Speaker Date Topic
Ida Fiore & Brad Swanson Mar 06, 2024
Service and Learning Together (SaLT)
Service and Learning Together (SaLT)

Ida Fiore and Brad Swanson are teachers and sponsors for Service and Learning Together (SaLT).  The LFHS Interact Club is working with SaLT to do volunteer work.

Host: Phil Ehrhardt

Sonja & Derek Kassebaum Mar 13, 2024
North Shore Distillery: 20 Years of Delicious Local Spirits
North Shore Distillery: 20 Years of Delicious Local Spirits

Since its founding in 2004, North Shore Distillery has been a dynamic, creative and delicious addition to the local community. Evolving from a tiny distillery into a well-known regional operation, they have grown and learned a lot in the past two decades. The distillery's founders and owners, Derek and Sonja Kassebaum, will share a bit of their history and story, as well as some of the biggest challenges and successes they've encountered so far in their evolution. As a distillery, they'll probably bring a long a morning cocktail sample to share, as well.

Derek Kassebaum
Master Distiller, Co-Founder & Co-Owner
Derek is a chemical engineer and an entrepreneur at heart. At North Shore Distillery, he leads our distilling program, including all fermentation, distillation, blending, bottling and packaging, as well as managing and overseeing our supply chain. Over the years, he has experimented wildly, and is one of the most knowledgeable people around about grains, herbs, spices, fruits and distilling them. He has led seminars with scientists of many disciplines, as well as herbalists and others who use these base materials in other ways. Derek designed every aspect of the distillery’s manufacturing process, and loves the process of layering and building flavors and smells through infusion, distillation, aging and blending. He is the creative force behind all of North Shore Distillery’s amazing spirits. 

Sonja Kassebaum
Chief Cocktail Nerd, Co-Founder & Co-Owner
Sonja is a former (recovering?) lawyer, and also a cocktail lover. At North Shore Distillery, she leads our marketing, sales and distribution programs, and oversees the distillery’s tasting room and cocktail bar. She has experimented exhaustively with a wide range of spirits, tools and techniques for making great cocktails. She wrote a cocktail blog for many years, has been featured in a wide range of national and regional publications, and has spoken to many groups about cocktails and spirits. She loves the process of layering and building flavors, and elevating a cocktail into an experience. 

Host:  Jeff  Soprani

Roxanne Beltran, MG Computer Mar 20, 2024
Cybersecurity Awareness

Host: Joe Erkenswick

Host: Jim Fondriest Mar 27, 2024
TBA
Zhuming Smith, President, LF-LB Rotary Club Apr 03, 2024
Club Assembly
Club Assembly
Justin Whalley, Ph.D., Asst Prof, Chicago Med Sch Apr 10, 2024
CRISPR - Gene Editing Technology
CRISPR - Gene Editing Technology

CRISPR (short for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”) is a technology that research scientists use to selectively modify the DNA of living organisms.

Dr. Whalley will discuss the history of CRISPR, how it used as a tool in research, possible therapeutic uses and ethical issues.

Dr. Whalley is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Cancer Cell Biology, Immunology, and Infection, Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  

He was educated in the UK (M.Sci. Mathematics, University of Bristol) and France (Ph.D. Bioinformatics, University of Évry).

He moved to Spain to work as a postdoc at the National Center for Genomic Analysis (CNAG). During his time there, he ran the Quality Control working group for the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes project to assess the data coming in and reduce batch effects. This involved collaboration with researchers from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the German Cancer Research Center and the Wellcome Sanger Institute in the UK.

He returned to the UK to work as a Senior Bioinformatician at the University of Oxford. His time there coincided with the global pandemic and he was deeply involved in the COvid-19 Multi-omics Blood ATlas (COMBAT) consortium as the lead for the Integration (Tensor) working group.

Dr. Whalley became a member of the faculty of the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in January 2023.

 

Host: Steve Fox

Host: Jim Gregory Apr 17, 2024
TBA
RYLA Participants Apr 24, 2024
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

Host: Carol Buss

Host: John Hancir May 01, 2024
TBA
Host: David Hone May 08, 2024
TBA
Host: Drew Irwin May 15, 2024
TBA
Host: Fred Jackson May 22, 2024
TBA
Host: John Johnson (JJ) May 29, 2024
TBA
Host: Jayson Kaus Jun 05, 2024
TBA
Host: Jerry Kelly Jun 12, 2024
TBA
Host: Bob Kenehan Jun 19, 2024
TBA
No Morning Meeting Jun 26, 2024
Changing of the Guard - Dinner and Officer Installation
Changing of the Guard - Dinner and Officer Installation