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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 
October 2020
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Geneva, IL  60134
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Oct 27, 2020 8:00 AM
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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
Annie Waldoch a recent Peace Corps volunteer addressed Geneva Rotary at its September 15 2020  Zoom on line meeting.  She was joined by Florida Rotarian Carl Dickerson who has led Rotary -Peace Corps literacy efforts.   Annie spoke about her service  in a small village in the Dominican Republic and support that the Peace Corps received from Rotary.  District  6440 Governor Lyle Staab also participated in our meeting and spoke to the club as well.   Thank you Annie, Carl and Lyle for joining Geneva Rotary’s zoom meeting today.
Annie served in the Dominican Republic 2018-20 and is one of 65 Peace Corps Volunteers whose community benefited from a Rotary-Peace Corps Literacy Project which Dickerson Literacy Initiatives coordinated.  Carl Dickerson (Cantonment Rotary Club, Pensacola, FL Dickerson Literacy Initiatives)  also gave  a brief overview of the Rotary-Peace Corps Memorandum of Understanding . 
Information on the relationship between Rotary and the Peace Corps –
Our next club meeting is on September 15 2020  7 am  start.  This will be a Zoom meeting.  We will have  a special guest speaker Annie Waldoch  along with Rotarian Carl Dickerson.  They will talk about Rotary-Peace Corps Literacy program.  Annie went to Geneva High School and recently served in Peace Corps.     Our September  29 meeting  information will be announced.
No club meetings  on September 1, 8  and 22,  2020.
Max Rumbaugh is Geneva Rotary's newest member.  He was inducted at  the club's August 18 2020 meeting  held outdoors at Wheeler Park Geneva.  The induction was conducted by Mike Musson our assistant district governor (Rotary district 6440).   Welcome Max.           photos  of induction  also with club president Paula Krapf

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 
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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