Patricia Hallquist
Jun 05, 2017
Evidence of Climate Change . . . .Greeter: John Schatz
William Kohl
Jun 12, 2017
Boy Scouts of America . . . . Greeter: Karen Schibline
Sarah Wright
Jun 19, 2017
Wright of the Fox Valley . . . . Greeter: Vicki Schroeder
Changing of the Guard
Jun 26, 2017
Greeter: Gail Schwab
Jul 24, 2017
EAA Week

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Club Information

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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Oshkosh Rotary Club News
There is no meeting on this Holiday.
John Schatz will  greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Patricia Hallquist will present a program on Evidence of Climate Change.
President Lori introduced Don Hazaert from the Oshkosh Salvation Army Office to provide an update on that organization's activities.
Don Hazaert
Don told the group that the Salvation Army (SA) is the second largest non-profit agency provide aid to those in need.  It is the largest non-governmental service provider for those in need, and it is the largest provide of aid to children in the U.S.
The SA's focus is to provide for human needs "where we find it and how we find it."  He said the SA assesses the local needs in each community and responds to those needs not being served.  For example, he noted that Father Carr's Place to Be and the Day-by-Day Warming Shelter provide shelter for homeless people here in Oshkosh, so the SA does not address that need, but rather focuses on other needs.
There is an Salvation Army Corps for every zip code in the United States, though some Corps may serve more than one zip code.
.82 cents of every dollar given to the Salvation Army goes to direct services to the needy.
Economist Peter Drucker has identified the Salvation Army as the most efficient organization in America.
The SA recorded 14,000 volunteer hours of service in Oshkosh in the past year.
The Salvation Army Food Pantry is used by 1 out of 10 families in Oshkosh at some point in the year.
The SA's Community Meal Program serves an average of 50,000 meals each year.  There are no requirements to participate -- you just need to be in need of food.
The Oshkosh Salvation Army Corps also manages the annual Toys for Tots campaign, the Coats for Kids campaign, and provides rides for veterans to the Veterans Clinic in Appleton.
The Oshkosh SA office has two state-licensed social services agents to assist those in need.
A new fundraiser is being introduced by the SA in Oshkosh this year -- the Pedal Out Hunger Ride.  It will be held on June 17.  Anyone can assist by riding, donating, or sponsoring the event.  100% of the proceeds will go to the SA's food programs.
The Oshkosh SA is in a "quiet campaign" to begin raising money ($5 million in endowments) to build a new facility. It has purchased the properties adjoining its current location and is developing plans for the site. Gettler & Associates will lead the capital campaign. The old headquarters will be torn down and that area will become the parking lot for the new facility, which will be two story
The current drawing of the proposed new Salvation Army headquarters
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

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