Being the Geneva Patch editor has its challenges and its perks.
One of the challenges is time management—figuring out how to write and edit and shoot photos and videos and make assignments and keep track of the events, announcements, obits, police reports, schools, general and breaking news of Geneva. Another is getting the word out, just letting folks know, primarily by word of mouth, that Geneva Patch is here.
That second challenge is also one of the perks. Getting "Out & Around," meeting people in Geneva, listening and learning your stories—that's the grassroots of journalism and, frankly, a big part of the fun.
On Oct. 5, the first challenge almost got in the way of the perk.
I was in a "work coma," trying to arrange the week's events and didn't look at my Tuesday-morning calendar. Fortunately, Geneva Patch contributor and Geneva Rotary Club immediate-past-president Sandy Kaczmarski , called me. "I'm at Rotary. Are you coming?"
So, I hopped in the car, got to Mill Race Inn's beautiful Mallard Room in a matter of minutes and winged a presentation. No notes, no PowerPoint, no tour of the Geneva Patch site—which I should have done.
But the Rotarians, as they always have been in my experience, were kind, patient, attentive and forgiving. They asked very smart questions, and were great company.
Geneva Park District Executive Director Sheavoun Lambillotte was there. Sheavoun is the club's newest member, showcasing the Geneva Rotary's terrific mix of community leaders, from business people, industry and government.
The Rotary has a million-and-one events and sponsorships going. One of the annual events is the serving guests from the Association of Individual Development during the Christmas holiday season. Santa and elves make an appearance, and this year's holiday party and lunch will take place on Dec. 14.
Longtime Rotarian Stan Esping, 94, was at the Oct. 5 morning meeting. A couple months earlier, he told about his personal experience and memories of Geneva, along with the help of fellow Loy and Linda Williams, who interviewed Stan and helped put together photos and a presentation.
Every year, the club awards local scholarships, which are being re-named this year as the Stan Esping Geneva Rotary Scholarship Awards as of this year.
The Rotary Club of Geneva meets at 7 a.m. Tuesday for breakfast, fellowship, fun and good works at the Mill Race Inn. To learn more about becoming a member, visit the Geneva Rotary Web site or contact president Gordon Hard via the Web site or at 630-232-1640.