Colleen Merrill
May 01, 2017
Small Business Development Center . . . Greeter: Art Rehbein
Presidents Choice Meeting
May 08, 2017
Greeter: Liz Rice Janzen
Don Hazaert
May 15, 2017
Salvation Army . . . . . Greeter: Mark Rohloff
Ray Maurer
May 22, 2017
Menominee Park and Zoo . . . . Greeter: Michael Rust
Patricia Hallquist
Jun 05, 2017
Evidence of Climate Change

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Our Club Celebrated Its 100th Birthday on March 1, 2017


100 Years of Service

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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Art Rehbein will greet members and guests, give the reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Colleen Merrill will present a program on the Small Business Development Center.
Sue Panek introduced Matthew Kaemmerer, director of the people services for the Oshkosh Area School District (OASD).
Matt Kaemmerer
Matt presented a program entitled: Student Mental Health -- Trends in Treatment.
Here are just few notes from Matt's comments:
1.  1 in 5 students in the OASD have mental health issues.
2. 20% of high school students and 20% of middle school students report having considered suicide.
3. 13.5% of high school students and 7.5% of middle school students have attempted suicide.
4. Many students have no coping skills or have coping skills that are not effective.
5. Developing resiliency is key to all students managing crises in their lives.
6. Traumatic experiences and living in poverty go hand in hand.
7.  Free and reduced lunch numbers have spiked in the OASD recently, which means that more children are living at poverty or near poverty level, which means they are likely to experience more mental and physical trauma in their family lives.
President-elect John asked Bev Harrington to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
The 2017 Rotary flower sale is here! 
Buy your cut flowers or potted geraniums from your local rotarian just in time for Mother's Day. 

Roses $15 a dozen 
Spring bouquets $15
Tulips $10 
4.5 inch potted geraniums $7 

All net proceeds benefit the local community through donations and scholarships by the Oshkosh Rotary Club. 

Place your orders now until the day of the pickup by contacting Lori Renning at 920 216 9429. 
Pickup is on May 12th from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m.
The digital copy of the new Club Directory is now available on the Club Website.  It can be accessed by going to Member Area and in My Club Runner section click on "View Club Documents".   The Directories and listed below the copies of Spokes.
The new Club Runner mobile app for Android & IPhones is available for download.  This app will allow you to access information on our Oshkosh Rotary website. You will be able to view member lists, officers and directors, the calendar of upcoming events and recent stories.
To download the app from the Apple App Store or from Google Play simply type "ClubRunner" in the search bar.  The user id and password for this app is the same one you use to access the member area of our Oshkosh Rotary website.  Try it!!
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

What does it mean to be a Rotary member??    This short video says it well - take a look!



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