Oshkosh Rotary Club         A proud Tradition of Service Leadership Since 1917


Jul 11, 2016
Dick Campbell
Charles Lindberg's Path to Glory . Greeter:TBD
Jul 18, 2016
Jul 25, 2016
EAA Air Adventure
Roundtable at Hotel
Aug 01, 2016
Chancellor Andrew Leavitt
UW-Oshkosh Strategic Plan . . Greeter: TBD

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Welcome to our Club!


Service Above Self

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
Mark Beecher will greet members and guests, give the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
This is a "Changing of the Guard" meeting.  Our new officers and directors for the coming year will be inducted.
President Karen led the Club in reflection ... asking for a moment of silence to honor the passing of Leona Stapel and Dennis Schwab. She then lead the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Brad Hunter introduced the day's guests: James Chitwood and Barb Herzog (Southwest Rotary); Elora Stacey (guest of Michael Cooney); Jack (guest of Lurton Blassingame); and Corey Wells (guest of Sue Panek).
Christy Marquardt reported that the raffle kitty stands at $120 this month; drawing is next week.
Later in the meeting, President Karen invited Bill Kohl forward, and she presented the Bay Lakes Boy Scout Council with a check from our Club for $2,000 to support the Rotary Interact/Venture Scouts activity. Bill noted that about 70 kids will be able to participate in the program because of the donation.
Bill Kohl and President Karen
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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