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David Hayford
Nov 19, 2018
Oshkosh Police Department.....Greeter: David Sennholz
Nov 26, 2018
Middle School Mfg. Essay Contest Winners Greeter: James Stahl
Dec 03, 2018
Civil War Heaven Intended... Greeter: Glenn Steinbrecker
Dec 10, 2018
Salvation Army
Dec 17, 2018
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 31, 2018
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Meeting Information for November 19
David Sennholz will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our speaker will be Oshkosh Chief of Police Dean Smith.
Prayer & Pledge for November 12th
Gail Schwab greeted members abd guests with a warm smile and firm handshake. She presented a reflection, then led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gail Schwab
Deb Wirtz informed us that today is Veterans' Day observed. Also Chicken Soup for the Soul Day, happy hour day, and pizza with the works day. It is also World Pneumonia Day. Guests included Bob Stauffer and Kim Johnson of Southwest, and Jim Power's guest Amelia Crane.
Sofia mentioned that she attended TedX at the Grand on Saturday, and enjoyed it. She saw a play about witchcraft, and went to the International Market in Appleton.
Sofia. John Nichols watches intently. More to come about John in Happy $$
President Christy Marquardt asked all veterans to stand, and relate branch and dates of service. I was unable to list all the names. But there were 10 -12, but included service in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and after. Glenn Steinbrecher mentioned he still has Army uniforms, but there is only one item that still fits.
Glenn modeling the only uniform item that still fits.
CHristine also read a Veterans' Day reflection from US Senator Ron Johnson:
“Our nation just experienced a long and contentious debate over politics. We should remember how many people never experience such a debate — because they do not live in freedom and are never given a say in how they are governed. And when we remember that, we should be grateful for the men and women whose service defended the liberty that we exercise.
“Millions of Americans, the finest among us, have offered their time, their strength, their courage, and sometimes their very lives to defend this incredible experiment in human liberty that is America. Six veterans are on my staff, and I am honored that they have chosen to help me uphold my oath to protect and defend the Constitution. On Veterans Day, we should all be grateful for the service veterans have given our country and for the liberty that service bought for us.”
News you can use - this week's announcements
Nikole Vergin distributed OCM cards prior to the meeting. Each member is expected to sell at least 2 cards at $10 per card. Though more are still available to sell. 
Nikole also mentioned that the annual bell ringing for the Salvation Army will be Friday, December 14th at Shopko. Sign-up sheets will be available soon.
And there will be a box available at the table to collect box tops to benefit South Park School. It is the small label on many products which says: "Box Top$ for Education."
President Christy announced there will be a blood drive on November 26, Lunch for Less here at Rotary that same day, and the monthly Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, November 20 at 8AM. Red Badge members are welcome to attend the Board Meeting.
Mike Audit gave a wrap-up on Shared Harvest. 8,272 pounds of produce were collected and donated to the Food Pantry. 18 Club members volunteered during the summer. Another successful year for a most worthwhile project. Kudos to Mike for all the works he does for the program, and to all the members who volunteered.
MIke Audit
Ada mentioned that the monthly raffle is at $50.
Happy $$ for November 12
President Christy Marquardt announced that she has chosen the fight against human trafficking as the beneficiary of our Happy Dollars 
Ada Thimke was happy for the successful TedX program.
Gail Schwab provided happy $$ because today is Beverly Harrington's birthday. Also, John and Pat Nichols recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary (see John's picture above). John also chipped in with a happy $.
Michael Cooney was happy because the initial Winter's Farmer Market at Menominee Nation Arena attracted 1,282 attendees. 
Michael Rust is happy that TedX is over for the year.
Tom Harenburg mentioned there is debate in his household about whether or not he is a veteran. He served on the Draft Board for a few years during the Vietnam War. This requires a little explanation from your Editor. During the Vietnam War - and before - the US military, primarily the Army relied on drafting young men to serve. The prospect of being drafted into the Army to be fodder in rice paddies motivated young men to enlist in other branches, move to Canada, or go to jail. The Vietnam War was not popular at all. The Draft Board had to decide who got drafted and who did not. Tom's duty certainly was not pleasant - or popular. But does not qualify him as a veteran.
The Draft ended in 1973, and the military is now all volunteer. Though I believe young men still have to register on their 18th birthday, just in case the military needs to resort to that once again.
I provided a happ $ for Tom's courage in making that admission.
Kim Johnson was happy because her daughter agreed to accept a volleyball scholarship to the University of Wisconsin  Milwaukee.
Proud mother, Kim Johnson
Tom Blaze gave a $$ in honor of Tom Willadsen's alma mater, the Northwestern University Wildcats. The football team will be playing in the Big 10 (14) Championship game next month against Michigan ot THE Ohio State University next month. That is the game that many in the state penciled in the Wisconsin BADgers prior to the season.
Vicki Cartwright was happy because this is School Psychology Week.
Program for November 12th
Member Tom Willadsen presented the program on the annual "Festival of Gratitude." 
I must admit it will be a challenge to do justice to Tom's presentation. It will be hard to relate his "self-defecating humor" (quote from Tom's 2012 book entitled:
OMG!  LOL! Faith and Laughter)
The 9th Annual Festival of Gratitude will be Monday, November 19, 7 PM, at the Grand Opera House.  It should last about 90 minutes. 
This year’s festival will be preceded by the Interfaith Potluck at 5p.m. at the Masjid Qamar Oshkosh Mosque (300 N. Eagle Street). Tom rved about the variety and quality of food there.
From 1999 - 2007, there was an annual interfaith Thanksgiving service. Various churches alternated hosting the event. It was, as Tom describer, like "herding cats."
In 2010 there was the REVOLUTION. The Grand Opera House finished a major renovation and re-opened. That wonderful, historic site became available. The decision was made to make the event a Festival, not a worship service. So the initial Interfaith Festival of Gratitude was help the night before Thanksgiving. 270 people braved a "wintry mix" to attend.
Tom mentioned 2 "great moments" from that evening. First the aforementioned Muslim community announced they had closed on the purchase a building to serve as their Mosque, on Eagle Street across from West High School. That announcement received a rousing round of applause from the audience. Second, the Festival ended with all on stage singing "Let there Be Peace On Earth." 
I must relate a story about that beautiful song. When our 3 children were young, Paula and I would sing that song when they bickered. Terribly off-key. But we only had to sing the fist line. The kids quickly stopped bickering among themselves and directed their anger towards us. They all still hate the song to this day.
Tom described his super power to create this wonderful event - "Bland Credibility."
Subsequent festivals have included songs from the Congo, and Hindu Gospel Music.
There are 2 changes for 2018. "Interfaith" has been dropped from the name. So now it is Festival of Gratitude. 
Second, there is a tie-in with Unity in Community. I did a little research, to learn. The city of Oshkosh celebrated its growing diversity with the first ever Unity in Community event  Saturday, May 5 at the Leach Amphitheater. The 2019 event is scheduled for April 14th, per Mark Rohloff. Unity in the Community is a family-friendly event to highlight the incredible diversity in the City of Oshkosh.  The event  provides an opportunity for the community to come together to learn about our diversity through a series of children-friendly educational activities, entertainment, and delicious cultural food.  This event is brought to you by the City of Oshkosh.
REMEMBER, Pot luck at the Mosque at 5 PM on Monday, followed by Festival of Gratitude at 7 PM at the Grand.
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: Brain Inflammation Seen for First Time in Fibromyalgia
Researchers have reported for the first time that they have found inflammation in the brains of patients with fibromyalgia. Daniel S. Albrecht, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and colleagues, joined with a research team led by Anton Forsberg, PhD, of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, to broaden generalizability and boost statistical power of the study.
The researchers write that although there has been mounting evidence that brain inflammation plays some role in fibromyalgia, this research is the first to show direct evidence of brain glial activation in the poorly understood and difficult-to-treat chronic condition. The findings were published online in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.
In a news release, study coauthor Marco Loggia, PhD, from the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, explains, "The activation of glial cells we observed in our studies releases inflammatory mediators that are thought to sensitize pain pathways and contribute to symptoms such as fatigue."
The evidence may open the door to new treatments and give comfort to those who have been told their symptoms are psychological.
"We don't have good treatment options for fibromyalgia, so identifying a potential treatment target could lead to the development of innovative, more effective therapies. And finding objective neurochemical changes in the brains of patients with fibromyalgia should help reduce the persistent stigma that many patients face, often being told their symptoms are imaginary and there's nothing really wrong with them."
A group of 31 patients who met the American College of Rheumatology definition for fibromyalgia diagnosis (29 women, average age 50.7 ± 11 years old) and 27 healthy controls (25 women, average age 49.4 ± 11 years old) received a hybrid magnetic resonance/positron-emission tomography (MR/PET) brain scan. The study excluded patients with fibromyalgia if they had any pain conditions other than fibromyalgia. Using the imaging results, researchers found higher levels of the glial marker TSPO, a translocator protein, in several regions of the brain in patients with fibromyalgia relative to healthy controls. They also found that the degree of glial activation was related to the degree of fatigue the patients reported. "Overall, our data support glial modulation as a potential therapeutic strategy," the authors write.  
Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million US adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study was supported by the International Association for the Study of Pain, Martinos Center Pilot Grant for Postdoctoral Fellows, and Harvard Catalyst Advance Imaging Pilot. The Swedish part of the study received funding from Stockholm County Council, Swedish Research Council, Swedish Rheumatism Association, and Fibromyalgiförbundet. The study was also funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme and a donation from the Lundblad family. The authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.