|Happy Thanksgiving from the Harrison Family!|
The Harrison Family wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you can share this special holiday with your family and friends.
Thanksgiving is more than just a large shared meal. It is a time to stop and think about how fortunate we are to live and work in a country that allows us so much freedom of choice.
The Harrison Family feels blessed as we approach our 80th year in business. Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison also are very thankful they still have their 96-year-old mother Myra, the company's co-founder, to celebrate Thanksgiving with them.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving and we hope you enjoy the rest of our wonderful Holiday Season.
|Harrison Diverts 98% of Waste at Avocado Festival|
Picture: Donald Sealund (left) and Javier Arroyo were Harrison Industries' front men in the company's recycling efforts at the California Avocado Festival.
Harrison Industries' new motto is "Moving toward Zero Waste." Due to a new strategy we unveiled to collect trash, recyclables and food waste at the 25th annual California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria on Oct. 7-9, we came awfully close to achieving that goal – diverting 98% of waste generated at the festival from our landfills .
For the first time, Harrison placed recycling barrels around the festival grounds specifically for disposed food waste and paper products. The barrels had yellow lids, and the 100,000 festival-goers were instructed not to place metals, glass or plastics in these barrels. The materials were delivered to our strategic partner Agromin, which is undertaking a pilot food waste program.
The barrels with the blue lids were for recyclables such as aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic materials along with non-food trash. These materials were sorted at our other strategic partner, Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station.
In all, 11.24 tons – 8.66 tons of recyclables and 2.58 tons of food waste and paper products – were collected during the three-day festival. Only 2% of it ended up in our landfills. That's absolutely incredible!
Harrison Diverts 98% of Waste at Avocado Festival - continued from page 1 Kudos to Harrison Industries employees – especially driver Javier Arroyo and Donald Sealund in sales – who spent all three days and many long hours at the festival overseeing the waste collection efforts.
Several other Harrison employees also were involved in the Avocado Festival recycling effort. Jim, Myron, George and David Harrison, as well as Peter Gutierrez and I, also rolled up our sleeves to help out and we came away impressed. Operations Manager Lynn Harrison said it was a total team effort.
We also wish to thank the 100,000 festival-goers who did their part by placing materials in the right barrels. The California Avocado Festival truly was a team effort!
There are close to 20 cleanup sites in Ventura County. For participating beaches and waterways, visit www.vccoastcleanup.org. For those of you living in Santa Barbara County, go to www.lessismore.org/Programs/coastal_cleanup.html.
|Ventura Boys & Girls Club's Great Auction is Right Out of ‘Dallas'|
Harrison Industries was again proud to present the 44th annual Great Auction benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura. This year's theme was "Bolo & Bling at the Oil Baron's Ball"and you half-expected
J.R. Ewing and Sue Ellen of "Dallas" TV fame to walk in. About 300 local party-goers attended this year's gala held on Nov. 5 at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. The men wore cowboy hats and bolo ties. Their dates were dressed in glittery gowns. The jewelry was sparkling.
The Great Auction featured a champagne reception, live and silent auctions, gourmet dining, music and a drawing for an original piece of jewelry designed by Bob Lynn of Lynn's Jewelry Studio. Another of the evening's highlights was a line dance performed by Boys & Girls Club kids.
There were more than 250 silent auction items, including a $10,000 shopping spree at Van Gundy's Jewelers; cowboy hats signed by J.R. himself (actor Larry Hagman) and country music star Brad Paisley; gourmet dinner parties in private homes by celebrity chefs; a week's stay in a Texas home near Austin; and a child's birthday party for 35 at the Boys & Girls Club.
Diane Koranda, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura, doesn't have a final tally yet, but last year's Great Auction raised about $177,000. Whatever the final tally is, the money goes to a great cause – a "Positive Place for Kids"that serves more than 3,500 children and their families at five sites in Ventura, Oak View and Saticoy.
|Harrison Logos Going on Barrels of Our New Consolidated Customers|
This spring, Harrison Industries acquired the service rights from Consolidated Disposal Services. We gained about 10,000 residential and commercial customers in Meiners Oaks, Casitas Springs, Oak View, Mira Monte, Live Oaks Acres and the Santa Rosa Valley in the transfer.
The transfer was seamless. We've honored all individual service agreements; as a result, affected customers saw no rate changes and their collection schedules remain the same.
Comments from our new customers have been extremely positive. They are happy with our service and many were already familiar with Harrison Industries due to the Harrison family's deep involvement in many local charities and environmental causes.
All that remains is to place the oval Harrison logo on our new customers' trash, recycling and yard waste barrels as well as on our business customers' commercial bins.
"We ordered 28,000 stickers and we're in the process of putting them on,"said Operations Manager Lynn Harrison. "Our customers know we're their new trash haulers – they've been paying their bills to us, obviously – but this makes it complete."
|Botanical Gardens Fundraising Campaign Begins|
Picture: Nan Drake addresses the audience as Ventura Botanical Gardens President Doug Halter looks on.
Jim Harrison and I recently hosted a kick-off campaign to raise money for the Ventura Botanical Gardens at Grant Park. Several guests made $1,000 pledges to get the campaign under way. The goal is to raise $500,000 by September 2012.
The gardens will focus on the five Mediterranean Biomes of the planet, which while covering only two percent of the earth's land mass, support 20 percent of the world's vascular plant diversity. Doug Halter, president of the Ventura Botanical Gardens, said the gardens, along with the spectacular location at Grant Park, promise to be a world-class destination.
The Ventura Botanical Gardens is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a botanical garden for the 21st century. Celebrating the Mediterranean Biome, the Gardens will occupy about 10 acres of Grant Park in Ventura, a site with spectacular views of the coast and Channel Islands. The project will improve accessibility to Grant Park and create new recreational opportunities including hiking, community gathering spaces, training, research and educational programs.
I want to thank Whisenhunt Communications for helping put on the fundraiser as well as Watermark on Main, Plated Events by Chef Jason, Domino's Pizza, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel and The Greek at the Harbor for providing the delicious food. A big thanks also goes to Halter Landscaping for its support!
To find out more about this exciting project, visit www.VenturaBotanicalGardens.com.
|Harrison Family's Winning Bid for Steer Earns a Somis College Student $4,200|
|Picture: Kari Morris of the Somis 4H Club shows off
Maverick, a 1,295-pound black Angus steer, who
she raised from a tiny calf.
George Harrison of Harrison Industries secured the winning bid for "Maverick,"a 1,295-pound black Angus steer at last summer's Ventura County Fair.
He bid $3.25 per pound, and that comes to a little more than $4,200 that went directly into the piggybank of 19-year-old Kari Morris of the Somis 4H Club, who raised Maverick from a tiny calf.
The Harrisons have successfully bid for steers, pigs and lambs at previous Ventura County Fair livestock auctions. "It was pretty exciting," George said, "But the best part is that it's for the kids. That's why we do it. This is going to help Kari with her college education."
Kari, who graduated from Camarillo High School in 2010, is attending Ventura College and plans to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo next fall and major in biology.
"I want to thank the Harrisons for supporting me and the whole idea of the fair auction, because kids couldn't raise animals and money without buyers like them,"Kari said.
|‘Taste of Ojai' is a Feast for Culinary Enthusiasts|
Picture: Dave Glyer, chief financial officer of Community Memorial Hospital, with Myron Harrison of Harrison Industries at the Technicolor Classic.
The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa provided a beautiful setting for the 11th annual "Taste of Ojai"benefit on Oct. 29. The Rotary Club of Ojai puts on this delightful – and delicious – event that supports more than 15 local non-profit organizations serving Ojai Valley families, seniors, youths and schools.
Harrison Industries is happy to be a sponsor, and Harrison Family members were out in force enjoying fantastic food from Ojai's finest restaurants. The local wines and beers were tasty too!
|Harrison Helps Remove 2.5 Tons of Trash from Cherry Creek Canyon|
For years, Cherry Creek Canyon in the Ventura County backcountry – 30 minutes from Ojai off Highway 33 – has been littered with an unsightly array of shotgun shells, bullet casings, shot-up televisions, furniture and other trash. It's the result of unmanaged and unauthorized target shooting that has turned the area into one of the most trashed sites in the Los Padres National Forest. On October 29, more than 80 volunteers spent the morning removing 2.5 tons of trash in the area's largest clean-up effort to date.
Harrison Industries was more than happy to donate our large roll-off trash bins to the cause. What's more, much of what was collected was even recycled!
The clean-up effort is close to the hearts of Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison. When they were boys, their parents, E.J. and Myra, often took them camping in the Ventura County backcountry. The brothers have long loved the natural beauty of area.
The entire Cherry Creek watershed has been closed to target shooting since July, when a federal judge ordered the U.S. Forest Service to close the area. The closure is the result of a lawsuit brought by ForestWatch and other conservation organizations concerned about the trash and toxic heavy metals finding their way into the nearby creek bed, poisoning fish and other wildlife.
With the area closed, volunteers felt good about cleaning up all that they could before winter rains washed the trash downstream.
The Harrisons want to thank the community volunteers who helped bring the Cherry Creek watershed back to its natural splendor!