Jul 24, 2017
EAA Week
Jul 26, 2017
EAA Nature Center
Karen Befus
Jul 31, 2017
The Hub . . . . Greeter: . . Ada Thimke
Aug 07, 2017
Greeter: Teresa VanAacken
Dick Campbell
Aug 14, 2017
Building of the Erie Canal . . . Greeter: . Nicole Vergin
Greg Pierce & Steve Brandes
Aug 21, 2017
Oshkosh Arena & Milwaukee Bucks D-League Team - - - Greeter: John Vette

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Club Information

Our Club Celebrated Its 100th Birthday on March 1, 2017

100 Years of Service

We meet Mondays at 12:00 PM
Oshkosh Premier Waterfront Hotel
1 N. Main Street
P. O. Box 785 (Club Mailing Address)
Oshkosh, WI  54903-0785
United States
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July 10, 2017
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June 26, 2017
Jun 30, 2017
Oshkosh Rotary Club News
Our meeting schedule for EAA week is as follows:
--Monday July 24th, there will be a Roundtable at the Best Western Hotel, held in the Ground Round restaurant.  A Roundtable is an informal gathering of members. No business meeting is conducted.
--Wednesday, July 26th, we will meet at the Nature Center Pavilion on the EAA Grounds.  This is a joint meeting with the other local Clubs and all Rotarians attending the EAA Fly-In.  When arriving, tell traffic monitors that you are attending the Rotary Luncheon in the Nature Center, and you will be directed to that location. There is parking (free) adjacent to the Nature Center Pavilion.
Lori Renning introduced Lisa Nething, Family and Special Events Director for the YMCA.
Lisa Nething
Lisa described Safety City, a program held every summer by the YMCA.  It was the recipient of Happy Dollars from Lori Renning's presidential year, with a total of $1,000 donated to the program, which allowed 12 students to participate in Safety City this year. 
The YMCA worked with three local organizations to identify needy children who would benefit from participating this year
Lisa described Safety City as a classroom learning/participatory experience that helps children learn how to navigate a city on foot, on bicycle, or while driving.  A variety of subjects are covered, including:  water safety, "safe touch," "yell and tell" program, safety around railroads (presented by the Oshkosh Police Department); poison avoidance training (presented by the Oshkosh Fire Department), pet safety, and more.
Two different sessions of Safety City are held -- for 4-6 year olds and also 7-9 year olds. 
A total of 120 youth participated in Safety City this summer.  It costs $36 for YMCA member youth to attend. 

Some dollars remain unused from the donation, and those funds will be held for next year, when they will again be used to pay the fee for deserving children.  
Each participant received a bicycle helmet and t-shirt to take home.
President John Fuller asked Carol Williams to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
The Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh present the 2nd Annual "Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest" this Labor Day weekend featuring the  best BBQ brought to you by the National Barbecue Cookers Association.  Located in Menominee Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this four-day family friendly event is a fundraiser to support local scholarships and projects funded by the three Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh.  Help Rotary kick off the campaign to revitalize Little Oshkosh, a community-built playground enjoyed by children and adults all throughout our community.
The dates are Friday thru Monday, September 1 - 4.
Check out the website:
www.wisbestribfest.com   for details on the live music, family fun and more.
Rotary Stories
Soy Cow Operation Going Strong

This project is the result of a unique partnership led by Southwest Oshkosh Rotary and supported by the Oshkosh
Rotary Club and the LaMolina Vieja Rotary Club in Lima Peru.  This joint project has become a model of international cooperation and effective project management in Peru and is one of the few soy cow projects that have persisted beyond the initial phase.

This operation also produces a by-product of undiscovered fiber called "okara" which is utilized as an ingredient in the production of bread by a government supported bakery.  The protein rich bread is distributed th the needy along with the soymilk.  As a result there is no waste product and the full nutritional value of the soybeans reaches those in need.

Management of the project is very "hands-on" under the leadership of Rotarian Bill Thimke who along with other Rotarians visits Peru several times a year to check on the "cows".   Bill was trained by the cows' manufacturer to assemble and repair the machines and thus often brings new parts and services the cows on these visits.

In 2010 La Molina completed construction of a new building to house both the current machine and a new and much larger ASC50 machine which doubled the production capability and increased production capacity to over 4,000 servings a day.   The $21,000 machine was funded by the two Oshkosh Rotary Clubs.  La Molina has also purchased a new delivery vehicle and has taken over the funding of the beans and other supplies.

A cow installed in 2007 in Ate, Peru continues operation under the Oshkosh Rotary Club sponsorship.  Also in 2010 a new soy cow was installed in the northern Peruvian city of Piata and Rimac in cooperation with the local Rotary Clubs. 
Members work to make our Oshkosh community a better place

to live. In the past years our club has supported the following local projects and programs:

  • EAA housing program to provide housing for visiting Rotarians and their guests during EAA's AirVenture;
  • Staff the Shared Harvest booth, a local Rotary program to obtain farmers' donations of Farm Market excess produce for the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry;
  • Joined with students from our PALS school, South Park Middle School, in a Spring Cleanup of South Park;    
  • Worked concessions, parking lots and entrances at Waterfest;
  • Worked at the "Red Kettle" campaign at holiday time to raise funds for the Salvation Army
  • Conducted an essay contest for students at South Park Middle School, our PALS (Partners at Learning) school, on the applicability of the Rotary Four-Way Test of ethical behavior, with a top prize of $100;  
  • Souper Bowl- collection of canned soups and cash for the Oshkosh Area Community Food Pantry during Super Bowl time 
  • Supported the Oshkosh Area United Way annual campaign and campaign kickoff event.
  • Contributed funds to the Day by Day warming shelter
  • Tubes for Teeth: a toothpaste drive for the Oshkosh area schools Hygiene Fair.  Collected over 500 tubes of toothpaste
  • Donated funds to pay for new Oshkosh Farmers Market signage
  • One program every month is designated to showcase an Oshkosh business
  • Hosted a Murder Mystery dinner on Valentine's Day as a fund raiser for local community projects

What does it mean to be a Rotary member??    This short video says it well - take a look!



Oshkosh Rotary Officers & Directors
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