The Jacksonville Rotary Club has recently honored an area woman for her extensive community service by naming her a Paul Harris Fellow.
Lilliana Costa was presented with a certificate, pin and medallion last week by Rotarians Helen and Ernie Downey, who spoke of Costa’s selfless support of humanitarian causes in the Jacksonville community since the 1970s.
Costa served on the founding boards of the Youth Attention Center (now Midwest Youth Services) and the Women’s Crisis Center, now known as the Crisis Center Foundation.
Costa received other humanitarian awards in 2006 and has either served on or is currently serving on the boards of eleven different organizations. She’s a member of Amnesty International and ACLU.
Costa is currently involved with the Latino Community Tutoring Program. The Jacksonville Rotary Club presented a donation to the program earlier this year, and the money was used to purchase books for English language learners and Illinois College student-tutors.
The Paul Harris Fellowship, named for the founder of Rotary, is an honor established by the Rotary Foundation in 1957 to honor individuals who, though not necessary members of Rotary, carry out objectives that exemplify the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.