Sep 26, 2016
David Lacount
Oshkosh Municipl Broadband and Public WiFi . . . . . . . . Greeter: Jeff Gilderson-Duwe
Oct 03, 2016
Greeter: Karlene Grabner
Oct 24, 2016
Jon Miskowski
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Oct 31, 2016

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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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Jeff Gilderson-Duwe will greet members and guests, give the invocation, and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
David Lacount will present a program on the Oshkosh Municipal Broadband & Public WiFi.
Tracy Ogden of the Boys and Girls Club reported on that facilities activities.  Tracy has been the development/marketing manager for the Club for the past 7 years.
Tracy Ogden
She shared the following information about the Boys and Girls Club:
• It has been in operation in Oshkosh for 47 years; is celebrating 25 years at its Parkway location.
• It serves 4,000 kids, ages 6-18,  at 9 sites throughout the city.
• It has a staff of 80 people; 17 full time employees and last year 900 people volunteered to help the Club.
• It operates on a $3 million budget, with no federal or city funding.
• Among the services it offers kid are hygiene counseling, haircuts, eyeglass checks, and dental checks via the Dental Bus.
• 65% of the kids who come to the Boys and Girls Club qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.
• The Club continues to send kids to Camp Radford, land that was donated by the Radford family several years ago, and the kids love the experience. Many of the kids would never have such an opportunity.
• The Youth of the Year is awarded $10,000 to assist with their college expenses.
• It sponsors "Kids and Conversation" visits to local business/factories so that the youth can learn about what kinds of jobs are available in the community and what kind of training they will need.
• Winefeast is its biggest fundraiser. This year, 900 people attended, with 500 at dinner. The next Winefeast is April 29, 2017.
• The Club offers homework help every day with paid tutors assisting the students.  They use the STRIDE online program to track student's progress and also work directly with all the schools in the district.
• It has a mentoring program for at-risk middle school students that pairs them with an adult volunteer for four hours a month to give them one-on-one attention. The program lasts for 2 years to help guide the youth. All activities take place at the B&G Club site.
• Kids and Cops is another program the Club sponsors. Local police stop by the Club often just to visit with the kids, play basketball with them, etc. to create a good bond between the police and the youth.
• The Club is focused on healthy living and has removed all candy and soda from its sites.
• The Club hosts a family night once a month. Kids must bring their family to attend, and a free dinner is provided to all who come.
• The Club offers on-site counseling services.
• The Club also sponsors field trips to various places around the state so kids have a better understanding of the world around them.
• The Club's work is directed toward making sure that every student graduates from high school ready to be employed, to enlist, or be enrolled in a place of higher learning.
• 1,100 backpacks filled with school supplies were handed out at the beginning of the year.
• The Club offers mock interviews to youth to help them prepare for job interviews.
After Tracy's presentation, Stan Mack noted that the partnership between the School District and the Boys & Girls Club is "second to none. He observed that many of the youth who participate in B&G Club activities have great needs and the Club supports them well, while others go to the Club because its fun. He said that 44% of Oshkosh School District students qualify for free/reduced lunch, so the B&G Club average of 65% shows that the Club is serving a good percentage of those in need.
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 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

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