Posted by Mary Jones on Jun 22, 2017
Sarah Wright, Program Manager for the Weight of the Fox Valley Program of the United Way, offered the day's program.  She is a registered nurse who also holds a Masters in Business Administration.
She stressed that she is not "the food police."
She encouraged members to watch the documentary, "Weight of the Nation," which Weight of the Fox Valley is an offshoot of.  The purpose of these programs is to change the culture of how and what we eat and how active we are.
The Fox Valley Program covers Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties, with a population of 400,000 plus. On average, 60% of the people are overweight. Sarah estimates that number is probably closer to 70% in the Fox Valley.
The Program was started in 2014 and the current 2.0 version is stressing the addition of bike lanes in FV cities as well as working with restaurants to change restaurant children's menus from things like hot dogs and mac and cheese to healthier  meals so that young people learn to live/eat healthier.
She asked members to take a pledge to commit to adding one healthy habit to their lifestyle...for example, working out three times a week.
The following is a link to Sarah's presentation:
Anyone interested in learning more about Weight of the Fox Valley or how their organization might be involved may contact Sarah .... e-mail
President Lori asked John Fuller to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
Program for June 19 Mary Jones 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jones on Jun 22, 2017
Board Meeting -- There will be a Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, at 8 a.m. at the hotel.
July 3rd Meeting -- President Lori reminded members that our July 3 meeting will take place at the Downtown YMCA. Find a place to park and gather at the Main Entrance for a tour. Box lunches will be provided.  There will also be a small roundtable meeting at the Ground Round for anyone not wishing to meet at the YMCA.
Waterfest -- Our Club's volunteer night is Thursday, August 10th. The BoDeans are the main band.  Be prepared to volunteer and help out, and have a lot of fun.
EAA 2017 -- President Lori reminded members that there will be a Roundtable gathering on Monday, July 24, but no meeting. Instead, our Club will join the other Oshkosh Rotary Clubs to host the annual International Rotary Luncheon at EAA Oshkosh on Wednesday, July 26. To continue to be able to use the EAA's Nature Center at no charge, our Clubs must provide volunteers to help EAA on the weekend of July 15/16. Volunteers are needed those days for a variety of jobs. Shifts are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch provided. (President Lori is checking whether those shifts can be shortened; more info next week). Our Club is also requested to assist with EAA's annual Gathering of Eagles gala event on Thursday, July 27.  Shifts are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to assist with setup and 4 -11 p.m. to assist during the actual event.
Shared Harvest -- Mike Audit reported that several people have volunteered for Shared Harvest Duty. But there are still slots available.  Contact Mike to sign up for a date.  Mike offered $3 Happy Dollars in thanks for everyone's cooperation.
Rib Fest -- Labor Day weekend. Volunteers will be needed throughout the week. Vic Ferrari will be the featured band on Friday night. The Original Blues Brothers Band will entertain on Saturday ... and President Lori said that the final band will be announced this Thursday -- today.  (Is it a coincidence that Hair Ball is playing at Waterfest tonight?)
Market in the Park/Rotary Social -- Dennis and Karlene Leatherman announced that Market in the Park (South Park) will begin on Wednesday, July 19, and occur every Wednesday through September 27, running from 3 -7 p.m..  On July 19, there will be a three-Club Rotary Social held in Shelter #2 from 5 - 7 p.m.  Food and drink will be available for purchase from market vendors; if you'd like an adult beverage, it's BYOB.  The Mecan River Ramblers will entertain. While at the Park, President Lori suggested we check out the Inclusive Park.
Dennis and Karlene
Chili Cook-Off -- The annual Chili Cook-Off will be Saturday, October 14th. The "Three Amigos" (or Three Stooges) have agreed to represent our Club once again.
News You Need to Know; This Week's Announcements Mary Jones 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jones on Jun 22, 2017
Karen Schibline substituted for an ailing Vicky Schroeder to greet members and guests and led the Club in a reflection and the Pledge of Allegiance.
John Nichols being greeted by Karen
Brad Hunter introduced the day's guests: Bill Thimke, Karlene and Dennis Leatherman, Kim Johnson-Thiel, and Craig Burnett (Southwest Rotary); Sarah Wright (speaker); Cathy Cluff (OCVB); Taylor Zwart and Rose Gunderson-Duwe (guests of Sue Panek).
Guests Taylor and Rose
Christy Marquardt reported that the raffle kitty stands at $145, with the drawing to take place next week.
Marj Griffing and Cathy Zimmerman reported on their participation in the annual Rotary International Convention, held this year in Atlanta, Georgia.
Marj reported that 44,000 Rotarians from throughout the world attended. Did you know there are two Rotary Clubs in Antarctica?  A polio update was given:  There were only 5 reported cases thus far in 2017.  Bill Gates and Andrew Young spoke about the importance of continuing the push to eradicate polio.  Ashton Kutcher led a discussion about human trafficking, which included a young woman who was trafficked for 7 years.
Cathy reported that this is the 100th anniversary year for the Rotary International Foundation. She said a general session focused on the efforts to eradicate polio, with some 24,000 people attending.  She noted that in 1952 there were 350,000 cases of polio. In 1985, Rotary International promised to eradicate polio, just like small pox and other diseases have been eradicated. In 2015, there were 75 cases; 17 cases in 2016, and 5 so far this year.
She noted that there will have to be three consecutive years of no new polio cases before it can be considered eradicated.  It's estimated that it will cost $1.5 billion for 3 years to eradicate polio. $1.3 billion has been pledged by the Gates Foundation and others. That leaves a shortfall of $2 billion. Cathy noted that if every Rotarian donated $30.00, that shortfall could be covered.
Reflection and Pledge for June 19, 2017 Mary Jones 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mary Jones
Happy Dollars collected during President Lori Renning's year will be directed toward the YMCA's program Safety City, offering 30 to 40 scholarships to local children to attend this camp, which provides a wide variety of safety training geared toward younger children, including bike helmets, stranger danger training, an opportunity to meet local policemen and firemen. Our Club will work with the Christine Anne Center, the Boys and Girls Club, and Parent Central to choose children for the scholarships.
Jolene Heuchert -- Announced that Community First Credit Union is one of the sponsors of the Kristy Mitchell exhibition at the Paine Art Center and shared two-for-one admission brochures with members. She said the photos are stunning and encouraged everyone to attend.  Community First is also supporting Live at Lunch, held every Wednesday at the Opera House Square downtown from noon to 1 p.m., and invited members to attend.
Sue Panek -- was very happy to have two interns ... and she had a great time at the Billy Joel concert at Lambeau Field last Saturday.
Kim Johnson-Thiel -- was happy to share that her daughter recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the equivalent of the Boy Scout's Eagle Scout Award.  Kim's son is an Eagle Scout. Congratulations to all!
Happy $$ for June 19 Mary Jones 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Gail Schwab will greet members and guests, give the reflection and lead the Plede of Aallegiance.
This is the Changing of the Guard Meeting.  The new officers and Board members will be inducted.