Around and About with Oshkosh Southwest Rotary

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Where did the summer go? Southwest Rotarians have been so busy that time just flew by and it’s already autumn.

September started with Labor Day weekend and helping out with Wisconsin’s Best Rib Fest at Menominee Park. Saturday night’s crowd was large and even with the rain on Sunday and Monday a good time was had by all who attended. Rib Fest is a fundraising event for local scholarships and is put on by all three Oshkosh Rotary Clubs.

Southwest Rotarians also welcomed a new Rotary Exchange student from Japan who is proving to be a fun loving individual who enjoys all things Wisconsin. (We’ll see what he thinks when the temperature drops below zero).

Meetings are held weekly at the Best Western Waterfront Premier Hotel at noon on Wednesdays. There have been some awesome speakers presenting to the club as of late. Among them, Wilson Jones CEO of Oshkosh Corporation, speaking on the new world headquarters being built in Oshkosh. Also local author Amy Lauer spoke about the movie being made from her book A World Such as Heaven Intended. An induction ceremony was held for 3 new Rotarians, Karen Schnieder, John Davids & Kevin Corkin, where past President John Hobbins delivered a stirring induction speech on the worldwide benefits of Rotary. Presentations were also made by inbound exchange student Emily on her year in Spain, by Cassie Daniels of the Oshkosh Business Improvement District and the new Oshkosh Area School District Superintendent Vickie Cartwright presented her vision for the district. Upcoming speakers include Neil Hansen who will be presenting on his new book The Last Plane Out of Cambodia, the Oshkosh Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year, and District Governor for Rotary 6270 of WI, Mr. Kola Alayande.

John Hobbins, Jeff Corkin, Karen Schnieder, John Davids and Jeff Potts at the recent induction ceremony.

Rotarians aren’t just about attending meetings and helping by working at events. A great time was had by all at the annual Founder’s Picnic, with boat rides, grilled chicken and ribs, beverages, an apple shooting slingshot contest and of course wonderful fellowship. The upcoming 4th Annual Perfect Pair event at Brighton Acres on November 1 pairs beers with the various courses of a gourmet meal. This event is open to the public and have proven to be delicious in year’s past.

Southwest Rotarians enjoyed a picnic honoring the club’s founding members.

There’s a long list of planning going on as well. Plans are in the works for the Bowling ‘Funraiser’ and a new event ‘Mac & Brew Fest’ which will pair everyone’s favorite mac and cheese with locally brewed beers. There will be entertainment as well as raffles and prizes. This event will benefit the Rotary Arboretum in Winnebago County Community Park as well as other projects throughout the Oshkosh area and several abroad. Planning is also underway for the annual Christmas Party at the Boys & Girls Club benefiting families who otherwise wouldn’t have much for the Holiday.

Those interested in joining can visit www.oshkoshrotarysouthwest.org.

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