Guest Luncheon Speakers

June 4, 2019

Wheaton Lion Jim Jakubiec introduced our speaker Katie Sivak, Director of Organizational Engagement for the B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County. It is located at 49 Deicke Dr., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Katie spoke about the program she runs which identifies Prediabetes and Diabetes. They have a year long program which includes 16 weekly sessions. This program reduces the number of new cases of Type 2 Diabetes by 58 percent overall and by 71 percent in people over 60. The program reduces AIC levels. Katie said that about 29.1 million people in the U.S.A. have Diabetes.

YMCA membership is not required but you must be 18 years or older, overweight, diagnosed with prediabetes via a blood test or previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes.

The program is run by a trained lifestyle coach and she works with a small group of people in reducing body weight by 7%, increasing your physical activity to 150 minutes per week and other things that will help people.

For more information about “For a Better Us” , log onto brryallymca.org. Katie’s phone is 630-547-2022 and her email is
ksivak@ryallymca.org.


June 11, 2019

Wheaton Lion John Monino introduced our speaker Robert B. Berlin, State’s Attorney for DuPage County. His office is at 503 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton, IL.

Robert has been an attorney for 31 years and became the State’s Attorney for DuPage county including Wheaton in 2012. He spoke about the various “trouble spots” he faces which include opiod drug overdoses, burglary (up 37%), illegal use of firearms, increase in felonies.

The county has started a drug court to help criminals with re-hab and aiding first timers get straight. They are working aggressively against drug dealers, especially those whose customers died from overdoses.

They are also working with kids in juvenile court. They’ve found out that many attacks in schools have been advertised prior to happening on social media. The have a professional checking social media to help prevent damage.

They recently opened a new Children’s Center to help kids who have been assaulted and those who have been threatened by parents or school kids.

For more information log onto dupageco.org. Robert’s phone is 630-407-8165 and his email is Robert.Berlin@dupageco.org.


June 25, 2019

Wheaton Lions John Monino introduced our speaker Amy Van Polen, CFRE, Resource Development Director for BRIDGE COMMUNITIES. Located in Glen Ellyn they’ve been helping families for 31 years. Their mission is to transition homeless families to self-sufficiency by working with partners to provide mentoring, housing, and supportive services.

This year they have supplied housing for 137 families in need. Amy has worked at Bridge Communities for 13 years and lives in Wheaton with her family. She said that before a family can be given housing they have to participate in 4 interviews with Bridge staff. Each session lasts 1-1/2 hours and covers their needs, the size of the family, jobs being held by family members, credit checks,
educational needs and many other things. Each year about 42 families are accepted to have housing.

Amy pointed out that a 2 bedroom apartment typically rents for $1,200.00 on up to $2,000.00. Bridge Communities apartments are paid for by donations and are worth $400.00. Amy pointed out that many of these parents have minimum wage jobs and simply couldn’t afford decent housing. Bridge Communities owns the apartments.

They typically house the family for 2 years and while they are caring for them they review each family’s well being every 90 days. They work with the families on finances, getting to know their neighbors, helping their children with school work and many other skills,

Bridge Communities is not government funded and was very happy to be one of the organizations receiving a donation from the Wheaton Lions Today.

For more information log on to bridgecommunities.org. Their phone is 630-545-0610. Their building is at 505 Crescent Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.


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You Should Know

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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