Rick Hammes & David Peppler
Apr 23, 2018
Bridging Connections - Family Advocacy & Consultation . . . Greeter: Brad Hunter
Karen Schneider
Apr 30, 2018
Oshkosh Herald . . . . Greeter: David Jones
John Ingala
May 07, 2018
Jesuit Retreat House . . . Greeter: John Jorgensen
Lisa McLaughlin
May 14, 2018
South Park Middle School Essays . . . . Greeter: Jack Klein
Ralph Gunderson
May 21, 2018
Project Peru . . . .Greeter: Melissa Kohn
No Meeting
May 28, 2018
Memorial Day

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101 Years of Service from March 1, 1917

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
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Brad Hunter will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rick Hammes and David Peppler will present a program titled "Bridging Connections - Family Advocacy & Consultation".
David Hayford introduced staff from Theda-Care who presented a program entitled, "Bleeding Control Basics -- Stop the Bleed."
The online program helped people identify what kind of bleeding is life threatening and what to do if encountered.  The program is online at www.bleedingcontrol.org, and was motivated by the shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook School in 2012.  The program is designed to provide civilians with basic training in bleeding control principles so they are able to provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders arrive to take care of an injured person. It's hoped that broad knowledge of this program will help decrease preventable deaths. It is designed to be of value to people aged 12 and up. 
The first steps in to be taken include:
1. Call 911 or have someone else call 911 while you attend to the victim.
2. Determine where the life-threatening bleeding is coming from and determine what type of action to take -- pack the wound and apply compression or apply a tourniquet.
3. Remain personally safe -- wear gloves if possible to avoid blood-borne diseases.
Life-threatening blood loss can be identified by:
1. Spurting blood.
2. Blood pooling around the victim.
3. Blood-soaked clothing.
4. A victim's level of consciousness decreases.
Arm and leg wounds can often be treated by using a tourniquet. Injuries to the torso generally require packing and compression. With chest and abdominal injuries, the victim needs to be transported to the hospital as quickly as possible.
When doing compression, it's advised to use two hands in a CPR-like pose, while applying as much pressure as possible. Don't remove the pressure to see if the bleeding is lessening. Keep constant pressure on the wound, even if it's painful to the victim. Keep compression until EMTs arrive.
Tourniquets should be applied 2-3 inches above the wound/bleeding site.  Tighten the tourniquet until the bleeding stops. A tourniquet can be left in place for up to 2 hours before damage to other tissues will happen. The body's bone structure will prevent the tourniquet from cutting off an artery, but never place a tourniquet over a joint such as the knee or elbow.  If the bleeding still doesn't stop, add a second tourniquet above the first one.  Tourniquets will cause the victim pain, but tell them that is normal and that they will get pain relief medication when the EMTs arrive.
When packing a wound is necessary, open the person's clothing to locate the source of the bleeding, push packing deep into the wound, and keep adding packing on top and keep pressure on the wound to get the bleeding to stop.
If you are contaminated by the victim's blood, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water ASAP and tell the EMTs that you were contaminated.
Kits having tourniquets and wound packing materials are available online at www.bloodcontrol.org. The presenters recommended everyone have such kits available to them.
A "stop the bleed" kit.
After the presentation, Rotarians were able to practice applying tourniquets and packing "virtual" wounds.
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!



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