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Chamber Chat: Geneva Chamber loves its volunteers

Since Valentine’s Day falls in February, the month seems to be associated with love, red, pink and hearts. Even the American Heart Association recognizes February as American Heart Month.

In that spirit, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce expresses its gratitude and love to its volunteers. Geneva runs on helping hands and leadership from local businesses, area residents, families and students. None receive pay; nor could we ever give them enough kudos for their unselfish work.

The chamber depends on hundreds of volunteers for its four festivals. 

Events to assist the business community also are managed by volunteers; groups helping include the Membership Committee, Co-Op Committee, Ambassadors, Golf Committee, Leads Group and the Classic Car Show group. Geneva Women in Business – or GWIB – is also a volunteer board entirely made up of local businesses. 

And let’s not forget the Geneva Beautification Committee, Cultural Arts Commission and the Business Improvement and Retention Committee. 

Beautiful flowers in the knuckles, quality cultural events, improved merchant communication and innovative downtown events are successful because people get involved in community projects and issues.

Interested in volunteering for a Geneva Chamber of Commerce festival? Email or call 630-232-6060. There is a fit for everyone.

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February also kicks off a few Geneva Chamber of Commerce events that you can start registering for.

Swedish Days is celebrating 65 years in 2014, and we are encouraging all to join in this community parade. Do you still dig your tie-dye items from the ’60s or cling to your leg warmers from the ’80s? From the ’50s to now, pick a decade and theme your unit. Registration is free; just download the parade application from

Let’s show the more than 45,000 that start staking out a spot in the wee hours that Swedish Days is still alive at 65!

In addition, April 25 and 26 brings back the City-Wide Geneva Garage Sale. You can pick up a form at our office or download one at our website. Online registration is now open at 

Checks, cash and credit cards can be processed at our office. Online will only accept credit cards. In addition, a portion of your registration fee assists in the costs of the Swedish Days grand parade.

To ensure your items and address are listed on both the printed and online map, register by April 10. Your trash is somebody’s treasure.

Also, on May 17, we will be hosting auditions for Geneva’s Got Talent. This popular family event takes place during Swedish Days, with the semi-finalists and finalists performing on the Central Stage.

For those who think this is just for dancers and singers, you haven’t seen our talent perform.

The past couple of years have brought jugglers, rappers and magicians to Third Street. If you have a talent, we want to see you in May. Your talent may win you the grand prize of $1,000 in June.

Audition information at

Keep your chin up, Geneva. Soon, old man winter will be on his merry way.

• Laura Rush is communications manager for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at

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