Rob Kleman, Oshkosh Chamber
Jan 23, 2017
Business Development Update . . Greeter: John Jorgensen
Dr. Susan Szabo
Jan 30, 2017
Community for Hope . . . Greeter: Jack Klein
Jeff Gilderson-Duwe
Feb 06, 2017
Oshkosh Public Library Vision & Strategic Plan . . .Greeter: Melissa Kohn
Wilson Jones
Feb 13, 2017
Oshkosh Corp. . . . . .Greeter: Stan Mack
Feb 20, 2017
. . . Greeter: Christy Marquardt
Mary Beth Growney Selene
Feb 27, 2017
Rotary Foundation Centennial . . . Greeter: John Matz

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Our Club Celebrates 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
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John Jorgensen will greet members and guests, give the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Rob Kleman from the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce will present a "Business Development Update".
Michael Rust introduced Rachel Monaco-Wilcox, JD, Founder, CEO, and Executive Director of the LOTUS Legal Clinic, which provides legal options for trafficked and Underserved Survivors.
Rachel Monaco-Wilcox
LOTUS assists survivors of crimes and human trafficking in asserting their legal rights. They help arrange economic, social, and emotional support for trafficking victims as well. In addition to legal services, LOTUS works for policy change, offers prevention and education programs, and encourages survivor leadership and mentoring.
Human Trafficking includes:
•Sex Trafficking- victim forced into commercial sex trade against their will.
•Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) – forced sexual services of children
•Labor Trafficking- forced labor or services in Domestic Servitude, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Construction, Factories, Service Industry, Hotels, Restaurants, Nail Salons
She noted that Oshkosh is an active human trafficking location as part of the "corridor" of activities that takes place from Chicago, through Milwaukee, and on up Interstate 41 to NE Wisconsin communities. She said there is demand in the area for "sex slaves" because of various conventions, activities, etc.   She also said that federal authorities typically conduct annual "sting" operations to catch human traffickers and Wisconsin has been 3rd in the nation for the number of people caught ... many along the I-41 corridor.
She told members about the website Backpage, where people advertise for sex services, etc.  When asked why such pages aren't shut down, she said that law enforcement uses the pages to conduct sting operations so they have not promoted closing the pages down.  (However, on Tuesday after our meeting, David Hayford shared a new story about Backpage:
Fighting accusations from members of Congress that it facilitated
child sex trafficking, the classified advertising site Backpage.com
abruptly closed its adult advertising section in the U.S. on Monday,
saying years of government pressure left it no choice but to shutter
its most popular and lucrative feature.
The decision came shortly after a U.S. Senate panel released a report
alleging Backpage concealed criminal activity by removing words from
ads that would have exposed child sex trafficking and prostitution.
The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations is scheduled to
hold a hearing on the report Tuesday morning (1/10/17). Backpage’s founders and
executives will appear in the hearing but do not plan to testify,
according to their attorneys.)
Rachel observed that primary targets of human traffickers are young girls and boys between the ages of 13-16 years old.  In one scenario, a trafficker would "scout" for young people at local malls, looking for the child who's on the fringe and may lack self-esteem/self-confidence. They'll begin a conversation with that individual and work on getting them to run away from family and friends.
She said many of the victims end up with criminal records, having been caught as prostitutes, drug "mules," or involved in other illegal activities while under control of the trafficker. LOTUS helps the victims clear those records so they can get a new start on life after getting out from under the trafficker. "We rebuild lives," Rachel said.  She said the victims they've helped have ranged from 27 to 52 years old ... stressing that it's very hard to get out of a trafficking situation.
She noted that Reach Counseling is an active local advocate for human trafficking victims.  (Following the meeting, David Sennholz talked with Rachel about his daughter's work with Damascus Road, a human trafficking victim's support group ... www.damascusroadproject.org.)
She encouraged people to be aware of situations where someone looks they are in an uncomfortable situation and try to reach out to help, if possible.  If not, she said information should be provided to local law enforcement. 
Here's a link to an Oshkosh Northwestern story about a presentation about human trafficking that took place here in Oshkosh last May:  http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/news/local/2015/05/14/oshkosh-advocates-raise-awareness-human-trafficking/27319023/
Another resource for information about human trafficking is www.polarisproject.org.
Sue Panek shared that United Way is currently sponsoring a serial program entitled, The Hero Effect, on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). This Saturday's program, to be broadcast at 11 a.m. CST on the OWN network, will focus on human trafficking. She noted she has not seen the program but hopes that it will be informative and worthwhile.  The OWN network is available on various cable and dish services in the area.
Here's a copy of a brochure that Rachel shared with Club members:
President Lori asked Sue Panek to lead the Club in the Four-Way Test to close the meeting.
Rotary Stories
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.

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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