President’s Corner

Check in here to get the latest word on our major accomplishments, upcoming events, and your opportunities to participate and contribute from our Men’s Club Co-Presidents, Steve Lessman and Andy Wagner.

Heading Towards the Finish Line!

Where did the year go? It’s already May, and we are looking at only two more months of CBS Men’s Club activities until the summer months are here to enjoy. If you are reading this before May, you have an opportunity to attend our Men’s Club Breakfast on Sunday May 1st with guest speaker, Bill Cameron. Bill just retired as a Chicago City Hall reporter for over 50 Years at WLS Radio and WMAQ Radio. He will share many great stories about his experiences with Chicago politics. It should be a great morning. Please register on our website:

Sunday, May 22nd will be a busy day at CBS. The Annual Fund Raiser is in the evening, but there will be ample time to attend the FJMC Man of the Year and Youth of the year event. It will take place at Congregation Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah in Wilmette starting at 3pm. We will be honoring our Man of the Year Richie Kurnickz”l and our Youth of the Year, Ashley Gitles.

Lastly, please mark your calendar for the return of the annual CBS Men’s Club Golf Outing. It will take place on Thursday, June 16th at Buffalo Grove Golf Course, followed by our Men’s Club Installation Dinner at CBS.

This month, we would like you to meet the CBS Men’s Club Financial Secretary, Jim Hamilton. This is Jim’s second time on our Exec Board where he first served as Treasurer in 2006-07. Jim was born in Chicago, and his family moved to Highland Park when he was two. He attended Highland Park High School participating in many clubs including debate, chess, and math. A little known fact is that he also wrote comedy for the variety shows in high school! His family was members of North Suburban Beth El where Jim had his Bar Mitzvah, and he was active in USY serving on the Board. He then attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville initially majoring in engineering but he then switched gears to a math and economics majors. He continued at Vanderbilt to receive his Master’s in Business. His first job took him to New York to work for Price Waterhouse. At Vanderbilt, he met his wife, Debbie, who was from Charlotte. Debbie’s first job took her to Jacksonville, and soon Jim transferred his job there. They were married in Charlotte and soon moved to Chicago to start their life together. Jim finished advanced accounting classes at Northwestern and received his CPA soon after.  From Chicago they moved to Deerfield then to Northbrook, joining Congregation Beth Shalom in 1997. Jim worked for Altschuler, Melvoin, and Glasser for three years and then joined Weiss and Company. He will be celebrating 25 years in the fall as a partner. Jim and Debbie have two children, a daughter, Ashley, who lives in Brooklyn and is a comedian who also works in social media, and a son, Scott, who is a consultant in Fort Worth. Debbie is also very active with the CBS Sisterhood Executive Board.

Jim and Debbie have traveled over the years taking their family to Israel and other popular vacation spots including a week long biking trip to southern Spain. Debbie and Jim play golf together, ride their Pelotons, and can be found regularly attending Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bulls games during the year (even though they look forward to the tailgate more than the actual game).

Jim has been involved in other organizations including serving as the Treasurer of the BJE of Metropolitan Chicago for over 20 years and has helped with the Alzheimer’s Association Chicago most recently.  Jim has also served on the CBS Synagogue Board of Trustees and worked on the CBS School Board in years past.

And finally Jim wants to remind all congregants if you’re in the neighborhood to stop by to share a glass of bourbon together. He has an amazing collection of over 40 bottles of different types of bourbon from which to choose!!!  We thank Jim for his time serving as CBS Men’s Club Financial Secretary and look forward to working with Jim for years to come.

Steve and Andy