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Oscar Mireles Receives 2022 Rotary Club of Madison Youth Service Award

–presented by Joyce Bromley on July 27, 2022

Oscar Mireles (left) pictured here with Club President-Elect Charles McLimans

Each year, our club recognizes up to six members for their service to our Rotary Club in one of the five avenues of service which are club, community, international, vocational or youth service.  Today, I am going to introduce you to a Rotary Club of Madison 2022 Youth Service Award recipient.

Oscar Mireles has been a member of our Rotary Club of Madison for 14 years.  If you know Oscar, you know he is passionate about helping young people realize their educational goals.  He has been Executive Director of Omega School for the past 28 years.  In his role at Omega School, he has helped thousands of young adults earn their GED Certificates. 

For the past seven years, Oscar has served as a member of our Rotary Scholarship Committee.  Each year, he has read over 35 lengthy scholarship application forms, has helped conduct the student interviews and has helped select recipients for our annual four-year college scholarship program.  It requires extensive volunteer time each year, and he did it for seven years.  He didn’t stop there.  Oscar has also mentored several of our Rotary Scholars to help them navigate their college years since most of our scholarship recipients are the first in their families to attend college. Oscar is currently serving as a trustee of our Madison Rotary Foundation as well.

Oscar makes a huge difference in our club and in our community.  For his Service Above Self efforts, the club board of directors has named him as one of our 2022 Rotary Club of Madison Youth Service Award recipients.  The Club has made a $200 gift in Oscar’s name to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Oscar, we offer our congratulations to you!

I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin

–submitted by Bob Dinndorf; photo by John Bonsett-Veal

DSC_0023Club member Oscar Mireles provided an engaging and personal presentation after a book he has compiled titled “I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin.” Oscar talked about his family and reflected on the deep cultural shifts away from and then back to his native Spanish language. His presentation illustrated the Rotary Four Way Test through reading of his original poetry. The room was perfectly quiet as he read. At one point Oscar broke the spell by complimenting the Club’s high quality listening skills.

The Four Way Test and poem titles included: “Lost and Found Language, History Lesson, Why Did you Name Me Javier Dad? and My Mother is a Social Worker.”

The four Mireles children are acknowledged as Oscar’s primary life influencers. They were portrayed onscreen in two colorful summertime slides joyously waving while on a boat ride. Life according to Oscar, is good indeed.

Oscar’s presentation was preceded by a shout out from his longtime table mate, Charles Tubbs. After acknowledging the importance of Charles’s friendship developed over the course of 200+ Rotary meetings, Oscar announced he is ready to expand his Rotary acquaintanceship through sitting at every Rotary table by year end.