Speaker Date Topic
Detective Jeremy Walton Dec 14, 2017
Identity theft and financial crime investigations

Winnetka Police Detective Walton spends a lot of time investigating identity theft/financial crimes. 

Jeremy Walton has been a police officer since 2006, and he has worked for the Winnetka Police Department for the last 10 years.  Formerly working as a Patrol Officer and School Resource Officer at New Trier High School, he currently serves in the investigations unit as a Detective.  He is a certified Homicide Investigator, Evidence Technician, Juvenile Officer, and Field Training Officer. He has served on NIPAS EST (a regional SWAT team) and currently works as an investigator for the NORTAF Major Crimes Task Force.  He also has advanced training and specializes in cyber and financial crimes.



Gerry Keenan Dec 21, 2017
Rotary Global Grant for Trees That Feed

Gerry Keenan has just returned from a trip to Haiti where he is working to organize a Rotary Global Grant for our Winnetka-Northfield Club to sponsor with a Haitian Club in partnership with Trees that Feed. He will provide our club with an update.


Fellowship Gathering, No Speaker Dec 28, 2017
Gary Frank Jan 04, 2018
Trends in architecture

H. Gary Frank is a prominent architect whose office is at 525 Chestnut in Winnetka.

Hilary Rose Jan 11, 2018
How to Design Your Home with Style

A little info about me:  I’ve been a photo stylist and a field editor for national interior design magazines for about 30 years. My list of clients includes Better Homes & GardensTraditional HomeVerandaHouse Beautiful and countless other national publications and books. I also styled the book KITCHEN, showcasing the work of renowned kitchen designer Mick DeGiulio. Several years ago, I wrote and produced an interiors book with photographer Jenifer Jordan. Our book,  Been There Shot That, is a playful mix of design advice, inspiration and humor. 

A little info about my presentation:  I explain what it entails to be a “field editor”, and then focus on my approach to photo styling. Showing images, I talk about styling (accessorizing) bookcases, coffee tables, mantels, etc. I also discuss good ideas I’ve seen for making one’s home live better and be more personal. I believe a successful home is functional, comfortable, beautiful or interesting in some way, and reflects the people that live there. I love to interact with the audience, so I welcome questions, comments, suggestions, whatever.  


Jon Labaschin Jan 18, 2018
North Shore Senior Center

Jon will address issues concerning senior benefits, programs and an overall perspective on the North Shore Senior Center.

Robert Beezat Jan 25, 2018
Character Based Management

Excerpted from a Chicago Tribune article by Rex Huppke:


After years of writing about workplace problems, I've finally found a universal solution: Every company in America needs a Robert Beezat.


You probably haven't heard of Robert Beezat, but after I tell you about him, you're for sure going to want one. He's a veteran manager, now 74 and semiretired, who has written a book that isn't the kind you'd find on shelves at airport bookstores or stacked high at a Barnes & Noble.  It's not glossy or filled with fancy charts and edgy buzzwords. It's short — an even 100 pages — and not much to look at from the outside. But, oh, what's inside. Imagine you're lucky enough to have a veteran colleague, a person of character, a person whose career is enviable, and that colleague takes you aside for a couple of hours and shares the secrets to being a good worker and a good manager.

That's what it's like to read Beezat's book, "Character Based Management." (Even the title's a little dull, BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER!) The secrets he shares aren't complicated: shut up and listen; learn by watching others; do what you say you're going to do; foster a sense of love — yes, love — in your workplace.

It's all simple, in a sense, but it's not the sort of thing we hear often enough. If we did, and we took it seriously, our working world would be considerably more pleasant.

"I'm one of 10 kids, the second oldest, and we learned to get along with everybody and work with each other and care for each other and respect each other," Beezat told me. "I guess that just always kind of carried over into my work life. You read all these management books and they all have some pluses to them, but they don't last because they don't get at what the core is when it comes to management, which is who you are. If you don't have good character, people see that."

He builds his book around a wonderful quote from Henri Fayol, a French engineer who developed a general theory of business administration in the early 1900s: "In making decisions … the moral character (of the decision-maker) … determines the quality of the decisions."

Beezat encourages readers to "find ways to understand" the characteristics and behaviors that enhance a person's character, things like kindliness, equity, a willingness to accept responsibility and tact.  He writes: "Our behaviors flow from how we understand reality as a whole; and, in particular and very importantly, how we understand ourselves and others as human beings."

I'm guessing most people have known someone in their career like Beezat, a person who just seems to get it, the one colleague everyone likes to work alongside. He recounts one of his proudest moments as a manager, when he was leaving for another job and a co-worker spoke up at his going-away party and said: "Bob, you bring out the best in people."

Jill Keenon Feb 01, 2018
Brain Health and Prevention of Dementia

Jill is an RN working in Assisted Living and Memory Care as a Health Coach helping clients to understand prevention as a road to health.