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Feb 12, 2018
Joining 2 & 4 Year UW Campuses....Greeter: Marjorie Griffing
Feb 19, 2018
New Tax Laws . . Greeter: Ralph Gunderson
Feb 26, 2018
Poverty & Homelessness in Oshkosh....Greeter:
Mar 05, 2018
Conflict/Communication. . Greeter:
Mar 12, 2018
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Meeting Information for Monday, February 12, 2018
Marj Griffing will greet members and guests, give a reflection, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
UW-O Chancellor Andrew Levitt will present a program on " Joining 2 & 4 year Campuses."
Prayer and Pledge for February 5, 2018
Karlene Grabner greeted members and guests and led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Karlene Grabner 
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Deb Wirtz noted that Monday was National Disaster Day, National Chocolate Fondue Day, National Weatherpersons Day, and World Nutella Day.  The day's guest were:  Bob Stauffer (Southwest Rotary); Angela Rust (wife of Michael Rust); and Matt Jorgensen (son of John Jorgensen).
 
Christy Marquardt reported that the raffle kitty stands at $30.
 
Karen Schibline, filling in for President John Fuller, asked for a report on last week's annual OASD Trivia Contest. Mary Jones reported that the Rotary Club's "Stealth Fighters" team four-peated and won the contest again ... but only by 2 points. Special thanks to team members Tom, Peter, and David Willadson, Michael and Teagan Patton, Teresa Van Aacken, Jeff Gilderson-Duwe, and Mary Jones. It was a team effort!
 
Karen Schibline
 
The OASD Trivia Contest trophy will stay with our Club for another year!
 
Cathy Zimmerman shared that our Club has sent a Resolution of Congratulations to the La Molena Vieja, Peru Rotary Club in honor of its 25th anniversary. When former Oshkosh Rotarian Carlos Rioja moved back to Peru, he joined the newly formed Club and helped foster a "sister club" relationship between the two Clubs, which has been in place ever since.
 
 
 
 
 
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News  You Can Use/Announcements
Souper Bowl -- Nikole Vergin reported that our Club's annual Souper Bowl drive has fallen short of our goal of 250 cans of soup, so it will now run through February 12.  Please bring your soup donations to next week's meeting.  So far, Cathy Zimmerman has donated the most cans, having contributed 48. She challenged fellow members to beat her!
 
Soup collected thus far.
 
OCM Cards -- Nikole also noted that she still has 20 OCM cards that area available for $10 each. Contact Nikole if you would like to more cards.
 
Red Cross Blood Drive -- Lori Renning noted that the American Red Cross was holding a blood drive on Monday and encouraged volunteers and donors to stop by.
 
Breakfast with the Bunny -- Lori also asked for volunteers to help with this event on Saturday, March 24. The event is held at the Senior Center, and our Club assists by cooking the eggs, bacon, sausage, etc.  Volunteers needed from about 6 a.m. on. Our Club needs a minimum of 8 volunteers to "man" the event.  Please advise Lori if you can help that day.
 
RibFest -- Lori also noted that all the bills from last fall's RibFest have been paid and was happy to announce that despite bad weather, the event did end in the black. She presented a check to Karlene Grabner for the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation's  Little Oshkosh refurbishment campaign. Lori also reminded members that the 3rd annual RibFest will be held Labor Day weekend this fall -- Aug. 31-Sept. 3 -- Friday evening through Monday afternoon.  Lots of volunteers will be needed!
Happy $$ for February 5, 2018
Mary Griffing -- was happy to share that the Oshkosh Corp. recently has been named as among the Most Ethical Companies and also to Fortune's Most Admired Companies list. Congratulations to Oshkosh Corp.!
 
Marj Griffing
 
Michael Rust -- shared that his family had a great week in Aruba last week. Michael's father, who retired recently, decided to have a destination retirement party, thus taking all his family to Aruba for a family reunion. Michael noted that they experienced a 90-degree temperature swing upon returning home.
 
Michael Rust
 
John Vette -- offered $10 for celebrating 52 years of wedded bliss with his wife, Susie.
 
Jolene Heuchert -- was grateful for a success Family Formal Night at Lourdes Academy for the grade school group. She said there was a great turnout despite the snowy weather, and the kids had a fun time dressing up and dancing.
 
Karen Schibline -- noted that she and Christy Marquardt enjoyed a fun weekend attending the Pre-PETS Conference for upcoming Rotary leaders. The annual PETS Conference will be held in the coming weeks. Christy is our Club's President-Elect and Karen is the Assistant District Governor-Elect.
Program for Feb. 5, 2018
Karen Schibline, filling in for President John Fuller who was attending his brother's funeral in Florida, introduced our RYE student, Michel, who presented a program about his home country of Germany.
 
Michel
 
Michel presented an awesome program about his home country of Germany. He showed us where his home is located near the border of Germany/The Netherlands.  Here's some of the info he shared:
 
•Germany is composed of 16 Federal States. Michel's hometown is in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, the most populous state.
• The Berlin Wall came down on October 3, 1989, some time after which the capital of Germany moved from Bonn to Berlin.
• Germany has a population of @82 million.
• Like the U.S., Germany's government has three branches -- the legislative, judicial, and executive. 
• The German Bundestag is equivalent to our House of Representatives, and has a minimum of 598 representatives, tho' it can have more depending on the outcome of elections, which are held every four year.  The German Chancellor holds that position for four years, but there is no limit on how many four-year terms the Chancellor may hold. Helmut Kohl was chancellor the longest, holding the post for 16 years.
• Germany is a member of the European Union, which is composed of 28 states.
• The EU Parliament is located in Strasbourg, France, and has 750 seats in that governmental body.
• Michel's hometown was founded in 1222. It is primarily a manufacturing area, with a population of about 70,000. It's an area well-known for its popularity with bicyclists.
• The drinking age in Germany is 16, but the driving age is 18.
• Beer was first brewed in Germany in 736 in Bavaria. Now there are between 5,000-6,000 different kinds of beer in Germany, but the most popular is typically Pils.
• Octoberfest was started in 1810.
• Michel is an active member of the THW, the German agency Techniches Hifswerk, which is a civil protection agency composed of about 80,000 volunteers throughout the country who assist in times of natural disaster to help fellow citizens.
• Michel's mom is a pharmacist, his father is a painter, and his sister is now in 8th grade.
• Michel is a member of a local Track and Cross Country Club. He noted that sporting teams are separate clubs and not part of a school system.
• Michel attended a Catholic high school before coming to the U.S., but he will attend a business high school when he returns, and he will have about 3 years of high school left. 
• His hobbies include mountain biking and wind surfing.
 
Michel also shared a few YouTube videos with us highlighting various aspects of his country and his home town.
 
Karen Schibline noted that the 2019 International Rotary Conference will be held in Hamburg, Germany, and suggested that those who attend that conference could visit Michel.
 
Karen asked David Hayford to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
 
 
 
200 homeless 
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Wellness in a Heartbeat

Fellow Club member John Fuller has offered to share some health news/information with us from time to time. This week he shares:

Rotary Wellness in a Heartbeat: New Clues to Why Yawns Are Contagious
 
Primitive brain reflexes may be at play.
 
The "contagiousness" of yawns may be rooted in primitive brain reflexes, British researchers report. Echophenomena is the term for contagious movements such as yawns. Humans tend to yawn when they see others yawn, and so do chimpanzees and dogs.
 
Researchers at the University of Nottingham wondered where the roots of this type of echophenomena are located. They examined 36 adults as they looked at video clips of people yawning. The participants were told to either try to stop themselves from yawning or just let it happen.
 
The researchers found that it's hard to resist yawning when you see someone yawn, and the urge to yawn gets stronger when you're told not to do it. The researchers also found that people differ in their vulnerability to yawns.
 
"We suggest that these findings may be particularly important in understanding further the association between motor excitability and the occurrence of echophenomena in a wide range of clinical conditions... such as epilepsy, dementia, autism and Tourette syndrome," said study leader Stephen Jackson. He's a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Nottingham.
 
The researchers also tried to manipulate contagious yawning through a kind of electrical stimulation.
 
"This research has shown that the 'urge' is increased by trying to stop yourself. Using electrical stimulation, we were able to increase excitability and in doing so increase the propensity for contagious yawning," said Georgina Jackson, a professor of cognitive neuropsychology.
 
"In Tourette's, if we could reduce the excitability we might reduce the tics, and that's what we are working on," she said in a Nottingham news release.
 
The work with electrical stimulation suggests that the brain's primary motor cortex plays a role in contagious yawning, the researchers said.
 
The findings were published Aug. 31 in the journal Current Biology.
 
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