If love and friendship were all it took to cure cancer, there would be no need for a "Jammin' for Jamie" Benefit event. The event scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at the FES Hall is a fundraiser being staged to benefit Oakdale native Jamie Neathery, who is currently battling an aggressive form of lung cancer.
If passion and enthusiasm could be bottled and sold, the student participants of Valley Home 4-H Public Speaking would be set for life. While the group of over one dozen students may vary in age, background and personal interests, they all share one thing in common - a love for public speaking.
Those who know me, know that I am not one often at a loss for words. Opinionated, chatty, excessive talker; these are all titles I know have been attached to my name. Column writing I feel is a simple extension of this gift for gab. It is an opportunity to place unsolicited thoughts and opinions into a format read by many.
One only need look to the varying community projects supported by the Kiwanis Club of Oakdale to understand its mission. First formed locally in 1954, the Oakdale club will celebrate 55 years of serving the community later this year.
Debi Bonsack has spent most of her life viewing the world through the eyes of an artist. Surrounded by her mother and two aunts who were artists, the Oakdale native cannot remember a time in her life when she thought of anything other than being an artist when she grew up.