Zach Messitte
Feb 20, 2017
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Mary Beth Growney Selene
Feb 27, 2017
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Our Club Celebrates 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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Christy Marquardt will greet members and guests, give the invocation, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our speaker will be Dr. Zach Messitte, president of Ripon College. He will discuss Ripon College Economic Development.
Marj Griffing introduced Wilson Jones, President and CEO of Oshkosh Corporation, as Monday's speaker.''
Marj Griffing
Marj noted that Mr. Jones has been president of Oshkosh Corp. since January 2016, having moved up through the Corporation's active succession planning, having been president of various divisions of the company.  Mr. Jones joined the Company in 2005 as the vice president and general manager of the Airport Products Business Unit. He was appointed to executive vice president and president of the Oshkosh Fire & Emergency segment in February 2008. In 2010, Mr. Jones took leadership of the Company’s Access Equipment segment where he helped accelerate global expansion and new product development. In August 2012, Mr. Jones was appointed to president and chief operating officer. He was recently featured in an article in Insight magazine.
Wilson R. Jones
Mr. Jones then shared a video presentation highlighting the history of the Oshkosh Corporation and its future plans.  He congratulated our Club on its 100th anniversary and noted he was happy that Oshkosh Corp. shared that same honor this year. He introduced Oshkosh Corp's new logo, which the company began debuting recently, via the video.  
He noted that the Oshkosh Corp. has always been about its people, going back to the day when the company was founded by William R. Besserdich and Bernhard A. Mosling with their development of a special transfer case and a front-wheel axle and their new vehicles.  The company's slogan is People, Perseverance, Performance.
Mr. Jones highlighted the various equipment developments that have seen the company through tough times, noting the development of a specialized snow plow in the 1950s for the Cold War effort, which would have helped keep runways open for possible B-52 deployments at the time.  In the 1970s, he said the development of a heavy tactical equipment truck for the military was another milestone in the company's history.  In the 1990s, the company's leaders felt the company's "eggs were too much in one basket," that being military contracts, and purchased Pierce Manufacturing, a fire truck equipment provider, as well as 15 other companies between 1996 and 2006. That included the acquisition of the JLG aerial platforms company.
He noted that recently Oshkosh Defense built more than 8,000 MRAP M-ATV trucks in 12 months and that the development and production of these mine-resistant vehicles was one of the fastest product developments since World War II.
Now, in 2017, with the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract in place for 8 years, Mr. Jones said the company is in a good position to continue to develop other products in other categories to keep rounding out its offerings.
Mr. Jones advised that Oshkosh Corp. will host a 100th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 15, with a parade, possible open house and equipment demos for the general public.  He noted that the company employs 15,000 people around the world, with about 76% of its production in the U.S. 
He noted the company is well positioned for the future by serving diverse markets. He observed that many cities around the country have outdated fire trucks, cement mixers, and garbage trucks and sees opportunities for large sales for Oshkosh Corp. in those markets.  
He noted the company's integrated operations allows its various companies to work together as needed to develop new equipment. He highlighted a single-axle fire truck with a 107-foot ladder that was developed through a team of individuals from various companies within the Oshkosh Corp. as an example of a recent success.  He said that firetruck will be valuable to big cities like New York City.
He observed that a larger labor pool in this area would be helpful to the company as it has difficulty finding enough employees in this area. In particular, he highlighted a need for welders and electricians.
In closing, Mr. Jones said the company is well positioned for the next 100 years and will continue to focus on its employees and in being good stewards in the communities in which it has operations.  He noted that it was recently acknowledged as one of 130 companies around the world to receive a "Most Ethical Company" award.  In addition, last year Forbes magazine named Oshkosh Corp. as one of America's Best Large Businesses.  He also noted that the Oshkosh Corp's Foundation focus is on poverty reduction and helping kids, adding that supporting educational efforts is a major focus.
President Lori asked Marj Griffing to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
Rotary Stories
The Oshkosh Rotary Club celebrates its centennial on March 1, 2017. We plan to spread "Service Above Self" in our community through "Random Acts of Kindness".  Our goal is to accomplish 100 acts of kindness by our chartered anniversary date of March 1, 2017.  Check our Facebook page to follow our progress.  
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 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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