Kiwanians Invited to Prairie Fest


Monday Morning

We had 16 members at the Retlaw Hotel on Monday morning plus our guest speaker, Tracy McDermott from the Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum.  Bonnie Baerwald circulated the sign-up sheet again for the Relay for Life Brat Fry.  Charlene Pettit again circulated a sign-up sheet to gauge the possible interest in a “Music Under the Stars” outing.  Gary Miller is working on organizing an InterClub to the Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club on Friday, July 25th.  Their meeting is at 8:00AM and they’re usually done by 9:00AM.  Gary will look for volunteers next Monday.  Vickie Goldapske was the winner the 50/50 Raffle drawing on Monday and she drew the Ten of Clubs, a $10 winner.  Next week’s drawing will have 17 cards with four pay cards and a pot of at least $474.  Congrats Vickie.

Tracy McDermott – Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum

Tracy McDermott has been the Executive Director of the Gottfried Prairie & Arboretum since January 1st, 2014. Tracy came to talk about the upcoming Prairie Fest that will be held on Saturday, July 26th from 10:00AM – 3:00PM. Prairie Fest is held at the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum on the UW-Fond du Lac Campus at 400 University Drive. Prairie Fest provides a day of activities for the whole family. Enjoy prairie tours, arts, demonstrations, and presentations by local experts. There will be Programs & Tours, an indoor and outdoor Prairie Playzone and Program Tents that will feature Chicken Farming, Lasagna Gardening, Beekeeping and Worm Farming.

Restored with seeds collected from plants found in the last original prairie remnants in Fond du Lac County, the 42-acre prairie located on the UW-Fond du Lac campus serves as a living snapshot of the wildlife and colorful landscape that was once common to this region. Adding a 4.5 acre formal arboretum representing eight types of Wisconsin forest communities, the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum provides a unique opportunity for education and the enjoyment of our natural heritage. The prairie is home to many species of invertebrates, birds, and small mammals, but the mission of the Gottfried Prairie and Arboretum extends beyond maintaining a wildlife habitat.