Speaker Date Topic
Renee Z. Dominguez, PhD Jul 19, 2018
Are we smothering our kids into states of high anxiety?
Are we smothering our kids into states of high anxiety?

Renee is Executive Director of the Family Service Center (FSC) located in Wilmette  FSC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) mental health agency serving the communities of Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook, and Kenilworth.  

Renee is Licensed Clinical Psychologist, who joined Family Service Center in 2014, bringing with her over fifteen years of clinical experience working with children and families. Dr. Dominguez earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Child and Family Track, at the University of Houston in 2001. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Baylor College of Medicine, and her post-doctoral fellowship at La Rabida Children’s Hospital, where she specialized in working with children, adolescents, and families who had experienced trauma. Dr. Dominguez came to Family Service Center most recently serving as the Clinical Director of the Chicago Child Trauma Center at La Rabida Children’s Hospital. At Family Service Center, Dr. Dominguez oversees clinical operations, provides supervision to staff, collaborates with community partners, and provides therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families.


Liz Kunkle Jul 26, 2018
Go Green Winnetka
Go Green Winnetka

Liz Kunkle is a Winnetka resident who enthusiastically advocates for each of us to be personally responsible stewards of protecting and preserving our environment. She recently received special recognition from The Volunteer Center for her work as a volunteer to protect our environment through sustainable and reasonable measures. Lynn is a practicing attorney, so this has become an incredible avocation, enlisting groups and schools along the way.

She formed Go Green Winnetka in 2011 after she coordinated groups to set up an environmental awareness booth at the Winnetka Sidewalk Sale. She enlisted Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Winnetka, The Garden Club, the Winnetka Community House and the Volunteer Center to plan the day. After then, it was all about coordinating efforts to get the word out about each of our responsibilities to our earth and preserving its gifts and life.  She formulated Go Green Winnetka, became a 501 C 3 and is continuing to grow its impact. Her recycling program with the District 36 schools educating about composting and facilitating plastic bag recycling through the Trex Plastic Bag Challenge between the Winnetka Schools. She has successfully impacted our recycling by working with fellow Winnetkan Charlotte McGee to build a recycling program for Styrofoam – egg cartons and disposable cups and packing materials now have another use than occupying the landfill – being repurposed into something useful. Liz is on the Village of Winnetka’s Environmental and Forestry Commission and will advocate anywhere to decrease our landfills and save our planet. She is tireless about this and demonstrates this within her own home. Her family of five fills only one garbage bag a week – which isn’t even always full.

Liz will be discussing additional measures we can take to recycle food and other ways to preserve the health of our environment at Rotary's July 26th meeting.


Jamal Cole Aug 02, 2018
My Block * My Hood * My City
My Block * My Hood * My City

Jahmal Cole is a tireless volunteer and role model. An advocate for education reform in Chicago, Jahmal is passionate about improving schools and is a frequent speaker at colleges in the Chicagoland area. Jahmal is the author of The Torch of Decency: Rekindling the Spirit of Community Organizations, “Athletes & MC’s” and “50 Excuses: to not Follow your Dreams.”

Recognized for his contributions to the community, he is the recipient of many awards, including a 2012 Certificate of Appreciation from Governor Pat Quinn, 2012 Chicago Ideas Award Winner presented by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, 2013 Scion Motivate Winner presented by Toyota, 2013 John Lennon Song Writing Grand Prize Award Winner, 2013 Cook County Juvenile Detention Center Volunteer Award. 2016 Roberto Clemente Global Health Award, 2016 Chicago Urban League Innovator Award 2017 Outstanding Commitment to Community Service Award on behalf of State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, and 2017 Mazda Drive for Good Competition Winner and 2017 Bluhm Helmand Social Innovation Fellow. 2018 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Honoree, 2018 Chicago City Council Resolution Award recipient. He was appointed as honorary chair of State of Black Chicago Steering Committee by Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court and named one of Huffington Post’s 15 Inspiring Chicagoans. Most recently, he has successfully launched a groundbreaking social initiative entitled “My Block, My Hood, My City, where he takes teenagers from underserved Chicago communities on City Wide explorations.

Ned Meisner Aug 09, 2018
Service Projects in Ecuador

I went to Ecuador to check out some charitable projects. I was amazed at the depth and breadth of so many projects and the heroes at the helm.   I have completed my presentation including a slide presentation.   

Jerry Evans, DTM (Distinguised Toast Master) Aug 16, 2018
Three Keys to Transforming Your Communication

The Three Keys to Transforming Your Communication
When we think about how to become a better communicator, we often think about the tools we use: our PowerPoint deck, our posture and our poise. And these are crucial. But the real key to sustained, long-term improvement and success as a communicator might surprise you, in part because they are simple, easy to implement and available to everyone.
Attitude (positive and proactive)
Commitment (total and persistent)
Training (thorough and long term)
Now you have the right attitude, commitment and training --what next?
In this session you will learn four major skill sets to improve communication:
* Assess: Analyze honestly your own skill and the challenge in front of you.
* Message: Craft a clear, persuasive and compelling argument.
* Document: Support that message with slides or other supplementary media.
* Deliver: Present your message with confidence and clarity.

Mike Zanillo Aug 23, 2018
Solving Climate Change with a Solution We Can All Like

Mike Zanillo is the Illinois State Coordinator for Illinois for the Citizens Climate Lobby.  Mike is a retired Information Technology executive from prior positions with McDonalds Corporation and Motorola.  Mike was also the Chief Information Officer for WMS Gaming and Rexnord Inc..    Mike’s education includes a degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and attended graduate level business school programs with Loyola and Northern Illinois University.

Climate Change has been called ’NOT the BIGGEST challenge of OUR time, but, the BIGGEST challenge of ALL time’.

The topic of Climate Change can be confusing to many. Often, there is uncertainty of what Climate Change is, what are its effects and what can be done about it.

Do you want to know:

• How will climate change impact Illinois and the Midwest ?

• What climate solutions exist ?

• What actions can ordinary citizens take to ensure a stable climate in the future ?

Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.  Many lawmakers, economists and scientists agree there is a policy that is best first step for fighting Climate Change.   The policy has growing bi-partisan support among Democrats and Republicans.  The benefits of the policy are viewed as:

  • A non-partisan, market-based, no-regulation approach
  • Very effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 50% !
  • Friendly to the economy, grows 2.8 M jobs and $ 1.3 T in GDP
  • Fair by not placing a burden on those least able to afford it

Solving Climate Change is possible if we tell our elected officials to act now !


Professor Mitchell Petersen Aug 30, 2018
How the New tax Laws Effect All of Us, But Do Politicians Understand Any of It?
How the New tax Laws Effect All of Us, But Do Politicians Understand Any of It?

Professor Petersen has a research project that explains the large run up in cash on the balance sheets of US firms (from $800B in 1994 to $3.2T in 2014). The answer is taxes. Most of the run up occurs in the foreign subsidiaries of these firms (think Apple Ireland), an in a small set of industries and firms.

The TCJA (Tax Cut and Jobs Act) dramatically changes the way we tax international operations (and domestic operations), and so changes what was is going to happen up front.

He will explain why this is or is not a problem (with all the cash trapped does that slow US growth – the view of Congress), how the changes in the taxes (both international and domestic) alter incentives to invest and thus what it means for the economy. He is not a macro economist, but he teaches a tax class at Kellogg. Taxes of course have macro (and micro economic) effects.

Mitchell Petersen is the Glen Vasel Professor of Finance and director of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. 

Professor Petersen's research is in the area of empirical corporate finance: the question how firms choose which projects they should invest in and how they should fund those projects. His research has included exploring: how small firms are funded and the importance of lending relationships, how information technology has altered the way in which banks lend, how the changes in the supply of capital alter a firm’s access to capital, how firm’s manage risk, how the cost of funding changes over the seasons and why, as well as the role of international taxation in the firm’s investment decision. He was awarded the Smith-Breeden Prize for Outstanding Paper in the Journal of Finance in 1995 (for his paper "The Benefits of Lending Relationships: Evidence from Small Business Data") and the Michael Brennan Award for Best Paper in the Review of Financial Studies in 1998 (for his paper "Trade Credit: Theories and Evidence") and 2013 (for his paper “Investment and Capital Constraints: Repatriations Under the American Jobs Creation Act”). He was runner-up for the Brennan Award in 2008 (for his paper “Does the Source of Capital Affect Capital Structure”) and 2010 (for his paper “Estimating Standard Errors in Finance Panel Data Sets: Comparing Approaches”). The later paper also received the Review of Financial Studies – Editor’s Choice Award in 2010.

Professor Petersen was voted the Kellogg Professor of the Year in 2000, the Executive MBA Outstanding Professor in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, and the Kellogg Alumni Professor of the Year in 2010. He was awarded the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award in 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012.

He is a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of LR Nelson and Moody’s Academic Advisory Research Committee. He currently serves as strategic advisor to OCA Ventures. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Professor Mitchell A. Petersen




Past District Governor Don Brewer Sep 06, 2018
What it's like to be a Rotary District Governor
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LeAnn Pedersen Pope Oct 04, 2018
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District Governor Julie Clark Oct 11, 2018
Official Visit
Official Visit