Guest Luncheon Speakers

October 1, 2019

Wheaton Lion Johanna Karmis introduced our speaker Kay McKeen, Founder of Scarce located in Glen Ellyn, IL.

Scarce works with schools and residents of Illinois to understand environmental needs and has developed programs for residents, schools, youth groups businesses and organizations. Scarce, which is a non-profit organization, also collects items at their center for reuse and recycling. Kay McKeen founded Scarce in 1990 and began teaching in DuPage County schools about recycling and other environmental issues and concerns.

Scarce collects items for disposal such as cooking oils, syringes and Epi-pens and a huge range of items that can be used by people including all types of books, Guitars for Vets, crayons, electrical cords, holiday lights, LP records, cell phones, unused greeting cards and more. Kay showed us how they take a bunch of small and broken crayons and make them into a large diameter crayon for kids with problems holding onto small diameter crayons.

For more information about Scarce go to their website at Their office phone number is 630-545-9710. Their office is located at 799 Roosevelt Road, Suite 108 in Glen Ellyn. The website offers a lot of information on items that can or can’t be recycled. They are also looking for volunteers to help out.

October 8, 2019

The Wheaton Lions were happy to welcome Tara Chapman, Co-Founder of The Written Word, an organization that provides specialized services for dyslexia and learning. Chapman possesses 30 years of education experience and holds Certified Dyslexia Therapist (CDT) and Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT) designations. Tara’s sponsor was Lion Marty Keller.

Chapman's presentation provided a comprehensive overview of Dyslexia. Individuals who experience difficulty with the following may be associated with Dyslexia:
• Learning to speak
• Pronouncing words
• Learning letters and sounds
• Slow to add new vocabulary words
• Learning to rhyme
• Computing math problems correctly
• Memorizing math facts
• Learning to tell time

Here are some common facts associated with dyslexia:
• Dyslexia is the most common learning disability.
• Scientists and researchers estimate that up to 20% of the population has dyslexia.
• Dyslexia affects boys and girls equally.
• Causes of dyslexia are neurological and genetic.
• People with dyslexia tend to have average to above average intelligence.
• There is no cure for dyslexia. It is a lifelong condition.
• Dyslexia is not a vision problem.

At The Written Word, the services offered include the following:

Academic Language Therapy instruction is an educational, structured, and systematic multisensory approach for the remediation of Dyslexia and language-based learning differences. An experienced therapist has a deep knowledge of the structure of English and the expertise to create individual treatment plans.

Academic support is available for K-8 students needing help with specific school subjects, such as written expression, handwriting, spelling, comprehension, study skills and organization, and math (dyscalculia). Help is available for students who do not have a diagnosis of dyslexia but would benefit from additional support during the school year.

Teacher trainees learn to implement an Orton-Gillingham based multisensory language therapy program called Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia. The Take Flight curriculum is written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, TX.

October 15, 2019

Wheaton Lion Phillip Salerno introduced our speaker Ayesha Akhtar, MPH, Director of Education for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.

Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago works with people with Epilepsy and in schools teaching children and teachers about Epilepsy and the care needed for people who have a seizure and those with ongoing Epilepsy. There are more than 40 types of seizures and of all of the various Brain Disorders, Epilepsy is ranked the 4th most dangerous.

A new law passed this year makes training in schools for Epilepsy necessary and that is what Ayesha works with on a daily basis.

Some of the things we can do when a person has what appears to be an Epilepsy attack are: Dial 911 and ask for help. Lay them down on their side, put a pillow type item under their head, loosen a neck tie and remove their glasses and do not put anything in their mouth. Make sure their mouth is dry before raising them up. They should not drive a vehicle before getting their doctor’s permission. A seizure normally lasts up to 5 minutes while some are a few seconds. Recovery can range from minutes up to hours.

Ayesha pointed out that prescribed medicines help about 70% of people who take them and does not help about 30% of people who try them.

For more information log onto Ayesha’s phone is: 312-609-9196. The office phone is 312-939-8622. Her email is Their office is located at 17 N. State St., Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60602.

October 22, 2019

Wheaton Lion Dan Milinko introduced our speaker Wheaton Lion Dr. Jeff Schuler, Superintendent of Community Unit School District 200.

Jeff went over the districts’ growth, new educational ideas that will help students feel comfortable with working in the near future and the great job that the faculty is doing.

District 200 is rated 5th best school district in Illinois out of 900 districts in the state. Last year 95% of senior students graduated. Some students go to school another year to increase their learning skills. This is the 10th straight year that the district has a balanced budget. District 200 has 13,000 active students.

Also with Jeff at our luncheon from District 200 were Dr. Chris Silagi, Asst. Superintendent for Student Services, Dr. Charlie Kyle, Asst. Superintendent for Administrative Services and Melissa Murphy, Asst. Superintendent for Educational Services. Each spoke of the work they’re doing to help students get in tune with the many changes that are happening in the work place in this country and working to get students to learn the necessity of reaching out to other students for friendship and help with their work and future educational skills.

A handout was given to us that introduced us to: “What are the qualities and skills our students should have when they graduate” You can log onto this and enter your thoughts on a series of questions on the website at

For more information about District 200 log onto Jeff’s email is

October 29, 2019

Wheaton Lion Ron Birchall introduced our speaker Richard (Rick) W. McLaren, Jr. Rick, a retired attorney, spoke to us about Solo Sailing in Lake Michigan.

For a number of years he participated in a contest from Chicago to Mackinac Isle. Each entry in the contest sails on his boat alone and the race starts on a Saturday and ends on the following Tuesday afternoon. Rick had his last race in 2018. He owns a 27 foot sailboat made in 1970. The contestants are prepared to sail the 194 miles without any long sleeps. They take 20 minute naps and then are awakened by an autopilot to check if everything is ok. They do not anchor while on the race. They call in to the race committee every 6 hours. He said that there can be 24 hours between the first and last boat coming in at the finish line.

The minimum size of each boat in the race is 26 feet. The contestants have to show experience as a skipper, have at least 1,000 miles of sailing experience and go in an approved 100 mile solo trip before the race. Each boat in the race can contact each of the other boats. The boats have to have a lifeboat on board, an autopilot which kicks in during the naps, a harness,a strobe whistle, jack lines, tethers and a VHF radio.

After many years in the race Rick and his wife agreed that 2018 would be the last year for him to be in the race. He said each race was a great experience.

For more information you can email Richard at His phone number is 630-710-1588.

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Wheaton Lions Club Events

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