Written by Becky Snyder
I can’t believe it’s June already! While the weather maybe doesn’t indicate (yet) that it’s the beginning of summer, Rotaract Oshkosh is ready and hungry for what the next few months will bring – our goals include new members, bigger service projects, epic fund raising and of course, fun.
The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance, and, as Bethany mentioned last month, we now have an American Flag hanging proudly in our meeting space at The Algoma Club. Jerry kicked off the meeting by introducing the newest board member, Crystal Seeley, who is now the Chair of Interact Relations. Crystal will manage the relationships between Rotaract Oshkosh and the area’s three Interact groups – Oshkosh West High School, Oshkosh North High School, and Lourdes Academy. She will help us by communicating news and events from one group to the other as well as coordinating joint service projects. Crystal will be a huge asset to Rotaract Oshkosh’s board and will play a significant role in the development of the Oshkosh Interact groups.
Per usual antics, we have to have a little free brain storm session at the beginning in the form of Change for Change – a game in which we pass around a change jar, collecting spare money for ideas. And, we usually have a lot of ideas! Last nights topic was “how can we promote our group in Oshkosh?” Many great thoughts were shared and we’re excited to implement as many as possible. So make sure to listen and watch for us in the community this summer!
The meeting was packed full of information on fundraising and upcoming events. Read on to find out more on what’s to come this summer….
Peabody’s Ale House Trivia, Monday, June 24 6-7:30pm
Jerry has set up a trivia night hosted by Rotaract Oshkosh at Peabody’s Ale House in Oshkosh. Jerry will be running this event (he is a trivia expert) and we encourage everyone else to form a team and come to participate! Rotaract Oshkosh will receive a portion of the night’s proceeds and if we are successful, this could be a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly event for our group. So make sure to stop by Peabody’s and support the group, and tell your friends and family to stop by, too! Let us know if you’re attending on our Facebook page.
Butcher Block Brat Fry, Saturday, July 27 10am-2:30pm
Becky has arranged a brat fry sponsored by Rotaract Oshkosh at Butcher Block in Oshkosh. We will need 4 people at the stand at all times – and can do this in two shifts. Please sign up on Facebook if you can help. We will buy all of our products (brats, burgers, chips, soda) from Butcher Block, decide a price to charge, and then receive all the proceeds. Pretty sweet deal! Plus, we’re helping out a new, local business. Joe is going to help with getting signage around the area.
Upcoming Running Events:
Titan 5k, Saturday, July 20 8:45am start time (Through Menominee Park)
Shelly will be organizing a Rotaract group to run in this 5k. Anyone interested should sign up on the Titan 5K website. Cost is $15 per person, $17.50 per person after July 8. The race benefits the Endit Movement, specifically for the Love146 Charity (which is for the abolishment of child trafficking and exploitation).
Tough Mudder, Saturday, September 7 – Sunday, September 8, EAA Grounds
Tough Mudder is coming to Oshkosh! If you are interested in running, please contact Shelly Dei. If you are interested in volunteering – please sign up! They need a lot of help those days and volunteers get great perks. Like a free shirt, reduced event admission for a future race plus free admission day of (spectators must pay an admission fee!). Rotaract Oshkosh will have a volunteer team which you can sign up for on Facebook.
Upcoming Service Projects:
The focus this summer is going to be on big service projects with the most “bang for their buck.” We hope to get close to a full turnout at all service projects from all of our members.
Oshkosh Community Pantry, Saturday, June 15 9am-12pm
Join us for a morning helping stock shelves at the Oshkosh Community Pantry. Everyone please try to attend. Sign up on Facebook if you can attend.
Men Who Cook Benefit, Saturday, June 22 5-10pm, UWO Reeve Memorial Union
Christine Ann Center is hosting their annual Men Who Cook Fundraiser at Reeve Memorial Union. Men from the community will be preparing a delicious meal. Admission is $65. Christine Ann is looking for volunteers interested in helping out with anything from bartending to cleaning to helping with the raffle. If you are interested, please contact Dale DeVries at [email protected]
In addition, we are working with Dale at the Christine Ann Center to determine a time to hold a four hour advanced volunteer training. This training is needed to work directly with clients and children. Please use this Doodle poll to elect the best dates for you. Please note: The training is 4 hours total. The options are to either do the training in one day or to break it into two, two hour trainings. Keep that in mind when selecting your dates (if you are available for two, two hour trainings, please make sure you select at least TWO different weekdays to attend).
Last but surely not least, we welcomed our amazing guest speaker, Cari Tetzlaff from the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. Cari is the Volunteer and Foster Coordinator with OAHS. As a proud owner of an adopted animal from OAHS, this meeting was especially interesting!
Cari spoke on behalf of fostering pets and how to help keep pets happy and healthy. What was really interesting are all the reason that fostering an animal is really something that I personally think anyone can do! Whether you take a pet into your home or you provide monetary or supply donations to a shelter, there are a ton of ways to help.
Animals in foster care are there because they are not yet ready to be adopted. This can be for a number of reasons – perhaps kittens are not yet old enough, an animal may be recovering from surgery and just needs the extra attention, there could be an illness, or it may just be an anti-social pet who needs lots of love and attention before being adopted. Whatever the reason, there are always animals who need a foster home.
Cari at OAHS is a pro at matching each person or family with the perfect animal to foster. If you have kids, have other pets, live in a small apartment or have never had a pet before, it doesn’t matter! Cari will help you find a foster animal that will fit perfectly with your situation. For more information on how to foster, contact Cari at 920-303-3166 or [email protected]
Our next meeting will be held at Algoma Club and 6pm (same time, same place!). We are still waiting to lock down the guest speaker, more details to come soon.
Until next time!