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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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Today, we visited the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at the College of DuPage. Jim Volpe, Director provided a overview of the program including the lengthy process required for an individual to become a police officer, and a tour of the amazing facility.  For more information about the Academy, visit their website: 

Our guest speaker today was Brian Tegtmeyer, Executive Director at DU-COMM.
DU-COMM is the other end of calling 911. This intergovernmental agency serves 44 DuPage Police, Fire, and EMS agencies to provide a high level of service in public safety communications from their facility on the DuPage County Campus. In 2018, DU-COMM responded to over 750,000 police and Fire/EMS incidents. , 
For additional information visit their website: https://www.ducomm.org/about/
Our guest speaker today was Kerry Quirin. Her timely and very informative presentation dealt with with services provided by SLE. They help their clients to make informed decisions on senior living options by addressing geographical, medical, financial, and other considerations.  There is no obligation or fees for their services. For additional information, visit their website: www.seniorlivingexperts.com
Another clean sweep on the annual Prairie Path Clean-up. Rain & snow: no problem for the AM Rotary crew.  
Kaitlyn Wild presents our club's donation  to Laura Flamion, Operations Manager at DuPage Animal Friends (a.k.a. Friends of DuPage County Animal Care & Control Foundation). DuPage Animal Friends is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 charitable organization. Their mission is to strengthen the lifesaving, compassionate and innovative initiatives at the county shelter. It partners with the shelter to understand the needs of our community's animals, providing financial resources and advocacy on their behalf.
To learn more, visit their website at https://www.dupageanimalfriends.org/
Today, it was our pleasure to have Luke and Margaret plus their respective parents join us. They are this year's recipients of our scholarship award of $1,000 annually for four years. 
Our guest speaker today was Phil Suess, 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 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: 
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.
"Where Reality is Respect,
Appreciation, and Fulfillment !!
What RRAF Can Offer You..
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. 
Mike Harvey
Jun 19, 2019
Classification Talk & Personal Cybersecurity
Sandy Gbur
Jul 10, 2019
Western DuPage Special Recreation Association
John Blumberg
Jul 17, 2019
Return on Integrity - Unleashing the Potential of Your Real ROI
Mark Curtis-Chavez, PhD; Provost - C.O.D.
Jul 24, 2019
College of DuPage Update