Strunka, Hattendorf, McKinney Receive Oakmont Volunteer Awards

Al Haggerty

Elke Strunka, Sue Hattendorf and George McKinney were lauded for their volunteer work on behalf of all Oakmont residents at the 53rdannual meeting of the Oakmont Village Association April 1 at Berger Center.

“Part of Oakmont’s uniqueness,” Steve Spanier, board president, said in his state of the association remarks, “is that the experience and expertise of so many amazing people is willingly given to the community in the form of committee work. Thank you all for lending part of yourselves to making Oakmont better.”

Bob Chapman, treasurer of the Oakmont Community Foundation, with 2019 Susan C. Millar volunteeer honoree Elke Strunka. (Photo by Keith Sauer)

Strunka, the current and former OVA treasurer, received the Susan C. Millar Commemorative Community Service Award, named for the late Susan Millar, a long-time volunteer. Director Tom Kendrick thanked Strunka and said OVA is “in her debt” for her efforts as treasurer “in so many amazing ways.”

Hattendorf and McKinney received Community Service Volunteer-of-the-Year Recognition.

Hattendorf is the driving force behind Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE), which she organized in 2004. Director Marianne Neufeld noted that in addition to her work in recruiting and training COPE leaders, Hattendorf has offered free tax service to Oakmont residents for 19 years, organized the Sonoma County Homeowners and Renters Assciation Program and is on the board of the regional food program FISH (Friends in Service Here).

McKinney was honored for his committee and subcommittee work “to help make Oakmont a better place.” Director Al Medeiros noted McKinney’s efforts organizing grandparents, leading technology forums and helping with Life Long Learning and

Sue Hattendorf and George McKinney hold awards they were given as Oakmont’s volunteers of the year. (Photo by Keith Sauer)

Sunday Symposium.

Spanier, thanking members of Oakmont’s many committees, said without their efforts, “dues could easily be twice or three times as high.” He also thanked Kevin Hubred, association general manager, and the OVA staff. “You are the glue that holds our community together. Boards come and go, but the comfort our residents feel when their questions and problems are handled with knowledge, professionalism and kindness is because of you. On behalf of our community, please accept my sincere gratitude.”