Guest Luncheon Speakers

September 1, 2017

Wheaton Lion John Vires introduced our speaker Tamra Romejko, Education & Guest Experiences Manager for Cosley Zoo on Gary Avenue in Wheaton. The zoo is a facility of the Wheaton Park District.

The zoo opened in 1974 and has constantly grown and added new types of animals and conservation areas. Tamra who started with Cosley in 2003 had a one person job that has expanded into a crew of 3 people. She went over a new program which she called “A new vision” and explained the various improvements and changes which will be made over many years.

Changes will include expanded conservation, new iImmersive exhibits, a new farm, forest of Illinois, wilds of Illinois (with wolves, bears and cougars), river exhibit featuring underwater otters and beavers, new entry improvements so people will immediately be able to start enjoying their time at the zoo.

One of the improvements coming will be improved parking in a slightly different location. It will hold over 200 cars & be 300% larger than the current lot. Currently the zoo is visited by about 170,000 people yearly.

For more information about the zoo visit cosleyzoo.org.


September 15, 2017

Wheaton Lion Pat McEvoy and Paul Bradley introduced our speaker Keith McClow. He is the Farm Site Manager for the Kline Creek Farm which is located at 1N600 County Farm Road in West Chicago, IL.

The farm allows people to experience what life on a farm was like in the 1890’s. The farmstead structures are filled with furniture and various items from that era. Costumed interpreters help explain what everything meant to people and how things were used. Animals are on the farm and can be seen close up and some can be petted.

The farm is open Thursday-Monday. Closed on Tuesday & Wednesday and some holidays. Hours are 9:00-5:00. Admission is free.

For more information about Kline Creek Farm, visit dupageforest.org/Education/Education_Centers/Kline_Creek_Farm.aspx. Their phone number is 630-876-5900.


September 22, 2017

Wheaton Lion John Dalby introduced our speaker Paul Herbert from Cantigny. Paul is the Executive Director of the Cantigny 1st Division History Museum and headed up the renovations that were just completed. He is a retired Colonel who served in the 1st Division.

The 1st Division is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. It started as the First World War began.

The Grand Opening for the museum is Saturday 8/26/17 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Paul shared photo slideshows of the changes to the museum. The basic displays - trenches depicting World War I, the beaches of World War II and the jungles depicting Vietnam are still intact. The 1st Division was the first American Division in each war. The Cantigny Museum was willed by Colonel McCormick who owned the property. The displays have been updated and more material has been added to the museum to make it more interesting. One of the new special things is a helicopter that comes with 3D Virtual Reality goggles that allow us to see everything around us including all the photos in various action scenes,

For more information about Cantigny, visit cantigny.org.


September 29, 2017

Wheaton Lion Richard Boyle introduced our speaker Lion Marty Keller who is a Trustee for Milton Township.

Milton Township was incorporated in 1850 and currently has a population of over 118,000. It is the geographical center of DuPage County and includes sections of Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Glendale Heights, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville and Winfield. Marty is one of four Trustees. They oversee accounts and vote on contracts, personnel matters and other Township business.

Milton Township helps with community emergencies using Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). CERT members wear yellow vests. Milton Township trains these volunteers. They currently have 2,000 volunteers trained and they just started a new group to be trained which is made up of 80 people. CERT learns how to help injured people, how to turn off gas and electricity in buildings that are burning or in physical trouble. The Township also manages 3 cemeteries, takes care of Township Roads, Mosquito abatement, residential weed control, works with the county sheriffs department and their staff takes care of community property values and home values.

Their headquarters is located at 1492 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL. 60187.

For more information about Milton Township, visit miltontownship.net. Their phone number is 630-668-1616.


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