One of the Oakmont Kiwanis Club's most recent endeavors has been the shredding service offered free to Oakmont residents by the Oakmont Village Association. The Club provides the manpower. The latest effort resulted in between 400 and 500 residents bringing paper to shred and batteries to dispose.
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
Oakmont Kiwanis Club's largest fund raising effort every year is the Pancake Breakfast held at Oakmont Gardens. A busy week and day setting up chairs and tables, bringing in equipment, distributing table utensils, making pancakes, serving food and beverages, and enjoying the clients, all with the indispensable help of Oakmont Gardens staff. This year's Breakfast was perhaps the most successful yet with about 600 avid eaters and the largest receipts so far from ticket sales and private donations. Proceeds go to the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont Foundation to support children and families.
For many years our Club members have served as course monitors for Santa Rosa's annual Human Race in May. Members spread out over the course and direct the runners and participants from many philanthropic organizations along the right routes.
Grounds and Garden Care at Schools
The Oakmont Kiwanis Club's long close relation with Luther Burbank Elementary School's teachers and students involves some physical activity as well mentoring students. Specifically, Kiwanians have helped clean-up, plant and nurture areas such as the rose gardens around the school and the fruit trees and garden boxes the students use to grow food plants. The Spring of 2015 brought the need to rematch all of these areas and the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont and school parents pitched in one weekend to put in the new mulch. Lots of shoveling, carting and spreading the mulch resulted in a fresh appearance for Luther Burbank School.
Back to School Shoperones
Each year the Salvation Army organizes an event at a local department store that provides children in need funds to shop for items they need such as clothing. Oakmont Kiwanis Club members volunteer to help the recipients find the items they need and keep track of how much of their allotment has been used before they check out (as well as often contribute to any deficits in the students' "bills").
Kiwanis One Day
Montgomery High School Key Club
Both Oakmont Kiwanis Club and Montgomery HighSchool Key Club members got together on a Saturday afternoon to assemble "Birthday Bags" for client families of the Redwood Empire Food Bank. The idea was to provide mothers with all the ingredients they need to make a birthday party for a child. Each bag contained a baking pan, cake mix, icing mix, candles, birthday card and a couple of reading books. The group made short order of 200 birthday bags and had a great time in the process. Many thanks to the student for the idea!
Wii Bowling Tournament
Rincon Valley Educational Foundation
In March 2015 Oakmont Kiwanis Club and The Rincon Valley Education Foundation teamed up to raise funds for the Rincon Valley School District and Kiwanis projects at Austin Creek Elementary School. Twenty lanes of bowling teams had a rousing time along with food to eat and prizes to win. The event included a now annual match between Oakmont Kiwanis Club and Valley of the Moon Rotary Club with the Kiwanians taking the title on the basis of the highest individual score. The Wii Bowlathon has been an annual event for several years due to the inspiration and work by the Oakmont Lanes Wii Bowling Club.
Every size bowler could be found among the cheering crowds urging each other on.
On the Kiwanis Team Wendell Freeman was the most energetic.
Kiwanian Sandi Wald was not only the most relaxed and casual bowler on the team, she also had the highest score - much higher than her team mates.
Christmas Bell Ringing for Salvation Army Red Kettles
Oakmont's Annual Veterans Day Parade
The Oakmont Kiwanis Club sponsors this event in honor of former Kiwanian, now deceased, Mel Ruiz who originated the idea and organized the first parade thirteen years ago. Along with the OVA staff and Oakmont Gardens, the Club is involved in all aspects of planning and conducting the parade. Oakmont Kiwanis members are joined by Key Club students and Oakmont residents to make it possible and veterans are honored at a reception after the parade. A great day for all.