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Speakers
Jun 12, 2017
Boy Scouts of America . . . . Greeter: Karen Schibline
Jun 19, 2017
Wright of the Fox Valley . . . . Greeter: Vicki Schroeder
Jun 26, 2017
Greeter: Gail Schwab
Jul 03, 2017
Greeter: Dave Sennholz
Jul 10, 2017
Greeter: Darryl Sims
Jul 17, 2017
Greeter: Jim Stahl
Jul 24, 2017
EAA Week
Jul 26, 2017
EAA Nature Center
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Stories
Meeting information for Monday, June 12, 2017
Karen Schibline will greet members and guests, give the reflection, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Our member Bill Kohl will present a program on the Boy Scouts of America.
 
 
Reflection and Pledge for June 5, 2017
John Schatz greeted members and guests and led the Club in a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
L-R -- John Nichols, John Schatz, and Jack Klein
 
Sergeant-at-Arm Michael Rust offered the day's joke -- in anticipation of the Bucks "D" league team being named soon -- Why are pigs terrible basketball players?  Because they are ball hogs.
 
The day's guests included:  Kim Johnson (Southwest Rotary); Ron Lindgren (Fond du Lac Rotary "Visiting Angels); Pat Hallquist (speaker and guest of Kathy Propp); Jack Propp (Kathy's husband); Pat Micka (guest of Sue Panek).
 
RYE Student Robert reported that he enjoyed boating and waterskiing with John Jorgensen and his family over Memorial Day Weekend, spending the time at their cottage up both.  He loved driving a jet ski and water tubing. Last weekend he attended the District Conference, where all the RYE students from the District gathered for the last time.  He said lots of people cried, but he didn't, but he will miss his friends. This Saturday he leaves on an East Coast Rotary Tour. He'll visit New York, Washington, DC and other interesting places out east.  He is going to a Brewers game, as well ... and he went through the graduation ceremony at West High School on Sunday.
 
Robert
 
President Lori asked the members who attended the District Conference last weekend to give their reflections.  Cathy Zimmerman attended and was a member of the committee that rewrote the District's by-laws. She was happy to report that the new by-laws passed. Michael Rust attended and participated in the Global Grants program where he learned more about grant activities.  He and his wife enjoyed the Potawatomi Hotel together as she was also celebrating her 10-year class reunion.  Karen Schibline noted the Marj and Don Griffing were honored as significant donors to Rotary and Karen was honored as a benefactor.  Jack Klein participated in the membership committee meetings and said it was fantastic and energizing. Bethany Lerch was Friday's night keynote speaker, representing the Oshkosh Rotary Clubs.
 
Christy Marquardt reported that this month's raffle kitty stands at $50 so far.
 
 
Announcements for June 5, 2017; News You Can Use
Busy Club!
 
Blood Drive -- Monday was a Blood Drive at Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church. President Lori thanked all the members who donated blood.
 
Shared Harvest -- Mike Audit reported that several people have volunteered for Shared Harvest Duty. He offered $5 Happy Dollars in appreciation.  But there are still slots available.  Contact Mike to sign up for a date.
 
Board Meeting -- There will be a Board Meeting on Tuesday, June 20, at 8 a.m. at the hotel.
 
Changing of the Guard -- Installation of the new Club officers and board members will take place at the June 26th meeting. Anyone wanting to bring a guest should let President Lori know.
 
July 3rd meeting -- will be another "traveling meeting, " to be held at the newly re-modeled downtown 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.
 
Wisconsin's Best Ribfest -- is scheduled again for Labor Day weekend. September 1 - 4.  It is a joint fundraiser of all three Oshkosh Rotary Clubs. Proceeds will go to rebuilding "Little Oshkosh" playground in Menominee Park. Volunteers will be needed. Plan to help out, so we can be even more successful than last year.
 
Next Year's RYE Student -- Two host families have been lined up for our incoming exchange student - a young man from Germany. One more family  is needed.
 
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, our Club must provide volunteers to help EAA with its annual Gathering of Eagles gala event on Thursday, July 27.  More later on how to help as a volunteer.  
 
United Way Golf Outing -- Sue Panek reminded members of the upcoming United Way Golf Outing on Wednesday, June 14.  Sue said the early bird discount has been extended. You can sign up on the United Way's website:  www.oshkoshunitedway.org/golf
 
 
 
 

 
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Happy $$
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.
 
Liz Rice-Janzen -- was happy to share that Affinity is hosting its Faces of Courage Fundraiser on June 23.  She was also pleased to announce that they are going to be grandparents again.
 
John Matz -- was happy to announce his retirement from the National Guard after 30 years.
 
Bill Bracken -- shared that he's happy to be retiring  at the end of the month after 41 years in labor negotiations.
 
Teresa Van Aacken -- is happy to be returning from leave this month, and that their son Evan had just completed his 4th and last week of chemotherapy. He will have a scan on Thursday and will meet with his oncology doctors.  Evan also competed in the recent Junior National Olympic trials and finished 42nd out of 102 competitors in the finals.  That announcement was greeted by extensive cheering and well wishes from coaches and teams throughout the country.
 
Mary Jones -- asked for prayers for her brother who's being tested for a possible external heart pump and/or heart transplant as his heart is in very bad condition.
 
Bill Zorr -- is happy that his brother (or brother-in-law?) is recovering well from recent hip replacement surgery. He said he will be rehabbing with Bill and Jo for the next 3 weeks.
 
 
 
 
Program for June 5, 2017
Kathy Propp introduced Pat Hallquist, who holds a PhD in biosciences, has been a member of the Solar Olympics team, and is a retired professor from UW-Oshkosh.
 
Pat Hallquist
 
One of the first things Pat said was, "It's important to understand the evidence about climate change before deciding what you are going to do."
 
She said chemists love their jobs and want everybody to become chemists.
 
Regarding climate change, she asked: 
1. Is there evidence of climate change?
2. What controls the Earth's climate?
3. How will climate change affect life on Earth?
 
She pointed to the changing hardiness zone for plants as evidence of climate change -- the hardiness maps are moving farther northward. She showed a map highlighting that change from 1990 to 2006 in this Powerpoint presentation:
 
 
Another measure of climate change is the amount of time there is ice on various lakes around the country.  She cited Lake Mendota in Madison where the UW keep records.  On average, in the past 150 years, northern lakes in the U.S. have had ice on them about one month less than previously.
 
She also shared a map showing the shrinking of ice caps (see above linked  presentation).
 
She noted that what controls the Earth's climate is the energy balance.  Without the "Greenhouse Effect" blanket, the Earth would have anaverage temperature of 3 degrees, whereas it is currently 59 degrees F. 
 
She said that increased carbon dioxide levels causes liquids (oceans, lakes etc) to increase in size and take up more space.  Oceans absorbing carbon dioxide heat up and take up more space, which is known as thermal expansion.  Before causing flooding issues, that thermal expansion could cause problems with ground water/drinking water purity in places like Florida, making water more expensive.
 
Another effect could be more and stronger hurricanes, pushing higher water levels further inland.  Additional carbon dioxide will acidify the ocean, affecting the fish and flora. 
 
In the long-term, highly industrialized countries like the U.S. may be able to adapt to the changes caused by faster than normal climate change, but poorer countries may lack the resources to adapt.  She noted there are many who believe the unstableness of Syria and its continuing wars can be traced back to the drought that country suffered for years, pushing people from the countryside into the cities and creating problems for the country to adapt and take care of its people. 
 
President Lori asked Bill Kohl 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: Epilepsy, Schizophrenia Could Begin in the Womb
 
Researchers say a protein usually associated with the immune system could play a role in the development of neurological conditions such as epilepsy and schizophrenia.
 
University of Queensland lecturer and medical alumnus Dr. Liam Coulthard led the study into how brain development is affected by altering the activity of the complement system – which controls innate or natural immunity – during pregnancy.
 
“Our research in mouse models has shown neural defects can result when this system is functioning inappropriately in utero,” Dr. Coulthard said.
“We blocked a key complement component, called C5a, for three days during pregnancy, and this resulted in behavioral abnormalities in the offspring.
 
“Our research demonstrates this complement factor is essential for the proper development of the brain and has a broader role in addition to its function in the immune system.”
 
The research was part of Dr. Coulthard’s thesis for his Ph.D., supervised by Associate Professor Trent Woodruff, who heads the Neuroinflammation Laboratory at the UQ School of Biomedical Sciences.
 
Dr. Woodruff’s lab works on potent inflammatory molecules in the immune system, including C5a.
 
The study showed the protein occurs in significant amounts in brain regions during development in utero, prior to the immune system being developed.
 
This complement system was also activated in a human model of brain development using induced pluripotent stem cells, in work done in collaboration with Professor Ernst Wolvetang from UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.
 
C5a has been linked to inflammation pathways in neurodegenerative conditions such as motor neuron disease, and the lab is working towards the development of new drugs to block disease progression.
 
“Our findings confirm that drugs inhibiting this system could pose a risk in pregnancy and could prompt recommendations they not be given to women of child-bearing age,” Dr. Coulthard said.
 
“Any development of drugs for this target to treat pregnancy-related inflammatory diseases such as preeclampsia should be approached with caution.”
 
Dr. Coulthard is a Resident Medical Officer at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
The research is published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
 
 
 
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