Guest Luncheon Speakers

July 10, 2018

Wheaton Lion John Monino introduced our speaker Taylor L. Overman, a Financial Advisor for Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company located at 1 N. Wacker Dr., Ste. 4600, Chicago, IL 60506.

Taylor went over things that we need to know for financial fitness and the importance of building up savings, knowing what your financial needs are including income coming in, monthly costs, extra money needed for emergency costs such as car repairs, damage to your house, etc.

He stressed that it’s important to get to know your financial advisor, understand what money will be needed for a healthy retirement, the various sources of income that you can count on when you retire and various cautions you should be aware of as you get on in age. To help us go over some of these things he handed out a couple of financial worksheets.

For more information, you can contact Taylor at or phone him at 312-548-1805.

July 17, 2018

Wheaton Lion John Vires introduced our speaker Michael Bernard, the Executive Director of the Wheaton Park District. John Vires is the President of the Museum Foundation Liaison.

The Park District started in 1921. One of the first parks opened by the District was Memorial Park in 1922. Mike went over the make-up of the Park District, the income they get and the costs to keep it healthy and running. Included as parts of the Wheaton Park District are:
Arrowhead Golf Club, Cosley Zoo, Parks Plus Fitness Center, Rice Pool & Water Park, Community Center, DuPage County Historical Museum, Mary Lubko Center, Northside Family Aquatic Center, Clocktower Mini Golf and Skate Park, Central Athletic Complex, Lincoln Marsh Natural Area, Park Services Center and Prairie Administrative Staff Building.

Some of the upcoming events are the Cosley Zoo Wine Tasting on July 26, the Brew Fest, August 4th, Cosley Zoo Golf Outing August 6th and the Shakespeare festival on Labor Day and the Wheaton Lions Reindeer Run on Dec. 1.

Mike went over some of the upgrades that will begin. They will start with improvements to Cosley Zoo including a much better parking lot and an over the road bridge to get across Gary Ave. Memorial Park will get a new Bandshell that will include a “roof” to help people stay dry and hear better.

For more information, you can contact Mike Bernard at or phone him at 630-945-7726

July 24, 2018

Wheaton Lion Steve Maney introduced our speaker Mitzi P. Thomas, the Eye Care Assistant Program Coordinator for the College of DuPage. Mitzi graduated from Triton College and also taught there prior to joining the teaching staff at C.O.D.

Mitzi explained this new program available at C.O.D. gives students an opportunity to be employed by an Optometrist after completing the 3 term Eye Care Assistant Certified Course. She said that Dr. Tracy Williams, a Wheaton Lion and Executive Director of Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, worked with C.O.D. in getting the program started. The need for these technologist is large and increasing as our population continues to age.

These eye care technicians will help Optometrists by getting the patient ready to be examined by the Doctor. This will include pressure testing, various eye tests, measuring for glasses, dilating the patients eyes and other tasks needed. The first class graduated this summer and consisted of 7 students. A new class will start this fall and will have 10 students. Several of the graduating students have already been hired and Mitzi said that the starting salaries are in the $21.00 per hour range.

For more information, you can log onto

July 31, 2018

Wheaton Lion John Monino introduced our speaker Chuck Smith, the SALT Committee Chairman of MILTON TOWNSHIP.

Chuck spent 35 years with U.S. Steel and was a design engineer. He and his wife live in Wheaton. Chuck explained the background and purpose of SALT. It was started in 1997 to look into the needs of seniors in Milton Township, This township has properties in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Winfield, Naperville, Lisle, Glendale Heights and Downers Grove.

Their program is known as Seniors & Law Enforcement Together. The population of Milton Township is 118,000 people. SALT mailed out 6i,200 questionnaires to residents and received a large return. The seniors said that their big concerns were: transportation issues,, door-to-door solicitation, tax increases,, safety, abuse and frauds.

Frauds include: fake calls from “Medicare”, fake calls from “County Clerks”, Calls concerning “unpaid tickets, IRS scams ( the IRS callers were caught by the police and are in jail), Auto panel lights showing “problems”, emails from Banks asking you for your son and credit card numbers. Fraudulent “utility workers” ringing your door bell and saying they need to check your utilities. SALT and the police are working on all of these scams.

SALT mails out the Communicator to its members 1/4 ly and they have a community meeting the 2nd Monday of each month at St. Daniel the Prophet Church in Wheaton.

They’ll also be holding a FREE 20 point car inspection on October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for Milton Township residents. It will be at the Wheaton Fire Heouse #1 at 1 Fapp Circle between County Farm and Roosevelt Roads

For more information, you can log onto Their phone number is 630-668-1616. They are located at 1492 N. Main St. in Wheaton, IL 60187.


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