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David Hayford
Speakers
Aug 07, 2017
HOME Greeter: Teresa VanAacken
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 August 7th
Teresa VanAacken will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Steve Kaiser will speak about Helping Owners Maintain Equity (HOME).
 
On August 14th, Dick Campbell will present his latest history lesson, The Building of the Erie Canal (1817-1825). It promises to be an interesting story. More details next week.
 
 
 
 
Prayer & Pledge
Ada Thimke greeted members and guests with great enthusiasm. Even I received a warm and enthusiastic welcome - something I am not used to.
 
Greeter Ada
 
Ada provided an inspirational reflection and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Michael Rust returned to introduce guests. No joke. 
 
Carlos Rioja, PDG of the Lima, Peru Rotary Club, and long-time friend of our Club, was a gust of John Vette. Carlos spent time in Oshkosh in the past working for Oshkosh Corp. Ron Lindgren of the Fond du Lac Club joined us.
 
John Vette, Carlos Riejo, cookie server Tom Willadsen, and Teresa VanAacken
 
Today, being the last Monday of the month, required the drawing for the 50/50 Raffle, Shockingly, neither John Fuller nor Dave Sennholz claimed the prize. The happy winner?
 
Darryl Sims
 
Congrats to the WINNER
 
 
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News you need to know. Announcements
 
District Governor Jeff Reed will make the annual DG visit to our Club on September 11.
 
Rib-Fest 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.
 
 
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.
 
Philippine Fund -- Thus far, nearly $1,300 has been collected toward the $2,000 goal to assist the Iligan City Rotary Club in its efforts to support Philippine refugees fleeing the ISIS uprisings there. Please direct your donation to David Sennholz.
 
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.
 
Teresa VanAacken presented banners received from her EAA gust, Sven Anderson. Sven is from Denmark and is head of the EAA Flying Rotarians.
 
Teresa and President John Fuller
 
 
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Happy $$ for July 31st
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.
 
Sue Panek was happy about a United Way booth, though I must admit I missed all the detail. But then Sue is always happy.
 
Michael Cooney is happy (1) about the birth of his second grandchild, and (b) about a partnership between the South Park Farmers' Market and the Boys and Girls Club. Members of the B/G Club were given $10 in SNAP funds to spend on HEALTHY food. There were 8 participants the first week, which sky-rocketed to 34 last week.
 
Teresa VanAaken was happy for two reasons. First, Evan had successful lung surgery last week. No more cancer. Second, her daughter moved to California recently and found a job at FaceBook.
 
Darryl Sims is smiling about winning the drawing.
 
The winner!!
Lori Renning announced the next blood drive at Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church is August 7th. She also proudly announced that her daughter competed in national teirling competition. She was 20th best in the country for twirling, 14th for strut, and 4th for solo. Hope I got those details right.
 
Karen Schibline celebrated het 39th wedding anniversary.
 
Dave Sennholz mentioned he met a former Rotary scholarship winner at EAA.
 
Dick Campbell donated the proceeds of a history presentation he made at the King Veterans' Home.
 
 Kathy Propp donated the proceed from and EAA housing guest.
 
Program for July 31sr
Sue Panek introduced speaker Karen Befus presenting the HUB coaching program.
 
The goal of the program is to "Help households overcome financial emergencies and achieve lasting sufficiency."
 
Benefits of the program include
 
Karen Befus
 
Community partners assisting with the Program include
 
Program results. Participation in the coaching is voluntary. Receiving emergency assistance does not require participation in the coaching program
 
Mark Harris led the Club in the 4-Way Test to end 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: Controlling a Single Brain Chemical May Help Expand Window for Learning Language and Music
Learning language or music is usually a breeze for children, but as even young adults know, that capacity declines dramatically with age. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have evidence from mice that restricting a key chemical messenger in the brain helps extend efficient auditory learning much later in life.
 
Researchers showed that limiting the supply or the function of the neuromodulator adenosine in a brain structure called the auditory thalamus preserved the ability of adult mice to learn from passive exposure to sound much as young children learn from the soundscape of their world. The study appears June 30 in the journal Science.
 
“By disrupting adenosine signaling in the auditory thalamus, we have extended the window for auditory learning for the longest period yet reported, well into adulthood and far beyond the usual critical period in mice,” said corresponding author Stanislav Zakharenko, M.D., Ph.D., a member of the St. Jude Department of Developmental Neurobiology. “These results offer a promising strategy to extend the same window in humans to acquire language or musical ability by restoring plasticity in critical regions of the brain, possibly by developing drugs that selectively block adenosine activity.”
The auditory thalamus is the brain’s relay station where sound is collected and sent to the auditory cortex for processing. The auditory thalamus and cortex rely on the neurotransmitter glutamate to communicate. Adenosine was known to reduce glutamate levels by inhibiting this neurotransmitter’s release. This study also linked adenosine inhibition to reduced brain plasticity and the end of efficient auditory learning.
Researchers used a variety of methods to demonstrate that reducing adenosine or blocking the A1 adenosine receptor that is essential to the chemical messenger’s function changed how adult mice responded to sound.
 
Much as young children pick up language simply by hearing it spoken, researchers showed that when adenosine was reduced or the A1 receptor blocked in the auditory thalamus, adult mice passively exposed to a tone responded to the same tone stronger when it was played weeks or months later. These adult mice also gained an ability to distinguish between very close tones (or tones with similar frequencies). Mice usually lack this “perfect pitch” ability.
 
Researchers also showed that the experimental mice retained the improved tone discrimination for weeks.
 
“Taken together, the results demonstrated that the window for effective auditory learning re-opened in the mice and that they retained the information,” Zakharenko said.
Among the strategies researchers used to inhibit adenosine activity was the experimental compound FR194921, which selectively blocks the A1 receptor. If paired with sound exposure, the compound rejuvenated auditory learning in adult mice. “That suggests it might be possible to extend the window in humans by targeting the A1 receptor for drug development,” Zakharenko said.
 
Zakharenko and his colleagues also linked the age-related decline in ease of auditory learning to an age-related increase in an enzyme (ecto-5’-nucleotidase) involved in adenosine production in the auditory thalamus. Researchers reported that mature mice had higher levels than newborn mice of the enzyme and adenosine in the auditory thalamus. Deletion of this enzyme returned the adenosine level in adult mice to the level of newborn mice. Therefore, researchers are currently looking for compounds that target ecto-5’-nucleotidase as an alternative approach for extending the window of auditory learning.
 
The first authors are Jay Blundon, Ph.D., an associate scientist in Zakharenko’s laboratory, and Noah Roy, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory. The other authors are Brett Teubner, Jing Yu, Tae-Yeon Eom, K. Jake Sample, Amar Pani, Seung Baek Han and Burgess Freeman III, all of St. Jude; Richard Smeyne and Pradeep Vuppala, both formerly of St. Jude; Ryan Kerekes and Derek Rose, both of Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Troy Hackett, of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville.
The research was funded in part by grants (DC012833, MH097742) from the National Institutes of Health and ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization of St. Jude.