Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Bulletin Editor
Mary Jones
Nov 12, 2018
Thanksgiving Festival Greeter: Gail Schwab
Nov 19, 2018
Oshkosh Police Department.....Greeter: David Sennholz
Nov 26, 2018
Greeter: James Stahl
Dec 03, 2018
Civil War Heaven Intended... Greeter: Glenn Steinbrecker
Dec 10, 2018
Salvation Army
Dec 17, 2018
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 31, 2018
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Meeting Information for Monday, November 12 2018
Gail Schwab will greet members and guests, give a reflection, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Tom Willadsen will present a program on the Thanksgiving Festival of Gratitude.
Prayer and Pledge for November 5, 2018
Ralph Harrison greeted members and guests meeting in the Oshkosh Convention Center, and led the Club in a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ralph (left)  greets Glenn Steinbrecher.
Deb Wirtz introduced the day's guest -- Julie Leschke (guest of David Hayford). She also shared that Monday was American Football Day, Commercial TV Broadcast Day, and National Donut Appreciation Day.
Deb Wirtz
Ada Thimke reported that the raffle kitty stands at $35. Drawing will be held on Nov. 26th.
RYE Student Sofia shared that enjoyed her first Halloween trick or treating and enjoyed it. Last Saturday, she and Karen attended the musical A Christmas Carol in Fond du Lac. She met her second host family last Sunday and looks forward to living with them. And she made homemade burritos for Karen and her family.
News You Can Use: This Week's Announcements
OCM Cards -- President Christy Marquardt announced the OCM card sales will begin next week, with Nicole Vergin leading that effort. 
Red Badge Awards -- President Christy invited Membership Chairman Jack Klein to join her in presenting Red Badges to new members Dr. Vickie Cartwright, superintendent of the Oshkosh Area School District, and Ben Thompson, marketing manager at 4Imprint.  Karen Schibline and Ada Thimke are their mentors, respectively.
(L-R) Ada Thimke, Ben Thompson, Karen Schibline, Dr. Vickie Cartwright, Jack Klein, and President Christy Marquardt.
Happy $$$ for November 5, 2018
President Christy Marquardt announced that she has chosen the fight against human trafficking as the beneficiary of our Happy Dollars 
Michael Cooney -- announced that he's retired again, although he was Baton Rouge, LA last week working with a client. He also noted that he's been sorting and organizing his Rotary Club photos and noted he has an especially large number of photos of Karen Schibline -- with/without a microphone. 
John Jorgensen -- reported that he and his kids video chatted with former RYE student Michel on Sunday. Michel sends greeting to all. Michel is getting involved in politics, as he said he planned to. He is hoping to join a sub-committee of his hometown's city council. He's also applied to attend an international business school, and he joyfully reported that he's getting his best grade ever in English -- a C- -- thanks to his having spent a year in the U.S. with us. :-)
John was also thankful for the gracious reception given to Curtis during John's recent program on the local drug court. John noted that Curtis and others would be graduating from drug court on Thursday at 10 a.m. on the third floor of the Courthouse and invited any Club members to attend.
John Jorgensen
Dave Sennholz -- offered $10 as he was happy to have helped paint for 2 hours at his daughter's new Damascus Road headquarters, which will be located here in downtown Oshkosh in the old bank on the corner of Main and Algoma.
Liz Rice-Janzen -- was happy to have attended a program in Madison recently where Aurora and ThedaCare received a $20,000 check from the Garding Against Cancer fund...honoring UW-Wisconsin Basketball Coach Greg Gard's father, John Gard. She also mentioned something about Oasis Hair Salon, that I didn't catch. She's also happy that they're ripping carpeting out of their house and that Mercy Medical Center was name the Best Hospital in Winnebago County.
Mark Harris -- is enjoying that U of Michigan is ranked in the top 4 in college football rankings, noting that he earned two degrees from UM.
Jolene Heuchert -- congratulated Sue Panek on her retirement; she also encouraged everyone to vote on Tuesday and noted that the Boys and Girls Club is looking for families to adopt a family during the holiday season.
John Fuller -- is happy that Notre Dame remains undefeated.
Julie Leschke -- offered $10 in gratitude for the warm reception she always receives when she attends our Rotary meetings ... and thanked David Hayford for the invites. She noted that she always enjoys hearing our speakers.
Julie Reschke
Program for November 5, 2018
President Christy introduced John Gillespie, who along with his wife, Jan, founded the Rawhide Boys Ranch.
John Gillespie
John was offering his and Jan's new book, Our 351 Sons, for sale. The book recounts the first 35 years of Rawhide Boy's Ranch's existence. The book is for sale for on Amazon or ($30).  The book is subtitled "Helping Your Grow by Learning to Serve Others."  John noted that the book also contains lots of tips for raising kids. He added that there's lots of white space in the book, making it easier for older eyes to read. It's 330 pages long and contains 130 pictures.  351 is the number of boys who personally lived with John and Jan over the years. 
He recognized Chet Krause of Krause Publishers of Iola, WI and also Oshkosh Truck and the Mosling family for their support of Rawhide. He shared that a special fund has helped them provide copies of the book to all U.S. Senators and Congressmen, as well as all Wisconsin Senators and Assemblymen.
John recounted the story of how he and Jan got started hosting boys. One Sunday a boy named Jerry, age 13, showed up at John and Jan's church where they taught Sunday School. Jerry was very shy, but came back again the next Sunday and asked John and Jan if he could come to their house that afternoon. They replied that they'd have to check with his mom. Jerry told them his mom was working but that she had already said it was okay. John and Jay insisted upon calling his mom, and she said that she was fine with Jerry going to their house.  Then she said, "I'll bring some clothes by for him later."  John and Jan didn't understand what she meant.
At the time they were living in a 2.5 bedroom farmhouse, had one son, with a second on the way.  When the mom came by later that afternoon with a daughter in tow, she had a pile of clothes for Jerry and said, "I've recently remarried and my new husband has given me 30 days to get rid of 2 of my 3 kids. One son has moved in with another family; I need a place for Jerry to live."  And thus began John and Jan's foster care program.  However, they were afoul of the law because they didn't have a foster care license and were having difficulty getting one from the county.  John then shared an interesting story of how a local attorney with Madison connections introduced them to then Lt. Gov. Warren Knowles, who facilitated them getting a foster care license quickly.
John and Jan began to take in other boys, with an average of 10 at a time, and realized there was a great need for this kind of care in the Fox Valley region...and that they needed a bigger home to accommodate the boys. Through various sources they learned that Bart and Cherry Starr had expressed interest in "doing something for local youth" when Bart retired. (This was in 1967.)  Jan kept bugging John to call Bart and John was hesitant. Finally, one day she bugged him enough that he picked up the phone and dialed Information and was astounded that he was able to get Bart and Cherry's phone number.  He called it, Bart answered, John explained why he was calling and Bart said, "Can you come to Green Bay this afternoon."  Shocked, they quickly drove to Green Bay and the Starr home, where they were welcomed late in the afternoon. Cherry was making dinner and John said he'd make his story quick so as not to disturb their dinner whereupon Cherry said, "Well, if all goes well,  you'll be staying for dinner."
John explained their dream of a place like Rawhide but that they needed help in raising money to make their dream come true. John shared that their dream was: 1) that boys at this home would feel like part of the staff; 2) John and Jan planned to live there full time; and 3) it would be a faith-based program, but boys would not be pressured to adopt a religion.
After listening to their plans, Bart and Cherry said they'd like to be involved and asked them to stay for dinner.  The Starrs continued to be involved now, 34 years later, with Bart Starr, Jr. leading the effort today.
John recounted that he and Jan continue to be in contact with about 100 of the young men whom they cared for, with many of them now grandparents.
A Club member encouraged John to highlight the fish fry's that Rawhide holds on the third Friday from May through October.  Info is available at
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:  Fit at Midlife May Prevent Depression, Heart Problems
If you're fit in middle age, you might be guarding against not only depressionas a senior, but also dying from heart disease if you do develop depression, a new study suggests.
Among nearly 18,000 Medicare patients, the most fit were 16 percent less likely to develop depression, the researchers found. The most fit were also 56 percent less likely to die from heart disease if they developed depression, and 61 percent less likely to die from heart disease if they remained free of depression.
"There is a well-known connection between depression and cardiovascular disease," said lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Willis, an epidemiologist at the Cooper Institute in Dallas. People with heart disease are at greater risk for depression, and people who are depressed are at greater risk of a heart attackin later life, he said.
Willis added that this was an observational study, so it can't prove being fit prevents depression or that fitness lowers the risk of dying from heart disease if one is diagnosed with depression.
Dr. Satjit Bhusri, a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said, "Patients should know, however, that depression and fitness are not only intertwined, but also can result in organic changes in their risk of developing heart disease." Bhusri was not involved in the new study.
Willis pointed out that fitness can reduce the risks of both depression and heart disease even over extended periods of time. But only 50 percent of Americans meet the minimum guidelines for aerobic activity -- 150 minutes of exercise a week, Willis said.
The good news is that the benefits of exercise kick in regardless of how old you are when you start, he added.
"It is never too late to get off the couch," Willis said. Examples of moderate to vigorous activity include walking, joggingswimming and cycling.
"Always consider your own health status and check with your physician before embarking on a new physical activity program," he cautioned.
For the study, Willis and his colleagues collected data on 17,989 healthy men and women, average age 50, who visited a clinic for a preventive medical exam when they were middle-aged. The data were collected from 1971 through 2009. Study participants were eligible for Medicare from 1999 to 2010.
The researchers estimated fitness from treadmill exercise tests, depression from Medicare claims files, and heart disease deaths from the U.S. National Death Index records. Because the diagnoses of depression came from Medicare claims, how severe the depression was could not be determined.
Dr. Scott Krakower is assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. He said, "What we are learning more and more is that exercise is a potent antidepressant."  Exercise may not only help you with heart health, but also with "mental health, overall happiness and well-being," Krakower added.
The report was published online June 27 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.