GENEVA ROTARY CLUB WEBSITE NAMED BEST IN DISTRICT 7120 AT ANNUAL DISTRICT CONFERENCE

The Geneva Rotary Club was presented the District Governor’s Citation for the 2017-2018 Club Website Award at the annual District 7120 Conference in Saratoga Springs May 4 to 6.

District 7120 is composed of 72 Rotary clubs in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region.

“We are proud of our website and it is a great tool to communicate with our club members and people interested in what we do,” said club President Tara Rago.

The Geneva Rotary website can be found at genevarotaryclub.org. The Rotary webmaster is Rotarian Penny Hankins of the Local Latitude website design company. The website was originally developed by Rotarian Ford Weiskittel.

Rotary International is composed of 1.2 million men and women around the world who donate their expertise, time and funds to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding amongst cultures. If you are interested in serving your community in a new way and are interested in becoming a Geneva Rotarian, please contact secretary@genevarotaryclub.orgfor more information or visit us on our website at www.genevarotaryclub.org. Geneva Rotary meets every Wednesday at noon at Geneva Country Club.

GENEVA ROTARY CLUB SCHEDULES CHICKEN BBQ TO FUND SANTA TRAIN RIDES FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

The Geneva Rotary Club Chicken BBQ to benefit the 2018 Santa Train will take place Sunday, June 3, starting at 11 a.m. at the Hotel Exchange, 290 Exchange St.

The proceeds from the chicken BBQ are used to provide Santa Train tickets to children in need. “Each ticket sold will allow a child who could not otherwise afford it to ride the Santa Train in December,” said Dave Cook, chair of the BBQ and co-chair of the Santa Train.

The ticket price is $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Hotel Exchange, from Geneva Rotarians or by calling Dave at 607-279-3152. Last year the barbecue raised $2,500 for ticket donations.

Rotary International is composed of 1.2 million men and women around the world who donate their expertise, time and funds to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding amongst cultures. If you are interested in serving your community in a new way and are interested in becoming a Geneva Rotarian, please contact secretary@genevarotaryclub.org for more information or visit us on our website at www.genevarotaryclub.org. Geneva Rotary meets every Wednesday at noon at Geneva Country Club.

GENEVA ROTARY CLUB HONORS COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT SERVICE ABOVE SELF GALA

The Geneva Rotary Club recently honored members of the Geneva High School Interact Club and the Rotaract Club at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

The students received awards for their leadership and community service at the club’s recent Service Above Self Gala at Club 86.

Interact is the high school version of Rotary while Rotaract is the college version.

The Interact members receiving awards were seniors Jack Harris and Sydney Mittiga.

Harris joined Interact in the eighth grade and has taken part in Day of Service, Operation Merry Christmas, the Geneva Rotary Santa Train, the Geneva Public Library Book Sale, the Festival of Nations and many other Rotary inspired community activities. He is a member of the National Honor Society. Harris plans to study entrepreneurial ideas at Hobart College in the fall.

Mittiga is the president of the Interact Club. She is a member of Green Club, Leadership League of Women, Varsity Singers/Chamber Choir, Ski Club, National Honor Society, Link Crew, Model UN and Drama Club. She volunteers for Relay for Life, Youth Group at Our Lady of Peace Parish and the Beverly Animal Shelter and played varsity soccer and lacrosse. She plans to attend Cornell University and study environmental sustainability sciences.

The Rotaract award recipient was Allie Seminer, a William Smith student from Schenectady who is a biology major and will be a senior next fall. She was involved in the Interact Club at her high school and served as president of Rotaract this school year.

Rotary International is composed of 1.2 million men and women around the world who donate their expertise, time and funds to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding amongst cultures. If you are interested in serving your community in a new way and are interested in becoming a Geneva Rotarian, please contact secretary@genevarotaryclub.org for more information or visit us on our website at www.genevarotaryclub.org. Geneva Rotary meets every Wednesday at noon at Geneva Country Club.

GENEVA ROTARY CLUB HONORS JIM DEVANEY FOR EXEMPLARY COMMUNITY SERVICE TO GENEVA

The Geneva Rotary Club is proud to honor Jim DeVaney with this year’s Springstead Award in commemoration of his exemplary community service to Geneva.

Club President Tara Rago announced that DeVaney will receive the distinguished honor at the Geneva Rotary Service Above Self Dinner on Thursday, April 26, at Club 86. A long-time Geneva businessman, his family business, the DeVaney-Bennett Funeral Home, has been a fixture in Geneva for four generations.

“Especially under Jim’s leadership, the business has been a big supporter of Geneva projects, programs and organizations,” said Rago. “All you had to do was ask, and Jim would help you out. It would be much easier to compile a list of community activities that he hasn’t been involved in, than listing those to which he has contributed his time and effort.”

The Geneva Rotary Club established the Springstead Award seven years ago. The award is named for the late Ralph Springstead, who was a long-time Geneva banker and a member of Geneva Rotary. Springstead supported community service in a quiet and sometimes anonymous way. Past recipients of the award are the late Carl Fribolin, the Rev. James Gerling, the late Rosa Blue, David and Brenda Rickey, Mark and Mary Gearan, Judge Walter Gage and Nozomi Williams.

The Service Above Self gala is a celebration of community service in Geneva and features the presentation of the Springstead Award and Rotary Paul Harris Fellow honors as well as a dinner, other awards and a silent auction.

The Co-Chairs of this year’s event are Lisa Ventura and Richard Austin.

The 2017 event raised $25,000 that the local Rotary club contributed to Geneva projects and programs, including $11,000 to the Geneva City School District Backpack Program for food for needy children on weekends.

For a reservation for the dinner, contact Karen Luttrell at 315-828-3078 or e-mail dinner@genevarotaryclub.org. The ticket price is $50. Tickets also can be purchased online at eventbrite.com. Corporate and Business sponsorships are also available and interested persons should contact Austin at 585-739-8662. Information on the dinner also is available on the Geneva Rotary Club Facebook page and the club website at genevarotaryclub.org.

Active in the community for many years, DeVaney epitomizes the phrase “donating time, talent and treasure.” He is President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a former president of the Geneva Rotary Club, the Nester Hose Company of the Geneva Fire Department and the Geneva Kiwanis Club.

His community activities run the gamut from business to service. DeVaney is a former President of the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce and a former member of Geneva Growth. A business leader in the community, he has been involved in numerous activities designed to improve Geneva’s business climate.

His Catholic and Irish heritage have played a key role in his community activities.

A proud supporter of DeSales High School, where he graduated in the Class of 1964, he supported DeSales through thick and thin. His involvement in education continues today in his service on the Board of Trustees of Finger Lakes Community College. Devotedly proud of his Catholic heritage, he has been a leader in the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. He served as Faithful Navigator and Grand Knight of the organization and remains an active member today.

He was very involved in starting a chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Geneva. Continuing in the Irish tradition, his love of Notre Dame University and its football team is legendary, both here and in the home of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN.

His history has been one of becoming involved, and then becoming a leader. Countless folks through the years have recognized the qualities embodied in the Springstead Award.

Another Service Above Self highlight will be the presentation of two Paul Harris Fellow awards. Recipients of the award do not have to be Rotarians. President Rago explained that the local Rotary club wants this event to commemorate community service by all organizations and people in the community, not just Rotarians.

Rotary also has two youth organizations, Interact at Geneva High School and Rotaract at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Awards will be presented to the Interactor of the Year and the Rotaractor of the Year.

Rotary International is composed of 1.2 million men and women around the world who donate their expertise, time and funds to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding amongst cultures. If you are interested in serving your community in a new way and are interested in becoming a Geneva Rotarian, please contact secretary@genevarotaryclub.org for more information or visit us on our website at www.genevarotaryclub.org. Geneva Rotary meets every Wednesday at noon at the Geneva Country Club.

See photos from the Service Above Self Gala.

Geneva Rotary Club

GENEVA ROTARY CLUB MEMBERS HONORED FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF END POLIO CAMPAIGN

The Geneva Rotary Club was recently honored for its support of the 2016-2017 End Polio Now: Make History Today Campaign.

Geneva Rotary contributed $4,205.51 to the 2016-2017 end polio campaign and the club received a Certificate of Appreciation from Laurie Vonglis, Rotary District 7120 Foundation Sub-Committee PolioPlus Chair.

Rotary International has been working on the eradication of polio around the world since 1985. Joined by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2007, the goal is now within reach.

“As you may know the number of new wild polio cases in 2017 was a record low of 22,” said Vonglis. “With our continued support this year, that number could perhaps reach zero. Regardless, as Rotarians, we must be prepared to continue this ‘marathon’ until we can all cross the finish line together and finally celebrate the eradication of polio.”

Club President Tara Rago praised club members for their support of PolioPlus. “This is another example of the good that Rotary does both worldwide and in our local community,” she said.

Rotary International is composed of 1.2 million men and women around the world who donate their expertise, time and funds to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding amongst cultures. If you are interested in serving your community in a new way and are interested in becoming a Geneva Rotarian, please contact secretary@genevarotaryclub.org for more information or visit us on our website at www.genevarotaryclub.org. Geneva Rotary meets every Wednesday at noon at Geneva Country Club.