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Geneva Rotary is a service club of business owners, executives and community leaders.  The club has weekly breakfast meetings with guest speakers and opportunities for networking.  There are also many club social events each year.  Geneva Rotary service projects include: Holiday Party for disabled adults;  community service projects and Rotary service trip to Guatemala. Geneva Rotary provides scholarships to local students for college or technical school; supports Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp for high school students and sponsors Rotary Youth exchange students.  In addition Geneva Rotary also helps support many  local charities and non profit groups with grants. Potential new members are always welcome at Geneva Rotary, learn more at www.genevarotary.org 

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April 2018
Club Information

Geneva Rotary a service club for business owners, executives, professionals and community leaders


Making Our Community and Our World a Better Place

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Riverside Receptions
35 North River Lane
Courtyard entrance
Geneva, IL  60134
United States
District Site
Venue Map
Club Assembly
May 01, 2018
Swedish Days, other topics
Joe Brand Kane County Cougars Radio
May 08, 2018
Kane County Cougars - Tri City Rotary hosted by Geneva club
need program
May 22, 2018
need program
May 29, 2018
Ross Spencer - Shelter Box USA
Jun 05, 2018
Emergency shelter and supplies for disaster areas
club assembly
Jun 12, 2018
upcoming Swedish Days
Swedish Days recap
Jun 26, 2018
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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  (RYLA)  camp for high school students is a long time program of Rotary District 6440  and supported by the district clubs.   6  Geneva High students attended this year and 3 St Charles High students as well.  This overnight camp held twice each spring  includes team building, leadership skills, motivational speakers, activities and a  lot of fun.   3 of the RYLA camp students spoke to the club about  their camp experience at Geneva Rotary’s April 24 2018 meeting.  
Photos   -  Tom Antonson  with father Jeff;  Hayden McCoy and Kailin McCoy with their mother Tricia and RYLA facilitator Phong Saad
Peg Coker of Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley  spoke to Geneva Rotary at its April 17 meeting.  Literacy Volunteers  serves  dozens of local residents each year seeking to improve their language skills and to better assimilate to life in central Kane County.  Literacy Volunteer tutors  who receive  training  from the organization  typically work with students directly for 1 hour per week.    http://www.lvfv.org/      Geneva Rotary  is a long time supporter  of Literacy Volunteers  and  participates each year in their  Trivia Bee fundraiser event.   photo  Peg Coker  and David Nelson
Geneva Rotary annual benefit dinner  was held April 8, 2018 Villa Verone restaurant in Geneva.  Wonderful entertainment by  singer and musician  Dennis O'Brien .     Thank you to event chair Kathy Melone  and to club members, friends  and supporters for silent auction donations, silent auction purchases  and for attending the event.   Thank you also to Villa Verone for donation of the buffet dinner, so all proceeds can go toward our club scholarships, grants to local charities, youth exchange, RYLA camp and more. 
Chris Reiss   talked to the club about his November 2017  trip with Rotarians and other volunteers to Houston.  He was part of a group of 19  volunteers from across the US  (including those experienced in construction trades  and those with no experience)  that helped rebuild a badly damaged home in Houston during an 8 day stay.   The team stayed at  local church  and worked  12 hour days  most of the time.  The project was completed except for electrical and plumbing work that needed to be done by local licensed tradesman.  Thank you Chris.
Chris Reiss club president led the April 3, 2018 meeting.   Geneva Rotary annual benefit dinner is April 8, 2018 Villa Verone restaurant in Geneva  5:30 pm to 8 pm.  $25 per person includes singer and musician  Dennis O'Brien show, buffet dinner, silent auction, cash bar.     RSVP  to any Geneva Rotary member. Tickets will be available at door too.   It will be another great  Geneva Rotary annual benefit dinner!   Thank you to event chair Kathy Melone  and to club members, friends  and supporters for silent auction donations and for attending the event.   
Club scholarship chair Mike Deagle  announced the end of the 2018 scholarship application period.  The scholarship committee will interview  students who have applied for our 2018 club scholarships in coming weeks.   Thank you to the committee  and to the club for helping students.   
Geneva Beautification  community service  April 7  8 am to 9 am  at the Rotary knuckles on State Street between 1st and 2nd Streets - volunteers from our club to clean up the beds and plant new flowers.  Congratulations to Chris Reiss on the recent sale and closing of his business.  Congratulations also to Merritt Walker IV  who is now a Technical Sales Representative for ALS Global; Merritt sells food safety operations and programs for ALS through their Marshfield Food Safety division. 
Gary Urweiler  executive director of Mooseheart talked to Geneva Rotary about the residential school and its  103 year history.  Mooseheart serves children from infant to 21 years old and at present has over 200 residents.  They have a strong emphasis on social skills as well as academics, sports and vocational skills.  Mooseheart has Holiday Lights and Easter Egg Hunt events for the public.  Gary attended Mooseheart as a student.   photo Gary Urweiler   with Mike Deagle

Geneva Rotary LVFV trivia bee team, Alex, Chrissy, Warren with Coach Joe McMahon.  Literacy Volunteers fundraiser March 24 2018.  Thank you to Geneva Rotary for sponsoring the team and supporting  Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley

2017-2018 club president Chris Reiss  announced  grants by Geneva Rotary at the club's March 20 2018 meeting.  The club is supporting Tri-City Family Services;  Eagle Scout project of Tommy Antonson to provide baseball and sports equipment  to needy children in Central America and in Chicago; and Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley  (LVFV)   - Geneva Rotary will have  a team at LVFV's annual trivia contest event  March 24.   Please attend Geneva Rotary's annual benefit dinner  on April 8 2018  5:30 pm   at Villa Verone Geneva   to support  community service  such as these grants and our annual club scholarships and more. 
https://www.chicagohearingsociety.org/hearthecheers   Eliza Peters  - Geneva High student - Hear the Cheers provides hearing aids to local students in need.   Eliza  made an interesting and well received presentation to Geneva Rotary at its March 20 meeting.  Her mother Amber Peters  was also in attendance and assisted with the presentation.    photo with club president Chris Reiss
Tormod Larson presented to Geneva Rotary at its March 13, 2018 meeting  about The Kristoffer Larsen Big Heart Memorial Foundation.  This foundation seeks to raise awareness about and work to prevent sudden cardiac deaths.  The foundation was started by the Larsen family to honor the memory of their son Kristoffer who died at age 22 from sudden cardiac death.  The foundation recently supported heart screening of over 1400 students at Geneva High school.  Tormod Larsen and Chuck Miles  l to r.
March 6 2018 Geneva Rotary meeting  - Gordon Hard told the club about the sale of his business Valley Insurance in Geneva  and his  continued work  at Valley Insurance  for the past several months  in transition to new ownership.  The Geneva club has also received 8 applications for the RYLA camp from Geneva and St Charles high school students.  RYLA is a   youth leadership overnight camp held  March and April  and presented by Rotary District 6440.   photo Joe McMahon, Chuck Miles and Gordon Hard  l to r
Dennis O'Brien singer and musician    to perform at our annual benefit dinner  April 8 2018. Delicious Villa Verone buffet dinner. Silent auction with many great  items to bid on.  Great company.  Support our Geneva Rotary club scholarships, RYLA camp for high school students, youth exchange, grants to local charities and more.  Only $25 per person.   Geneva Rotary members  can take reservations and collect payment for the dinner.  Checks payable  to Rotary Club of Geneva. 
Ask friends, relatives  and co-workers  to support our  annual benefit dinner on April 8 at Villa Verone  --   Dennis O'Brien  will provide musical entertainment   http://www.dennisobrienmusic.com/             please  RSVP   to Kathy Melone  for  yourself and guests   --  only $25 per person  and that includes  dinner and the show, and silent auction.   Please  let Kathy know too about  items you can contribute  for silent auction.   Bring payment for tickets and silent auction items   to upcoming club meetings    and also can be paid at the door.
Geneva Rotary's Kathy Coffey  helped raise funds for Special Olympics  by swimming in an ice cold lake at Silver Springs State Park, the 'Polar Plunge'  Thanks  for your community service Kathy!  Kathy is a long time Geneva Rotarian  and   is a manager at First State Bank.
Joe McMahon led the February 27 2018 club assembly meeting.   Don Cummings  also spoke about City of Geneva and   Historical Preservation Commission process, Don is city alderman; George Saloman   is on the Historical Preservation Commission  and also helped with the discussion.    Volunteers needed  for  April 7 planting morning  Rotary Knuckle on State Street between 1st and 2nd streets 8 am start.      Speakers  and programs needed  for  upcoming meetings  - if you want to speak  or have a speaker  please  contact Dave Nelson or president Chris.    Kathy Coffey  will be club liason with Geneva Gymnastics  for Swedish Days - this group furnishes  many volunteers  for our food booth.   We will need club volunteers  for Swedish Days  - day captains, shift workers, booth set up,  beverage and food  purchase and delivery  and more.         Exciting news for our annual benefit dinner on April 8 at Villa Verone  --   Dennis O'Brien  will provide musical entertainment   http://www.dennisobrienmusic.com/             please  RSVP   to Kathy Melone  for  yourself and guests   -- tickets only $25  and that includes  dinner and the show, and silent auction.   Please  let Kathy know too about  items you can contribute  for silent auction. 
Nanette Sheperdson-Thomas  for Guiding Lights   presented to the club at its Feb. 20, 2018 meeting.  Guiding Lights and do-over.me   supports those who are unemployed, underemployed or unhappily unemployed.   Guiding lights provides a  network for members which partners them with volunteers to serve as mentor, advocate and friend.  Cynthia Wade  and Laura Esposito  of do-over.me also attended and assisted with presentation.  Laura is leading  do-over.me's   Faces of the Fox  community art installation program too.    Nanette and Laura  are graduate students at Adler University  and working at do-over.me as part of their scholastic program.    Visit www.do-over.me  for more information on this group's services and programs.
Eric Weidner  of All State Insurance Geneva Illinois was  inducted to Geneva Rotary club at it's January 30 2018 meeting.      Welcome Eric!      Photo  Eric  with Chris Reiss l to r
Charles 'Chip' Barber  long time Geneva Rotarian has moved south and now works as loan officer for MidSouth Bank.  Best wishes to Chip and Kathy in their new home.       His future contact information. 

Charles A Barber – MidSouth Bank  768 N Beal Parkway NW  Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

       Cell 850 896-0452

       Email  Charles.barber@bankmidsouth.com
Brett Weiss spoke to Geneva Rotary club at its January 23, 2018 meeting about his efforts to assist children in Dago Kenya.
  Brett is  Founder and Director of the Bernard and Elsie Weiss Dago Scholarship Fund
The scholarship funds  helps needy children from this  village in Kenya to attend high school.   Most residents of Dago do subsistence agriculture and life expectancy is very low.   Brett has traveled often to Dago  and   has authored a book  on  the scholarship program and the  children  “Just Give Them A Hug…And The Rest Is Easy”.  Brett  is a Rotarian from Naperville.  Photo – Chris Reiss and Brett Weiss

Amy Chally.  presented  a great personal story and also told the club about  Service Team Ambassadors  and Canine Companions for Independence.   ' Portland'  Amy's service dog  demonstrated skills and ways he assists Amy with her daily living.

 Amy is a  Social Worker, Author, Speaker, Consultant

 and Advocate.   Her interesting and inspiring presentation  was related to the Geneva Rotary club at its January 16, 2018 meeting..  www.amychally.comwww.teamchally.com

Also in attendance was her father Darrell Chally.

Marta Jill Keenon RN BSN speaker  at  Geneva Rotary  - her business is Preventative Health Pathway.  She focusses on brain health and works with Alzheimer and dementia patients.  She emphasizes prevention and lifestyle choices.   Marta made a lively and interesting presentation to the Geneva Rotary club at Jan. 9, 2018 meeting.     photo  Chris Reiss and Marta Jill Keenon.
Tom Antonson troop 37 Boy Scouts - presented to Geneva Rotary at its December 19 meeting.  Tom talked about his Eagle Scout project which is collecting baseball equipment for migrant workers  and their children  working  in Costa Rica. Tom is handling local collections, shipping and fundraising for the project.  He was introduced by Rotarian  George Salomon
Igor Honore from Lille France and past youth exchange student at Geneva High  visited Geneva Rotary at its Dec. 19 2017 meeting  .  Igor is presently a college student  studying for a year in Mexico--   photo   Brian Borkowicz, Igor and Don Cummings 
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