Greg Pierce & Steve Brandes
Aug 21, 2017
Oshkosh Arena & Milwaukee Bucks D-League Team - - - Greeter: John Vette
Tony Blando
Aug 28, 2017
Chief of Staff for Ron Johnson. . . Greeter: Thomas Willadsen
Labor Day - No Meeting
Sep 04, 2017
Presidents Choice
Sep 11, 2017
Jenni Kundinger & Joe Framke
Sep 18, 2017
Fox Cities Victim Crisis Response Team. . . . 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
John Vette will greet members and guests, give the reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Greg Pierce and Steve Brandes will present a program about the Oshkosh Arena and Milwaukee Bucks D-League Team.
Building the Erie Canal
Bob Campbell introduces our speaker, his Dad
Work began on the Erie Canal 200 years ago, in 1817. The idea was first proposed in the 1870's. It opened on October 26, 1825.
In 1809, President Thomas Jefferson refused federal funding for the project. He commented that an artificial waterway across the state was "little short of madness to think of . . at this day."
Gouverner Morris was an early proponent of the canal. And included formation of the "Western and Northern Inland Lock Navigation Companies" in 1792, which started work by building a canal between the Mohawk River and Lake Ontario. But they soon discovered that private financing would be insufficient to complete the project.
New York Governor De WItt Clinton risked his political career on the Erie Canal. The State provided the financing. The Legislature approved $7 for construction.
The original canal was 363 miles long, from Albany on the Hudson River to Buffalo on Lake Erie. The channel was cut 40 feet wide and 4 feet deep. The dirt was placed on the downhill side to form a walkway, known as a towpath.
The difference in elevation was about 550 feet. Eight-three locks were required to raise or lower boats.
Speaker Dick Campbell
The two engineers were lawyers. "What a mistake!" interjected Gary Yakes.
Aqueducts were constructed to carry the canal over rivers along the way.
As mentioned, the Canal was opened in 1825, among much pomp and circumstance. With Gov. Clinton enjoying the success. 
I must apologize. Dick provided me many of the pictures and diagrams from his presentation. I was unable to convert them to a format compatible with this Rotary program. He did film it for public TV, and provided me a copy for this newsletter. 
Thanks so much to Dick for another outstanding program.
The rise of the railroad reduced the need for the Erie Canal.
Questions arose about the status of the Canal today, I did a little research, :Since the 1990's, the canal system has been used primarily by recreational traffic." (form Wikipedia, the 21st Century Encyclopedia Britannica)
Per President John's request, a distinguished Rotarian led the club in the 4-Way Test
The Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh present the 2nd Annual "Wisconsin's Best Rib Fest" this Labor Day weekend featuring the  best BBQ brought to you by the National Barbecue Cookers Association.  Located in Menominee Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, this four-day family friendly event is a fundraiser to support local scholarships and projects funded by the three Rotary Clubs of Oshkosh.  Help Rotary kick off the campaign to revitalize Little Oshkosh, a community-built playground enjoyed by children and adults all throughout our community.
The dates are Friday thru Monday, September 1 - 4.
Check out the website:
www.wisbestribfest.com   for details on the live music, family fun and more.
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!



Oshkosh Rotary Officers & Directors
President Elect
Sergeant at Arms
Immediate Past President
Vocational Service