Guest Luncheon Speakers

October 4, 2016

Wheaton Lion Jeff Schuler was our Speaker for our luncheon. Jeff is the Superintendent of Schools for District 200. The district serves children living in Wheaton and Warrenville and portions of Carol Stream, Winfield, West Chicago and adjacent unincorporated DuPage areas.

Jeff reviewed their vision which is to be an exemplary student focused school which is highly regarded for the competence and character of their students and the excellence of their people, programs and learning environment.

The district has 23 facilities ranging from an early childhood center through elementary, middle and high schools and a transition program, operational centers and a school service center.

Enrollment in the facilities totals 12,756 students. 68 languages are spoken among the students. English as a second language (ESL) is taken by 9% of the students. 30% of the families in the system are low income. 16% of the students have special needs.

There are 1,098 staff members. 75% of the staff have Master’s Degree or Higher.
Staff retention is 97.5%. Jeff pointed out that 95% of the Class of 2016’s 1,005 graduates are attending a 2 or 4 year college. Student graduation rate was 93% and there were 11 National Merit Finalists. Two of the school received Blue Ribbons.

Jeff said that the schools are introducing new programs such as Next Generation Science and Business Education which will help students when job search time comes to them.

He said that a growing concern is that more students are hospitalized due to stress and drugs. The district is working with other groups including the police to try and help stem some of these problems.

For more information on the District 200 Schools go to

October 11, 2016

Wheaton Lioness Pam Sharar-Stoppel introduced our speaker Carol Simler, MSW, the President and CEO of DuPage Pads who spoke to us about the role Pads plays in helping the needy and homeless in DuPage.

DuPage Pads was started in 1985. Carol joined them in 1989. In 2015-2016 they served 71 Veterans, 123 Families, 250 Children and a total of 1,322 individuals. 30% of the people that were served in their Interim (Overnight) Housing program and client Service Center obtained stable housing. The overnight housing is 365 nights a year. Our Trinity Episcopal Church in Wheaton is the only church in Wheaton offering this service. They have Pads people come in on Monday. They are given a prepared dinner, sleep on mattresses and have breakfast in the morning before they leave. After this one day (night) stay they head out to work, school and then use public transportation to get to an overnight stay in a different location.

Pads has raised money over the years through donations by individuals, special events, government grants and in-kind revenue which has helped them get 82 apartments in the county and they hope to get 12 more in 2017. These apartment are used to house Pads clients. 87% of Pads clients now have a place to call home for a year or more.

They offer a Medical Respite Program for those who are homeless and in need of bed rest. Of the 88 people served in this program in 62 households, 65% are now in stable housing.

Another program they offer is Career Employment Solutions. They partner with 98 local employers in various industries to hire their clients and they hosted their firs annual career fair with 18 employers and 122 attendees. 127 found employment.

Over 4,000 volunteers help Pads in their everyday efforts to help people in need.

For more information about DuPage Pads go to

October 18, 2016

Lion John Sheahin sponsored the speaker for October 17th, Marsha Valade is a volunteer pictured here with “Peanut” a yellow lab a volunteer from Leader Dogs Leader Dogs was founded in 1939 by the Lions Club and is based out of Rochester Hills, MI. Volunteers are spread out all over the country, and Marsha trains “Peanut” locally. Marsha talked about her role with the training process, specifically with puppies from the age of 7 weeks to 1 year old. Training includes the introduction of basic leader dog requirements such as not jumping, calm behavior in a large number of social situations (i.e. air planes, elevators, trains, museums, etc.) The training progress is monitored once a month along with about 10 other volunteers and puppies in northern Illinois and Indiana. After the puppies reach the age of one year, they are put into a highly concentrated training program at the Michigan facility. About 52% of the dogs ultimately make the cut and serve as leader dogs.

All services performed by Leader Dogs are free to everyone with sightlessness regardless of their financial situation. Lions Clubs around the world support this effort with donations. District 11-A-2 donated $100,000. There always looking for volunteers and donations.


October 25, 2016

Wheaton Lion John Stock introduced our speaker Kurt A. Carlson. Kurt is an attorney at Law with Stock, Carlson, Oldfield & McGrath LLC and is an avid Civil War buff and belongs to several Civil War organizations.

Kurt said that his wife who also loves history convinced him to join her on a special trip to Europe to visit World War I war sites in several countries and learn more about that war. They did and it was quite an experience. Kurt said that as he learned more about the war he compared it to our Civil War and saw the major differences in what caused the war.

World War 1 started in 1914 after the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia. Then Germany attacked Belgium. As the war progressed many empire countries sent their soldiers into battle to show other countries that they should rule. In all 70,000,000 Military personnel fought in the war. By the time the war ended in 1918, 9,000,000 military combatants and 7,000,000 civilian people died.
Kurt and his wife stopped at one cemetery which had 40,000 British soldiers in it. None of the dead were I.D.ed prior to burial. There are similar sites for other countries’ soldiers.

By the end of the war the German Empire, Russian Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire and Ottoman Empire ceased to exist. National boundaries were re-drawn, new nations were restored or created. Unlike the Civil War, there were no specific laws or issues such as slavery as a cause. Many of the countries were in the war because of royalty wishes.

If you have questions, Kurt’s email is

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