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Oakmont Kiwanis update

Oakmont Kiwanis update

Oakmont club serves local schools

By Beverly Singer

Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members, and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time.

The Oakmont Kiwanis club members strive to fulfill this mission in many ways. They meet weekly via Zoom on Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m. to plan many activities that aid schools, students, and our community.

According to one of the Oakmont Kiwanis’ past presidents, Charles Ensley, “One of the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont’s long-standing traditions is to present a gift to speakers at our meetings. Instead of a Kiwanis coffee mug or ballpoint pen, we present a certificate informing them that a book in their name has been donated to Luther Burbank Elementary School in Santa Rosa. Our foundation budgets $600 yearly for this project.

A recent report from the school librarian informed the Oakmont club that she was able to order 36 books in the amount of $599.15. She said it was the only source of donated books to their library.

Another past president, Wendell Freeman, does yard work and helps the pupils and teachers of Luther Burbank Elementary with growing vegetables and maintaining fruit trees he planted for them. He was recently there pruning their roses. Wendell is 98 and now says he could use the help of any gardeners who would be interested in Kiwanis Club service to schools.

Oakmont Kiwanis is also active in projects at Kenwood Elementary School, Montgomery and Maria Carrillo High Schools, as well as the Boys and Girls Club. Even though the club meets in Oakmont, at least half of the members live in other areas all around Sonoma County. If you are interested in joining, contact Jim Stewart at [email protected] com, 755-3756; or Tricia Shindledecker at [email protected], 836-0980.

Oakmont Kiwanis club member Charlie Ensley takes a break to read theKenwood Press after volunteering at the school.Photo by Beverly Singer