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Our Club Celebrates 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
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Thomsa Harenburg will greet members and guests, give the invocation and lead the Pledgeof Allegince.
This is a President's choice meeting.  Come and see what Laurie has for us.
Melissa Kohn introduced Mary Davis, Monday's speaker.  Mary is the Executive Director of the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation.
Mary Davis
Mary introduced the Promise Scholars Program.  She related the following:
•125-150 technical colleges around the country are starting such programs.
• 67% of all jobs require some training beyond high school.
• There were 10,000 jobs available in the Tech Connect system in Wisconsin last year. That system connects employers with students who are potential employees.
• The Poverty Rate in this area is the same as 2008 when the country was entering a recession. However, now people aren't unemployed, there are underemployed, not making a living wage.
• There are good paying jobs available, but high school students aren't aware of them.
• Many HS students don't pursue post HS training because they don't think they can afford it.
• 59 programs at FVTC have 100% employment upon graduation. Many other programs also have high placement rates.
• The FVTC Promise Scholars programs hope to graduate 3,000 students from the district in coming years.
• To get involved with the Promise Program, students must 1) show interest, 2) attempt to tap into Federal/State tuition programs. If nothing is available the FVTC Foundation may pay for tuition. The student must maintain a 2.5 GPA, go to school full time, do 8 hours of volunteer service each semester, and participate in the college success program.
• Mary asked members to spread the word about the program to neighbors, friends, relatives to get the word out to high school students.
• The Program's goal is to reach 600 high school students this school year.
• Consider investing in the program. Visit the website to learn more.
• 200 programs are FVTC cost less than $15,000 to complete.
More information can be found at www.FVTC.edu/FVTCPromise.
President Lori asked Mary  Jones to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close 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 year 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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