Speaker Date Topic
Donald Brewer, District Governor, District 6440 Feb 21, 2018
Official Visit and District Update
Official Visit and District Update

Donald joined Rotary as a charter member of the  Algonquin Lake in Hills club in Algonquin, Illinois, District 6440, in 1992.

Donald was introduced to Rotary in 1984 when he spent a month in India, with his brother HB, on mission trip and was the featured speaker to present a program on the American Jurisprudence system.  That was his introduction to Rotary which has extended these many years to Service Above Self in his involvement in community outreach and not for profits.  Donald gives his time and efforts to these community groups and not for profits that lend aid to under resourced individuals whether they be in need of support for their organization's vision or support for those afflicted with disease, more particularly cancer.

Donald has served in every capacity of his Rotary club except for treasurer and has been President three (3) times in the 24 years the club has been in existence.  Donald has been an Assistant District Governor for several terms under several District Governors serving  District 6440 clubs, McHenry, Crystal Lake, Crystal Lake Dawnbreakers, Woodstock Noon, Woodstock Breakfast, Huntley, Cary, Dundee Twp, Lake in the Hills, Richmond/Spring Grove. At the District level he served as the District 6440 Membership Chair and is presently on the Midwest PETS Council.

Donald is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a charter Member of the Paul Harris Society, and a Major Donor of the Rotary Foundation.  In 2010 his entire family of 15 were Paul Harris recipients.

Donald is a graduate of the University of Iowa earning a BSEE and John Marshall Law School earning his JD degree. He is a practicing attorney licensed in the State of Illinois and Federal Courts as well as the United States Supreme Court. He regularly practices in Illinois Circuit and Appellate Courts and in Federal Courts in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Texas.  He is a licensed Patent Attorney, licensed to practice in the Patent, Trademark and Copyright offices of the US Patent Office. His main practice revolves around litigation where he has developed a specialty in the courtroom litigation arena.  He loves to be before the juries where he feels he connects with the people on the street.

Host: Carl Marcyan

Rob Carmichael, Curator, Wildlife Discovery Center Feb 28, 2018
What's New at the Wildlife Discovery Center
What's New at the Wildlife Discovery Center

The Wildlife Discovery Center is a living natural history museum and one of the region’s unique hidden gems. It is a place of learning and wonder, where people of all ages can explore the important concepts of wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship in an intimate setting. The learning journey brings visitors face-to-face with a variety of reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. There are also interpretive trails and nature-based programs for all to enjoy. 

The mission of the Wildlife Discovery Center is to motivate all generations to come to know, respect and protect our challenged and often endangered ecosystems with a focus on their wildlife.

Rob has been a frequent and popular speaker at the Rotary Club and usually brings reptiles and other animals to enliven his always educational programs.

Host: Len Dedo

James Mukoyama, Pres & CEO, Military Outreach USA Mar 07, 2018
Moral Injury: The Invisible Wound of War

Summary of the Program: To define the little known invisible wound of war called Moral Injury; its history and insidious relation to Veteran suicide; that hope and healing is available; and how the community must get involved.

Information on Military Outreach USA: www.militaryoutreachusa.org Is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which is a national service organization dedicated to providing resources and support to caring Partners who envision a nation where no one in the Military Community lacks the mental, spiritual, physical or material support needed to live a full and productive life. As a faith-based organization strategically based in Northbrook, Illinois, Military Outreach USA develops resources, tools and programs to be used to serve the Military Community. These programs and resources are then shared at no cost with our partners.

Major General James H. Mukoyama, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 3, 1944.  He retired from the Army in May 1995, after over thirty years of total active and reserve component service, and two combat tours. He was commissioned as a Regular Army Infantry Second Lieutenant in 1965 upon graduation from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature.  He received his Master’s degree in the Teaching of Social Studies also from the University of Illinois in 1966.

During his five years on active duty, General Mukoyama served as a platoon leader in the demilitarized zone in the Republic of Korea and as an infantry company commander in the 9th Division in Vietnam.  He was the youngest General Officer in the entire United States Army in 1987 and subsequently the youngest Major General three years later. In 1989, he became the first Asian-American in the history of the United States to command an Army division.  Among General Mukoyama’s decorations and badges are the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, 3 Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Since his retirement from active federal service in 1995, General Mukoyama has volunteered and participated in numerous organizations, both governmental and non-profit charitable, benefiting our military, veterans, and the community.

In addition to his full-time civilian position as Executive Vice-President and Chief Compliance Officer of a national stock brokerage firm, General Mukoyama spent seven years as the Vice-Chairman of the National Memorial to Patriotism dedicated in Washington, DC in 2001.  He is a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Disabled Veterans of America.

Mukoyama served for five years, the last two as Chairman, on the Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans for the Department of Veterans Affairs traveling throughout the nation on behalf of minority veterans to improve services and information to the field.

His local community activities involved eight years as President and Board Member of a senior citizens subsidized housing apartment complex in an inner city Chicago  neighborhood, serving six years with his wife as a hospice patient volunteer, and since 2002, as a volunteer instructor for the Military Ministry of CRU (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in the Command Religious Program at the Great Lakes Naval Recruit Training Center Chapel and for six years participated in the training of Navy Recruit Instructors. Additional activities include the National Veterans Network, a non-profit organization that obtained the award of the Congressional Gold Medal to Japanese American World War II veterans in 2012 with Mukoyama in charge of the design of the Medal.

In January 2013, General Mukoyama answered a calling to devote his life to the ministry of Military Outreach USA, a faith-based 501(c)(3) organization serving our military --- Active, Guard, Reserve, Veterans --- and their families, to cope with the visible and invisible wounds associated with military service to our great nation.  In order to serve as the President and Executive Director, Mukoyama’s 38-year career in the financial services industry, where he had been a member of the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange, ended.

He lives in Glenview, Illinois, with K.J., his wife of over forty-six years.  They attend Willow Creek Community Church where he has led a men’s small group for over a decade, co-directs a monthly men’s breakfast, and founded a military ministry program

Host: Anne Trandai

Capt. James Hawkins, CO, Naval Station Great Lakes Mar 14, 2018
Update on the Great Lakes Naval Station
Update on the Great Lakes Naval Station

Captain James D. Hawkins, Commanding Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes

A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Captain James D. Hawkins is a 1987 graduate of St. Joseph High School and a 1991 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a commission through Naval ROTC. Captain Hawkins was designated a Naval Flight Officer in the E-2C Hawkeye in February 1994.

Captain Hawkins has served with the “Bear Aces” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 (VAW 124); the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 (VAW 121); and as Navigator onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74).

Ashore, Captain Hawkins has served at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada as a Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS) instructor, Air Wing Weapons Detachment evaluator, and E-2C Tactics Manual program manager;  as a Knowledge Manager and Aerospace Planner for United States Joint Forces Command, Standing Joint Force; commanded Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) San Diego; and served at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command Interagency Directorate (J9) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He assumed command of Naval Station Great Lakes on March 4, 2015.

Captain Hawkins has over 2300 hours and 500 arrested landings in the E-2C Hawkeye. He holds a masters degree from the Naval War College and is a graduate of the Naval Operational Planner Course and Joint Forces Staff College. Captain Hawkins’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit and campaign awards. Captain Hawkins was a 2011 Stennis Center “Straight Furrow” award winner for outstanding leadership, professionalism, and integrity.

Host: Mark Dewart

Rashied Davis Mar 21, 2018
Leadership off the Gridiron
Leadership off the Gridiron

Rashied Davis played in the NFL for the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions. Before and after the NFL he played for the San Jose Sabre Cats and is a two-time Arena Bowl Champion.

Rashied, is the Co-Founder of Saturday Place, an academic enhancement program for 3rd and 4th grade Chicago public school students who are performing at least a year behind grade level. Our mission is to enable our students—most of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds—to reach their full academic and personal potential.

Host: Michael Edelberg

Ryan Legare, Manager, TMC, Lake Co. Div. of Trans. Mar 28, 2018
Lake County PASSAGE, an Intelligent Transportation System
Lake County PASSAGE, an Intelligent Transportation System

Lake County opened the Transportation Management Center (TMC) in Libertyville in 2006. A 5000-square-foot addition to the Lake County Division of Transportation’s administration building, the TMC centralizes operation resources, network routing equipment and information. The display wall in the TMC provides visual information about the operation of the road network. Trained traffic technicians can view various video feeds, weather information, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) output summaries, signal network information and real-time network congestion reports to determine appropriate responses to congestion, weather delays, construction, equipment malfunctions and crashes. The TMC provides continuous monitoring of system status Monday through Friday from 6am until 7pm.

Ryan Legare is the Manager of the Lake County Division of Transportation Traffic Management Center (TMC). He has served in that roll since 2015.  Prior to that he spent 5 years as a TMC Operator and Senior Operator.

Club Assembly Apr 04, 2018
Host: Carl Marcyan, Rotary Club President
TBA Apr 11, 2018
Host: Joe Erkenswick
TBA Apr 18, 2018
Host: George Esplin
RYLA Program Apr 25, 2018
Host: Vocational Service Chair
Kathryn Hug, Special Agent, FBI May 02, 2018

Host:  Peter Elmer

TBA May 09, 2018
Host: Jim Fondriest
Youth Recognition Breakfast May 16, 2018
Host: TBD
TBA May 23, 2018
Host: Jim Gregory
TBA May 30, 2018
Host: John Hancir
TBA Jun 06, 2018
Host: Ron Hirawawa
TBA Jun 13, 2018
Host: Drew Irvin
TBA Jun 20, 2018
Host: Fred Jackson
Changing of the Guard - Evening Event Jun 27, 2018
No Morning Meeting This Week
No Morning Meeting This Week

Host: Carl Marcyan and President-Elect

Independence Day Jul 04, 2018
No Meeting This Week
No Meeting This Week
Club Assembly Jul 11, 2018
Host: Club President, Happie Datt
TBA Jul 18, 2018
Host: Dick Janson
TBA Jul 25, 2018
Host: Jayson Kaus
TBA Aug 01, 2018
Host: Jerry Kelly
TBA Aug 08, 2018
Host: Bob Kenehan