No Meeting
May 28, 2018
Memorial Day
Michel Fahrland
Jun 04, 2018
Life in Oshkosh. . . .Greeter: Eric Lehocky
Elli Wolangk
Jun 11, 2018
Mercy Hospital Volunteer Organization "60 for 60" . . . . . Greeter: Stan Mack
Tracy Ogden
Jun 18, 2018
Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club . . . . Greeter:
Changing of the Guard
Jun 25, 2018
Kola Alayande
Jul 02, 2018
District Governor for District 6270

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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
Eric Lechocky will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance
Michel Fahrland, our German Exchange Student, will tell us about his Life in Oshkosh.
Monday's Program was presented by fellow Club member Ralph Gunderon, who offered a review of all the activities our Club (and Southwest Rotary) has been involved with in Peru.  Ralph shared a PowerPoint with several photos from Peru, however the file was too large to attach to this newsletter. I've captured a few photos to share here.
Ralph noted that our Club's involvement with the Rotary Club La Molina Viejo of Lima, Peru began in about 1998. About that time, Michael Cooney was interested in organizing a sister club for our Rotary Club, with the idea of connecting with a club in Russia. That did not prove to be possible.  
Previous Club President John Kerrigan (1996-1997) had attended an International Rotary Conference and met a District Governor from Peru, Carlos Silva. Carlos was interested in having a sister club for his Rotary Club, La Molina Viejo. Michael Cooney went to Peru and met with Carlos Rioja, who had been a member of the Oshkosh Rotary Club while serving as an International Sales person for the Oshkosh Corp.
Ralph noted that the getting the clubs together was kind of like starting a relationship..."We courted each other."  The photo below shows one of those social events where members were getting to know one another. Ralph noted that there were arguments and disagreements, but the talks continued.
After many discussions, it was agreed that the two clubs (along with Southwest Rotary) would work together.
On visits to Lima, Oshkosh Rotarians noted that many people needed help with everyday concerns. Bill Thimke led the efforts to establish a "soy cow" that would provide soy milk and a bread byproduct. Over the years, three soy cows have been established in La Molina, Raucana, and Ate.  Raucana has since "fallen apart."  The La Molina and Ate soy cows continue to operate, and our Oshkosh Clubs purchase the soy beans and sugar needed for the milk and maintain the machines, while the cities of Lima/La Molina and Ate provide the building, staff, and take care of distributing the milk/bread product. The soy cows provide milk and bread to thousands of youngsters and senior citizens.
The La Molina Soy Cow
This is the building where the soy cow (vaca mechanica) is now housed.
Our Clubs, in conjunction with La Molina Viejo, have been instrumental in setting up:
1. Dental clinics, with more than 4,000 people treated in 4 years.
The Oshkosh Clubs provided $1,000 in supplies to make fillings.
2.  A public library with more than 1,000 books donated and two copy machines and computers.
3. An orphanage, La Sagrada Familia.  Here is a YouTube link to what is happening at the orphanage these days: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbdkcYy2DtM
The orphanage started out with 180 children from 3 months to age 16. Now, it houses nearly 600 kids, provides a school and vocational training to the students. It also provides dental and medical care. 
The orphanage for the opening of a new dormitory.
4. Nadine Siebers organized a clothing drive to send clothing to the orphans, which was greatly appreciated.
The kids enjoyed helping each other pick out clothes.
The kids trying on "new" clothes.
5. A mobile medical clinic that moves from neighborhood to neighborhood around every two weeks to provide care.
The mobile medical clinic (5 trailers in all)  provides care to all, including pregnant mothers and babies.
This is a picture of how people in the La Molina area live.
The people live in cardboard boxes, like refrigerator boxes, plywood shacks, etc. It's a arid area with little rain so boxes and plywood will protect them for months/years.
Ralph says this is why we work in Peru ... to help the children.  A typical neighborhood in the background.
Ralph noted that a trip is being planned to visit La Molina Viejo Rotary Club in late October/November, for anyone who is interested.
Ralph and Michael estimate that as many 1,000 people from Oshkosh have visited the Lima area as a result of the Oshkosh Rotary Clubs involvement there, including many Rotarians, UW-O students, and travelers who have participated in tours sponsored by the Kitz & Pfiel group.
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
Immediate Past President
Vocational Service