Pictured are Rotary President Ari Larson and Rotary member Dave Wareham who was presented with a Paul Harris pin. Dave had made a special donation to the Rotary Foundation in memory of Don and Ruthie Gunderson. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured are Rotary President Ari Larson and Rotary member Dave Wareham who was presented with a Paul Harris pin. Dave had made a special donation to the Rotary Foundation in memory of Don and Ruthie Gunderson. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Pictured is Rotary President Ari Larson and speaker Harlan Green, from the Montecito Rotary Club. He informed the Club about the Congo Peace School, located in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. His Club has been sponsoring this area for many years, starting with a water project and now the school. The Bukavu Mwangaza Rotary Club requested that we aid them in raising funds to furnish and equip the school to teach 522 students in 6 Elementary, 6 Secondary grades, plus 2 preschool grades. The Montecito Club has a Global Grant and will be matching up to $9,000 in donations from other District Clubs. Fillmore Rotary will be involved in this project. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured is Rotary President Ari Larson and speaker Harlan Green, from the Montecito Rotary Club. He informed the Club about the Congo Peace School, located in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. His Club has been sponsoring this area for many years, starting with a water project and now the school. The Bukavu Mwangaza Rotary Club requested that we aid them in raising funds to furnish and equip the school to teach 522 students in 6 Elementary, 6 Secondary grades, plus 2 preschool grades. The Montecito Club has a Global Grant and will be matching up to $9,000 in donations from other District Clubs. Fillmore Rotary will be involved in this project. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Fillmore cousins, Alexis Amaro, 7, and Destiny Amaro, 5, are learning about keeping their Fillmore community clean by volunteering to pick up trash that disrespectful people dump in public places. They were seen cleaning up the public parking area east of Central Avenue behind downtown businesses. Hopefully the idea of “Volunteer Clean Up” will spread faster than the spreading of trash. Great job girls! You should be proud.
Fillmore cousins, Alexis Amaro, 7, and Destiny Amaro, 5, are learning about keeping their Fillmore community clean by volunteering to pick up trash that disrespectful people dump in public places. They were seen cleaning up the public parking area east of Central Avenue behind downtown businesses. Hopefully the idea of “Volunteer Clean Up” will spread faster than the spreading of trash. Great job girls! You should be proud.
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During a special ceremony Rotary Club President Ari Larson and Sponsor Scott Beylik inducted Kelli Couse into the Rotary Club of Fillmore. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
During a special ceremony Rotary Club President Ari Larson and Sponsor Scott Beylik inducted Kelli Couse into the Rotary Club of Fillmore. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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After thorough discussion, research, and public comment, the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a motion at the August Board meeting to construct and install underlit solar carports on existing parking lots at Ventura, Oxnard, and Moorpark colleges. This action dovetails with the Board of Trustees’ adoption of Resolution in Support of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability in April, which outlined support of future initiatives to positively impact sustainability and climate change.

In their comments, Trustees mentioned the benefits of cost savings to the District and the environmental benefits of a reduced carbon footprint.

“For many students, questions of sustainability are real and immediate in ways that we have not seen before,” said Trustee Josh Chancer. “Climate change is going to have significant impacts in their own lifetimes. The energy and enthusiasm of students for our environment can lead the rest of us in the right direction.”

Added Trustee Larry Kennedy, “I believe it’s a good use of our resources to move forward with innovation that will help us reduce our carbon footprint.”

The three colleges will have a combined eight megawatts of solar power. Ventura College’s underlit solar carports will be at two existing parking lots, and at Oxnard College they will be on the north and northwest sides of the campus. The Moorpark College solar carports will be located on the campus’s north and northeast sides. Each college will also have EV chargers. Construction at the campuses is expected to begin in 2020 and be completed before the end of the year.

About Ventura County Community College District
The Ventura County Community College District is a member of the 115-campus California Community College system, and serves more than 32,000 students annually. The District’s three colleges- Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura- offer programs in general education for degrees and certificates, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, career technical education, and provide opportunities to engage in co-curricular campus activities. For more information, please visit www.vcccd.edu.

 
Several Rotarians gathered to prepare dictionaries for the Rotary Club of Fillmore Literacy Project. They will be delivering dictionaries to each 3rd grader in the District. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Several Rotarians gathered to prepare dictionaries for the Rotary Club of Fillmore Literacy Project. They will be delivering dictionaries to each 3rd grader in the District. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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From July 31st – August 11th the Annual Ventura County Fair has always been well attended with people from all over who come out to enjoy a “County Fair with Ocean Air”. Photos by Bob Crum.
From July 31st – August 11th the Annual Ventura County Fair has always been well attended with people from all over who come out to enjoy a “County Fair with Ocean Air”. Photos by Bob Crum.
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Pictured are Rotary President Ari Larson, Dave Berg, Martha Richardson and Joe Aguirre. The Rotary Club of Fillmore enjoyed a program presented by Dave Berg. He plays in a blue grass band, has been a journalist and writer, and has spent 20 years as the co-producer of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. He talked about Jay Leno’s work ethic and how he treated the show as a business. He expressed admiration about the way Jay always told jokes that everyone could relate to and they brought people together, rather than divide them as other comedians do. Jay is a creature of habit such as eating the same things every day, and wearing the same type of clothing every day. It makes life easier when you don’t have to make decisions about those things and instead just concentrate on jokes and monologues and making them the best they can be. Dave has written an interesting book called, “Behind The Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.” The forward is by Jay Leno. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured are Rotary President Ari Larson, Dave Berg, Martha Richardson and Joe Aguirre. The Rotary Club of Fillmore enjoyed a program presented by Dave Berg. He plays in a blue grass band, has been a journalist and writer, and has spent 20 years as the co-producer of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. He talked about Jay Leno’s work ethic and how he treated the show as a business. He expressed admiration about the way Jay always told jokes that everyone could relate to and they brought people together, rather than divide them as other comedians do. Jay is a creature of habit such as eating the same things every day, and wearing the same type of clothing every day. It makes life easier when you don’t have to make decisions about those things and instead just concentrate on jokes and monologues and making them the best they can be. Dave has written an interesting book called, “Behind The Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show.” The forward is by Jay Leno. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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On Monday, August 12th Fillmore Unified School District teachers gathered for a welcome back goodies from the FUTA, and breakfast hosted by FUSD. Many teachers were wearing red to protest the actions of the Fillmore Unified School District managers. Teachers are currently in negotiations with FUSD regarding living wages ad health care. Photos courtesy Fillmore Unified Teacher’s Association Facebook page.
On Monday, August 12th Fillmore Unified School District teachers gathered for a welcome back goodies from the FUTA, and breakfast hosted by FUSD. Many teachers were wearing red to protest the actions of the Fillmore Unified School District managers. Teachers are currently in negotiations with FUSD regarding living wages ad health care. Photos courtesy Fillmore Unified Teacher’s Association Facebook page.
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Article courtesy California Teachers Association and Fillmore Unified Teachers Association

The 200 Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA) members were seen wearing red on the first day of school, August 12, to protest bad behavior by Fillmore Unified School District managers. Fillmore teachers are at impasse in negotiations with this financially healthy district over a living wage and health care.

“There is no other expenditure more important than investing in a stable and highly qualified team of educators to work directly with our students,” said FUTA President Tammy Ferguson. “We want to attract and retain the best teachers for our students. Educators simply want a living wage and health benefits for their families.”

Teachers are outraged district managers gave salary hikes and health benefits to district administrators while offering the professionals who work with students every day a low salary proposal plus a plan that significantly reduces and limits health benefit payments for only FUTA membership.

“What kind of school district spends more for administrators and management positions than any other school district in Ventura County, but consistently keeps their educators the lowest paid in county? What kind of school district treats one group of employees disparagingly by giving them less money for health benefits?” Ferguson asked.

“It is beyond my comprehension that the School Board and Superintendent would willingly treat our educators with such little respect knowing they are on the front lines of educating the students and the face of Fillmore Unified,” she added. “Our students deserve better. Our educators deserve better.”

FUTA declared impasse in June. A state mediator appointed by the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) will now be brought in to help the parties reach an agreement.

 
On Sunday, August 11th at noon to 2 p.m., at the Fillmore Active Adult Center, the Heritage Valley Relay for Life of Fillmore held a Cancer Survivor luncheon. Survivors received a free lunch, and guests received a lunch with a $6 donation. This year’s event was well attended; everyone enjoyed the food, raffles, and entertainment which was provided. This year’s Relay for Life Heritage Valley will be held Saturday, September 14th at Shiell’s Park in Fillmore. They will also be hosting FREE Breakfast for Survivors being served at 8 a.m. before the opening ceremonies which begin at 9 a.m. for the Survivor Lap! Survivors Register for Relay for Free at www.RelayForLife.orc/HeritageValleyCA
On Sunday, August 11th at noon to 2 p.m., at the Fillmore Active Adult Center, the Heritage Valley Relay for Life of Fillmore held a Cancer Survivor luncheon. Survivors received a free lunch, and guests received a lunch with a $6 donation. This year’s event was well attended; everyone enjoyed the food, raffles, and entertainment which was provided. This year’s Relay for Life Heritage Valley will be held Saturday, September 14th at Shiell’s Park in Fillmore. They will also be hosting FREE Breakfast for Survivors being served at 8 a.m. before the opening ceremonies which begin at 9 a.m. for the Survivor Lap! Survivors Register for Relay for Free at www.RelayForLife.orc/HeritageValleyCA
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Pictured is Rotary President Ari Larson with Rotarian Kyle Wilson who presented to the Club. Kyle joined Rotary in 2005, has been President twice, International Chair many times, and is now Foundation Chair. He has received many awards for his Rotary service over the years. His program was on the Rotary Foundation. This Foundation is a fundraiser that disperses Rotary monies for projects around the world. Polio Eradication has been a major one starting in the 80’s. Teams of Rotarians have gone to countries around the world to administer the vaccine to children. Today there are only 2-3 countries with polio. Here in Fillmore our Josh the Otter water safety project received money from the Foundation. Our Club/members donate to the Permanent Fund and to PolioPlus, and a percentage of this money comes back to the Club every three years for our projects. This is one of the ways we can support our community, schools, and people of other countries. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured is Rotary President Ari Larson with Rotarian Kyle Wilson who presented to the Club. Kyle joined Rotary in 2005, has been President twice, International Chair many times, and is now Foundation Chair. He has received many awards for his Rotary service over the years. His program was on the Rotary Foundation. This Foundation is a fundraiser that disperses Rotary monies for projects around the world. Polio Eradication has been a major one starting in the 80’s. Teams of Rotarians have gone to countries around the world to administer the vaccine to children. Today there are only 2-3 countries with polio. Here in Fillmore our Josh the Otter water safety project received money from the Foundation. Our Club/members donate to the Permanent Fund and to PolioPlus, and a percentage of this money comes back to the Club every three years for our projects. This is one of the ways we can support our community, schools, and people of other countries. Photo Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Friday, July 12th the Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club hosted the 5th Annual STEM Day for Kids at the Santa Paula Club site. Over 28 Ventura County Agencies participated in providing hands on learning activities for the kids, and the Fillmore Fire Foundation and Fillmore Rotary Club who help BBQ for over 300 kids who came out to the event. Photos courtesy Jose Melgar.
Friday, July 12th the Santa Clara Valley Boys & Girls Club hosted the 5th Annual STEM Day for Kids at the Santa Paula Club site. Over 28 Ventura County Agencies participated in providing hands on learning activities for the kids, and the Fillmore Fire Foundation and Fillmore Rotary Club who help BBQ for over 300 kids who came out to the event. Photos courtesy Jose Melgar.
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Submitted by Santa Clara Valley Boys and Girls Club

“What a great day this was for over 300 youth at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley” commented CEO Jan Marholin. The 5th Annual STEM Day for Kids was July 12th located at the Santa Paula Club site. There were over 28 Ventura County Agencies that participated and had hands-on activities for the kids. Some of the participating agencies were Limoneira, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department , Crimson Mainstream, Channel Islands National Park and so many more. California Resources Corporation had a wonderful hands on oil and gas simulation with a number of their employees working with the youth. A big thank you to all of the museums that participated and Dr. Phil Hampton from Channel Islands University with his mechanical arm was a show stopper. Fillmore Rotary and Fillmore Fire Foundation did BBQ lunches for all. It was a great day!! Thank you to everyone who helped make this day happen!!

 
On Wednesday, July 17th the City of Fillmore hosted Christmas in July Bunco Night at the Veterans Memorial Building. From 5:30 – 8 p.m. people from the community were welcomed to attend for free, but for $5 to play they got a chance to win some of the many prizes that were available. There was shopping and food for all to enjoy as a well. These Bunco nights are held in an effort to raise funds towards a new roof for the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Regular scheduled Bunco nights occur the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8 p.m., and a SPECIAL Bunco night on Wednesday, August 21st, same time! Call or email 805-524-1500 ext. 713, or recreation@fillmoreca.gov for more information. Courtesy City of Fillmore Instagram.
On Wednesday, July 17th the City of Fillmore hosted Christmas in July Bunco Night at the Veterans Memorial Building. From 5:30 – 8 p.m. people from the community were welcomed to attend for free, but for $5 to play they got a chance to win some of the many prizes that were available. There was shopping and food for all to enjoy as a well. These Bunco nights are held in an effort to raise funds towards a new roof for the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Regular scheduled Bunco nights occur the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 5:30-8 p.m., and a SPECIAL Bunco night on Wednesday, August 21st, same time! Call or email 805-524-1500 ext. 713, or recreation@fillmoreca.gov for more information. Courtesy City of Fillmore Instagram.
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The Rotary Club of Fillmore made a $150 donation to Grad Nite Live on behalf of Rotary 5K Team Challenge winner Pro Body Fitness. Pictured (l-r) are Alicia Hicks who received the check on behalf of Grad Nite Live, Race Director Joe Aguirre, and President Ari Larson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
The Rotary Club of Fillmore made a $150 donation to Grad Nite Live on behalf of Rotary 5K Team Challenge winner Pro Body Fitness. Pictured (l-r) are Alicia Hicks who received the check on behalf of Grad Nite Live, Race Director Joe Aguirre, and President Ari Larson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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The Rotary Club of Fillmore inducted new member Nick Johnson of Fillmore on July 10th. Pictured (l-r) is sponsor Scott Beylik, President Ari Larson, new member Nick Johnson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
The Rotary Club of Fillmore inducted new member Nick Johnson of Fillmore on July 10th. Pictured (l-r) is sponsor Scott Beylik, President Ari Larson, new member Nick Johnson. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Pictured is the first place winner of this year’s 10th Annual Ventura Country Fair Poster Contest which was won by Daríanna Vásquez of Santa Paula.
Pictured is the first place winner of this year’s 10th Annual Ventura Country Fair Poster Contest which was won by Daríanna Vásquez of Santa Paula.
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Hannah Ellsberry, Camarillo
Hannah Ellsberry, Camarillo
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Jorja Garcia, Oxnard
Jorja Garcia, Oxnard
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2019 marked the 10thyear of the annual Ventura County Poster Contest for students in grades 5 through 12. Entries were submitted from every corner of the County. Each piece of art was a personal interpretation of the Fair that reflected the theme “A Country Fair with Ocean Air” as well as each artist’s vision of what the Fair means to them. All of the artwork will be on display in the Youth Expo at the Fair. Of the 58 unique entries the three top prize winners in the 10thannual VC Fair Poster Contest have been selected. These are their stories.

Daríanna Vásquez, Santa Paula
1stPrize

I am 18 years old. I go to Vista Real Charter School and I live in Santa Paula. My main hobby and passion is Art, I use primarily Color Pencil, Acrylic and Oil paint. I was fortunate enough to help paint the sets for my middle school's play, which helped me establish a desire for others to see my work and improve my skills.
In High school I took a full year of art, before going to independent study. In that time I found out about Vita Art Center in Ventura where I took their Teen Art Class for about two years. I'm planning to go to Ventura College and I hope to pursue a possible career in Graphic Design.
My parents have taken me to the Ventura County Fair since I was very little and we go almost every year. My favorite part has always been going to see the Art/ Photography Displays and seeing all of the different Animal Pens. To me the fair always marks the end of Summer, getting to celebrate my mother's birthday, and the beginning of the new school year. I enjoy being able to have a fun time with my family and seeing what my community has to offer. I will especially look forward to this year's Fair as it is the second year I have been able to display my art. Thank you for choosing my poster as the winner! I greatly appreciate this opportunity.

Hannah Ellsberry, Camarillo
2ndPrize

I am a 17 year-old Camarillo resident and a student of Gorman Learning Center, completing both 11th and 12th grade this year; I skipped a grade. My interests include drawing, sewing, playing video games, creating my own characters, writing stories, and spending time with my friends and family. My friends have been some of my biggest encouragements; sharing with me many tips and techniques to try out, or giving me new ideas and encouragement when I can't think of anything to draw. I personally don't think I would have continued in my art without them. I haven't decided fully what I want to do now but I think I might pursue becoming either a 3D animator or an illustrator.
Ever since I was little the fair has been one of my favorite annual traditions my family has. I especially enjoy going to visit all the animals and walking through the garden displays. I don't really have much interest in any of the games or rides besides the Ferris wheel. I find it to be an exhilarating experience to reach the top and be able to see the mountains and the ocean in one clear view. Other things I really enjoy about the fair would be the horticulture and agriculture displays, and wandering through the pavilions admiring all the products and services available. I lastly enjoy going into the art pavilion and just taking time to look at each piece on display and analyzing all the small details, appreciating the amount of time and effort each artist put into their displayed piece. I am definitely looking forward to see all that this year's fair has to offer!

Jorja Garcia, Oxnard
3rdPrize

I am a 14 year old living in Oxnard, CA and I attend Hueneme High School finishing up my freshman year. I am a straight A honors student who is also in recovery from a knee surgery I had in February due to a basketball injury. Currently I have been focusing on my drawing and painting skills in a Visual Arts class at school after being a self taught artist until now, and I have been making art since I was about 3 years old. Last year, I had sold over $2,000 worth of my artwork for an academic summit at Harvard University and in 2017 won 3rd place in this same poster contest for the Ventura County Fair. In the future, I hope to attend a 4-year university on the East Coast or here in California studying topics like biology or mathematics while also furthering my skills in visual/fine arts.
I had entered this poster contest because of my outstanding love for the Ventura County Fair. Since I was born, every summer for my birthday my family has brought me here as a tradition to celebrate and have fun. Growing up with the fair I have enjoyed heart racing rock concerts, amazing food like funnel cakes and kettle corn, to adrenaline rushes from carnival rides. I love the traditions always being made and the ones I have passed on to younger cousins and friends here. The fair means family fun to me allowing new memories to be made annually. The Ventura County Fair has never disappointed me and continues to excite me every year.

 
On Wednesday, June 5th, at the Saticoy Country Club, the Ventura County Garden Club elected new officers for the 2019/
2020 year. Pictured above is this year’s new Board of Officers, in no order, President Carol Beckerdite, Vice-President
Christine Gallagher, Secretary Jacqualin Starr, Treasurer Carolyn Tulberg, Fillmore Director Ari Larson, Santa Paula
Director Louise Oseguera, and Ventura Area Director Jenny Kinney. Photo courtesy Jacqualin Starr, VCGC Secretary.
On Wednesday, June 5th, at the Saticoy Country Club, the Ventura County Garden Club elected new officers for the 2019/ 2020 year. Pictured above is this year’s new Board of Officers, in no order, President Carol Beckerdite, Vice-President Christine Gallagher, Secretary Jacqualin Starr, Treasurer Carolyn Tulberg, Fillmore Director Ari Larson, Santa Paula Director Louise Oseguera, and Ventura Area Director Jenny Kinney. Photo courtesy Jacqualin Starr, VCGC Secretary.
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The Ventura County Garden Club has elected a new slate of officers for their 2019 - 2020 meeting year. The new officers were welcomed at an installation luncheon held at the Saticoy Country Club in Somis, on Wednesday, June 5th (2019). They are:

President ------------------- Carol Beckerdite
Vice-President ------------ Christine Gallagher
Secretary ------------------- Jacqualin Starr
Treasurer ------------------ Carolyn Tulberg
Fillmore Director -------- Ari Larson
Santa Paula Director --- Louise Oseguera
Ventura Area Director -- Jenny Kinney

The outgoing Vice-President, Marlene Wait, was presented with an appreciation gift for serving the past year on the Board.

During the luncheon, the Club also celebrated one of its long-time members, Geneva Montes, on the occasion of her 98th birthday.

The Club will not be meeting during July and August. If you have any questions you may contact Jacqualin at starrjacqualin@yahoo.com or (805) 816-6019. Have a beautiful summer!