Guest Luncheon Speakers

May 9, 2017

Wheaton Lion Steve Maney introduced our speaker Andrea Wassel, the Director of Development for Donka, Inc.

Andrea said that Donka was founded 30 years ago by Don Van Haven. Donka is Dutch for “thank you”. Donka’s mission is: Changing lives of persons with disabilities through technology.

More than 125,000 working age people with disabilities live in DuPage County. Helping people get over some disabilities, learn to use a computer even if they are blind or can’t use their hands is a very important part of Donka. They have two locations in DuPage. The main one is at 400 N County Farm Road in Wheaton and a 2nd one is at 2 Smoke Tree Plaza in North Aurora. Donna has special keyboards for people who are blind and those with hand control problems. They also train people to use their speaking voice to operate computers. A new program College to Career is shared with the College of DuPage and helps people get a college education and a decent job.

Donka depends on community support to keep their mission going. That includes getting volunteers to help and financial help.r

For more information on Donka, Inc. link onto Andrea’s email is and her phone is 630-665-8169 ext,14.

May 23, 2017

Wheaton Lion Don Fischer introduced our speaker Dr. Tracy Williams. O.D., FAAO. Dr. Williams who is also a Wheaton Lion is the Executive Director of Spectrios Institute for Low Vision and is the Optometrist for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls.

Dr. Williams joined Spectrios when it opened in 1986 and also took on the Optometrist position with the White Sox that year. In 1991 he became the eye doctor for the Bulls. He gave us a review of the spring training season in Arizona and he’s excited over the rebuilding of the team. He passed around his World Series Ring and Watch and said he can’t wait to see them in a World Series again. We viewed a nice slide show taken at the spring training in Arizona and it included Sox coaches, players and various activities.

Dr. Williams also gave our Lions Club a huge thank you for the donation we made to Spectrios this year. With the donations they receive they are able to help people with low vision throughout the United States. Dr. Williams also travels to countries in Latin America and Africa to help people in need there.

To learn more about Spectris Institute for Low Vision in Wheaton, link onto

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