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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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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
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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 
Geneva Rotary hosted its annual holiday party for Association for Individual Development  on December 12 2017.  Delicious lunch, entertainment, gifts for all and special visit by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and two elves.  Thank you to all volunteers, sponsors and supporters of this event.
Susan Ericson Development Coordinator for  Making Kane County Fit for Kids   presented Geneva Rotary with a plaque for the club’s sponsorship of 2017 Walk to School Day.  Over 80 Kane County schools participated in this annual family event.  Photo David Nelson and Sue Ericson.
Joman calendars for 2018 now available  from McMahon Builders of Geneva or from Geneva Rotary.  Thanks to Joe McMahon and Kelsey McMahon for creation of the calendars.  They are provided free with a donation to Lazarus House  homeless shelter which serves Geneva, St. Charles and surrounding communities.
Rick Burchell is director of Fox Valley Career Center  which provides vocational education courses  for over 500  students from several area high schools. Rick made a  well received presentation to the Geneva Rotary club at its December 5 2017 meeting.  photo  Chris Reiss and Rick Burchell  l to r
Geneva Rotary made a $1000 sponsorship donation to Mutual Ground.  Mutual Ground serves victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the Fox Valley area.  Mutual Ground provides  shelter,  counseling and other services   to its clients.  The check was presented at November 7, 2017 meeting.    photo Mike Deagle  and Kathy Melone.
Charles 'Chip' Barber long time Geneva Rotarian has taken a new banking job in Florida.  He will be missed  at Geneva Rotary and  the club thanks Chip for his  many  hours  of service for our club.   Best wishes to Chip with his new job and to Chip and Kathy on their move to Florida.
November 4, 2017 - end of season clean up of our Rotary knuckles- part of downtown Geneva beautification project.  Geneva Rotary has responsibility of two flower beds 'knuckles' on State Street between 1st and 2nd Streets.  Thank you to our volunteers that day -- Joe, John and Michele.
Don Brewer  2017-2018 district governor 6440  led a special dinner board meeting on October 30 hosted by Geneva club president Chris Reiss.  Governor Don then was special guest speaker at October 31 club meeting.  He  presented to the Geneva club  banners honoring the club's contributions to the Rotary Foundation.   Don  also inducted into the club its newest members   --  Penny Vyskocil and  John Vyskocil.   Geneva Rotary appreciated his lively and informative  presentations and thanks Governor Don Brewer  for his Rotary service.

World Polio Day (October 24) was established by Rotary International to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis.

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are vaccines.


In 1952, the polio epidemic became the worst outbreak in America’s history.

Of nearly 58,000 cases reported that year 3,145 died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In the two years before the vaccine was widely available, the average number of polio cases in the U.S. was more than 45,000. By 1962, that number dropped to 910.


In 1980, WHO certified the world free from smallpox.

However, an estimated 500,000 children worldwide were still being paralysed by polio every year.


In 2016, there were a total of 37 polio cases worldwide.

To date in 2017, there have been 12 polio cases worldwide.

We’re 99.5% polio-free, but it’s not enough.

It takes only one case, one unimmunized child to keep the polio virus alive and crippling children in our world.


What can you do?   Please help us by going to: 

https://www.facebook.com/ RotaryDistrict6440IronLung/

“Like” and “Follow” the Facebook page, then invite others to do the same.

Together we can raise awareness and eradicate polio.



Paul Keenon assistant district governor  Rotary 6440  was a two week volunteer at international refugee camp in Lesvos Greece an island just off the coast of Turkey.   He related to the club his experiences and also provided much information about the refugee situation in that area and worldwide.   His program is available to Rotary clubs and other interested groups.  Paul and Michele Kinzler  Oct 24 2017
Jim Buckalew and Jan Krueger  with Royal Family Kids Camp presented to Geneva Rotary at its Oct 17 2017 meeting.  This summer camp program for grade school to high school students  serves  abused and neglected children who are nominated by Illinois DCFS .  Geneva Rotary is a long time sponsor  for this charity.  photo  with Mike Deagle 
Assistant district governor Kitty Weiner  at Geneva Rotary  October 17 meeting  - photo Kathy Coffey, youth exchange student Lara and ADG Kitty Weiner

Steve Andersson 65th district State Representative spoke to Tri City Rotary at October 10 2017 meeting. Batavia, Geneva and St. Charles clubs. He discussed his past years in Springfield and state government issues.   His presentation was very informative and well received at the meeting.    Paula Schmidt St Charles Breakfast Rotary led the meeting - photo  Paula with Steve Andersson 


Kris Anderson of Casey's Safe Haven Horse Rescue presented to the club at its  Sept. 19 club meeting about this local charity.  With club president Chris Reiss.    Chris Reiss was also winner of our Ace of Spades  50 50 drawing.   Congrats to Chris!
Brian Borkowicz spoke to Geneva Rotary at its September 5 2017 meeting.  He presented on his trip with family this past summer to France including  visit to Lille, Normandy, Paris and Bruges Belgium.   They were hosted by Igor Honore  and his family  - Igor  was past inbound Rotary youth exchange student  in Geneva. 
St Charles Breakfast Rotary president elect  David Pietryla  visited Geneva Rotary at its August 29 meeting to promote  the annual Book Fair event at Barnes and Noble to be held September 30 2017.  Shoppers can help support Geneva, Batavia and St Charles Rotary clubs  for donations of books and supplies to local organizations promoting youth literacy.  Donations for the literacy event also welcome.  
Brett Weiss
Jan 23, 2018
Dago, Kenya --- Founder and Director of the Bernard and Elsie Weiss Dago Scholarship Fund
Club assembly
Jan 30, 2018
upcoming annual benefit dinner and other club business
Gary Urwiler - Mooseheart
Feb 06, 2018
Gary is executive director of Mooseheart Child City and School
Tri City Rotary - Batavia club to host
Feb 13, 2018
location to be announced - program to be announced
Nanette Shepardson
Feb 20, 2018
program from Do Over Me -- Guiding Lights
Club Assembly
Feb 27, 2018
Discuss, prepare for annual benefit dinner at Villa Verone, other topics
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Mar 06, 2018
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Mar 13, 2018
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Mar 20, 2018
need program
Mar 27, 2018
club assembly
Apr 03, 2018
Discuss upcoming annual benefit dinner
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Apr 10, 2018
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Apr 17, 2018
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Apr 24, 2018
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May 01, 2018
Joe Brand Kane County Cougars Radio
May 08, 2018
Kane County Cougars - Tri City Rotary hosted by Geneva club
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May 15, 2018
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May 22, 2018
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May 29, 2018
need program
Jun 05, 2018
club assembly
Jun 12, 2018
upcoming Swedish Days
Swedish Days recap
Jun 26, 2018
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