What Brought Us Here?

Star Power

We all have stories in our journey through life and I really enjoy hearing them, so I reached out to some of our VOM Rotary members and asked them how they came to join Rotary. Here are a few:
“I was at a block cocktail party when the current VOM President invited me to a Rotary Meeting.  I didn’t know what Rotary was but I said yes as I was retiring in a few weeks.  The speaker the day I attended was amazing.  A few weeks later the President asked me if I wanted to attend another meeting and I was so pleased that I could.  The rest is history.  I’ve been a Rotarian for over 10 years and loved every minute of it.  Wonderful friends and so many opportunities to help others.”

When “I moved to Santa Rosa in 1977, a new client of mine invited me to a local Rotary meeting. The speaker described an international medical project that was repairing cleft palate cases for young kids living in poverty overseas.  My older brother was born with a cleft palate that was not surgically repaired until he was 6 or 7. It was a deformity that impaired his speaking ability and disabled him socially for the rest of his life. He committed suicide at age 39. That visiting speaker was the primary motivation for my joining Rotary.  Lots of other great Rotary projects I’ve learned about since, but that one was the spark for igniting my interest in Rotary.”

“When we moved to Oakmont I wanted to get to know the community.  I had heard of Rotary, associated it with “doing good things” but, I really didn’t know much more.  The members were very welcoming and the speaker informative.  Knowing you can’t judge anything from one meeting, I attended another, and then decided to join for a year to give it a “try”.  It’s been about a half dozen years and I’ve stayed for a variety of reasons.  Over the years, I have gained an appreciation of the various organizations, services, and people that serve this area. This awareness has benefitted me personally more times than I could have expected. I was amazed at the outpouring of support offered up by Rotarians in surrounding counties during the 2017 fires that hit Sonoma County.  These Rotarians made it their mission to make sure every Rotarian had a pillow to lay their head on within 24 hours of the evacuations. Rotary is an amazing organization that utilizes the diversity of others to do an incredible amount of good both locally and globally.” 

Maybe one of these personal accounts might entice you to drop in on one of our meetings, which are held at the East Rec Center on Thursday mornings at 8 a.m. If you know someone in Valley of the Moon Rotary club, let them know you’d like to attend. If not, call or e-mail Art Fichtenberg at 707-484-1051, e-mail afichtenberg@aol.com.


AARP Driver Safety Course

A newly designed AARP Smart Driver course is returning to the Oakmont Central Activities Center starting in August. Note: The June 23 class was cancelled. 

Movie: The Best of Me

A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.