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About Skelton Park:
- Obtained in 1991
- Acres: 1.4
- Donors: License agreement with City of Champaign
- Pocket Park
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Art Skelton History:
“President of Champaign Rotary ’56-57;, Arthur J. (for Jones) Skelton didn’t just work at Rotary those two years–he’s been working for WGRC and RI since 1947. He joined Rotary the same day as Chuck Petry and Scott Kelley, each one an Additional Active in his father’s classification. Maurice Skelton, who originally joined Rotary in Urbana in 1927, had brought his family back to Champaign after having a drug store in Gas City, Indiana.
Art graduated from U of I during WWII in marketing. He was a member of ROTC, Scabbard & Blade, Caisson Club and Sigma Chi. Already married and a father, he joined the army and served three and one-half years. Then he went to work as a druggist and became a Rotarian.
Art’s dedication to Rotary was such that in 1959, he became the Club’s third District Governor. He was just 37–the third youngest District Govedrnor in the world that year. He attended 10 straight RI Conventions, from tokyo to Switzerland, and 13 in all–more than any other RI committee member and co-chairman. In March he’ll be RI President Hodges’ personal representative at a Rotary District Conference in Kentucky.”
[Art’s devotion to Rotary continued. After serving on various international committees, he was the Nominating Committee’s choice to be RI director from Zone 3. In all, Art estimates he has represented RI presidents to at least 18 district conferences in this country and abroad. Appropriately, Art became the Club’s first Paul Harris Fellow. He served many terms as Club Secretary, and in 1979 became Champaign Rotary’s first and only Executive Secretary. He is known throughout the district as “Mr. Rotary.”]
“Art Skelton.” Champaign Rotary Club: The Story, 1916-2001, Champaign Rotary Club, Champaign, IL, 2001, pp. 102–103.