Guest Luncheon Speakers

October 2, 2018
Wheaton Lion John Monino introduced our speaker Daniel A. Milinko. Dan who was recently sworn in as a Wheaton Lion is a Financial Advisor with Veritrust Wealth Management in Naperville. Dan and his wife and 2 kids live in Wheaton. Dan received his Bachelor of Biology Degree from Central Michigan Univ. and his Project Management Masters Degree from Keller Grad. School in Chicago.

Dan spoke to us about Managing the Unexpected. He cited an example that concerned his wife being diagnosed with cancer several years after they were married. It was cured but John said a ton of questions came to him during that time. If things turned out badly how would her salary be covered, how would he earn enough money to pay for his two kids college.
What were the current credit card bills, mortgage costs. medical expenses etc.

He works with his clients to make sure they are covering their future expenses, have life insurance, wills, power of attorney, trust funds, money set aside for education, vacations etc.

Another area covered is with older clients who might need assisted care. How long will they need it? Are there serious health issues with them now? Funeral options and many more items.

For more information, you can reach Dan at (630) 457-1300 ext. 105 and by email at

October 9, 2018
Wheaton Lions Pat McEvoy & Paul Bradley sponsored our speaker Jon Wylie, Vice Chairman of Abraham’s Children. This group is a mission of the First Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, IL.

Their mission is to help native Israelites and native Palestinians living in the West Bank of the Holy Land who need educational and medical help. This West Bank area has about 400,000 Israelites and 300,000 Palestinians living there. The natives are not allowed to grow crops and depend on herds of sheep and goats to help them survive.

Jon spent 12 days in the Holy Land helping to administer medical aid to natives. A Palestinian doctor did the medical work and Jon and other volunteers helped supply needed medical equipment and supplies and patient help.

The Abraham’s Children mission was started in 1995 and collects medical equipment, supplies and educational goods to people in need in the West Bank. They hope to be able to help the area attain peace and justice in the land of Jesus.

For more information, you can reach Jon at (630) 701-5205, by email at or visit the website at

October 16, 2018
Wheaton Lion Ruth Carlson introduced our speaker John Duguay, Assistant City Manager of Wheaton, IL.

John, a graduate of West Point Military Academy served in the U.S. Army for many years. He started work at the City of Wheaton 2 years ago. He went over the Streetscape work going on in Wheaton Before and after photos helped show the work that has been done. This is a 4 phase program which started last year. Phase 1 was utility work downtown and was completed. Phase 2 is almost completed and covers street repair and repaving along with new sidewalks, curbs, street lights and trees. Phase 3 is the reworking of Main St. and Phase 4 covers new utilities, reworking the French Market and Way Finding signage.

The Streetscape project will cost about 32 Million dollars and will finish next year. It includes new gathering spaces, different parking, new sewer lines and water mains along with the other items mentioned above.

For more information, you can reach John at (630) 260-2033, by email at or visit the website at

October 23, 2018
Wheaton Lion and Board of Education member Jim Mathieson introduced our speaker Jeff Schuler, Superintendent of Schools for the Community Unit School District 200. Along with Jeff was Erica Loiacono, Dir. of Public Relations for School District 200.

Jeff pointed out that there are 900 School Districts in Illinois. Our District 200 is ranked in the top 10 for the state and right now is 7. Jeff showed us a video on the district which included information of interest such as our district having a balanced budget for the 9th straight year, noting that all of our schools have safety approved secure entrances.

District 200 has 23 facilities, with a total enrollment of 12,711 students. There are 1,098 staff members and 68% of the teachers have Masters Degrees or higher. There are 68 languages spoken among the students and 28% are from low income families. FY 17 Operating cost per student was: District 200: $12,898 and State Average: $12,973.

One of the major projects this coming year for the district is the approval of Jefferson Early Childhood Center. This center will provide critical, necessary interventions for 3,4 and 5 years olds in our community that have an identified special need. The existing building that’s being used was built as a regular school in 1958 and does not have the necessary special needs answers that a new school will have. Jeff hopes that this passes in this years Nov. voting.

For more information visit their website at or their Facebook page at

October 30, 2018

Wheaton Lion member Rod Irey introduced our speakers Jim Elliott, President and Tinamarie Hernandez, Executive Director of DIVE HEART

DIVE HEART was started 10 years ago by Jim Elliott, a College of DuPage Alumnus and a graduate of Northern Illinois University . Prior to that Jim was an advertising executive for Tribune Media Group, WGN & CLTV in Chicago. He took some scuba diving lessons at COD and later put that to use as the key part of DIVE HEART.

DIVE HEART, a nonprofit organization works with people of all ages with disabilities. The object of scuba diving for them is to build confidence, independence and self-esteem in children and adults, including military veterans. Their clients have many disabilities including blindness, deafness, missing limbs, and communication problems. The patients are taught to scuba under water in swimming pools and many are later taken in boats out to sea to dive, swim and walk under water. It has become a power to heal for many patients.

For more information visit their website at or call Jim Elliott at 630-408-1920, Tinamarie Hernandez at 630-991-0127.

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