Upcoming Events
Home Page News
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 international service trips. 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 
September 2019
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
Jaye Vyskocil
Sep 24, 2019
College year abroad in Israel
Kathy Melone - Mutual Ground
Oct 08, 2019
News and events for Mutual Ground - Where the Healing Begins --
Bill and Jan Krueger
Oct 15, 2019
Royal Family Kids Camp
Club assembly - club officers
Oct 22, 2019
Budget discussion - upcoming events and projects
need program
Oct 29, 2019
need program
Nov 05, 2019
Suzanne Gibson District Governor
Nov 12, 2019
Rotary District 6440
need program
Nov 19, 2019
no meeting today - Happy Thanksgiving
Nov 26, 2019
meeting cancelled-
Club assembly
Dec 03, 2019
Upcoming AID Holiday Party - preparation for the event
need program
Dec 10, 2019
no meeting today
Dec 24, 2019
Merry Christmas Eve
no meeting today
Dec 31, 2019
Happy New Years Eve
Home Page Stories
Geneva Rotary welcomes Jerry Culp to the club- Jerry is building and grounds supervisor for Geneva Park District.
Geneva Rotary needs chair person for annual benefit dinner to be held in spring 2020.  Contact president Chuck if you can lead this event.  Thank you to Kathy Melone for being chair and leading this great fundraiser night for the club for many years.
Steve Andersson  addressed the club at the Sept 17  meeting.   Steve is long time Geneva resident  and  was recently appointed as commissioner to the Illinois Human Rights Commission    https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/ihrc/Pages/default.aspx       He was formerly state representative for Geneva and surrounding area and also has had a long time law practice in Kane County.    Thank you Steve for interesting and inspiring program.  
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp for Rotary district 6440 --   applications and brochure now in download section of this website
Geneva Rotary will be sponsoring students again this year
These camps feature group activities, motivational speakers,  education  and lots of fun too.  
These overnight  leadership  camps for high school student  can be applied for now-- district 6440 has added a fall session this year too.
three RYLA weekends this year for students to choose from;
  • November 14-17, 2019
  • March 12-15, 2020
  • April 2-5, 2020
Turn in applications from high school students to  Geneva Rotary club members -- club members please bring to meeting  or forward application to Dave Nelson -  we will then forward to  the district 
see the brochure and application form in download section
Thank you club volunteers for planting and maintaining the knuckles located on State Street between 1st and 2nd Streets --
Congratulations to Loy Williams  and Pam Lurz  on their September 15  2019 wedding
Dave Nelson did program on phone photography at September 10 meeting
Thank you club volunteers for August 24 2019 service -- fall plantings and maintenance at the Geneva Rotary knuckles in downtown Geneva  - along State Street between 1st and 2nd Streets.  Karen Clutter is our chairperson for 2019-2020 year for this community service project.
Geneva Rotary donated this decorative bike rack  a few years ago to the City of Geneva.  It is located at  3rd Street and State Street  outside the Starbucks store.
Dan Griebel   Area Director at  Young Life Kane County spoke to the club about Young Life's ministries for  High School and Middle School students, students with disabilities and young persons at the St. Charles  Illinois Youth Center. 
Geneva Rotary awarded scholarships to 11 students  in 2019.  We had 4 of the scholarship  students along with family members at our Geneva Rotary August 6 meeting.  Best wishes to all our club scholarship recipients.   Also at the meeting Mark Allen was recognized with his 37 years of Rotary Service.       
2019  Scholarship Winners – Eliza Peters, Ryan Kredell, Lauren Klis, Joel McEvoy, Eileen Drew, Claire Nowak, Jack Bowman, Stephanie Howe, Jameson Shanahan, Landon Jones, Rajin Bains
Marklund -- Making everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities
Presentation at Geneva Rotary  August 13 meeting
Geneva Rotary and St Charles Rotary greeted our 2019-2020 inbound youth exchange student at O Hare Airport Chicago on August 5th.  Welcome Smaranda!
Alex Englehardt  executive director of Fox Valley Special Recreation presented to Geneva Rotary at its July 30th meeting.     Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) was formed in 1976 and is an extension of the Batavia, Fox Valley, Geneva, Oswegoland, St. Charles, Sugar Grove Park Districts, and South Elgin Parks & Recreation Department to provide a diverse range of year round recreational activities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyles.
Our club president Chuck Miles visited Vero Beach FL Rotary club recently while on family vacation.   All Rotarians may visit the regular meetings of other Rotary clubs in the US and worldwide.  Visit the Rotary International website to find clubs and their meeting places, times and costs for meals.
Chuck Stone state coordinator for Better Angels  presented to Geneva Rotary at its July 16 meeting.   His presentation was very interesting and well received by the club.  Better Angels  does workshops, education  and presentations to reduce political polarization in America.   https://www.better-angels.org/           
Mission statement for the Better Angels group---
Better Angels is a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America
•We try to understand the other side’s point of view, even if we don’t agree with it
•We engage those we disagree with, looking for common ground and ways to work together
•We support principles that bring us together rather than divide us
Mike Musson is Geneva Rotary's new Assistant District Governor (District 6440)   - he visited Geneva Rotary at its July 16 2019 meeting.  Mike is from the Bartlett club  and  is ADG for the two St Charles Rotary clubs too.    Geneva Rotary also unveiled its new 4 way test banner on July 16.
Suzy Shogren and Eleanor Hamilton board members of the Geneva Mental Health Board  presented to Geneva Rotary at its July 9th meeting.  Eleanor gave a overview of the history of mental health care in the US and Suzy provided explanation of the role and services of our local Geneva Mental Health Board.  The presentation was lively and well done.  Thanks to Eleanor and Suzy for presenting.  

2019/2020 Greeters Schedule

July – Chuck Miles & Paula Krapf
August - Mark Allen & Loy Williams
September – Kathy Coffey& Kathy Melone
October – Karen Clutter & Dave Nelson
November and December – Merritt Walker & Michele Kinzler
January – Arun Mani & Joe McMahon
February – Mike Deagle & George Shkutov
March – Greg Simon & Paula Krapf
April – David Rutter & Kathy Coffey
May – Paula Krapf & Michele Kinzler
June –  Kathy Melone & Karen Clutter
July – Greg Simon & Merritt Walker

The duties of the greeters include the following. 

  • Put up the club banners and make sure name badges are out and available.
  • Welcome members and guests, make sure members are wearing their name badge and we know the visitors name.  If the visitor is a potential member get their contact information for follow up.  Introduce guests to the club.
  • Sell Raffle tickets, count the money and determine how much is to be given away and run the raffle. 
  • After the raffle,  solicit “Happy Bucks” 
  • After the meeting put the banners back and close up name badges
If you are not able to be there on one of your assigned dates please arrange a substitute
Please sign up for a week  to handle the weeding  of our Rotary Knuckles  on south side of State Street between 1st and 2nd Street   (across from Little Owl) --  sign up list will be available at upcoming meetings  or  contact Karen or Chuck.    Thanks for community service to our volunteers!

District Governor Sarah Oliver  message as to the District 6440 Leadership Academy Class of 2020.


  Our leadership academy is an entirely online educational program that will broaden and deepen your Rotary knowledge and allow you to sharpen skills that maximize the effectiveness of your Rotary service.  Our groups of students in past years have represented a wide range of Rotary interests and service involvements.  Click here to learn some of their opinions regarding DLA.


All club members are welcome to become Leadership Academy students; and we especially encourage Presidents-elect, Presidents Nominee, and club Directors and Committee Chairs to take advantage of this opportunity.  You will work with your club to analyze current activity in various areas and then make a goal and plan to improve effectiveness of that activity or expand to new ones.  It can be particularly enjoyable to have two members of your club going through DLA at the same time.


The program is a six-and-a-half-month series of courses (no course in December) that covers RI Communications, Membership, Public Image, Youth Service, RI Organization, and The Rotary Foundation.  Coursework for each topic is completed during the month in which that particular course is “live”, but the specific hours chosen to devote to it each week are entirely at the discretion of the student.


After you enroll, you will receive access to the online system and will complete a very short Pre-course of an hour or two.   The RI Communications course begins September 1, with the first three courses taking place before late November and the second three between January 1 and April 15.


All documents required to be completed for Academy admission can be downloaded from the District website at the page for District Leadership Academy 2019-2020 or from our academy website – www.academy6440.org - through the download menu at the bottom of that home page.  Submission deadline for documents and tuition is August 15, 2019.


Please do not hesitate to contact me at gov.sarah@rotary6440.org with any question you may have about DLA for this Rotary year.  Anyone among us who has taken advantage of Rotary education through District Leadership Academy strongly encourages you to make 2019-2020 the year for you personally to do so.


Geneva Rotary will not meet on Tuesday July 2  2019.  Happy July 4 2019!
Our next regular meeting on July 9 2019. 
Thank you again to all our volunteers at Swedish Days food booth  2019-- Rotarians, family, friends and Geneva Gymnastics.  The booth proceeds will be used  for club scholarships for local students, AID holiday party, grants to local charities, RYLA camp for high school students and youth exchange.  Thanks to all who enjoyed our food and drinks  this Swedish Days.
News from Geneva Rotary's June 25 2019 meeting
1.  No meeting July 2 2019  Happy 4th of July week
2.  Great success for our  Swedish Days food booth   - it looks like we well  exceeded profits from last year  - Michelle Kinzler gave a report at the June 25 meeting -- thank you to all our club  volunteers, Geneva Gymnastics, friends and family    - lots of hard work and great effort to raise funds for our club scholarships, RYLA camp, youth exchange, grants to local charities and more 
3.  Mike Deagle and Arun Mani - Paul Harris fellows -  a Rotary honor for substantial financial support to the Rotary Foundation
4.  Dave Nelson  23 years  as Rotarian  and Arun Mani  10 years as Rotarian
Visit our Geneva Rotary Food Booth at 3rd and Campbell-- thank you to all our volunteers--  Swedish Days June 18 to June 23 Tuesday to Sunday   Cold brew coffee this year at Geneva Rotary food booth along with brats, hot dogs, sweet corn, drinks and chips. Geneva Rotary will have its food booth at 3rd and Campbell for the annual Swedish Days festival. Thank you to club members, family, Geneva Gymnastics, friends and volunteers for supporting the club's efforts at the booth to raise funds for scholarships, youth exchange, RYLA leadership camp for high school students, grants to local charities.
Geneva's 70th Annual Swedish Days Festival kicks off Tuesday, June 18 and runs through Sunday, June 23.----
Club volunteers and friends  -  Geneva Rotary food booth will be set up on Monday June 17th.  Please arrive at Fisher home on Keslinger Road  at noon    or go to 3rd and Campbell at 1 pm.   For more information on booth set up  contact Joe McMahon or John Vyskocil.
Geneva Rotary will have its food booth at 3rd and Campbell for the annual Swedish Days festival.  Thank you to club members, family, Geneva Gymnastics, friends and volunteers  for supporting the  club's efforts at the booth to raise funds for scholarships, youth exchange, RYLA leadership camp for high school students, grants to local charities. 
Geneva's 70th Annual Swedish Days Festival kicks off Tuesday, June 18 and runs through Sunday, June 23.
No regular club meeting on June 18.   Next club meeting will be June 25  2019
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Director - Membership Chair
Public Image
Public Relations
Director - Rotary Foundation
Grants Chair
Director - International Service
Club Scholarships
Literacy Chair
AID Party Chair
Swedish Days Coordinator
Youth Service/Director
Youth Exchange
Villa Verone Benefit Coordinator
Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive year

Rotary Foundation receives highest rating from Charity Navigator for 12th consecutive

Nigeria reaches crucial polio milestone

Nigeria reaches crucial polio

Shekhar Mehta of India selected to be 2021-22 Rotary International President

Shekhar Mehta of India selected to be 2021-22 Rotary International

Fighting poverty on a small scale

A collaboration between Rotary and Heifer continues to produce big results, helping small farms provide healthier, locally-sourced

Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnership

Rotary and ShelterBox celebrate the power of partnershipEvanston Ill., Rotary International announced on 3 June a three-year partnership renewal with its disaster relief project partner, ShelterBox. For almost 20 years,