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Feb 05, 2018
Life in Germany ..Greeter: Karlene Grabner
Feb 12, 2018
Joining 2 & 4 Year UW Campuses....Greeter: Marjorie Griffing
Feb 19, 2018
New Tax Laws . . Greeter: Ralph Gunderson
Feb 26, 2018
Poverty & Homelessness in Oshkosh....Greeter:
Mar 05, 2018
Conflict/Communication. . Greeter:
Mar 12, 2018
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Meeting Information for Monday, February 5, 2018
Karlene Grabner will greet members and guests, give a reflection, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Michel, our Rotary Exchange Student, will present a program on "Life in Germany." 
Prayer and Pledge for January 29, 2018
Jeff Gilderson-Duwe greeted members and guests and led the Club in a reflection and the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Jeff (right) greets member David Hayford
 
Jeff noted that the Rotary song was written in 1923. He shared that Bob Bruce (now an honorary member) played the piano for the recording of our song. Jeff also noted that Bob Fick was the person who started the single clap tradition at the end of the song.
 
Sergeant-at-Arms shared that Monday was: National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day; National Curmudgeon Day; National Free Thinker Day; National Corn Chips Appreciation Day; and National Crossword Puzzle Day.  Guests included: James Chitwood (Southwest Rotary) ; Patti Andresen-Shew and Julie Conrad (speakers); Denise Pamish, Bailey Lewellyn, Bart Gerrits, Doug and Shiela Shoenfeldt, Adam Stoward, Kelly Nagorny, Carolyn Kerknol, Lexi Oleire, Brandon ?, Alyssa Wilshein, Michaela Smith, and Deb Houts (all associated with the CNA nursing scholarships).
 
Christy Marquardt announced that the raffle kitty stood at $145, and Ralph Gunderson was the lucky winner of $72.50.
 
Ralph Gunderson
 
RYE Student Michel announced that he's going to run a 1/2 marathon with his host brother and is working on talking his host dad, John, into running as well.  And, he will give us an awesome presentation about Germany next week.
 
Michel 
 
 
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News You Can Use/Announcements
 
Souper Bowl -- Our Club's annual Souper Bowl drive is underway and will run through February 4.  Our goal is to gather 250 cans of soup to deliver to local food pantries. A prize will be offered to the member donating the most cans of soup.
 
Meeting First for Glenn Steinbrecher -- Glenn noted that this was the first meeting he's attended where he sat with a table of all women.  A great first for him!
Happy $$ for January 29
David Hayford -- was happy to be at the meeting...and celebrating 11 weeks from his open-heart surgery.
 
Tom Willadsen -- was happy to have the "big ass" Trivia Contest trophy at his table.  The OASD Trivia Contest is this Friday, Feb. 2.  Go Team Oshkosh Rotary!         
 
Bev Harrington -- is happy because their son from Portland, ME is planning to visit later this month ... and because she was sitting next to awesome RYE student Michel.
 
Gail Schwab -- was happy to note that both Bob Bruce and Bob Fick sold real estate with Gail and Dennis ... and she believes they were instrumental in getting Dennis into the Rotary Club.
 
Karen Schibline -- was happy to have the remembrances of both Bobs.
 
Mark Rohloff -- was happy because his son performed in the play "My Fair Lady," playing the part of Alfred Doolittlel.
 
Jim Chitwood -- was happy to recall that he learned lessons about budgeting from Bob Fick, while serving on the Council at Algoma United Methodist Church. He recalled the Bob's advice was, "Set a realistic budget and pray."
 
John Fuller -- offered thanks to Christy Marquardt for filling in for him at last week's meeting, noting that he heard she did an awesome job!
 
                                       
Program for January 29, 2018
President John Fuller introduced Patti Andresen-Shew from the Chamber, who, along with Julie Conrad from OASD, presented a program about the summer CNA program and introduced several of the scholarship winners.
 
Patti Andresen Shew
 
Julie Conrad
 
Patti thanked our Rotary Club for sponsoring the CNA scholarships, noting that without that support, the program wouldn't be able to take place. 
 
Students from both Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West apply for the scholarships. The students must have a GPA off 3.0 and have teacher recommendations. Each year, 12 students are chosen to participate. During the summer, the students attend classes at Fox Valley Technical College to learn how to be a CNA. At the end of their class work, they must pass a state test.  Patti was happy to announce that all 12 students passed the written and practical tests this year.  
 
Following that, the students interview at Evergreen, Miraveda, Aurora and Mercy for positions as CNAs. They must accrue 450 hours of CNA work through the next summer to complete the CNA training. 
 
Julie Conrad noted that this is the third year for the program and also thanked the Club for its support.  She said program allows the students to quickly learn if the medical field is where they want to work.
 
Ralph Gunderson reflected on helping get the program started, noting that having the ability to earn a CNA certificate while in high school is a great benefit for those pursuing nursing degrees post high school, as most nursing schools require the students to have a CNA certificate to enter their nursing programs.
 
Representatives from Ascension Mercy, Aurora, and Evergreen noted that the program has been beneficial to their facilities, providing access to CNAs for a longer period of time.
 
Some of the CNA Scholarship winners.
 
President Fuller asked Christy Marquardt to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
 
200 homeless 
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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: Zika Virus Could Be Used to Treat Brain Cancer Patients, Study Suggests
 
Recent outbreaks of Zika virus have revealed that the virus causes brain defects in unborn children. But in a study published last fall in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California, San Diego report that the virus could eventually be used to target and kill cancer cells in the brain.
 
Glioblastoma is the most common form of brain cancer and is frequently lethal; most patients die within two years of diagnosis. Just like normal, healthy tissues, the growth and development of glioblastomas is driven by stem cells that proliferate and give rise to other tumor cells. Glioblastoma stem cells are hard to kill because they can avoid the body's immune system and are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation. But killing these cells is vital to prevent new tumors from recurring after the original tumor has been surgically removed.
 
"It is so frustrating to treat a patient as aggressively as we know how, only to see his or her tumor recur a few months later. We wondered whether nature could provide a weapon to target the cells most likely responsible for this return," says Milan Chheda from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
 
One approach to killing cancer stem cells involves using viruses that specifically target tumor cells. Zika virus appears to disrupt fetal brain development by preferentially targeting neural stem and progenitor cells. The virus' effects on adult brains--which contain fewer active stem cells that developing fetal brains--are generally much less severe.
 
"We hypothesized that the preference of Zika virus for neural precursor cells could be leveraged against glioblastoma stem cells," says Michael Diamond, also from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who co-directed the study with Milan Chheda and with Jeremy Rich, from the University of California, San Diego and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute.
 
The researchers found that Zika virus preferentially infected and killed patient-derived glioblastoma stem cells compared with other glioblastoma cell types or normal neural cells. When mice with aggressive glioma were injected with a mouse-adapted strain of Zika virus, the virus slowed tumor growth and significantly extended the animals' lifespan.
 
The researchers then tested a mutant strain of Zika that is less virulent than naturally occurring strains of the virus. This "attenuated" strain, which is more sensitive to the body's immune response, was still able to specifically target and kill glioblastoma stem cells and was even more effective when combined with a chemotherapy drug, temozolomide, which usually has little effect on these cells. "This effort represents the creative synthesis of three research groups with complementary expertise to attack a deadly cancer by harnessing the cause of another disease," says Jeremy Rich. "Adults with Zika may suffer less damage from their infection, suggesting that this approach could be used with acceptable toxicity."
 
"Our study is a first step towards the development of safe and effective strains of Zika virus that could become important tools in neuro-oncology and the treatment of glioblastoma," says Diamond. "However, public health concerns will need to be addressed through pre-clinical testing and evaluations of the strains' ability to disseminate or revert to more virulent forms."
 
 
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