Guest Luncheon Speakers

August 6, 2019

Wheaton Lion Jeff Schuler introduced our speaker Dan Korntheuer, Assistant Principal at Wheaton Warrenville South High School in District 200 and Director of High School Instruction.

Dan spoke to us about a school program that has over 10,000 students in schools throughout the United States. It is an authentic collaborative entrepreneurship experience and in Wheaton High Schools it is called INCubatorEdu.

Students get together as a team and work on developing new business opportunites, products and solutions to wide spread problems. The schools reach out to the community to have volunteers come in to school as a mentor or coach.

Two students Jack Cooper and Carson Grebe developed a company they named Simplyclean Co. They have developed a small device that attaches to doors next to the handles. After a person opens the door, the device sprays a sanitizer on the handle that gets rid of the germs on the handle. They said that door handles in public places are filled with germs.

Students Josh James and Anya Ranjan have developed a web site which identifies the 14 most common food allergies and what to avoid. Anya said that about 32 million Americans have food allergies. They won the National Champ Group Award and a check for $15,000 to help them with their work.

For more information log onto incubatoredu.org. Call Dan’s at 630-682-2007. The program is looking for Mentors and Coaches from District 200 to help the students succeed.

Jack Cooper & Carson Grebe explain what their Simply Clean Co. does.

Anya Ranjan and Josh James (National Champion Group winners) discussing food allergies.



August 13, 2019

The featured program for this week's meeting was a presentation by Wheaton's newly elected mayor, Phillip J. Suess. He was introduced by Lion Dan Milinko and is also pictured with Lion Marty Keller. The Mayor is a Wheaton Resident with a wife and 3 kids.

The four main points of Mayor Suess's discussion were goals for The City of Wheaton, construction project updates, the city budget, and the direction Wheaton intends to go to meet its goals. Wheaton wants to continue to be a residential community.

Some highlights of the presentation included: An emphasis on neighborhood improvement, with upgraded sidewalks for children to help them to get to school, improved city sewer networks, and improved stormwater management and engineering.

Consideration of the appropriate levels of development along the Roosevelt Road corridor.

The downtown area renovations, including streetscape projects, Adams Park improvements and wider ADA approved pathways.

Prudent fiscal policy, with a strong focus on leveraging Wheaton's solid financial position in funding pensions.

The mayor pointed out that 30-40 percent of the street work is funded by Wheaton, the balance is funded by the state government, The budget for Wheaton to do road work is about $100 Million. Wheaton has a $70 million amount of money in reserve.

Those that are interested in meeting Mayor Suess and City Council can take advantage of "Coffee With Council" sessions starting in September. These occur the first Saturday of each month at City Hall at 10.00 a.m.

For more information email the Mayor at Suess@wheaton,il.us or call 630-260-2014.



August 27, 2019

Wheaton Lion John Dalby introduced our speaker Brook McDonald, President/ CEO of The Conservation Foundation. Brook has been with the Foundation for 23 years. Founded 47 years ago the Foundation has a
mission of preserving and restoring land, lakes and streams and forest preserves in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties. When needed they also help out at LaSalle, DeKalb and Grundy counties. The Conservation Foundation oversees 200 parcels which equal 35,000 acres. Most of the land is forest preserve. They have 5,000 members and usually around 500 volunteers each year.

DuPage County was the first county in Illinois to start preserving land and water. Roughly 19% of the lands in the 3 counties
they help are preserved. In addition to preservation the Foundation works with kids planting trees in the forest, various
summer camps for children of various ages and special events for families. The also sell Rain Barrels to families. They have
sold about 13,000 to date.

For more information go to their website at theconservationfoundation.org. Their headquarters is at 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565. Brooks can be reached by phone at 630-428-4500. His email is Bmcdonald@theconservationfoundation.org.


 

 

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