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David Hayford
Oct 22, 2018
Rotary Water & Sanitation Grant Initiatives . . . . Greeter: John Schatz
Oct 29, 2018
Wittman Regional Airport . . . Greeter: Karen Schibline
Nov 05, 2018
Our 351 Sons . . .Greeter: Vicki Schroeder
Nov 12, 2018
Greeter: Gail Schwab
Nov 19, 2018
Oshkosh Police Department.....Greeter: David Sennholz
Nov 26, 2018
Greeter: James Stahl
Dec 03, 2018
Civil War Heaven Intended... Greeter: Glenn Steinbrecker
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Meeting Information for Monday October 22
John Schatz will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our program will be on "Rotary Water & Sanitation Grant Initiatives".
Prayer & Pledge for October 15th
Jack Klein led the Club in the Rotary song, without the usual recording. The recording definitely helps.
Michael Rust led offered a prayer, and led the Club in the Pledge to a flag somewhere to the northwest.
Michael Rust greets Deb Wirtz to The Howard
Deb announced the plethora of guests eager to tour The Howard. Guests from Southwest include Jeff Potts, Michelle Schmid Schultz, Shelly Hurzeler, Marcus Butts, and Kim Johnson. Angela Rust, wife of today's greeter, from the E Club. Bob Campbell introduces his guest, Dave Phelps from the Lincoln, IL Rotary Club. Tara Lipinski was a guest of the club. Bill Bracken's wife, Susan, attended. David Hayford introduced his guests: Julie Leschke, Deputy Chief of Staff for Senator Ron Johnson, and wife of 42 years, Paula Hayford. Deb listed a number of things being honored today, but the important is National Cheese Curd Day.
Sofia helped at the Chili Cook-off. It was the first time she has tasted chili. She described it as "so GOOD."
Karen Schibline announced that the Chili Cook-off made money - to benefit Day by Day Warming Shelter. She also announced the winning teams. Rather than bore you with all the details, I will include the important ones. YOUR Oshkosh Rotary Club Team won 2nd place in the traditional category. Karen announced that one of the judges gave our chili a perfect score of 25! The Three Presidents of Rotary won 1st Place in Specialty Chili. And Rotary Southwest won "Peoples' Choice" for the second year in a row. Congratulations to all who participated on a great day for a great cause.
Karen Schibline announcing Cook-odd winners
YOUR Oshkosh Rotary Chili Team, and 2nd Place, John Fuller, David Hayford, Cathy Zimmerman, and Jim Power.
I must admit that Cathy and Jim bore the brunt of the work. John had to go to "harvest body parts" (ask him for details). I was in semi-retirement, and spent the afternoon at the Leach with my grand kids and their parents. It was the first time I had a chance to enjoy the entire experience.
We used "Nana Hayford's Family Recipe," but Cathy Zimmerman added a secret spice, which put us over the top.
News you can use - this week's announcements
Reminder that this month is "Socktober" We will be collecting socks of any size for the next 2 weeks.
Bombas Men's Originals Calf 4-Pack - Black Mixed
Polio Plus Day. Christy Marquardt announced that October 24th is Polio Plus Day. There will be a benefit at the Ground Rounds with a % of drink proceeds contributed to figh Polio.

Happy $$$
President Christy Marquardt announced that she has chosen the fight against human trafficking as the beneficiary of our Happy Dollars 
I offered a happy dollar because it is my birthday. The last time Paula joined me at a Rotary meeting was my 40th a few years ago when she hired a belly dancer to perform. It was, of course, a surprise. As the dancer started to perform, I turned around and saw Paula, daughter Erica (about 4) and a neighbor watching in the doorway. My thought was: Oh no, she's going to think we do this every week." Also, I was in charge of selecting an Outbound Exchange student for the following year. The student selected, a young lady from Lourdes Academy, was attending her first Rotary meeting.
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Molly Butz announced the annual Turkey Trot to be held Thanksgiving morning. Sponsored by Festival. Will benefit YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. They are looking for volunteers to help make the event a success. As well as walkers/runners to participate.
Molly Butz
Cathy Zimmerman offered a happy dollar to thank all those who worked hard to make the Cook-off a success. She mentioned Karen's husband, Steve Schibline, who did so much behind the scenes, as he does for every event.
John Fuller seconded that.
Sue Panek gave $2. First, she related that she once taught a fitness class, during the YMCA renovation, in this ballroom, when it was in much worse condition.
Also, she announced that there will be a retirement party for her from 4:30 until 6:30 on November 7th at the Arena Atrium.
Sue Panek. Not sure exactly what she was describing.
Michael Cooney mentioned there are 59 pictures from the Cook-Off on our Face Book page. Be sure to share.
Program for October 15th
The program is the beautiful building restored to its original glory.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles constructed this building as a club and meeting hall. It opened in February, 1928. the 2 architects were associates of William Waters. Construction done by Ganther Construction. "The Building is considered to be the best example in the city of English Medieval style used for a large public building." (Historic Oshkosh website).
The Eagles sold the building in 2002, due to "an aging membership, lack of volunteer help, and high operating capital." (ibid) The building fell into disrepair.
Tom McDermott is a real estate agent who showed the building to a potential buyer a couple years ago. His description: "When I showed the property the Y was using the main space for workouts but the rest of the space was in tough shape.  The current café and upstairs bar was a mess with walls painted with leftover paint – not great colors.  Some bathrooms were close to unusable and the bowling lanes were warped and twisted from flooding.  The bowling lanes bar area was filled with junk including left over sign boards for past bowling events and decorations.  I went up to the attic to check on the roof and there were old playbills and decorations and signs from events from years ago. Outside entrances, railings and of course many windows were in very bad shape."
The building was purchased in 2017 by Cary Sharpe, Jenna Golem, and Ben Johnson, with the intention of returning it to its original beauty. GAnther Construction was hired to do the renovation. 
The building is 33,000 square feet on three floors. Much is original. The ballroom floor had to be replaced.
That is a brief history. But pictures tell the true story.
The Howard staff - and our tour guides.
From left:
Elizabeth Redman - Culinary Manager
Julie Hart - Event Manager
Justun Hart - Entertainment Manager
Jeff Potts - Director of Entertainment and Events
The Howard offers live entertainment and dining, catering, cafe, and bowling lanes (not yet operating)
Ballroom and balcony
Great Hall
Cafe, which just opened to the public
I have not bowled in decades. When I did, it was in "bowling alleys." This can not be called a "bowling alley." Much too grand.
These pictures do not show the lanes. But the ball returns were custom made to replicate returns from the 1920's.
It would take many more pictures to truly appreciate this building. If you missed the meeting, be sure to make an effort to see it. It is truly a gem in Oshkosh.
Thanks to owners and staff for wonderful meal and tour.
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 Find Your Way to Forgiveness
It’s impossible to get through life emotionally unscathed. We’ve all been hurt at some time or another – and not just by enemies. Even those close to us, like a teacher, coach, parent, friend, or partner, can inflict pain that leaves lasting feelings of anger and bitterness. But if we stay stuck in these feelings, we may be the ones who pay most dearly. Focusing on anger and bitterness can prevent us from enjoying what’s good in the present and can often lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and meaninglessness in life.
The answer to stuckness is forgiveness.
Forgiveness is a process that includes several steps and can take months, even years – and it begins with the conscious choice to change. But making the choice to forgive may not come easily. After being badly hurt, it’s natural to have fantasies of revenge. And when someone you love has betrayed you in a fundamental way, for example by having a long-term affair, the road to forgiveness can be especially difficult.
As you consider forgiveness, it’s important to understand that it doesn’t mean denying, minimizing, or justifying the wrong done to you. Forgiveness is choosing to be free from the pain that the actions caused you. So you wouldn’t say, “I forgive my father for slapping me when I was a kid, because he was very upset and I wasn’t listening, plus he didn’t break the skin,” because that would be excusing your father’s hurtful actions. Instead, you might acknowledge the father’s slap as hurtful and humiliating, but continue by saying “I forgive him, because I don’t want to be caged by my anger anymore, and I deserve emotional balance.” The act that hurt or offended doesn’t go away, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, more positive parts of your life, bringing you peace.
Here are a few guidelines for forgiveness practice. Note that if there has been serious loss, you should allow yourself a period of grieving before starting the journey of forgiveness.
  • Encourage thoughts of forgiveness within yourself, but don’t force it
  • Start with small things
  • Expect no “right” or “wrong” outcomes
  • Use forgiveness practice or meditation to explore what is possible in the heart, beyond our habitual ways of perceiving (this meditation practice might be helpful)
  • Remember that forgiveness does not excuse, condone, or justify harmful actions
  • Remember that forgiveness does not require reconciling or even speaking with the person who has harmed you
Some people feel it’s an act of weakness to forgive, but in fact, it requires a lot of strength. All authentic transformation involves effort and turning toward the difficult rather than away from what is painful. Just going through the motions of forgiveness by simply saying, “I forgive you” can leave residues of resentment and anger. Deeper work is required.
And the payoff? Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for happiness, health, and peace. Forgiveness can lead to greater emotional well-being and improved physical health—less anxiety, stress, and hostility; lower blood pressure; fewer symptoms of depression; improved heart health; and higher self-esteem.
Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy, and compassion for the one who hurt you. Again, this isn’t about papering over real injuries, but because when we let go of resentment toward others, we can begin to heal our relationship with the past and clear more space in life to flourish.