Speakers
Dick Campbell
Dec 05, 2016
Pearl Harbor - Greeter: Gordon Hintz
Brad Larson
Dec 12, 2016
"People of the Waters" Exhibit at the Oshkosh Public Museum. . . Greeter: Stephen Hintz
TBD
Dec 19, 2016
Holiday Program - Greeter: Brad Hunter
No Meeting
Dec 26, 2016
No Meeting
Jan 02, 2017
President's Choice Meeting
Jan 09, 2017
Greeter: David Jones
 
 
 

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

Oshkosh

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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Gordon Hintz will greet members and guests, give yhe invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
 
Dick Campbell will present his program on Pearl Harbor.
 
 
 
 
President Lori Renning and Teresa Van Aacken presented a Paul Harris Fellow to the Guldan Family, in honor of Leon Guldan. Leon was afflicted with polio. He passed away this past summer. He gave a bequest to the Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus through our Club.

His widow, Marge, son Jerry, and daughter Sandra Joseph were on hand to receive the honor. Sandra offered a few insights into her father. Growing up, Sandra did not realize that her dad suffered from polio. She described him as a loving, wise man, who did not allow that horrible affliction dictate the life he lived.

Presentation of Paul Harris to the Guldan family
 
Fittingly, today's program was the Rotary Foundation and its Every Rotarian Every Year campaign, presented by Teresa Van Aacken.
 
The Rotary Foundation is 100 years old this year,
 
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation, through various grants, have allowed us in international projects such as the Soy Cow Project, Outreach Africa, Peru Medical, and Philippines Education.
 
 
Theresa Van Aacken
 
Donors who contribute $1,000 to the Foundation, over a multi-yaer period, earn recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow. 32 curretn members, or 42% of the membership, have earned that distinction.
Seventeen have earned multiple Fellow awards.
 
The Foundation's goal is that every Rotarian donate $100 every year.
 
But President Lori's goal is that every member participate in any dollar amount this year. We are aiming for 100% participation in our 100th year. Donating is easy. You can contact Treasurer Jim Stahl, dubbed "the miracle man" by Teresa. Or go to Rotary Direct  at  www.rotary.org/give  to donate directly. Donations can be one-time or one can set up installment payments on a quarterly basis.
Giving is easy. And important!
 
100% participation in 2016-17!
   
 
 
 
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The Oshkosh Rotary Club celebrates its centennial on March 1, 2017. We plan to spread "Service Above Self" in our community through "Random Acts of Kindness".  Our goal is to accomplish 100 acts of kindness by our chartered anniversary date of March 1, 2017.  Check our Facebook page to follow our progress.  
 

 
 
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.

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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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