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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 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 
During COVID we meet twice a month on Zoom.
January 2021
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January 19, 2021 Geneva Rotary Zoom meeting, 7 a.m.




Denise Moret, Volunteer Fox Valley

Denise is Director of Administration for Fox Valley United Way, and Volunteer Fox Valley is one of their programs. Get connected to volunteer opportunities in your community. Learn more at http://www.volunteerfoxvalley.org/





February 2  2021   7 am Zoom meeting  --   program  Brett Weiss -- Weiss Scholarship Foundation   -- providing education opportunities in Kenya  --

Denise Moret of Fox Valley United Way presented to Geneva Rotary at its January 19 2021 Zoom meeting.  Denise talked to the club and demonstrated the Volunteer Fox Valley website.  This website sponsored by United Way links volunteers to local charities that are in need of volunteers  both for special events and on a continuing basis.  Volunteers who are registered are informed of  volunteer opportunities based on their interests and skills.  Volunteer Fox Valley     Denise also talked about other United Way charitable  projects for children and families in our area.  Thank you Denise for informative and interesting program.
Molly Fletchall Community Engagement Manager - Chicago for Rise Against Hunger  riseagainsthunger.org    presented to Geneva Rotary at its January 5 2020 Zoom meeting.  
Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies.  Molly's presentation with slides was well received by the club and generated many questions and comments.. Thank you Molly.
Rotary International president Holger Knaack  will be speaking at  Elgin Breakfast Rotary  Facebook Live meeting  Monday  January 4 2020 7:15 am.
Also  President Nominee Jennifer Jones, President Elect Shekhar Mehta, and Rotary Foundation chair John Germ will do presentations  7:15 am  on Thursdays  January 14, 21 and 28  respectively.  These  presentations can be viewed  on Facebook Live  (no need to have a Facebook account)  --
All sessions start at 7:15AM and can be viewed on the Elgin Rotary club’s Facebook Live page here
Here is  a message from past president Chuck Miles about two recent Geneva Rotary community service efforts.  Chuck is long time board member and supporter of Association for Individual Development as well.
Association for Individual Development  --  AID-- 2020 Holiday  Celebration
I wanted to thank all of you for your support of the 38th Annual Rotary AID Holiday Celebration. While different this year, we were still able to provide gifts and some entertainment to the clients at AID
We provided 142 gifts this year - compared to 89 last year - and spent a little more on each gift. 'Dr. Kim' from Changing Children's Worlds Foundation also made the CCWF Christmas Concert link available to AID clients and staff so we are able to give the clients a little Christmas celebration on Sunday December 20.
We will be getting some pictures from AID as the gifts are distributed and I will make sure we get those posted on the website and Facebook. 
I have been a board member with AID for 12 years. Every year, AID has a last minute request for gifts to clients that otherwise would go without. This is the first year that we did not have that and all clients will receive a gift. Geneva Rotary was a big part of that. 
Bria Geneva Nursing Home
Also, some East Side Geneva residents have worked throughout the year to offer support in various ways to Bria - the nursing home that was so hard hit at the start of the pandemic. Rotary bought donuts this summer and offered assistance to this effort over the holidays. 
The good news here is that the group was able to get all the items they needed and my wife volunteered to wrap some 30+ gifts for the patients and is in the process of making some cookies for the staff. All this will be delivered over the weekend
Thanks for all that you do for Rotary and for the local community - particularly this past year and as we head into the first half of 2021.
Geneva Rotary had a Zoom meeting on December 8 2020.  The program was Geneva High School DECA club- students Joe Drew, Dan Carbary and Carter Powelson  told the club about DECA's fundraiser for Rotary's End Polio Now.  Geneva DECA had an on line bingo game  and also collected cash at Geneva High raising $175. .  DECA also brought 30 volunteers to Geneva Rotary's Thanksgiving morning community service project.    Thank you Geneva High DECA for your fundraising and volunteer efforts!
Geneva Rotary will be donating gifts to over 140 Association for Individual Development clients for the 2020 holidays-- this project is led by club chair Chuck Miles  and assisted by many club volunteers and donors --  we cannot have an in person party this year  but  we  are getting lots of extra gifts and wish our friends at AID  a great holiday in 2020.
Joe McMahon still has a few Joman calendars available -- these calendars benefit the Lazarus House shelter in St. Charles -- contact Joe for a calendar  or a few --  please support Lazarus House  this year-- these calendars make great Christmas gifts too.
Next Geneva Rotary on line Zoom  meeting will be December 22 2020!
Thanksgiving Morning 2020 Geneva Rotary Outdoor Community Service Project-- Thank you to Geneva Rotarians, Geneva High DECA club, Batavia Rotary, family members and friends who volunteered today
The Geneva High School DECA club helped raise funds for Rotary's polio eradication campaign  and World Polio Day.  They had an on line bingo game and also had collection boxes at the school.  Thank you Geneva High DECA.  Photo shows the DECA club  officers   Joe Drew, Dan Carberry and Carter Powelson  along with  school advisor  Jamie Dunlap     presenting donation to Geneva Rotary's  Chuck Miles and Dave Nelson on November 20 2020.  
THANKSGIVING DAY PROJECT: Joe has sent along information for our Thanksgiving Day service project, 8 a.m. at 42 Garfield St. in Geneva. This is a BYOT event (Bring your own tools - although Joe is bringing a few items as shown below):
It looks like temps could be in the 50s that day.
SMARANDA UPDATE: Paula Schmidt at Geneva Chamber of Commerce has Smaranda's yearbook from St. Charles High School. If anyone wants to sign it before Paula sends it to Smaranda, please stop by the Geneva Chamber office at 8 S. Third St. Geneva by Monday, Nov. 23. If you want to contact Paula, you can reach her at pschmidt@genevachamber.com.
WINFRED'S SOAPS:  Geneva Rotarian  Winfred has been busy making soaps, and has an Etsy storefront. If you're interested in purchasing soaps as gifts, you can reach her at  
Thanksgiving Morning Service project  8 am start -- volunteers needed for this outdoor project to help with  home exterior, yard and garden cleanup and maintenance for a Geneva  resident in need.    Contact Joe McMahon or any of the club officers for location  and  suggested tools  to bring.  Rotarians, family members and friends welcome.
Get your  2021 Joman calendar  - free with any donation to Lazarus House  shelter.   Thank you to Joe McMahon for leading  this project to help Lazarus House.
Geneva Rotary will be making 2020 grants to Tri City Family Serviceshttps://www.tricityfamilyservices.org/   to support its Thanksgiving program to give gift cards to  supermarkets to local families in need; and to Changing Childrens Worlds Foundation  to  help with development of online  training  materials    https://www.changingchildrensworlds.org/   
Association for Individual Development  (AID)  holiday event --   we cannot have  our  in person   party this year   - but we will be  buying gifts  for dozens of AID  clients.  The club will be getting gift lists out to  our volunteers who will buy gifts and wrap them.  Santa, Super Elf, Magic Chuck  and  maybe some others  will make special delivery of gifts to several of the AID residents -- more information to come.. If you  want to volunteer and  help with gift buying    or can help in other ways  please contact Chuck Miles or president Paula  or Kathy Coffey.   For more info on AID  https://www.aidcares.org/ 
Chrissy Somers presented to Geneva Rotary at its  November 10 2020 Zoom on line meeting.   Chrissy talked to the club about her Families on the Fox  website  https://www.familiesonthefox.com/   and also about ways Geneva Rotary could enhance its on line and social media presence.  The club much appreciated Chrissy's presentation.   The Families on the Fox website  has lots of features for things to do, places to go, shopping, events for charities and not for profits  and more    with its focus on the Tri Cities and surrounding communities.    
Geneva Rotary's Joe McMahon  has created the 14th annual Joman calendar for 2021.  These calendars support Lazarus House shelter which serves Geneva, St Charles and the surrounding area.  Please contact Joe McMahon at McMahon Builders in Geneva to get your calendars.   Your support for Lazarus House is greatly appreciated  especially this year.   Get your Joman calendars today.
Geneva Rotary volunteers planted  and maintained flowers and plants at two knuckles along State Street in downtown Geneva in 2020. Spring, summer and fall - Rotary club members led by project chair Karen Clutter kept up our knuckles  as part of an all downtown  and business areas Geneva beautification.   October 31 2020 saw the final clean up of our beds.  

October  31   2020  9 am  --  It’s that time again, fall cleanup of the Rotary garden.  It really looked stunning this year, thank you all for volunteering to water and weed.


Please join us Saturday morning 10/31 9:00 am, and bring your favorite gardening tools and gloves.  The forecast is for sunny skies,  54 degrees.  Perfect!  -- Thank you to  project chair Karen Clutter and  all club volunteers in 2020.



Thanksgiving Morning  Geneva Rotary service project  2020 --  let club president  Paula  or   event chair  Joe McMahon  if you can volunteer -- more details to come  but will involve outdoor  clean up -- site  in Geneva




Rotary Giving Tree   part of Geneva History Museum  fundraiser -- our tree will be at First State Bank (thanks Kathy Coffey)  on State Street in Geneva  --  volunteers will be needed to put up and decorate the tree--   details to come  - contact club president Paula  if you can help with this


Volunteers needed for the Thanksgiving morning Geneva Rotary service project.  We will be doing outdoor yard and garden clean up and maintenance for a local resident in need.  We will need at least 10 volunteers.  Please let Joe McMahon project chair  or club president Paula Krapf know if you can help out-- family members and friends welcome too.   Thank you for Rotary service.
The Geneva City Council has proclaimed October 24 as World Polio Day in Geneva. The work to eradicate polio is a collaboration of Rotary International, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the US Centers for Disease Control and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
This year, the WHO declared the continent of Africa polio free. There are only 2 countries that still have active live polio, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The only other disease that has been eradicated is smallpox. 
Finishing the eradication is critical. WHO estimates that if these efforts would stop, within 10 years the world would see 200,000 polio cases annually. 
The work done by this collaboration will also speed the delivery, distribution and vaccination world wide of the vaccine for COVID 19. Over the years, the challenges of cold storage, logistics, vaccinations and monitoring will be leveraged to support this critical work.
You can help by going to ENDPOLIO.ORG to learn more or to donate. Due to the generosity of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,  every dollar will be matched by two dollars from the Gates Foundation.  Your dollar will be turned into $3 which will pay for 6 vaccinations. ------ Photo  Mayor Kevin Burns  right  and Geneva Rotary's Chuck Miles  - Assistant District Governor - District 6440 and past club president Geneva Rotary

Geneva Rotary met outdoors October 13 2020 at beautiful  Wheeler Park Geneva.  Club president Paula Krapf  led the meeting. Upcoming events include Geneva Beautification final knuckle clean up on October 31 2020 8 am to 9 am-- our Rotary knuckles have looked great in 2020.  Thank you project chair Karen Clutter and all our Rotary volunteers.  Thanksgiving morning service project  -- we have a home in Geneva  chosen and more details to come on this outdoor service project for 2020 -- we will need at least 10 adult volunteers.  If you can help out that day  let Paula or project chair Joe McMahon know. 
 Next club meeting will be a Zoom Tri Cities meeting  on October 27 - District 6440 governor Lyle Staab will be featured. 
Geneva Rotary will also be doing a Zoom board meeting with governor Lyle on October 20.    
Lots of great fall colors in our Geneva parks  now -  we had a cool but comfortable meeting  in the park on October 13th--  
Wheeler Park view  morning of September 29 2020 from our outdoor Geneva Rotary meeting -- thank you Rotarians for support and attendance today
Geneva Rotary club president Paula Krapf led the club's September 29 2020 outdoor meeting at Wheeler Park, Geneva.  $845 was raised for Geneva Rotary at the recent Geneva Chamber Challenge on line fundraiser.  Funds will be used for the upcoming AID holiday event and other charitable projects.  The club hopes to have a Thanksgiving morning service project  this year-- more information to come.   This project is outdoors  and  helps a local resident  in need with  yard cleanup and minor exterior repairs.     Thanks to Joe for leading this effort.  President Paula reminded the club  about World Polio day on October 24 2020,  polio is now  found  in only two nations  - Pakistan  and Afghanistan, Rotary has helped lead the way in polio vaccination and eradication worldwide.   Club members  at the meeting  also updated as to their business and personal lives.     
  • World Polio Day is October 24. District Governor Lyle Staab (Rotary District 6440)   has issued a challenge:
  • For each Club President, Club Co-President, and Club Rotary Foundation Chair that donates a minimum of $75 to the Polio campaign, he will give $25. 
  • If our Club averages at least $75 of Polio giving per member, he’ll donate another $100. ($100 per CLUB, not per member!)
More-- on line  information --
October 24 - World Polio Day and global health experts and Rotary partners will discuss the progress we’ve made toward eradicating polio. You can join Rotary International online to follow the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/events/774440050040812
Thank you to club volunteers and event chair Karen Clutter for continuing work on the flowers and plants at the  Rotary knuckles along State Street  - they look great- your efforts much appreciated. If you can sign up for October  maintenance and clean up  Karen  will have sign up information.  
District Governor Lyle Staab attended our September 15 2020 club  Zoom meeting. He announced the nomination of Mary Bak to be District Governor for the 2023-2024 Rotary year. A member of the Rotary Club of Glenview Sunrise, she currently serves the District as Grants Committee Chair. You can learn more about Mary at https://rotary6440.org/Stories/mary-bak-selected-to-be-2023-24-district-governor.
  • DUES: You should have received an email from Chuck for the 1st quarter 2020-2021 Rotary Dues of $185. This covers the period from July-September 2020. Due to our current environment there are a couple of changes:
    1) You will all get these via email rather than the physical passing out the invoices at club meetings
    2) In the past, payment would always either be in person or through First State Bank in Geneva. Payments now can be sent to our PO Box at
    Geneva Rotary Club
    PO Box 254
    Geneva, IL 60134
September 24 – Geneva Chamber Challenge – This is a 24-hour online campaign designed to raise money and bring awareness to the Chamber's non-profit members such as Geneva Rotary Club. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, many organizations have suffered financially and they have not able to raise the funds needed for their cause. The Chamber "challenges" our community to donate to these non-profits, even a little can mean a lot. Our webpage is at https://www.genevachamberchallenge.org/organizations/rotary-club-of-geneva  - share this link with friends, neighbors - anyone who would be willing to donate to this worthy cause. Your donation goes through the District’s 501C3 account
September 24 2020  -- 

Please ask supporters and friends  to help out Geneva Rotary  on September 24 2020   - The Geneva Chamber of Commerce has organized a special on line giving day for Geneva's local service clubs and charities.  Absence of Swedish Days 2020  has left  all with  financial challenges.             Check out the Chamber web page  for our club.  Give on Sept 24 2020.
From the  Challenge web page for  Geneva Rotary ----
Many of you know Geneva Rotary from our Swedish Days Food Booth with Ream's Brats and Roasted Corn. This is our major fundraiser but due to COVID, Swedish Days was cancelled. Each year we make about $14,000 from this event - that's a lot of brats! With this money, we:
1) Support numerous local charities (Food for Health, Kane County Fit for Kids, Royal Family Kids Camp and Mutual Ground and more) and do local service projects - like a Thanksgiving Day Clean Up service project for a family that needs assistance.
2) Send 8-10 GHS students to Rotary Youth Leadership Camp - a weekend retreat to improve youth leadership skills
3) For 37 years, Rotary has sponsored a Holiday Party for the clients and staff of the Association for Individual Development. Approximately 100 adults with developmental disabilities are treated to a holiday meal, music, a magician and a visit from Santa delivering individualized gifts.
Geneva Rotary has been a part of the community for 55 years. Our motto is 'Service Above Self'. Rotary members are dedicated to serving their communities and also participate in activities of an international nature. Geneva Rotarians have traveled to Guatemala to assist in a clean water project and Rotary International is a major force driving the eradication of polio. Geneva Rotary also sponsors students from other countries that want to spend a year studying in the US and have sponsored US students interested in studying overseas.
If you are not able to donate, but would like to find out more or to join Geneva Rotary, please visit GenevaRotary.org
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Director - International Service
Literacy Chair
AID Party Chair
Swedish Days Coordinator
Youth Service/Director
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