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Happy Thanksgiving from the Harrison Family!

It Takes a Village and I Have One; Thank You!!

A Fond Farewell to Shamhock, Pig o' My Heart

A Night of Stars - in the Sky and the City of Ventura

Carpinteria Legislative Breakfast Offers Upbeat Updates

Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 50th Annual Gala

Economic Activity Topic of Camarillo Chamber Event

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Harrison Family!

The Harrison Family wishes you and your loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving! As we enter the holiday season, we reflect on the things for which we are most grateful. At the top of our list are our customers and our employees. We are very proud of all of our employees, who have made our 85 years in business possible with great customer service.

We hope you all have a wonderful time with your families and loved ones, and eat to your hearts' content. But Thanksgiving means more than just a large shared meal with family and friends. 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.

We would like to give special thanks to the members of our military for protecting our freedom, especially those serving our country overseas. We wish them a safe Thanksgiving and a speedy return home. Also, we hope everyone will keep those who protect us here at home in their thoughts and prayers - all those men and women who are involved in public safety - and wish them a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday, as well.

Once again, here's to a happy Thanksgiving for you and the ones you love!

Ralph, Jim & Myron Harrison
It Takes a Village and I Have One; Thank You!!
I am truly honored to have been named by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year, and I want to thank the Chamber for selecting me from among the many other hard-working and devoted citizens of Ventura.

I also want to thank the Harrison Family for allowing me to sit on the many boards and committees that work to make Ventura County and its cities a better place to live and work; without the family's commitment to service, I couldn't do what I do.

I'd also like to acknowledge that no one does it alone. It does take a village, and I have so many of the most amazing, talented, industrious and exceptional citizens working with me that it would be impossible to properly thank them all. But you know who you are, so please accept my gratitude for all you do to support me and our beautiful city.

I hope everyone will come out to the Chamber's 21st annual Poinsettia Awards Luncheon on Dec. 7, when I'll officially receive this award. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ventura Beach Marriott, 2055 Harbor Blvd. in Ventura.

For tickets to the event - $45 for Chamber members and $55 for the general public - visit or call 805-643-7222.
A Fond Farewell to Shamhock, Pig o' My Heart

Please come out next week and help us celebrate the life of a fine Irish pig, gone too soon.
The Great Inflatable Green Pig famously passed on publicly in March, during the 29th annual County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade. A favorite parade entry for 26 years, the pig also known as Pig o' My Heart and Shamhock will be remembered on Thursday, Nov. 30, at a mass community wake along Main Street in historic downtown Ventura.
The final procession of our porcine pal will begin at 5 p.m. in the parking lot at the Museum of Ventura County, at 100 E. Main St.
A throng of public mourners will join city dignitaries, St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee members, pall bearers hoisting the casketed pig aloft and four bagpipers as they make their way down Main Street to celebrate the pig's life and enjoy some libations along the way.
For more information, email me at, my parade co-chair Jim Monahan at or parade committee member Tim O'Neil at
A Night of Stars - in the Sky and the City of Ventura

It was a spectacular night on the patio - a perfect, balmy Ventura evening in early November for a group of civic leaders to come together to eat, drink and chat about our city and the future.

Jim and I were thrilled to open our home and backyard to a couple dozen of the most interesting people around, including past chairs and present members of the Ventura Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Political Action Committee, as well as Chamber President and CEO Stephanie Caldwell.

This was a first-of-its-kind social event that allowed these folks to gather in a warm and relaxing environment, to philosophize about our fair city and how to keep making it better. I heard heartening and healthy discussions throughout the evening and was moved by the passion and compassion expressed by these special people with a shared mission.

Plus, there was the food and drink! A big thanks to Charnell Smith and her Aloha Steakhouse crew for attending and serving up some of the finest appetizers in town, and a shout-out to the Chamber for contributing a tasty cheese tray.

Let's do this again! Let's keep talking about the coming elections and all the facts of our life in Ventura. No big agenda, no decisions to be made. Let's just talk, and learn, share and grow. 
Carpinteria Legislative Breakfast Offers Upbeat Updates 
Das Williams
Fred Shaw
The place was packed at the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Breakfast on Nov. 3 at the Rincon Beach Club.

The featured speakers were Carpinteria Mayor Fred Shaw and Santa Barbara County 1st District Supervisor Das Williams.

It was a highly informational program, as always, designed to provide a financial update to the business community on trends, legislation, economic development and other relevant issues. Both Williams and Shaw offered very upbeat accounts of life in their communities.

Jim and I attended the event, and as a member of the Carpinteria Chamber Board, I am always pleased to see so many community business leaders come out to support each other and their city and to hear the inspirational solutions that are always out there. It's also a great place to network and share a wonderful breakfast.
Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 50th Annual Gala

Celebrating the golden 50th anniversary of its Great Futures Gala & Auction, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura drew record crowds - and what an epic night it was!

The room and hearts were full at this formal event on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Ventura Beach Marriott, and the generosity was overwhelming; based on preliminary reports, the BGCGV raised $145,000 for the club, which serves hundreds of children every week.

"Our 50th auction anniversary was a time of celebration and thanks for the many sponsors, donors, volunteers, board and staff whose devotion to youth make it all possible," said BGCGV CEO Patti Birmingham. "Many youths' lives and generations of descendants have been positively changed forever and resulted in a better community for us all."

The Harrison Family was the title sponsor for this event, and we had three tables of Harrisons attending. Lynn, Myron and Donnie Harrison came forward during the program to receive thanks for their many years of event sponsorship. They humbly accepted, noting that they were representing the entire Harrison family, which has served as the gala's title sponsor for more than 25 years.

Our company's roots run deep with the BGCGV, and its successes move us profoundly. We're so proud to do our part.
Economic Activity Topic of Camarillo Chamber Event
Peter Rupert
As the economy approaches levels it achieved a decade ago, there is a lot of movement and reallocation in economic activity, according to economics expert Peter Rupert, the keynote speaker at the Camarillo Chamber Economic Outlook Luncheon, held Nov. 2 at Spanish Hills Country Club.

Rupert is an economics professor at UC Santa Barbara and director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, among other titles. At the Chamber's Economic Outlook event, Rupert discussed the effects that new niche industries have made on job creation, including in technology jobs, the business environment and government policy.

As a sponsor, Harrison Industries extends a hearty thanks to the Camarillo Chamber for putting on this important event.
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