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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
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Brenda Haines will greet members and guests, give the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Members of the staff of Wisconsin Public Television will present the new program titled "Wisconsin Winter from the Air"
Monday's program was multifaceted.
President Lori introduced Michael Cooney, who made presentations about the Bonus 10 program, with the help of his assistant, Elora Stacey, and Annie O'Keefe who helped them analyze statistical data.
Michael Cooney
 Elora, left, and Annie.
Michael also gave a presentation on the status of our Club's Endowment Fund. Here is that presentation:  https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000005709/en-ca/files/homepage/rotary-endowment-fund-report-10-10-16/Endowment-Fund-2016.pptx
Next, Assistant District Governor Craig Burnett presented a report on the current status of the Polio Plus movement. He noted that Polio Plus was started by Rotary International 31 years, and at the time there were 400,000 case of polio reported throughout the world every year. Since being joined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Gates Foundation, as of the end of September 2016, there were 26 cases of polio in the world -- in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where war conditions make it difficult to dispense the vaccine. 
Assistant District Governor Craig Burnett
He also noted that there was a step backward in 2016, as one case of polio was discovered in Nigeria this year, which previously had become polio free. It was discovered that it's a viral form that has been in circulation in 2011. He noted that war is the biggest impediment to get the vaccine to places where it's needed most.
Craig also presented aRotary Minute in honor of this being Reconnect Week for Rotary International.  He shared that two weeks ago he was reminded of a TV commercial he saw 20 years ago. It showed a young black man eating an ice cream cone and looking through the window of a pawn shop at an electric guitar ... and then later looking in the window of a music shop at at an accordion. Later the commercial showed the young man inside the pawn shop holding the electric guitar.  The commercial was titled "James Michael Hendrix, Seattle, 1963, 'Wow, that was close.'"
Two weeks ago he had the pleasure to see Itzhak Perlman, the violin master, perform in Appleton. He noted that Mr. Perlman suffered polio as a child and struggles to walk as he is paralyzed from the waist down.  He stressed that polio kills and that every dose of vaccine given perhaps saves the life of a child and perhaps offers the opportunity for that child to become a world-renowned musician or some other highly effective person. Each life is critically important. Every person saved could go on to save the world. We are "this close."
President Lori encouraged all members to visit the Club's website and learn more about Reconnect Week.
She then asked John Menn to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
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

What does it mean to be a Rotary member??    This short video says it well - take a look!




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