Posted by David Hayford on Jul 13, 2018
President Christy Marquardt announced that she has chosen the fight against human trafficking as the beneficiary of our Happy $$. She has not selected the organization, though. She is seeking the one that will benefit Oshkosh the most.
Dave Sennholz got the human trafficking campaign off to a great start with an $80 donation, in honor of his 80th birthday on Saturday, July 7. Happy Birthday, Dave.
Chanda Anderson -- was happy to re-introduce herself to the Club and said she is hoping to get back into being involved in Rotary now that her business expansion opportunity is up and running. She gave $3, one to make up for the one she missed last week.
I gave a Happy $ because I had a "entertaining and amusing, though not necessarily informative" (my assessment) column published in the Northwestern. But I was happy because ultra-liberal Gordon Hintz told me he agreed with me. That is probably a first. I am not whether to be flattered or worried. Gordon did interject that he did not agree with the entire article. He probably objected to the idea of Stormy Daniels as the Democratic Presidential candidate in 2020. 
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Mark Harris gave $5 in support of the rescue efforts for the soccer team, which John Vette matched.
Karen Schibline is happy that she and Steve purchased a new motorcycle.
Happy $ for July 9th David Hayford 2018-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Hayford on Jul 13, 2018
July 16 Meeting -- President Christy Marquardt announced that the Club's meeting on July 16 will be held at Evergreen, with a tour of the new facilities there. More info next week.
Raffle is at $60, which Bill Bracken will win later in the month.
EAA Volunteer Opps -- Nikole Vergin reminded members that volunteers are still needed for various jobs at EAA. Recall our Club volunteers in return for use of the EAA Nature Center Pavilion to host the annual International Rotary Corn Roast during EAA AirVenture. Lori Renning recently sent an e-mail outlining the various volunteer opportunities. Don't forget you get a free pass to EAA for one day in return for volunteering.
Nikole also mentioned that volunteers - and donations - are needed for the Back to School Fair.
And volunteers are needed Labor Day weekend for Wisconsin' Best Rib Fest. Sign-up sheets will be available today and weeks to come. Make a commitment to help make this joint Rotary project a success again.
Karen Schibline mentioned that Rib Fest tickets are available. $5 for daily pass and $20 for the weekend. The weekend pass also allows patrons to come and go freely throughout the event.
Shared Harvest -- Michael Audit said the schedule for volunteers for Shared Harvest is "pretty well set" for the next couple of weeks ... or it was until Kathy Propp advised Michael that she and her husband would not be available to help as scheduled on July 21. Contact Michael if you can assist on that date or any other date in the future.  Shared Harvest gathers fruits and vegetables from the vendors at the end of the Farmer's Market on Saturday. Time required is from about 11:30 to 12:30 to pull wagons around and ask for donations from vendors.
Runway 5K -- Sue Panek reminded us that EAA has chosen the United Way as the recipient of the monies raised during its annual Runway 5K race, which will be held on Saturday, July 28. Sue noted that 80 volunteers will be needed and all volunteers will receive a wristband to attend the event that day. (Note Saturday evening is the second night air show and fireworks display, and your wristband is good through that activity.) Volunteers are needed at various times form 5 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Sue passed around a sign-up sheet. She noted that all volunteers will receive a LiveUnited t-shirt to wear that day.
President Christy announced there will be a going away party for Michel on Wednesday, July 18th. It will be an outside event at the Best Western. She may have given the times, but I missed it. Final details this week.
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Posted by David Hayford on Jul 13, 2018
President Christy Marquardt started the meeting early, at 12:10. Though there was a reason for that.
Greeter John Menn was headed to a table with his plateful of food. But he recovered in time to offer a reflection and lead the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Enthusiastic greeter John Menn.
Deb Wirtz informed us that it is Bow Tie day, though the Club was obviously unaware. Not a bow tie to be found. It is also "don't put all your eggs in one basket day." Did not see any eggs or baskets, either. Finally, it is also National Sugar Cookie Day. I believe there were sugar cookies on the dessert tray.
Guests included Kari Seefeldt of Southwest and Marlo Van Daren, newly installed President of the E-Club. Other guests included new Superintendent of Schools (and potential member??) Vickie Cartwright, former member Chanda Anderson eager to re-join the Club. 
Chanda Anderson
Beverly Harrington introduced Kathy Murphy and Lynn Artz of the Oshkosh Fine Arts Association. The Association held an art fair in South Park for many years. They announced a new fundraiser, the Plein Art Festival, coming up August 16 - 19. Details below:
Lynn Artz and Kathy Murphy
Finally, Sue Panek introduced today's speakers from Reach, Elizabeth Van Abel and Bryan Wright. Sue explained that she had to leave early for another meeting, so wanted to introduce the speakers before she left. That solved the mystery of why the meeting started early.
Prayer & Pledge for July 9th David Hayford 2018-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Hayford on Jul 13, 2018
Tamara Mugerauer will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our meeting will be at Evergreen, 1130 N. Westfield Street.  Park in the lot at the main entrance
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Posted by David Hayford on Jul 06, 2018
Elizabeth Van Abel and Bryan Wright required no introduction. Because Sue Panek had done so before she left. The topic is Cyber-Bullying.
Americans spend an average of 11 hours per day on "screen time" for non-work related activities. To me, a Luddite stuck in the 1980's with my flip phone, that in ieself is a huge problem. The speakers, though, provided additional warning signs of potential dangers. Over importance in one's life. Negative impacts to one's life. Mood alterations. Withdrawal
Most kids are not getting into trouble online. But there are potential dangers. 88% of teens have access to a laptop computer. 72% have access to a smartphone. 38% believe they could not go a day without online access.
Social media allows for fast spread of information, easy access, connection world-wide. But also allows access to inappropriate material and cyber-bullying. 
Bryan Wright
There is a huge problem of loneliness with many teens. They have worldwide access. But few or no personal relationships. Many resort to sexting to "develop a sense of sexual identity." Or are sexually curious. The danger comes with online predators. 
That can lead to cyber-bullying, That differs from regular bullying because "it spreads faster, has a wider audience, follows victims home, don't feel safe at school, and can be hard to prove." Warning signs include the loss of friends, illness (real or feigned), difficulty sleeping, declining grades, or other signs of withdrawal. 
Elizabeth Van Abel
What can parents do?  The key is open lines of communication between parent and child. Parents should be pro-active, not reactive, if they observe the warning signs. Elizabeth suggested that parents know passwords their children are using, in order to monitor usage. "Trust, but verify."  Limits should be place on usage. Family time is important.
The speakers mentioned that Reach works with 20,000 individuals. And there is a waiting list. Staffing issues prevent helping even more.
As Editor, I can say I am glad I am not raising children in today's environment. I do nit envy my children dealing with these issues with my grandchildren. Truly frightening. Very good presentation.
Program for July 9th David Hayford 2018-07-06 05:00:00Z 0