Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Bulletin Editor
David Hayford
Mar 05, 2018
Conflict/Communication. . Greeter:Tom Harrenburg
Mar 12, 2018
Greeter: Bev Harrington
Mar 19, 2018
ESTHER - Student Transportation Greeter: Mark Harris
Mar 26, 2018
William Waters Plaza & Neighborhood Objectives . . . Greeter: David Hayford
Apr 02, 2018
HPV Vaccinations . . . . Greeter: Jolene Heuchert
Apr 09, 2018
Greeter: Gordon Hintz
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 23, 2018
Bridging Connections - Family Advocacy & Consultation
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Meeting Information for March 5, 2018
Tom Harrenburg will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Michael Rust will present a program on Conflict/Communication.
Prayer & Pledge for February 26
Brenda Haines greeted members and guests. She then led the Club in a refletion and Pledge of Allegiance.
Brenda Haines greeting guest, and cousin of Michael Cooney, Terry Laib
Since it has been quite a while since we saw Brenda at a meeting, President John Fuller asked her for a brief update. Brenda mentioned that many members "looked like they had seen a ghost" when they spotted her. Brenda mentioned she is  extremely busy in her business, Blue Door Consulting. The firm recently completed a move from New York Ave. to the Granary Building on Sixth Street.
A couple facts I found on the Blue Door website describing Brenda.

That I would use?  laugher, smart, driven


Depends, I suppose, on my karma in that life. POTUS or country singer. I’ll let you decide which is the good karma and which is the bad


Brenda (again) just to confirm her presence at the meeting
News You Can Use
Schedule for the Day, provided by President John Fuller
Jack Klein took on the job of introducing guests. Barb Herzog was the only guest from Southwest Rotary. Tom Blaze introduced potential member Molly Yatso Butz who recently accepted a job at the Aurora Foundation. More about that later. Mark Harris introduced Vicki Fitzgerald, new Financial Officer for Winnebago County.
Mark Harris and Vicki Fitgerald.
Michael Cooney introduced his guest, and cousin, Terry Laib. Terry is pictured above.
Finally, Allan Ott introduced Alex Vollman, staff member for Congressman Glen Grothman.

Alex Vollman
Jack then informed us that today is "National Hug a Friend Day." He then instructed everyone to do exactly that.
The winner of the monthly raffle drawing was Dave Sennholz. AGAIN!!! He won $85.
"Lucky Dave"

 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.

Finally, this is the official notice that Molly Yatso Butz has applied for membership. Club rules require publication of the names of new members to be published twice before acceptance as a member of the Oshkosh rotary Club. Any concerns or objections to this proposed member should be directed to Jack Klein.

Happy $$$ for February 26
Michael Cooney completed two photo shoots for the Oshkosh Herald, one for Battle on Bago, the other an immigration march.
Michael Rust urged attendance at the United Way Celebration later today. Also, there was a TedX Oshkosh "pitch night" that evening from 5:30 - 8:30 at The Waters.
Barb Herzog put in a pitch for the annual SOAR fund raiser.
Barb Herzog "soars" (Sorry about that - couldn't help myself)
Tom Willadsen mentioned how much he enjoys lugging the Trivia Contest around. He also mentioned that the annual Interfaith Celebration" held here at the Grand Opera House received mention in a national Presbyterian publication.
Karen Schibline mentioned that exchange student Michal was her house gust for 5 days. He then provided his weekly update.
Program for February 26
Today's speaker needed no introduction. Club Member Michael Cooney talked about "Discovering Your Family Story and How It Impacts your Life."
The obvious starting point in a search for family history is learning possible sources of information. The list includes DNA testing, geology, US Census data, family shoe boxes, newspaper and magazine articles, site visits, and other incidental materials. It is important to remember that "family histories are three generations deep." Oral histories are fading fast. Get them down in writing, or they will be lost forever.
It is important to label photographs with subject and dates. I have a few photo albums passed down with ho identification of the subject. No one is around to help with ID. 
Some families are reluctant to dig into their history. But it is important to know the bad along with the good. Michael shared the story of an ancestor who committed suicide 5 years to the day after her son passed away. Her agony is part of the family history. He advised "Don't be boring." No family is comprised of all saints, Include the sinners and their foibles.
Family history defines in part who you are - "socially, financially, educationally, psychologically, spiritually, politically." He even admitted to having a Republican ancestor.
Michael shared the stories of the three Mavis sisters. The youngest, Pearl, believed that a "proper lady never says 'No' to a gentleman." Michael mentioned she had 13 children.
Michael shared a number of stories about the Cooney and Laib families. And their New London history. Fascinating presentation. And rewarding work for him.
He included the advice to "Play the Family Detective," Walk the land. Visit the farm/town. Check out the cemetery. Collect photos and newspaper clippings. Dig into family secrets.
200 homeless 
Michael deserves two shots. He is usually on the other side of the lens.
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: Scientists Are Unraveling the Mystery of Your Body's Clock--and Soon May Be Able to Reset It
For people who don’t get sleepy until 2 a.m., the buzz of an alarm clock can feel mighty oppressive.
Relief may be on the horizon, thanks to the discovery this spring of a genetic mutation that causes night-owl behavior.
Whether you’re a night owl or a morning lark rising effortlessly each day with the sun, your sleep habits are regulated by circadian rhythms. These internal clocks control just about every aspect of our health, from appetite and sleep to cell division, hormone production and cardiovascular function.
Like many who study the intricacies of circadian biology, researchers are optimistic that one day we’ll be able to design drugs that synchronize our cellular clocks. Bosses frowning on tardy arrivals could soon become a thing of the past.
Our internal clocks
Nearly every cell in your body contains a molecular clock. Every 24 hours or so, dedicated clock proteins interact with one another in a slow dance. Over the course of a day, this slow dance results in the timely expression of genes. This controls when particular processes will occur in your body, such as the release of hormones like sleep-promoting melatonin.
Why are heart attacks and strokes two to three times more common in the early morning? Chalk that up to our internal clocks, which coordinate an increase in blood pressure in the morning to help you wake up. Why should teens listen to their parents’ pleas to go to bed? It is because human growth hormone is secreted only once a day, linked to sleeping at night.
Nearly every biological function is intimately linked to our internal clocks. Our bodies are so finely tuned to these cycles that disruptions caused by artificial light increase our risk of obesity, chronic inflammatory diseases and cancer.
The timing of meals can also impact your health: When you eat may be more important than what you eat. Several years ago, a study looked at the feeding behavior of mice, which are nocturnal animals. When the mice ate a high-fat diet during their nighttime active phase, they stayed relatively trim. Those who nibbled on the same diet throughout the day and night became morbidly obese. Ongoing studies may soon show how this translates to human eating habits.
What’s more, some 1,000 FDA-approved drugs target genes that are controlled by our internal clocks. That means the time of day that drugs are administered could matter. For example, some cholesterol-fighting statins are most efficient when taken in the evening so they can best hit their target, the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme.
Clock care 101
Our internal clocks are individually encoded, with most people falling in the middle range of a 24-hour cycle, but there are many outliers – including night owls – whose clocks are out of sync.
One in 75 people are predicted to have the “night owl mutation” in clock protein CRY1, delaying sleepiness until the wee hours. Not only does this make it harder for night owls to wake up in the morning, but their longer-than-a-day internal clocks puts them in a perpetual state of jet lag.
For night owls, the sleep cycle is largely beyond their control. But for the rest of us, there are steps we can take to rest easier and improve our health.
The clocks in individual cells are synchronized by the brain. The light that streams into the eye helps the brain’s “master clock” stays in harmony with the day/night cycle. That’s why, when you travel to another time zone, your internal clock no longer matches up with the solar cycle. It takes about a week to sync up to a new local time.
Bright artificial light at night tells the master clock that it’s still daytime, leading cellular clocks to race to keep up. That’s why seeing too much bright light at night can give you jet lag without going anywhere. One recent study found that simply viewing e-readers at night for a few hours can cause worse sleep and less alertness the next day.
You can minimize disruptions caused by artificial light by practicing good “light hygiene.” Expose yourself to plenty of bright light during the day and minimize your exposure to artificial light after dusk. These steps will help your internal circadian clock stays in sync with the light/dark cycle, promoting good sleep patterns and overall health.
What makes you tick?
As we learn more about how circadian rhythms work, we’ll be better able to design therapeutic treatments that harness life’s natural rhythms.
In my lab, we study the complex molecular mechanisms that govern circadian rhythms. By looking at how CRY1 interacts with other clock proteins, we hope to understand how inherited mutations can wreak havoc on circadian rhythms. The night owl mutation in CRY1 appears to make it grab onto its partner proteins more tightly, like a bad dance partner who doesn’t know when to move on. When CRY1 doesn’t release its partner with the right timing, it delays the timing of everything controlled by the clock.
If we could understand these mechanisms better, it would set the stage for new drugs that could bring relief to a significant portion of the population. Perhaps we could shorten night owls’ internal clocks back to about 24 hours, helping them go to sleep at a “normal” time.
Given the complicated nature of biological timekeeping, there are likely many more genes that influence circadian timing. Imagine tailoring the timing of dosages to each patient’s circadian cycle, maximizing a medication’s impact while minimizing exposure to side effects; or picture patients checking their watch before popping a pill to treat high blood pressure or lower cholesterol. Ideally, one day our Fitbit-type devices will monitor our circadian rhythms, giving us precise real-time measures of our biological functions.
This may sound far-fetched, but it’s not that far off. Scientists are now searching for biomarkers that could be measured in blood to figure out internal clock timing.