Oakmont E-Blast 11-30-2020

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Facilities Update

Power Will Be Out at Rec Centers to Connect To Solar Panels

PG&E will be turning off the electricity at the following OVA facilities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the dates listed below to allow the solar arrays to be connected to the switchgear. 

All classes and events are canceled on these dates, including pool reservations. 

West Rec on Wednesday, Dec. 2 

East Rec on Thursday, Dec. 3 

Berger/CAC on Thursday, Dec. 10 

Seeking Candidates For Board Opening

The Oakmont Board of Directors is seeking candidates to fill a position on the board. President Steve Spanier resigned effective Nov. 20, and qualified members who have lived in Oakmont for at least one year and are in good standing should send letters of interest to Dawn McFarland at dawn@oakmontvillage.com by December 1.  Spanier was elected to the board in 2018. The candidate selected by the board to fill the vacancy would be subject to election at the next Annual Meeting in April. 

Town Hall Meeting

Oakmont Emergency Committees Discuss The Glass Fire

Dec. 1, 1 p.m.

In the wake of the Glass Fire, Oakmont emergency preparedness committee members will present a Town Hall to review procedures and next steps to be prepared for the future.  

There will be presentations from members of Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) and Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) as well as an opportunity to speak at Open Forum.  

If you would like to speak during the open forum, please join the meeting with this link:

Passcode: 859347 Webinar ID: 840 9276 1360

If you do not plan to speak during open forum, or cannot use Zoom, please watch with this link: https://oakmontvillage.com/live

If you cannot join via Zoom but would like your open forum comment read, please send it to AskOVA@oakmontvillage.com


Holiday Employee Appreciation Fund

The holidays are here and this year looks very different than any other. Navigating a pandemic has been tough on staff and our Oakmont community alike. Through it all, OVA employees have continued to work behind the scenes maintaining the grounds while office staff has transitioned to working from home. We’ve been able to make the necessary accommodations to continue to serve the community as best we can – from a distance.  

 If you are wondering how you can recognize the efforts of the OVA employees, you may contribute to the Annual Employee Appreciation Fund. This gives OVA’s non-management team a little extra pat on the back through a holiday bonus gift. Donations will be distributed at yearend. This fund allows residents a way to shine a spotlight on the dedication of our amazing 15 non-management employees with a special “Well done!”  Participation is, of course, voluntary. Members who wish to make a donation – however large or small – may contribute via check by Dec. 11 by mail to: OVA at 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A. Please make checks payable to OVA and in the lower left corner of the check memo line, write “EMP APP Fund” (OVA Employee Appreciation Fund.). If you’d prefer to drop off your check at the office, there will be a clipboard outside of the Architectural Office with envelopes. Please make sure any contributions are placed in an envelope and marked “EMP APP Fund” and deposited into the mail slot of the Architectural Office.  

We can’t shout our thanks loud enough. Our staff deeply misses the daily interactions with residents and cannot wait to be able to return. We hope this fund puts a little extra cheer into the season for a very deserving group of employees! 

Walk The Courses – But Not During Playing Hours

From Hilary Gruendle, golf course manager:

You may walk your dogs on Valley of the Moon and Sugarloaf golf courses before 7 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m.  Dogs must be on leashes, and you must pick up after your dogs.  Walking is allowed on the golf cart paths only.  No walking on the fairways.” 

Walking golf course paths during playing hours is incredibly dangerous as well as trespassing.  

Club News & Online Events

Oakmont Community Foundation Offers Online Donation For Firefighter Appreciation Fund Drive

The Oakmont Community Foundation now has an online donation capability for the Firefighters Appreciation Fund that has been launched to express gratitude to the valiant men and women for their heroic efforts in the Glass Fire.           

All donations to the OCF are tax-deductible and the “Firefighter Appreciation Fund” will go to the non-profit foundations at our local departments to support education, training, and equipment to strengthen the capability to fight wildland fire.  That will be the focus of our fund drive.  

To make an online donation with a credit card, please visit www.oakmontcommunityfoundation.com and click on donate. Donations by check can be mailed to Oakmont Community Foundation, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409). Please specify Firefighter Fund on the memo line.  

Download the donation form to pay by check at https://oakmontcommunityfoundation.com/charitable-donation-form/ 

Please join this wonderful opportunity to express heartfelt gratitude to our brave firefighters. 

Golf with Branch 92 – SIR #92

Under the new leadership of Dr. Jim Knapp and John Barrett, Branch 92 invites interested golfers to play every other Thursday, except on holidays, on the Sugarloaf course. Golfers must be or become members of Branch 92 or 53. The cost for a year’s membership in Branch 92 is a donation of $10. 
The new leadership leads off on December 3 with a competition of First On and First In. Learn more about this format or to join contact John Barrett; johncbarrett@comcast.net

Understanding mRNA Vaccines

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m.

The news from Pfizer and Moderna about their outstanding initial results for a COVID-19 vaccine makes it important to understand this type of vaccine, which is very different from conventional vaccines. It is based on messenger RNA (mRNA) and will be the first time any vaccine has been commercialized using this new technology.  By the time we have this meeting, both firms are likely to have applied to the FDA for Emergency Authorization Use. 

Professor Joseph Lin of Sonoma State, who teaches Immunology and Virology, will explain what an mRNA vaccine is, why it is different and why it represents a major advance in vaccine technology. There will be an opportunity for extensive Q&A after his lecture. 

If you’d like to participate in the Zoom meeting, email futureoakmont@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the list. 

Sponsored by Sunday Symposium and Futures Club 

Oakmont Sunday Symposium Broadcast Series

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 safety protocols, speakers have been engaged to present either pre-recorded sessions or to appear in LIVE sessions. You won’t want to miss any talks, so please check the Upcoming Talks page weekly for the latest instructions:  http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org.  Join each Sunday at 11 a.m. on the date of the talk to engage with the speaker. 

Dec. 6: Kayleen Asbo, PhD 
Beethoven: A Life of Resilience 

We all love Beethoven for his majestic and exquisite music, but there’s a lot more to his story.  He was a child prodigy, and his father brutally forced him to develop his talent so that the little boy could support the family.   Beethoven was flogged, locked in the cellar and deprived of sleep for extra hours of practice.  Kayleen will tell us how Beethoven’s life was a model of  courageous creativity and an example for all of us on how to transform tragedy and heartbreak into beauty and hope. 

Dr. Asbo is well-known and much beloved by the Oakmont community who have attended her many presentations via the Oakmont Lifelong Learning program.  

Thank you for your support and participation.  We’ll be back January 10, 2021.  

Please consider a donation to the Oakmont Community Foundation earmarked for The Oakmont Sunday Symposium. 

Wildfires On Our Minds

Finally saying goodbye to the 2020 fire season, which, sadly, left much destruction in its wake through our region and continued to rattle our collective nerves.  Please join the Sierra Club for one or both of these upcoming events discussing wildfire. Both events will be held on Zoom, but you must register through the provided link and then you will receive a Zoom link separately. 

Film Screening and Q&A 
featuring  Chapter Conservation Chair Tom Roth, 
Chapter Forest Committee Chair Jeanne Chinn 
and Sonoma County Parks Deputy Director Melanie Parker 
3:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 

THE WEST IS BURNING examines the history of forest management and social conflict that led to the current conditions, causing longer fire seasons and unprecedented destruction.  In the last 20 years, wildfires have already burned an area the size of California and Florida combined.  If nothing is done, we’re likely to see a steady increase in wildfire impact across these shared landscapes. 
The documentary has just been released and is screening on PBS affiliates as well as in public screenings such as this one.  Running time is about one hour, and there will be about a half hour afterwards for questions and discussion. 
Space is limited, so please register early here: