Chief Mike Stanley
Aug 20, 2018
Oshkosh Fire Department . . . .Greeter: Jim Power
Ken Strmiska
Aug 27, 2018
EAA . . . . .Greeter: Kathleen Propp
No Meeting
Sep 03, 2018
Labor Day
President's Choice
Sep 10, 2018
Greeter: Art Rehbein
Sep 17, 2018
United Way Kickoff Event . . . Greeter: Lori Renning
Jeremy Cords
Sep 24, 2018
Fox River Locks

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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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Oshkosh Rotary Club News
Jim Power will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mike Stanley Chief of the Oshkosh Fire Department will present the program.
David Hayford introduced Karen Schneider to tell us about The Oshkosh Herald.
Karen has experience with the Arizona Republic newspaper, as well as the local Gannett paper. She decided there was a need in Oshkosh for a paper to distribute Oshkosh news. Reactions she received ranged from "Why a newspaper in the digital age?" to "Are you nuts?" But, she reports that studies show that the "death of newspapers is greatly exaggerated." People are interested in news from their local community.
Karen Schneider
Her first choice as Editor had to back out for personal reasons. So she ended up hiring Dan Roherty, longtime Editor of the Appleton Post Crescent. Karen is publisher. They have a small team with one person handling advertising and the other serving as "glue."
They got the ball rolling in January. The weekly paper is mailed to about 26,000 households and businesses in the city of Oshkosh. That covers over 90% of city residents, and about 72% of the Oshkosh School District. It is also available in about 30 community businesses, including the 2 hospitals, Oshkosh Corp, UWO and FVTC, and the Public Library.
The Herald covers just Oshkosh news, including an emphasis on prep sports. Karen was asked to include Omro news, also. But she replied that Omro and other outlying communities have their own weekly newspaper. The Herald will stick to Oshkosh only. 
Writers for the Herald are freelance, many laid-off from other newspapers. Other stories are rader submitted. 
What does the future hold?
Goal: To increase distribution to 35,000 – all homes & businesses in the Oshkosh Area School District
100% Advertising Supported.
For info on advertising call 920-508-9000 or email advertise@oshkoshherald.com
Not in our distribution area?
Subscribe at 920-508-9000 or www.oshkoshherald.com/shop/subscribe
Article or story idea submission?
Email submit@oshkoshherald.com
Thanks to Karen for an interesting presentation. I told her how much the Hayford household enjoys receiving the Herald every week as a great source of Oshkosh news.
Rotary Stories
Liz Rice-Janzen introduced Ascension Mercy Chief Administrative Officer (and RN) Denise Parrish to discuss the new Geriatric Behavioral Center at the Hospital.
When Ascension took over Mercy, they realized that Mercy possessed unused space. They made the decision to use the Fifth Floor for this new unit, only the second such unit in the state. The project required extensive renovation, mainly to remove all possible tools that could enable suicide.
Denise Parrish
The first 8 units (Phase 1) opened in June. Eight more (Phase 2) are scheduled for completion in June, 2019, with Phase 3 after that to bring capacity to 25 units.
The unit is open to those over 60 years of age with mental health issues. That population is under-served. Denise mentioned that males over 80 are most likely to commit suicide. The goal is a stay of about 4 or 5 days before release back to home or another care facility. 
She mentioned that Mercy increased staff, a "nice change," to staff the unit. Guest Heide is the Community Liaison Officer for the unit.
In response to a question, Denise mentioned that Medicare will reimburse 100% for stays up to 18 days.
She also admitted that the "Behavioral" in the title is a euphemism for psychiatric or mental health.
Finally, she invited us to tour the facility.
President Christy Marquardt announced that she has chosen the fight against human trafficking as the beneficiary of our Happy $$. 

Michael Cooney is happy because the Oshkosh Herald had a front page picture of Judges John Jorgenson providing a US legal system lesson to Julius Njogu, a Knyan student and Club guest from last week, with an article on page 4.
Mark Rohloff announced that he and his wife Janet just returned from a vacation trip visiting their 48th, 49th, and 50th states. "The rest of the story:" the states were Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. I was born in Connecticut. I have a story about that, but for another time.
John Fuller was happy. I did not catch the whole thing, because I was getting my scoop from Mark. But Bishop Ricken visited to honor the service of the nuns. And I believe John said they have a total of 985 years of service.
I did not do a good job on his message, but at least John Fuller gets his picture in.
Dave Sennholz announced that he and Bev celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Though Dave was in Canada on a fishing trip. Another "rest of the story." Dave informed me that one of the witnesses who signed their wedding certificate was not yet 21 years old. So the marriage may not be legal. "We've been living in sin," according to Dave.
Karen Schibline embarrassed Bob Stauffer to donate a happy $$ due to his recent retirement. Karen was also happy about Shaheda and a toothbrush story. 
Karen Schibline has Rib Fest posters available/
Tom Harenburg announced that former Club member BIll Whitlock passed away recently.
Rib Fest. Sign up to volunteer11
Library Summer Block Party. Jeff Gilderson-Duwe announced that the Library will host the party for the community on Friday afternoon, August 24th. Raffle prizes. Rummage and bake sale. Entertainment by Beatles tribute band, The Britins.
Jeff Gilderson-Duwe
Sofia, our incoming Exchange Student, will arrive on August 25th. Keep her in mind to include in family events during that week before school starts. She will be attending West High.
Stuff the Truck -- Sue P. also reminded members about this event, being held on Wed., August 15, at the Shopko parking lot. Another opportunity to help get school supplies to needy kids.
Karen Schibline announced that she has posters for Rib Fest. Take one or more to display at your workplace.
Karen Schibline
There was also some discussion about the mystery of the club banner.  But I missed it - a combination of my hearing issue and lack of use of the microphone.  I am not sure, to use the words of Inspector Clousseau, if "the mystery is solve - ed."
John Nichols greeted members and guests. He offered a reflection, including a reminder that tomorrow is Election Day. Then he led the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
John Nichols greets Gail Schwab
Deb Wirtz informed us that today is International Left-handers Day. I will reprise Paul Harvey and offer "the rest of the story." "International Left Handers Day is observed annually on August 13 to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. The day was first observed in the year 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc. " More than you ever wanted to know. About 10% of the population is left-handed. I have a daughter who is a southpaw, and a 2-year old grand daughter appearing to be headed in that direction. That is 20% of my family.
Back to Deb. Today is Filet Mignon Day. And she offered a quiz question. "what year did the first woman enlist in the US Marines?" 1918. ANd quizzed us about the year the show South Park began, but I missed the answer - as well as every episode since.
Deb Wirtz
Deb also got around to introducing guests. Newly retired Bob Stauffer of Southwest. Speaker Denise Parrish, who is also leited as a Southwest member on the sign-up sheet. Finally Heidi Busford-Kerkhof from Ascension Mercy.
President Christy Marquardt reminded us that August is Membership Month for Rotary. Bring a guest!!
The Raffle is at $80.
Jim Power will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mike Stanley Chief of the Oshkosh Fire Department will present the program.
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