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A Personal Note from Nan Drake

Harrison Industries to Receive Award for Philanthropy

Urgent New Recycling Information

First Responders to Serve as Grand Marshal of 30th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade

Thomas Fire Benefit Festival Was a Night of Musical Stars

Ventura Regional Sanitation District Elects New Board Officers

CSUCI Luncheon Bring Students, Business Community Together

SCV Boys & Girls Club Annual Auction Is a Wild Success

Changing of the Guard on the Ventura Chamber Board

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On a Personal Note ...
Stephanie Caldwell presents Nan with the Citizen of the Year Award. (Photo by Dan Holmes)
I 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.

Nan with Myra Harrison (right) who was also named Citizen of the Year.
Also, 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 Award.

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.

Now, let's 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.

Nan Drake 
Harrison Industries to Receive Award for Philanthropy

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 Center. 

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 Club.

For more information, contact Shelby Stein at or 805-484-4383, ext. 105.
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First Responders to Serve as Grand Marshal of 30th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
Ventura County's 30th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will honor the men and women who heroically battled the devastating Thomas Fire, and those who assisted the fire victims.

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 is a 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 Fire raged.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade last year 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; and clowns.

The Ventura County St. Patrick's Day Parade, which ends at Ash Street, is presented by the Ventura Elks Lodge No. 1430. The event's committee is accepting entries for this year's parade. For entry forms or more information, visit, contact Jim Monahan at jim.monahan@att.netor 805-643-4275, or email me at 
Thomas Fire Benefit Festival Was a Night of Musical Stars
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 West.

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 cause.
Ventura Regional Sanitation District Elects New Board Officers
Jim Monahan, Ventura Regional Sanitation District's new chairman of the board.
Harrison Industries congratulates 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 District. 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 Ventura County.
CSUCI Luncheon Brings Students, Business Community Together
It was a beautiful afternoon of celebrating and sharing at the annual CSU Channel Islands Connection Luncheon.

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.

Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of the State of the University event, and Myron and George Harrison were among those attending this year.

"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 event.
SCV Boys & Girls Club Annual Auction Is a Wild Success
Pictured, from left, are Ari Larson, past chair of the SCV B&G Club; Jan Marholin, the club's president and CEO; Nan Drake; and current club chair Amy Fonzo. 
The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley's annual auction and dinner is always a fun event and a wonderful benefit for the nearly 2,000 youths and other community members who use the club.

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 kids.

"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 appreciate them."

We're grateful for Jan's kind words and thrilled as always to help.
Changing of the Guard on the Ventura Chamber Board
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, the 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 leadership. 
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