James Thornton
Dec 10, 2018
Salvation Army Greeter: Ada Thinke
Holiday Program
Dec 17, 2018
Greeter: Ben Thompson
No Meeting
Dec 24, 2018
No Meeting
Dec 31, 2018
President's Meeting
Jan 07, 2019
Greeter: Teresa VanAacken
tom Willadsen
Jan 14, 2019
Tibetan Monks & Unity in the Community Greeter: Nicole Vergin

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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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Ada Thimke will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
This will be our annual Business Meeting and we will elect officers and directors for 2019-2020.
James Thornton of the Salvation Army will present the program.
At our meeting on Monday December 10th we will elect Officers and Directors for the 2019-2020 year as follows:
    Michael Rust  -  President
   Ada Thimke  -  President-Elect
   Nikole Vergin  -  Secretary
   Jim Stahl  -  Treasurer
   Debra Wirtz  -  Sergeant-at-Arms
   Directors -
        Gail Schwab  1 yr.
        Sue Panek  2 years
        Jim Power  3 years
       Cathy Cluff  3 years
       Bob Campbell  3 years
Author Amanda Lauer presented her path to becoming a published author.
Wisconsin resident Amanda Lauer saw her debut novel published October 29, 2014. A World Such as Heaven Intended hit the no. 1 spot in its genre on Amazon two months later and was the 2016 YA CALA winner. The second book in the trilogy, A Life Such as Heaven Intended, was published April 1, 2018. Both books have earned the prestigious Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. Book #3 in the Heaven Intended series will be published in 2019.  Lauer learned the technical aspects of writing as a proofreader in the insurance, newspaper and collegiate arenas. Over the last 15 years she has had nearly 1,500 articles published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, plus she is the co-writer of the movie The Islands, scheduled to be released nationwide in 2019. Lauer has been offered a contract from an LA movie studio to turn her book A World Such as Heaven Intended into a major motion picture. They are in the pre-production stage of that process now. In addition to her proofreading, copyediting and writing career, Lauer is an actress and is involved in the health and wellness industry. She and her husband John have been married 37 years, have four grown children and five adorable grandchildren.(from Full Quiver Publishing website)
Amanda described her journey from high school to Engineering major at UW Madison, to marriage and career as proofreader in the insurance industry, to marriage and raising a family, to writing career. The proofreading taught her how to become a writer. She ended up free lancing for a plethora of newspapers. When she started writing novels, she limited her newspaper writing to The Compass, publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, and The Business News.
Coincidentally, I wrote for The Business Years for a few years when they began operating in Wisconsin. I wrote the Financial Column. That was the highlight of the publication, in my opinion. That, alas, is the only similarity between her writing career and mine.
Amanda described the challenges of finding a publisher for her first book. She was finally successful in finding Full Quiver Publishing. That publisher liked the sample of work provided, but advised her to write in "Third Person Limited Perspective." She did not know what that means, either. Google research offers "a method of storytelling in which the narrator knows only the thoughts and feelings of a single character, while other characters are presented only externally." That does not help me. But Amanda, obviously, figured it out.
Her next challenge is raising the $15 million required to produce the movie of A World Such as Heaven Intended. 
She offered the books for sale after 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
Oshkosh Rotary Officers & Directors
President Elect
Sergeant at Arms
Past President
Director 2019
Director 2019
Director 2019
Director 2020
Director 2020
Director 2020
Director 2021
Director 2021
Director 2021
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