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The Geneva Area Chamber and Geneva Rotary host successful BAH mixer

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce held its latest Business After Hours Networking Mixer hosted by the Geneva Rotary at Bella’s Sicilian Ristorante on Wednesday, March 9th. The second BAH Mixer of 2022 was attended by over 50 chamber members, partners, ambassadors, Rotary members, and guests.

“We were thrilled with the turnout of our most recent BAH Mixer,” says Miranda Odell, Chamber President/Executive Director. “We pride ourselves on being a regional Chamber as well as ‘Professional Dot Connectors’, and this month’s successful Mixer was a great way to attract and connect our customers from throughout the Finger Lakes. Not only were we able to partner with and share the successes of the Geneva Rotary, who have been members for over two decades, we were able to facilitate personal connections within our business community – and that’s what it’s all about,” Odell added.


During the event, guests enjoyed a complimentary buffet full of Bella’s most popular menu items, such as their Arancini, delicious Pasta, and Fried Shrimp, as well as homemade desserts from Chamber Member Simple Sweets Bakery. Guests also took part in the Chamber’s Member Swag Raffle, featuring items from the Cayuga Wine Trail, and their popular BAH Giveaway for chances to win two separate gift baskets donated by the Geneva Rotary and Lyons National Bank.

Stephanie Hesler, President of the Geneva Rotary, was able to address all guests during the Wednesday night Mixer. Hesler spoke about their current and upcoming projects and the work they do to positively impact the community. She invited all interested attendees to the Rotary’s weekly meetings at Bella’s Sicilian Ristorante to learn even more about the organization and how anyone can get involved.


The Geneva Rotary takes pride in its famed motto, ‘Service Above Self’. Above all else, the Rotary is about service to others and the community. Each member brings their own unique skills and knowledge to the organization. The Rotary holds fundraising events and social gatheringsthroughout the year thatserve as opportunities for fellowship and service. If you’re interested in learning more about the Geneva Rotary, please visit their website.

The Geneva Rotary is also inviting everyone to save the date for their Annual Service Above Self: Garden Gathering Cocktail Reception on the evening of Thursday, May 12th. This Cocktail Reception will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at Rose Hill Mansion. Guests are invited to mingle and network amongst each other. The Geneva Rotary will also be honoring Robert Schick with the Ralph Springstead Award. There are a few sponsorship opportunities still available for this event. If you would like more information, please contact Kelsey Journell at [email protected].

During the Geneva Chamber’s March BAH Mixer, Chamber Staff Miranda Odell, Meg Hopkins, and Tara Johnson, and Chamber Board Members stand alongside Geneva Rotarians Kelsey Journell (Foundation Treasure), Diana Perry (Vice President), Stephanie Hesler (President), and Richard Austin (Owner, Bella’s Sicilian Ristorante), along with all other event attendees for a celebratory photo. Photo courtesy of Neil Sjoblom.


The next Business After Hours Networking Mixer will be hosted by Historic Geneva and held at the Geneva History Museum. Located at 543 South Main Street in Geneva, the event will be held on Wednesday, April 13th from 4 – 6 PM. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are required as space is limited.

Attendees are asked to RSVP for any upcoming events at least one week in advance, by contacting the Chamber at 315-789-1776 or emailing [email protected]. A reminder for all 2022 BAH Season Pass Holders to bring your passes to the April BAH Mixer and to invite a colleague or friend to attend free of charge.

Business After Hours Networking Mixers are proudly supported by the Chamber’s 2022 Annual Partners – Canandaigua National Bank, Community Broadband Networks, The Eye Care Center, Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union, Finger Lakes Partners Insurance, Generations Bank, Lyons National Bank, Pedulla’s Wine & Liquor, and Spectrum Reach.

These events are held on the second Wednesday of each month from either 4 – 6 PM or 5 – 7 PM. The purpose and goal is to help increase awareness of Chamber Members by offering guests the opportunity to visit and experience the business location and to see or sample the property’s products and services. The opportunity to host a Business After Hours event is an exclusive benefit of Chamber membership. For more information, please visit here.



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