Linda Jones-Perron &Kayla Contney
Oct 02, 2017
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Oct 09, 2017
TBD . . . . . . Greeter: William Zorr
Oct 16, 2017
President's Choice
Oct 23, 2017
President's Choice
Henry Bromelkamp
Oct 30, 2017
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Our Club Celebrated 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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Oshkosh Rotary Club News
Gary Yakes will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
JohnScheek , President of LIR will present a program on the Learning and Retirement Organization in Oshkosh. 
 The Annual Rotary Chili Cook-Off will be held on Saturday October 14  in Opera House Square in downtown Oshkosh.  Come and enjoy good food and entertainment while supporting the Day by Day Warming Shelter.  The event will open to the public at 11 a.m., with chili being served starting at 1 p.m.  The band Salsa Manzana will entertain throughout the afternoon, with the cook off closing at 4 p.m.
We are excited to announce that our district will be presenting One Rotary Summits this fall!
One Rotary Summit is training for all Rotarians on the synergy among Membership, Public Image, and Humanitarian Service (The Rotary Foundation). Participants will exchange ideas and develop creative ways to achieve and sustain membership growth and retention, increase Rotary Foundation giving and project engagement, and gain enhanced public image in their communities. Rotarians are welcome to attend any session in the district.
All Rotarians are invited and encouraged to attend
District 6270 One Rotary Summit (ORS) 2017
When? And Where?
Wed, Sept. 27           MATC - Oak Creek
Wed, Oct. 4               Pine Hills Country Club, Sheboygan
Wed, Oct. 11             LaSure‚Äôs, Oshkosh
Tue, Oct. 17              Elkhorn High School        
Wed, Nov. 8              MATC - Mequon
Wed, Nov.15             Western Racquet Club, Elm Grove
Snacks and beverages will be provided at 5:30 PM. 
Sessions start at 6:00 PM.
Return to your club with tools and ways to implement the "People of Action" public image campaign and this year's theme, "Rotary: Making a Difference" while gaining a better understanding of how membership, public image, humanitarian service, and supporting your Rotary Foundation work together.
RSVP to Dana Kohlmeyer at rotary6270@gmail.com . Please indicate your name, your club, which session you will attend, and if any special accommodations are needed.  
John Nichols introduced two members of the Fox Cities Victim Response team -- Oshkosh Police Department Detective Sergeant Joe Framke and Matt Johnson, president of the Solutions Recovery Club.
John Nichols
OPD Detective Sergeant Joe Framke
Det. Sgt. Framke announced that the Oshkosh Police Department (OPD) is looking forward to starting a new program in the near future -- Law Enforcement Addiction Assistance Program (LEAAP). The focus of the program would not be to arrest people caught in possession of heroin or other opiates, but rather to assist them to get help rather than to arrest and incarcerate them, working in partnership with the medical community and the law enforcement community.
Framke said it's important, like with mental health, to break the stigma that drug addicts are bad people, but rather to recognize that addiction is a disease and that many people became addicted following the use of opiate drugs for post-surgery pain control.
Framke said, however, that the addict must want help before any help will be successful.
Framke also said the synthetic Fentanyl is becoming available and is extremely potent, with even just a few grains causing overdose.  He said that now they must be prepared to assist their undercover agents if they accidentally become exposed to this synthetic Fentanyl or heroin.  Narcon is the drug that resolves overdose issues, and the County recently received a new supply of Narcon from an anonymous donor. Framke said that Winnebago County generally has a reasonable supply of Narcon, though the drug companies supplying the drug have increased the price for it dramatically.
Framke observed that heroin is now cheap because it's so readily available.  He said that many drug cartels have switched from trafficking marijuana to selling heroin because it's cheaper and because when people get addicted to heroin, it's a much more serious/demanding addiction. They know the addict will come back because it affects the mind/body chemistry and causes one to become hooked quickly. He said heroin hit sells for about $40 a hit here, but it's only about $15 in Milwaukee.  He said that whatever happens in Milwaukee in the drug world quickly travels to Oshkosh.
In the near future, the OPD will offer a program whereby addicts will be allowed to turn over drugs without consequences.
Framke is also a member of the Winnebago County Drug Task Force Committee, which is composed of a number of organizations throughout the county working to combat drug addiction issues.  He said the "new" Prescription Drug Monitoring Program is helping to prevent "doctor shopping," which is when opiate addicts go from doctor to doctor seeking a prescription for opiate drugs.
Next Matt Johnson talked about Solutions Recovery Club.  He said it's been existence for 10 years, and it's supported by private donations.
Matt Johnson
Mr. Johnson said the organization is a 12-step organization helping anyone who is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol.  It has a communication center at the corner of Bowen and Parkway and hosts 25-30 12-step meetings weekly for anyone who needs/wants help.  It also operates a safe home for women who are attempting to get out of bad situations/drug or alcohol addictions.
It recently hosted the Addiction Run, which was held to provide outreach and awareness in the community of the Club's activities. He said 1,000 participants ran/walked in the 5K.
He said the group hopes to break the arrest cycle for drug addicts and provide opportunity for them to obtain treatment.  
He noted that most of the Club's team are former addicts, having alcohol and/or drug addictions.  "We've found that it's easier for us to connect with those suffering from addiction."
The goal of the Club's programs is to have people get off drugs/alcohol and get on the right path to being responsible citizens.
Both Framke and Johnson said that each case is decided upon on a case-by-case basis as to whether the addict goes to jail or is offered treatment. Both said that the addicts must want help in order to be eligible for treatment.  They observed that a typical heroin withdrawal episode can last from 72 hours to 3 weeks, wherein the addict feels like he/she is suffering from a severe flu, a very unpleasant experience.
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!



Oshkosh Rotary Officers & Directors
President Elect
Sergeant at Arms
Immediate Past President
Vocational Service