As we approach the end of this unique and difficult year, I would like to talk a bit about volunteers. Volunteers who serve on committees and do other work for Oakmont have always been a huge reason why Oakmont is such a great place to live. We are a community that has always depended heavily on and benefitted from the hard work of OVA members who devote their time, effort, and talents to making Oakmont what it is..
Oakmont News Delivery Date Change
Reminding you that the next issue of the Oakmont News will arrive on Saturday, Jan. 9. From then on, you will receive it on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.
Town Hall on Jan. 12
Be Ready for Fires and Power Outages
Jan. 12, 1 p.m.
Paul Lowenthal, assistant Fire Marshal for the Santa Rosa Fire Department, and Joe Horak, senior manager for PG&E North Bay and Sonoma Divisions , will be here to guide us through what to anticipate and how to prepare for fires and power outages.
If you would like to speak during open forum, join the meeting with this link:
Passcode: 290018 Webinar ID: 882 3514 6334
If you do not plan to speak during open forum or cannot use Zoom, watch with this link:
If you cannot join via Zoom but would like your open forum comment read, send it to askOVA@oakmontvillage.com
Golf Course Walking Reminder
From Hilary Gruendle, General Manager of VOMC:
Reminder that walking on the golf course is dangerous and not allowed during golfing hours.
We ask that you walk and enjoy the course before 7 am and after 5 pm. Thank you for your continued partnership as we care about your safety.
Club News & Online Events
THE COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL AND TRANSPARENCY COMMITTEE (CETC) BRINGS BACK FIRESIDE CHATS
Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1 P.M.
Perhaps you are feeling isolated after so many months of COVID or missing shared activities and special events in our facilities. Join with a small group (12) of your neighbors for a community conversation on what is on your mind and in your heart regarding living today and tomorrow in Oakmont. The hour-long conversation will be facilitated in a respectful, welcoming environment.
Because CETC is a Board committee, we will share the ideas and concerns with the Board as a way for them to better understand what the pulse of the community is as 2021 takes off. This will be conducted in a confidential manner that respects the privacy of all attendees.
This Fireside Chat will be limited to the first 12 residents who make a reservation. Do so by leaving your name and phone number in an email to
Confirmation will be an email containing the Zoom link to the Fireside Chat on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.
Training Available for Neighborhood Emergency Response Volunteers
From Your Map-Your-Neighborhood Team
It’s a great idea to have someone in your neighborhood who has Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) to work with other neighbors. Some very good ‘response’ info and exercises provided during CERT training can go a long way towards improving how your neighborhood might respond during an emergency.
Northern Sonoma County CERT is restarting basic training with immediate online training and in-person (Covid-19 compliant) training starting in 2021. CERT is a FEMA-approved program designed to target the adult population interested in disaster services and volunteerism. Click here to read more about the program.
In order to allow new volunteers to begin training for certification, the National CERT Association created an online classroom self-study program that volunteers can use to complete some of the training for certification. This self-study program is free, should take between 12 and 14 hours to complete and can be done according to your own schedule using any PC or Apple computer or tablet. After completing the self-study, you will still need to take the in-person, hands-on training which will be offered by the Northern Sonoma County CERT program.
The in-person, hands-on training will be conducted in small groups in Northern Sonoma County with full Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) after the first of the new year (2021). The in-person training is also free but requires the use of the CERT gear that has a cost of $75 per person. The gear will be provided free to anyone who cannot afford it and will provide the gear at a discounted cost of $50 to any MYN or COPE volunteers or family members of first responders.
The CERT Basic Training Class in English is here: https://cert.hazready.com/CourseCatalog?friendlyId=DP000047
If you have questions, please contact:
Geoffrey Peters, Program Manager
Northern Sonoma County CERT
The Great Decisions foreign policy discussion group is continuing its Monday meetings
at 10 a.m.
On January 4, the group will discuss President-elect Biden’s choices for senior foreign policy positions. Who are they? What are their backgrounds? What does that indicate for likely policy?
If you are interested in participating in these discussions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakmont Dog Owners/Lovers
Save the Date: Thursday, Jan 28, 3 p.m.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m., the Canine Club will have its first 2021 activity, a virtual meeting that both you and your pup can attend via Zoom. All members will automatically receive a Zoom invitation. (The dues for members who paid in 2020 will roll over for 2021 and members are on the current mailing list.) All Oakmont dog lovers are welcome.
As this difficult year comes to a close, there is a positive note: Oakmont Happy Tails Dog Park. Although a few things are left to be done, the park is up and running. Ongoing care of the park has been taken over by Oakmont maintenance staff. The Canine Club board encourages club members to provide help and oversight. To meet that goal, a new board position, Dog Park liaison, was created; and Peri Olinger, the current social director, has enthusiastically agreed to also take on the Dog Park liaison function. Peri has already organized several club members to also help. If you have questions, suggestions or feedback regarding the dog park contact Peri at “email@example.com” or call her: 707-479-6961.
If your club has an activity that you would like to have considered for notice in the e-blast, go to oakmontvillage.com/submit and follow the instructions on the screen.