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Speakers
Sep 05, 2016
LABOR DAY - WISCONSIN'S BEST RIBFEST
Menimonee Park - All Weekend
Sep 12, 2016
President's Choice Meeting
Greeter: Joe Ferlow
Sep 19, 2016
Tracy Ogden
Oshkosh Boys and Girls Club . . . . . Greeter: John Fuller
Sep 26, 2016
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Greeter: Jeff Gilderson-Duwe
Oct 03, 2016
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Greeter: Karlene Grabner
Oct 24, 2016
Jon Miskowski
Wisconsin Winter from the Air . . . . . . Greeter:
 
 
 

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

Oshkosh

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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Will Deppiesse will greet members and guests, give the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Heidi Keating will present a program on the Heroin Task Force.
 
 
 
 
Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh the event will be held at Menominee Park on Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, 2016.
 
Guests will enjoy the best barbecue ribs, family fun, live music, carnival games and more food and drinks!
 
Admission is $5 per day, $10 after 5 p.m. on Sunday.  Children 10 and under free all weekend.
 
Friday, Sept 2      5-11 p.m.
Saturday, Sept 3  11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Sunday, Sept 4    11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Monday, Sept 5    11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Kicking off the event is Cowboy Mouth on Friday, at 6 p.m.  Hairball will be on Sunday at 8 p.m.
 
 
Will Deppiesse introduced Greg Pierce as Monday's speaker.
 
Greg is a member of Windward Wealth Strategies and a prime "mover and shaker" to get an NBA Development ("D") League team here in Oshkosh. He's been a member of WindWard Wealth Strategies for 17 years, with offices in Oshkosh and Minneapolis, and the company manages $250 million in assets. He noted that he loves sports and thought he wanted to be a sports agent when he graduated from college, but changed his mind.
 
Greg Pierce
 
The NBA Development League team would be an affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks. 22 teams in the NBA have Development League teams now, and the NBA wants all 30 teams to do so.
 
Currently, Oshkosh, Racine, Sheboygan, and LaCrosse are in the running to become the home of the Buck's "D" League team.  Greg confidently declared "Oshkosh is going to win." He said that city leaders and businesses are overwhelmingly supporting this effort, and that the NBA has been impressed. He said some NBA officials have said, "The Bucks would be idiots not to pick Oshkosh." Greg shared a handout that presented a variety of details comparing the four cities' ability to support such a team.
 
Greg said that the group promoting this endeavor will privately fund building a new arena to host the basketball games and other events. He suggested that the Buckstaff site is the group's first choice for building and noted that the arena has to be built and ready for the first game by November 2017, which is giving his proposed contractor's fits already. The arena, expected to cost between $12-$14 million, would hold 3,500 people for a basketball game with a VIP area seating.  The farthest seat would be 16 row from the court.
 
He noted that there would be 24 home games, from November to April, leaving another 300 days that the arena could be used for other activities.
 
He said the teams will play good basketball because the players will have a great incentive to get moved up to the parent NBA team .. that's because players in the "D" league will earn $28,000/year, while the base salary in the NBA was just raised to $790,000.
 
Greg said he's already received commitments for 1,000 season ticket holders, and 74 local businesses have stepped up to support this venture.
 
Greg said his group has a "Phase II" building in mind as well, which would be a Youth Sports Complex and include entertainment venues as well. "We may come to the city fathers for some assistance in building that," Greg said, nothing that wouldn't happen for several years.
 
You can learn more about Greg's group's efforts online at www.bringthebucks.com.
 
President Lori asked Mark Harris to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.

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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 year 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!

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