Patricia Hallquist
Jun 05, 2017
Evidence of Climate Change . . . .Greeter: John Schatz
William Kohl
Jun 12, 2017
Boy Scouts of America . . . . Greeter: Karen Schibline
Sarah Wright
Jun 19, 2017
Wright of the Fox Valley . . . . Greeter: Vicki Schroeder
Changing of the Guard
Jun 26, 2017
Greeter: Gail Schwab
Jul 24, 2017
EAA Week

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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
There is no meeting on this Holiday.
John Schatz will  greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Patricia Hallquist will present a program on Evidence of Climate Change.
Tom Harenburg introduced speaker Chad Dallman, Assistant Dirsctor of Oshkosh Parks. Chad discussed the Zoo Master Plan.
The work on the new plan began in 2014, with input from the Advisory Parks Board and Zoo Board.
Primary objectives developed include:
1. Expand quality and quantity of animal exhibits
2. Provide more educational opportunities
3. Promote Conservation
4. Develop the Zoo to be a regional attraction.
Funding for the Zoo comes from the Zoological Society, Community Foundation, and generous contributions from Tom and Penny Harenburg. Tom and Penny contribute to the elk exhibit, but also donate operational funds to allow the Zoo to operate without charging admission. I have enjoyed that many times in recent years with my young grandsons. Thanks so much to Tom and Penny!
The Zoo opened in 1945. It covers 8.3 acres, including the pond. There are about 100,000 visitors per year.
Next big project is an eagle exhibit, which they hop to open for the 2018 season. $150,000 will be required, with the City supplying half.
The entire Master Plan can be seen on the City's website. Worth checking out.
Thanks, Chad.
Tom McDermott led the Club in reciting the 4-Way Test to end 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 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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