Guest Luncheon Speakers

January 7, 2020

The Wheaton Lions welcomed Emily Dudley, Communications Director for The Teen Parent Connection, as their first guest of 2020. Teen Parent Connection was founded in 1985 to provide services to young mothers who often find themselves without the knowledge, experience or resources to raise a baby.

Teen Parent Connection is currently the only non-profit organization in DuPage County focused on providing comprehensive programs and services related to teenage pregnancy and parenting. Over 300 teen pregnancies occur each year in DuPage County, and a broad range of services are provided by Teen Parent Connection which provide the guidance and assistance they require. Nationally there were 450,000 teen pregnancies last year in the United States.

The programs offered include:
Doula Program – pregnant teens are offered the opportunity to receive home-based prenatal education and support services.
Healthy Families Program – a long-term, evidence-based home visiting program. As a primary prevention model, services begin either prenatally or at birth to support and strengthen positive parent- child relationships.
Young Parent Support Groups – education and social support opportunities that help reduce the isolation young parents often face.
Peer Prevention Program – Promotes community health through primary prevention education on the realities and responsibilities of adolescent pregnancy and parenting.
Parent's Pantry – an incentive-based program that provides a place where Teen Parent Connection participants can shop for baby and personal items, using coupons earned by participating in various programs.

The Wheaton Lions thank Emily and Teen Parent Connection for the opportunity to learn about their organization. Keep up the good work in serving the community!

They are always looking for volunteers to help their programs.
They are located at 475 Taft Avenue, Glen Ellyn,IL 60137. Their phone number is 630-790-8433. Their website is

January 14, 2020

The Wheaton Lions welcomed Meredith Kober, Director of Programs with NAMI DuPage, on January 14. NAMI DuPage is the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The mission at NAMI is to provide support, advocacy and education in order to improve the quality of life of individuals with mental illnesses and their families.

Mental illness is a disorder that is biological in nature and affects one in five Americans, additionally, one in twenty five suffer from a serious mental illness condition.

Support provided by NAMI DuPage includes the following dedicated groups: Connection Support, Friends and Family Support, Parent Support, Spousal Support, Suicide Loss Support and Teen Support.

Education classes are led by trained individuals and family members who have their own experience and personal journey with mental illness and recovery, NAMI DuPage classes provide a wealth of knowledge about mental illness and recovery that complements professional treatment.

These classes include:
Family to Family – 12 week educational course for family and friends of an adult loved one with a mental illness
NAMI Basics – 6 week educational course for parents or loved ones with children under 18 who have mental illness.
W.R.A.P. – Wellness Recovery Action Plan is an 8 week course for individuals with mental illness.
Mental Health First Aid – 8 hour class that teaches the skills to respond to the signs of mental illness and substance use.

The Wheaton Lions thank Meredith and NAMI DuPage for the presentation and opportunity to learn about their organiztion.

January 21, 2020

The Wheaton Lions welcomed guest speaker and fellow Lion, John Miller, Development Director for Clare Woods Academy in Wheaton. Clare Woods Academy is a facility that assists learning disabled and developmentally disabled youth and adults to become self-sufficient and self-directed in the areas of personal growth, education, social, and emotional well-being, as well as functional living skills and vocational training.

Originally formed as The Bartlett Learning Center in 1968 and sponsored by The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis, Clare Woods Academy moved from its Bartlett location to the former St. John's Lutheran Church School in Wheaton in 2013. There are 94 students ranging in age from 5 to 22. On a student's 22nd birthday, they reach the age where they transfer out of the program at the academy. There are 143 staff members at the facility to handle education, support and care for the students, as well as administration and operation of the facility.

Closely affiliated with The Clare Woods Academy is the Cupertino Home, a group home dedicated to adult men with developmental challenges. The home is referred to as a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) that focuses on the needs and aspirations of the residents living there. 24-hour help and supervision is provided to support daily life, transportation, social interaction and meal preparation. The Cupertino Home, located in Warrenville, was established in 1990.

The Wheaton Lions thank John for his presentation and hard work!

January 28, 2020

Wheaton Lions John Miller introduced our speaker Kiyoko Czech, Community Development Manager for the American Cancer Society, North Central Region.

Kiyoko gave a nice presentation concerning Cancer in general and specifically Pediatric Cancer which has a big impact on young people. In the US the overall 5-year survival rate for all childhood cancers has risen above 80%; however, there are still types for which there is no cure.

The American Cancer Society joined up with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to conquer kid’s cancers. They both work on getting our legislators to help fund both research and kids in hospitals and under medical care. There will be over 10,000 kids diagnosed with Pediatric Cancer this year. This amounts to about 1 in every 264 chidren in the U.S.A.

The US government passed a bill which will help fund research for Pediatric Cancer cures.

For more information log onto To get in touch with Kiyoko, her phone number is 630-733-9784. Her email is

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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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