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Columns

Extolling to virtues of volunteering

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.

~ Elizabeth Andrew

I have always been a volunteer. I can remember as an elementary student helping out in the main office at Fourth Street School. Being part of the middle school student council executive board. Countless times as a member and chair of committees at Geneva High School and at University of Illinois. And at my first post-college job who do you think was the go-to person to plan birthday celebrations?

Once my children were born, the volunteer car went into overdrive and my foot stayed on that gas pedal until they were done.

My parents taught me the meaning of “giving back” to the community. Being a Sunday school leader, chairing the Coultrap Middle School spaghetti dinner or teaching disco dancing to my fourth grade class – they were always involved and present – a quality I took to heart and am proud to continue on.

In fact, all of us at the chamber have volunteered or are still volunteering. Volunteers are everywhere and people volunteer for hundreds of different reasons, but one commonality is that whatever they are volunteering for couldn’t, and wouldn’t, be as successful without them.

In that spirit, the chamber expresses our gratitude and love to our volunteers. Chamber events and festivals 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 our four main festivals. If you are interested, contact us, we have a fit for you.

This month is also an ideal time to announce that Nov. 8 will be the time for all brides-to-be to gather in Geneva and discover why planning a wedding here is the first step. Information will be available soon on genevachamber.com.

Also, on our website you can register for the Coffee Cup Crawl on Feb. 22. Limited tickets remain for this event held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fourteen businesses will be serving samples of coffee throughout Geneva. Not just regular coffee, but coffee creations and coffee with a kick (must be 21 to try those). You can find a map, complete list of participants and their drink selections they will be serving, when you register on genevachamber.com.

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