Our Communications Committee is always on me to not “bury the lede” in my articles. I appreciate this – they’ve done a lot in the last two years to help me tighten up my writing so I can communicate useful information to you without driving you crazy.
Still, I defy anyone to determine the lede in this article. Here, you’ll find a mishmash of reflections on various, possibly topical topics. Maybe “topical topics” should have been the title of this article.
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OVA Election Ends, Results in July
- Marty Thompson
Oakmont’s election is over, but the results won’t be known until the postponed annual meeting and ballot-counting Monday, July 6, the delay an effect of the coronavirus emergency which has stopped public gatherings.
There are 1,445 ballots to be counted, easily topping the 802 required for a quorum. Members also may turn in ballots at the annual meeting.
Four directors are seeking re-election to the four board seats on the ballot, with the only question to be decided is which one receives the fewest votes. The fourth-place finisher will serve a one-year term, the others two-year terms.
Ballots are in the hands of the inspector of elections, Grapevine Property Management in Rohnert Park, and will be brought to Oakmont the morning of July 6. After the 10 a.m. annual meeting in the Berger Center a team of volunteers organized by Nancy Caldwell will count the ballots under the inspector’s supervision. The board will meet that afternoon at 2 o’clock for its yearly organizational meeting.
Until then, the president and other officers are expected to continue in their roles.
Progress on Solar Carport Project
- Julie Kiil
Field Geologist and drillers collecting soil samples for engineers designing the Solar Carport project for Oakmont’s recreation center parking lots.
Nick Sadler, a Field Geologist with Terracon Consultants, and California Geotech were on location drilling to collect soil samples that will be given to engineers to analyze before constructing the Oakmont Solar carport project. The engineers will then take the reports based, on the soil samples at various intervals and locations throughout the parking lot to determine construction design.
The objective is to drill down with the B24 rig drill to around 20 feet or until refusal or hard soil stops the drill. The hole in the photograph was just under 20 feet A B24 rig drill. The B24 drill was assigned to the project as it has very limited access to drill.
The soil samples will go to the lab to run multiple tests to determine and measure the exact soil strength, composition, contaminates, and more to inform the reports to Solar Craft for the design of the construction plans.
Food and Activity Resource List
There are new updates this week to the food and activity resource list. Here they are:
Sonoma County YMCA Virtual Hub
Everything from LIVE virtual fitness classes, healthy recipes, and mental health resources are available at the Sonoma County YMCA’s Virtual Hub. Check it out here:
Tips Roadside – Reopening!
Tips is reopening on Friday, April 10. Curbside pick up and free delivery to Oakmont are available. Orders can be made by calling 707-509-0078. Please leave a message and the restaurant will call back or go online at www.tipsroadside.com.
Redwood Empire Foodbank
VOLUNTEER: Every month we rely on volunteers’ generous support, which would otherwise require the work of 45 full-time staff members. We have a variety of fun jobs to choose from.
GET FOOD: Anyone in need of food can contact Food Connections at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. We can also help you find Produce Pantry & Groceries to Go sites in your neighborhood.
DONATE: Help the Redwood Empire Food Bank stock our warehouse shelves and distribute food to our neighbors in need. Without your help, we couldn’t do what we do.
These and more helpful activity and food resources are available here:
Food and Activity Resource List
Donate Your Unused CPAP/BiPAP Machines
Ventilator SOS is a non-profit project that has been launched by two UC Berkeley engineering students to urgently assist healthcare workers and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a truly collaborative, all-volunteer effort, comprised of many different people – all generously donating their time in a spirit of cooperation. COVID-19 has caused drastic shortages of ventilators during the fight against COVID19. During emergency situations, when there is no or limited access to available ventilators, sleep apnea machines can be converted to provide breathing support for some COVID patients. For example, Ventilator SOS says, one potential use would be during the weaning process from full ventilation. For COVID19 patients weaning from a ventilator can take multiple days. Moving the patient to a converted sleep apnea BiPAP machine would free up a ventilator for COVID19 patients with more serious respiratory disease.
If you have an unused CPAP or BiPAP machine and would like to learn more about how to donate it for this cause, visit:
This information was shared with the OVA office by Bob Flandermeyer.
Town Hall Video
Club Insurance Coverage
A new e-blast feature will highlight the work OVA maintenance staff is doing inside facilities and on grounds through Oakmont during this time of clusure. This week staff have been deep cleaning each facility from the ceiling down. This includes sanitizing all hard surfaces, tables, chairs and Fitness Center equipment. OVA has contracted to have the carpeting, vinyl flooring, tile floors in locker rooms and bathrooms steamed cleaned at each facility, along with all of the sofas and fabric chairs.
Additional projects maintenance is working on:
- Maintaining pools and spas water chemistry per SCHD requirements on a daily basis
- Hiring contractors to make repairs to the WRC tennis courts (while they’re closed)
- Procurement of five AED’s
- Removal of trees in preparation of installing less invasive trees along White Oak Drive
- Coordinating safety measures to remove and replace sidewalks along White Oak Drive after tree removal is complete
Many activities and events have been canceled or postponed as a result of shelter-in-place orders. Some groups are holding virtual meetings. Please check club websites for additional information.
OTLC has canceled all April and May classes. Refunds are being processed and will be sent out. In early May OTLC will determine whether June classes will be canceled as well. www.oakmont-learning.org Oakmont Technology Learning CenterOakmont Technology Learning Center www.oakmont-learning.org will have updated information. Please be safe everyone!
Sha-Boom has canceled the Cinco De Mayo dinner/ dance that was scheduled on May 8, 2020. Sha-Boom leader Ray Haverson will post news on other scheduled events in the Oakmont Newspaper and via email updates. In the meantime, Ray sends regrets for cancellations and advises all to stay safe and remember the six-foot rule. Contact Ray at 707-539-6666 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Spring classes have been canceled. Credit card registrations have been refunded and registrations made by personal check are being processed by Santa Rosa Junior College and will arrive shortly.
Lifelong Learning is also canceling the Campbell Jazz concert scheduled for May 7. Refunds have been processed through PayPal. For questions regarding refunds, please contact email@example.com.
Please watch this section of Oakmont News for news on upcoming concerts and Fall classes.
Upcoming Virtual Events
Teleconferencing events are included as well.
If you’re holding a virtual event that is open to the entire community, please let us know each week by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., and we will include the information in the next e-blast.
The Oakmont Sunday Symposium will continue to have virtual lectures each Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
There will not be a lecture on April 12 as that is Easter Sunday.
The lecture on April 19 features Mary Foley, Ph.D., from UCSF. Dr. Foley is an expert in infectious diseases and will be speaking on COVID-19 and be available to answer your questions. If you are interested, sign into the Sunday Symposium website at www.oakmontsundaysymposium.org and click on “Live” there will be instructions on how to watch the presentation and participate in the Q&A.
The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Groups are continuing to meet every Monday at 10:00 a.m. The topic for Monday, April 13, will be “Why is Finland the Happiest Country in the World?” If you are not on the Great Decisions email list and want an invitation, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zoom Yoga Class
Live Forrest Yoga Zoom classes are meeting three times a week
Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.
Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.
Class rate $60 for 6 classes.
New students need to send an email to receive a Zoom invitation to the class: email@example.com
Payment -checks to 9327 Oak Trail Circle
or use the app Venmo @carol-king-95
Futures Club – Getting Ready For Fire Season
The Oakmont Futures Club is continuing its our weekly lecture and Q&A series every Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Past lectures are posted on the website – www.oakmontfuture.com. The lecture for April 15 will focus on “Things to do NOW for the upcoming fire season – batteries and generators.” If you’re not on the Futures Club email list and want an invitation for the link, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 17, 11:00 a.m., Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman
The Oakmont Genealogy Club is continuing the weekly lecture series on famous women of the 19th Century, with a particular focus on suffragists. The lectures are each Friday at 11:00 a.m. They are recorded and posted on the website – www.oakmontgenclub.org – under “Recent Presentations.” The lecture for April 17 will focus on two women who are difficult to study because they were both escaped slaves: Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman. If you are not on the email list and want an invitation, send an email to email@example.com.
Christopher Sork is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Cafe Mortel Online
Time: May 6, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 666 397 270
Just For Fun
Inspirational Signs in Oakmont
Since one of the safe things to do is take a walk in our neighborhoods, Julie Kiil took these pictures of a resident’s daily chalkboard inspirational messages for walkers. Here are some examples from the spring garden…
COVID-19 had turned the tables…
For about another week you will find beautiful dogwoods in bloom strolling down Stone Bridge Road. Take a walk when the sun is bright. Or later in the afternoon when the sun starts to set. The blooms are magnificent and will be gone by late April.
Chevrolet’s new Charmin Truck
If you thought the Tesla Truck was something, you should see how preppers are flocking to the new Charmin Truck…