Community Bankers Association of Illinois

CBAI's 34th Annual Convention & Expo
September 11-13, 2008 in Springfield
Partners' Program


Friday - Camelot
Participants will be placing a wreath to honor heroes, as you visit Lincoln’s tomb and Springfield’s three war memorials: the World War II Memorial, the Illinois Korean War Memorial, and the Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial. You are then taken by bus to the Hoogland Center for the Arts for a lunch consisting of spice rubbed loin of pork, breast of chicken florentine, smashed red potatoes, grilled Italian vegetables, double chocolate cake, and red raspberry coulis. After lunch, you will be treated to a special production of Camelot, by Gus Gordon Productions. Camelot is a 1960 musical play by Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederic Loewe (music). It is based on the King Arthur legend as adapted from the T. H. White novel The Once and Future King.

Saturday - "Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from My Wife"
Rex Havens has been an internationally touring stand-up comedian for 20 years and headlines major comedy clubs such as The Improv, Catch a Rising Star, Funny Bones, and Zanies. He has made television appearances on Showtime, Comedy Central, and Comic Relief. His CD, “I’m a Man, and I’m Sorry!” has sold thousands of copies. In his hilarious, one-man show, “Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned from My Wife!,” Havens creates a magical and continuous flow of laughter to bridge the often-hostile gap between the warring male and female camps. Women and men alike come away with the sense that, while the battle may never yield a clear winner, the gap between us may be less than we imagined, and the subject is fertile ground for those who enjoy smiling at our own foibles, inconsistencies, insecurities, and general silliness.

Saturday Afternoon Partners’ Program – “The Magic of Winning and Losing”
Coach Lori Kerans, Millikin University Women’s Basketball Coach, has battled and beat the best teams in Division III women’s basketball, coaching her 2005-06 team to the National NCAA Championship. She’s been honored by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association as its Women’s Division III “Coach of the Year” a remarkable 10 times. Millikin’s all-time winningest coach, Kerans owns a 417-136 mark. In her 21 years, she has had 20 winning seasons, with an unprecedented .750 winning percentage. Kerans, who is thought to be the first woman to both play in and coach at the NCAA Tournament, has a 17-11 record in NCAA games. Her teams had twice advanced to the Elite Eight before the national championship. This extraordinary coach and woman also fought her own battle with breast cancer, and won that challenge, as well. She shares her winning formula in her presentation, “The Magic of Winning and Losing.”

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