Oshkosh Rotary Club         A proud Tradition of Service Leadership Since 1917


Aug 01, 2016
Chancellor Andrew Leavitt
UW-Oshkosh Strategic Plan . . Greeter: Bll Bracken
Aug 08, 2016
Michael Rust
TEDxOshkosh . . . . . . . . Greeter: Dick Campbell
Aug 15, 2016
Tom Blaze & Bill Wyman
YMCA Program . . . . . . . Greeter: Katie Cook
Aug 22, 2016
Greg Pierce
Milwaukee Bucks D-League Team . . . . Greeter:
Aug 29, 2016
Heidi Keating
Heroin Task Force . . . . . . . Greeter:
Sep 05, 2016

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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
United States
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Bill Bracken will greet members and guests, give the invocation and lead the Pledgeof Allegiance.
Chancellor Andrew Leavitt will present the program on the UW-Oshkosh Strategic Plan.
President Lori introduced David Sennholz and Cathy Zimmerman to update the Club on news about our Tailoring School Project sponsored with the Illigan City Rotary Club. David advised that he had just learned that our Club did receive a District Grant of $3,000 to be combined with the $7,000 our Club has already raised. The school will serve 50 students an 50 adults.  This program is in addition to the $2,000 our Club presents annually to the Mindanao Rotary Club to help 25 students obtain the necessary school supplies that will enable them to attend school each year. Without the supplies, they are not able to attend school.
Cathy Zimmerman (left) and David Sennholz
Next Assistant District Governor Craig Burnett introduced Julie Craig, our current District Governor, and District Governor Elect Jeff Reed.
Craig Burnett
Julie Craig
Jeff Reed
Craig noted that Julie was born in Milwaukee but currently lives in Kenosha. She has been involved with Rotary International for 15 years. In her career, she has been a CPA for 28 years. She has been married to her husband, Rich, for 30 years and they have two daughters in college.
She reviewed the four avenues of service  for Rotary -- those being Vocational, Youth, Community and International service -- and talked about a variety of activities that our District is or will be involved with in the coming year. 
She encouraged members to follow the District's Facebook page for current District News and to seek ways to become involved in District activities.
President Lori asked Jeff Reed to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting
Rotary Stories

Our meetings have already begun as all three Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh start to prepare for our new fundraising event.  This collaborative event called the Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh present Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest, will take place Labor Day weekend of 2016.  We do expect all of our members to help in one way or another with this event as it will take place over four days and require a lot of planning, as well as volunteering that weekend. Much more information will be available in the coming months. 
Check out the Power Point presentation "Rotary Barbeque Weekend" in the Document Download section of this web site.

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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