Russell Hampton
Bulletin Editor
Mary Jones
Dec 04, 2017
Pearl Harbor . . . . . Greeter: Bob Campbell
Dec 11, 2017
8th Grade Essay Contest. . . . . Greeter: Dick Campbell
Dec 18, 2017
Hliday Program . . . . . Greeter: Michael Cooney
Dec 25, 2017
No Meeting
Jan 01, 2018
No Meeting
Jan 08, 2018
Greeter: Will Deppiesse
Jan 15, 2018
Greeter: Joe Ferlo
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Meeting Information for Monday, December 4, 2017
Bob Campbell will greet members and guests, give a reflection, and lead the  Pledge of Allegiance.
Dick Campbell will present a program entitled, "Remembering Pearl Harbor." Dick writes, "The attack at Pearl Harbor is the single event most often associated with World War II. For many Americans, it symbolizes the evils that were victoriously overcome. But what actually happened 76 years ago, December 7, 1941? And what was the sequence of events that led to Japan's brutal aggression?
"This powerpoint presentation explores the historical relationship between Japan and the United States and details the beginning of our involvement in World War II.  From the sinking of the Arizona to the creation of its unique floating monument, this (presentation) is a tribute to the men and women who served in the Pacific Theater, and a salute to the bravery and courage epitomized on that historic day."
Prayer and Pledge for November 27, 2017
Bill Bracken greeted members and guests and led the Club in a reflection and the Pledge of Allegiance. Bill noted that in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday in November as a day of "praise and thanksgiving," thereby creating Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
Bill greets Tom Harenburg.
Michael Rust introduced the day's guests:  Jim Chitwood and Bob Stauffer (Southwest Rotary); Craig Burnett (Assistant District Governor); Jeff Reed (District Governor); Lorraine Yarbrough (Day-by-Day Warming Shelter); Dr. Eric Childs (guest of Shaheda Govani).
Michael "No Jokes" Rust
Shaheda (right) with her guest and colleague, Dr. Eric Childs
Christy Marquardt reported that raffle kitty stood at $170; the drawing was held and Gary Yakes won $85, which he immediately donated to the Take Five Club.
Gary Yakes
President John Fuller welcomed Rotary District Governor Jeff Reed, who presented the Club with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Rotary International Foundation for our Club's support of  and contributions to the End Polio Now campaign, which took place during Lori Renning's term as president. Jeff noted that there have been 15 new cases of polio so far this year, compared to 37 cases last year. There have been 10 cases in Afghanistan and 5 in Pakistan.
(L-R) Assistant District Governor Craig Burnett, Oshkosh Rotary Club President John Fuller, and District 6270 Governor Jeff Reed.
Happy $$ for November 27, 2017
Nikole Vergin -- reported that her 4-year-old son went hunting for the first time and saw a doe that his father then shot.
Mark Roloff -- was happy to have had his sons home for the Thanksgiving holiday ... and he's also happy that the Oshkosh Corp has elected to build its new corporate headquarters in Oshkosh.
Mark Roloff
Michael Audit -- congratulated the UW-Oshkosh Titan on their continuing football success; they'll play in the NCAA quarters finals this weekend. He also predicted that the Badgers will crush Ohio State on Saturday evening.  GO Badgers!!
Michael Audit
Glenn Steinbrecher -- reported that David Hayford is home following open heart surgery and continues his recovery.  David is now occasionally posting on Facebook as well.
Jim Chitwood -- offered $1 for the Titan's continuing success and for the United Way pitch he made at the meeting.
Craig Burnett -- (with prompting from President Fuller) said he was happy to give some $$ to our Club.
Gary Yakes -- was happy his family was home for Thanksgiving... and that the Oshkosh Corp is keeping its headquarters here in Oshkosh, and offered kudos to Mark Roloff. He noted that developing the former Pioneer Inn property was Mark's next challenge. He also described taking his 15-year-old granddaughter to Macy's to shop for her Christmas dress as an adventure.
Mary Jones -- was happy to have spent Thanksgiving with her family, including her brother who had a heart transplant on July 23. She noted he's doing very well and definitely has a new lease on life.
Mark Harris -- reported that he was quoted in the New York Times, which resulted in lots of friends contacting him.
Mark Harris
Dick Campbell -- donated a check to the Club's Foundation from a history speech he made to the Onalaska Historical Society.
John Fuller -- was happy to have family home for Thanksiving.
Jeff Reed -- was happy his son came home from Salt Lake City for Thanksgiving.
News You Can Use; This Week's Announcements
Chili Cook-Off Proceeds -- President John Fuller invited Karen Schibline and Lorraine Yarbrough to join him whereupon Karen presented a check for $1,225.00 to the Day-by-Day Warming Shelter. That represented the net proceeds from last month's Chili Cook-Off. Karen noted that had the weather been better, the proceeds would have been greater.  Lorraine Yarbrough thanked Karen and Ada Thimke for their leadership for the event, calling it a "great collaboration."  The official donation will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 28, which is "Giving Tuesday," thus the amount will be matched by the national "Giving Tuesday" program.
(L-R) Karen Schibline, John Fuller, and Lorraine Yarbrough.
United Way Annual Campaign -- Jim Chitwood reminded members that the United Way Annual Campaign is underway. He brought brochures and pledge cards for members and to use and also noted that people may also give online.  He also noted that tickets to an upcoming Milwaukee Bucks game are for sale at the Best Western's front desk, with some of the monies coming back to the local United Way.
OCM Cards -- President John noted that all members are expected to purchase/sell 2 OCM cards as part of our Club's fundraising efforts. Nikole Vergin distributes the cards at each week's meeting.
American Red Cross Blood Drive -- In Lori Renning's absence, Nikole Vergin noted that Monday, Dec. 4, is the next Blood Drive at the Algoma United Methodist Church. 
Shared Harvest -- Michael Audit thanked Club members for their help with this year's Shared Harvest program during this summer's Farmer's Market; 19 Club members participating, with 6 members helping out twice. He said 2.5 tons of fruits and veggies were collected, which is down 19% from the 2016 total. He observed that rainy spring weather affected the harvest.  He also noted that the Hmong families are most generous in their sharing.
Club Thank Yous -- President John Fuller thanked Mary Jones, for her continuing Spokes work; Michael Cooney, our Club's paparazzi, for his photography work; and Christy Marquardt and the Best Western for providing a pleasant space and good food for our weekly meetings.
Winter Farmer's Market -- Michael Cooney noted that the Winter Farmer's Market, which typically is held at Merrill School, will move to the Oshkosh Convention Center for the next three Saturdays (Dec. 2, Dec. 9, and Dec. 16).  On Dec. 16, the Best Western will prepare a special breakfast buffet, using meats and vegetables from vendors  at the Market...price of the Buffet TBD.  The Market will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. More information is available online at
Program for November 27
The Reach Counseling Center was scheduled to present at Monday's meeting but was absent.
In that timeframe instead, Melissa Kohn introduced Mary Downs and Jlie Coenen from the Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) Foundation, Inc. Mary Downs thanked the Club for its continuing to sponsor scholarships for various FVTC programs, including the two CNA scholarships every year.  She noted that there are 2,000 CNA jobs available each year, with FVTC turning out 800 CNA graduates on average each year. She noted that the CNA program is not eligible for Pell Grants and other financial aid opportunities, making the scholarships very valuable.  
She provided a bit of information about this year's various scholarship winners:
April Kanary
27 years old, married, mother of two
Health Information Technology student
Works full-time and attends school full-time
Post Acceptance: Thank you so much for this scholarship. It means the world to my family and myself.  It will help so much with next semester’s costs and allow me to continue my health information technology degree. I plan to use my degree to become a Cancer Registrar for one of our local hospitals. This scholarship will help free up a little money for us since I found out I have to have major surgery the Friday before Christmas. So, I can’t thank you enough!
Jamie Sawicki
37, mother of one
Office Assistant program
I am currently funding my education by grants or by my own funds. I would like to work within a larger company, assisting executive level employees. I currently work as contract staff within Oshkosh Corporation and would love to continue my employment with them as an internal employee. Oshkosh Corporation prefers to hire those with degrees. Getting my degree would be a huge asset to my future whether or not I work for Oshkosh Corporation.
When I had more time I was a volunteer at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. I would like to continue to do that once my schedule lightens some. I was heavily active in Oshkosh North High School’s Music Department. I was in the musical 3 years and in Madrigals 1 year.
Post-acceptance: I’d like to thank the Oshkosh Rotary Club for their kind scholarship towards my future. I cannot express how much I appreciate the assistance. Paying for my education is a huge stress and the support received means the world to myself and my family. It also shows to my daughter, who is looking to attend college next fall, that anything is open if you are willing to put the effort.
This scholarships makes sure that costs of my education will not have to come out of an already tight budget. I can ensure my daughter will have what she needs as well as pursue my future.
I plan to graduate with my technical certificate this spring and continue going to school for my Administrative Professional degree at Fox Valley Technical College. I look forward to pursing more advantageous employment opportunities once I have completed my technical certificate.
Thank you again for awarding me with this scholarship. It is truly appreciated and I hope to make you proud.
Abe Klein
I am solely funding my education. I am doing so by working both as a student intern for the Tech as well as working an eight-hour shift every Sunday at the Oshkosh South Pick ’n Save.
I personally love woodworking; my uncle was a carpenter, and I’ve always been a hands on guy. I graduated from the Residential Construction Program at the beginning of August; while being in that program we had a lot of collaboration with the Wood Manufacturing program and I really enjoyed the Instructors and the quality of work that was being done. I think it is humbling to be able to take a few chunks of wood and be able to work it and mold it into amazing things.
My goal is to get hired by a great company, have a great career, and eventually open a personal shop. FVTC is preparing me for all levels of the industry from the simplest of tools to magnificent machines that not all companies can afford, and they are teaching me all sides of the spectrum.
Post Acceptance:
I have been an Oshkosh resident my entire life; I love my city and all of its history, especially when were talking about the wood industry. This place has made me into the person I am today and I wouldn’t trade it. I would like to thank the Oshkosh Rotary Club for deeming me worthy to receive this scholarship. I look forward to the day as to when I am able to give back to the community and people that have given so much to me and to those after me.
This scholarship will help me continue my education in Fox Valley Tech’s Wood Manufacturing program completely debt free. I have strived very hard to be able to pay for my education without student loans and thanks to this scholarship I am able to continue to do that.
Upon graduation from Fox Valley Tech it is my goal to secure a great job with a local business in the Fox Valley making beautiful wooden creations; if that be fine furniture and cabinetry or moldings. Eventually I would love to open my own woodworking shop right here in Oshkosh and be able to share the skills I’ve learned with the people of this great city.
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: SUNSHINE: Vitamin D Slows Colon Cancer Progression
In recent years, observational data have shown that higher plasma levels of vitamin D are associated with improved survival in colorectal cancer patients.
Now, for the first time, a randomized trial has shown that disease progression is slowed with high-dose supplements. The results, from a phase 2 clinical trial known as SUNSHINE, indicate that a high dose of vitamin D supplementation significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) by about 2 months compared to a low dose.
The trial was conducted in patients with previously untreated metastatic colorectal cancer. All participants received standard treatment with the mFOLFOX6 chemotherapy regimen (i.e., folinic acid [leucovorin], fluorouracil, and oxaliplatin) plus bevacizumab.
This is the first-ever completed randomized trial of the use of vitamin D as a colorectal cancer therapy, said lead author Kimmie Ng, MD, of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, who presented the study at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2017 Annual Meeting.
"Patients seemed to do better on the high-dose vitamin D. I am really excited by the data," she told reporters.
"A phase 3 trial is warranted," she added.
Another expert expressed similar enthusiasm about the trial. "The findings from this study are incredibly exciting," said Song Yao, PhD, a molecular epidemiologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, who was asked for comment.
The findings from this study are incredibly exciting. Dr. Song Yao pointed out that at the 2015 ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, the same team showed that in an observational study, patients with higher levels of vitamin D survived longer than those with lower levels. "This new study provides the much-needed evidence-based randomized trial design," he commented.
Another clinician already assesses vitamin D levels in colorectal cancer patients. "I check vitamin D levels and replete vitamin D when necessary for my patients, but we need more data to know if this should be practice changing," said Allyson Ocean, MD, a gastrointestinal oncologist at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York–Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
She also told researchers that the results are "quite intriguing" and that a phase 3 trial is needed.
Dr Ng reported that in the high-dose group (n = 69), the median PFS, which was the primary endpoint, was 13.1 months, compared with 11.2 months for the low-dose group (n = 70). That translated into a 31% reduced relative risk for disease progression in the high-dose group (unadjusted hazard ratio, 0.69; P = .04).
Patients in the high-dose group received a loading dose of 8000 IU/day of vitamin D3 orally for 2 weeks followed by 4000 IU/day. Those in the low-dose group received a standard vitamin D3 dose of 400 IU/day.
Median follow-up was 16.9 months in the high-dose group and 17.9 in the low-dose group.
Each group received similar numbers of chemotherapy cycles, and both groups were highly compliant with vitamin D supplementation. The primary tumor locations (right, left, and transverse) were also similar for both groups.
The disease control rate in the high-dose group was 96% vs 84% in the low-dose group (P = .05).
The high dose did not increase toxicity. There was also significantly less serious (grade 3 and 4) diarrhea in the high-dose group (12% vs 1%; P = .02).
The results were even more impressive because there was an imbalance between the two study groups that favored the low-dose group: 60% of the low-dose group had the best possible performance status vs only 42% of the high-dose group.
In other words, the high-dose group fared better despite being less physically fit than the comparator group.
Notably, more patients in the high-dose vitamin D arm were able to undergo surgery after their chemotherapy (11 vs 6). However, the difference was not statistically significant (P = .19), Dr Ng acknowledged. "It's an intriguing finding," she said.
The trial and its results have not gone unnoticed. "There's a lot of interest from providers and patients," said Dr. Ng.
Among the 139 patients who enrolled and ultimately participated in the trial, most were from New England; a minority were from Nashville, Tennessee (at Vanderbilt University).
Geography may have played a role in the results, suggested Andrea Cercek, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, who acted as discussant of the study. In New England, she said, "there is a little less sunshine than other parts of America."
This raised a question about already existing levels of vitamin D in the study participants. (Vitamin D3 is made by human skin when exposed to sunlight.) "It's unknown if patients were deficient by US standards," she said.
It's unknown if patients were deficient by US standards. Dr. Andrea Cercek
Dr. Cercek also said that results from other studies of vitamin D supplementation in cancer patients are mixed. One study indicated no reduction in the risk for adenomas, and another had a negative finding ― reduced survival in patients with prostate cancer who received vitamin D supplements.
Reservations aside, she wanted to see more research: "I agree 100% with the investigators that a phase 3 study is warranted."