Guest Luncheon Speakers

April 2, 2019

Wheaton Lion Marty Keller introduced our speaker Tim Elliott. Tim, a Glen Ellyn native is married with 3 children. He is a DuPage County Board Member and is in District 4 which includes Wheaton, Glen Ellyn and several other towns in DuPage County. Their offices are at 421 County Farm Road in Wheaton. The DuPage board covers 926,000 residents. They take care of the oversight of $100 million in annual state and federal grants.

Tim pointed out that the County Board works quite hard to keep the county financially healthy. They’ve had a 10% reduction in costs over the last 8 years which amounted to a $40 million savings to the residents and businesses. Our property tax rates have stayed the same for 11 years.

Chicago has some very expensive construction projects that they’re trying to get passed. The costs will exceed $1 billion dollars and Tim said that the suburbs will end up having to pay for them. He pointed out that for every dollar that Cook County gives to the state they will get it all back.

For more information, log onto dupageco.org/cobrd or call 630-407-6500.


April 9, 2019

Wheaton Lion Rod Irey introduced our speaker Paul G. Redman, P.E. Paul is the Director of Engineering for the City of Wheaton. He heads up the very large job of taking care of Wheaton’s streets known as Pavement Management.

Wheaton has 166 miles of streets. Some of our streets such as Roosevelt, Butterfield, County Farm Road and Geneva are owned by the state or county and are not Wheaton responsibilities.

Wheaton works with a company named Lucite. They have developed software that monitors our streets and evaluates them. Every street is divided into segments which are monitored and rated. This helps the town prepare its repair work. There are 19 types of distress areas.

Wheaton spends $3.5 to $4 million a year on street repair work. They divide the work into three areas.
Pavement Resurfacing (55% of budget)
Pavement Rehabilitation (35% of budget)
Pavement Reconstruction (10% of budget)

For more information, log onto wheaton.il.us., or call Paul at 630-260-2069.


April 16, 2019

Wheaton Lion Barry Cobb introduced our speaker Lauren Andres, (left) the Corporate Donor Relations Manager for the DuPage Habitat for Humanity. Helping Lauren was Taryn Immel (right), Development Vista.

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 in Americas, GA. Since then they have grown and are found in many states. Their mission is to provide help to people with housing needs. Many people in our country cannot afford to buy a house and many who have homes need a lot of work done on their homes to get them in a “livable” condition. Habitat works on getting affordable mortgages for these people and also works with Habitat volunteers in building new homes and repairing and updating existing homes in need of repair.

The DuPage Habitat for Humanity was started in 1995. Lauren pointed out that affordable housing is the foundation of good family living. Children do better in school and Habitat has seen better graduation rates due to it. They have also seen improved physical and mental health. Stability also allows homeowners to make investments which will help them in the long run.

Last year DuPage Habitat for Humanity helped revitalize 48 homes in DuPage and Wintrust Bank is now helping to take over mortgage payments.

Coming up is Women Build Week running from May 4 to May 11. They’re looking for volunteers to help with the work and also need sizable donations from groups to help cover the costs.

For more information, log onto dupagehabitat.org. Their phone number is 630-510-3737. They’re located at 1600 E. Roosevelt Rd., Stuite. B, Wheaton, IL. 60187.


April 23, 2019

Wheaton Lion John Monino introduced our speaker Wheaton Lion Marty Keller, the Executive Director for the Milton Township Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

CERT was started in 2004 in DuPage County. Milton Township CERT volunteers cover all of DuPage County. Their volunteers range from teenagers up to people in their 70’s. They include students, actively employed people and retired people. They are all carefully trained at the Homeland Security Building at the College of DuPage. The training is done over 6 Thursdays in a row from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30. They offer a makeup class on a Monday for people who had to miss a day. They end their training with a “mock disaster drill”.

They assist fire and police personnel and help out with medical help, search and rescue, electrical problems and disaster psychology. They also help out at community events like the Reindeer Run.

Marty also discussed how important it is for all of us to know how to use fire extinguishers and for the family to know where they are. They should be checked yearly. Also check our smoke alarms and change batteries twice a year. Families should also know where to go in case of a tornado, fire or other bad storms and if the home is damaged where should the family go to stay safe.

For more information, log onto miltontownship.net or call Marty at 630-949-2452. CERT is located at 1730 Hickory Lane, Wheaton, IL. 60187.


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Wheaton Lions Club Events

Due to the Coronavirus and because of the “shelter in place” mandate, the decision has been made to CANCEL all Wheaton Lions Club events through the month of June. Once the “shelter in place” order is lifted we will reevaluate the lunch meeting schedule.


However, the Wheaton Lions Club announces that every Tuesday at noon, during the month of May and June, we will have a virtual guest speaker! See the Guest Lunch Speakers page for more info.

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