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Here's to Moving Closer to 'Zero Waste' in 2013
80th Anniversary Gala Benefits Camarillo Boys & Girls Club
VCEDA's Carl Lowthrop Golden Eagle Award is a Great Honor
'Mardi Gras' Auction and Dinner Benefits Santa Clara Valley Kids
Rep. Gallegly's Operation Toy Drop is a Great Holiday Tradition
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Here's to Moving Closer to 'Zero Waste' in 2013

Zero Waste logo 2012 was an eventful year for Harrison Industries. It marked our 80th year in business, and we celebrated the milestone by holding several events with the Chambers of Commerce in the cities we serve that highlighted several local Boys & Girls Clubs and nonprofits.


In addition, last April we and our strategic partner Agromin launched a pilot program that we hope will one day all but eliminate food waste from local landfills. Albertsons supermarkets in Ventura, Camarillo and Carpinteria were our first commercial customers to join the food waste program.


Previously, food scraps from Albertsons' meat, produce, deli, dairy, bakery and floral departments ended up in the trash. Now, store employees fill special recycling barrels with everything from meat fat and bones to pineapple tops and corn husks. Same goes for liquid food waste like yogurt, cottage cheese and mayonnaise; bread and baked goods; and eggs and dairy products.


Three times a week Harrison trucks collect the food waste and deliver it to Agromin. Employing a Covered Aerated Static Pile System, Agromin mixes the food waste with yard waste that Harrison trucks collect from our residential and commercial customers to create an enriched compost and alternative fuel. 


In less than a year, the food waste program has grown to include over 30 commercial customers - from restaurants and supermarkets to hospitals and schools - and the number is growing. All told, our trucks have collected close to 800 tons of food waste that has been diverted from local landfills.


For businesses that have a good amount of food waste end up in your trash bin, give Donald Sealund, our food waste coordinator, a call at 647-1414 for more information.


To all our residential and commercial customers, we wish you a prosperous New Year and we look forward to serving you in 2013 and in the years to come by providing you with the highest level of service. Our motto is "Moving toward Zero Waste," and we're working hard - with your help - to achieve this goal.

80th Anniversary Gala Benefits Camarillo Boys & Girls Club

Harrison Family celebrates 80th
Members of the Harrison family celebrate the 80th anniversary of Harrison Industries with the Camarillo Chamber and the Boys & Girls Club of Camarillo.

Harrison Industries had the last of its several 80th anniversary celebrations at the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club in mid-January. 

The event capped a yearlong series of celebrations in which we observed our anniversary milestone in the various cities we serve. January's event, as part of a mixer by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, raised more than $500 in contributions for the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club.


Harrison 80th
                                                anniversary celebration Camarillo Councilman Mike Morgan gave a short speech thanking the Harrisons for their many years of service to Camarillo businesses and residents. 

Earlier celebrations were held in Ventura, Carpinteria, Ojai, Fillmore and Thousand Oaks, with money raised for nonprofits at each venue. Numerous elected officials turned out at the various events to present the Harrisons with certificates of appreciation. The certificates now adorn the walls in our office.

To all who joined in our anniversary celebrations and contributed to the nonprofits, thanks!

VCEDA's Carl Lowthrop Golden Eagle Award is a Great Honor

Nan Drake and Bill
Bill Camarillo presents Nan Drake with the Ventura County Economic Development Association's Carl Lowthrop Golden Eagle Award for outstanding public service.

It was with great pride that I accepted the Ventura County Economic Development Association's Carl Lowthrop Golden Eagle Award for outstanding public service during VCEDA's 64th annual Installation of Officers event on Jan. 17 at Spanish Hills Country Club.


The award is particularly meaningful to me since it is named after a man I admire. Carl Lowthrop's vision guided VCEDA for over 20 years, and he is missed by all who had the privilege of working with him.


As Board Chairperson Ellen Brown so aptly put it: "VCEDA is a solutions-based organization that assists its members when they face challenges." As a member of the VCEDA executive board, I promise to do all I can to be an advocate for Ventura County's business community.


I also would like to take this opportunity to recognize outgoing VCEDA Chair Bill Camarillo for the outstanding job he did. Bill is President and CEO of Harrison Industries' strategic partner, Agromin. His vision and creative force oversaw a new logo for  VCEDA spelling out its 64th year. In addition, the organization's new website was created under his watch. Good job, Bill!

'Mardi Gras' Auction and Dinner Benefits Santa Clara Valley Kids

Mardi Gras Flier Break out your beads and masks. Mardi Gras is coming soon.


But there's no need to book a flight to New Orleans to enjoy a good party with lots of jazz. Make the Saticoy Country Club your destination on Saturday, Feb. 16, when the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley holds its ninth annual Mardi Gras Auction and Dinner.


Harrison Industries is an enthusiastic sponsor of this fun-filled soiree that begins at 5:30 p.m. with a "Bourbon Street" cocktail hour, followed at 6:30 by the "All That Jazz" silent auction. The "King's" dinner is set for 7:30, with the "Mardi Gras" live auction beginning at 8 o'clock.


Live auction items include vacation packages, dining and entertainment packages, artwork, jewelry, gift baskets and assorted wines. Got kids? A child's birthday party for 25 also will be auctioned off.


Tickets are $80 per person and masks are encouraged. Proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley that provides fun and educational activities to hundreds of kids in Santa Paula and Fillmore.


Saticoy Country Club is located at 4450 North Clubhouse Drive in Somis. For tickets or to donate an auction item, call 525-7910.


Let the good times roll, or as the French say, "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!"

Rep. Gallegly's Operation Toy Drop is a Great Holiday Tradition

Elton Gallegly

In one of his final acts as a Congressman, Elton Gallegly presided over Operation Toy Drop, a holiday tradition at Naval Base Ventura County he began 10 years ago.


Each December, Rep. Gallegly, his family and staff, and a group of private donors all work to purchase the toys and bicycles for the children of active members of our military. Then a few days before Christmas, he and his wife Janice along with Santa Claus arrived on a Navy C-130 transport aircraft to a hangar at Point Mugu Naval Air Station. They brought 850 bags with more than 4,000 toys as well as 500 bicycles and small electric cars to give to the boys and girls.


Harrison Industries is happy to donate to this wonderful cause that brings such joy to the children of our brave men and women who serve and defend our country.


While Rep. Gallegly retired in January after faithfully serving the citizens of Ventura County for 26 years in Congress, he's hoping the Operation Toy Drop tradition will continue for years to come.

Nan Drake
Harrison Industries

phone: 805-701-9809