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Happy Thanksgiving from the Harrison
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
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!
Jim & Myron
It Takes a Village and I Have One; Thank
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
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.
A Fond Farewell to Shamhock, Pig o' My
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
. 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
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.
A Night of Stars - in the Sky and the City of
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
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
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
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,
Carpinteria Legislative Breakfast Offers Upbeat
The featured speakers were Carpinteria Mayor Fred Shaw
and Santa Barbara County 1st District Supervisor Das
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
Boys & Girls Club Celebrates 50th Annual
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
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
CEO Patti Birmingham. "Many
youths' lives and generations of descendants have been
positively changed forever and resulted in a better community
for us all."
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
Economic Activity Topic of Camarillo Chamber
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
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
hearty thanks to the Camarillo Chamber for putting on this