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nAl Haggerty

Committee Moves to Restore Citizens’ Emergency Response

Moving quickly to restore Oakmont’s emergency response capabilities, a special committee has begun rewriting the charter of the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee to mitigate concerns about financial and legal liability. Pat Barclay, co-chair of OEPC, said he expects the first of what could be several charter revisions to be presented to the Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors at its regular meeting Dec. 16. The six-member ad hoc committee includes Barclay and two other OEPC members, Jim Ouimette and Mike Noble, and OVA Board members Frank Batchelor, Bob Giddings and Andy Altman. Board President John Felton is also involved. With four board members providing input, Barclay said he anticipates board approval of the first charter revision. Concerned about financial and legal liability, the board directed OEPC last month to cease all activities, including emergency response efforts, pending a

nGrace Boyle

Holiday Roundup

It’s looking a lot like Christmas here in Oakmont with the December calendar filled with holiday parties and dances. Festivities began with the Oakmont Lawn Bowlers Christmas Gala on December 5 and will wind up, after a pause for Christmas, with two grand finales—the New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball sponsored by both OVA and the Dance Club and the New Year’s Eve Bash at the Golf Club. The Berger Center was the setting for dancing, dining, awards presentations and Christmas singalongs when the Lawn Bowlers gathered for their Christmas Gala. Music for the party was provided by Jess Petty. Also on December 5, the OVA staff took time off to meet at the Golf Club for a Christmas luncheon. People who love to dance agree that the best dances in Oakmont are hosted by, you guessed it, the Dance Club. The club’s Holiday Gala took place on December 6. Following dinner, DJ Steve Luther kept the music coming for dancing and dancing and dancing. Oakmont Lanes Club, whose members participate in Nintendo Wii Bowling, welcomed the holiday season at a Christmas party on December 9. The club has two groups who play at two different times and the Christmas party was a chance for all to get together. It’s always a good party when the Oakie Folkies get together. The group met for a Holiday Jam and Party on December 10. According to Oakie Folkies spokesperson Janet Dove, “Neighbors and family members were invited to enjoy the picking, strumming, singing and laughing.” The Boomers Club gave members a nice Christmas present on December 11—a free party at the Berger Oakmont Village Association 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5906

review of the issues involved. “It’s a step-by-step process,” Barclay told the Oakmont News, following a telephone conference between the ad hoc committee and the OVA attorney. The first charter revision, he said, addresses restoring COPE activities, radio communications and some minor emergency center activities. “It is my hope that those portions of Oakmont’s emergency planning and response efforts can be reinstated within the next few weeks.” COPE is Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies, which organizes responses at the neighborhood level. Barclay said moving COPE out from under the OEPC-OVA umbrella is an easy step. Under the new charter, he said, COPE would operate like the Sunday Symposium or any resident-run Oakmont group. Tougher issues, such as anything related to medical activities and transportation, will be addressed in future charter revisions, Barclay said. “I’m encouraged,” he said, “We’re going in the direction I wanted to go.”

Center with music by The Contingents. “We also spread the Christmas spirit with our Toys for Tots drive,” said Boomer Heidi Klyn. “We collect bins full of toys for needy children.” The Bocce Club celebrated the season at a Christmas dinner on December 12. Member Lynn Wycoff reported that there would be “surprise entertainment by locals.” (This story went to press too early to report what that surprise was.) The Tennis Club’s Holiday Party was held on December 13. Following a social hour and dinner, the inimitable Charley Baker took over for dancing. Awards were presented to champions of the year’s tournaments with the big prize going to “Most Valuable Member.” Helen White will host the Quilting Bee’s Christmas party at her home on December 17. We’re told that Joan Rumrill will once again provide a fun game that last year “had us all in stitches (pardon the pun).” When the Fitness Club has its Holiday Dinner/ Dance on December 19, Frank Schretlen will be sitting at his usual Table for 8. It’s a tradition. Frank has been reserving a Table for 8 every year since FC’s first holiday dance in 2004. He is one of the founders of Oakmont’s Dance Club in 1988. According to FC member Julie Kiil, “Frank Schretlen’s reserved table has become a fixture for making the holiday party exciting and fun. We call it Schretlen’s Dance Table for 8 and it’s close to the dance floor. Frank dances every dance, choosing his partners from all the ladies there.” See holiday roundup on page 3 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

December 15, 2014 • Volume 52, Number 24

CAC Holiday Look

Corrine and Jack Monahan take in Oakmont’s Christmas tree and menorah in the lobby of the Central Activities Center. The holiday display was set up and the tree decorated by Oakmont Village Association Manager Cassie Turner and members of the OVA staff. (Photo by Marty Thompson)

Oakmont Maintenance Superintendent Leaving

nMarty Thompson

Mark Rogers, who has been Oakmont’s Facilities Maintenance Manager since August of 2013, has resigned to return to the construction business. Rogers has been overseeing major improvements to Oakmont’s recreation facilities and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the maintenance operation. He will be joining Petalumabased Midstate Construction Corp. as a commercial construction superintendent. “I will be getting back into what I’ve been doing for 30 years,” Rogers said. Cassie Turner, Oakmont Village Association Manager, has begun seeking a replacement. Rogers cited accomplishments during his tenure, including moving forward capital projects, such as rebuilding the East Recreation Center locker rooms, the West Recreation Center remodeling now underway, the two-part upgrading of the Berger Center plaza and rebuilding of the bocce courts. He will be away for three weeks over the holidays starting Dec. 19, returning for three weeks in January. Rogers said he hoped to overlap with a successor.

Inside the Oakmont News Volunteer Opportunities.....................3

Oakmont Puzzle..............................17

Golf Club News...............................5–6

Relocation of West Rec. Classes & Events........................................23

OVA-Sponsored Events......................16

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