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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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June 2018
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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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2018 club scholarship recipients
Jul 10, 2018
Mike Deagle scholarship committee chair
Karen Clutter
Jul 17, 2018
Classification - Karen is our newest Geneva Rotary member
Don Kramer
Jul 24, 2018
Kane County Sheriff
Club assembly
Jul 31, 2018
Steve Coffinbargar
Aug 07, 2018 7:00 AM
Kane County Division of Transportation
Rick Nagel
Aug 14, 2018
Kane County Connects -- Kane County Government
Jody Kanikula, Kane County Board candidate
Aug 21, 2018
Geneva and Kane County
need program
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Thank you volunteers -- Geneva Rotary club members, family, friends, Geneva Gymnastics  and all  are  customers too .  June 19 to June 24  2018  -- Geneva Rotary food booth  at 3rd and Campbell downtown  Geneva Illinois.  Food booth sales support our club scholarships, youth exchange, RYLA camp, AID holiday party, grants to local charities  and more.   Visit our photo album section  and our facebook page for more pictures. 
Geneva Rotary  meeting June 12  2018 was attended by Berit Lubben and Rachael Carlson  both are Geneva High students who attended Rotary District 6440 Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp  held in spring 2018.  Berit and Rachael talked to the club about RYLA  camp 2018.    Also in at Geneva Rotary meeting that day was Meagan Donohue a Geneva Rotary  club scholarship award winner.  Meagan  attends North Central College  and  plans to become a teacher.   Meagan's father Dan  was also in attendance. 
Rotarian Ross Spencer of the Long Grove club talked to Geneva Rotary about ShelterBox Disaster Relief organization.  Ross is a longtime volunteer and supporter of ShelterBox.    This international organization responds to natural and man-made disasters with ShelterBox and ShelterKit   supplies to provide immediate shelter and to support recovery.  ShelterBox is a Rotary Project Partner.  Visit   ShelterBoxUSA.org   Ross brought    ShelterBox and ShelterKit    components to the meeting for demonstration as well.  

Sharon Verzal  of  Kane County Health Department  talked to Geneva Rotary about safe  food handling and food preparation practices and requirements at  festival food booths.  Her presentation was informative and lively and generated many questions and comments.    Geneva Rotary  has  its food booth  at Swedish Days festival to be held June 19 to June 24 this year.

Audrey Pack and Tatum Keene  will be rappelling  down 16 story Pheasant Run tower  to raise funds to allow more girls to take part in  scouting activities in our area .    Audrey and Tatum talked  to the club  at its May 29 meeting about their scouting experience and how they have enjoyed Girl Scouts.   Their mothers  Jessica Pack and Jane Keene  also attended the meeting. 
Association for Individual Development (AID)      https://www.aidcares.org/       honored Geneva Rotary with a plaque at its May 22  2018  for its annual AID Holiday party done as a Geneva Rotary service project each year.   AID serves those with physical, developmental, intellectual and mental health challenges in Kane County and the surrounding area.  Geneva Rotarian Chuck Miles  is also a long time board member for AID. with physical, developmental, intellectual and mental health challenges to enjoy lives of dignity and purpose
Rotarian  Kathy Melone  is development director at Mutual Ground and gave an inspiring and informative presentation to Geneva Rotary at its May 22 2018 meeting about Mutual Ground which serves the Fox Valley area.
Mutual Ground provides services and resources to break the cycle of domestic violence and sexual abuse.    http://www.mutualground.org/
Geneva Rotary is a longtime supporter  of Mutual Ground and its important work.
Planting of Summer Flowers at Rotary knuckles on State Street  between 1st and 2nd Streets will be done Saturday  May 26 - if you can help with the planting stop by  8 am.  Thanks volunteers.    Our club will award 5 scholarships this year - Mike Deagle, Michaela McDaid and Joe McMahon served on our scholarship committee this year. 
Scholarships are  given as  the Stan Esping Memorial Award  in honor of our late club  member.
Thank you volunteers for helping serve the Herbies Friends  family bereavement support group  dinner on May 15 - Geneva Rotary community service project.   
Elena Melone  spoke to the club about  RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  camp  that she recently attended. RYLA is an annual  overnight camp for area  high school students  that includes leadership education, activities, speakers, and lots of fun too.  Elena  is  a student at St Charles East High and has been a long time volunteer for Geneva Rotary  events too. Thank you Elena.
Please  sign up for shifts  at the Rotary booth  for Swedish Days   2018  - June 19 to June 24   and for booth set up and take down   on June 18 and June 25.    Sign up at upcoming meeting  or  contact Kathy Coffey or Chris Reiss to add your name.  Friends, family members  are also welcome to volunteer.  Our food booth located at 3rd and Campbell Streets in downtown Geneva.  
Laura Poss is  new executive director for Tri City Family Services a long established local organization that provides counseling services, referrals and support to local families.  Laura talked  to Geneva Rotary at its May 15 meeting about Tri City's services, projects  and fundraising events
Karen Clutter is Geneva Rotary's  newest member.  Karen is an executive with Bunn  which provides beverage makers and beverage programs  to commercial customers.  Welcome to Geneva Rotary Karen.  Photo with Chris Reiss and Merritt Walker  at May 15 club meeting.


Joe Brand talked to Geneva, Batavia and St Charles Rotary clubs  at  our May 8, 2018 Tri City Rotary meeting.

Joe is  Kane County Cougars radio announcer WBIG AM 1280  and  also handles other public relations and special events  duties for the Cougars.   His presentation was well received  and generated  many questions about the team, baseball, sports and media  today. 

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards  (RYLA)  camp for high school students is a long time program of Rotary District 6440  and supported by the district clubs.   6  Geneva High students attended this year and 3 St Charles High students as well.  This overnight camp held twice each spring  includes team building, leadership skills, motivational speakers, activities and a  lot of fun.   3 of the RYLA camp students spoke to the club about  their camp experience at Geneva Rotary’s April 24 2018 meeting.  
Photos   -  Tom Antonson  with father Jeff;  Hayden McCoy and Kailin McCoy with their mother Tricia and RYLA facilitator Phong Saad
Peg Coker of Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley  spoke to Geneva Rotary at its April 17 meeting.  Literacy Volunteers  serves  dozens of local residents each year seeking to improve their language skills and to better assimilate to life in central Kane County.  Literacy Volunteer tutors  who receive  training  from the organization  typically work with students directly for 1 hour per week.    http://www.lvfv.org/      Geneva Rotary  is a long time supporter  of Literacy Volunteers  and  participates each year in their  Trivia Bee fundraiser event.   photo  Peg Coker  and David Nelson
Geneva Rotary annual benefit dinner  was held April 8, 2018 Villa Verone restaurant in Geneva.  Wonderful entertainment by  singer and musician  Dennis O'Brien .     Thank you to event chair Kathy Melone  and to club members, friends  and supporters for silent auction donations, silent auction purchases  and for attending the event.   Thank you also to Villa Verone for donation of the buffet dinner, so all proceeds can go toward our club scholarships, grants to local charities, youth exchange, RYLA camp and more. 
Chris Reiss   talked to the club about his November 2017  trip with Rotarians and other volunteers to Houston.  He was part of a group of 19  volunteers from across the US  (including those experienced in construction trades  and those with no experience)  that helped rebuild a badly damaged home in Houston during an 8 day stay.   The team stayed at  local church  and worked  12 hour days  most of the time.  The project was completed except for electrical and plumbing work that needed to be done by local licensed tradesman.  Thank you Chris.
Chris Reiss club president led the April 3, 2018 meeting.   Geneva Rotary annual benefit dinner is April 8, 2018 Villa Verone restaurant in Geneva  5:30 pm to 8 pm.  $25 per person includes singer and musician  Dennis O'Brien show, buffet dinner, silent auction, cash bar.     RSVP  to any Geneva Rotary member. Tickets will be available at door too.   It will be another great  Geneva Rotary annual benefit dinner!   Thank you to event chair Kathy Melone  and to club members, friends  and supporters for silent auction donations and for attending the event.   
Club scholarship chair Mike Deagle  announced the end of the 2018 scholarship application period.  The scholarship committee will interview  students who have applied for our 2018 club scholarships in coming weeks.   Thank you to the committee  and to the club for helping students.   
Geneva Beautification  community service  April 7  8 am to 9 am  at the Rotary knuckles on State Street between 1st and 2nd Streets - volunteers from our club to clean up the beds and plant new flowers.  Congratulations to Chris Reiss on the recent sale and closing of his business.  Congratulations also to Merritt Walker IV  who is now a Technical Sales Representative for ALS Global; Merritt sells food safety operations and programs for ALS through their Marshfield Food Safety division. 
Gary Urweiler  executive director of Mooseheart talked to Geneva Rotary about the residential school and its  103 year history.  Mooseheart serves children from infant to 21 years old and at present has over 200 residents.  They have a strong emphasis on social skills as well as academics, sports and vocational skills.  Mooseheart has Holiday Lights and Easter Egg Hunt events for the public.  Gary attended Mooseheart as a student.   photo Gary Urweiler   with Mike Deagle

Geneva Rotary LVFV trivia bee team, Alex, Chrissy, Warren with Coach Joe McMahon.  Literacy Volunteers fundraiser March 24 2018.  Thank you to Geneva Rotary for sponsoring the team and supporting  Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley

2017-2018 club president Chris Reiss  announced  grants by Geneva Rotary at the club's March 20 2018 meeting.  The club is supporting Tri-City Family Services;  Eagle Scout project of Tommy Antonson to provide baseball and sports equipment  to needy children in Central America and in Chicago; and Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley  (LVFV)   - Geneva Rotary will have  a team at LVFV's annual trivia contest event  March 24.   Please attend Geneva Rotary's annual benefit dinner  on April 8 2018  5:30 pm   at Villa Verone Geneva   to support  community service  such as these grants and our annual club scholarships and more. 
https://www.chicagohearingsociety.org/hearthecheers   Eliza Peters  - Geneva High student - Hear the Cheers provides hearing aids to local students in need.   Eliza  made an interesting and well received presentation to Geneva Rotary at its March 20 meeting.  Her mother Amber Peters  was also in attendance and assisted with the presentation.    photo with club president Chris Reiss
Tormod Larson presented to Geneva Rotary at its March 13, 2018 meeting  about The Kristoffer Larsen Big Heart Memorial Foundation.  This foundation seeks to raise awareness about and work to prevent sudden cardiac deaths.  The foundation was started by the Larsen family to honor the memory of their son Kristoffer who died at age 22 from sudden cardiac death.  The foundation recently supported heart screening of over 1400 students at Geneva High school.  Tormod Larsen and Chuck Miles  l to r.
March 6 2018 Geneva Rotary meeting  - Gordon Hard told the club about the sale of his business Valley Insurance in Geneva  and his  continued work  at Valley Insurance  for the past several months  in transition to new ownership.  The Geneva club has also received 8 applications for the RYLA camp from Geneva and St Charles high school students.  RYLA is a   youth leadership overnight camp held  March and April  and presented by Rotary District 6440.   photo Joe McMahon, Chuck Miles and Gordon Hard  l to r
Dennis O'Brien singer and musician    to perform at our annual benefit dinner  April 8 2018. Delicious Villa Verone buffet dinner. Silent auction with many great  items to bid on.  Great company.  Support our Geneva Rotary club scholarships, RYLA camp for high school students, youth exchange, grants to local charities and more.  Only $25 per person.   Geneva Rotary members  can take reservations and collect payment for the dinner.  Checks payable  to Rotary Club of Geneva. 
Ask friends, relatives  and co-workers  to support our  annual benefit dinner on April 8 at Villa Verone  --   Dennis O'Brien  will provide musical entertainment   http://www.dennisobrienmusic.com/             please  RSVP   to Kathy Melone  for  yourself and guests   --  only $25 per person  and that includes  dinner and the show, and silent auction.   Please  let Kathy know too about  items you can contribute  for silent auction.   Bring payment for tickets and silent auction items   to upcoming club meetings    and also can be paid at the door.
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