Speakers
Beth Heuer
Feb 26, 2018
Poverty & Homelessness in Oshkosh....Greeter: Brenda Haines
Michael Rust
Mar 05, 2018
Conflict/Communication. . Greeter:Tom Harrenburg
President's Meeting
Mar 12, 2018
Greeter: Bev Harrington
TBA
Mar 19, 2018
Greeter: Mark Harris
TBA
Mar 26, 2018
Greeter: David Hayford
TBA
Apr 02, 2018
Greeter: Jolene Heuchert
 
 
 

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         OSHKOSH ROTARY CLUB

100 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
United States
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Oshkosh Rotary Club News
Brenda Haines will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Beth Heuer will present a program titled "Poverty and Homelessness in Oshkosh".
President John Fuller introduced Club member Marj Griffing to present the day's program. Marj is the Vice President of Tax for the Oshkosh Corp.  She has been involved with Rotary International since high school, having been a Rotary Youth Exchange student to Japan in 1979.  She has been active in Rotary Clubs all over the United States, and served as President of a Minneapolis Rotary Club in 2015-2016. She's been married to her husband, Don, for 36 years.
 
Her program on Monday discussed the recent tax law changes, which were signed into law on December 22, 2017.  She noted that Oshkosh Corp. needed to file its last quarter tax reports on January 13, 2018, but that the guidelines weren't available until January 12. 
 
She noted that the last tax reform law was passed in 1986, and then prior to that in 1954.  With this new law, the  corporate rate went from 35% down to 21%, taking the U.S. down from having the highest corporate tax rates in the world to now being in the middle.
 
 
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 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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