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'I didn't do anything special'

URBANA — Myrtle Slater doesn't think her story is worth telling, and she definitely doesn't think it's worth an award.

"I didn't do anything special," she says.

The way she tells it, she's just an 85-year-old woman who raised five children and was lucky enough to help a few people in the process.

"I just did what anyone else would've done," she says.

Spotlight on Service, April 19, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Exchange Club of Mattoon

About the club

President: Laura Seils

Origin: Chartered in 1976

Meets: 7 a.m. Wednesdays at Pagliacci's Restaurant

Scouts work was bridge to new career for honoree

CHAMPAIGN — When Emmie Fisher graduated from James Madison University with a degree in music more than 30 years ago, she had no idea her title would one day be president/CEO of a software company.

Openings for music teachers were scarce then, she said, so she went in search of whatever she could find.

For the retirees, April 17-24, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Weekend planner: Honoring Austin Cloyd's memory by working

Put on a work T-shirt and do something good today. Austin Cloyd's favorite saying was: "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. And if everyone does something, then together we can change the world."

Health Care Consumers honoring UI senior

CHAMPAIGN — Whether she's practicing moves in the basement of Krannert Center for her contemporary dance classes or helping Medicare beneficiaries access vital health resources, Ellie Fujimoto has one end goal in mind: wellness.

Spotlight on Service, April 12, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Hands 4 Paws

About the club

President: Nancy Snook

Origin: The club formed in 2006 with the goal of raising enough money to build an independently run animal shelter in Douglas County.

Chelsey Byers/Family Life: A tip of the cap to families

This week I would like to focus on children and parenting and do so in a twofold way. I would first like to share some protective factors that decrease the likeliness of child abuse in honor of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month and then bring awareness to the Week of the Young Child.

For the retirees, April 10-17, 2016

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Training begins this month for new CASA volunteers

URBANA — The Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates program is in need of volunteers to speak up for the more than 350 abused and neglected children in Champaign County Circuit Court.