GENESEO – Teresa Chichester was installed this summer as the new president of Rotary Club Geneseo.
Chichester, a club member since 2018, owns Pizza Paul’s in Geneseo and Lakeville with her husband and Rotarian colleague Craig Chichester.
Teresa Chichester succeeded outgoing President Don Livingston, who received the Paul Harris Award in appreciation for his leadership and service during a difficult year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Rotarians have worked tirelessly to keep the Club running and to ensure that the annual summer festival can take place this year,” said Livingston. “It’s a real testament to the strength of our members and our commitment to serving our community.
Other club projects highlighted by Livingston included a can and bottle drive, two a la carte beef dinners, and the club’s popular spring flower sale. The Club maintained its membership while meeting virtually until face-to-face meetings could resume.
Chichester said his interest in Rotary was sparked by fellow Rotarian and past president Mike Kolberg.
“Past President Mike shared with me a real enthusiasm for the club, and hearing about Rotary-sponsored events and community involvement piqued my interest,” said Chichester. “I had no idea what the Club has done and continues to do for the Geneseo community. Some things include helping to ring the Salvation Army bell and creating events such as bowling and rafting for young people. Promoting literacy and reading to children in the Geneseo school system also impressed me.
Chichester said Rotary is planning several fundraising events and community activities over the coming year.
“We plan to bring back a full summer festival next year for everyone to enjoy. We are also delighted to help support the Genesee Valley Rotary Camp, which is a week-long summer camp for youth with various disabilities, ”she said.
The Camp could not take place in 2020.
“Most of all, new members are always welcome with new ideas and energy to give back to this great community,” said Chichester.
The Rotary New Year officially began on July 1 under the theme “Serving to Change Lives”. Chichester highlighted the importance of this year’s Rotary theme.
“These are difficult times for our community. The pandemic has created a period of loneliness and separation from friends, neighbors and meeting new members of the community. By creating community events and programs, Rotary wants to bring people together again! Changing lives for the better and supporting a healthy mental and social sense of self and community. “
The installation dinner took place on June 28 at the Yard of Ale in Piffard.
The Rotary Geneseo Club meets on Mondays at noon at the Valley Oak Event Center for fellowship and an informative presentation from a guest speaker. More information can be found on the Club’s website, http://geneseorotary.com.