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Celebrate community service in Geneva at Rotary’s Service Above Self Garden Party | News

GENEVA — After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Rotary Geneva’s popular Service Above Self event is back.

And it’s back in a new, refreshed form — an in-person Garden Party on Thursday, May 12 at the historic Rose Hill Mansion.

“This evening of fun and camaraderie will provide our guests with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the good work that Rotary Geneva and other organizations do for our community, while enjoying delicious local food and entertainment,” said the RI President Stephanie Hesler.

She also announced that Bob Schick, Chairman of the Board of Lyons National Bank, will receive the Ralph Springstead Service Above Self Award.

“Festivities will take place indoors and outdoors, to allow for COVID-safe fun,” Hesler said.

All proceeds from the Garden Party will be donated to the Community Grants Program. Since 2007, the club has awarded grants totaling nearly $200,000 for programs, events and activities from local organizations including the Geneva Community Lunch Program, St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy, Thrive to Survive, Lochland School, the Geneva Police DARE Program and the Geneva School District Backpack Program.

The evening cocktail from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. will feature catering tables in the main lobby and dining room at Rose Hill and a bar on the covered porch. Guests will have full access to the grounds and most of the first floor of the mansion. Catered by Club 86, fare will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, light dinner stations, wine, beer and soft drinks. Musical performances will be provided by students from St. Peter’s Arts Academy and Tom McClure and Company. Clothing will be casual.

Other event activities will include a Wine Pull with a chance to get a $100 bottle, a Balloon Pop where the golden ticket wins a big prize, a basket raffle and a 50/50 raffle.

The presentation of the Springstead Prize is always a highlight. The award was created 11 years ago and is named after the late Ralph Springstead, a longtime Geneva banker and member of Rotary Geneva. Springstead supported community service in a low-key and sometimes anonymous way. Past recipients of the award are the late Carl Fribolin, the Reverend James Gerling, the late Rosa Blue, David and Brenda Rickey, Mark and Mary Gearan, Justice Walter Gage, Nozomi Williams, James DeVaney and John Hicks.

Schick joined Lyons National Bank in 1994 as chief financial officer, became president and chief executive in 1997, and is now chairman of the board. Under his leadership, LNB has grown into a well-respected $1.7 billion community bank with approximately 250 employees, 16 branches in seven Finger Lakes counties and more than 50,000 customers.

Schick realizes that for a business to survive, a community must thrive. Hence LNB’s strong culture of giving back to the community not only financially, but in a commitment of time. Schick has held leadership positions in numerous nonprofit organizations. He is past president of the Finger Lakes Council of the Boy Scouts of America and served as a trustee of the Seneca Waterways Council when the Finger Lakes Council merged with the Rochester Council. He is past president of the Smith Opera House, past chairman of the board of directors of Keuka College, past president of the Happiness House Ability Partners Foundation, past president of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Independent Bankers Association of New York, former president and current trustee of the New York Bankers Retirement System, current president of the Lyons Community Health Initiative Corp., current treasurer of the board of trustees of the Lyons Industrial Development Agency, and current president and treasurer of St. John’s School Bosco in East Rochester.

He has two daughters, Dawn, who lives in Buffalo with her husband Jeff and daughter Emilee, and Danielle who will marry Sig Sahle in July.

Schick is a graduate of Medialle College at Buffalo and the University of Delaware, Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

The National Bank of Lyon and the Brenda and Dave Rickey Foundation are the main sponsors of the event. Other sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting co-chairs Kelsey Journell at (315) 781-5000 or Helen Kelley at (315) 787-4074.