Jeremy Cords
Sep 24, 2018
Fox River Locks . . . . Greeter: Liz Rice Janzen
Dick Campbell
Oct 01, 2018
Remembering the Battle of Midway . . . . Greeter: Heidi Kerkhof
John Jorgenson
Oct 08, 2018
Addiction and Drug Court . . . . Greeter: Mark Rohloff
Michelle Rector
Oct 15, 2018
Meeting at The Howard ( Former Eagles Club) . . . Greeter: Michael Rust
Rick Debe
Oct 22, 2018
Rotary Water & Sanitation Grant Initiatives . . . . Greeter: John Schatz
Jim Schell
Oct 29, 2018
Wittman Regional Airport . . . Greeter: Karen Schibline

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Club Information


101 Years of Service from March 1, 1917

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
Liz Rice Janzen will greet members and guests, give a reflection and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Jeremy Cords will present a program on the Fox River Locks.
United Way Kick Off -- This past Monday was the annual kick-off event for this year's United Way Campaign.  A number of Oshkosh Rotary Club members were present ... I believe we filled nearly three tables of 8. Peg and Paul Larson are this year's Campaign Co-Chairs.  Sue Panek spoke and outlined the three areas of primary attention for this upcoming year:
1. Early childhood development
2. Mental health awareness
3. Access to local jobs paying a living wage.
Here's a few statistics she shared: 
• 43% of OASD students qualify for free lunch
• 44% of students live with just one parent. 
• 16% of households in Winnebago County live below the poverty level
• 88% of youngsters are not reading by kindergarten.
• Wisconsin ranks 25th nationally in the reading level when tested at the 4th grade level.
• Children raised in low-income homes are exposed to 30 million fewer words by the time they're 4 years old.
• 46% of Oshkosh households do not make enough money to meet all the basic necessities.
• 51% of household do not make enough money to set money aside for retirement.
• Wisconsin jobs are increasing in areas where the pay is less than $20K/year.
• Barriers to obtaining access to jobs that pay a living wage are: transportation, education, child care, and work-related expenses (e.g., steel-toed shoes)
Chili Cook-Off  -- is set for Saturday, October 13th. It will be held at a new location - the Leach Amphitheater. Volunteers will be need to help out that day. Our chili team needs help! David Hayford is "throwing in the apron" after a long and illustrious career, so a 4th volunteer is needed to assist veterans John Fuller, Jack Klein, and Cathy Zimmerman (in alphabetical order). However, Jack Klein has a conflict with a family event that day so can't participate either. THE CHILI TEAM DESPERATELY NEEDS TWO VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST!

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
Oshkosh Rotary Officers & Directors
President Elect
Sergeant at Arms
Past President
Director 2019
Director 2019
Director 2019
Director 2020
Director 2020
Director 2020
Director 2021
Director 2021
Director 2021