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Mary Jones
Speakers
Jul 10, 2017
Drawing voting maps so every vote counts Greeter: Darryl Sims
Jul 17, 2017
YMCA's Safety City Program . . . . Greeter: Jim Stahl
Jul 24, 2017
EAA Week
Jul 26, 2017
EAA Nature Center
Jul 31, 2017
The Hub . . . . Greeter:
Aug 07, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
Building of the Erie Canal . . . Greeter:
Aug 21, 2017
Oshkosh Arena & Milwaukee Bucks D-League Team - - - Greeter:
Aug 28, 2017
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Stories
Meeting information for Monday, July 10
Darryl Sims will greet members and guests, give a reflection, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Andrea Kaminski will will explain "How to Draw Voting Maps So Every Vote Will Count."
 
 
Announcements: News You Need to Know
Resending to correct my error in naming our new President ... our new President is John Fuller, not John Hunter.  My sincere apology to you, John, for confusing you with an aviation friend. I'm sorry!
 
 
Ripon Rotary Golf Outing -- Lee Prellwitz invited members again participate in the Ripon Club's annual golf outing, on Wednesday, August 2.  Complete information is available online at www.riponrotary.com/community/golf-outing
 
Though all were not repeated on Monday, President John Fuller and Lori Renning reminded the Club there are a number of important dates over the next few months.
 
EAA 2017 --  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...and volunteers are still needed for Sunday, 7/16.  Shifts are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch provided. 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.
 
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.
 
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 Road Trip and Hairball will perform on Sunday evening.
 
Market in the Park/Rotary Social -- 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. 
 
 
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Happy $$ for July 3
President John Fuller will announce where his year's Happy Dollars will go at an upcoming meeting.
 
Lori Renning -- was happy to be at the YMCA getting a tour.
 
David Sennholz -- is happy that the Board has approved him asking members for donations to assist the refugees in the Philippine, working through the Iligan City Rotary Club. 
 
Lurton Blassingame -- is happy to be back with the Club after his absence for a couple of months.
 
Teresa VanAacken -- was happy to announce that our Club has a request for housing during EAA.  Mr. Svend Anderson, the president of the International Flying Rotarians, is seeking a place to stay from July 23-26.  Anyone who would be willing to open their home should contact Teresa. The usual arrangement is that the guest is charged $75/night, with half going to the Club and the other half available to the homeowner to do with as they wish.
 
Teresa also announced that her son Evan will be undergoing surgery to remove the tumors in his lung.  Please keep Evan and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 
 
 
Program for July 3
Our program for the day was a tour of the new Downtown YMCA facilities.  Again, I encourage you to visit our Club's Facebook page to see the photos.
 
Amy Albright introduced Tom Blaze and Lester, who would join her in leading tours.
 
A few quick statistics about the Oshkosh YMCA.  The new Downtown Y has a total of 77,500 square feet, with 50,000 of those new and 22,500 remodeled during this renovation. In contrast, the 20th Street Y has 160,000 sq. ft, including the indoor ice rink, soccer field, and gymnasium.
 
Tom Blaze said that discussion about renovating the Downtown Y began 6 years ago as the Y team began to describe the vision they had for the facility.  In this renovation, the Y felt it was very important to keep the community feel that the Downtown Y has always had.  So far $12 million has been raised to cover the costs, but more funds are still needed to complete the financing.
 
Following Tom's introduction, Tom, Lester, and Amy each took groups of Rotarians throughout the facility.  There was total agreement that this is a  beautiful new facility!  Phase I is to open next Thursday, July 13, with Phase II to be completed in the November to December timeframe. You will definitely want to visit this facility.
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:  Like Hunger or Thirst, Loneliness in Seniors Can Be Eased
 
It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case.
In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it occurs, it can be alleviated: It’s a mutable psychological state.
Only 30 percent of older adults feel lonely fairly frequently, according to data from the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project, the most definitive study of seniors’ social circumstances and their health in the U.S.
 
The remaining 70 percent have enough fulfilling interactions with other people to meet their fundamental social and emotional needs
 “If anything, the intensity of loneliness decreases from young adulthood through middle age and doesn’t become intense again until the oldest old age,” said Louise Hawkley, an internationally recognized authority on the topic and senior research scientist at the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago.
 
Understanding the extent of loneliness is important, insofar as this condition has been linked to elevated stress, impaired immune system function, inflammation, high blood pressure, depression, cognitive dysfunction and an earlier-than-expected death in older adults.
 
A new study, co-authored by Hawkley, highlights another underappreciated feature of this affliction: Loneliness is often transient, not permanent.
That study examined more than 2,200 Americans ages 57 to 85 in 2005 and again in 2010. Of the group who reported being lonely in 2005 (just under one-third of the sample), 40 percent had recovered from that state five years later while 60 percent were still lonely.
 
What helped older adults who had been lonely recover? Two factors: spending time with other people and eliminating discord and disturbances in family relationships.
 
Hawkley explains the result by noting that loneliness is a signal that an essential need — a desire for belonging — isn’t being met. Like hunger or thirst, it motivates people to act, and it’s likely that seniors reached out to the people they were closest to more often.
 
Her study also looked at protective factors that kept seniors from becoming lonely. What made a difference? Lots of support from family members and also fewer physical problems that interfere with an individual’s independence and ability to get out and about is the difference.
To alleviate loneliness, one must first recognize the perceptions underlying the emotion, Hawkley and other experts said.
 
The fundamental perception is one of inadequacy. People who are lonely tend to feel that others aren’t meeting their expectations and that something essential is missing. And there’s usually a significant gap between the relationships these people want and those they actually have.
This isn’t the same as social isolation — a lack of contact with other people — although the two can be linked. People can be “lonely in a marriage” that’s characterized by conflict or “lonely in a crowd” when they’re surrounded by other people with whom they can’t connect.
Interventions to address loneliness have received heightened attention since 2011, when the Campaign to End Loneliness launched in Britain.
Here are two essential ways to mitigate this distressing sentiment:
 
Alter perceptions. Loneliness perpetuates itself through a gloomy feedback cycle. We think people don’t like us, so we convey negativity in their presence, which causes them to withdraw from us, which reinforces our perception that we’re not valued.
 
Changing the perceptions that underlie this cycle is the most effective way to relieve loneliness, according to a comprehensive evaluation of loneliness interventions published in 2011.
 
Heidi Grant, associate director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia University, described this dynamic in an article published in 2010. “If co-worker Bob seems more quiet and distant than usual lately, a lonely person is likely to assume that he’s done something to offend Bob, or that Bob is intentionally giving him the cold shoulder,” she wrote.
 
With help, people can learn to examine the assumptions underlying their thoughts and ask questions such as “Am I sure Bob doesn’t like me? Could there be other, more likely reasons for his quiet, reserved behavior at work?”
 
This kind of “cognitive restructuring” is an essential component of LISTEN, a promising intervention to treat loneliness developed by Laurie Theeke, an associate professor in the school of nursing at West Virginia University. In five two-hour sessions, small groups of lonely people probe their expectations of relationships, their needs, their thought patterns and their behaviors while telling their stories and listening to others.
Joining a group can be effective if there’s an educational component and people are actively engaged, experts said.
 
Invest in relationships. With loneliness, it’s not the quantity of relationships that counts most. It’s the quality.
If you’re married, your relationship with your spouse is critically important in sustaining a feeling of belonging and preventing loneliness, Hawkley said.
 
If you haven’t been getting along, it’s time to try to turn things around. Remember when you felt most connected to your spouse? How did that feel? Can you emphasize the positive and minimize the negative? If you’re badly stuck, seek professional help.
 
Investing in relationships with family members and friends is similarly important. This is the time to move beyond old grievances.
“If you want to recover from loneliness, try to deal with difficulties that are disrupting relationships,” Hawkley said.
 
Also, it’s a good idea to diversify your relationships so you’re not depending exclusively on a few people, according to Jenny de Jong Gierveld and Tineke Fokkema, loneliness researchers from the Netherlands.
 
Training in social skills can help lonely people deal with problems such as not knowing how to renew contact with an old friend or initiate conversation with a distant relative. And learning coping strategies can enlarge their arsenal of adaptive responses.
 
Both of these strategies are part of a six-week “friendship enrichment program” developed in the Netherlands. The goal is to help people become aware of their social needs, reflect on their expectations, analyze and improve the quality of existing relationships and develop new friendships.
One simple strategy can make a difference. “If you have good news, share it,” Hawkley said, “because that tends to bring people closer together.”
 
 
 
 
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