Guest Luncheon Speakers

September 11, 2018

Our speaker today was Wheaton Lion Tony Payne. Tony is the General Manager of the Artist Series at Wheaton College. Tony discussed the new music headquarters on campus. It will has 4 floors each of which is 11,000 sq. feet. Also being built will be a new Concert Hall that will seat 648 people. The key ingredient of the new hall will be exceptional acoustics. It is being built for concerts only and will open in February 2019. It will be much smaller than Edmund Chapel which seats 2,300 people. The school is working hard to build a diverse audience through the Artist Series. The first concert will be Sept. 15th. There will be 4 other concerts going to March 2019.

For more information log onto wheaton.edu/ArtistSeries or phone 630-752-5010. There will be some very interesting concerts covering a wide range of music.


September 18, 2018

Wheaton Lion Marty Keller introduced our speaker, Jackie Pye, who is a senior case worker for Milton Township. Ms.Pye has worked for the township for the past eighteen years. She is responsible for the administration of the General Assistance Department for the Township which is a locally administered program designed to meet the basic needs of individuals and/or families attempting to enter or re-enter the work force and to provide emergency assistance to residents. Ms.Pye explained that this program is mandated by the State of Illinois and provides monthly financial assistance through vouchers for goods and services such as food, shelter and clothing. Medical services may also be provided. An onsite food pantry is also made available. Through trained case workers, emergency assistance is provided to prevent an eviction, loss of utilities or to meet expenses which jeopardize employment. Those eligible for assistance include residents with dependent children or who are blind, aged or otherwise disabled. She indicated that a screening process is used to determine eligibility but the they always encounter individuals who try to cheat the system. The Department also acts as a clearinghouse for referrals to other organizations providing services to the needy.

Jackie Pye may be reached through the Milton Township office at 1492 N. Main Street in Wheaton. (630) 668-1616 or email her at j.pye@miltontownship.net.


September 25, 2018

Lion Martin Findling introduced our speaker, Mario Gumino, who is the Executive Director of the Lions of Illinois Foundation. Mr.Gumino stated that the Lions of Illinois Foundation was founded in 1974 as an entity separate from Lions International. The Lions of Illinois Foundation is organized as a nonprofit charitable organization which provides statewide services for the visually and hearing impaired. The Foundation funds programs initiated by member Lions Clubs of which there are over 300 in Illinois with more than 14,000 members. These programs include vision related programs and services such as low vision screening , eyewear,vision tools and training, diabetes awareness programs, the availability of a Mobile Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Unit, and eyeglass collection, free hearing screenings through the Mobile Hearing Unit, and hearing aid collection for the Hearing Aid Bank. These services are offered free of charge through local Lions Clubs. The Foundation also provides free camp and social services to youths and adults through the sponsorship of local Lions Clubs..

The vision of the Foundation is to create a permanent vehicle for the delivery of programs and services to the visually and hearing impaired. The Foundation is funded by private and public donations and through member club donations from fund raising activities such as Lions Candy Day, Sight and Sound Sweepstakes and Tootsie Pop Day. At least 95% of the proceeds from these donations are dedicated to these programs and services.

Further information regarding the programs and services of the Lions of Illinois Foundation can be found at its website at lionsofillinoisfoundation.org or at (815) 756-5633 V/Relay.  


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