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Aug 14, 2017
Building of the Erie Canal . . . Greeter: . Nicole Vergin
Aug 21, 2017
Oshkosh Arena & Milwaukee Bucks D-League Team - - - Greeter: John Vette
Aug 28, 2017
Chief of Staff for Ron Johnson. . . Greeter: Thomas Willadsen
Sep 04, 2017
Sep 11, 2017
Sep 18, 2017
Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team. . . . Greeter:
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Meeting Information for Monday, August 14, 2017
Nicole Vergin will greet members and guests, give a reflection, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Dick Campbell will present a program entitled "Buiding of the Erie Canal."
 
 
Prayer and Pledge for Monday, August 7, 2017
Teresa Van Aacken greeted members and guests and led the club in a reflection and the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Teresa greets Cathy Zimmerman
 
She also introduced the day's guests:  Ken Friedman and Kim Johnson-Thiel (Southwest Rotary); Don Griffing (e-Club of Southwest USA); Yukari Tadano (guest of Marj Griffing; a former RYE student who stayed with them); Steve Kaiser (speaker).
 
Marj Griffing introducing Yukari
 
President John Fuller asked Teresa to also introduce the Club's latest Paul Harris fellow -- Cathy Zimmerman, who received a Paul Harris +4 pin.  Cathy also reported that she is currently volunteering with the committee that is rewriting the District bylaws for our District.
 
Teresa presents the Paul Harris +4 pin to Cathy Zimmerman.
 
Christy Marquardt reported that the raffle kitty stands at $35 so far this month.
 
 
 
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News You Need to Know -- Announcements
 
 
Wisconsin's Best Rib-Fest -- Karen Schibline noted that the Planning Committee meets today and every Monday this month at Mahoney's at 4 PM. Plans are going well. Please sign up to volunteer as much as you can over Labor Day weekend. We need the support of members of all three Clubs. She also has yard signs for display in the yard (not terrace) of homes or businesses.  See Karen for a sign(s) if you live in a high visibility area.  The Committee is still looking for local cook-off teams.  Encourage any "ribbers" you know to compete.
 
Philippine Fund -- David Sennholz made his last appeal for funds to assist the Rotary Club of Iligan City, the Philippines, in providing food and comfort to those people displaced by the ISIS activity in a nearby city.  Monday was the last day he was collecting. Thus far the Club has raised $1,600 -- $900 short of our goal of $2,500.  David noted, "Old men wage wars; young men fight wars, and children suffer."
 
David Sennholz
 
Waterfest -- Our Club's volunteer night is tonight . The BoDeans are the main band.  Be prepared to volunteer and help out, and have a lot of fun.
 
Chili Cook Off -- Will be held again on Saturday, October 14, supporting the Day-by-Day Warming Shelter. Our Club will have a team participating.  Encourage your other clubs, businesses, or friends to participate.
 
Stuff the Truck -- Sue Panek said that United Way in cooperation with UPS is again hosting a "Stuff the Bus/now Truck" with school supplies.  Typically our Club has focused on providing toothbrushes and tooth paste.  Stuff the Truck is also taking place today.
 
Back to School Fair -- Sue also said the annual Back to School Fair will be Thursday, August 17.  She'll have more information next week.
 
United Way Kick-Off -- is Wednesday, September 6 at the UW-Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. Cost is $10/person. RSVP by September 1 at www.OshkoshUnitedWay.org/kickoff. Registration at 11:30 a.m.; 11:45-1:00 -- lunch and kick off.
 
Empty Bowls -- will be held this year (it's held biennially) at Becket's on November 5, from 4-7:00 p.m., featuring signature soups from local restaurants and artisan breads. Proceeds will be to area food pantries. There will be live Music (Mike Sullivan and Marie Sewall), silent auction baskets, and artwork.  Tickets are available at First Congregational Church, Becket's and Fire Escape -- $35.00 bowl dinner; $17 meal alone; $10 for children.
 
Trees for Oshkosh -- Ken Friedman encouraged all members to "Like" Bergstrom Auto's Facebook page to support their effort in supporting the trees for Oshkosh challenge.  Bergstrom will donate $5 for each person who likes their page, up to $2,500.
 
Ken Friedman
 
 
 
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Happy $$ for August 7
President John Fuller announced Happy Dollars during his presidential year will go to Project Search, which assists children with cognitive disorders, and Project Hope, which helps children with behavioral issues.  Both are projects within the Oshkosh Area School District.
 
Mary Jones -- was happy to share that her brother underwent a successful heart transplant on Sunday, July 23, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.  He's home and healing well.  Thanks for thoughts and prayers!
 
Jeff Gilderson-Duwe -- proudly shared that his daughter designed the United Way Kick Off invitation ... and she now has a full-time job.
 
Lori Renning -- was happy for a very successful Blood Drive taking place on Monday.
 
John Nichols -- reminded everyone of the new Rotary shirts commemorating our Club's 100th anniversary and encourage everyone to wear their shirt when appropriate.
 
 
 
 
Program for  August 7, 2017
David Hayford introduced Steve Kaiser, who presented a program about H.O.M.E. -- Helping Owners Maintain Equity.
 
 
Steve was an Oshkosh Police Officer, now retired after 29 years on the force.  He retired at age 51 as his mother was just diagnosed with cancer and needed care.
 
Having seen elderly people in need of help with their homes while on the Police Department, Steve and others starting meeting in 2014 to organize H.O.M.E.  They won $1,500 from UW-Oshkosh in the "Creating a Stronger Community" contest, and that was their first funds to work with. 
 
In 2016, with the assistance of generous supporter, H.O.M.E. was able to get non-profit status, which makes contributions to the group tax deductible.
 
Steve observed that many times elderly people can afford to buy the materials needed to keep their homes in good condition, but are unable to do the work themselves and can't afford to hire someone.  H.O.M.E. will assist those people by doing the work for free.  Typical jobs include painting, yard work (not regular lawn mowing, however), adding railings or grab bars, weatherstripping, getting things set up for installation of a new water heater, and a variety of other typical household maintenance jobs.
 
H.O.M.E. works with Advocap and other agencies to identify people in need.  Since organizing in 2014, they've assisted 90 families and 134 individuals with some 200+ projects.  Anyone living in Winnebago County who meets the criterion of living on 30% of the median income for Winnebago County is eligible for this help.  Steve noted that about 75% pay for the materials.
 
The group's vision is: A community where low income people can maintain their homes and enjoy a better quality of life.
 
The group's mission statement is: By providing home maintenance services, H.O.M.E. will help improve the safety, weather efficiency, and quality of life and halt for low income homeowners and the community.
 
More information is available on the group's Facebook page:   www.facebook.com/helphomeoshkosh.  Steve can be contacted at 920-658-3024 or by e-mail at palapaman58@gmail.com.  Donations can be made to H.O.M.E. by sending checks to HOME, 3993 Marquart Lane, Omro, WI  54963
 
 
President John asked Mark Roloff to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
 
 
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: How to Keep Going Despite the Odds: Advice from the Man Named Thomas Edison
 
He invented the phonograph despite being deaf, was reported to be working on a telephone that could communicate with the dead, and said that sleep was a waste of time.
 
Thomas Edison, world renowned for creating the commercial light bulb, was seen as a ruthless, money-hungry businessman. But the truth, as viewed today - 86 years after his death - is that Edison was a misunderstood believer in bringing great ideas to the masses.
 
Motivated as much by helping people as he was by money, Edison's brand of determination has lessons for us today, in a world where giving up is all too easy.
 
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
Did Thomas Edison really try 10,000 times to improve the light bulb all on his own? Today, historians say the famous claim by Edison is untrue. Edison was not alone, employing a team of 14 engineers and designers who tried many different methods to make the light bulb last a long time. Depending upon the source, the number of attempts may have been as little as 1,000. Despite the separation of truth from myth, there was no denying Edison's relentless pursuit of his goals. He did not view any activity as failure, but rather, "attempts" to succeed. Whatever we do in life, we need to position our lows as building blocks, not dead ends.    
 
"Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something."
Edison had no patience for what he considered pointless corporate rules. He encouraged his team to try every idea and pursue every lead. Today, many rules stifle creativity and free thought. Managers need to toss away their fears and allow people to experiment and push the envelope as far as possible. That, after all, is good business sense.
 
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.”
Nothing can substitute hard work. Edison was smart to be sure, but his accomplishments came mainly from his determination. Part of Edison’s remarkable resilience was his ability to accept whatever happened, followed by a commitment to start over until things met his satisfaction. When his laboratory caught fire, destroying many important findings and research, he simply said, “We start rebuilding tomorrow.” Today – we too can embrace the attitude of Edison, and nothing will stop us.
 
Thomas Edison was a madman when it came to inventing - developing the phonograph, motion picture camera, the first long-lasting light bulb - and even a battery for an electric car. In all, he held 1,093 patents, more than anyone else in his day and anyone in the world up until 2003.
 
But his biggest accomplishment was his ability to mass produce his inventions using a team of designers inside his Menlo Park research lab in New Jersey. The business side of Edison was as powerful as the creative side, once admitting “I measure everything I do by the size of a silver dollar.”
 
Edison was a big self-promoter too, guilty of taking all the credit, even though his assistants did most of the work. It is said, however, that Edison’s team didn’t mind so much, knowing that the name “Edison” was a powerful brand from which they could benefit.
 
His entrepreneurial spirit began at an early age, selling candy and newspapers on trains. Slow in school, he was taught by his mother who noticed his incredible curiosity, giving him a book on chemistry. That inspired the young Edison to build a laboratory in the family's cellar. (Edison would later credit his mother for his success in life).
 
He was said to be poor at mathematics, yet could see things others could not.
 
Edison once remarked that sleep was a waste of time, claiming he could get by with just 3 or 4 hours a night without ever dreaming. But he had a secret weapon: power napping.
 
Thomas Edison was hard of hearing or close to deaf for most of his life. He had claimed his ears were injured as a child when a train conductor lifted him up by the ears after a chemical experiment on the train caught fire. But historians say, more likely, Edison became deaf from a bout of scarlet fever or untreated ear infections.
 
He never wore a hearing aid, saying that his hearing disability allowed him to concentrate. Later in life, he would comment "Deafness probably drove me to reading."
 
Edison is best known for inventing the modern-day light bulb. Before then, other inventors had created bulbs that would burn out quickly. The carbon filament bulb he successfully tested in 1879 lasted 13 and a half hours, becoming the first commercial incandescent light. It would be just several months later that Edison and his team extended the bulb's life to 1,200 hours using bamboo as the filament. A delighted Edison was ready to take on the world, forming the "Edison Electric Light Company" and declaring that he was about to "make electricity so cheap, only the rich will burn candles."
 
But not everything Edison tried was successful. Among his failures was an attempt to improve upon X-Ray technology. The problem was that Edison had no idea what he was doing. His assistant, Clarence Dally, received severe burns, lost both arms and died from radiation poisoning. Edison himself received permanent damage to his left eye and stomach – and the tragic loss of his assistant during the X-Ray experiments would emotionally scare Edison for the remainder of his days.
 
It was in 1920 that Thomas Edison was quoted as saying he was working on a phone system that could communicate with the dead. But 6 years later, he admitted to the New York Times, he simply ran out of things to tell the reporter, so, in his words, he: "thought up this story about talking with spirits."
 
By his 30s, Edison was a multi-millionaire. Yet, he spent surprisingly little money on himself, preferring to finance his inventions and businesses. But he did purchase a 23 room mansion as a wedding gift for his second wife Mina. He was 39, she only 19. By all accounts, it was a loving partnership of mutual respect, and today, the two rest side-by-side in a garden behind the mansion.
While wealthy, Edison was not happy with America's banking system, considering it to be corrupt. In particular, he considered the charging of interest on loans to be evil. Edison proposed that banks lend money to farmers interest-free based on the value of their crops, an idea that never caught on.
 
At age 59, Edison decided to purchase the home where he was born but was horrified to discover years later that it was still being lit by candles.
 
This hard working inventor continued to work until the day he died. That day came in 1931, when, at age 84, Edison succumbed to complications from diabetes. It's believed his final words to his wife were: "It is very beautiful over there," an apparent reference to the afterlife.