Kiwanis celebrates its 106 birthday this year. We like to recognize the role of Kiwanis Oakmont members and what we do for the community, schools and children. In the Kiwanis magazine is their mission statement which fits right in with the service done by the Oakmont Club. The statement is, “the mission of Kiwanis magazine is to empower and inspire Kiwanis members to make lasting differences in the lives of children—-and to share their powerful work with the world.” The Oakmont Kiwanis Club sponsors Key Clubs at Maria Carrillo and Montgomery High Schools. With these wonderful, service oriented young adults, we recently have helped at the Food Bank and collected canned goods. In the past they have participated in Earth Day and other events. The Kiwanis Club members also read to students at Kenwood School and donate to purchase dictionaries for 2nd grade students to use and keep for lessons in that grade and the next grades. We donate time and money at Luther Burbank School and received a nice letter recently from the librarian thanking us so she could purchase books for the school library. Here in Oakmont you know that the Kiwanis Club does the work of the BIG shred-a-thon twice a year. If you missed the one earlier this year, start saving those important papers. We will be doing the next Shred-a-thon this summer. I have asked one very good volunteer, John Rector, to write a little about himself and Kiwanis. John says, “ I was introduced to Kiwanis by Ryan Dunlap while working in our Oakmont office. Ryan told me I should join Kiwanis because they are a Herat group. I joined and after going to a meeting I realized how Kiwanis did so many projects that were important to me, children, community, service projects and fundraisers. I lived in the small town of Kenwood and participated with others to put on the 4th of July parade and festivities which supported the Kenwood Fire Department. I realized that a little of my time could add a great deal of happiness and friendship to others. The 4th of July Parade always had a group of Kiwanians riding in the back of Wendell Freeman’s truck. I have never regretted joining Kiwanis, and it opened my eyes to the knowledge that there are many more things to do that are important in our everyday life that can help others. The appreciation shown by the public for our Oakmont shred-a-thon is a good example.”
The Oakmont Kiwanis Club invites you to help us serve your community and children. Interested? Contact Tricia Shindledecker-tricias@EstatePath.com or 707-836-0980 or Jim Stewart-jstewart@royalaa.com, 707-755-3756

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