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Happy Thanksgiving from the Harrison Family!
Ventura Boys & Girls Club Honors E.J. and Myra's Legacy
Harrison Sponsors Boy Scouts Gala on Nov. 7
Camarillo Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Gala
Organic Recycling the Focus of Carpinteria Chamber Breakfast
VCEDA's 44th Business Outlook Event Focuses on Health Care
Sanitation District Honors Fillmore, Camarillo and TO on Anniversaries
Harrisons Welcome New City Council Members
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Harrison Family!

Happy Thanksgiving

The Harrison Family joins me in wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are able to share this special holiday with family and friends.

On Thanksgiving Day, we pause to count our blessings. The Harrison Family feels blessed to have had a successful business for over 82 years, and we thank our wonderful customers. We thank our employees who provide you with outstanding customer service. We also thank our troops serving overseas to protect our freedom. We wish them a safe Thanksgiving and a speedy return home.

Thanksgiving will be bittersweet for us this year, however. For the first time, we will not be sharing the holiday with Ralph, Jim and Myron's mother Myra, the company's co-founder who passed away in May at age 99. We are thankful she had a long and incredible life, and she will be in our thoughts.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving and may your home be filled with all the joys of the holiday season!

Ventura Boys & Girls Club Honors E.J. & Myra's Legacy

Posing with artwork from Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura members are, from left, Lynn Harrison, David Harrison, Ralph Harrison, Jim Harrison, Myron Harrison and Board President Paul Newman.

It was a magical evening indeed on Nov. 8 as the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura honored the legacy of Harrison Industries co-founders E.J. and Myra Harrison at its 47th annual Great Futures Gala & Auction at the Ventura Beach Marriott.

This year's theme was "The Magical Transformation of Youth," and Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison were thrilled by the recognition their parents received. They're also committed to continuing their parents' legacy of giving. That's why they were major donors toward construction of the E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center in Saticoy that opened in November 2013. In coming years, the Harrison brothers have pledged to provide funds yearly to help maintain the operation of the clubhouse.

The Boys & Girls Club of Great Ventura surprised the Harrison family with a cake baked in the image of a Harrison truck.

More than 300 supporters enjoyed the cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions and musical entertainment. The event raised about $120,000, with the proceeds benefitting more than 3,500 local kids and their families throughout Ventura, giving them, as the B&GCGV motto says, "A Positive Place for Kids." That's a lot of money, but it costs $1.2 million a year to operate the club's five branches, so there's always a need for donations.

To learn more how you can help this worthy and vitally important nonprofit, call 641-5585.

Harrison Sponsors Boy Scouts Gala on Nov. 7

Jim, David and Lynn Harrison enjoying the evening at the Boy Scouts auction.

Over 150 people, including a number of Harrison family members, attended the Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America's 38th annual Dinner Gala & Auction on Nov. 7 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

"Celebrate the Season with an Outing for Scouting" was a delightful event that included a cocktail reception, dinner and, of course, silent and live auctions. Five for Fighting, featuring singer-pianist John Ondrasik, was the guest performer.

Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison particularly enjoy sponsoring this fundraiser because they were all Boy Scouts and their father, company co-founder E.J. Harrison, was a Boy Scouts troop leader in Ventura 70 years ago.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with more than 2.7 million youth members and over 1 million volunteers. Since its founding in 1910, more than 110 million American boys have been members.

According to Scout Law, a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. They are values much needed in this world.

Camarillo Celebrates Golden Anniversary with Gala

Mayor Kevin Kildee with his wife Janet.
Councilmember Charlotte Craven with her husband Mike.

Councilmember Mike Morgan greets Harrison President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny.

Camarillo celebrated its 50th anniversary as a city in style with a wonderful dinner and dance gala at the Padre Serra Center on Oct. 17.

Harrison Industries has served Camarillo since even before its incorporation. Jim Harrison and I were delighted to attend the gala along with Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny and Lynn Harrison and his wife Patty.

It was great visiting with Camarillo city officials and community members. Magician and ventriloquist Paul Dwork was the evening's entertainment and he put on quite a show!

Five days later, about 150 people attended the Camarillo City Council meeting - 50 years to the day of the city's incorporation on Oct. 22, 1964. The meeting included music by the band Mariachi Camarillo and the cutting of a birthday cake for the city.

Councilmember Bill Little with his wife Mary.
Councilmember Jan McDonald.

Organic Recycling the Focus of Carpinteria Chamber Breakfast

From left, Mike, Donnie, Jim, George, Lynn, Jenny and Ralph Harrison with Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo, following their presentation.

Bill Camarillo, CEO of Agromin, Harrison Industries' strategic partner that produces over 200 eco-friendly premium soil products, presented "The Future of Trash - Organic Recycling" at the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce's "Business @ Breakfast" on Nov. 7.

Harrison Industries also sponsored the event held at the Rincon Beach Club on Santa Claus Lane.

Bill Camarillo discussed what Agromin, Harrison and our other strategic partner Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station are doing to reduce the amount of waste going to landfills. Camarillo's presentation included two videos and he also discussed new state recycling laws - Assembly Bills 1594 and 1826 and Assembly Bill 605 - and the effect they will have on businesses.

Bill Camarillo, Harrison Industries General Manager Lynn Harrison and Gold Coast Recycling General Manager George Harrison also were available to answer questions following the presentation. Also on hand were Harrison President Ralph Harrison, Vice President Jim Harrison, Operations Manager Donnie Harrison and Controller Mike Marostica.

VCEDA's 44th Business Outlook Event Focuses on Health Care

Panelists for the VCEDA 44th Annual Business Outlook Conference.

"The Future of Health Care in Ventura County: A Healthy Workforce" was the theme of the 44th Annual Business Outlook Conference presented by the Ventura County Economic Development Association. It was a huge success!

More than 250 business leaders from around the county attended this event on Oct. 17 at the Ventura County Office of Education Conference Center in Camarillo.

The conference's objective was to provide business leaders and elected officials information that will help them be an educated partner as health care is transformed. The Affordable Care Act was not the focus, but rather the broader implications of how technological advances will drive preventive health, personalized health and population health toward better outcomes and a healthy workforce.

Dr. Harlan Levine, chief executive of the City of Hope Medical Foundation, was the keynote speaker. He oversees the ambulatory and outpatient practices of City of Hope's main campus and its community clinics. Levine's topic was "How Health Care Reform Impacts the Care You Receive."

Panelists also included Gary Wilde, president and CEO of Community Memorial Health System; Michael Carter, executive director, Hospital/Health Plan, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills; Leanne Seeger, vice-president, employee benefits, HUB International Insurance Services; and Greg Van Ness, CEO of Tolman & Wiker Insurance Services. Henry Dubroff, editor of the Pacific Coast Business Times, served as the moderator.

Harrison Industries was a sponsor of this informative conference and it was an honor for me to serve on the event's organizing committee. It's also a great honor to be a member of VCEDA's Executive Committee since VCEDA serves the interests of all businesses - big, medium and small - in Ventura County.

Sanitation District Honors Fillmore, Camarillo and TO on Anniversaries

Camarillo Mayor Kevin Kildee and Fillmore City Councilmember Rick Neal, with their city's certificate of appreciation.
Fillmore City Councilmember Rick Neal (left) and Thousand Oaks City Councilmember Joel Price exchange certificates of appreciation.

Ventura Regional Sanitation District, Ventura County's public waste management agency, recognized Fillmore on its 100th anniversary and Thousand Oaks and Fillmore on their 50th anniversaries of incorporation, at its Oct. 23 meeting.

Thousand Oaks City Councilman Joel Price, who served as VRSD chairman in 2014, presented Certificates of Recognition to Rick Neal, who represents Fillmore on the VRSD board, and Kevin Kildee, who represents Camarillo.

Neal, who becomes VRSD chairman in 2015, returned the favor by presenting a Certificate of Recognition to Price.

Harrison Industries, which serves all three cities, joins them in their anniversary celebrations.

Harrisons Welcome New City Council Members


The Harrison family and I wish to congratulate the new members of the City Councils in the cities we serve: Randy Haney and William Weirick in Ojai and Diane Broggie in Fillmore.

We also congratulate the city council members who won re-election on Nov. 4: Paul Blatz in Ojai; Diane McCall in Fillmore; Charlotte Craven, Jan McDonald and Mike Morgan in Camarillo; and Andy Fox, Joel Price and Claudia Bill-de la Peña in Thousand Oaks.

In Carpinteria, Brad Stein, Gregg Carty and Al Clark ran unopposed, resulting in a non-election and automatic four-year extensions for their seats on the City Council. Congratulations to you!

We look forward to continuing to provide your constituents with trash and recycling service that is second to none. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We're here to serve.

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