Thank you to our current sponsors:
Cash Sponsor - Choice Bank
Goodie Bag Items
Affinity Health System
Supple Restaurant group
We need more cash sponsors! Interested? Sponsorship Form
To the Oshkosh Community –
The Oshkosh Jaycees are a small volunteer organization that gathers as a social group to promote, organize and advance public events in the Oshkosh region. Our events are only capable of being successful with the help from volunteers and in-kind financial assistance from local businesses. Unfortunately, as a growing trend, both of these resources have become difficult to obtain.
Our two largest events that support the Oshkosh community with free admission, in which rely solely on sponsorships of local businesses, are the annual Easter Egg Hunt and Children’s Day Parade and are yearly located at South Park. Due to lack of the above listed resources, the Oshkosh Jaycees Board of Directors regret to inform the Oshkosh Community that we are unable to continue with the tradition of the Children’s Day Parade.
The Children’s Day Parade originated in 1932 by the Ohio Street Civic Association, which was formed by local businesses. At South Park, paraders collected treats from the civic association committee, joined their parents and friends for a band concert and picnic, and awaited decisions by the judges on winning parade floats.
Over the decades, the Ohio Street Civic Association dissolved and the Oshkosh Jaycees helped continue the tradition. The parade has since become a smaller event with roughly only 50 children participating. The Jaycees continued to award prizes to the favorite floats and also began a tradition of raffling off bicycles for children ranging from toddlers to teenagers. Locals continue to comment about their wish for this event to grow to the size they once remember from decades ago, but our small volunteer organization is not in the position to make this happen.
We hope that another local organization is willing to step-up and take over this cherished tradition. The Oshkosh Jaycees will assist in all efforts in making it a smooth transition. If your organization is interested in this event or would like more information, please contact us.
Congrats to the 2013 Oshkosh Jaycees award recipients:
C. William Brownfield Award – Kate Putzer and Andrew Sulewski
This award is presented to a first year Jaycee in recognition of their significant achievements during their first 12 months of membership.
John H. Armbruster “Keyman” Memorial Award – Melissa Pezzuto
This award is presented to an outstanding Jaycee who has continued to show support, dedication, and enthusiasm for the Junior Chamber following their first year of membership.
Project of the Year – Brews n’ Blues (Co-chairs Nick Belville and Megan Lindsey; not pictured)
This award is presented to the project chairpersons of the event that made an impact in the community and was an excellent fundraising event for the Jaycees.
Jaycee of the Year – Jaime Kordosky
This award is presented to the person who has made a significant impact on the Jaycees throughout the year.
The 2014 Board and Directors
Save the Date – Ice Golf – 2/16/14
Save the date for Sunday February 16th as we have our annual Ice Golf event. We will gather on Miller’s Bay to play a challenging 9 holes then head back to land for lunch and libations. Contact Jaime if you are interested in helping with Ice Golf.
Meet at St. Tommy’s for a couple of bloodys and drinks at 8:30 am.
Around 9:30-10am we will gather on Miller’s Bay to play a challenging 9 holes then head back to land for lunch and libations.
You will need a club, tennis ball and warm clothes. Bring a flask and have some fun!
Warning: If you are a klutz, you may want to wear some padding.
Next General Membership Meeting
Tuesday January 21st – Oblio’s Lounge – Back Room
Join us for the next GMM at Oblio’s Lounge. 434 N. Main St.
6:30 p.m. – drinks and socializing
7:00 p.m. – meeting begins
The Jaycees teamed up with Santa to visit our PALS school, Washington Elementary. Santa and his elves stopped by the school to visit with the kids and bring them cookies as well as winter clothing donations. As always Santa was very welcomed and appreciated. Thank you to everyone who donated cookies and supplies.
This year we look forward to visiting our PAL school Washington Elementary again and bringing Santa with us to say “Hi!” to the kids! We will be collecting cookies to bring along with us at our general membership meeting on Tuesday, December 17. Then on Wednesday, December 18 at 10:30 a.m. we will deliver the cookies to the children! Ho ho ho!
Thank you to all the gracious people who did amazing things for the Oshkosh Jaycees this year!
December 2012 – Chad Miller and Maggie Doyle our Washington Elementary PALS liaisons
February – Jen Dunham went to State Convention and reported back
March – Vicki Layde was the Easter Bunny!
May – Andrew Sulewski manned the Speedway Raffle
July – Sarah Kiel, Jen Srnka, and Kevin Clark kicked butt with Children’s Day Parade recruitment
August – Kate Putzer spent a lot of time making Children’s Day Parade a success!
October – Jaime Kordosky organized the State Volleyball Tournament
November and December Jaycees of the Month still to be determined!
Just a reminder that we will be collecting winter clothing for our PALs school, Washington Elementary, at the December meeting.
Supplies can also be dropped off at Absolute Transformations Salon on Ohio St.
Keep a look out for those great deals! Don’t have time to shop? You can donate funds at the meeting and we will shop for you!
Our last membership meeting for 2013 will be at Oblio’s Lounge on December 17 at 7pm. Show up early for networking and drinks! Want to get involved in the Oshkosh Community in 2014? This would be a great meeting to attend to learn about how the Oshkosh Jaycees helps the community.
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