Sonoma Sun Event Calendar

Oakmont Sunday Symposium Oakmont East Recreation Center

Sunday June 5th - 10:30am

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium provides a forum for speakers on diverse topics such as science, history, politics, culture and current events. Attendance is intended for Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Symposiums take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr.

Upcoming symposiums

June 5 - “Wartime Sacrifices of the Greatest Generation as Illustrated by Three Military Dog Tags,” Breck Parkman

Numerous artifacts have been found on Angel Island, home of former Fort McDowell. Military occupation of the island began in 1863, at the time of the American Civil War. During the military's century of occupation, around 800,000 soldiers were processed through Fort McDowell on their way to and from foreign wars and peacetime deployments. The names of these men have slipped through the cracks of time, making them all but anonymous. The discovery of dog tags, however, provides a name to help counter the anonymity and inform our understanding of the lives of those who went to war. This presentation by Breck Parkmen, a Senior State Archaeologist with California State Parks, looks at three of these dog tags and the overlapping stories they tell.

June 12 - “Saving Smiles. Changing Lives,” Barb Spangler

Barb Spangler, a past-president of the Rotary Club of the Valley of the Moon is involved in healthcare consulting to primary care clinics in Sonoma County. She will share her personal experiences with Rotaplast, the nonprofit humanitarian organization providing free reconstructive cleft-palate operations. She also will share the importance of making this type of service opportunity available to young professionals (through Rotary International District 5130) so that they can make service an integral part of their lives. It is said that participation in a Rotaplast mission changes the lives of the patients for the better; this is also true for everyone involved in these missions.