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					Lincolnland District Exchange Clubs                                                               Volume MMXII, Number 4

                                      Magic of Exchange Begins
                                      Lincolnland Exchange Clubs Report on the
                                      National Convention
                                      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
 Exchangites earned
                                      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
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                                      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
 Exchange, American
                                      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 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 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.
                                                                                                             Continued on page 2

     Visit 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
                                                                            Region 3
    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
    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 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
                                           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
                                         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.
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Strategic Plan
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
Mission Statement
(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

  Strategic Plan
  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
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                                                                      Don Wright
                                                                 National President-Elect
                                               Dennis Koch                                      Lincolnland Executive Board
                                             Exchangite of the
  Dinner at Wild Horse with Ann Marie,
                                                Year 2012
  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 2012
  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
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2011-2012                                    2011-2012
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
Mattoon, “Newsviews”
                                             Superior Club Membership Achievement:
Editor Alan Hawkins
Distinguished Service:
Michael Pruitt, Grayslake                    Club Excellence Award:
Contributing Service:
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 –
100% Award:
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."
                                                           Rosa Parks.
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                       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 2013
  February 12         Officer/Director Reports Due
  February 16         District Board Meeting                          Teleconference
  February 16         District Foundation Meeting                     Teleconference
  March 2013
  March 1             Lincolnland Link Deadline
  March 27            Exchange’s 102nd Birthday
  March 31            Division Director Report C Due
  April 2013
  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 2013
  May 1               All District Applications Due
  May 13              Officer and Director Report Due
  May 15              Division Director Report D Due
  June 2013
  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 2013
  July 1              Administrative Year Begins
  July 10-13          National Exchange Club Convention            Greenville, N.C.

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