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May 28, 2018
Memorial Day
Jun 04, 2018
Life in Oshkosh. . . .Greeter: Eric Lehocky
Jun 11, 2018
Mercy Hospital Volunteer Organization "60 for 60" . . . . . Greeter: Stan Mack
Jun 18, 2018
Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club . . . . Greeter:
Jun 25, 2018
Jul 02, 2018
District Governor for District 6270
Jul 09, 2018
Cber Bullying
Jul 16, 2018
Tour Evergreen Retirement Community
Jul 23, 2018
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Meeting Information for Monday, June 4, 2018
Note: There will be no meeting on Monday, May 28, as that is the Memorial Day Holiday.
 
On Monday, June 4, Eric Lechocky will greet members and guests, give a reflection, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance
 
Michel Fahrland, our German Exchange Student, will tell us about his Life in Oshkosh.
Prayer and Pledge for May 21, 2018
Melissa Kohn greeted members and guests, offered a reflection, and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Melissa greets a mystery guest (who feels her picture shouldn't be in Spokes 2 weeks in a row).
 
Sergeant-at-Arms Deb Wirtz welcomed the day's guests -- and I forgot to get the sheet listing the guests, but memory serves me that we were joined by Bob Stauffer (Southwest Rotary) and Andrea Ernard (guest of Jolene Heuchert).
 
Andrea
 
Deb also shared that Monday was American Red Cross Founder's Day, National Memo Day, National Strawberries and Cream Day, National Waiter and Waitresses Day, National Hummel Figure Day, honoring the nun who created those figurines.
 
Christy Marquardt conducted the raffle and Mark Beecher was the lucky winner of $55. 
 
Christy with Andrea pulling the winning ticket.
 
RYE student Michel reported that he ran the Green Bay 1/2 Marathon and finished it in 1 hour and 59 minutes.  He recommends training in advance; he started training but didn't continue. Photos courtesy of John Jorgenson, who cheered Michel on.
 
 
News You Can Use
Philippine Project -- David Sennholz gave the Club an update on the Philippine tailoring school project.  The first dressmaking class graduated in March and everyone was pleased with the success of the class. The group made uniforms for students for a festival as part of their class. The classes are now being opened up to mothers and other high school graduates looking to learn a trade.  The school, which had been a K-10th grade school, is now a K-12th grade school, with the last two years providing vocational training to  young women and men. David noted that the Iligan City Rotary Club (which is all women) continues to support the day-to-day needs of the school. David is hoping to lead a group of Rotarians to visit the school in February or March of 2019. Let David know if you are interested.
 
David Sennholz
 
Volunteer Opportunity -- Nikole reminded members that South Park Middle School is in need of three volunteers on Friday, June 8, to serve refreshments at the school's 8th grade awards program. Contact Nikole if you can assist.
 
Collecting Old Magazines -- Nikole also reminded members that our Club is collecting old magazines for South Park Middle School. The magazines will be used in art classes for various projects. Please bring any old magazines to future meetings.
 
Rotary T-Shirts -- Nikole sent around a sign-up sheet for Rotarian at Work volunteer t-shirts. She was planning to place the order this week.
 
Waterfest -- Karen Schibline reminded members that our Waterfest Volunteer Night is Thursday, June 21. Contact Lori Renning if you can volunteer but haven't signed up as yet.
 
Shared Harvest -- Michael Audit still needs some volunteers for Shared Harvest on June 9. Our Club will have Shared Harvest every other Saturday until the end of October.  Contact Mike to sign up for a date.
 
Thank Yous fromScholarship winners -- Bill Bracken shared the following letters from recipients of our Club's Fox Valley Technical College Scholarships:
 
From Wanda Kunde (19), studying to be a medical coding specialist:  Thank you so much for selecting me as a 2018 recipient of the Oshkosh Rotary Club Scholarship. I am so honored and blessed to be chosen.  I greatly appreciate the support that you give not only to myself but to other students who are fulfilling their education dreams. This scholarship will aid me in receiving my college education at FVTC. I work very hard for what I have and this extra money means the world to me. Thank you! I plan to find a career in the Fox Cities area that is close to home so that can continue to stay close with family and have a family of my own in the future.
 
Dante Dishaw (22) studying for an Associates Degree in IT (Information Technology) Security:  Thank you so much for offering this scholarship. A year ago I just finished my undergraduate degree with a bunch of loans already and I found out that I needed to pursue a different career. Knowing that there are people who care and can make the journey less burdensome is a real blessing. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. This scholarship will enable me to cover expenses that I can't fully cover with FAFSA. I am financially alone and understand I need to work harder to make the most out of my education at FVTC. I want to go to Ireland with people from the IT program, and this gives me the chance I need to make that happen. I hope to travel and work for a company that emphasizes diversity. Using my IT skills, I will be more flexible where I can work and the opportunities are far more than what I can imagine. I am excited to make a difference, even if it might not be big. If I can make a positive impact on one person, I know going back to school was worth every penny and the right decision.
 
Michael Zmyslo (22) working on a technical diploma in Wood Manufacturing Technology:  I am a full-time student that works every extra minute I get in order to pay rent and get to and from school. I can't stress how grateful I am to be receiving my first ever scholarship. It means the world to me that people want to see me succeed and are willing to aid in that success. Without this, my life outside of school would be incredibly stressful. This scholarship will aid in my rent, gas, food, and other miscellaneous bills. It will also help with paying my material bills for school. I plan to move to California and become a professional woodworker with an incredible company. I hope to bring new ideas to a school that has never had a FVTC graduate.
 
Sherita Eisner (38) studying for an Associates Degree in Nursing: Thank you for choosing me to receive this scholarship! As a mother of 6 little ones,  your help is very much appreciated. Receiving this scholarship helps ensure that I will be able to continue to work hard to achieve my goal. Words cannot truly express how grateful I am to be receiving such an incredible gift. My family and I will be forever grateful. Two, possibly three, of our children will always live with my husband and I [because of autism], so it is extremely important that I finish school to help provide for them in later years, and your generosity is a tremendous help in that regard as well.  Receiving this scholarship will enable me to get books and class materials on time. This semester was particularly rough in that area, so it is a tremendous relief to know that the funding will be there to purchase the needed class materials for next semester!  A aort will also go to pay for tuition since my Pell grant doesn't cover it all.  I plan to continue my education once I am done at FVTC. I really want to work in Labor and Delivery since I love babies and my hope is to get a job in that department while finish up my Bachelor's Degree.
 
Bill Bracken
Happy $$ for May 21
John Jorgenson -- was happy 3x ($3)...1 for having the opportunity to serve as a host family to Michel, who is moving to his third host family this week. John said it was a great experience for his family to get to know Michel.
 
2. For the time that John Vette spent with Michel.  Michel had an "entrepreneur's class" and his assignment was to meet and talk with an entrepreneur. John J. thanked John V. for spending a couple of hours with Michel, talking about his business experience and giving him a tour of John's plant.
 
 
3. For the fun of cheering Michel on in his participation in the Green Bay Half Marathon.
 
 
John Fuller  -- noted that Dan Mracek had completed his Leadership Oshkosh training and had graduated. John hopes that Dan will join our Club at future meetings.
 
 
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Program for May 21, 2018
Monday's Program was presented by fellow Club member Ralph Gunderon, who offered a review of all the activities our Club (and Southwest Rotary) has been involved with in Peru.  Ralph shared a PowerPoint with several photos from Peru, however the file was too large to attach to this newsletter. I've captured a few photos to share here.
 
Ralph noted that our Club's involvement with the Rotary Club La Molina Viejo of Lima, Peru began in about 1998. About that time, Michael Cooney was interested in organizing a sister club for our Rotary Club, with the idea of connecting with a club in Russia. That did not prove to be possible.  
 
Previous Club President John Kerrigan (1996-1997) had attended an International Rotary Conference and met a District Governor from Peru, Carlos Silva. Carlos was interested in having a sister club for his Rotary Club, La Molina Viejo. Michael Cooney went to Peru and met with Carlos Rioja, who had been a member of the Oshkosh Rotary Club while serving as an International Sales person for the Oshkosh Corp.
 
Ralph noted that the getting the clubs together was kind of like starting a relationship..."We courted each other."  The photo below shows one of those social events where members were getting to know one another. Ralph noted that there were arguments and disagreements, but the talks continued.
 
 
After many discussions, it was agreed that the two clubs (along with Southwest Rotary) would work together.
 
On visits to Lima, Oshkosh Rotarians noted that many people needed help with everyday concerns. Bill Thimke led the efforts to establish a "soy cow" that would provide soy milk and a bread byproduct. Over the years, three soy cows have been established in La Molina, Raucana, and Ate.  Raucana has since "fallen apart."  The La Molina and Ate soy cows continue to operate, and our Oshkosh Clubs purchase the soy beans and sugar needed for the milk and maintain the machines, while the cities of Lima/La Molina and Ate provide the building, staff, and take care of distributing the milk/bread product. The soy cows provide milk and bread to thousands of youngsters and senior citizens.
 
The La Molina Soy Cow
 
This is the building where the soy cow (vaca mechanica) is now housed.
 
Our Clubs, in conjunction with La Molina Viejo, have been instrumental in setting up:
1. Dental clinics, with more than 4,000 people treated in 4 years.
 
 
The Oshkosh Clubs provided $1,000 in supplies to make fillings.
 
2.  A public library with more than 1,000 books donated and two copy machines and computers.
 
3. An orphanage, La Sagrada Familia.  Here is a YouTube link to what is happening at the orphanage these days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbdkcYy2DtM
 
The orphanage started out with 180 children from 3 months to age 16. Now, it houses nearly 600 kids, provides a school and vocational training to the students. It also provides dental and medical care. 
 
The orphanage for the opening of a new dormitory.
 
 
4. Nadine Siebers organized a clothing drive to send clothing to the orphans, which was greatly appreciated.
The kids enjoyed helping each other pick out clothes.
 
The kids trying on "new" clothes.
 
5. A mobile medical clinic that moves from neighborhood to neighborhood around every two weeks to provide care.
 
The mobile medical clinic (5 trailers in all)  provides care to all, including pregnant mothers and babies.
 
 
This is a picture of how people in the La Molina area live.
 
The people live in cardboard boxes, like refrigerator boxes, plywood shacks, etc. It's a arid area with little rain so boxes and plywood will protect them for months/years.
 
Ralph says this is why we work in Peru ... to help the children.  A typical neighborhood in the background.
 
Ralph noted that a trip is being planned to visit La Molina Viejo Rotary Club in late October/November, for anyone who is interested.
 
Ralph and Michael estimate that as many 1,000 people from Oshkosh have visited the Lima area as a result of the Oshkosh Rotary Clubs involvement there, including many Rotarians, UW-O students, and travelers who have participated in tours sponsored by the Kitz & Pfiel group.
 
 
 
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:  People Who Grieve Can Live Again
 “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”
– William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act III, Scene III
 
Mourning is about reality. At the very beginning, your body tries to save you, to keep you from taking the full thrust of your grief. You find that you use phrases to help you take that loss in small increments so that you can stand the pain, bit by bit. You may hear yourself say that your loved one is lost, or gone, or that he isn’t with you anymore. However, you must be brutally honest with yourself here by saying that your loved one is dead. You must be authentic and clear … you must be real. Only by “looking death in the eye” can you strengthen and redeem your wounding. For “only the wounded healer can heal.”
 
In ancient Judaism, there is a story about the covering of your heart being torn at the time of death. In fact, there is even such a ritual, in which a piece of your jacket lapel is torn at the cemetery edge during a funeral. This rending of your heart, which is symbolized by the tearing of your clothing, reminds you that your wounding opens you to the opportunity of redemption—for as the defenses that socialize you and keep you intact are torn away, you become your undefended self, the real you. From this place of openness and vulnerability, you can connect, in an undefended way, to both your intuition and essential self, allowing you to communicate and interact consciously with others.
 
For, in this earliest stage of grieving, you feel detached, losing the ability to focus and concentrate. This distraction is a way to deal with pain. Yet if you face the pain, if you are honest with yourself, if your language expresses your true feelings, then out of the pain can come healing, and out of that pain, you can reconstruct a new way of living. It is not about recovery—don’t use up your energy in that way—it is about being authentic and clear with your feelings and letting yourself have them.
 
This is the first time that anger pokes its ugly head up, out of the wound in your heart. You feel like an amputee. A part of you has died, and yet, like an amputee, you still feel the phantom pain of the loss of your loved one.
People who have historically handled their feelings by repressing them will reach for that pattern once again. Instead, allow your anger to come up, and even though it is painful, express it outwardly. Otherwise, your anger will find a place to reside, and the only place left to you is inside. This internalization of your anger is how you get sick. This is how you get crazy. This is the stage in which you have to think about the simplest realities of life and take care of your basic needs, such as eating, sleeping, physical requirements, and health. You have to treat yourself gently, as if you were your own child.
 
The first stage was courage and choice. These are the things that you must choose to do for yourself, and have the courage with which to follow through. Unfortunately, we all wish that we could rely on others—mates look to one another, children look to parents, and parents look to outside friends and family.  On some level, each of these connections has its place. On the other hand, since everyone in your immediate family has suffered the death of a loved one, there is little capacity within the nuclear unit to help one another. There is only your own resource, and you must reach for it, as “the only way out is through.”  Now, when you have lost your equilibrium, it is important to find a stable and balanced way to approach the day-to-day of living. For example, there will be times, even in the darkest hours of your grief, where something will strike you as funny and make you laugh—that is a good thing. On the other hand, if you go overboard and find ways to make yourself feel better by using food, alcohol, sex, or drugs to an extreme, then you will be out of balance. The key is to stay conscious—to pay attention to yourself and to deliberately avoid using self-destructive means to suppress your pain.
 
People who grieve can live again. The key is to give yourself permission to grieve. Such feelings are so powerful that if you do not experience and express them, they remain inside, causing illness and even death. Take inner time for yourself through journaling, meditation, prayer, and any creative activity that allows you to express actively what is difficult to express verbally If possible, find a grief counselor to guide you and your family through this process, so that at a certain time, on a specific date, you will confront your grief in a safe and contained environment.
 
Right now, think about those things that will help to complete this strategy:
  • Take care of yourself. Nurture yourself and get plenty of rest.
  • Create a routine that helps you pay attention to the practicalities of life, including your work and social calendar. Getting back into a routine will help return you to a pattern of balance and stability.
  • Recognize that men and women grieve differently, and use my empathic process to reestablish a connection with your mate and other family members.
  • Create new routines and rituals to help you through the grieving process. Rituals allow you to begin anew, reconnecting you to your inner core and thus guiding you up out of the descent.
  • List three things you’d like to let go of in your life (things, people, and feelings) and do it.
 
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