Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Bulletin Editor
Mary Jones
Aug 06, 2018
Oshkosh Herald . . . . Greeter: John Nichols
Aug 13, 2018
Mercy Geropsychiatric . . . Greeter: Sue Panek
Aug 20, 2018
Oshkosh Fire Department . . . .Greeter: Jim Power
Aug 27, 2018
EAA . . . . .Greeter: Kathleen Propp
Sep 03, 2018
Labor Day
Sep 10, 2018
Greeter: Art Rehbein
Sep 17, 2018
Meeting at The Howard ( Former Eagles Club) . . . Greeter: Lori Renning
Sep 24, 2018
Fox River Locks
Oct 01, 2018
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Meeting Information for August 6, 2018
John Nichols will greet members and guests, give a reflection, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Karen Schneider will present a program on the Oshkosh Herald.
Prayer and Pledge for July 30, 2018
Alan Ott greeted members and guests and led the Club in a prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.
Alan Ott
Michael Rust filled in for Sergeant-at-Arms Deb Wirtz. Michael offered his usual joke. He related that a local woman had guests staying during EAA. When they went to the grocery store and other stops, the woman never locked her car. This visitor asked, "Aren't you concerned about someone stealing your car or things from your car?" The woman replied she was not.  However, when they went to church on Sunday, the woman locked her car. The visitor was puzzled. "You lock your car at church but not other places."  The woman replied, "You have to lock it at church or it will be filled with zucchini when  you come out."
Michael Rust
The day's guests included:  Sue Steinhilber and Julius Ntogu (guests of Michael Cooney); Vickie Cartwright (OASD Superintendent); Paul Chamberlain, Julie Leschke, Matt Johnson, and Jackson Thiel (guests of David Hayford); Bethany Lerch (guest of Cathy Zimmerman).
Michael Cooney reported that Sue Steinhilber and her husband have sponsored Julius for many years. Julius is an orphan and lives in Kenya where he grew up in a Children's Home. Throughout the years, Sue and her husband have received photos of Julius and reports on his school progress. He is an excellent student and the first one from this Children's Home to graduate from college. Sue and her husband decided to bring Julius to the U.S. for a visit, and he has spent the month of July here. His goal is to work in Criminal Justice and be a detective. While here he visited EAA, Lifefest, took swimming lessons, and met judges and policemen. He said it was his dream to come to America.
Sue Steinhilber
Julius Ntogu
Bethany Lerch spoke to the Club and announced that Zahara is back in Afghanistan and was very grateful for the money collected for her. However, because she didn't earn the money she didn't feel she could keep it. So she gave the money to two Afghan girls whom Bethany had supported to start school. That $1,000 will support those two girls to go to school for several years, Bethany reported.
Bethany Lerch
Monthly Raffle -- John Matz was the lucky winner of the monthly raffle, winning half of the $125 kitty.
News You Can Use; This Week's Announcements
Ribfest Meeting and Tickets -- President Christy Marquardt reminder committee members that there was a Ribfest planning meeting on Monday night. Karen Schibline reminded all members that she has books of 20 tickets available for $100, for those who might wish to give them to employees, customers, etc.  $20 weekend passes are also available, which allow visitors to come/go from the event.
Red Cross Blood Drive -- Lori Running advised that there would be another American Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, August 6, from 11:45 - 5:30 at the Algoma Blvd. United Methodist Church. 
Back to School Fair -- Sue Panel reminded members of the need for toothpaste and toothbrushes for the Back to School Fair, which will be held on Thursday, August 16, from 10-6 at North High School. Sue is asking members to bring those items to the Rotary meeting by August 13 or give her cash by that date and she'll do the shopping. She noted that there is a sales tax moratorium on school supplies from August 1-5.
Sue Panek
Stuff the Truck -- Sue P. also reminded members about this event, being held on Wed., August 15, at the Shopko parking lot. Another opportunity to help get school supplies to needy kids.
Happy $$ for July 30, 2018
President Christy Marquardt announced that she has chosen the fight against human trafficking as the beneficiary of our Happy $$. 
Michael Audit -- was happy for the two volunteers who helped him get the Shared Harvest volunteer schedule in order.
Sue Panek -- was delighted that some 1,000 people participated in the EAA Runway 5K, bringing money to United Way. She noted that Vicki Cartwright and Belinda, her human resources assistant, were at the field by 5 a.m. to volunteer.
Gary Yakes -- said he was ecstatic to see Joe Ferlo at another meeting.
Kathy Propp -- was happy to donate $600 to the Club, part of the money from having EAA guests stay at their home.
Mary Jones -- related that she spent most of Wed. afternoon during EAA with RYE student Michel and his host dad, Jim. Michel stayed into the evening with Mary and her granddaughters until the night air show was cancelled. As Mary dropped Michel off to meet a friend, he said to her, "You must give a happy dollar on Monday because you were lucky enough to spend my last day in the U.S. with me."
Karen Schibline -- was happy to be celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary with husband, Stephen.
Michael Cooney -- was happy that a photo he took of Karen Schibline volunteering for Shared Harvest was published in the Oshkosh Herald.

Program for July 30, 2018
David Hayford introduced the day's speaker, Paul Chamberlain, along with other members of Senator Ron Johnson's staff. Paul manages the Joseph Project, which operates in Milwaukee, Madison, Wausau, Green Bay and Chippewa Falls helping inner city unemployed and underemployed people find jobs.
The Project's website is:
Here is a link to Paul's PowerPoint presentation:
Some highlights from Paul's presentation:
• In Milwaukee, Pastor Jerome Smith is very active in the Joseph Project. 
• Ron Johnson noted in 6 years of traveling Wisconsin that many companies/factories couldn't find enough employees ... and that many inner city men and women were unemployed and/or underemployed and formed the Joseph Project to begin to get those two groups of people together.
• Success is based on relationships between people.
• The project's mission is connect those who are genuinely seeking opportunities to improve their life with opportunities to do so that already exist.
•  The Project receives no state or federal dollars.
• Some of the companies/factories participating are the Kohler Company, John Deere, Johnsonville Sausages, Certainteed, and Kolbe Windows and Doors.
The Project vets the candidates to make certain they are sincere about improving their life. The candidates must complete several workshops, be on time, and meet all commitments. The workshops consist of interview performance (teaching the candidates to develop their "elevator story), how to deal with change and success, and how to be a member of a team.
All candidates must be prepared to pass a drug test. Some employers use hair follicle sampling, which can detect drug use for as long as 90 days. The Project assists candidates who may have trouble passing that test ... giving them the time to "get clean."
The candidates are coached to:
• Make restitution
• Escape dependency
• Combat recidivism
• Pay bills on time.
• Pay it forward
• Celebrate the dignity of work.
• Be a positive example to their children and others
Paul concluded by saying, "We change lives one person at a time."
Sue Panek led 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:  Tai Chi Beats Aerobic Exercise for Fibromyalgia
Compared with aerobic exercise, the traditional martial art of tai chi is as good as, or better than, aerobic exercise, for improving the overall severity of fibromyalgia symptoms, new research shows.
Results of a 52-week single-blind trial showed that in addition to fibromyalgia symptom relief, tai chi was associated greater improvements in depression, anxiety, self-efficacy, and the mental component of the Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36) quality-of-life measure.
"Compared with aerobic exercise, the most commonly prescribed non-drug treatment, tai chi appears as effective as or better for managing fibromyalgia," the investigators, led by Chenchen Wang, MD, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, write. "This mind-body approach may be considered a therapeutic option in the multidisciplinary management of fibromyalgia."
The study was published onlineMarch 21 in the BMJ.
Complex Disorder 
A complex disorder, fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and prominent physical and psychological impairment, the investigators note. Estimates suggest it affects 2% to 4% of the general population aged 18 to 65 years.
 Aerobic exercise is recommended as a standard treatment for fibromyalgia, but many patients find it difficult to exercise because of fluctuations in symptoms. Some trials have suggested that tai chi alleviates pain and improves physical and mental health in patients with fibromyalgia but concluded that larger and more rigorous trials are needed to confirm the results.
In addition, the duration and frequency of tai chi required to achieve optimal benefit are unknown, as is its efficacy compared with that of aerobic exercise in this patient population.
To find out more, the investigators conducted a prospective, randomized, 52-week, single-blind, comparative effectiveness trial.
The study included 226 people with fibromyalgia who were randomly assigned to receive supervised aerobic exercise for 24 weeks, twice weekly (n = 75), or one of four Yang-style supervised tai chi interventions, 12 or 24 weeks once or twice weekly (n = 151).  Participants were followed for 52 weeks. Investigators report adherence was "rigorously" encouraged in person and by telephone.
The study's primary outcome was change in the revised Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQR) scores at 24 weeks compared with baseline. Secondary outcomes included changes of scores in patients' global assessment, anxiety, depression, self-efficacy, coping strategies, physical functional performance, functional limitation, sleep, and health-related quality of life as measured by the Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36).
The mean age of participants was 52 years, 92% were women, the racial/ethnic composition was diverse (61% white), and mean body mass index was 30 kg/m2. The average duration of body pain was 9 years.
Participants had poor health status at enrollment, indicated by an average SF-36 physical score that was about 2 standard deviations below that of the general US population.
Each supervised session lasted 1 hour, and all participants were encouraged to include at least 30 minutes of tai chi or aerobic exercise in their daily routine during the intervention period. The researchers also asked participants to continue their exercise routines for up to the 52-week follow-up.
Research staff blinded to group assignment measured body mass index, treatment expectations, adherence, safety, and physical performance on the 6-minute walk test.
People in the tai chi groups attended 62% of classes vs 40% of participants in the aerobic exercise group.
"Participants assigned to the mind-body therapy maintained higher and more consistent attendance than those assigned to aerobic exercise. Tai chi, which consists of a gentler, low impact meditative sequence of movements with minimal side effects, may be better embraced by patients with fibromyalgia in the long term," the authors write.
FIQR scores improved for participants in all groups compared to baseline at the 12-, 24- and 52-week evaluations. Participants in all five groups demonstrated a similar reduction in use of analgesics, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and antiepileptic agents over time.
A total of 183 participants (81%) completed the 24-week evaluation. At this time point, improvement in FIQR scores in the combined tai chi groups was significantly greater than in the aerobic exercise group (P= .03).
The duration of tai chi mattered, with people in the 24-week groups reporting greater improvements in FIQR scores compared with those in the 12-week groups. The difference was statically significant (P= .007).
When the investigators looked at the frequency of tai chi, they found no significant difference in effectiveness at 24 weeks between those who participated in tai chi once a week and those participating twice a week, suggesting tai chi once a week may be sufficient to see the reported improvements. 
Secondary outcomes at 24 weeks that also significantly favored the tai chi groups included patient global assessment (P= .005), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale anxiety scores (P= .006), self-efficacy (P= .004), and coping strategies (P= .005).
A total of 154 adverse events (AEs) were reported in the study. This included 117 AEs among 115 participants assigned to tai chi and 37 among 75 participants in the aerobic exercise group. Most were minor musculoskeletal events, the authors noted, but 8 AEs in the tai chi group and 4 in the aerobic exercise group were considered related to the interventions.
Rethinking the Standard Treatment 
"It may be time to rethink what type of exercise is most effective for patients with fibromyalgia," Wang writes in an opinion pieceaccompanying the study.
"Despite the well-established benefits of aerobic exercise as a core standard treatment for fibromyalgia, patients in our trial had difficulty adhering to the aerobic exercise program. This may not be surprising — many patients with fibromyalgia find performing and adhering to exercise programs hard. Complaints such as 'the floor is too hard,' 'I cannot stand this,' 'I'm too tired,' or 'I'm in too much pain' were common."
Three instructors taught tai chi in the study. The outcomes were consistent across these instructors, suggesting that the "classic Yang style tai chi can be deployed in other settings in a standardized manner for fibromyalgia," the authors write.
In another accompanying opinion piece, Amy Price, a trauma survivor with chronic pain and a former neurocognitive rehabilitation consultant, notes that her "balance was poor from brain and spinal damage, and I could only see the depressing future of being a patient with chronic pain. I didn't expect tai chi to work, but thought I'd give it a chance."
"Initially, I could only do ten minutes, three times a week, with constant supervision, because of memory and balance problems. Gradually, over about six weeks, my balance improved and this reduced anxiety and increased strength in my broken body," she writes. She would generally recommend tai chi for others with fibromyalgia but recommended patients discuss the option with their physician first, that they stop and speak up if they feel any pain, and that the quality of the instructor matters.
The National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the National Center for Research Resources, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences funded the study. Wang has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. Price is The BMJ Patient Editor for Research and Evaluation and serves on the BMJPatient Panel. She has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.