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would like to take a moment to reflect on the past
couple of months. In my life, it has truly been the best
and worst of times.
For me and for so many others, the worst of
times began on Dec. 4. That's when the Thomas Fire
erupted and began its 39-day rampage through Ventura and
Santa Barbara counties, ultimately destroying hundreds
of homes, including mine.
It is a
shocking thing, to lose literally everything you
own. But what has followed in the last
couple months has been remarkable, with people rallying
to rebuild their lives with many acts of kindness and
offers of help surrounding them. For me and all those
others who lost their homes and possessions in the fire,
there is never enough thanks said.
in recent weeks, I've had the pleasure of experiencing
one of the best moments of my career, when on Jan. 19 at
the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's annual Poinsettia
Awards banquet, I received the Citizen of the Year
Many of us work hard in our community and we
do so because it is the right thing to do, and it has
been my honor to be one of them. I love my work with the
Harrisons because they also care very much about the
communities that they serve and the many organizations
that they help. I feel lucky and happy to live in
such a giving community.
all push forward, in 2018 and beyond, and keep making
our communities better in whatever ways we can. That's
the very best we can ever do.
Harrison Industries to Receive Award for
It is our honor to be able to give back to the
communities and people we've been privileged to serve
for 86 years. When we're recognized for our giving, it's
another level of honor.
We're humbled and proud to receive the
Philanthropist of the Year Award next month, during the
Camarillo Chamber of Commerce's 51st annual Gala Dinner
and Top 10 Community Awards Ceremony. This prestigious
award is sponsored by Dignity Health, St. John's
Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John's Regional Medical
Harrison is among the 10 citizens, organizations
and companies to be recognized at this year's ceremony
being held on Friday, March 23. The dinner event runs
from 6 to 9 p.m. at Spanish Hills Country
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First Responders to Serve as Grand Marshal of 30th Annual
St. Patrick's Day
First responders will serve as grand marshal of the
parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, in front
of Mission San Buenaventura on East Main Street in Ventura.
The theme is "Ventura Strong."
As a co-chair of this wonderful event, I hope everyone
will come out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and to honor and
applaud these brave men and women. We hope you'll line Main
Street with thank-you signs for them. Our milestone 30th
annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
perfect opportunity for the whole community to come together
in gratitude for the incredible efforts these people made to
preserve life and property throughout the 39 days the Thomas
The St. Patrick's Day Parade
drew thousands of spectators and over 90 entries, including
floats sponsored by civic groups, nonprofits and local
businesses and restaurants; marching bands; car clubs; horses;
Thomas Fire Benefit Festival Was a Night of Musical
What better way to rebuild
than with music? And what amazing music it was at the Thomas
Fire Benefit Festival, held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Plaza Park
in downtown Ventura.
Harrison Industries was a proud sponsor and official
disposal manager at the sold-out charity event, which featured Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,
Olivia Newton John, Colbie Caillat, Kyle, Rob White, Zon
Candela and Kevin Costner with his band Modern
It was a spectacular night of music and celebration and,
with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward recovery, it was
all for a truly worthy
Ventura Regional Sanitation District Elects New Board
Ventura City Councilman Jim Monahan and Camarillo City
Councilman Kevin Kildee for being elected board chairman and
chairman-elect, respectively, of the Ventura Regional Sanitation
. The election took place during the VRSD's
special board meeting on Jan. 11.
Also, a hearty thank you to Ojai City Councilman William
Weirick for serving as last year's chairman.
The VRSD is governed by a nine-member board of directors
composed of representatives from member agencies. Sitting on
the board are city council members from Camarillo, Fillmore,
Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Thousand Oaks and
Ventura, and one representative selected by special districts
having sanitation responsibilities in Ventura County. Also
serving on this year's board are Bert Perello of Oxnard; Mark
Austin of Fillmore; Joel Price of Thousand Oaks; Jonathan
Sharkey of Port Hueneme; Martin Hernandez of Santa Paula; and
Jack Curtis of special districts.Harrison Industries is committed to helping VRSD's goal of
environmentally safe disposal of solid waste. The VRSD also
oversees the effective treatment of wastewater and the
reliable delivery of potable and recycled water throughout
CSUCI Luncheon Brings Students, Business Community
It was a beautiful afternoon
of celebrating and sharing at the annual CSU Channel Islands
Hosted on Thursday, Feb. 15, by the Camarillo Chamber of
Commerce, the 90-minute event at Spanish Hills Country Club
drew 165 guests who heard an update on the Camarillo
university from its president, Erika D. Beck. This was Beck's
second annual State of the University address since she took
over as president in August 2016.
The university continues with its plans to grow
enrollment (more than 6,000 students are currently enrolled at
the four-year school) and to offer degrees in fields where
students can find jobs locally.
is a proud
sponsor of the State of the University event, and Myron and
George Harrison were among those attending this
"Each year, this annual event serves as a wonderful
opportunity for the greater Camarillo area to learn about
CSUCI's amazing strides in higher education," said Shelby
Stein, director of events and programs for the Camarillo
Chamber. "Additionally, the chamber coordinated with the
university to host 15 to 20 students at the luncheon, so they
could network with local business professionals."
We appreciated the opportunity to meet some of today's
best and brightest college students. Our thanks as always for
the university's fine work in higher education and for the
Camarillo Chamber's efforts in hosting this important
SCV Boys & Girls Club Annual Auction Is a Wild
With the theme "A Safari for Success," the sold-out 2018
event, held Feb. 17 at Saticoy Country Club, was indeed a wild
success, with a true safari feel and a lot of special moments.
Outstanding among them was a tribute to Gary Nasalroad, a
great civic leader who was honored for his 25 years of
continuous service to the Boys & Girls Clubs - the past 20
years for Santa Clara Valley.
We understand the love for the SCV Boys & Girls Club.
It's a fantastic community youth organization that's existed
since 1949, serving the cities of Santa Paula and Fillmore and
the unincorporated area of Piru.
Harrison Industries is an auction event sponsor, and a
lot of us in the Harrison family attend each year to show our
support. As usual, this year, between Jim Harrison and me,
brother Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny, and their son Lynn
Harrison and his wife Patty, we really bid up the auction. We
got some great items and it was a pleasure to know we were
helping. Ultimately, of course, it is all about the
"We so appreciate Harrison Industries," club CEO Jan
Marholin graciously responded. "With Harrison's continuing
support of all our projects, they've been with us through
thick and thin, and we just can't say enough about how much we
We're grateful for Jan's kind words and thrilled as
Changing of the Guard on the Ventura Chamber
For the past year, I've been proud to serve as chair of
the hardworking and dedicated Board of Directors for the Ventura Chamber of Commerce
largest single-city chamber in Ventura County.
On Feb. 15, during the annual State of the Chamber and
Board Installation event, I officially passed board leadership
on to the esteemed John Silva, incoming chair. I look forward
to continuing to serve on the board under John.
As I noted during the State of the Chamber event, we sure
had a busy 2017 - starting with increasing chamber membership
to a record 725 strong now. In the past year, we've held six
major sold-out events and two sold-out business expos; cut
ribbons on 60 businesses; hosted 10 mixers, a dozen lunch mobs
and a dozen connection breakfasts; conducted 150 visitations
to businesses along Ventura Avenue to discuss their needs; and
communicated in countless different ways, through endless
channels of community involvement.
Bottom line, we've worked very hard to help existing
businesses grow and prosper and to create an easy pathway for
new businesses to settle and grow in Ventura. It's been my
supreme honor to be an integral part of it, as I'll continue
to do under John's