Lincolnland District Exchange Clubs Volume MMXII, Number 4
Magic of Exchange Begins
Lincolnland Exchange Clubs Report on the
by Mike Oster
The National Exchange Club Convention at
Chandler, AZ was a magical way to start this
year in Exchange. Thanks to the hard work
of a multitude of Lincolnland clubs and
members, District Clubs and members were
honored with a number of awards. Fifty
member pins were presented to Lou Molitor, our own Katie Smith, spent time in
Waukegan and Mike Oster, Gurnee, LMV stovepipe hats, magic wands, magic capes,
Swearing In National Board and Grayslake. Helen Cook of Bellville and and magic scarves, keeping the Convention
Teresa McSee Odums each earned the plus informed that "Lincolnland was here."*
five award, and the XC of North Chicago
INSIDE won the Next Century Club by being plus
10 in membership for the year.
Lincolnland had a strong showing at the
National Foundation Berkey Dinner with
Find out what outstanding
individuals and 10 members attending with our newly
The XC of Naperville won the National installed Trustee, Dennis Koch. Lou Molitor
Outstanding Service Award for their of Kenosha, WI and Waukegan, IL was
awards at the District
Americanism project, "9/11 Remembrance installed as National President and Dennis
10 years." Lincolnland won the Best District Koch of Quincy was elected as National
Website thanks to webmaster Madeline Foundation Trustee. Lou's Imagineers are set
VanKeuren and the Exchange Club of for a great year to Celebrate the Magic of
Charleston received a Gala Grant for their
MISSION "Tour de Exchange" bicycle event. The XC
Exchange. You'll be hearing a lot about how
to RSVP to the Magic of Exchange in the
of Grayslake was recognized with the coming months!
Premium Service Club,
Superior Club Membership Achievement
working to make our Next year's National Convention will be
Award (net increase of 8 and 90%
community a better held July 10-13, 2013 in Greensboro, North
retention), along with the club Excellence
place to live. Carolina. Make plans now to attend. You'll
Award, and the Big E. Paul Patricelli of the
New core values - XC of Grayslake was recognized as a make new friends, learn about Exchange
Family, Community Distinguished Club President. Way to go and, generally, have more fun than ought
and Country Grayslake with four National Awards. to be legal.
Twelve Lincolnland clubs earned the * Log on to woody.fototime.com for
INDEX National Service Award: ALL, Beardstown, pictures of convention events, award
Mid-Year Conference . . 2 Belleville, Champaign, Grayslake, Mattoon, winners, and the opening event.
VP Katie . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Naperville, Quad Cities, Quincy, Round Visit www.lincolnlandexchange.org for
Around the District . . . . 7 Lake Area, Urbana, and Waukegan. the latest news and happenings in the
District Officers . . . . . .10 More than 30 Lincolnlanders and several Lincolnland District and dropbox to get
Calendar . . . . . . . . . . .12 adoptees from around Region 3, including the revised calendar.
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Visit www.lincolnlandexchange.org for the latest news and happenings in the Lincolnland District
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President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Oster Mid-Year Conference
President-elect. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emly Trotz
Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robette Williams
Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Alsip
Immediate Past President . . . . . . . . . . Helen Cook Looking for ways to make your Exchange
Division 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millie Lang Club better? Need a weekend away in scenic
Division 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cynthia Lee Wisconsin Dells? Have we got a deal for you!
Division 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Janet Jocobs
Division 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John B. Hughes Lincolnland and the other districts that make
Division 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Ruzon up Region 3 have decided to combine their
Division 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Johnson mid-year and fall conferences into one regional
Division 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Hummel conference. This Fall Educational Conference
Division 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William VanKeuren
will be held at the Wintergreen Resort and
Division 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joel Koch
Division 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teresia Mueller Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI
Division 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pamela Oster on October 27, 2012. The registration fee is $35 and includes a
continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. The Wintergreen is
FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH offering a special rate of $79 (plus tax) to conference attendees on
Youth of the Year Award . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Zollner Friday and Saturday night, so come up and make a weekend of it!
ACE Award Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teresia Mueller
Treasurer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Alsip The schedule for the day includes seminars on recruiting leaders,
Trustee Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Ruzon
strategic planning and using social media and secure file sharing.
Trustee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis Koch
Trustee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Joe Johnson Here's the full schedule:
Trustee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roberta Pfeiffer
District President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Oster Time Subject
8:00 - 8:30 Registration
AWARD COMMITTEE CHAIRS
5As . . . . . . . . . . . . Janet Jacobs/Sandy Southworth 8:30 - 8:40 Welcome/Housekeeping
ACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teresia Mueller 8:40 - 10:20 Strategic Planning for Clubs and Districts
Youth of the Year Award . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Zollner
All-American Volunteer . . . . . . . . . . . . Ron Hoenes 10:20 - 10:30 Refreshment Break
Best Club Bulletin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wendy Petera 10:30 - 12:10 1. District Officer and Director Training
DSA/CSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Van Keuren 1. Club Officer and Director Training
Exchangite of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Ruzon
Kremer-CLarkson-Krause . . . . . . . . . Wendy Petera 12:10 - 1:00 Model Club Lunch - Program on your Foundation
Rookie of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tom Williams 1:10 - 2:00 Implementing Social Meeting in Your PR and
COMMITTEE CHAIRS Marketing Plan/Secure File Sharing
Child Abuse Prevention. . . . . . . . . . Judy Armstong 2:00 - 2:10 Refreshment Break
District Convention . . . . . . . . . . . Beverly Hubbard
Exchange Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis Koch 2:10 - 3:50 Recruiting Effective Leaders
Finance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Alsip 3:50 - 4:30 Discussions over the Cracker Barrel - What can your
Inter-Club Fellowship . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scot Warren
Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roberta Pfeiffer National Exchange Club and Foundation do for you?
New Club Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Ruzon
Past District President Support . . . . . . Helen Cook Register for the conference at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting
Public Relations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dennis Koch Dennis Koch at (217) 224-8484.
Save Abandoned Babies. . . . . . . Dr. Michael Oster
Strategic Planning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emy Trotz Continued from page 1
Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Madeline VanKeuren
National Conference Report
LINCOLNLAND LINK Unable to attend due to health reasons, Marge Keenan-Denniston
Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wendy Petera
email@example.com missed the Convention. She went home to the Lord on August 5, 2012
Reporter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diane Oster at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, WI. Donations to the Lake County
34555 North Red Oak, Gurnee, IL 60031 Foundation, Lincolnland Foundation or National Exchange Club
firstname.lastname@example.org Foundations would be appreciated since these Foundations and the
Next Link Deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11/1/12 Salvation Army were Marge's other love besides Bill, who she has joined
now. See pictures in side column as a remembrance to Marge.
District Information 5
Draft of a Possible Strategic Plan
Vision Statement Goal #1: Create a More Effective District Organization
(What we ought to be) • By reviewing District organization to maintain the cost of operations.
Our Vision is of a world-class District
• By requiring all committees to report annually on use of their funds so the
focusing on working to make our
District financial condition can be shown with more transparency.
communities better places to live by
• By developing and continually improving the District website into a first
building and strengthening Exchange
Clubs throughout the Lincolnland District source of information for members, Clubs, and the general public.
and to have communities throughout • By finding more ways for the district office to help Clubs and improving the
Lincolnland with strong Exchange Clubs effectiveness of methods the District uses to help them.
promoting Family, Community and • By involving more Club members on District committees.
Country through projects in Americanism,
Community Service, Youth Activities and Goal #2: Establish Stronger Leadership
the Prevention of Child Abuse. Article I • By providing leaders with training through Potential Exchange Club leader
of the District Bylaws lists the purposes of training and President-Elect Training Sessions.
an Exchange Club District read as follows: • By marketing the Exchange Clubs Leadership to our members and potential
A. The building of local Exchange Clubs new members to better prepare potential leaders.
B. Increasing fellowship between clubs • By evaluating and improving the program content for all District seminars to
within the district encourage attendance at the club, district and national level. To make
C. Strengthening established clubs information available through the web and in electronic, webinar or whatever
it takes to train our leaders. By continuing the Awards Committee to ensure
D. Promoting the participation of local
Clubs and individuals receive appropriate recognition. To get all clubs to win
Exchange Clubs in the Programs of
the Service Award.
Service of the National Exchange Club
Goal #3: Increase Membership
(What we need to do) • By sponsoring a Membership Seminar, Rush Party or special meetings early
The mission of Lincolnland District is in the Exchange year.
making Lincolnland communities better • By sharing the best practices of successful Clubs and Districts for recruitment
places to live, one Exchange club at a and retention of members.
time. • By expanding the responsibility of the District Public Image Committee to
assist Clubs in promoting Exchange.
In collaboration with the clubs and leader,
we need to address goal writing. There Lincolnland District Strategy – 2012-2015
has to be an objective, a reason for
achieving the goal, what the criteria is, Goal #4: Increase Foundation Giving
the path to achieve the goal, who is • By promoting the Berkey Club and Berkey District and Berkey individual.
responsible for achieving the goal, a • By expanding the make-up of The Exchange Clubs Foundation Berkey Dinner
timeframe for the goal to be achieved, and Exchange Club locally and at District for increased committee involvement
and a way to determine when the goal to include individuals who will be involved in future years.
has been achieved. This basically boils
down to: 1) what are we trying to Goal #5: Enhance District Projects and Programs
accomplish, 2) why are we trying to • By developing a District-wide Interact organization to better coordinate,
accomplish it, 3) how are we going to implement, and publicize Club interaction programs and projects.
accomplish the goal, 4) who is • By promoting the Excel Clubs and Youth programs to all Clubs in the District.
responsible, 5) when does it need to be
• By maintaining a list of programs that might be used by the Clubs.
done by, and 6) how do we know when
we've gotten there? 7) A Calendar and • By maintaining a list of successful fundraising ideas.
responsibility list. • By maintaining a list of successful projects.
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Thanks for All You Do
The Magic of Exchange
This is our year to share the Magic of been drastically changing over the last collectively know everything there is to
Exchange with Lou's RSVP theme. He decade with more stress on social know about Exchange. These leaders
would like to make 2012 a Renaissance networks and less on newspapers and provide guidance, ideas, answers, and
for Exchange and rediscover the newsletters. Email has replaced mail. enthusiasm to whatever we need. Our
enthusiasm and numbers of the past. We We have National, District and Local National staff, incoming President Lou
can increase our membership back to the club websites, email, Facebook, Twitter Molitor, our Regional Vice President,
levels of 1979 when we had thousands and local bulletins. We have the Katie Smith, the Lincolnland Board of
more volunteers. The S is for SERVICE. Lincolnland Link, Exchange Today and Directors, our VFRs, Dennis Koch and
We are truly making a difference in our the Exchange Currents, a district Frank Alberico, and the Past District
communities, and making a VALUE of directory, job descriptions and a protocol Presidents are all available and
our time and services. P is for PASSION. manual. We have dozens of publications approachable. They all welcome your
from National. Our District Leader's questions and concerns and will work
As some of you know I am a philosophy Monthly Planner alone provides all the with you to make your club stronger.
major and had to learn Latin and some tools we need to have a successful year. They are all contributing to the Magic of
Greek. It struck me a word had to be Of course, taking it out of the plastic Exchange.
created about 2000 years ago to describe wrapping and reading it is
a new group of people (Christians recommended. We learn little just As the early Christians were asked not to
followers of the "anointed one"). It was putting it on our desk or shelf. hid their "light" under a bushel basket we
en (within) thusiamos (spirit). Literally, Lincolnland's own Inter Club Fellowship should share the Exchange Experience as
"filled with the spirit." They did not have Committee publishes a plethora of ideas we recruit new members. If each club
baptismal certificates in ancient times. and best practices. And, as any good sets a goal of increasing its membership
The way you proved you were Christian Exchangite knows, stealing, ah, that is, by six, then we can add the equivalent of
is through your habits and deeds. You preserving and using the ideas of others, a typical Exchange Board. The new
were showing your "enthusiasmos" - saves us the time of reinventing the member can offer us new ideas
enthusiasm. This is the best way to wheel every time we look at new things (renaissance), increase our ability to
recruit a new member in any to do. provide service and add value and
organization. insights into meeting our goals. Every
But, no paper or email, or publication new member brings us as much passion
As you know what we do will not matter can hold a candle to our most valuable as we give them. Every hour given is
unless we communicate and use the resource - our members. We have magical. Keep Asking!
tools we have available. The means has available to us men and women who Continued on page 8
Continued from page 5
Goal #5: Enhance District Projects and Programs, continued
• By reviewing periodically the progress and value of existing District projects to
ensure their continued relevancy and value.
• By expanding the make-up of the District Committees to include past and future
attendance at the District meeting and Leadership trainings.
The implementation of this District Strategy for Lincolnland Exchange years 2012-
2015 will be at the discretion of the District President for each year. Each may
emphasize different aspects of the strategy and/or add other features as the times
and events dictate.
Mike Oster - District President 2012-13
Thanks Mom Marge for your inspiration
District Information 7
Dennis Koch Lincolnland Executive Board
Exchangite of the
Dinner at Wild Horse with Ann Marie,
Chuck, Yvonne, Tracy, Don and others
Lou bobblehead present Wear your Exchange shirt and
fly your American, Exchange
Lincolnland Exchange Clubs Foundation Board 2012
and Child Abuse flags.
))) Around the District ) ) )
ALL: Millie and company marched in LMV: Is working on rebuilding the club Quincy: Proud of their Exchangite of
the Lindenfest Parade and are planning now on the watch list. Village of the year, Dennis Koch. Planning a
a busy fall with recruiting. Several Mundelein members will be meeting successful 6th Annual Smoke on the
attendees at the parade took Exchange with club leaders to see what needs to River Bar-b-Q contest and the annual
information and plan to contact her. be done to increase their involvement Character Champions Program on
This is a great idea for all other clubs and increase membership. ) September 7 & 8th. They also
looking for new members. ) North Chicago: The Exchange Club celebrated the 22nd Gus Macker
Beardstown: The annual 4th of July participated in "There's no place like tournament over the past Memorial Day
was a success with a food stand that home." That's the message the City of weekend. )
raised over $350, and the club also North Chicago conveyed to current, Round Lake Area: Round Lake and
sponsored the prizes for a morning bike former and future residents in a very Grayslake just finished with their joint
race. The Taste of Beardstown is coming positive way over the weekend through fundraiser manning the gates at the Lake
up on August 25 and the club will be its annual Community Days Festival. County Fair for 5 days. Round Lake is
selling frozen treats to help the people Navy Corpsman Julian Vincent was planning their Annual Chili Supper for
cool off. ) welcomed home Saturday from October 27, 2012. )
Gurnee: Held their June golf outing deployment in the Persian Gulf by a Urbana: The "ECHOS" reports mainly
with over 70 golfers. Merging of the two gathering of local dignitaries that on the excellent weekly speakers at
Gurnee clubs that now will be known included the North Chicago Exchange their meetings. Recent speakers have
as the Exchange Club of Gurnee. ) Club and the World War II Black Navy included: Van Bowersox and Laura
Veterans of Great Lakes. ) DeBruler, coach and player in the
Gurnee Breakfast: Gurnee Days and
Book of Golden deeds and the 2nd Quad Cities: We started our year U of I Women's Volley Ball Program.
week of August Gurnee Rib-fest. with two very successful fundraisers: William Mabe of the University
Gurnee Breakfast turns in charter with the John Deere Classic – we staffed Retirement System and Jeni Hagen of
merger with Gurnee Noon to be the two concession booths, and the Our the Amrem Home Energy Program. )
Exchange Club of Gurnee. ) Lady Of Guadalupe Festival where we Waukegan: Installation Banquet with
assisted at the beverage tent. We had Lou Molitor prior to National and got
Grayslake: Had a very successful week great member participation with these
at the Lake County Fair with Help from two new members. They don't meet
events. Next up is a play day for again until the school year. )
the RLA Club. Grayslake celebrates members at the annual golf outing and
Summer Days with their Beer Tent campfire event. )
fundraiser on Agusut 17th & 18th. )
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Thanks for All You Do – The Magic of Exchange
By building at least one new club in activation part. Not next week or next abuse has the opportunity to become a
Lincolnland this year we will not be month. Do it now. Every member productive citizen. One family, one
lacking in the growth department. should be assigned to a Program of child, is worth every hour we work.
There are dozens of communities near Service or project as fits their interest. I am proud to have brought the Save
us who are desperately in need of Abandoned Babies project to my club,
having an Exchange Club. We can offer New members should be asked my district and as a national program of
them a way to organize their efforts to something simple at first. They will feel service. In the past 11 years, IL has
help prevent child abuse. We can offer valued if they are asked to lead the saved 72 babies and over 2000
them a way to unite to make their pledge at a meeting, or to be greeters, or nationally. We are Lifesavers. Right
communities better places to live. We help with meeting set up. Make sure here in Lincolnland a conservative
can help them celebrate Americanism each has a mentor; we old guys would estimate of our worth in our
and build patriotism by Sharing the welcome that task. Use name tags. communities as volunteers is more than
Magic of Exchange. Americanism Hint: pin them or place them on the $135,000 a year. This is above and
requires education, dedication, and right so that when we shake hands it is beyond the actual money contributed
celebration. With our Programs for not awkward to read the name - we through our hundreds of projects. Every
Youth we can offer them a way to honor naturally look that way as we reach out. hour from every volunteer is the
our youth - our future. They can Believe Every club in Lincolnland completes equivalent of $20.50 in governmental or
in the Blue and strengthen families Programs of Service and projects that private sector monies. During this
across Lincolnland. We are getting would qualify for 5As, the National recession and budget cuts to the usual
older and losing many members who Service Award, the Big E, distinguished United Way Charities and community
will be remembered during the officer awards, and Club Excellence governments, we are needed more than
Lincolnland Convention. We also have awards. So how come less that 35% of ever. Those who say they can and those
to work with our retention of current us are reporting the Magic of Exchange who say they can't are both correct
members. Members that are active in that we do? Practically every form, according
their first two years and new clubs that report, or award application is available to wise philosophers of the past.
are active in their communities in their on the National or District website. Together we can achieve anything we
first two years are retained. We have so Through the National Foundation and want. Share the magic of Exchange.
many, but another Exchange acronym is now our own Lincolnland's Foundation So, thank you for allowing me the
to ROAR. That is, recruit, orientate, for Youth, we have served more than opportunity to serve. I look forward to
activate, and retain on a routine basis. 690,000 families and more than working with you to achieve our goals,
But let's take it beyond that. Every 1,727,000 children. Every family to expand Exchange, and to having a
member needs to feel valued and useful. helped, every child saved from further great deal of fun as we do so.
The real secret of retention is the
Calendar of Events
Don't forget to add October 27, 2012 for the Region 3 Conference and delete the November Midwinter Conference
in Bloomington, IL from your calendar.
September 2012 December 2012
September 1 National Safe Baby Month December Plan a Club Holiday/Rush Party
September 11 Patriot Day December Holiday Service Project, Shop w/a Cop
December 25 Merry Christmas
October 3-7 National Leadership Conference Toledo, Ohio January 2013
October 20 District Director Report B Due Wintergreen, WI Dells January 1 Happy New Year!
October 22 National Day of Service Lincolnland January 10-13 National Mid-Year Conference Greenville, N.C.
October 27 Region 3 Fall Conference Lincolnland, WI Dells January 31 District Director Report C Due
District Board Meeting
District Foundation Meeting
November 2012 Calendar continued on page 12
November 1 Lincolnland Link Deadline
District Information 9
Lincolnland District Lincolnland District
Award Recipients National Awards
ACE: Individual Membership, 50 Member Pin:
Gregory Collins, Nominated by Alton Mike Oster – Grayslake, LMV, Gurnee
Lou Molitor – Waukegan
All American Volunteer:
Jeffry Lockwood, Grayslake Individual Membership, +5 Member Pin:
Best Club Bulletin: Teresa McSee Odums
For Less Than 50 Members Helen Cook
Quad Cities, “Exchangeitems” National Outstanding Service Project
Editors Lois Dixon and Carol Murphy for Americanism:
For More Than 50 Members “911 Remembrance, 10 Years,“ – Naperville
Superior Club Membership Achievement:
Editor Alan Hawkins
Michael Pruitt, Grayslake Club Excellence Award:
Joy Vastola, Naperville Distinguished Club President:
Paul Patricelli, Grayslake
Exchangite of the Year:
Dennis Koch, Quincy Best District Website:
Webmaster Madeline VanKeuren, Mattoon
Rookie of the Year:
Melody Foley-Glidden, Beardstown GALA Award:
Youth of the Year: “Tour de Exchange Bicycle Event” – Charleston
Sarah Vahlkamp, nominated by Quincy Big “E”:
Membership, Net Numerical Increase: Grayslake
Grayslake – +9 National Service Award:
Membership, Net Percentage Increase: ALL, Belleville, Beardstown, Bolingbrook,
Round Lake – +23.8% Champaign, Grayslake, Mattoon, Naperville,
Quad Cities, Quincy, Round Lake Area,
Best Percentage Attendance: Urbana, Waukegan
All Antioch, Lake Villa and Lindenhurst –
ALL, Champaign, Waukegan, Beardstown,
Belleville, Grayslake, Mattoon, Naperville
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Meet the Lincolnland District Officers
Mike Oster Emy Trotz
District President District President-elect
Lincolnland District President Emy Trotz has been a member of the
Mike Oster has been a Exchange Club of Naperville since 1992 but
member of three Exchange took a short break in 1997 and rejoined in
Clubs, first of Breakfast 1999. Emy has served on the board in the
Exchange Club of Gurnee capacity of Secretary for four years, President
since April 1991. He also Elect, President and now Past President.
joined The Exchange Club of Grayslake and is a She is active on the following committees: Americanism, Awards,
charter member and charter President of the Community Service, Public Relations and she volunteers at Ribfest.
Exchange Club of LMV. He has twice served as Emy was named Exchangite of the Year in 2010.
president of the clubs (Breakfast Gurnee and LMV),
and has chaired or served on many club committees Emy is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in
through the years. Last year he was LMV and Education. She has been a school teacher, a Realtor, a secretary,
Lincolnland's Exchangite of the year. This year he has bartender and currently is the Executive Assistant to the Mayor of
been named DSA of the LMV club. At the District Naperville where she has worked for the past 13 years.
level, he served as SAB committee, District Director, Emy lives in Bolingbrook , IL. She has two grown daughters and
Treasurer and DPE . nine grandhildren.
Mike is a graduate of Loyola University with a B.S.
after changing from philosophy major (Pre-law) to Pre
Med. He is a graduate of Midwestern University of Robette Williams
Downers Grove CCOM college. He did postgraduate District Secretary
training in Warren, Ohio before moving to Waukegan Mrs. Robette Tolden Williams –
and then Warren Township, IL. A woman of faith is the wife of Pastor
Fred M. Williams Jr., M. Div. of New life
Board Certified by both the ACOEP and ACEP, he has
Ministries in Christ, Waukegan, Illinois, a
been practicing Emergency Medicine in Lake County,
loving mother of two-college graduates;
IL for 33 years. This year, to be closer to the grandkid
sons: Darvon (Langston Univ. of Langston,
and aging in-laws, he is practicing in Chippewa, WI.
Oklahoma), Ernest (Xavier Univ. of New Orleans, Louisiana), and
He also volunteers for the SAB board, the SANE
step-son Fred 3rd who is currently serving in the US Army. She
program with Advocate Condell Medical Center and
has been a positive influence by voluntarily contributing her time
the commission on aging. Today he changed his
and talents with local churches, youth programs, service clubs,
medical practice to be less focused on high intensity
patient care and more on family and friends. and various communities' not-for-profit organizations. Currently,
Robette is Club President for Exchange Club of Libertyville,
Married to Diane in June 1978, he has two daughters, Mundelein, Vernon Hills – LMV, and NAACP-Lake County Branch
one daughter-in-law, and one son. In 2010 he got his Executive Board Member/Chairperson for Communications, Press &
first grandchild and is expecting his 2nd in November Publicity Committee and President Elect for Maristella, a ministry to
2012 from Grayslake's "Rookie of the year." Mike homeless women and mothers' w/children of Lake County, IL.
didn't know they give an award for giving someone Former Lincolnland District Director of Div 12-North Chicago and
a grandchild. Waukegan clubs, Past President of the Exchange Club of North
Chicago. She has also served whole heartedly for several years on
The North Shore Baptist Ministers' Wives/Widows Organization.
(Former Widow), Russell Maryland Scholarship Foundation,
Assistant Secretary and Carnegie Preservation Project Board as
Recording Secretary. One of her favorite quotes is "Memories of
our lives, of our works and deeds will continue in others."
District Information 11
Lisa Alsip Joel Koch
District Treasurer Division 10
Lisa Alsip has been a member of Exchange Joel Koch has been active in
since 2006. She started with Aurora, then Exchange since he was five
founded Greater Kendall County during years old, joining his father for
the 2007-2008 year, and is now a member many club fundraisers. He has
of Grayslake. She lives in Oswego with been a member of the Quincy
her husband of 18 years, Damon. She has Exchange Club since Memorial
two wonderful boys who keep her very busy. Trey will be a Day weekend 2009, becoming the first club member
freshman in high school this fall and Alex will be in 7th grade. to celebrate their 21st birthday as a member. Joel
Her best friend at home amongst all the testosterone is her young graduated from Western Illinois University with a
pooch, a 3-year-old Miniature Pincher named Phoebe. Bachelor of Art degree in History in May 2012.
He currently serves on the club board for Quincy.
Out of high school Lisa attended Aurora University and received
a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Medicine. Simultaneously she
worked toward becoming an EMT. She then entered the United Pam Oster
States Army Reserve as a medic and officer. Within a few years Division 12
she enrolled in the nursing program at Waubonsee Community
College. She received her two-year Associate Degree and Pamela Oster has been a life-
eventually became a home health nurse, and then switched to long resident of Grayslake.
nursing in the Army as well. She also holds a Master’s Degree in She spent 16 years as a Girl
Healthcare Management from an online university. She owns Scout and earned the Girl Scout
her own business teaching American Heart Association CPR/First Gold Award in 2003. She is a
Aid/AED, sells an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), and 2003 graduate of Grayslake
is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant. She is also an Adjunct High School. While she was a student she earned the
Professor teaching four sections in the same Health & Life 2002 Student Athletic Trainer of the Year and served as
Sciences Department of the community college where she took the 2003 President of the Environmental Club. While
her nursing program. And lastly, she works for a corporate she served as president, Pam acquired a section of
wellness company that goes onsite to businesses throughout Adopt-a-Highway for her school. She continues to
Chicago and the suburban area to perform blood work, flu shots, study at the College of Lake County with a major in
and various diagnostic testing. In her free time, 6 days a week, Business. Professionally, she has spent the past five
her and Alex take Tae Kwon Do. In a year she has advanced 3 years as a payroll clerk and office assistant in local
belts and competed in a tournament where she placed first in accounting and tax offices.
both form and board breaking. She also volunteers at the local
Pam married her husband Patrick in 2007 and they
hospital, at her church, and at her kids' school. In the past she
are expecting their first child in November 2012.
has been treasurer of both the PTA and Market Day organizations
at the school. Pamela has been a Lake County Exchangite since
2006. Her journey with Exchange began with the
Lisa found Exchange to be a perfect fit! She highly respects the
Breakfast Exchange of Gurnee and the Exchange Club
Americanism, and with what she has experienced in the medical
of Grayslake. She is a charter member of the Exchange
field she wholeheartedly embraces the Prevention of Child Abuse,
Club of LMV and a past-secretary. Currently she is a
and now with her own family and home she finds it proper to
member of the Exchange Club of Grayslake and a new
give back to the Youth and to the Community. She has served as
member for Waukegan. She currently serves on the
club president-elect with her first club, as charter club president
Board of Director for Grayslake and also serves on the
and club president twice thereafter with her second club, and for
Lake County Fair, Pancake Breakfast, Fundraising and
the past three years was the district membership chair.
Book of Golden Deeds committees. She is the
Respectively at the 2009 and 2010 district conventions she won
Lincolnland Director for Division 12. Pam is also the
the All American Volunteer of the Year award and the Lincolnland
2012 recipient of the "Rookie of the Year" award from
District Exchangite of the Year award.
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Calendar of Events, continued from page 8
February 12 Officer/Director Reports Due
February 16 District Board Meeting Teleconference
February 16 District Foundation Meeting Teleconference
March 1 Lincolnland Link Deadline
March 27 Exchange’s 102nd Birthday
March 31 Division Director Report C Due
April 1 Child Abuse Prevention Month
April 1 Officer Training By DPE Begins
April 21 Believe in the Blue Day Nationwide
April 30 Club Officer Election Report Due
May 1 All District Applications Due
May 13 Officer and Director Report Due
May 15 Division Director Report D Due
June 1 Lincolnland Link and 5A Deadline
June 17 Officer Division Report Due
June 20 Foundation Golf Outing BIttersweet Golf Course, Gurnee
June 21-23 Lincolnland Convention Holiday Inn, Gurnee, IL Welcome to 2012-2013!
July 1 Administrative Year Begins
July 10-13 National Exchange Club Convention Greenville, N.C.