Recent Speakers

GUM Drops Program founder, Amy Simpson, was our speaker at the September 13th meeting. Amy told us about the genesis of her idea to help children with food insecurity that now assists more than 1,300 southern Illinois students. This vital program has become a model for similar efforts in St. Louis, greater Missouri, and other locations around the country.

On September 6th, the Club enjoyed hearing from Kari Thompson, the new SIU Women’s Volleyball Coach. Kari shared her path to coaching beginning as a student athlete studying architecture, to coaching at North Dakota State University, and now to her position as head coach of a promising young team at SIU.

On August 9th, the Club had the opportunity to hear from Curt Jones, founder of “Dippin’ Dots” and an alumnus of SIU. Curt shared with us his latest business venture, “40 Below Joe”, which is a frozen coffee edible (and drinkable). Curt stressed the value he places in creating businesses that offer jobs for the Southern Illinois region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On August 2nd, James Chapman, founder of the Center for Empowerment and Justice, discussed the conditions of confinement at Illinois Department of Corrections facilities across the State of Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our July 26th meeting, the Executive Director of Carbondale Main Street, Meghan Cole, provided an overview of the many activities and events this local organization supports throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On June 14th, Cinnemon Wheeles-Smith and Diane Hood, with Carbondale Tourism, provided a review of the planning and preparation the City of Carbondale has undertaken to make the Eclipse of 2017 safe, exciting and memorable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 7 – Shalewa Balogun (left), our Inbound Exchange Student from Nigeria, gave an interested presentation on her homeland and her experiences in the United States over the past year. During her exchange experience in Carbondale, Shalewa was hosted by Tessie Ojewuyi and her daughter, Ore (right).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our May 31st lunch meeting was held at the Carbondale Science Center. Chris Wells provided a demonstration and a tour of the Science Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 24th, Colleen Wieczorec talked about her AmeriCorps experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our May 17 speaker was Lisa Jansen. Lisa provided an update about Carbondale Community Ar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our May 10th, Ed Benyas, Music Director of the Southern Illinois Symphony and Professor at SIU, discussed the upcoming Southern Illinois Music Festival which will take place from May 26th through June 7th. More information may be found at www.SIFest.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 19, Carolyn Donow provided an enjoyable presentation regarding the Friends of McLeod Summer Playhouse and its show line-up for the season. Teacher Betsy Brown of Carbondale Middle School brought her talented group of students to our April 26 lunch meeting. We were delighted by the presentations the students put together as part of their History Fair competition. Betsy’s teams have represented our community in both state and national history fair competitions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On April 19, Carolyn Donow provided an enjoyable presentation regarding the Friends of McLeod Summer Playhouse and its show line-up for the season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On March 8, Molly Maxwell and J.D. Tanner shared details of a mountain bike trail system at Touch of Nature. This exciting new facility will offer trails and stunt areas for riders of all ages and skill levels. This will be a world-class outdoor facility that attracts mountain bikers from throughout the Midwest.
On March 15, J.D. Tanner returned to provide information on the progress of Camp Beta, a new outdoor experience offering by Touch of Nature for the children of Southern Illinois.

 

 

On February 22, Trent Mohlenbrock, owner of Changing Seasons Landscape Center, presided over an interesting and informative discussion on lawn & garden topics as we eagerly approach spring.


On February 22, Trent Mohlenbrock, owner of Changing Seasons Landscape Center, presided over an interesting and informative discussion on lawn & garden topics as we eagerly approach spring.

 

On February 1st, Cindy Buys, a member who is a professor at the SIU School of Law, moderated a Q&A on issues associated with the recent Presidential Executive Order suspending the entry into the United States of foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

 

Our speaker on February 8th was Doug Keirn with IDOT. Doug discussed upcoming road projects in Southern Illinois that will occur over the next year.