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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 Greeter: Ada Thinke
Dec 17, 2018
Greeter: Ben Thompson
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 31, 2018
Jan 07, 2019
Greeter: Teresa VanAacken
Jan 14, 2019
Tibetan Monks & Unity in the Community Greeter: Nicole Vergin
Jan 21, 2019
Trafficking Update in Winnebago County Greeter: John Vette
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Meeting Information for November 26, 2018
James Stahl will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Patti Andresen-Shew will present the Middle School Mfg. Essay Contest Winners.
Prayer and Pledge for November 19, 2018
Dave Sennholz greeted members and guests and led the Club in a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Dave Sennholz (right) welcomes Jeff Gilderson-Duwe.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Deb Wirtz introduced the day's guests:  Erika Welbes and Mark Meyer (South Park Middle School); Chief of Police Dean Smith (the day's speaker); and Susan Campbell (daughter and guest of Dick Campbell).  Deb also shared the Monday was Equal Opportunity Day; Have a Bad Day day (to counter all the "Have a good day!" comments), and International Men's Day.
 
Mark Meyer of South Park School thanked Rotary members for their support of the school.
 
Susan and Dick Campbell
 
Lurton Blassingame reported that the raffle kitty stands at $95.
 
RYE Student Sofia shared that she's had a busy week last week. First, on Tuesday, she attended the Oshkosh Christmas Parade with Christy Marquardt and her family. She said it was VERY cold and felt like a combination of Christmas and Halloween together (because of people throwing candy). On Thursday, she went to the play Sweeney Todd, and on Friday she visited Sabish Middle School in Fond du Lac, where she spoke to the Career Development class, talking with them about the exchange student program, what it's like to leave home for a year. On Saturday she went bowling with Karen Schibline and her daughter and granddaughter. On Sunday she attended church with David and Paula Hayford and ate turkey for the first time at their home as they were celebrating Thanksgiving.  In a couple of weeks she'll be moving to her next host family -- Ron and Kathy Hayes.
 
Sofia
News You Can Use; This Week's Announcements
 
Board Meeting -- President Christy Marquardt reminded members of the monthly Board Meeting held on Tuesday morning. Red Badge members were welcomed to attend.
 
Lunch for Less -- Monday, Nov. 26, will be our monthly "lunch for less" meeting, with the extra dollars going to Rotary projects/donations.
 
Blood Drive -- Monday, Nov. 26, is also an American Red Cross blood drive at Algoma Avenue United Methodist Church.
 
OCM Cards -- Nikole Vergin still has OCM cards; if you haven't picked yours up, please do so.  If you need extras, see Nikole.
 
Nikole Vergin
 
Salvation Army Bell Ringing -- Nikole also reminded members of the annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing activity on Friday, December 14 at Shopko. 
 
Nominated Officers and Directors -- John Fuller announced that the Nominating Committee offers this slate of officers for next year. If anyone has any objection to anyone in this roster of candidates, they should contact John or other members of the Nominating Committee.
President -- Michael Rust
President-elect -- Ada Thimke
Secretary -- Nikole Vergin
Treasurer -- Jim Stahl
Board of Directors -- 1 year -- Gail Schwab; 2 years -- Sue Panek; 3 years -- Jim Power, Cathy Cluff, and Bob Campbell.
 
John Fuller
 
Maria Christina Rotary Club Campaign -- David Sennholz announced that he and Michael Cooney will be traveling to Iligan City in The Philippines next February to visit the Maria Christina Rotary Club with which we've cooperated for the past several years to support school children with school supplies and also outfit a technical classroom with sewing machines etc.   Anyone else who might like to join them is most welcome.  The Maria Christina Club is now embarking upon rehabbing a 43-year-old building in which the local Girl Scouts meet.  (There are approximately 7,000 Girl Scouts in the area.)  David has received permission from our Club's Board of Directors to raise funds to support this effort, and David is hoping to raise $3,800 by the end of the year so they can take a check with them to the Maria Christina Club when they visit in February.  See David to contribute or make donations to the Oshkosh Rotary Club Endowment Fund through the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Note the Philippine Campaign on your check's memo line.
 
 
Happy $$$ for November 26
President Christy Marquardt announced that she has chosen the fight against human trafficking as the beneficiary of our Happy Dollars 
 
Gary Yakes -- is happy to back from Florida for Thanksgiving. He's also thanking for many blessings in his life, including living into "old age" and having a successful career. He's also thankful for the great YMCA facilities that we have in Oshkosh, noting that many YMCA facilities around the country aren't as nice.
 
Gary 
 
David Hayford -- shared that he had nightmares last week after Tom Harenburg told about serving on the Selective Service Draft Board last week. David said had a 2S student deferment but as he was approaching graduation from college he knew that he'd be drafted, so he signed up for Navy OCS training and entered the Navy.
 
David 
 
Tom Willadsen -- reminded members of the Festival of Gratitude, which was held on Monday evening at the Grand Opera House. He also shared that his grandmother had a quick retort for folks her told her to "Have a nice day."  He said she'd respond, "I have other plans."
 
Tom 
 
Gail Schwab -- offered $10 as she was happy for First Weber Realty being named the Oshkosh Northwestern's Reader's Choice winner and for Megan Lang being named the Best Realtor and Bob Mathe also being honored. First Weber also entered a float in the Christmas parade for the first time ever. She shared that she hates parades and her staffers had to talk her into having a float. She finally relented, but noting how cold it was on Tuesday evening, one of her staffers remarked, "She always said it'd be a cold day in hell when we'd have a float in the parade, and it is."  The First Weber Realty float ended up winning the Chamber award.
 
Gail 
 
Dave Sennholz -- offered $4 for the four bucks that his grandkids shot over the weekend ... and $5 for Dick Campbell's good news that he doesn't need surgery, per the doctors at Mayo Clinic.
 
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Program for November 19, 2018
Sue Panek introduced Oshkosh Police Chief Dean Smith. She noted that he has served in law enforcement for 31 years, coming to Oshkosh as the Chief Deputy of the Suffolk (Virginia) Police Force. Among many other things, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and, closer to home, of Leadership Oshkosh. 
 
Chief Dean Smith ... before the Rotary sign nearly fell on him. Kudos to President Christy Marquardt for a great save!
 
Chief Smith said that he's grown to enjoy this community and even has found a fiancee -- not something he imagined happening.
 
He shared that some of the department's most recent successes include replacing two canine officers (at a cost of $20,000 through community donations) and having better cooperation with the Winnebago County Drug/Alcohol Commission.
 
He said that the Department's community policing team concept continues to develop, even with the fact that 19% of the Department's officers are new within the past 3 years.  He also noted that the Department's body camera program is in its third year and proving very helpful. He added that the body cameras will all be replaced this year at no cost.
 
Chief Smith noted that there is a decrease in crime statistics in recent years, but it may not seem so to residents as the Department is attempting to be transparent about what it's doing and what is going on ... sharing more publicly about the Department's activities. In fact, he said that Part 1 crimes are down 15% this year through September 15 of this year.  Pat 1 crimes include murder, burglary, larceny, arson, assault, and sexual assault. 
 
On the drug front, Chief Smith said overdoses are 50% less this year and shared that there was a NARCAN save this past week when an officer saved a teenage girl. However, there is an increase in the use/sales of meth amphetamines as users switch from opioids to meth. To date, there have been 115 drug investigation incidents and 143 drug-related arrests.
 
Chief Smith also talked about mental health problems in the city, stating that there were 800 mental health-related calls out of the 27,000 service calls answered last year. 
 
He noted that the Oshkosh Police Department is accredited with the State of Wisconsin and at that National level, which is unusual in the area. He added that 10 people have recently graduated from the Citizen's Police Academy and invited anyone interested to participate.
 
Chief Smith also said there is success with the Project Lifesaver Program, which helps people with Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and autism. Recently that program helped them find a missing woman within 30 minutes.
 
Recruiting and training new police officers is a major effort within the Department. It has established a mentoring program that pairs a new officer with a seasoned officer with whom the new officer can discuss problems or concerns without having to involve senior officers. Chief Smith said it provides new officers with someone to talk with if they think they made a mistake or need to blow off a little steam.
 
Chief Smith said the Department's Strategic Plan is in alignment with the City's Strategic Plan. That includes more community participation. To that end the Department has made 124 community organization presentations and 52 school programs, with 979 students graduating from the DARE program this year. The Department is also developing a program to work with refugees to assist them in their introduction to our community/country and to recognize police as people who can help and protect them. He noted that at a community event he attended this summer, a recent refugee was astonished that he, the police chief, was out in public without bodyguards.  In his former country, the police chief was rarely seen in public and then only with a cadre of armed bodyguards.
 
He noted that larcenies are the hardest crimes to solve, whereas crimes against people typically  have a 90% rate of being solved. Property crimes are solved at a rate of 38-46%.  Some of his greatest concerns now continue to be the use of opioids and meth amphetamine and technology crimes, which are difficult for local police to solve.
 
Chief Smith said there are 101 officers on the Oshkosh Police Department and 94% of its budget goes to salaries. He described the Department as professional and well trained, and he thanked the community for its support of the Department, financially and otherwise. 
 
President Christy as John Jorgensen 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: Probiotics: Don't Believe the Hype?
They're sold everywhere, but can probiotics-- the good bacteria found in some foods like yogurt and in supplements-- really help restore digestive health?
 
Maybe, but only for some people, new research suggests. Israeli researchers found that some people's digestive systems held on to the probiotics given in a supplement. But in others, the body expelled the good bacteria. And, in a second study, the same team found that when taken along with a course of antibiotics, probiotics may actually delay gut bacteria from returning to normal. 
 
Senior study author Dr. Eran Elinav said the findings suggest that more caution is needed when using probiotics, and that there shouldn't be a "one-size-fits-all" approach to probiotic supplements. 
 
"The current practice -- followed by millions of individuals who consume probiotics with the hope that they improve their health and prevent disease -- needs to be modified to one which is centered on the individual," Elinav said. He's a professor in the immunology department at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. 
 
Probiotics are live microorganisms, often bacteria, believed to have beneficial health effects, according to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). They have been studied in a variety of conditions, including antibiotic-related diarrhea, digestive disorders, tooth decay, allergies, eczema, liver disease and even the common cold. But there's no definitive evidence that probiotics work for any of these conditions, the NCCIH says.
 
Yet, probiotic supplements are very popular. In a 2012 survey, about 4 million Americans said they had used a probiotic or prebiotic (dietary substances that encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria) supplement in the past month, according to the NCCIH. 
 
Elinav said that the use of probiotics should be subjected to the same scrutiny as other medical treatments. "Any such intervention needs to be weighed in terms of its benefits versus its harm potentials," he said.
 
The first study done by Elinav and his team included 25 volunteers. They underwent upper endoscopy and colonoscopy so that the researchers could obtain samples of their "microbiome" (the gut's native bacteria) in different areas of the digestive system.
 
Fifteen people from that group were then randomly placed into two groups for four weeks. One group received a supplement containing 11 strains of the most popular probiotic strains. The second group was given a placebo.
 
After three weeks, they were given another endoscopy and colonoscopy to see what changes, if any, had occurred in the microbiome. Those receiving the probiotics had two different reactions to the supplements. 
 
One group -- dubbed persisters -- allowed the probiotic microbes to set up shop in their digestive system. The other group -- the "resisters" -- expelled the probiotics without meaningful changes to their microbiome, the investigators found. 
 
The researchers said they can tell from a person's microbiome and gene expression profile whether or not they are a persister or resister. 
In the second study, the researchers looked at whether or not probiotic supplements could help restore the natural microbiome after a course of antibiotics. 
 
The study included 21 people assigned to one of three groups: a watch-and-wait group that let their microbiome recover on its own; a probiotic group given an 11-strain supplement for four weeks; and a third group treated with a fecal transplant, using their own bacteria collected before the use of the antibiotic.
 
Both the watch-and-wait group and the probiotic-supplement group hadn't returned to their normal microbiome after four weeks, the study found. The probiotic group had the slowest recovery to their initial microbiome. However, a fecal transplant resulted in a quick return of the normal microbiome.
 
Elinav said these findings call for caution in the "indiscriminate" use of probiotics with antibiotics until the long-term effects are better understood.
 
Registered dietician Samantha Heller said the researchers "are suggesting that the microbiome is like our fingerprint -- completely unique -- and we can't assume that a supplement will have the same effect from person to person."
 
But, she added, this is an emerging science and the research is still very new. She said she would caution against buying kits on the internet that promise to map your microbiome because there's just not enough evidence yet to show that these tests work. What can help, she noted, is eating a more plant-based diet. 
 
"These healthy creatures that live in our guts have to eat what we eat, and they like fiber from plant foods. They don't like the typical Western diet," Heller said. 
 
Findings from both studies were published Sept. 6 in the journal Cell.
 
 
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