Rick Debe
Oct 22, 2018
Rotary Water & Sanitation Grant Initiatives . . . . Greeter: John Schatz
Jim Schell
Oct 29, 2018
Wittman Regional Airport . . . Greeter: Karen Schibline
John Gillespie
Nov 05, 2018
Our 351 Sons . . .Greeter: Vicki Schroeder
President's Meeting
Nov 12, 2018
Greeter: Gail Schwab
Chief Dean Smith
Nov 19, 2018
Oshkosh Police Department.....Greeter: David Sennholz
Nov 26, 2018
Greeter: James Stahl

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Club Information


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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Oshkosh Rotary Club News
John Schatz will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our program will be on "Rotary Water & Sanitation Grant Initiatives".
The program is the beautiful building restored to its original glory.
The Fraternal Order of Eagles constructed this building as a club and meeting hall. It opened in February, 1928. the 2 architects were associates of William Waters. Construction done by Ganther Construction. "The Building is considered to be the best example in the city of English Medieval style used for a large public building." (Historic Oshkosh website).
The Eagles sold the building in 2002, due to "an aging membership, lack of volunteer help, and high operating capital." (ibid) The building fell into disrepair.
Tom McDermott is a real estate agent who showed the building to a potential buyer a couple years ago. His description: "When I showed the property the Y was using the main space for workouts but the rest of the space was in tough shape.  The current café and upstairs bar was a mess with walls painted with leftover paint – not great colors.  Some bathrooms were close to unusable and the bowling lanes were warped and twisted from flooding.  The bowling lanes bar area was filled with junk including left over sign boards for past bowling events and decorations.  I went up to the attic to check on the roof and there were old playbills and decorations and signs from events from years ago. Outside entrances, railings and of course many windows were in very bad shape."
The building was purchased in 2017 by Cary Sharpe, Jenna Golem, and Ben Johnson, with the intention of returning it to its original beauty. GAnther Construction was hired to do the renovation. 
The building is 33,000 square feet on three floors. Much is original. The ballroom floor had to be replaced.
That is a brief history. But pictures tell the true story.
The Howard staff - and our tour guides.
From left:
Elizabeth Redman - Culinary Manager
Julie Hart - Event Manager
Justun Hart - Entertainment Manager
Jeff Potts - Director of Entertainment and Events
The Howard offers live entertainment and dining, catering, cafe, and bowling lanes (not yet operating)
Ballroom and balcony
Great Hall
Cafe, which just opened to the public
I have not bowled in decades. When I did, it was in "bowling alleys." This can not be called a "bowling alley." Much too grand.
These pictures do not show the lanes. But the ball returns were custom made to replicate returns from the 1920's.
It would take many more pictures to truly appreciate this building. If you missed the meeting, be sure to make an effort to see it. It is truly a gem in Oshkosh.
Thanks to owners and staff for wonderful meal and tour.
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
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Director 2019
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Director 2019
Director 2020
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Director 2021
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