Meeting at Downtown YMCA
Jul 03, 2017
Greeter: Dave Sennholz
Andrea Kaminski
Jul 10, 2017
Drawing voting maps so every vote counts Greeter: Darryl Sims
Lisa Nething
Jul 17, 2017
YMCA's Safety City Program . . . . Greeter: Jim Stahl
Jul 24, 2017
EAA Week
Jul 26, 2017
EAA Nature Center
Karen Befus
Jul 31, 2017
The Hub . . . . Greeter:

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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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Oshkosh Rotary Club News
Dave Sennholz will greet members and guests, give the reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Our meeting today will be at the Downtown YMCA new building. 
Sarah Wright, Program Manager for the Weight of the Fox Valley Program of the United Way, offered the day's program.  She is a registered nurse who also holds a Masters in Business Administration.
She stressed that she is not "the food police."
She encouraged members to watch the documentary, "Weight of the Nation," which Weight of the Fox Valley is an offshoot of.  The purpose of these programs is to change the culture of how and what we eat and how active we are.
The Fox Valley Program covers Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago counties, with a population of 400,000 plus. On average, 60% of the people are overweight. Sarah estimates that number is probably closer to 70% in the Fox Valley.
The Program was started in 2014 and the current 2.0 version is stressing the addition of bike lanes in FV cities as well as working with restaurants to change restaurant children's menus from things like hot dogs and mac and cheese to healthier  meals so that young people learn to live/eat healthier.
She asked members to take a pledge to commit to adding one healthy habit to their lifestyle...for example, working out three times a week.
The following is a link to Sarah's presentation:
Anyone interested in learning more about Weight of the Fox Valley or how their organization might be involved may contact Sarah .... e-mail Sarah.Wright@UnitedWayFoxCities.org
President Lori asked John Fuller 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 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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