Apr 24, 2014
"Special Presentation"

 Ed is filling by Special Request of the Club Pres. Mike has to leave town on the 23rd.



May 01, 2014
"YMCA Camp Duncan"



Rona Roffey
Camp Director
YMCA Camp Duncan
YMCA Camp Independence
32405 N. Hwy. 12
Ingleside, IL. 60041


May 08, 2014
"Asian Carp"

By Richard Lanyon

The Chicago Area Waterways (CAWS) is a 77-mile network of canals that provide drainage, navigation and recreation for the city and numerous suburbs in the metropolitan region. For over 100 years, these waterways have served as a connecting link between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. Since the opening of the Erie and Welland Canals in the 1820s and the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s, aquatic invasive species have been an issue for the Great Lakes. Recently, the appearance of Asian carp in the Mississippi River and their movement upstream in the Illinois River has given rise to concern for the potential movement of this invasive species into the Great Lakes through the CAWS. This concern has resulted in litigation, proposals, and studies to separate the two watersheds, thereby imposing one barrier to the movement of Asian carp.

Richard Lanyon

Better known as Dick Lanyon, he retired from his position as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) at the close of 2010, a position that he held for 4½ years. As Executive Director, he directed the day-to-day operations of the MWRD, which included 2,100 employees serving five million people in Cook County and the industrial equivalent of another four million people.  The MWRD provides wastewater and stormwater management and other related services to protect the environment. Dick’s career at the MWRD spanned nearly 48 years. In 2012, Dick published Building the Canal to Save Chicago, a historical documentary of the first project of the MWRD. http://buildcanalsavechicago.org 


Dick Lanyon



May 15, 2014
"Travelers Aid - Board Meeting 11:00AM"
 Contact 312-660-1320

RCarbone@heartlandalliance.org   (Travelers Aid)

May 22, 2014
"Is Never Too Late!"
 Lekan Ahmed is an award winning speaker and trainer. He has utilized his acquired professional 
Skills to help organizations increase profitability by embracing the culture of change. Having been 
Working since he was nine, yes I said, 9, to support his family. 
 Lekan understands the difference between poverty and success because he went through both 
Faces of life and he's committed to igniting that success in your businesses and individual lives. 
With his diverse background, he has worked with companies to bridge cultural barriers within the 
Workplace. As a motivator, he has empowered individuals from varying backgrounds, race, 
Culture, native dialect and socioeconomic status, to attain success regardless of adversity. 
With a highly interactive style, Lekan uses his rich experience to ignite the success in businesses and 
In personal lives. Some of his programs include Igniting Your Entrepreneurship! The One 
Percent Formula! Corporate Identity!, and Breaking Cultural Barriers In The Workplace! 
May 29, 2014
"Rotary International and the Annual Fund"

 Jackie McGuire is a former staff person who worked at Rotary International in Evanston for 25 years.  She is now a Rotarian with the Wilmette Harbor Club.

 She'll give us an overview about the inside works at Rotary and the annual fund.



Jun 05, 2014
"No Meeting at Great Escape today"

 9:00 AM Shotgun at Makray Memorial Golf Club, Barrington


Jun 12, 2014

Kim Morton has been a member of the Cook County Farm Bureau® Speakers Bureau since its inception in 2013.  

Morton most recently served as the Chicago-based Director of Development for the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Prior to that she was the first Northeastern Illinois Legislative Coordinator for the Illinois Farm Bureau®, a role created to lobby members of the Illinois General Assembly from Cook and the collar counties who may have little, if any, familiarity with production agriculture. She was a farm manager with the Northern Trust Company from 1984 till 2001.  In that role she worked with trusts and estates that owned farmland or timber. This position provided her the opportunity to work in 22 states. During this time, she became the second woman in the nation to receive the Accredited Farm Manager designation and was a member of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation Class of 1998.  









Jun 19, 2014
"Club Business follows board meeting 11:00 AM"
Jun 26, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
"Neumann Family Services"

 We donate amenity kits to this organization




Jul 17, 2014
"Family-owned and operated Greenhouse"

 Date Pending - waiting for confirmation - no board meeting today as Board Meeting will be held next week when District Governor Nicki Scott

 Karen Biernacki has been a member of the Cook County Farm Bureau® Speakers since its inception in 2013.

Biernacki is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ted's Greenhouse Inc., a 10.5 acre greenhouse and growing facility located in Tinley Park.  She and her husband, Dan, have managed the business together for the past 17 years.  Her father-in-law, Ted, began the business in 1948 in Blue Island. 

Biernacki is currently a member of and the past President of the Tinley Park Rotary Club.  

Biernacki serves on the Public Relations Team for Cook County Farm Bureau® and has been active in several Farm Bureau events, including Food Checkout Day and National Agriculture Day. 


Karen Biernacki

Cook County Farm Bureau®

6438 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525

(708) 552-6667


Jul 24, 2014
"Club Business follows board meeting 11:00 AM"


Our usual 3rd Thursday Board meeting will be held on July 24th to accommodate our new District Governor, Nicki Scott. 

Jul 31, 2014
"Update on My Joyful Heart"
Diane will give us an update on MY JOYFUL HEART PROGRAM. 708-458-3979 www.myjoyfulheart.org Our club sponsors two children from this organization. Bring your back to school supplies to donate.
Aug 14, 2014
"Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach"
 I work for Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, which is a medical surplus and recovery organization. Started by the Sisters of Saint Francis back in 2002, we have partnered with 61 hospitals and 18 clinics throughout Illinois and Wisconsin, bringing more than $40 million in medical supplies and equipment to 75 developing nations. We work with several recipient organizations overseas as well as mission groups that travel from the U.S. We are based out of Springfield but have recently opened an office in Chicago at Presence Healthcare.

Thanks much!
Jennifer Wolff
Development and Relationship Manager
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach
Aug 21, 2014
"Club Business follows board meeting 11:00 AM"
Aug 28, 2014
"War on Drugs Not Working"
 Former Prosecutor
James Gierach

"The ‘war on drugs’ puts more drugs everywhere and is at the heart of most American crises." 

James Gierach
James E. Gierach is a former Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County, municipal attorney, Village prosecutor, and general practitioner. He was the youngest delegate elected to write Illinois' Constitution in 1970, a former candidate for Cook County State's Attorney and Illinois governor, raising drug policy and prison issues. One newspaper called him, "Illinois' premier conscientious objector to the war on drugs."

In James’ view, the War on Drugs not only doesn't work but is also the heart of most American crises including violent crime, property crime, gangs, guns, prisons, student dropout rates, corruption, overdose deaths, addition, disease, trade imbalance and the frequent inability of governments at every level to pay the bills. “Ironically,” James says, “the war on drugs was put in place to save our kids from drugs and make our streets safer, but ending prohibition is what will truly accomplish these goals.”

James has spent more than twenty years fighting drug prohibition as a candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney and Illinois governor in primary elections, and as an author, speaker, and attorney. He has discussed and debated drug-policy issues on television, radio and in front of hundreds of audiences, appearing alongside the former head of the DEA, presiding judges, chiefs of police, and drug advisors to the White House. He currently lives in the Chicago area.

Lindsay Akin

Speakers Bureau Assistant Director
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Email: lindsay.akin@leap.cc
Phone: 318-422-6612

    Sep 04, 2014
    "Our Semi-Annual Food Packaging Project"

    The Great Escape will serve sandwiches. In the past, our club participated in packaging hundreds of meals for Feeding Children Worldwide. Eldon Tracy will again bring his helpers to set up our room for this food packaging project. Bring your spouse, coworkers to help.



    Sep 11, 2014
    "What's New at Board of Review"

     Commissioner Dan Patlak, CIAO

    Commissioner Patlak will discuss what is new at the Board of Review, including the ability to submit property tax appeals online, and how digitalization of the appeal process improves the timely distribution of 2nd installment property tax bills.

    He will also discuss property tax exemptions, how to file a Certificate of Error if you are entitled to an exemption but not receiving it, and the importance of shopping locally to keep your property taxes down.


    Cook County Board of Review

    Dan Patlak is presently serving his second term representing the 1st District at the Cook County Board of Review. Having first been elected into office in 2010, he previously served as Wheeling Township Assessor from 2005-2009. He is a champion of empowering taxpayers through education and communication.

    Prior to his elected positions, Commissioner Patlak served as a property assessment appeal analyst for seven years at the Board of Review for Commissioner Maureen Murphy specializing in residential, commercial apartment and exempt properties. In 1986 he began his professional career as a real estate Broker in the near north suburbs of Chicago and is a graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI).

    Commissioner Patlak is a member of the National and Illinois Realtors Associations, and the International Association of Assessing Officers. He currently resides in Wheeling, IL, with his wife and son.


    the contact for Dan Patlak is maggie.heydt@cookcounty.gov.

    Sep 18, 2014
    "Club Business follows board meeting 11:00 AM"
    Sep 25, 2014
    "Get Motivated to Set Big Goals and Make the Time to Exceed them!"

    How to find your passion to set worthwhile Goals 

    How to be and stay motivated 
    How to find the time to hit your goals
    Do more with less stress and more satisfaction

    You make it a good day – They don’t just happen 
    30 time saving techniques in 60 minutes
    How to produce more result in less time and with less stress
    How to incorporate effective techniques that can help you everyday

     Ted Buckley




    Oct 16, 2014
    "Club Business follows board meeting 11:00 AM"
    Nov 20, 2014
    "Club Business follows board meeting 11:00 AM"
    Dec 18, 2014
    "Club Business follows board meeting 11:00 AM"
    Dec 18, 2014
    "Club Business follows board meeting 11:00 AM"
    Jan 07, 2016
    "ROTC Command Brief and Mission (tentative date)"

    Not booked this date - waiting to hear back from them for confirmed date. 


    Commander, Colonel Troy Douglas will join Captain Gonzales along with some ROTC Cadets will present their Command Brief and Mission.


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