Four different organizations will be recognized for their contributions to the community in March.
The annual Oakdale Awards Banquet hosted by the Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Friday, March 11 and one of the award categories is community service. Nominees for this honor this year are Boy Scout Troop 43, Oakdale Lions Club, Heroes of Project Pacific, and Veterans of Foreign Wars after 2922.
Below is information about each of the nominees, provided by the organizations.
Scout Troop 43
We were founded on April 1, 1938, with the Oakdale Lions as our sponsor. Since then, we have served the City of Oakdale with numerous Eagle projects and countless hours of service. The purpose of Troupe 43 is to instill in our young people the ideals of service and community. In our time the troop has grown, currently comprising 24 active scouts in our Boys and Girls Troops. Since 2009, more than 40 of Troop 43’s Scouts have earned the title of Eagle, the highest rank a Scout can achieve. We meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday nights at the Oakdale Youth Building (297 Gilbert Ave., Oakdale CA). If you want to know more, join us at our next meeting or email us at [email protected]
The Scout Leaders are Troop 43B Darryl Toepfer and Troop 43G Taya Matthews.
Like everyone else, our activities have been limited in 2021, here are some examples of what we are doing:
Veterans Day Parade and Fish Park Veterans Ceremony
Veterans Day Ceremony at Astoria Senior Living Facility
Cleaning and Parking for Oakdale’s 150th Anniversary at Oakdale Rodeo Grounds
Trash collection at the Oakdale Chocolate Festival
Flags across America
Scouting for Food for the Oakdale Community Sharing (raised approximately 1300 books)
Many hikes around Oakdale and surrounding areas
Oakdale Football Opening Day
Indoor climbing at Alpine Climbing in Ripon
Merit Badge workshops held within the troop as well as the Board hosted the Midway Merit Badge
Project Eagle support for the Salvation Army
Camp Foggy Bottom in November 2021
Weekly Skill Instructions
We are continually collecting American flags for the retreat, including having a permanent collection point for flags at the Oakdale Youth Building.
Oakdale Lions Club
The Oakdale Lions have a dynamic history. The club was founded in 1943. Over the years the club has volunteered for many types of community projects.
Our motto is “We serve”. The club provides food, cooking and serves breakfast at Relay For Life, lunch for the Society for Disabled Children and Adults of Modesto and for campers with hearing impairments at Camp Pacifica, as well as preparing hundreds of hot -dogs and hamburgers for the national evening. . The club recently took over the leadership of “Spirit of Oakdale” offering a free Thanksgiving dinner to more than 700 people. The Lions wind the city clock and maintain the flags atop the building at F Street and Yosemite. Club members display our country’s flag on main streets during federal holidays and during the annual rodeo. Club members also collect aluminum pull tabs to sponsor families staying at the Ronald McDonald House next to Madera Children’s Hospital.
In addition to the community as a whole, Oakdale Lions serve our youth. Every December for the past 26 years, the Oakdale Lions have taken more than 200 Oakdale-area youth shopping. We fund college scholarships for high school students and Oakdale’s Distinguished Young Women’s Program. We also contribute to high school music and high school sober grad night and sponsor a student speaker contest.
As part of Lions Club International, the Oakdale Lions Club provides sight. Like Lions around the world, we work toward the Lions mission of providing vision for all. Three years ago, we participated in the purchase of two Spot Vision test machines. In the fall, these devices are used by the Oakdale Lions in cooperation with district staff from the Oakdale and Riverbank Joint Unified School to assess the eyesight of schoolchildren. Last year, more than 3,000 children had their eyes evaluated. The Club also provides eye care for children as they come to our attention.
Every time a Lions club comes together, problems lessen and communities improve. It’s because Lions help where help is needed – in Oakdale, as well as around the world – with unparalleled integrity and energy.
Heroes of the Pacific Project
Pacific Project Heroes celebrated 11 years of community service in 2021 – in line with our mission statement “To provide support to veterans and first responders who have chosen to serve our nation and our communities so selflessly”. Due to COVID-19 we were unable to celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2020, so in 2021 at our annual fundraising dinner we celebrated with a sold out crowd of over 460 guests. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors and guests and their patriotic enthusiasm, we raised a record amount of funds that allowed us to continue all our efforts! We were also able to host our sixth annual Veterans Breakfast, which is free for Veterans and their families. Our Board of Directors and community members rejoice every year to cook and serve this breakfast, to pay tribute and honor our veterans. Once again this year we have volunteered to help with the Oakdale Citizens Cemetery and the 365 pack of Cubs with wreaths across America, a day to honor, teach and remember those who served our country by placing a wreath on the tombstone, together we were able to lay a wreath to the 870 buried veterans. We are pleased to have been able to provide funds in 2021 to the following organizations and any first responder families who have tragically lost a loved one in the line of duty, funds provided totaling over $28,000: Horses of Warriors , Officer Jimmy Inn’s Family, Wreaths Across America, Oakdale K-9 Association, Veterans Path Bugler across America, Oakdale High School Scholarships (3). We are proud of the accomplishments of the past year during these uncertain times and are filled with humble and patriotic pride for our country and our community that we can play a vital role for our veterans and first responders – God bless the America !
Message from Veterans of Foreign Wars #2922
Incorporated since 1950, Oakdale’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2922 was named in honor of World War I veteran Romain Schell.
For more than 70 years, the group has been actively involved in supporting the Oakdale community, reflecting the changing faces of members over the years – the faces of those who have defended our country while serving in any branch of the armed forces. Americans.
Veterans of all foreign wars, the current oldest member of the Oakdale Post is a World War II veteran.
The VFW provides honor guard and color guard services at funerals or memorials and wreath ceremonies across America. They participate in our local parades, ie Veterans Day, Rodeo and Christmas. The local raised funds and built the monument in Fish Park (NW Oakdale), in honor of Oakdale resident William Fish, who died in the Vietnam War.
According to Post Commander Dan Vigil, VFW of Oakdale raises funds throughout the year with a fireworks display, golf tournament and attendance at farmers markets.
Over $7500 was donated last year to many local organizations including – OHS Sports Boosters and OHS Scholarship programs, uniforms for Oakdale football and baseball groups, Nor Cal Jr. Rodeo Assoc. , local vet and first responder organizations, Horses of Warriors, Pacific Project Heroes and Marine Corps Toys 4 Tots.
VFW Post members support each other and always demonstrate a willingness to work with others to improve the quality of life in Oakdale.
Next week, look for the Business of the Year and Junior Achievement nominees.