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Oakmont Kiwanis Club OVA Shred-A-Thon

Oakmont Kiwanis Club  OVA Shred-A-Thon


It didn’t rain on the parade of two lines of cars stretching through the Oakmont main parking lot on the morning of Jan. 29th. It was fast-paced work, unloading boxes and bags of papers to be shredded. Kiwanians had many sore backs to nurture in the afternoon, but we know it was a valuable community service, and we will do it all over again in six months. The large shredding truck was filled to capacity by 11:30. We were sorry to have to turn people away with apologies.

The next Toxic Waste Collection event will be Feb. 23, from 2-7 p.m. Please call 707-364-6927 to schedule an appointment or ask questions. You may wonder what Kiwanis Clubs are all about. I assumed they were mostly social clubs, but now I know they are that and much more. They are built on service to children, schools, and communities. Kiwanians of the Oakmont Club are found helping students at the Kenwood School, Luther Burbank School, Montgomery and Maria Carrillo High Schools. During the pandemic, we helped the high school students at the Redwood Empire Food Bank three times. During the holidays, we rang bells for the Salvation Army donation kettles.

The students are wonderful to work with. They are leaders dedicated to helping others, our community, and the earth we live on. When the pandemic is over, we will look forward to once again reading with students at Kenwood School. We recently made a donation so teachers could purchase dictionaries for their 2nd grade students. Our hard-working 98-year-old member, Wendell Freeman, has cared for and planted fruit trees and roses to beautify Luther Burbank School for years, in addition to numerous other projects. The students are always excited when Wendell shows up.

The Kiwanis Club also supports our local Boys and Girls Club and many other groups involving children. We had to change our usual food drive this past year, but it still happened. Canned goods were brought to the Kenwood School pick-up spot.

Have you learned something about Kiwanis and would like to join our Oakmont club? These days they meet on Zoom at 8:30 a.m. every Thursday. They usually check in earlier to say howdy and catch up on happenings. To get the link, contact Tricia Shindledecker at [email protected] or Jim Stewart at [email protected].