Guest Luncheon Speakers

March 7, 2017

Lion Tony Payne, Director of the Artist Series at Wheaton College, sponsored Paula Cisar & Carol McNeil with Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODCA). Since its inception in 2006, CODA's mission has been to seek out and give artistic access to young, underexposed talents in our community who might not otherwise have the opportunity to develop their creative abilities in music, musical instruments, and art. The link to their web site is

March 14, 2017

Wheaton Lions Frank Panzeca introduced our speaker Lion Daniel Devine who is a member of Giving DuPage and is currently working as a volunteer with AmeriCorps -Frontline Families.

Frontline Families helps U.S. Veterans. They seek volunteers from the services and teach them some basic volunteer skills done in 10 hours of training over an 8-10 week program. After their training is complete, the vets are assigned to work on a community project that they have selected. This work can then become part of their resume when they’re looking for a paying job.

The Frontline Families program was founded by President George H.W. Bush and is a Veteran Re-integration program that gets the vets and their families involved in important volunteer projects in their communities that can impact the town in a positive way. Their volunteer period lasts from 9 - 11 months.

AmeriCorps was started by Bill Clinton and later it also started Frontline Families. They are the largest organization dedicated to volunteer services. Dan Devine is a veteran and he has been working to get more veterans involved in the project.

For more information go to Dan can be reached at 630-407-6583 or by email at For information about Giving DuPage, link on to

March 21, 2017

Wheaton Lioness Georgie Cobb introduced our speakers Chris Gaines, Treasurer for the USS ILLINOIS (SSN-786) and Mark McClain, Chairman-Sponsorship for USS ILLINOIS (SSN-786).
Both men are members of the Commissioning Committee for this brand new USN Submarine and head up the SSN-786 Club.

Work began on the sub in 2012 in Groton, CT. and it was turned over to the US Navy in 2016. The boat was christened in 2016 by Michelle Obama. The Commanding Officer for the ship is Neil J. Steinhgen. This Virginia Class Submarine has a crew which consists of 20 Commissioned Officers, 18 Chief Petty Officers and 99 Enlisted Submariners. 3 members of the crew are from ILLINOIS. All crew members must take and qualify in “Submarines”, a 9i=12 month training course which teaches them everything they need to know about the care and maintenance of a submarine.

The ILLINOIS took a "shake-down” cruise in 2016 with the full crew and a number of small needed repairs and improvements were noted and are being fixed. The boat will go to
Pearl Harbor Hawaii in December of January and it will be stationed there.

The ILLINOIS is 327 feet long with a 34 foot beam. It can dive to depths greater than 800 feet and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots. Its total weight is 7,800 tons. It was
fueled in 2016 and will Not have to be refueled for 30 years. It cost $3 billions dollars to build.

The club txt Mark and Chris represent is a non-profit organization that helps support the crew and families of the sub. They work with them to promote civic and cultural actives
and social exchanges for the crew members and their families.

To learn more about the club and how you can help the financially, or as a volunteer or with social gift contact Mark McClain at 630-740-7496 or by email to

To look at the sub and read about it log onto the web site


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Wheaton Lions Club Events

December 1, 2018
6th Annual Reindeer Run
Downtown Wheaton
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