What Brought Us Here?

Star Power We all have stories in our journey through life and I really enjoy hearing them, so I reached out to some of our

Trouble in River City

John Brodey Trouble in River City Yep, we’ve got problems right here in our own little piece of paradise. Times may have changed but so

What in the World

Star Power What in the world? Pandemic, drought, fires, war — blah, blah, blah! What in the world is going on here? Whatever happened to

Peace on Earth

John BrodeyPeace on EarthThat holiday reminder of what we as a species should always strive to achieve has, once again, been rendered nothing more than


Founded in Oakmont in 2000, our club is one of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. Our 50 club members are volunteers who work locally,

We are looking for you!

Star Power We are looking for you! Oakmont has residents from every walk of life and residents are able to make new friends and possibly

Good News

John Brodey GOOD NEWS Good news is hard to find these days, especially in the face of a 24-hour news cycle and a seemingly infinite

We are the world

Star Power WE ARE THE WORLD We are the world, We are the children, We are the ones who make a brighter day . .

New Year’s Promise

By John Brodey New Year’s Promise For most of us, the new year brings with it a promise of hope, of change. It’s an annual

Lessons of the Past

By John Brodey Lessons of the Past Almost everyone reading this remembers getting a Polio shot/oral dose during their childhood. Actually, Polio has been around

Tis The Season!

Star PowerTIS THE SEASON! For Rotary, it’s always “the season”. Not just a date on the calendar or a holiday in December. It’s always the

Black Friday

John BrodeyBLACK FRIDAYWhat a terrible name for anything unless it is a catastrophic stock market crash. A financial disaster is rather ironic inspiration for a

Express Yourself

Star Power EXPRESS YOURSELF Do you have great ideas, but nobody’s listening? Are you a problem-solver? Are you a leader? Do you care about things,

In ? We Trust.

• John Brodey In ? We Trust. The real question is not about who we trust but rather about who we should trust. Trust has

Who are Rotarians

By: Star Power WHO are Rotarians? Did you know Rotarians come from all walks of life – every nationality, religion, size and shape, every profession

It’s Getting Better

•John Brodey It’s Getting Better Yes, it’s getting better all the time, as the Beatles once sang. Most of us would agree that while the

Rotary and Beavers?

•Star Power ROTARY AND BEAVERS? If you’ve been reading this column for a while, you might have gotten the idea that Rotary is sort of

More of Same?

•John BrodeyMore of Same?It sure feels that way. While we all wait for the end of the pandemic and a more complete return to normalcy,


Star Power “ROTARY? WHA?” (that’s “What” in adult-speak), I asked, 11 years ago.I was shooting a few games of pool with a friend and, after

The Power of One

•John Brodey In an increasingly globalized world, it is even harder to imagine one person really being able to make a difference. As the VOM

Who Needs Kotter?

John Brodey That’s right, WELCOME BACK is the operative phrase. Vinny and the Sweathogs have come and largely gone but here we are celebrating the

Ch – Ch -Changes

•John Brodey Well, it’s that time of year again as we get ready for a changing of the guard at the VOM Rotary Club. The

Smokey Says

John Brodey Smokey Says: It is unsettling to see our fire season now begin even earlier than ever before.This topic is on top of everyone’s

Let’s Eat

•John BrodeyLet’s EatWell, it’s been quite a while since anyone has stopped in the Quail Inn for a drink, but that is about to change.

Money for Nothing

John Brodey Here we go again. Maybe it is the tax season that makes it seem as though I’m preoccupied with money. But in my