Speakers
Ken Arneson
Jul 16, 2018
Tour Evergreen Retirement Community. . . Greeter : Tamara Mugerauer
Hotel Roundtable
Jul 23, 2018
EAA week. . Hotel Roundtable
TBD
Jul 25, 2018
EAA with Flying Rotarians
Paul Chamberlain
Jul 30, 2018
The Joseph Project. . . . Greeter: Alan Ott
Karen Schneider
Aug 06, 2018
Oshkosh Herald . . . . Greeter: John Nichols
Denise
Aug 13, 2018
Mercy Geropsychiatric . . . Greeter: Sue Panek
 
 
 

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         OSHKOSH ROTARY CLUB

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
United States
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Tamara Mugerauer will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Our meeting will be at Evergreen, 1130 N. Westfield Street.  Park in the lot at the main entrance
Elizabeth Van Abel and Bryan Wright required no introduction. Because Sue Panek had done so before she left. The topic is Cyber-Bullying.
 
Americans spend an average of 11 hours per day on "screen time" for non-work related activities. To me, a Luddite stuck in the 1980's with my flip phone, that in ieself is a huge problem. The speakers, though, provided additional warning signs of potential dangers. Over importance in one's life. Negative impacts to one's life. Mood alterations. Withdrawal
symptoms.
 
Most kids are not getting into trouble online. But there are potential dangers. 88% of teens have access to a laptop computer. 72% have access to a smartphone. 38% believe they could not go a day without online access.
 
Social media allows for fast spread of information, easy access, connection world-wide. But also allows access to inappropriate material and cyber-bullying. 
 
Bryan Wright
 
There is a huge problem of loneliness with many teens. They have worldwide access. But few or no personal relationships. Many resort to sexting to "develop a sense of sexual identity." Or are sexually curious. The danger comes with online predators. 
 
That can lead to cyber-bullying, That differs from regular bullying because "it spreads faster, has a wider audience, follows victims home, don't feel safe at school, and can be hard to prove." Warning signs include the loss of friends, illness (real or feigned), difficulty sleeping, declining grades, or other signs of withdrawal. 
 
Elizabeth Van Abel
 
What can parents do?  The key is open lines of communication between parent and child. Parents should be pro-active, not reactive, if they observe the warning signs. Elizabeth suggested that parents know passwords their children are using, in order to monitor usage. "Trust, but verify."  Limits should be place on usage. Family time is important.
 
The speakers mentioned that Reach works with 20,000 individuals. And there is a waiting list. Staffing issues prevent helping even more.
 
As Editor, I can say I am glad I am not raising children in today's environment. I do nit envy my children dealing with these issues with my grandchildren. Truly frightening. Very good presentation.
 
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
 
 
 
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