Big Speaker Night

September 17
at St. Margaret Mary in Naperville

Jim Proebstle


Unintended Impact:
One Athlete's Journey from Concussions in Amateur Football to CTE Dementia

Nobody will remember a backup college quarterback, but Dick’s story bridges the glamour of NFL football—its high-profile athletes and the preliminary $765 million settlement for CTE dementia—with the harsh reality that millions of former amateur players may be suffering anonymously with the same concussion-induced devastation of CTE dementia.

Jim is the author of the non-fiction book, Unintended Impact, chronicling this tragedy of head concussions in sports. He and his wife, Carole, live in Deer Park, IL and call northern Minnesota home for the summer months.


October 29
Terry Abrahamson


In the Belly of the Blues

Terry Abrahamson won a Grammy writing songs for Muddy Waters, helped launch the career of George Thorogood, created the first radio commercial ever performed by John Lee Hooker, hung backstage with Willie Dixon and the Rolling Stones and had his music produced by Johnny Winter.

Terry will be presenting his interactive Blues Blast for our enjoyment.


December 10
Kim Burk


Gingerbread Houses

For as long as I can remember, I absolutely loved anything to do with cooking and food! In fact, I planned my first surprise party for my parent's anniversary when I was just 10 years old! I've spent 30+ years in the food industry. First as a Home Economics teacher, then in the food business world. I have extensive experience in product development and consider myself a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to food and cooking.