Enjoying our new meeting location
Rotarians and a guest check out our new meeting location, Cleveland Pub & Grill in New Berlin, on Aug. 13. The side room proved to be an ideal location for a group meeting. Please feel free to drop in during one of our meetings. Cleveland Pub is at 14000 W. Cleveland Ave. We meet from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. We'll be in one of the side rooms.
See the calendar at right for more details of upcoming meetings and events. To contact a club executive, click on one of the links at left. We hope to see you soon.
"Mom on a mission" raises awareness of pediatric CHD
The death of a child, especially an infant, is heartbreaking for any parent. Some parents are able to channel that grief into action, helping others in the process. Such was the case with Callie Schlicht.
Callie and husband Aaron Schlicht welcomed baby Theo into the world on Sept. 27, 2017. Born two months premature and with a heart defect, Theo underwent two open heart surgeries within the first two months. He passed away in March 2018, never having left the intensive care unit at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Schlicht, shown above with club president Art Angove, shared her moving story during our April 23 meeting.
Congenital heart defects are a leading cause of birth defect-associated infant illness and death. Schlicht, an assistant clinical professor in the college of nursing at Marquette University, says that these heart issues affect 1 in 100 births in the US -- approximately 40,000 babies -- each year.
About 25% of infants with congenital heart disease have a critical congenital heart defect, she explains. Those with critical heart defects generally need surgery or other procedures in their first year of life. Survival depends on how severe the defect is, when it is diagnosed, and how it is treated.
In Theo's case, an ultrasound prior to birth showed he would need open heart surgery. He underwent his first surgery the day he was born and another two months later. Sadly, Theo passed away at age 6 months. But the loss convinced Schlicht to "give back": She now speaks about infant congenital heart disease and advocates for more research.
To that end, Schlicht is spearheading the PCHA Heart and Sole Run/Walk June 22 at Miller Park. The event will raise funds for the Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease Association's efforts, which include research and education.
The run/walk will include a brief presentation about pediatric CHD and kids' programs. "It should be fun," Schlicht says.
As of April 23, 600 people had registered for the event. Her personal goal is 2,000 participants and $150,000 in donations. “I’m a mom on a mission," she declares. For more information and to register, go here.
Understanding osteoarthritis and how to manage the condition
Members and guests gained a better understanding about osteoarthritis during our meeting on April 9. Pamela Lofgren, DPT, discussed the condition, its most common causes, and some of the methods used to slow or remediate the condition.
Also known as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage wears away resulting in a bone-on-bone arrangement. Lofgren, show here demonstrating the effect on hip joints, says the condition leads to chronic pain, and affects one's overall health.
Annually, approximately 27 million Americans suffer from some level of osteoarthritis; it affects 50% of people 85 and older, she says. Over age 50, women are more likely than men to experience symptoms. Knees, hips and the lower back are most susceptible to the condition.
Lofgren, who is clinical director at ATI Physical Therapy in New Berlin, cited several contributing factors, including:
1. Age: as we age, there's a greater possibility of degeneration in joints.
2. Genetics. Those whose parents experienced the condition are more susceptible.
3. Previous injuries, especially to joints.
4. Knees and hips are more susceptible from carrying the body's weight.
5. Specific jobs or tasks. For example, if you're constantly kneeling, you're likely to suffer knee issues later.
6. Heavy sports activity takes its toll on hips and knees, as do running, jumping, and landing on hard surfaces.
Diagnosis is often done by X-ray, Lofgren says. An MRI will be ordered if it is believed that soft tissue has been damaged.
There is no cure for osteoarthritis, so it's best to minimize the possibility of the condition developing. Lofgren offers these tips.
1. Maintain good weight; lose weight if need be.
2. Exercise regularly. Even walking is helpful.
3. Maintain good posture. Poor posture puts strain on lower back. Make sure you lift heavy objects properly.
4. Develop a strengthening regimen. Stronger muscles do more of the work, taking stress off the joints.
5. Do yoga and engage in stretching exercises
6. Aerobic exercises and swimming are very helpful.
Lofgren cautions that you should consult with a doctor before staring any exercise program.
Severe symptoms may require physical therapy, chiropractic care or even surgery, she says.
To read about previous meetings and events, click on the Archive tab above.
Rotary: Doing good all around the world

The Rotary Foundation supports ongoing efforts to eradicate polio (now found in just three countries in the world!), bring clean water and sanitation services to impoverished communities, and build schools and other structures, to name just a few.
This video offers just a glimpse of the important work Rotary International does for the needy everywhere.
Club Information

Welcome to Rotary Club of New Berlin!

New Berlin Rotary Club

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m.
Cleveland Pub & Grill
140000 W. Cleveland Ave.
New Berlin, WI  53151
United States of America
District Site
Venue Map
The Four-Way Test
Of the things we think,
say or do:
1)    Is it the TRUTH?
2)    Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3)    Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4)    Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Marketing and Social Media
To contact any of our directors, click on the person's name. That will launch the contact form.
Articles discussing our past meetings and events can be found by clicking on the Archive tab above.
The Rotary District 6270 website has information about our district, as well as a list of other Rotary clubs in the district.
Volunteering Opportunities
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If you are a speaker and have a topic you think would be of interest to our members, contact president Art Angove. You can reach him through the link above.

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Sep 24, 2019 5:30 PM
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