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Mary Jones
Apr 02, 2018
HPV Vaccinations . . . . Greeter: Jolene Heuchert
Apr 09, 2018
Behind the Scenes at Menominee Nation Arena.......Greeter: Gordon Hintz
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 23, 2018
Bridging Connections - Family Advocacy & Consultation
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Meeting Information for Upcoming Meetings
April 2 -- Jolene Heuchert will greet members and guests, give a reflection, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Dr. Laurie Mueller will present a program on HPV Vaccinations. 
On April 9, our Club will hold its meeting at the new Menominee Nation Arena for a tour of those facilities.
For our April 16 meeting, David Hayford is organizing a special presentation.  Here's what he says about this presentation:  
"April 16th will be a special program sponsored by medical professionals here in Wisconsin - and nationwide.
"STOP THE BLEED. Instruction on how to stop bleeding to victims of auto, hunting, and other accidents. Shooting victims, including mass shootings. Not a pleasant topic. BUT CAN BE LIFE SAVING. The instruction takes about 30 minutes.
"Also, there will be an opportunity for hands-on training to practice the techniques. After the meeting. SO IT WILL EXTEND PAST 1 PM. perhaps 20 to 30 minutes. PLEASE TRY TO WORK THAT INTO YOUR SCHEDULE TO GET MAXIMUM BENEFIT FROM THE PROGRAM.
"We will be sending out a survey to try to get a count for the hands-on, to allow presenters to provide enough staff. Please respond if you will be able to attend. Though all will still be welcome."
Prayer and Pledge for March 26, 2018
David Hayford greeted members and guests and led the Club in a reflection (talking about things that are true, kind, and necessary) and the Pledge of Allegiance.
David Hayford gives a reflection with President John Fuller in the background.
Sergeant-at-Arms Deb Wirtz shared that Monday was Holy Monday, National Legal Assistant's Day, National Make Up Your Own Day, National Nougat Day, National Spinach Day, and National Purple Day in honor of International Epilepsy Day. She welcomed the day's guests, including:  Bill Thimke, James Chitwood, and Kim Johnson-Thiel (Southwest Rotary) and Anne Schaefer, Steven Wiley and Alexa Naudziunas from the City of Oshkosh -- today's speakers.
RYE student Michel was absent as he's in Florida on spring break, but we remind you of his continuing drive to raise money for the YMCA....

"The YMCA gave me a free membership while I am here. I appreciated the membership because I was able to meet many new people, work out, and was able to improve my swimming skills while I prepared for high school swimming. Because of their generosity, I want to give back to the YMCA.

"I am trying to raise money for the 'YMCA Full Circle Program,' by running the Green Bay half marathon. My goal is to raise $300 and I would really appreciate if you would sponsor me, please click on the link below to donate. To date he has raised $150, or half his goal."
Thank you in advance
Christy Marquardt reported the raffle stood at $150, and Bill Thimke was the lucky winner of $75.
Christy presents Bill with his winnings.
President John Fuller announced that our Rotary Exchange Student next year will be a young woman named Sophia from Chile.
Proposed New Member -- Jim Power, who attended last week's meeting, completed an online application prior to that meeting. The Board accepted his application at its March 20 meeting. This is the second official posting of his name as potential member. 
News You Can Use/Announcements
District Conference -- Are you looking for a weekend getaway with kids or grandkids?  How about a waterpark in Wisconsin Dells?  May 4-6 TriCon 2018 is coming to The Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells.  This is a Rotary District Conference for Rotarians in District 6220, District 6250 and District 6270.  All Rotarians from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and eastern Minnesota, with their significant others and families, and other Rotarians and friends of Rotary are welcome. TriCon 2018 Wisconsin is a collaborative project of the three Rotary Districts mentioned. 
Goals are to:
o   Celebrate Rotary
o   Be family friendly
o   Present OUTSTANDING speakers and programs.
You are welcome to attend whether you have been a Rotarian for one year or 50 years.  Especially for newer members, it’s a great way to learn more about Rotary and expand your scope outside of our Rotary club.
Breakfast with the Bunny -- Jolene Heuchert and Nikole Vergin thanked everyone who volunteered to assist with Breakfast with the Bunny.  Anne Schaefer from the City of Oshkosh also offered her thanks, noting that the City couldn't host the event without the assistance of volunteers. It's estimated about 700+ people attended the breakfast.  President John Fuller noted that the local Rotary e-Club also provided volunteers.
Flower Sale -- Lori Renning (in absentia) reminded the Club of the upcoming annual Flower Sale Fundraiser. Sales efforts will begin soon, with delivery the Friday before Mothers' Day.
Traveling Meeting -- The April 9th meeting will be held at the Menominee Nation Arena on South Main Street.

Happy $$
Tom Willadsen -- offered $20 happy dollars ... 18 for his 18 years of perfect attendance ... $2 (.50 each) for the four times our Club's team has won the OASD Trivia Contest and earned that "big ass trophy." This was Tom's last meeting as he will now go on a leave of absence from the Club.  Easter Sunday will be his last day as pastor of First Presbyterian Church.
Jack Klein offers Tom Willadsen a "good luck" hug.
Tom McDermott -- was happy for ... and wishes continued success to ... the Loyola Ramblers in their NCAA Final Four games. 
Tom McDermott -- Go Ramblers!
Sue Panek -- also offered a happy $1 for Loyola.
Mark Harris -- offered $3 because he picked three of the final four teams in his online bracket.
Mark Harris
Jolene Heuchert -- offered a happy $1 in honor of Julie's Touch Of Silver Dance Team, which left on Sunday to compete in international competition in Norway, representing the U.S.  Good luck and safe travels to them.
Jim Chitwood -- offered $5 in honor of Tom Willadsen's zeal in putting together a trivia team each year. He also offered 1 unhappy dollar, noting that he wasn't greeted warmly when he arrived at the meeting.  Instead, the greeter said, "What are you hawking or selling today." 
Jim Chitwood
Program for March 26, 2018
Three members of the City of Oshkosh's staff presented a program about the Wm. Waters Plaza project.  Those presenting included: Anne Schaefer, marketing and fund development coordinator, Alexa Naudziunas, assistant planner, and Steven Wiley, assistant planner.
Anne Schaefer
Alexa Naudziunas
Steven Wiley
First, the trio spoke briefly about the Oshkosh Common Council's (OCC's) support of neighborhood associations, noting that there are currently 15 active neighborhood association groups in the city, and two new groups forming, including the first one on the south side of the city.  Alexa noted that there is funding available for improving public properties in neighborhoods, but the ideas should come from the neighborhoods.
They also asked members how many were familiar with POLCO, a new survey system the city is using to poll residents regarding city issues and concerns. To participate, go to to sign up to receive surveys from the City of Oshkosh and other "local" governmental entities.
Alexa also spoke about the OCC's goal to improve investment in housing throughout the city. She noted that there are four different types of 0% interest loans available to residents to improve their homes (inside or outside). These loan opportunities particularly target older homes. They include:
1. Sold on Oshkosh -- up to $5,000 offered for homes built before 1970.
2. Curb Appeal -- to improve outdoor conditions.
3. Owner Occupied -- to improve indoor conditions.
4. Rental Rehab -- to improve rental properties.
These loans are at 0% interest and are paid quarterly. In evaluating a loan, the owner's income, credit rating, property age, and the owner's equity are considered. 
Wm. Waters Plaza Re-Imagined Project
Next, the trio focused on the proposed Wm. Waters Plaza at the corner of State and Washington Streets, across from the Oshkosh Public Library.  Alexa noted that the Oshkosh Rotary Club provided input in helping to create a plaza at that site 30 years ago.
The current project originally was promoted by the River East Neighborhood Association to create an inviting gateway to that neighborhood and recognize an important architect for the city of Oshkosh, Wm. Waters. Mr. Waters designed the Oshkosh Public Library and approximately 150 other buildings in the city from 1867 to 1917 (City Hall, the Algoma Building, Oshkosh Public Museum, and Grand Opera House).
With Washington Avenue being repaved and other improvements being made along that street -- the new YMCA and remodeled Howard (old Eagles Club) -- the city and the River East Association feel it's a great time to improve this public space.  Public funding and private fundraising are proposed to complete the project.
Alexa stated that the OCC and the City of Oshkosh believe projects like the Wm. Waters Plaza are important to:
1. Maintain a good quality of life in the city.
2. Promote economic development (and retain companies like Oshkosh Corp. and attract other new companies).
3. Improve city infrastructure.
4. Strengthen area neighborhoods.
The Oshkosh Public Library Board recently approved donating $50,000 to project, with $20,000 of that coming from the Library's Hicks Fund.
The project is also supported by the Business Improvement District and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation (OACF).  
Alexa noted that construction of Phase 1 of the plaza is expected to begin soon, with completion by November.
Also fundraising for Phase II of the project -- creating the primary structures of the plaza (a gazebo and another art element) -- will begin soon, with both public dollars and private funding being sought.  
Anne said the city feels it needs projects like this to create a "distinguishable community" that can help attract more economic development -- a quality of life to retain and attract people and companies.
More information about promoting or donating to the project can be obtained by contacting Alexa Naudziunas ( or by calling her at 920-236-5126.
Donations are tax deductible and should be directed to the Health Neighborhood Fund through the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and noted for the Wm. Waters Plaza Re-Imagined Project.  Naming rights are still available for some parts of the plaza.  
President John Fuller asked Ralph Gunderson 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:  In US, 4 out of 10 Cancers Could Be Prevented
More than 4 out of 10 cancer cases among adults in the United States and almost half of all cancer-related deaths are associated with potentially modifiable risk factors, an American Cancer Society study indicates.
"An estimated 42% of all cancer cases and nearly one-half of all cancer deaths in the United States in 2014 were attributable to evaluated risk factors, many of which could have been mitigated by effective preventive strategies," said Farhad Islami, MD, PhD, strategic director, cancer surveillance research, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Georgia, and colleagues.
"Our findings emphasize the continued need for widespread implementation of known preventive measures in the country to reduce the morbidity and premature mortality from cancers associated with potentially modifiable risk factors," they add.
The study was published online November 21 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.
New Invasive Cancers
Information on cases of new invasive cancers in 2014 was obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Program of Cancer Registries and the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program.
Information on deaths from cancer came from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
"Cigarette smoking was associated with far more cancer cases and deaths than any other single risk factor, accounting for nearly 20% of all cancer cases and 30% of all cancer deaths," the study authors observe.
The most common cancer caused by smoking was lung cancer, but smoking also contributed to a large number of cancers of the larynx, the esophagus, and the oral and nasal cavities.
Excess body weight was the second most common modifiable risk factor associated with cancer, causing 7.8% of all cancer cases and 6.5% of all cancer-related deaths. Importantly, excess body weight was responsible for a disproportionate number of cancers of the uterus, at approximately 69%, as well as more than a third of cancers of the gallbladder and about a third of cancers of the kidney and renal pelvis.
"Alcohol intake was the third largest contributor to all cancer cases among women...and the fourth largest contributor among men," at 6.4% and 4.8% of all cancers, respectively, the researchers note. Overall, alcohol was associated with 5.6% of cancer cases and 4% of cancer deaths, they add. The researchers also found that almost 50% of oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers in men were associated with alcohol consumption.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) was also a cause of oral and pharyngeal cancers, especially among middle-aged men.
Dietary factors contributed variably to potentially preventable cancers in men and women, the researcher add. Such factors include suboptimal consumption of dietary calcium; low consumption of fruit, vegetable, and dietary fiber; and the consumption of too much red meat and processed meat.
The population-attributable fraction (PAF) of several of these dietary risk factors for colorectal cancer was quite high, depending on the risk factor assessed.
Table: Poor Diet and Cancer Risk
Proportion of All Cancer Cases Overall
PAF for Colorectal Cancer
Low dietary calcium consumption
Low fruit and vegetable consumption
Low dietary fiber consumption
Red meat consumption
Processed meat consumption
Physical Inactivity
Being physically inactive was associated with slightly less than 3% of all cancer cases overall. Physical inactivity was responsible for slightly higher rates of breast cancer in women.
Indeed, "the combination of excess body weight, alcohol intake, poor diet, and physical inactivity accounted for the highest proportion of all cancer cases in women and was second only to tobacco smoking in men," the investigators observe. "These findings underscore the importance of adherence to comprehensive guidelines on weight control, alcohol, diet and physical activity," they note.
The researchers found that virtually all cases of melanoma were due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. The analysis did not include cases of non-melanoma skin cancers.
Exposure to UV radiation was the second biggest contributor to total cancer cases in men, at 5.8%. It was a smaller contributor to cancer cases in women.
The researchers estimate that 3.3% of all cancer cases were caused by infections. Hepatitis B and C and HPV were prominent among the infectious agents.
"The proportion of all cancer deaths attributable to evaluated risk factors in 2014 was men, women, and 45.1% in both sexes combined," the investigators write.
"[W]e likely underestimated the actual proportions of cancers attributable to some individual risk factors and all potentially modifiable factors combined," they added.