Guest Luncheon Speakers

March 6, 2018

Wheaton Lion Charlie McKenna introduced our speaker David M. McGowan, CFRE. Dave who has visited us 8 times over the years spoke to us about the DuPage Foundation. He is the President & CEO of this non-profit foundation and has been with them for 20 years. He has more than 36 years of fundraising experience with various companies.

The DuPage Foundation helps area donors and their advisors accomplish their philanthropic objectives. The Foundation’s assets are $87,821,181.
Of the 3,152 counties in the USA, DuPage ranks #62 in financial worth. Dave mentioned that 50% of metropolitan Chicago poor people live in the suburbs like DuPage not in Chicago. The DuPage Foundation granted $5,000,000 last year to various organizations and people. The Foundation is always looking for financial endowments. They received $21,100,000 in 2017. Our Lions Club has members who work with the foundation. They include Charles McKenna, Tony Payne, Ruth Carlson, John Vires and Joe Morrissey’s wife Joan.

For more information go to their website Their headquarters is located at 3000 Woodcreek Drive, Suite 310, Downers Grove, IL 60515. T heir phone is; 630-665-5556. Dave’s email is

March 13, 2018

Wheaton Lion Bruno Tabis, Jr. introduced our speaker Nick Nagele. Nick is a co-founder, distiller & farmer of Whiskey Acres. He presented a nice video showing the farming that goes on as well as the equipment used by them to distill the corn, rye and wheat that they grow into high quality liquor products. Their motto is DISTILLING FOR QUALITY NOT QUANTITY. The co-founders knew nothing about distilling or making whiskey. They did know farming. They hired an expert who taught them how to go from farm grown products to high quality liquor. Their company is growing rapidly. Nick did point out that for many years Peoria was the distilling capital of America. Their company is located at 11504 Keslinger Road, DeKalb, IL 60115

For more information log onto Nick’s phone number is 217-898-3153.

March 20, 2018

Nanette Thomas-Shepardson presented at the Wheaton Lions Club (March 20, 2018) the not-for-profit and their mission to “… provide practical support to people in achieving success, as they define it, in their work and in their lives” and their vision to “… create a tribe of people who see change as a positive and necessary part of life; who joyfully embrace new opportunities and choose to act with intention to contribute fully to the future of our shared community.” can help you get a job, or a better job. They can help you with a career change. They’ll even help you discover what you’re truly good at and help you overcome obstacles to find the right job! Or you could be a Guiding Light for those in need. Want to know more? Email Nanette at


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