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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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Swedish Days 2017 June 20 to June 25 -- visit the Geneva Rotary food booth at 3rd and Campbell - support Geneva Rotary club scholarships, RYLA leadership camp for high school students, annual holiday party for disabled adults and more -- thank you to our customers and to all our wonderful volunteers

Geneva Chambers Facebook   page  and vote for the Geneva Rotary  Bike  entry   (winner wins  $500 in Geneva Gift cards)



Vote for Geneva Rotary    at    the Geneva Chamber of Commerce Facebook page !


Rui Faccin from Brazil visited Geneva Rotary at its  June 13 meeting.  Rui  is a club president and also  an Assistant District Governor  serving clubs in Brazil and also a club  in Argentina.  His daughter Vitoria Faccin also visited - she is a former Rotary Youth Exchange student  and  will be  in masters degree program at Iowa State  in the fall.  The Faccins  are hosted this week by the Allen family - Mark Allen of Geneva Rotary club.
Please visit our Geneva Rotary food booth during Geneva's Swedish Days Festival  June 20 to June 25 2017.  Buy a brat, hot dog or pulled pork, sweet corn, drinks and more.   All proceeds support Geneva Rotary scholarships, RYLA - Rotary Youth Leadership camp, AID Holiday party for disabled adults, grants to local charities, youth exchange and  community and international service projects.
Geneva Rotary club members and friends  thank you for your service as volunteers at our booth during the festival.  
Please note that the club will not hold any regular meetings  on June 20, June 27 and July 4
Geneva Rotary sponsored 5 students for Rotary Youth Leadership Award camps  held in March and April 2017.  RYLA camp attendees  related their experiences at the camp at the club's June 6, 2017 meeting.  All found the camp to be very rewarding and fun.  Our 2017 RYLA camp students  were Morgan Donohue, Jackson Dietrich, Ben Melone, Fionnuala Cottrell  and Brigid McCarthy.  Thank you also to Geneva Rotary and our supporters for financial support for this program. 
Geneva Rotarians Don Cummings and Brian Borkowicz received Paul Harris Fellow recognition at the club's May 30  2017 meeting.  Paul Harris Fellows  support the Rotary Foundation with significant financial contributions.  The Foundation supports  Peace scholars, polio eradication efforts, local and international service projects and much more.     photos with club president Arun Mani
Geneva Rotary Community service-- Rotarians prepared and served dinner for Herbies Friends-- a family bereavement support group with Fox Valley Hands of Hope-- thank you volunteers
Jasmine is a local high school student taking part in a service trip this summer to Ghana Africa.  Her group will be  constructing a sanitation facility and will also learn about the culture and see sights in Ghana.   She did a presentation for the club at our May 23 2017 meeting.  Best wishes to Jasmine on her trip.
Kitty Weiner is our Assistant District Governor ( ADG)  (district 6440)  for 2017-2018 Rotary year .  Geneva Rotary thanks Paul Keenon for his many years of service as 'ADG'   for our club.  Kitty is a member of Elk Grove Village  Rotary club.  

    Geneva Rotarians  Joe McMahon and Paula Krapf  helped with  community service work May 20  - planting and weeding our Rotary knuckles on State Street.  Special thanks to them for working on a rainy Saturday  morning.
Katie Mann was inducted into Geneva Rotary at its May 16 2017 meeting by club president Arun Mani.  Katie is a banker with Inland Bank and Trust Co. in Geneva.    https://www.inlandbank.com/
photo - Katie Mann  and Michele Kinzler 
 Michelle Meyer of Mutual Ground  presented to Geneva Rotary at its May 16 2017 meeting.  Mutual Ground  works  to end the cycle of domestic and sexual violence.  It serves Geneva,  Aurora  and other  communities in the Fox Valley.  Geneva Rotary is long time supporter of Mutual Ground and its vital work.  Our club's Kathy Melone is executive  for fundraising and development for Mutual Ground.   Visit  for more information    mutualground.org     
Vic Zaderej principal of Happy Leaf LED   http://www.happyleafled.com/  was program speaker at the May 2 2017 Tri City Rotary.  Vic made a lively and well received presentation on LED lighting and indoor gardening.  There were many questions from the crowd.  Happy Leaf sells indoor plant lights and related products.  Zaderej is also a senior engineer with Molex.
Chris Danzi presented to the club about her company Elder Bridge.  Elder Bridge  assists seniors, the ill and disabled in their homes.  She discussed when services of her firm might be needed  and signs to l watch for as to disability.  She also talked about services Elder Bridge provides.  www.elderbrdige.com     photo Chris Danzi and Gordie Hard  l to r
Sheriff Don Kramer presented at Geneva Rotary at its April 18, 2017 meeting.   He talked about the Sheriff's department duties for the county jail, public safety and court house security.  The Sheriff's office also provides leadership and active police work county -wide for murder investigations, fatal traffic accidents, SWAT, bomb squad, canine unit and more.  His talk was lively and generated many questions from club members. 
Morgan Abate, an AmeriCorps volunteer  at Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva made an interesting and  detailed presentation to Geneva Rotary at its April 11 2017 meeting.  The food bank which serves 13 county area distributed 8.9 million meals in 2016  in Kane County;  and  served 62.5 million  meals across their service area of  13 northern  Illinois  counties  .   1 in 5 children in the service area are benefitted  by food bank programs.    www.solvehungertoday.org
George Saloman of Geneva is our newest club member.  He was inducted in ceremony led by club president Arun Mani at the April 11 2017 Geneva Rotary meeting.  George is an automotive industry consultant.
Ben Pohl is a survivor of a terrible distracted driving accident that happened in 1997 where he was the  teenage distracted driver.   He speaks to clubs and organizations to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.  Ben is an inspirational and lively speaker and his message about distracted driving was well received by the club at its April 4 2017 meeting.   photo  with Arun Mani, Michele Kinzler and Ben Pohl--    www.benpohlspeaks.com 
Geneva Beautification --  flower planting and clean up of our Rotary Knuckles  on State Street.  April 8 2017  club volunteers Mark, Paula and Merritt.  Thank you for your efforts- the beds look great!

Geneva Public Library board member Paul Conterato made an informational presentation to Geneva Rotary at its March 21 meeting about the upcoming building referendum for proposed new library building. photo Paula Krapf and Michel Kinzler l to r and Chris Reiss and Paul Conterato l to r

Lindsay Henley talked to Geneva Rotary about  Salesians Life Choices    - a development organization in South Africa    www.lifechoices.co.za    Lindsay worked for many years with this organization  in Capetown South Africa  and was long time resident of that city.    The organization promotes  youth and family education, employment and health.    Lindsay gave a lively  and  very interesting  presentation  to the club. photo Lindsay Henley and Kathy Coffey  l to r  
Chris Reiss of Geneva Rotary  attended Rotary District 6440  President Elect Training Seminar  2017.   Club president elects were given training on membership, service opportunities, leadership and more.  Chris  received reports at the seminar  that Rotary's  continuing  polio eradication  'Polio Plus'   have been very successful  and  the goal of total eradication of the polio virus is  very close.   
Brian Warner 'Tri City Family Services Strengthening People. Building Community'. Brian Warner, TCFS Board member and Chair of the Resource Development Committee -   Tri City provides mental health and family counseling services on non profit basis  and has served the Geneva, Batavia and St. Charles communities for  50 years.   Brian spoke to Geneva Rotary at its March 7 meeting.  Geneva Rotary has been long time supporter of   Tri City Family Services.   photo   Brian Warner and Rotarian Dave DiIorio 

Great evening at Villa Verone Geneva with delicious buffet.  Scott Piner magic show, silent auction, wonderful company.  Thank you from Geneva Rotary to all who supported our event.


Proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction and raffle benefit Geneva Rotary scholarships for local students, RYLA camp for high school students, grants to local charities, service projects and more. Thank you to all who attended and made donations to support the club

No club meeting
Jun 27, 2017
meeting cancelled
No meeting -- Happy July 4 - Independence Day US
Jul 04, 2017
no meeting today
Club assembly
Jul 11, 2017
Swedish Days recap and introduce 2017-2018 club officers and leaders
Michael Albrow --- Physicist
Jul 18, 2017
Geneva Rotary Scholarships 2017
Jul 25, 2017
Scholarship committee led by Mike Deagle present this years' recipients
Bruce Weigel -- Insurance
Aug 01, 2017
Insuring Children and Grandchildren when they are young
Jude Wilbers - Thrivent
Aug 08, 2017
Tax efficiency and generosity
Lynn O'Shea
Aug 15, 2017
Association for Individual Development
George Saloman
Aug 22, 2017
classification -- auto industry
club assembly
Sep 05, 2017
Tri City Rotary at Riverside Receptions
Oct 10, 2017
St Charles club to host and provide program
Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Immediate Past President
Rotary Foundation
Membership Chair
Public Relations
Web Site Coordinator, Bulletin
Vocational Service/Director
Club Scholarships
Literacy Chair
AID Party Chari
Swedish Days Coordinator
Swedish Days Ass't
Youth Exchange
Villa Verone Benefit Coordinator
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