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Upcoming Events

11/30/2015 12:00 PM
Noon Rotary Meeting at the Holiday Inn
Dr. Jenna Saul: "Horse Treats."

12/7/2015 12:00 PM
Noon Rotary Meeting at the Holiday Inn
"Every Rotarian/Every Year--Paul Harris Fellowship."

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Rotary Member of the Week
Al Nystrom
Al is President of Marshfield’s BMO Harris Bank and is Regional Manager for Business Banking in Central, Northern and Western Wisconsin. A native of Marshfield, Al graduated from Columbus, UW-Marshfield/Wood County and UW-Eau Claire. Al has spent 28 years in banking, the last 18 with M&I/BMO. Al’s wife Amy is Chief Business Officer for Prevention Genetics. Daughter Danielle is working at Stevens Point High School and son Brad is going to school at UW-Whitewater. Al has held leadership positions in a number of local civic and economic development organizations. He is one of the initial organizers (and continuing mainstay) of Rotary Winter Wonderland and is a founder of Mike’s Run for Mental Health, which we support. Personal interests include golfing, fishing, and spending time with his family.
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Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention Program
Becky Lee is a psychologist with the Marshfield School District. As such, she is in charge of the “Sources of Strength” suicide prevention program in the Marshfield schools. Now in its second year, this collaborative program (with Marshfield Clinic) utilizes peer leaders, bringing them together in partnership with caring adults in the high school. This program was created based on the fact that suicidal adolescents are more likely to seek help through their peer friendships than through adults. It works to improve the school culture and increase youth protective factors. National research on this program shows not only a lower risk for suicidal behavior, but it is also associated with a reduced risk for school dropout, depression, bullying, and substance abuse. Fifty students were nominated by their peers and school staff because they were seen as leaders and someone whose voice is heard by other students. They were trained to be connectors to hope, help, and strength. Throughout the year, SOS peer leaders are engaged in many activities including an SOS week, which brought awareness to the program and provided information to students on the eight sources of strength: medical access, mental health, positive friends, healthy activities, spirituality, generosity, mentors, and family support.

Following its first year, anonymous surveys given to the entire student body reported that there was a reduction in the number of students who indicated they had attempted suicide and a reduction in the number of students who indicated they were moderately to severely depressed. Further, peer leaders reported a significant increase in their ability to identify at-risk behaviors in classmates and an increase in their ability to help suicidal peers. Samuel Hirsch, one of the peer leaders, said there are many “broken kids” in our community who are “looking for love.” Continuing information about the program and inspirational messages may be found at the Marshfield Sources of Strength Facebook page.

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