Posted by David Hayford on Dec 07, 2018
Author Amanda Lauer presented her path to becoming a published author.
 
 
Wisconsin resident Amanda Lauer saw her debut novel published October 29, 2014. A World Such as Heaven Intended hit the no. 1 spot in its genre on Amazon two months later and was the 2016 YA CALA winner. The second book in the trilogy, A Life Such as Heaven Intended, was published April 1, 2018. Both books have earned the prestigious Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. Book #3 in the Heaven Intended series will be published in 2019.  Lauer learned the technical aspects of writing as a proofreader in the insurance, newspaper and collegiate arenas. Over the last 15 years she has had nearly 1,500 articles published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, plus she is the co-writer of the movie The Islands, scheduled to be released nationwide in 2019. Lauer has been offered a contract from an LA movie studio to turn her book A World Such as Heaven Intended into a major motion picture. They are in the pre-production stage of that process now. In addition to her proofreading, copyediting and writing career, Lauer is an actress and is involved in the health and wellness industry. She and her husband John have been married 37 years, have four grown children and five adorable grandchildren.(from Full Quiver Publishing website)
 
 
Amanda described her journey from high school to Engineering major at UW Madison, to marriage and career as proofreader in the insurance industry, to marriage and raising a family, to writing career. The proofreading taught her how to become a writer. She ended up free lancing for a plethora of newspapers. When she started writing novels, she limited her newspaper writing to The Compass, publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, and The Business News.
 
Coincidentally, I wrote for The Business Years for a few years when they began operating in Wisconsin. I wrote the Financial Column. That was the highlight of the publication, in my opinion. That, alas, is the only similarity between her writing career and mine.
 
Amanda described the challenges of finding a publisher for her first book. She was finally successful in finding Full Quiver Publishing. That publisher liked the sample of work provided, but advised her to write in "Third Person Limited Perspective." She did not know what that means, either. Google research offers "a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows only the thoughts and feelings of a single character, while other characters are presented only externally." That does not help me. But Amanda, obviously, figured it out.
 
Her next challenge is raising the $15 million required to produce the movie of A World Such as Heaven Intended. 
 
She offered the books for sale after the meeting.
Program for December 3rd David Hayford 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by DAVID A HAYFORD on Dec 07, 2018
Ada Thimke will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
This will be our annual Business Meeting and we will elect officers and directors for 2019-2020.
 
James Thornton of the Salvation Army will present the program.
Meeting Information for December 10th DAVID A HAYFORD 2018-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
Ada Thimke will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
This will be our annual Business Meeting and we will elect officers and directors for 2019-2020.
 
James Thornton of the Salvation Army will present the program.
Meeting Information for Monday Dec. 10th  2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Hayford on Nov 30, 2018
 
Board Meeting -- President Christy Marquardt reminded members of the monthly Board Meeting held on Tuesday morning. Red Badge members were welcomed to attend.
 
Lunch for Less -- Today was our quarterly "lunch for less" meeting, with the extra dollars going to Rotary projects/donations.
 
Blood Drive -- Monday, Nov. 26, is also an American Red Cross blood drive at Algoma Avenue United Methodist Church.
 
OCM Cards -- Nikole Vergin still has OCM cards; if you haven't picked yours up, please do so.  If you need extras, see Nikole.
 
Nikole Vergin
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing -- Nikole also reminded members of the annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing activity on Friday, December 14 at Shopko. 
 
December Meetings - Christy Marquardt announced there will be just 3 meetings in December - the 3rd, 10th, and 17th. There will be no meetings on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
 
Nominated Officers and Directors -- The previously announced slate of candidates for the 1919-1920 are:
President -- Michael Rust
President-elect -- Ada Thimke
Secretary -- Nikole Vergin
Treasurer -- Jim Stahl
Board of Directors -- 1 year -- Gail Schwab; 2 years -- Sue Panek; 3 years -- Jim Power, Cathy Cluff, and Bob Campbell.
Election will be next Monday, December 10, the day of our Annual Meeting.
 
 
John Fuller
 
Maria Christina Rotary Club Campaign -- David Sennholz announced that he and Michael Cooney will be traveling to Iligan City in The Philippines next February to visit the Maria Christina Rotary Club with which we've cooperated for the past several years to support school children with school supplies and also outfit a technical classroom with sewing machines etc.   Anyone else who might like to join them is most welcome.  The Maria Christina Club is now embarking upon rehabbing a 43-year-old building in which the local Girl Scouts meet.  (There are approximately 7,000 Girl Scouts in the area.)  David has received permission from our Club's Board of Directors to raise funds to support this effort, and David is hoping to raise $3,800 by the end of the year so they can take a check with them to the Maria Christina Club when they visit in February.  See David to contribute or make donations to the Oshkosh Rotary Club Endowment Fund through the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Note the Philippine Campaign on your check's memo line.
 
Dave provided an update that $700 has been collected so far.
 
Lurton announced that the raffle amount of $140. Jeff Gilderson-Duwe was the lucky winner. Jeff was not present, so there is no picture of him holding his winnings.
 
 
News you can use - this week's Annoncements David Hayford 2018-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Fuller on Nov 24, 2018

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: ADHD Tied to Raised Risk of Early Parkinson's
 
People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be more than twice as likely to develop an early onset form of Parkinson's, new research warns.
What's more, among "those ADHD patients who had a record of being treated with amphetamine-like drugs -- especially Ritalin [methylphenidate] -- the risk dramatically increased, to between eight- to nine-fold," said senior study author Glen Hanson. But his team did not prove that ADHD or its medications actually caused Parkinson's risk to rise, and one ADHD expert noted that the absolute risk of developing Parkinson's remains very small.
 
For the study, researchers analyzed nearly 200,000 Utah residents. All had been born between 1950 and 1992, with Parkinson's onset tracked up until the age of 60.
Prior to any Parkinson's diagnosis, roughly 32,000 had been diagnosed with ADHD. Hanson, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Utah, said that ADHD patients were found to be "2.4 times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease-like disorders prior to the age of 50 to 60 years," compared with those with no history of ADHD. That finding held up even after accounting for a number of influential factors, including smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, and other psychiatric disorders.
"Although we cannot accurately say how much time elapsed between ADHD and [a] Parkinson's-like disorder diagnosis, it was probably between 20 to 50 years," he said.
As to what might explain the link, Hanson said that both ADHD and most forms of Parkinson's source back to a "functional disorder of central nervous system dopamine pathways."
 
In addition, Hanson said that "the drugs used to treat ADHD apparently work because of their profound effects on the activity of these dopamine pathways." Theoretically, the treatment itself might trigger a metabolic disturbance, promoting dopamine pathway degeneration and, ultimately, Parkinson's, he explained.
Still, Hanson pointed out that, for now, "we are not able to determine if the increased risk associated with stimulant use is due to the presence of the drug or the severity of the ADHD," given that those treated with ADHD drugs tend to have more severe forms of the disorder. And while demonstrating "a very strong association" between ADHD and Parkinson's risk, the findings are preliminary, the study authors added. Also, the absolute risk of developing Parkinson's remained low, even in the most pessimistic scenario.
For example, the findings suggest that the risk of developing early onset Parkinson's before the age of 50 would be eight or nine people out of every 100,000 with ADHD. This compares with one or two out of every 100,000 among those with no history of ADHD, the researchers said.
 
But the scientists noted that the results should raise eyebrows, because Parkinson's primarily strikes people over the age of 60. Given the age range of those tracked so far in the study, Hanson said that his team was not yet able to ascertain Parkinson's risk among ADHD patients after the age of 60. Hanson also pointed out that because ADHD was only first diagnosed in the 1960s, only about 1.5 percent of the people in the study had an ADHD diagnosis, despite current estimates that peg ADHD prevalence at 10 percent. That suggests that the current findings may underestimate the scope of the problem. "Clearly, there are some critical questions left to be answered concerning what is the full impact of this increased risk," Hanson said.
 
Dr. Andrew Adesman is chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York with Northwell Health in New York City. He was not involved with the study and said the findings "surprised" him. But, "we need to keep in mind that this study needs to be replicated and that the incidence of these conditions was very low, even among those with ADHD," Adesman said. "The reality is that this would not affect 99.99 percent of individuals with ADHD."
Meanwhile, Adesman said, "given that this study needs to be replicated, given that it is unclear whether ADHD medications further increase the risks of Parkinson's, and given the very low risk in an absolute sense, I believe individuals with ADHD should not be hesitant to pursue or continue medical treatment for their ADHD."
The report was published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.
 
Wellness in a Heartbeat John Fuller 2018-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Hayford on Nov 24, 2018
Christy Marquardt introduced Patty Anderson-Shew,
 
Patty Anderson-Shew
 
Patty announced that this is the 5th year of this program, having students from each of the five middle schools visit a local manufacturer. Winners included the following.
 
Alley Rosek of Carl Traeger School. Visited Lapham-Hickey Steel.
 
Owen Meyerson, Merrill Middle School, visited Muza Metal Products.
 
Abigail Furey, Tipler, AP Nonweiler.
 
Elijah Oates, South Park Middle School, Arrowhead Systems
 
Chloe Burroughs, Webster Stanley, Jay MAnufacturing.
 
Five middle school winners, with representatives of their schools. And, I believe, a couple representatives from the manufacturers.
 
Each of the winners read his/her winning essay. Each Appreciated the opportunity offered by the program to visit the manufacturer and learn about the opportunities presented by the manufacturing industry. All did a very nice job in their presentation. Well written essays, and very mature young students.
 
Julie Conrad of the School District talked about the importance of technical education in the school district. She appreciates the partnership the School District enjoys with the Chamber and Oshkosh Rotary.
 
Julie Conrad
Program for November 26th David Hayford 2018-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
At our meeting on Monday December 10th we will elect Officers and Directors for the 2019-2020 year as follows:
    Michael Rust  -  President
   Ada Thimke  -  President-Elect
   Nikole Vergin  -  Secretary
   Jim Stahl  -  Treasurer
   Debra Wirtz  -  Sergeant-at-Arms
   Directors -
        Gail Schwab  1 yr.
        Sue Panek  2 years
        Jim Power  3 years
       Cathy Cluff  3 years
       Bob Campbell  3 years
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