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Oct 15, 2018
Meeting at The Howard ( Former Eagles Club) . . . Greeter: Michael Rust
Oct 22, 2018
Rotary Water & Sanitation Grant Initiatives . . . . Greeter: John Schatz
Oct 29, 2018
Wittman Regional Airport . . . Greeter: Karen Schibline
Nov 05, 2018
Our 351 Sons . . .Greeter: Vicki Schroeder
Nov 12, 2018
Greeter: Gail Schwab
Nov 19, 2018
Oshkosh Police Department.....Greeter:
Nov 26, 2018
Dec 03, 2018
Civil War Heaven Intended... Greeter:
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Meeting Information for October 15th
Michael Rust will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
The meeting this week will be at "The Howard" which is the former Eagles Club on Washington Street at the railroad tracks. There is a lot of road construction in the area. Take Waugoo or Merritt to Broad. There is parking lot entry on Broad.; Enter through side door at The Howard.
Prater & Pledge for October 8th
As I understand it, Mark Rohloff was scheduled to be Greeter. He was at the meeting, but did not greet. I suppose, as intrepid reporter, I should get to the bottom of this story. But I fear it will not be very interesting.
 
Tom Willadsen filled in with Prayer and Pledge.
 
Tom Willadsen
 
Michael Rust introduced guests. Southwest members Bob Stauffer and Kim Johnson joined us. Vickie Cartright was a guest of the Club. And Alan Ott introduced his guest - and boss - Congressman Glenn Grothman.
 
Congressman Grothman
 
Michael Rust. He told no jokes today. No joke.
 
Ada Thimke announced that the raffle is at $125, with three more weeks to go.
 
Ada Thimke giving raffle report
 
Sofia updated us on her activities for the week. She attended the homecoming football game and dance. Below is a Facebook photo of her ready for the Homecoming Dance.
She also climbed Dundee Mountain with the Schibline family. Apparently that is a family tradition. I had never heard of Dundee Mountain, so did some research. Wikipedia informed me that it is located in the Kettle Moraine Forest. "Dundee is known for its numerous UFO sightings. Residents gather each year for a festival called 'UFO Daze.' "
The mountain is 1,201 feet tall. Now you know more than you ever wanted about Dundee Mountain.
 
 
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New you can use - this week's announcements
Chili Cook-Off  -- is set for Saturday, October 13th. It will be held at a new location - the Leach Amphitheater.  Karen Schibline circulated a volunteers sign-up sheet. Proceeds will benefit the Day by Day Warming Shelter. There will be 14 teams competing, including YOUR OSHKOSH Rotary team. Ten local restaurants will also be providing chili. There will be a plethora of children's activities. Gates open at 11. Come and support YOUR team.
Festival of Gratitude and Potluck Dinner --Tom Willadsen reminded members about  the 9th annual Thanksgiving Festival of Gratitude, which will be Monday, November 19th at 7 p.m. There will be an interfaith pot-luck dinner at the Mosque beginning at 5 p.m. He requested help in translating the announcement about the potluck dinner into various languages. If you or someone you know is fluent in a foreign language, please assist Tom.
 
Tom provided this update:
 
I’ve got posters in
Aarabic
Dari
English
Hebrew
Hmong
Malay
Polish
Russian
Spanish &
Welsh.
 
I’m happy to send them out to anyone who wants one.
 
Also, if people know languages not listed, I’d be happy to send them the English version to translate.
 
 
 
Socktober -- President Christy MArquardt again asked members to bring new socks of any size to donate. Socks will be collected through the month of October and then donated to the Day-by-Day Warming Shelter, Salvation Army and Christine Anne center. Socks for adults and/or children are welcome. There will be a tub by the reception table every week.

Meeting at The Howard -- President Christy advised that the October 15 meeting will be held at The Howard. David Hayford provided directions to wend your way through the construction. See above,
 
Polio Plus Day. Christy Marquardt announced that October 24th is Polio Plus Day. There will be a benefit at the Ground Rounds with a % of drink proceeds contributed to figh Polio.
 

 
Happy $$ for October 8
President Christy Marquardt announced that she has chosen the fight against human trafficking as the beneficiary of our Happy Dollars 
 
Michael Rust was happy for a trip to Pittsburgh. He was elected to the board of directors to the organization holding the event. Your reporter failed to note that bit of information. It will be a good conversation starter when you see Michael this week.
 
A happy Michael Rust
 
Liz Rice-Janzen was happy to have celebrated her husband's 65th birthday. Though I believe, at this point one acknowledges birthdays rather than clebrate.
 
Ada Thimke was happy to note that she and Bill just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary.
 
Ada Thimke
 
Kim Johnson reported that her daughter, a senior at Lourdes, has accepted a volleyball scholarship at UW Milwaukee. Go Panthers!
 
Kim Johnson
 
Jolene Heuchert reported that her daughter performed in a play at UW Fox Valley
 
Jolene
 
Tom Harenburg gave his moose report upon his return from Montana. He reported seeing 39 black bears, including one on his porch. Upon questioning from your reporter, he admitted some sightings might be duplicates.
 
Tom Harenburg
 
Dave Sennholz was happy because his grandson Jacob graduated from UW Stevens Point. He (Jacob) also has a job announcing hockey games in Wausau.
 
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Program for October 8
Club member John Jorgensen informed Club members about Winnebago County Drug Court, John is Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 5.
 
Drug Courts have been in existence within the United States since the early 1990's and have been touted for their ability to assess and treat those with drug addictions which develop into criminal activity. The Winnebago County Safe Streets Drug Court Program was established in 2006 and has been utilized to address the steadily increasing local substance abuse problem. As opposed to the traditional sentencing associated with substance-related felony charges, Drug Court utilizes program conditions focused on rehabilitation and supervision to address underlying issues that lead to the criminal activity.
 
This program is designed for non-violent offenders whose crimes are associated with drug addiction. The target population is those who are committing crimes to support their addiction. The focus of the program is to reduce recidivism, change offenders’ lives, and save tax dollars. Within the program, participants are randomly and frequently given urine analysis and are intensely supervised. They are asked to find full time jobs and are congratulated when their goals are met.  
 
 The typical Drug Court participant has a damaged brain from excessive drug usage. He/she is deceitful and manipulative. There are no positive support groups, and the only “friends” are other users and suppliers. There are often mental health issues. And often prior criminal convictions.
 
Participants in the program receive inpatient treatment. They are closely monitored by the probation officer and case manager. Community service is expected. Eventually obtaining employment and becoming a contributing member of society again is the goal. There are weekly Court reviews to monitor progress. After 18 months to 2 years, participants are ready for graduation. Requirements include being drug free, being a productive citizen, re-integrating into society and family, and having a plan in case of relapse. That plan includes a sponsor, NA, and sober friends.
 
National, state, and local studies demonstrate the success of Drug Courts. A 2014 report studied the results of the Winnebago County Program from 2006-2011. The graduation rate for those admitted to the program was 42%, a bit less than the national average of 50%. Those who graduate are far less likely than plan participants who fail to do so to Re-offend.
 
Judge Jorgensen than introduced Kurtis Rodriguez (who gave permission to use his name). who will be graduating from the program in a month. Kurtis related his story.
Kurtis is 26 years old. He grew up in Oshkosh, in an “upper middle-class home” His parents are both professionals with master’s degrees. He began experimenting with drugs in high school, though he still managed to graduate with an excellent GPA.
 
He went on to school for a nursing degree but dropped out as a senior because drugs were his primary concern. He had graduated to heroin by then. His heroin habit cost $200 per days, which was funded through selling drugs and other criminal activity. His low point came when his father discovered him passed out from a heroin overdose in the basement of the family home. Hi mother saved his life. He realized at that point that continuing his lifestyle would end with death or life in jail.
 
He stopped using in July 2016 and has been clean since. He has a job in the construction industry. He makes presentations to high school students to try to keep them from replicating his mistakes. As mentioned, he will be graduating soon.
 
Kurtis received a standing ovation for his demonstration of honesty and courage. It truly hit home for those of us who have dealt with a loved one fighting the demon of addiction. We pray that Kurtis maintains the strength to stay sober. He certainly appears to be a special young man.
In response to a question, Kurtis stated that drugs are easily obtainable here in Oshkosh. They are not limited by location or social status.
Thanks to Judge Jorgensen and Kurtis for an enlightening, and frightening, presentation.
 
 
 
 
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: How to eat mindfully in the real world — and that doesn’t mean distraction-free
There’s a Zen proverb, “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” Unfortunately, modern society seems to follow this adage: “When walking, check your cellphone. When eating, check your cellphone.” Because our food intake seems to rise as our ability to focus falls, the diet and wellness industries have issued edicts to eat mindfully and eliminate mealtime distractions. Though well-meaning, this advice only adds to the pressure of a fast-paced world in which multitasking (within reason) can help us keep up.
Yes, mindful eating, and mindfulness itself, have value. But do we really need to shut off everyone and everything around us to enjoy their benefits? To answer this question, we need to understand the concepts of mindful eating and distracted eating, how these practices might or might not affect weight, and the role each can play in your daily life.
 
What is mindful eating, and why do it?
Mindful eating means increasing interoceptive awareness — the awareness of bodily sensations — as you eat. That means paying attention to sensations of hunger and satiety — the reduction of appetite and/or hunger after eating. It also means being aware of other physical sensations such as tension, fatigue and thirst, and emotional states such as anxiety or boredom.
Mindful eating is often promoted as a weight-loss tool. If you’ve been mindlessly overeating, and being mindful helps you make more attuned decisions about how much to eat, that could result in weight loss. Many studies have shown that eating mindfully helps reduce emotional eating, eating in response to visual cues in the absence of hunger and binge eating. Some study participants also lost weight. But there’s no guarantee.
The Center for Mindful Eating defines mindful eating as:
•Allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your inner wisdom.
•Using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is satisfying to you and nourishing to your body.
•Acknowledging responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment.
•Becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide when you begin and end eating.
Nowhere does it say, “eat without any distractions.”
So, where does distraction come in?
Many people seem to assume that mindful eating means eliminating distractions, though that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, for many people struggling with eating disorders or a conflicted relationship with food, mindful eating may increase anxiety during meals, while distraction may be therapeutic.
For the rest of us, research does show that eating while distracted can lead to increased food intake at that meal and the next meal, in part because it affects our memory of what and how much we ate. The reality, however, is that eating completely without distraction is impractical. If you like to fit in a walk at lunch time, you may need to eat at your desk. When you eat with others, it would be rude — and sad — to shun conversation. One of your great joys might be reading a good book or a favorite magazine while dining solo.
One helpful distinction to keep in mind comes from a 2013 study published in the journal Appetite. It found there are two forms of distraction connected with food — distraction from hunger and distraction from eating.
Researchers randomized participants to eat while doing a driving simulation, watching television, talking with a researcher or sitting alone with no distraction. The drivers were so distracted from both hunger and eating that they ate a small amount, mindlessly, while those watching television were distracted from hunger but not from eating, so they mindlessly ate a large amount. Those who interacted with the researchers were distracted from eating but still aware of their hunger. They ate little, probably because it’s awkward to eat alone while a stranger watches. Eating completely alone allowed attention to both hunger and eating — in other words, mindful eating.
How to eat mindfully in the real world
As we’ve already established, eating completely without distraction is impractical. And I don’t believe it’s necessary. We can pay attention to both hunger and eating, and still enjoy a book or dine at our desks. Here are some tips:
•Whenever you have the urge to eat, ask yourself: “Am I truly hungry or do I want to eat for another reason?” Become aware of non-hunger eating triggers such as thoughts, feelings or environmental cues that prompt a desire to eat. This includes boredom and procrastination.
•Practice noticing bodily sensations of hunger and satiety before and during meals and snacks, including how these sensations change as the meal ­progresses.
•Decide which meals might be easiest to practice mindfulness. Take a few breaths before starting the meal and make a point of noticing how the food looks and smells. Then, tune into the first few bites, noticing the initial flavor, texture and other sensations.
•While dining, periodically turn your attention from your book, phone or companion, and back to your food. Does it still taste good? When your enjoyment of the food starts to wane, it may be time to stop eating.
•Pre-portion your food if you know you must eat while deeply distracted, such as in front of the television or while powering through work at your desk.
•If you find it difficult to eat without distraction, find a distraction less likely to lead to overindulging. One of my patients broke her habit of mindlessly overeating in front of the TV by orienting her table so she could eat more mindfully while enjoying the view out her window.
•Note your hunger and fullness five to 10 minutes after eating, and for the next few hours.
The value of mindful eating does not lie in its utility as a weight-loss tool. With practice and time, it can be a powerful way to unite the mind and body during the eating experience, creating a more balanced and satisfying relationship with food. Aim to practice without a specific goal in mind — it’s about being in the present moment, not crossing a finish line.
 
 
 
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