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Just in Time Parenting

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Monday Morning

There were 18 members at our Monday meeting plus one guest, Michelle Tiddemann.  .Dave Krug was our greeter. Harry did the humor. Gary Miller had the grace. Charlene, Mark, Dan, Bonnie and Gary Miller had happy bucks. Gary Miller and Pete are looking for two more golfers to attend Ripon Early Bird Golf outing on September 6th.   Melissa Schmidt will represent the club at the Boys and Girls Club Annual Spelling Bee in October.  Dave Lefeber was the winner and a loser. He picked the six of Diamonds. There are 41 cards left and a pot of $150.00.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Peter or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Michelle Tiddemann, Just in Time Parenting

“Just In Time Parenting” was started in 1993. The six Kiwanis Clubs in Fond du Lac County along with Agnesian Health Care, and UW Extension have been part of a supportive partnership. New parents can get a subscription through digital or surface mail. Since 2005, 7,929 infants in Fond du Lac have participated in this age paced newsletter. The new newsletter have has changed and expanded to get contributions from nine state and be available to children up to age five. Future efforts are working to include adoptive parents, prenatal audience with health care providers and survey on use and applicability of the newsletter.

Agensian Cancer Center

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Monday Morning

There were 16 members at our Monday meeting plus one guest. Our guest, Bill Daly, director of Cancer Center was our speaker.  Jim and John were our greeters. Harry had the grace. Charlene had  rumor. Marlin reported that we sold twenty three more tickets than last year. Please get all money and tickets to Marlin as soon as possible. Marlin, Harry and John thanked the club, Trinity Baptist, and Key club for all their help. Jim drew the Jack of Diamonds and won nothing.  Rules of the game; draw a 5 or 10 and win that amount. Draw the Queen of Hearts and win 50% of the pot. Visitors can only win $25. We have 48 cards, 7 winners and a pot of $16. Oakfield Storybook Land has their open house from 9:30 to 11:30 on Saturday. Side note – Del is at home and loves visitors.  Sharon needs a replacement to be our representative for the Boys and Girls Club on October 12th.  Dawn is looking for a volunteer to ber our Vice President for the coming year. See Dawn for details. Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact Dawn if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Bill Daly, Cancer Center

Bill Daly is the director of the Cancer Center. St. Agnes started their program in 1983 with Dr. Wang. They moved into the Cancer Center in 1994. They started with satellites in Oshkosh and Berlin. Their two satellites are now Waupun and Ripon. Bill reports that the programs continue to improve since 1983. In additions they have more options with the drugs available. They have also added social workers, dietician, nurse practitioners, genetic counseling, and clinical trials.

You Won’t Mind this Guest!


Monday Morning

There were 12 members at our Monday Meeting plus seven guests. Dr. Doll and Dr. Treffert were our guest speakers. In addition, Dan brought his son, Ezekiel. He and his family just left London and are on the way to Montana. Four Key Club alumni were here to thank us for the scholarships this year. They were Caroline Wagner, Dakota Wesenberg, Annie Moore, and Paige Richardson.  We were greeted by Jackie King. Jim Freiberg. Steve had the humor for the day. Marlin had the grace. Happy bucks came from Dan. Dawn was the raffle ticket winner and drew the King of Hearts, no winner. Monday’s 50/50 raffle will have 16 cards including four pay cards with a pot of $483. Side note – Del is at home.  From Community Service committee, we donated to Pillar & Vine. As part of our donations, we have two free registrations for the 5K walk/run on July 30th.If interested, see Bonnie.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page. Possible Interclub, Kewaskum is having a Craft Beer and Wine Festival. It is August 3rd, from 5:30 to 8:00. If interested, contact Dawn.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact Gary Miller if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Dave or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Doctors Doll & Treffert – Treffert Center

Dr. Matt Doll and Dr. Treffert invite individuals, families and communities worldwide to explore the potential of the human mind, focusing on strengths rather than limitations at Treffert Center. It seeks to seek to preserve, make available and expand the legacy of Darold Treffert, MD, an internationally respected researcher in autism, savant syndrome and related conditions. Individuals and families also benefits from all day preschool and after-school experience designed to provide a foundation for a strong mind, body and spirt based on early education focused on play, movement, self-regulation and social understanding, giving children ages three to 12 the opportunity to gain the skills and experience to reach their full potential. 

Grief Relief

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Monday Morning

There were 16 members at our Monday meeting plus one guest. Donna Altepetea was our guest speaker. Gary had humor? Gary also led us in grace. Charlene was our greeter. Our speaker picked Sharon again. She picked the Jack of clubs for a non-winner. Next Monday’s 50/50 Raffle will have 33 cards in the game including the five pay cards with a pot of about $245.  Happy bucks came from Gary Miller. Reminders, if you are bringing a speaker and need a projector, contact Gary Miller. He has the projector at his house for security reasons. Dan announced that the Trinity Soup dinner is March 3rd at the Trinity’s school gym. Cost is $7 and Dan will have tickets.  In addition, Dan is the soup maker. Dawn has a interclub planned for February 18th. It is the Noon Club’s Chili and Grilled Cheese lunch at the American Legion hall. Cost is $6.

Donna Altepetea – Grief Relief

Donna is the new director of Grief Relief. This program is part of Agnesian Bereavement Support Program. Grief Relief serves children who have had loss in of a close family member. It offers support to both kids and parents. They are also on call to help children in the school system with a loss of a fellow student. The bereavement program started with the hospice program and has grown to cover any death in the hospital or nursing home. The club donated $300 to buy a case of special books for the kids to use in their support groups. The photo is attached. The book was developed by United Healthcare. They also host a two day camp for their kids. Last year they had forty kids at Cedar Valley for the camp. Our own Gary ring was one of the volunteers. Gary also helps with one of the support groups. They always need additional volunteers 907-3940. Their big fund raiser is April 14th at the K/C Hall.

A Guaranteed Way to Keep Your Kids on Top of the Class


Monday Morning

There were 20 members at our Monday meeting along with our guest speaker Dr. Brenda Grass.  “Happy Bucks” were offered by Vickie Goldapske for her 20 years as a Kiwanian, Jackie King for her 15 year old granddaughter’s successful bear hunt with her Grandpa and Glen Treml for being back from several meetings away and also for his new granddaughter, Kori Grace.  The 50/50 raffle drawing was back and Chris Serres was the winner and she drew the Queen of Hearts and therefore won the pot.  The pot was $351 so Chris walks away with $175.50.  Congratulations Chris, don’t spend it all in one place.  Next Monday’s 50/50 Raffle will start over with 52 cards in the game including the nine pay cards.

Dr. Brenda Grass – Reach Out and Read Wisconsin

Dr. Brenda Grass from Agnesian HealthCare joined us on Monday to talk about the Reach Out and Read Program in Fond du Lac.  The national Reach Out and Read Program began in 1989 in Boston, MA by a group of medical residents that recognized the need to encourage reading by children at a very early age.  This program is designed for the 6 months to five year old child.  The national organization builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop essential early literacy skills in young children via the existing healthcare infrastructure.  Each year Reach Out and Read serves over four million children across all 50 states, focusing on those in low-income families.

The Wisconsin Chapter of Reach Out and Read currently has over 146 clinic locations, representing 46 clinics or clinic systems in 45 counties, more than 1,000 physicians, nurse practioners and physician assistants and they serve more than 57,200 children annually.  The program distributes over 100,200 new, developmentally appropriate books annually in the State of Wisconsin.

Sharon Kollman and Dawn Scannell from the Young Children Priority One Committee presented Dr. Grass with a donation of $900 to help fund this wonderful program to help improve the literacy of our community’s youngsters.

One Great Way to Ensure Your Baby Sleeps Safely


Monday Morning

We had 19 members at our Monday morning meeting along with a four member InterClub from the Oshkosh Mid-Morning, the daughter of one of the visiting Kiwanians, Gail Luttenberger and Wayne Cress, a possible new member checking out our Club.  Gary Miller announced a successful InterClub to Ripon Early Birds last Wednesday.  “Happy Bucks” were offered by Charlene Pettit ($2), one for a great vacation and the other for a warm ballgame on Sunday, Bonnie Baerwald to honor all the hot weather warriors who went to the Rattler’s game on Sunday, a member of the Oshkosh Mid-Morning Club for visiting us and because her daughter was cooperative in joining her and finally another Oshkosh Mid-Morning member because she’s going on vacation.  Jim Freiberg was the 50/50 Raffle drawing winner but unfortunately he drew the Six of Clubs, which was a non-winner.  Next week’s drawing will have 28 cards with five pay cards and a pot of at least $320.  Now we’re getting into real money!!

Dan Leeds, Young Children Priority One

Our scheduled speaker wasn’t able to attend on Monday so Dan Leeds talked about the origin of the local Swaddle Sack Program by all three Fond du Lac Kiwanis Clubs.  With almost a thousand births in the three hospitals under Agnesian HealthCare’s sponsorship, each and every new baby receives a Kiwanis branded swaddle sack.  Dr. Karen Meyer, from the Evening Club, had the vision to promote the swaddle sacks as a means to ensure safe sleeping for infants.  She arranged for the manufacture of the swaddle sacks in China and they were shipped to Fond du Lac and inventoried at the hospital.  The cost was split amongst the three local Clubs.  This program has been operating for the last three years.  Dan also provided a brief overview of the donations we’ve made over the years for the Parenting Newsletter through Agnesian HealthCare and the UW Extension.

Robotic Surgeon Talks Health Care with Kiwanis

Monday Morning
We had 17 members at our first official Monday morning meeting at our new location, the Retlaw Plaza Hotel. Joining us were our guest speaker, Dr. Ted Miller and his assistants, Molly Moffitt and Katie Tank, all from Agnesian HealthCare. “Happy Bucks” were offered by Vickie Goldapske for her weekend educational seminar along with 1,000 other providers, Dave Lefeber for his new grandchild (8lbs 17oz, 21” long), Bonnie Baerwald for a successful Club Satellite membership meeting last week and also a successful Walk to End Alzheimer’s event last Saturday, Chris Serres for another birthday, Marlin Towne for once again being able to sit in the member section at our meeting, Gary Miller hoping everyone has a great week and finally Dr. Ted Miller for just finding out that his daughter is pregnant with their first grandchild. A very profitable Monday morning. Ron Seidl was the 50/50 Raffle winner and he drew the Nine of Spades, not a winner this time. That leaves 48 cards with eight pay cards for next week’s drawing. The new pot next Monday will be at least $46.

Dr. Ted Miller, Robotic Surgery
Dr. Ted Miller joined us on Monday morning to tell us about the introduction of robotic surgery at Agnesian HealthCare. The da Vinci system is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer a minimally invasive option for major surgery. At Agnesian HealthCare the robotic system is currently being used by urology and gynecology with training currently in process for several general surgeons to also be credentialed in its use. Dr. Miller also brought a video of an operation he did with the robot.