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Support the LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards; Make a Difference and Change Lives Blog,Giving News

Sixteen years ago my life changed when I attended the LaSalle Street dinner supporting the Boy Scouts and I decided to sign up to become a leader. The event, now called the LaSalle Street Trading Tech Awards, is coming up on November 9 at the Chicago Board of Trade Building in the 12th floor atrium. You have a chance to support this event, attend this event and learn how you can help change the lives of young Scouts by participating the Trading Tech 300 merit badge workshop program. This year we impacted the lives of 420 Scouts, with 515 merit…

Smile When You Buy Just Like You Do When You Give Feature

Today is GivingTuesday. I can only suspect this new holiday was created to give some balance to Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping extravaganzas. Today we are supposed to pause from our excessive consumerism and give something back to worthy charities. Thanks to our friends at Amazon, you can turn every day into GivingTuesday through the Amazon Smile program (smile.amazon.com). When you buy items from Amazon, and click on the Smile URL, you can select a charity to which Amazon will give .05% of the qualified purchase price. Yes, that is right, you buy and the charity benefits every day…

A Daughter’s Scouting Journey Blog,Giving News

My daughter Katherine has joined the Boy Scouts of America. Yes, that is right, the Boy Scouts of America. She is a 17-year-old girl and joined a Venture Crew, a shooting focused unit. She now has a FOID (Firearms Owner Identification) card, is (somewhat) trained to shoot and has an attitude. Actually, it is a very sweet attitude. After years of my suggesting and prodding, Katherine decided to become a scout to attend the the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan this summer. She is signed up and going as a Venture Scout, a type of scout that is a…

A Plan to Make Chicago the STEM Capital of the World Starts with Us Blog,Commentary,Giving News

(This is the gist of the speech I delivered at Thursday night’s LaSalle Street After Hours Affair for the Chicago Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.) This is not a branding exercise.  This is a strategic plan.  I admit it is a bold one and I rightly call myself crazy for even thinking it up.  However, I want to make Chicago the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) capital of the world.  Again. Again?  Yes, again.  I want to bring a World’s Fair of STEM to Chicago, a two-year celebration of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the innovation…

The STEM Capital of the World Blog,Giving News

I want to make Chicago the STEM Capital of the World. If you want to know how WE are going to do that, you should sign up for the LaSalle Street After Hours Event to support the Chicago Area Council Boy Scouts of America. At this year’s event, which is chaired by OCC Executive Chairman Craig Donohue, I will be the featured speaker and will address this issue. I want to make Chicago the capital of the world for when people think of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). This is not a marketing program, I want it to be…

LaSalle Street After Hours Event Honors Boy Scouts Giving News

Boy Scout

It was not that long ago in my career that workmen would set up a huge circus tent on LaSalle Street in front of the Federal Reserve and Continental Bank Building in the summer, driving huge 2 foot stakes into the asphalt street.  It was not the circus that was in town, but rather the LaSalle Street Boy Scout dinner. These days the dinner is a more casual affair held indoors, but the goal of the dinner remains the same.  The goal is to raise money to help support the Boy Scouts of the Chicago Council of Boy Scouts of…

Where Scouting and Markets Converge: When 3 is the Magical Musical Number Blog

John Lothian

I generally receive positive reviews about my notes in this newsletter about my adventures in Boy  Scouts as an adult leader and the achievements of my sons, the troop and other boys.  Why is this even in a newsletter about the markets you ask?  There is actually a good story why I do this. Several years ago, I was the chairman of a Boy Scout district in the western suburbs of Chicago and I was asked to raise some money for a scouting program, Soccer in Scouting.  I made a deal with my son Tim that I would help him…

Eighteen Years Later Blog

Eighteen years ago today, I received a call right after the S&Ps closed. It was my wife, my very pregnant wife. Her water had broken and she patiently waited for the stock index futures to close before calling her futures broker husband to tell him this news. “You need to come home NOW,” she said. “We need to go to the doctor’s office.” I did not say goodbye, I just flew out of the office. I ran to the train and grabbed the 3:40 p.m. home. Our child was on his way, but he was breech. We had to head…

LaSalle Street Dinner – A Tradition of the Chicago Financial Community Supporting the Boy Scouts Giving News

By John J. Lothian The annual LaSalle Street dinner supporting the Chicago Council of Boy Scouts of America is to be held on November 3, 2011 from 5 to 8 PM at 311 South Wacker. Traditionally the dinner was held on LaSalle Street, with tents stacked into the asphault street.  More recently the event has […]