only child,' adding another chapter to their family's unique, yet sparse, story.

For Eric, Rotary is about discovering ways to make a real impact in our neighborhood. "It's amazing how it opens up so many chances to volunteer locally – opportunities I might have never stumbled upon otherwise," he says. He notes that Rotary is more than just being part of a club: It's about being active in our community, understanding its needs and having the chance to contribute.

 “That's the beauty of Rotary for me – it's like a gateway to making meaningful changes right where it matters most."

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If you're interested in making a real difference in our community, join the Riverbend Rotary Club and become part of a dedicated team of volunteers committed to positive change. If you have a cause close to your heart, we also provide a platform for you to share and promote it. Engage with us, share your passion, and together, let's amplify the impact!

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What is Rotary?

You've certainly heard about it, but do you really know what is ROTARY? There are several chapters around your neighborhood.

Riverbend Rotary

Our commitment to making a difference extends beyond our local community to create lasting change on a global scale.

We are proud to be part of international efforts, such as END POLIO NOW, which showcases the power of collaboration and dedication in achieving shared goals.

However, our most significant impact

is felt right here in the Riverbend area, where our passion for service and community development is truly transformative.

Our club members work tirelessly to champion local causes, support community projects, and drive sustainable initiatives that enrich the lives of our neighbors.

From mentoring youth and promoting education to fostering environmental stewardship and addressing social challenges, Riverbend Rotary is a catalyst for positive change.

We invite you to join us in our mission to create a brighter future for our community and the world, one project at a time.


About Rotary District 6460

The Rotary motto: Service Above Self. Rotary, the world’s first service club organization, is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders.

Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary District 6460 contains Rotary clubs that serve west central Illinois in the United States of America.


Riverbend Rotary Packs Nutritious Meals for Hungry Children in Nicaragua

Shred Day

Safeguarding Identities and Supporting Our Community through Secure Document Disposal

Caring for
Our Community

Riverbend Rotary Members Beautify Local Homes by Tidying Yards and Landscapes

Ringing in the
Spirit of Giving

Riverbend Rotary Members Support the Salvation Army's Mission to Transform Lives

Started from the vision of one person.


Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000.


1.4 million friends, neighbors, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Just A Little Help Can Make Big Difference

1.2 million

There are over 36,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas worldwide, with approximately 1.2 million members.

$4 Billion

The Rotary Foundation, which supports Rotary's humanitarian and educational programs worldwide, has invested over $4 billion in life-changing, sustainable projects since it was founded in 1917.

$2.1 Billion

Rotary in the USA has played a key role in the global effort to eradicate polio, with Rotary members contributing over $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the cause.

Rotary International's Unwavering Mission: Eradicating Polio and Empowering a Polio-Free World.

Rotary International has been at the forefront of the global fight against polio for over three decades, working tirelessly to eradicate this devastating disease.

Through strategic partnerships with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary has made remarkable strides in immunization efforts, reaching millions of children in even the most remote corners of the world.

Since launching the PolioPlus program in 1985, Rotary International and its partners have helped to reduce polio cases by 99.9%, saving countless lives and preventing lifelong disabilities.

The continued dedication and support of Rotary members worldwide are crucial in achieving a polio-free world, ensuring that future generations can live without the fear of this debilitating disease.

Join us in our unwavering commitment to end polio once and for all, and be part of a global movement that is truly transforming lives and making history.