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Wheaton A.M.

Great start to a great day the Wheaton Rotary A.M. way!

We meet Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
Red Oak Room at Cantigny Golf
27W270 Mack Road
Wheaton, IL  60189
United States
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Our guest speaker today was John Prendiville, City Alderman and candidate to be our next mayor. He presented his qualifications; his views of the financial challenges the city will face in a few years; and how he differs from the other candidate as to how to meet those challenges. 
Our club is a  long time supporter of the Spectrios Institute,  and we were fortunate to have Dr. Tracy Williams again visit with us. The Institute is dedicated to helping individuals with low vision lead full and productive lives. Tracy spoke of his becoming a low vision specialist, the history of Spectrios, and the amazing technological developments to help those with vision loss. 
 
For more information, visit their website: 
https://www.spectrios.org/
Our guest speaker was Greg Bettcher, Executive Director. Located in West Chicago, We Grow Dreams provides job training and employment for people with disabilities. It is a year-round business supplying a variety of annual and perennial plants, vegetables, herbs, potted plants, hanging baskets, and many garden accessories.  To learn more about them, visit their website at www.wegrowdreams.org
Our guest speaker was Jim Kleinwachter, representing the Conservation Foundation. He is responsible for the Conservation @ Home program which is designed to assist homeowners, commercial & governmental property owners to develop their property with native plants. In addition to their beauty, the plants provide habitat for beneficial wildlife (such as birds and butterflies), provide cleaner water through infiltration.
Our guest speaker was Cathy Mousseau. She shared with us the long term master plan to enhance the facilities (including much needed additional parking) so that future generations can enjoy the zoo experience.  
See: https://cosleyzoo.org/masterplan/
 
Marilyn Flanagan, Senior V.P. of Finance and Business Operations with RRAF accepts our donation from club member Dan Boyer.
 
RRAF
"Where Reality is Respect,
Appreciation, and Fulfillment !!
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Our Services
Community Day Services are available to individuals with intellectual disabilities who are at least 18 years 
of age.  Training is provided in such areas as motor development, dressing, grooming, toileting, eating, 
language, reading, writing, productive vocational activities and the reduction of maladaptive behavior.  
Community integration activities are a focus.

Program hours are from 9:30am to 2:30pm Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays and 
in-service days.  We accept both private pay and Medicaid Waiver funded individuals.  Part-time attendance 
is accepted on a case by case basis.  All transportation and programming services are provided by RRAF 
employed staff.
Self-Directed Services are available to those with Home Based Support (HBS) funding, who also attend 
our Community Day Services program.  By providing self-directed services, RRAF can assist individuals 
and their families in arranging the services they need, and managing their budget to assure those needs 
are met.  Family chosen Personal Support Workers provide the needed in-home services.
Our guest speaker was Walt Zlotow & his topic was "U.S. - Cuba relations & what they didn't teach us in school".  He provided an overview of our military interventions (beginning with the Spanish - American war), as well as our past and current economic and diplomatic relations with particular emphasis on the Batista and the Castro regimes.  
Our guest speaker today was Jeannine Kannegiesser from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Our club has a long history of volunteering at N.I.F.B. in Geneva as well as with their mobile pantry program, and at local food pantries who rely on their supplies
 
For more information, visit their website at https://solvehungertoday.org/
Club member Evelyn was our guest speaker. She recounted her experiences and accomplishments as Lt. Governor, and is looking forward to a new challenge in academia. 
Not only did we sell trees, this year we enjoyed sunny and mild winter weather. A great way to spend the afternoon!  
Mike Fortner was our guest speaker today, and his topic was "Nastiness in Politics - Anything New? An entertaining and informative presentation. The current nastiness is not new, and in many respects pales in comparison with some historical political events. 
Our guest speaker was fellow Rotarian Bill Kmiecik who brought us up to date of the work of the Foundation and the importance of individual Rotarians continuing their support. 
 

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Emily Kehoe was our guest speaker. Her presentation regarding the history of the Shelter, its programs, facilities , and the ongoing need for their services was very informative. Our Club supports the Shelter, and encourages others to do so. See: www.helpaveteran.org/
 
Today, our guest speaker was Robert Beezat. Robert both amused and enlightened us with his presentation 
  "Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness - At the Core of "Service Above Self" and the "The Four Way Test"
 
Robert is the author of Character Based Management: A Key to More Productive & Effective Organizations, and Knowing and Loving: The Keys to Real Happiness.
For more about Robert and his book visit his website: www.robertbeezat.com   
 
 
 
Speakers
Phil Suess, Wheaton City Councilman
Mar 27, 2019 7:00 AM
Candidate to be Wheaton's next mayor
Bob Young
Apr 03, 2019
Wheaton Environmental Improvement Commission
Gail Forrest
Apr 10, 2019
Wheaton Community Relations Commission
Karen Kuhn
Apr 17, 2019
College of DuPage Foundation
Kerry Quirin
May 08, 2019
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