VOM Rotary Club

VOM Rotary Club

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, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self”. Some of the local community philanthropic accomplishments undertaken by our Rotary Club include providing volunteer and financial support to: R (Recovery) House: a residential counseling and high school facility for teens with dependency problems. The Sierra Youth Center: a residential treatment program for female adolescents, adjudicated by the Juvenile Court. Elementary School Assistance: weekly tutoring/reading and home literacy programs to Flowery and Douglas Whited schools. St. Joseph’s Mobile Health Clinic: a traveling health and immunization clinic serving farm and service workers and their families in Sonoma County. Scholarships: Scholarships annually to graduating high school and transferring Santa Rosa Junior College students. Play Structure: Funding design and construction of a play structure and adjacent landscape development located in the Kenwood Park. Our club also supports a wide range of programs to improve education, safety, eyesight, clean water, health and alleviation of hunger in third world countries. Among them are: Project Amigo in Mexico; Roots of Peace in Bosnia and Afghanistan, Rotoplast in Chile, Nothing But Nets throughout Africa, Adopt A Village in Uganda, Hospital Project in Russia; Village Hopecore in Kenya; East Meets West in Vietnam; Seva Foundation worldwide, and the Wheelchair Foundation worldwide. Meeting Details: Weekly meetings at the Quail Inn on Friday at 7:00 a.m. Contact Information: Marie Theilade Email: mtheilad@pacbell.net

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•John Brodey We all know money makes the world go ‘round’ but the internet has definitely made it spin faster. After the election, I thought

Happy Anniversary

•John Brodey Happy Anniversary S.A.Y. It was 50 years ago, almost to the day, when one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in Sonoma County opened

Charity Begins in the Garage

John Brodey If you saw the Sunday edition of the Press Democrat on Jan 31st, then you may have seen its interesting supplement titled ‘Sonoma

Egg Buster

John Brodey We all read the obituaries for a variety of reasons. For me, it is a somewhat strange way to get to know someone

The Birdman of Alacatraz

John Brodey The Birdman of Alcatraz It’s hard to imagine what the Bastille or Devil’s Island were like but we have experienced about as much

VoM Rotary: Holiday Story

John Brodey A Holiday Story There are five siblings in my family and we are very close despite the age differences and the fact that

Holiday Story

John Brodey There are five siblings in my family and we are very close despite the age differences and the fact that we are very

VoM Rotary 1-1-20 Yo Ho Hum

Well the post-holiday season is now upon us. After that adrenalin fueled retail rush subsides and the detritus of all our celebratory machinations starts to

VOM Rotary: Hit the Road Jack

John Brodey You either love travel or you don’t. For those of us who do, it’s an addiction. I develop restless body syndrome if I’ve

VOM Rotary: Less Is More

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VOM Rotary: All We Are Sayin’

John Brodey Ah, were it all so simple, as John Lennon once implored us, to just ‘give peace a chance’. In retrospect, it seems obvious

End of an Era

Jack Monahan Our club members had an informative visit recently by John McCaull of the Sonoma Land Trust (SLT). He spoke about the closing of

Go West Young Man/Woman

John Brodey Thanks to the 10,000 Degrees high school support program, I have been mentoring a young man we’ll call Rafael since he was a

VOM Rotary (3/1/2019)

John Brodey Okay, since it’s all about the truth, I confess I ‘borrowed’ the above title from my favorite media news source The Week magazine.

Truth or Consequences

John Brodey Can someone explain to me why the networks think it’s a good idea to recreate an old classic show and act like it’s

VOM Rotary: New Beginnings

John Brodey Embracing the new year is not as easy as it sounds. With a clean slate comes the pressure to change. Whether it is


John Brodey The post-Holiday blues are upon us. January is the longest month despite the shortest days. As Californians we are subject to SAD (seasonal

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John Brodey Well for starters, we learned that being of a certain age means we need to be even more vigilant than ever. Efforts to

VOM Rotary: Kids These Days

John Brodey You may remember Father Guido Sarducci. He was the chain smoking, fallen priest who did little vignettes on the old Saturday Night Live.

2018-11-15 VOM Rotary Club

The Season of Giving John Brodey Well, it’s almost upon us as the Christmas Holiday sales’ push, gala events and marketing plans appear to start

11/1/2018 VOM Rotary Club

Youth, Wasted on the Young? * John Brodey That appears NOT to be the case after all. As we discover, immaturity isn’t all it’s cracked

VOM Rotary 10/1/2018

Oakmont Rotarian Susan Boak scrubs a bench to like-new status recently. The club took buckets in hand to clean 14 benches they donated and installed

VOM Rotary Club 10/1/2018

The Best & Worst Of Times John Brodey We cried last night. We came together as a group to our dear friend Laurie’s house. On

VOM Rotary Club 9/15/2018

Bogey and Bacall John Brodey The other night my wife and I turned on the TV and managed to catch the first of a Bogart