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.

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.

Geneva Rotary's Little Library

LITTLE LIBRARY THRIVES ON LAKEFRONT

Improving literacy is a major focus of Rotary International and local clubs are encouraged to start literacy programs in their communities. John Watson, who was Geneva Rotary Club president in the 2015-2016 year, started a Little Library in Geneva as a literacy project and as part of the Geneva Reads initiative. The Little Library is located at Long Pier in Geneva near the lakefront playground. Rotarians Susie Flick and Watson have been filling it with books, which are free for the taking. The Geneva Rotary Club meets on Wednesdays at noon at Club 86. Guests are welcome.

Geneva Rotary Santa Train

GENEVA ROTARY CLUB RAISES $2,500 FOR SANTA TRAIN TICKET DONATIONS

Some Geneva children recently received Christmas presents in July, but they won’t know about it until Dec. 2.

That’s the day the Geneva Rotary Club Santa Train Express will roll down the Finger Lakes Railway tracks, making spirits bright and putting smiles on the faces of children, parents and grandparents.

“We realize that the parents of some children can’t afford the Santa Train tickets, so we organized a chicken barbecue to raise money for tickets to donate to children,” said Dave Cook, who chairs the Rotary Santa Train with Lisa Toole. Some of the tickers are distributed through the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva.

The barbecue held at The Hotel Exchange in downtown Geneva raised $2,500 for ticket donations. Sponsors of the barbecue included Michael Foster of All Seasons Pest Control, Dr. Arun and Chris Nagpau, the Hotel Exchange and Harry Klossner and the Waterloo VFW, who cooked the chicken.

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 Club 86.

Geneva Rotary Club donates $10,000 to the Geneva Backpack Program

GENEVA ROTARY CLUB DONATES $24,050 AND ISSUES STUDENT LOANS TOTALING $49,500

The Geneva Rotary Club recently presented a check for $10,000 to the Geneva City School District for its Backpack Program and also approved grants totaling $14,050 to 15 Geneva agencies and organizations.

The Rotary Club raised the money this year through various projects, including the Service Above Self Dinner and the Rotary Santa Train Express.

Many children receive free and reduced price lunches during the week at school, so the school district started the Weekend Backpack Program in 2008 to help children get the food they need on weekends.

The local service club also awards grants annually. The following recently received grants:

Child & Family Resources, $1,000, safety seat and crib program;

Community Lunch Program, $1,000, utilities;

Jim Dooley Center for Early Learning, $1,000, outdoor play gym;

Geneva Concerts $1,000, concert outreach;

Geneva Historical Society, $150, Rose Hill events;

Geneva Lakefront Childcare, $1,000, infant and waddler program;

Geneva Light Opera, $1,000, opera outreach;

Geneva Music Festival, $1,000, concert outreach;

Geneva Public Library, $900, collaborative movie series;

Geneva Reads, $1,000, books for newborns

Geneva Theatre Guild, $1,000, Youth Theater performances;

Literacy Volunteers, $1,000, adult literacy programs;

St. Peters Arts Academy, $1,000, student financial aid;

SUCCESS for Geneva’s Children, $1,000, survey of parents; and

Thrive to Survive, $1,000, service to cancer patients.

Another Rotary program that helps many Geneva young people is the Rotary No-interest Student Loan Program, which the club has offered since 1920. This year the club issued $49,500 in interest-free student loans to assist 33 Geneva students in college or college bound. Also, two Service Above Self awards of $1,000 each were presented to two graduating Geneva High School seniors.

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 Club 86.