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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 
November 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
Julie Clark District Governor
Nov 13, 2018
District 6440 Rotary
Club Assembly
Nov 27, 2018
club business - prepare for AID holiday party
Club Assembly
Dec 18, 2018
Bob Shiffler - president of Library Board
Jan 08, 2019
New Geneva Public Library
Program needed
Jan 15, 2019
Cathy Schweiger United Way
Jan 22, 2019
Dial 211 - a new program
Club Assembly
Jan 29, 2019
Tri City Rotary hosted by Batavia club
Feb 12, 2019
to be announced and location to be announced
Dave Quillen
Feb 19, 2019
Waubonsee Community College
Club Assembly
Feb 26, 2019
Annual Benefit Dinner at Villa Verone
Nicoline Komdrup Pedersen
Mar 05, 2019
Rotary Youth Exchange 2018-2019 and Denmark
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RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)    2019 --   Annual  Overnight camp and seminar  for  local high school students sponsored by Rotary District 6440  and  supported by Geneva Rotary club.  Geneva Rotary will sponsor several students this year.   Ask  high school students you know to consider RYLA camp.  Applications now available. 
The purpose of the program is to recognize young
people who have demonstrated leadership skills or show
the potential to be leaders, and provide them with an
opportunity to explore and further develop these skills
with other with similar capabilities.
Session 1: March 7-10, 2019
Session 2: April 4-7, 2019
During the 3 Day
Conference  and overnight camp
Participants will:
Explore their own style and strengths;
Learn skills that will enable them to be aware of
and to address community needs;
Interact with adult role models who are active
in their professions and community;
Develop and learn leadership skills
Have a lot of fun!!
RYLA application and brochure  are available at our club website in the download section. 
Jeff Barrett executive director at Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity presented to Geneva Rotary at its November 6 meeting.  The talk was  inspiring and well received by the club.  Also with Jeff was   Bob Channell  logistics director  for the area organization.  Jeff described the home ownership process which includes  extensive sweat equity contributions,  and  financial education  for the new home owner. 
Suzanne Gibson Rotary  district 6440 governor elect visited the club and  met with our club members and guests.  Thank you for your service Suzanne.    Other  announcements:  Arun Mani  will be 2019 Swedish Days chair; Greg Simon  attended  international service  training  with district 6440 this past weekend;    good bye happy hour for our long time member  Gordon Hard  at the Dam Bar 5 pm to 7 pm Tuesday November 13; community service Geneva beautification   at our Rotary knuckles   - John, Michele, Paula and Joe  did final 2018 clean up.   Thanksgiving morning community service project  will be at home on Division Street  and sign up at next week's meeting or contact Joe McMahon  to help out  8 am to 10 or 11 am -- clean up, minor repairs, landscape work.    Thank you for all for your service  -- Club, Community, International and Vocational - 4 avenues of Rotary service.
Geneva Rotarian Gordon Hard has 35 years of service with Geneva Rotary.  Thank you  Gordy for your efforts with Swedish Days, AID holiday party,  club president , youth exchange, benefit dinner, service projects  and  much more.   Best wishes to Gordon and Kathleen as they make  move to retirement  as well.
Geneva Rotary upcoming service projects -- November 3 2018  Rotary Knuckles Geneva Beautification  final fall clean up - 8 am to 8:30 am  at the Rotary Knuckles  on State Street  between 1st and 2nd Streets ;
Geneva Giving Tree decorations  Nov. 10 to 17  - Geneva History Museum -- contact  Merritt Walker
Nov.  22  Thanksgiving Morning Service Project  - 8 am to 11 am - home in Geneva  area  location to be announced to club members-- Joe M.   is contact
Dec. 1   Salvation Army Bell Ringing   10 am to 2 pm --  sign up page is being sent around the club at meetings  or contact Michele K.
Dec. 11  Geneva Rotary - AID annual holiday party  -- many club volunteers needed!!  mark your calendar  10:30 am to 1:30 pm  --  family members, friends welcome to help  - work all 3 hours  or  some part-- this is a wonderful start to holiday season
More information on all the events  at upcoming meetings  or contact the event chairs or president Chuck
Rotary Foundation presentation by Sarah Oliver at Geneva Rotary’s October 23, 2018 meeting.   The Foundation supports  both local and international Rotary service efforts  by fundraising and management  of funds.   Sarah  discussed  District grants, global grants, Polio Plus, Peace Fellows, Scholarships, Endowment and  how Rotary Foundation serves Rotary clubs.  Sarah is Rotary district 6440’s  Rotary Foundation chair and  a Rotarian with Wilmette club.  Geneva Rotary club and individual Rotarians support the Rotary Foundation each year with donations.  Paul Harris fellow awards are made to Rotarians who make substantial financial contributions to the Foundation.

Support efforts to buy books and children's  reading materials for 6 local charities-- St Charles Rotary 4 Literacy  - supported by Geneva Rotary.   Shop at Barnes and Noble Geneva Commons  on October 20, 2018  and tell the cashier you are shopping with Rotary 4 Literacy.  Or  Shop on line with Barnes and Noble  and  show the Bookfair ID 12396891     at  BN.COM/bookfairs    A portion of proceeds  will go to our fundraising for literacy.
Please stop by the Bookfair at Barnes and Noble Geneva Commons   on Oct 20  10 am to 3 pm  to shop and learn more     --  local Rotarians will be hosting a table at Barnes and Noble
Elizabeth Moriarty  of Fox River Valley Initiative  presented to Geneva Rotary at its October 16 meeting.   This organization seeks to build support for mental health, housing and economic development projects and programs  in the Fox Valley area.    The Fox River Valley Initiative (FRVI) is a growing broad-based group of non-partisan, everyday citizens dedicated to resolving pressing social problems facing our communities in Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, and Elgin.    http://dupageunited.org/fox-river-valley-initiative 
The City of Geneva and Mayor Kevin Burns proclaimed October 24 2018 World Polio Day in the City of Geneva at the October 15, 2018 City Council meeting.  Club president Chuck Miles made a presentation about Rotary's over 30 year commitment to polio eradication and also promoted the Geneva Rotary club.
Geneva Rotary club's Gordon Hard   and Geneva Rotary   was honored by Association of Individual Development (AID)  at   AID's   October 11 2018 annual benefit dinner.   AID recognized Geneva Rotary's   annual holiday party for AID clients.      Gordy has been our club  chair for many years of   this   holiday  party event  .  Geneva Rotary has held this  event for over 35 years.
Club president Chuck Miles led Geneva Rotary club assembly at Sept. 25 meeting.  Upcoming events and club projects discussed.  President Chuck highlighted some of Geneva Rotary's major service efforts, how funds are generated and spent, also club volunteer projects too.  Our fundraisers  - Swedish Days booth and Annual Benefit dinner at Villa Verone  fully support our club's charitable grants and service projects.   We also receive an annual grant from  Rotary district 6440  for our AID  holiday party (this year  about $900).    Geneva Rotary spends approximately $20,000 on our service projects and grants to local charities.  Geneva Rotary club members and our supporters  also donate thousands  of volunteer hours each year for our service projects and fundraisers.
 Club members dues cover the breakfasts, Rotary International dues and donations to the Rotary Foundation.  Our Happy Bucks and 50-50  Raffle and club members contributions   cover social events.   Below see  2018 service by Geneva Rotary.
Kim Svevo-Cianci  executive director of Changing Children's Worlds Foundation (CCWF)  presented to Geneva Rotary at the club's October 2, 2018 meeting.   CCWF seeks to support children and their families with empathy based training and support for parents and caregivers.  Terry Allen who presents CCWF programs at Hesed House homeless shelter also  spoke and helped with the presentation. 
Elizabeth Clements  chair of the City of Geneva's volunteer Strategic Plan Advisory Committee (SPAC)  spoke to Geneva Rotary at its September 18 2018 meeting.   Elizabeth described SPAC  and its role in giving a voice to the city's residents  with city government.    Stephanie Dawkins City Administrator  also attended  and addressed several questions from club members.  The presentation was interesting and well received by the club. 

Rotary in 1985 launched PolioPlus and spearheaded the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which today includes the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to immunize all the children of the world against polio.


 Polio cases have dropped by over 99.9 percent since 1988, and the world now stands on the threshold of eradicating this dread disease and thereby eliminating the threat of polio-caused paralysis to every child in the world.   Geneva Rotary Club has been an initial and  continued supporter of  Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation in their efforts to eliminate the polio disease.

George Shkutov  is Geneva Rotary's newest club member.  He was inducted at the September 11, 2018 meeting by club president  Chuck Miles.  His sponsor was Geneva Rotarian  Greg Simon.  George works in the mortgage business  and  lives in Geneva.  Welcome George.
Sheavoun Lambillotte executive director of Geneva Park District presented at Geneva Rotary Sept. 11 2018 meeting.  Jerry Culp  the park district's new superintendent of parks and properties was also at the meeting.   Geneva Park District has 56 parks with over 700 acres  and serves over  32,000  residents in Geneva and surrounding areas.  The park district has recently  taken on management of  two riverfront park areas from the City, and is also developing pollinator gardens in 8 parks.  Peck Farm Park continues to be  a prime focus for the district as well.    The Park District also hosts its annual Autumn Fair event on September 15 2018  at Peck Farm Park.
Ed Greetis  and Karen Clutter  are two of Geneva Rotary's newer members  but both have been very active in  participation and  supporting the club.  They both gave a classification talk at the club's August 28 meeting describing   their careers, personal interests and their interest in  fellowship and  service  as Rotary club members.  Ed is  a financial advisor with Edward Jones Financial  and  Karen is a national account executive with Bunn Corporation. 
Thank you Geneva Rotary volunteers   Karen,  Chris, Mike and Joe  for work on the Rotary flower bed  knuckles in downtown Geneva  on August 25.  They look great.
Julie Allen  was a past outbound Geneva Rotary youth exchange student  to Venezuela.  She now lives and works in Minnesota.  Julie visited Geneva Rotary at its August 22, 2018 meeting.
Geneva Rotary is co-sponsor with St Charles Rotary   of 2018 2019   inbound Rotary  youth exchange student Nicoline  Komdrup Pedersen.  Thank you to our 2018 2019 youth exchange host families  and club members who assist with this program.      Nicoline will attend high school and participate in Rotary youth exchange activities.  Welcome Nicoline.  
Mutual Ground  event in St Charles –What: A showcase featuring art and stories by survivors of sexual abuse
Where: Mixology Salon Spa, 116 W Main Street, St. Charles, IL, 60174
When: Friday, August 24th  from 5 PM – 8 PM
Experience incredible artwork and stories by survivors of sexual assault and learn more about how you can support services to help victims of violence.
This event is FREE, but all proceeds will benefit Mutual Ground.   Geneva Rotary is a long time supporter of Mutual Ground
Tri City Rotary  Steak Fry   September 19, 2018   5 pm at Riverview Banquets  - RSVP   at next club meeting  or  send an email to Kathy Coffey – Rotarians  get a free dinner and guests only $15  per person
There will also be golf earlier  that day for those who want to play – contact  Kathy Coffey for golf too
Geneva’s International Cultural Exchange Committee  ( ICEC  ) 
Eight friends from Croissy-sur-Seine, Geneva’s cultural partner, will visit Geneva from September 21-25, 2018.  ICEC has planned several events, providing a great opportunity to mix and mingle with our French guests, renew friendships, and make new friends.   Visit the ICEC website to learn more and to sign up for some of the events  or to help with the visitors.
Geneva Rotary was a silver sponsor of this fundraiser run and walk for Big Heart Foundation.  Thank you to  club members and  family  volunteers who   helped at the race and   represented Geneva Rotary  club.
The Kristoffer Larsen BIG HEART Memorial Foundation has been established by the Larsen family of Geneva, Illinois to honor the great memory of their beloved son and brother Kristoffer Larsen (1993-2016).
Kristoffer suffered a sudden cardiac death on May 27, 2016 at age 22 while visiting his grandparents in Norway. He was a healthy and active young man that cared greatly for his siblings, family, friends, and people around him. Our work with the Foundation is dedicated in his honor, to preserve his spirit, positive outlook, and to help prevent other families from experiencing the devastation of suddenly losing a loved one.
More pictures  see  club photo album and our facebook page
Rick Nagel leads Kane County Connects  an on line news and information source for Kane County government, other local government bodies, local non-profits and local news.  He spoke to Geneva Rotary at its August 14  2018 meeting. 
Loy  joined Geneva Rotary in 1981.  He is a past president of the club and has always been a strong supporter of the club and its 4 avenues of service  -   Club, Community, International and Vocational.  Thank you Loy for your service and dedication to Rotary. 
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Director - Rotary Foundation
Director - Membership Chair
Director - International Service
Director - Club Service
Club Scholarships
Director - Community Service
AID Party Chair
Swedish Days Coordinator
Public Relations
Youth Exchange
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Rotary Foundation receives Charity Navigator rating for 11th year

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World Polio Day lauds historic partnership, success 

Rotary and GPEI have put polio on the brink of global