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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 for more information or visit us on our website at Geneva Rotary meets every Wednesday at noon at Club 86.

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