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Mary Jones
Jan 22, 2018
Day by Day Warming Shelter...Greeter: Jeff Gilderson-Duwe
Jan 29, 2018
CNA Program & Youth Apprenticeships...Greeter: Shaheda Govani
Feb 05, 2018
Greeter: Karlene Grabner
Feb 12, 2018
Joining 2 & 4 Year UW Campuses....Greeter: Marjorie Griffing
Feb 19, 2018
Greeter: Ralph Gunderson
Feb 26, 2018
Poverty & Homelessness in Oshkosh....Greeter:
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Meeting Information for Monday, Jan. 22, 2018
Jeff Gilderson-Duwe will greet members and guests, give a reflection, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Lorraine Yarborough will present a program on the Day-by-Day Warming Shelter.
Prayer and Pledge for January 15, 2018
Lori Renning filled in for Joe Ferlo as today's greeter, and led the Club in a reflection and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Sergeant-at-Arms Deb Wirtz offered that in addition to it being Martin Luther King Day, it was also National Elementary School Teacher Day, National Day of Service, National Fresh Squeeze Juice Day, National Hat Day, and National Strawberry Ice Cream Day.  She introduced the day's guest, which included: Bill Thimke and James Chitwood (Southwest Rotary) and Craig Burnett (Ass't. District Governor).
Christy Marquardt noted that the raffle kitty stands at $90, with two weeks to go before the drawing.
RYE Student Michel shared that he shoveled snow at his new awesome host parents' home, hung out with some friends over the weekend, and wrote an essay. His favorite American food so far -- Culver's butterburger.
News You Can Use: This Week's Announcements
OASD Trivia Contest -- Tom Willadsen advised members that the 4th annual Oshkosh Area School District's annual trivia contest will be held on Friday, Feb. 2. Tom noted that team member David Hayford is declining to participate this year as he continues to heal from open-heart surgery, so Tom asked for volunteers to fill his position.  Jeff Gilderson-Duwe volunteered to join the team. The Oshkosh Rotary Club team will be defending its champion title. (They've won the past 2 years!)
Tom Willadsen offers dessert to Jim Chitwood. (There is absolutely no truth to the rumor that Tom was attempting to "influence" Jim, who is an official of the OASD Trivia Contest.)
Souper Bowl -- Nikole Vergin noted that our Club's annual Souper Bowl drive will begin next Monday and run through February 4.  Our goal is to gather 250 cans of soup to deliver to local food pantries.
Nikole Vergin
Board Meeting -- Our Club's Board of Directors met on Tuesday, January 16, for its monthly meeting.
Rotary Theme for 2018 -- Cathy Zimmerman announced that Rotary's theme for 2019 will be "Be an inspiration."
Cathy Zimmerman
Program for January 15, 2018
Monday's meeting was a President's Choice meeting, and President John Fuller shared two YouTube videos about Martin Luther King, including his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
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:  An Unlikely Tool to Combat Diabetes: Chocolate
What if eating chocolate helped prevent and treat diabetes? It’s crazy enough to laugh off.
But here’s the thing: BYU researchers have discovered certain compounds found in cocoa can actually help your body release more insulin and respond to increased blood glucose better. Insulin is the hormone that manages glucose, the blood sugar that reaches unhealthy levels in diabetes.
Of course, there’s a catch.
“You probably have to eat a lot of cocoa, and you probably don’t want it to have a lot of sugar in it,” said study author Jeffery Tessem, assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food science at BYU. “It’s the compound in cocoa you’re after.”
When a person has diabetes, their body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t process blood sugar properly. At the root of that is the failure of beta cells, whose job it is to produce insulin. The new study, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, finds beta cells work better and remain stronger with an increased presence of epicatechin monomers, compounds found naturally in cocoa.
To discover this, collaborators at Virginia Tech first fed the cocoa compound to animals on a high-fat diet. They found that by adding it to the high-fat diet, the compound would decrease the level of obesity in the animals and would increase their ability to deal with increased blood glucose levels.
The BYU team, comprised of graduate and undergraduate students in Tessem's lab and the labs of Ben Bikman and Jason Hansen (BYU professors of physiology and developmental biology), then dove in and dissected what was happening on the cellular level — specifically, the beta cell level. That’s when they learned cocoa compounds named epicatechin monomers enhanced beta cells’ ability to secrete insulin.
“What happens is it's protecting the cells, it's increasing their ability to deal with oxidative stress,” Tessem said. “The epicatechin monomers are making the mitochondria in the beta cells stronger, which produces more ATP (a cell’s energy source), which then results in more insulin being released.”
While there has been a lot of research on similar compounds over the past decade, no one has been able to pinpoint which ones are the most beneficial or how exactly they bring about any benefit — until now. This research shows the epicatechin monomers, the smallest of the compounds, are the most effective.
“These results will help us get closer to using these compounds more effectively in foods or supplements to maintain normal blood glucose control and potentially even delay or prevent the onset of type-2 diabetes,” said study co-author Andrew Neilson, assistant professor of food science at Virginia Tech.
But rather than stocking up on the sugar-rich chocolate bars at the checkout line, researchers believe the starting point is to look for ways to take the compound out of cocoa, make more of it and then use it as a potential treatment for current diabetes patients. This research was funded, in part, thanks to grants from the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation and the American Diabetes Association.