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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 
August 2020
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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
to be determined
Sep 01, 2020
On line Zoom meeting Geneva Rotary
Sep 15, 2020
Rotary Peace Corps Literacy Project
to be determined
Sep 29, 2020
to be determined
Oct 13, 2020
Lyle Staab District Governor
Oct 20, 2020
District 6440 2020-2021
Lyle Staab District Governor Tri City Rotary
Oct 27, 2020
Meet with Batavia and St Charles Clubs
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Zoom Meeting Tuesday, August 4, 8-9:30 a.m. Guest: Al Edgecombe, gave  us an update on the Northwestern Medicine Cross Country Course in Geneva.  Great presentation by Al,  we look forward to  the races and seeing this facility.   For more info  see    website  www.chicagotrack.org


More news-- 


  • Weeding Wednesday – August 5 – work on the knuckle then meet-up at Aurelio’s at 7 p.m.
  • Next August Club meeting: In-person at 7 a.m. Tuesday, August 18 at Wheeler Park’s north pavilion. Bring your own food and coffee. Restrooms are open. (Bring soap and hand sanitizer). We will induct our new member Max Rumbaugh.
  • Beautification: August 22 from 8-9 a.m. at the Rotary knuckle - bring gloves, light gardening tools to spruce up the beds and plant flowers.
  • September 24 – Geneva Chamber Challenge – Non Profit Fundraiser. Is there any interest from any club members in donating to a matching gift for that project?
  • October 20 – Geneva Rotary Club meeting with District Governor Lyle Staab
  • October 27 - combined meeting of Geneva, Batavia, and St. Charles Breakfast clubs with District Governor Lyle Staab. We hope this is an in-person meeting.
Also  -- we will resume collecting dues in August  2020 -- thank you for your support of our club
Welcome back to Loy Williams who is now back in Geneva - Loy is 38 year Geneva Rotary club member !
Remember  our next meeting  August 18 Tuesday  at Wheeler Park  Geneva  7 am to 8 am -- we meet at the pavilion   near the  mini-golf  and large playground area.   




Club president Paula Krapf led the meeting on July 21 2020.  Our next Zoom meeting is on August 4 2020 8 am.  We plan to meet outdoors on August 18 2020.  Thank you club members for participation and support.  August 4 meting will feature Al Edgecombe who will talk about Geneva's world class cross country facility that is now completed.  August 18 meeting will be at Wheeler Park, the south pavilion near the mini golf - time to be announced.  Bring your own coffee and breakfast; also the restrooms are open  but bring hand sanitizer or soap;  bug repellent is also recommended.   Dues will be collected again in August.  AID holiday party - format for 2020 to be determined  but we will have gifts and  celebrate the season as much as possible with our friends at AID.  Our 2019-2020 exchange student Smaranda has been staying with relatives in South Carolina  for past several months and she will return home soon.  She has done volunteer work as a sailing instructor while in Charleston SC.   Our district 6440 will rebate to our club $400 because of cancellation of several district events this year.  
Geneva Rotary held its July 7, 2020 meeting via Zoom.  Club president Paula Krapf led the meeting and there was much discussion  including -- raising funds for the club this year,  reinstating dues or partial dues, types of future meetings (in person or Zoom), possible outdoor meeting or social event.  One of the Wheeler Park pavilions was suggested.   We will have more news and information at our next Zoom meeting 8 am to 9 am  on July 21, 2020. 
 Paula reported that from our Virtual Swedish Days pie sales we raised  $430.  Thank you to Joe for setting this event up with Inglenook Pantry and thanks to club members and friends for their purchases.   Maybe another pie fundraiser  at Thanksgiving time?  
 Geneva Rotary was also awarded $100 by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce as part of the Virtual Swedish Days t-shirt sale profits.  The club appreciates the support of our friends at the Chamber for this donation.
Geneva Beautification is encouraging Rotary and others  to do regular weeding and maintenance of the knuckles on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30  and then visiting one of the local restaurants or taverns afterwards to help support those businesses.  Karen will have more information on this  in near future  (too hot this week).  

Lyle Staab is  Rotary District 6440 governor  starting as of July 1 2020-- thanks to Lyle for his Rotary service in leading our District -- District 6440 is made up of over 70 Rotary clubs  in the north, northwest and west suburbs of Chicago  -- Lyle has a video message  on the District  website and it can also be found on YouTube    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcEqSikg1dI&feature=youtu.be


From Lyle---

Every year, at the stroke of midnight on July 1st, Rotary's leadership worldwide - in all 35,000 clubs and 529 Districts - is passed to a new team.  Suzanne Gibson, who did such a magnificent job, became a Past District Governor, and now it's my turn to lead 6440.  I'm humbled by the confidence you've placed in me, and I will work diligently to be a worthy successor to all those who have served in this role.


Last night at around 11PM, I recorded some thoughts on the year facing us and the opportunities - yes, opportunities! - we can uncover in this chaotic time.  You can find the recording on the District website homepage - rotary6440.org


We've all heard the saying - some say it's a curse - "May you live in interesting times".  In these interesting times, I know we will together prove our creativity, resilience, and persistence, and make 2020-2021 the best year ever for District 6440.  


Stay well,


Thank you for support of our Geneva Rotary Pie Fundraiser.  Delicious Inglenook Pantry pies enjoyed by many !   Proceeds support Geneva Rotary's AID holiday party, RYLA  (Rotary Leadership) camp for local high school students, grants to   
BigHeart Foundation
Mutual Ground
Making Kane Fit for Kids
TriCity Family Services
Changing Children's World Foundation
Royal Family Kids Camp
Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley
Fox Valley Food for Health
Geneva Beautification
Geneva Park District Foundation, and more.
 Mutual Ground and other lcharities. 
Paula Krapf  is Geneva Rotary's club president for 2020-2021 Rotary year.  Paula is Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the Geneva Public Library.  She was installed as president at Geneva Rotary's June 23 2020 club Zoom meeting.  Immediate past president Chuck Miles (president 2018-2020) made opening remarks and spoke to the club about his  2 years as president.  Chuck will be serving as an Assistant District Governor for  Rotary  District 6440   in the 2020-2021 year.  The club deeply appeciates Chuck's leadership and service as club president.
 Rotary District 6440 governor Lyle Staab also attended via Zoom and gave an inspiring talk to the club.  He complimented the club  and thanked Geneva Rotary for its service. The installation was then led by Mike Musson Rotary Assistant District Governor.   Mike has been and will continue as Geneva's ADG  for the 2020-2021 year.  Geneva Rotary club members also participated and talked about their current activities on this Zoom meeting.   Congratulations and best wishes to our new Geneva Rotary president Paula Krapf.
On June 15, Geneva Rotary was proud to partner with Geneva Cares and Fresh Donuts to drop off 10 dozen donuts to our neighbors at Bria.  Bria Health Services is a skilled nursing and rehab facility in Geneva.   Bria has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Geneva Cares has been working with Bria for the past few months  and  Geneva Rotary  is  glad to join in  this effort.   
June 9 2020 was a Geneva Rotary Zoom on line meeting led by club president Chuck Miles.  Suzanne Gibson Rotary District 6440 governor addressed the club and thanked Geneva Rotary for its service during the 2019-2020 year.  Governor Suzanne presented the club with the Vibrant Club Award  for our many service activities the past year.  Assistant District Governor Mike Musson also participated in the meeting.  Members and friends are encouraged to view the District 6440  You Tube video about the 2019-2020 Rotary year in our district.     Our next meeting is on June 23  and Paula Krapf will be installed as our Geneva Rotary club president for the 2020-2021 year.  Please watch for time of this meeting which will be announced.  Rotary service anniversaries in June include Arun Mani  11 years, Dave Nelson 24 years and Mark Allen 37 years. 
Rotary District  6440  Governor Suzanne Gibson   has presented to Geneva Rotary  for its  service and activities in the  2019-2020 Rotary year     the   Governor’s Vibrant Club Challenge Award.  Thank you to all Geneva Rotarians and to president Chuck Miles and all other club leaders.
The winner of a $1500 Rotary District 6440 Vocational Scholarship is Markus Malioris from Geneva. Geneva Rotary was proud to sponsor Markus in this competitive application process. He is a 2020 Graduate of Geneva Community High School and will continue his education at Waubonsee Community College where he will focus on auto body repair. Geneva Rotary congratulates Markus and wishes him well in his future endeavors.  photo of Markus
Our  Chuck Miles will be the  District 6440 assistant district governor  for St Charles Noon and Wheaton AM.  Thank you Chuck for this club service.
Merritt Walker joined the Association for Individual Development board--
Next club meeting - on Zoom-  4 pm  June 9  2020 
Geneva Rotary club will have an on line Zoom meeting June 2  2020  4 pm start
Club members  and  interested guests can contact   one of the club officers  or  Penny, Karen or Dave N.    for sign in  info
Michele Kinzler – June 4
Winnie Kalimba – June 12
Arun Mani – June 19
Rotary Service
Mark Allen – 37 years
Dave Nelson – 24 Years
Arun Mani – 11 years
June 20-26 Rotary International Virtual Meeting https://www.riconvention.org/en
September 24 – Geneva Chamber Challenge – Non Profit Fundraiser
Al Edgecombe – Chicago Area Track and Field Organizing Committee
  Virtual Meetings Continue through June
  June 9 (4-5pm) – Paula Krapf – Plan for New Club Year and Smaranda – Inbound for 2019-20
  June 23 (4-5pm) – Installation (District Governor joining)
Virtual Happy Bucks/Check In
Club Website – genevarotary.org    District Website – Rotary6440.org        RI Website – Rotary.org
Geneva Rotary club plants and maintains two flower  garden  knuckles in downtown Geneva  (south side of State Street between 1st and 2nd Streets).   May 16 2020 was   planting day.  Club volunteers   cleaned up,  prepared  and planted the knuckles.  Thank you to Joe, Karen, Mark, Michele, Tim  and Penny for your community service.
Geneva Rotary will have its 2nd on line Zoom  meeting  on May 12   4 pm to 5 pm.  So  get your computer, lap top, tablet or phone ready!  Our first  Zoom meeting on April 28  was well attended  and  every body got a chance to tell their story  during these Covid days.    Please bring any ideas for service projects to the meeting  or  get in touch with one of  the club officers  ahead of the event.  No Rotary dues will be collected for this quarter   but   consider a donation to Mutual Ground , local food pantries  or other local charities  during this challenging time..      Thank you for your support of Geneva Rotary.
May 16 – Planting 9am
September 24 – Geneva Chamber Challenge – Non Profit Fundraiser
Paula Schmidt – Geneva Chamber
  No meetings in May
  No quarterly dues for April/May/June – Consider contributing locally
  Next Zoom meeting May 26
Virtual Happy Bucks/Check In
Club Website – genevarotary.org    District Website – Rotary6440.org        RI Website – Rotary.org
Geneva Rotary held its first Zoom on line meeting Tuesday April 28 4 pm to 5 pm.  It was great to see or hear  from Geneva Rotarians  again  even though by computer, phone or tablet screen.    President Chuck led the meeting and  all club members attending  gave an update  on their current status with work and home.  Rotary dues are  suspended for the current quarter  and  the club asks members to consider making a donation to Mutual Ground,  a local food bank or other local charity.  The club will be looking into  service opportunities  to support those adversely affected   during these challenging times.   Suggestions for community service   are welcome.    Please send along to any of our club officers.    Thanks to our club members who have already helped with community service.  The next Zoom meeting  for Geneva Rotary to be announced. Please watch your email  and this website.
Geneva Rotary will have its first on line meeting April 28 2020  4 pm to 5 pm  using the Zoom platform.
This meeting  will be a club assembly   and  we will not have a program.  President Chuck plans to give us club  update  and  we will do Happy Bucks   so  have  some good news ready :)   .     smiley
  Club president Chuck Miles will lead the meeting  and Penny Vyskocil  is our Geneva Rotary club   Virtual Meeting Coordinator.   Thank you Chuck and Penny  for work on this new way  to bring Rotarians together  during  this difficult time  with  COVID outbreak.          Training and log on  information will be forwarded to club members  before the session.  
Check out the Zoom website   or one of their youtube videos    in advance  if you are not familiar with this  on line meeting format.    See  Geneva Rotarians  on line   April 28th  4 pm to 5 pm.  
Message from club president Chuck Miles  April 6 2020--- 

These are certainly challenging times for all of us and there will be more cancellations that will impact all of us. We will get through this - together.



First and Foremost, I hope that you are all safe and healthy and following the guidance of the Governor and Health Officials. I think in this time of social distancing and staying at home, I wanted to share the 4 Way Test which helps us understand our role in keeping everyone safe, particularly number 4.

For Rotary, The Four-Way Test is the cornerstone of all action. It has been for years, and it will be in the future. Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Happy Birthday to Paul (April 5) and Judy (April 15). Also, congratulations to Karen Clutter on 2 years with Rotary on April 26.


Other news--  our Rotary youth exchange program is being suspended for this year  and  for the 2020-2021 year, all students to be returning home soon. Both spring 2020 sessions of Rotary Youth Leadership awards camp 'RYLA'  are cancelled.  Plans to run RYLA for November 2020  and spring March and April  2021  are still in place.  Global Polio eradication vaccination programs  are paused.


Thank you to Penny Vyskocil for club leadership  as our new Virtual Meeting Coordinator  using 'Zoom'  Karen Clutter will also assist  in this effort.   Geneva Rotary is making a payment to Riverside Receptions to cover wages and gratuity for our server for our cancelled meeting weeks.


Thank you to club members and supporters of Geneva Rotary for $1000 grant to  food pantry   run by   Chapel Street Church Geneva IL.  This  grant is being matched by the Rotary District 6440 Covid 19 community support fund.  This special fund of $40,000  was established for community service grants  for organizations specially affected by Covid 19.  Thank you to Rotarians  in our District for helping those in need.   Individual money donations and restaurant food cards  are also welcomed by  Chapel Street Church  food pantry  - they are located at 2300 South Street, Geneva IL 60134.
This is from the Kane County Connects  newsletter  of March 30 2020  - Kane County is collecting donations of unused PPE items
Kane County Coordinates Donations For PPE’s
Kane County officials announced this weekend that the county is accepting donations of Personal Protective Equipment to assist in the COVID-19 response.
Businesses, medical and nursing schools, nail salons, tattoo parlors and residents can donate unused and unopened Personal Protective Equipment in the parking lot of the Kane County Judicial Center located at 37W777 IL-38, St. Charles, IL 60175. The drop-off site will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Monday March 30.
The drop-off site will be staffed by personnel from the Kane County Office of Emergency Management.
If you have a large amount of items to donate such as a pickup trucks worth or larger, please e-mail us at kanecountyeoc@countyofkane.org Include the quantities of each item you have on hand to donate and your contact information and we will contact you to arrange a drop off date, time, and location.
Items needed include:
◦Masks: Surgical, isolation or N-95
◦Gowns: Isolation and non-surgical
◦Gloves: Nitrile, sterile, and surgical
◦Face shields, Goggles, and safety glasses  Hand Sanitizer (any size)
◦Disinfectant Wipes (any size)
All items should be in the manufacturer’s original packaging and unopened. Unfortunately, we cannot accept open product or homemade items.
All donations will be distributed to first responders, health care and medical facilities, and social services within Kane County.
Mutual Ground a local charity  helps victims of abuse --  The following link will guide you to opportunities to assist Mutual Ground and the families they serve. There are a couple of openings for the Meal Train to provide meals, but this link provides all the ways you can help.  Thank you for your volunteer and financial support of this vitally important and worthy organization.
Geneva Rotary will not meet during March and April 2020.  Our next schedule meeting is May 5 2020.
Geneva Rotary also announced a $1000 grant to Chapel Street Church's Shepherds Heart Food Pantry and this grant is being matched by Rotary District 6440 so the food pantry will receive $2000.  Thank you to club members  and supporters for this community service.
Geneva Rotary encourages all members and friends to protect others and yourself from Covid 19 virus and  prevent the spread of this disease.  

Governor Suzanne Gibson (District 6440 Rotary)   made announcement  today to cancel the  April 23-25 Rotary District conference  in light of World Health Organization declaration of a pandemic, President Trump's declaration of a National Emergency, Governor Pritzker’s disaster proclamation and President Trump’s recommendation that people not gather in groups larger than ten.  She stated that the health and well being of Rotarians and our families, friends and supporters is of utmost importance.   

  From her email letter of March 17 2020: 



We are People of Action. Service Above Self is our motto:

  • Please seek every opportunity to connect with and serve your communities.  Think simple and think small.  Individual acts of service can have a great impact.
  • Reach out to your communities and ASK how you can serve—your schools, your senior centers, your neighbors.
  • Call your local food bank-ASK what is needed
  • Donate Blood. The American Red Cross has an urgent need for donors.  If your club would like to host a blood drive, contact  Anna Feltham at the Red Cross.
  • Contact other non-profits in your community and ASK how you can help. 
  • Post your ideas and service on the Rotary District 6440 Facebook page.

Kind Regards,


Suzanne Gibson

District Governor


Thank you for your support of Rotary  in these difficult days.   
Geneva Rotary  will not meet March 17, 24 or 29   because  of concerns about Corona virus  (COVID 19)    transmission.     Our next schedule meeting is on April 7 2020.  Please  be aware of CDC  and  Illinois Dept. of Public Health  recommendations and guidelines   on COVID 19.   Please check back on our website or Geneva Rotary Facebook page   for status of meetings  in April 2020 and beyond.
Please also note that  the March 2020 RYLA camp   run by  our Rotary District 6440 has been cancelled  and we do not have further information at this time as to rescheduling.  
  If  there are  any changes on the  April 2020 RYLA camp     we will advise as soon as we hear more on that.
Thank you for your understanding during this time.
Geneva Rotarian Winnie Kalimba spoke to the club about her home country Uganda.  She gave a lively and interesting talk about life in that nation.  Thank you Winnie.  
l to r   Michele Kinzler, Winnie Kalimba and Chuck Miles.
News from March 3, 2020  Geneva Rotary meeting
Buy your tickets now for the Tri City Rotary  social  at Chicago Steel Hockey  game  3 pm  March 15 Sunday  at the Fox Valley Ice Arena   on Kirk Road in Geneva  -  Batavia, Geneva and St Charles clubs  and guests invited -- buy tickets at $15 each thru    website   steelgroups.com    and enter password Rotary      -    tickets  bought  thru this  website   will benefit Changing Childrens Worlds Foundation -- $3  per ticket   and  some extra benefits to that  organization if we reach 100 tickets sold
Thank you for your support of this club and community service event--
President Chuck will be  one of the community leaders  honored at the April 24 Changing Childrens Worlds Foundation   fundraiser dinner - if you want to attend at the Rotary table at the event    contact Chuck Miles (the club has purchased a table in support) - congratulations Chuck .
Geneva Rotary  will be sponsoring  8 students for RYLA  camp  this year  - thank you to club members for  work and efforts  at Swedish Days and for other contributions   to  support these students -- more information  on this overnight leadership camp for high school students  see  our website  
Paula Krapf will be our president for Rotary year 2020-2021  - thank you for your club service.  We need a president elect  who will be club president in 2021-2022 - contact Chuck or Paula  if you would like to help Geneva Rotary with this role.
March 3  2020  Chuck Miles  spoke to the club about Census 2020 --  Census outreach starts   in March - you can report as to residents at your home    on line this year.  Chuck reported  that  if a household does not respond on line, by phone or mail    then    Census staff will make up to 8 attempts  to contact the home  to count the residents.  Your help  in reporting your home residents early is appreciated.   - Photo  Dave Nelson Chuck Miles, Joe McMahon  at March 3 meeting. 
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Director - Membership Chair
Public Image
Public Relations
Director - Rotary Foundation
Grants Chair
Director - International Service
Literacy Chair
AID Party Chair
Swedish Days Coordinator
Youth Service/Director
Virtual Meeting Coordinator
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