Pictured is Fillmore Rotary President Andy Klittich (right) with Rotarian Dave Andersen, who attended President Elect Training Session (PETS) recently at the LAX Marriott. There were about 1,000 Rotarians present from all over. There were many workshops and tremendous keynote speakers. Andersen learned more about the workings of Rotary and was impressed by how organized everything was. He commented that when he is Rotary President, July 1st, he wants all the Club members to work together, and stated he now knows he has access to resources to get things done. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
Pictured is Fillmore Rotary President Andy Klittich (right) with Rotarian Dave Andersen, who attended President Elect Training Session (PETS) recently at the LAX Marriott. There were about 1,000 Rotarians present from all over. There were many workshops and tremendous keynote speakers. Andersen learned more about the workings of Rotary and was impressed by how organized everything was. He commented that when he is Rotary President, July 1st, he wants all the Club members to work together, and stated he now knows he has access to resources to get things done. Courtesy Martha Richardson.
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On Monday, February 7th, five Fillmore youth participated in the 85th Annual Lions Club Student Speaker Contest. This year’s speech topic was “How can kindness unite our country?” With each student following strict rules and guidelines, the judges picked the top winner: Fillmore High School junior Alanna Garcia. She won $100 from our local club and will compete with other winners next month in Camarillo for the next level. We wish her all the luck! Pictured above is Club President Steve McKeown, and all five participants Jimena Cortes, Camilo Torres, Carmen Ibarra, Jessica Videgain and Alanna Garcia, and Lions Club members Lynn Edmonds and Gaylynn Brien. Photo credit Jaclyn Ibarra.
On Monday, February 7th, five Fillmore youth participated in the 85th Annual Lions Club Student Speaker Contest. This year’s speech topic was “How can kindness unite our country?” With each student following strict rules and guidelines, the judges picked the top winner: Fillmore High School junior Alanna Garcia. She won $100 from our local club and will compete with other winners next month in Camarillo for the next level. We wish her all the luck! Pictured above is Club President Steve McKeown, and all five participants Jimena Cortes, Camilo Torres, Carmen Ibarra, Jessica Videgain and Alanna Garcia, and Lions Club members Lynn Edmonds and Gaylynn Brien. Photo credit Jaclyn Ibarra.
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On Monday, February 14th, Steven Geddes, Faculty Advisor for the Mock Trial team, and Advisor Laura Bartels presented a program to Fillmore Rotary. They informed the Club about the months of preparation and dedication of the FHS Mock Trial team and how they were given the information for the trial but had to decide who should play the parts and how they would proceed. Henry Hurd was the only student who attended the meeting and gave the student perspective. It was then announced that Hurd had been voted Most Valuable Player, a happy surprise! The Rotary Club of Fillmore presented the Mock Trial team with a check for $500. Pictured (l-r) President Andy Klittich, Laura Bartels, Henry Hurd, and Steven Geddes. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
On Monday, February 14th, Steven Geddes, Faculty Advisor for the Mock Trial team, and Advisor Laura Bartels presented a program to Fillmore Rotary. They informed the Club about the months of preparation and dedication of the FHS Mock Trial team and how they were given the information for the trial but had to decide who should play the parts and how they would proceed. Henry Hurd was the only student who attended the meeting and gave the student perspective. It was then announced that Hurd had been voted Most Valuable Player, a happy surprise! The Rotary Club of Fillmore presented the Mock Trial team with a check for $500. Pictured (l-r) President Andy Klittich, Laura Bartels, Henry Hurd, and Steven Geddes. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Pictured is Rotarian Joe Aguirre who gave a Fillmore Rotary program which began with his background, growing up in Fillmore. After graduating from Ventura and UC Irvine, he decided he wanted to get into music and attended Cal Arts. He is very talented on the guitar and taught the Club about how the different notes blend together to make different sounds, and the strumming creates different styles of music. He said music creates an emotion in us and affects our lives. It makes us remember where we were when we heard a particular song for the first time. When asked why he didn’t go into teaching music or performing, he jokingly answered if he did that, he wouldn’t be able to help us over 65’s with our Medicare at Aguirre Financial & Insurance Services. Joe began his business service 1990 but continues practicing music several hours each day. Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Pictured is Rotarian Joe Aguirre who gave a Fillmore Rotary program which began with his background, growing up in Fillmore. After graduating from Ventura and UC Irvine, he decided he wanted to get into music and attended Cal Arts. He is very talented on the guitar and taught the Club about how the different notes blend together to make different sounds, and the strumming creates different styles of music. He said music creates an emotion in us and affects our lives. It makes us remember where we were when we heard a particular song for the first time. When asked why he didn’t go into teaching music or performing, he jokingly answered if he did that, he wouldn’t be able to help us over 65’s with our Medicare at Aguirre Financial & Insurance Services. Joe began his business service 1990 but continues practicing music several hours each day. Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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The Fillmore Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley hosted a Kids Farmers Market to teach the kids about healthy snack options while each member took home a bag of fresh produce. Posted February 1st, 2022, Courtesy https://
www.facebook.com/bgclubscv
The Fillmore Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley hosted a Kids Farmers Market to teach the kids about healthy snack options while each member took home a bag of fresh produce. Posted February 1st, 2022, Courtesy https:// www.facebook.com/bgclubscv
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Pictured are Rotary President Andy Klittich and Rotarian Joe Ricards who was the Fillmore Rotary speaker at last week’s meeting. He is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and brought his scuba equipment to informed Rotary members of its uses. His first dive was in 1975 and by 1994 he was diving fulltime. Joe is a trainer and certified in many different aspects of diving as will as a rescuer. His pictures of underwater sea creatures, some weighing up to 400 lbs, and huge kelp beds were very interesting. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Pictured are Rotary President Andy Klittich and Rotarian Joe Ricards who was the Fillmore Rotary speaker at last week’s meeting. He is a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and brought his scuba equipment to informed Rotary members of its uses. His first dive was in 1975 and by 1994 he was diving fulltime. Joe is a trainer and certified in many different aspects of diving as will as a rescuer. His pictures of underwater sea creatures, some weighing up to 400 lbs, and huge kelp beds were very interesting. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Bill Herrera, the Fillmore Rotary speaker, is a State Farm agent, but has also been a member of the Fillmore Fire Department for 26 years. He talked about the early days when most of the firemen were volunteers from local businesses. When they heard the siren, they closed their doors and headed to the fire station. There are only a few firefighters who are funded, the rest are volunteers. Even today 70% of all departments are made up of volunteers. Bill has been an engineer, the driver, a Captain, and later an interim Chief. He also stated that it takes a few years of practice and training before a recruit is hired. When Santa Paula Hospital closed there was concern about the distance for patients to travel, so paramedic’s and EMT’s were added, as well as an ambulance. Funding is still in short supply and because of that late Fire Chief Rigo Landeros and others started the Fillmore Fire Foundation. The Foundation is a place you can make donations; they also sponsor fundraising events, such as their annual golf tournament and grants, all to help fund the fire department for needed equipment etc. Even though the department is underfunded they “get the job done with Fillmore Care Pride”!

 
Last week the Fillmore and Piru Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley had fun with arts & crafts, making wreaths and other Christmas decorations to take home for the holiday. Pictured are some of the students with their creations.
Last week the Fillmore and Piru Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley had fun with arts & crafts, making wreaths and other Christmas decorations to take home for the holiday. Pictured are some of the students with their creations.
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(l-r) Rotarian and guest speaker Jerry Peterson with Fillmore Rotary Club President Andy Klittich. Photo
courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
(l-r) Rotarian and guest speaker Jerry Peterson with Fillmore Rotary Club President Andy Klittich. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Rotarian Jerry Peterson has been hiking for several years and last week brought his backpack and informed Fillmore Rotary Club about how he prepares for his excursions. They learned that the pack weighs about 27 lbs without water. Some of the items he carries are three liters of water, a water filtration bag, a solar panel for powering his phone, a sleeping bag, gloves, bug spray, fishing pole, tent, hiking poles, basic clothes with soap, and a rope to wash and hang dry. He also takes his personal items and first aid kit. Some items are inflatable, so they don’t take up much room. When everything is in the backpack it weighs about 43 lbs. Peterson is ready for his next adventure!

 
Vice President Steve Sharp and Mary Anne Simone, office manager for Three Angels Children’s Relief were the speakers at Fillmore Rotary. Three Angels has served orphans and at-risk families in Haiti for over 15 years. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. One third of the population is 14 years old or younger. This program includes education. Three Angels Christian Academy has 270 children currently in K-6. Meals are provided for the students every day. They have orphan care at Angel House and strive to find loving adoptive families. They have well-trained Nannies who care for 2-3 children each. There is also a medical clinic to care for the children, orphans and families in their area. To ensure safety, they have guards on duty at all times. Job opportunities include the women making jewelry to sell and a farm where they grow produce to feed the children and to sell. Their website is www.threeangelshaiti.org for more information or to make a donation. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Vice President Steve Sharp and Mary Anne Simone, office manager for Three Angels Children’s Relief were the speakers at Fillmore Rotary. Three Angels has served orphans and at-risk families in Haiti for over 15 years. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. One third of the population is 14 years old or younger. This program includes education. Three Angels Christian Academy has 270 children currently in K-6. Meals are provided for the students every day. They have orphan care at Angel House and strive to find loving adoptive families. They have well-trained Nannies who care for 2-3 children each. There is also a medical clinic to care for the children, orphans and families in their area. To ensure safety, they have guards on duty at all times. Job opportunities include the women making jewelry to sell and a farm where they grow produce to feed the children and to sell. Their website is www.threeangelshaiti.org for more information or to make a donation. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Are you, or do you know, a high school student living in the FUSD attendance area? If so, here is an opportunity you can’t miss. The International Lions’ Club of Fillmore is once again hosting a Student Speaker Contest on February 7, 2022 at 6:30pm at the Fillmore Scout House. The contest is open to all high school students living in the Fillmore Unified School District attendance area. The topic of the speech is “HOW CAN KINDNESS REUNITE OUR COUNTRY?”. The speech must be at least 5 minutes long and should be within 8 minutes. (points will be taken off if longer than 8 minutes). All speakers will receive a cash prize. The winner would go on to present the speech at the District meeting. Each level winner would advance to the next level of competition. The ultimate winner will receive a total of $21,450.00 to be used for university, college or career study. Interested students must fill out an interest form which can be picked up at the Fillmore High School office, Sierra High School office or by calling Gaylynn Brien at 360-521-5647 or Lynn Edmonds at 805-907-6576.

 

Fillmore City Council is being asked to rename and dedicate the street adjacent to the Sheriff's Substation as Max Pina Street. Max gave 53-years of service to Fillmore, recognized by five commendations from 1992-2018 as Deputy Sheriff and in related offices. This recommendation is supported by Duke Bradbury, Vice President of Thin Blue Line of Ventura County, Assistant Sheriff Chris Dunn, and Max's daughter, Jessica Pina-Felix, and the thousands who benefited from his service. Commendations and honors (including the Medal of Valor, highest in Sheriff's Dept.) form a more detailed story of Max's life; see next week's Gazette.

 
Pictured at last week’s Fillmore Rotary meeting are phone members of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Ventura County program with Site Manager Amelia Aparicio next to President Andy Klittich. Rotary speaker Aparicio has been involved for 16 years. There are now 52 members and five came to the meeting to discuss mentoring students each week at different schools, being a friend to those in need, and other community service. They also have fun events like the Bike/Hike. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Pictured at last week’s Fillmore Rotary meeting are phone members of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Ventura County program with Site Manager Amelia Aparicio next to President Andy Klittich. Rotary speaker Aparicio has been involved for 16 years. There are now 52 members and five came to the meeting to discuss mentoring students each week at different schools, being a friend to those in need, and other community service. They also have fun events like the Bike/Hike. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Above is last year’s Fillmore Civic Pride Holiday Yard of the Month, the Perez Family. Their home is located in the 900 block of Sespe Avenue. They showcased penguins, polar bears and more in decorating their yard.
Above is last year’s Fillmore Civic Pride Holiday Yard of the Month, the Perez Family. Their home is located in the 900 block of Sespe Avenue. They showcased penguins, polar bears and more in decorating their yard.
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Our Civic Pride Volunteer Committee is back in Action with the selection of a “Holiday Yard of the Month”.

The Holiday “Yard of the Month” will be chosen from decorated homes and yards within the entire Fillmore community. Civic Pride Committee is putting out a “call” to all the creative and clever, to get their decorating done early, so a photo of the winner and a list of “honorable mentions” may be put in the newspaper. People can enjoy making a tour of the neighborhoods.

We invite you to make your suggestions for best decorated yard by phone or email to, Linda Nunes, 805-302-7527 or email to Lsnunes1411@gmail.com . A member of the committee will be making the selection between December 6-12, to give people a weekend to get decorations put up.

The award will be a $40 gift certificate to Otto and Sons Nursery. The Klittich Family have generously continued this award support over the years and committee members have seen a positive affect in our neighborhoods, as people “spruce up” their yards.
Sadly, there will be no Christmas trees on Central this year because of the difficulty in obtaining and maintaining living trees. BUT, we are asking people in the community to donate their old artificial, 6’ + trees to begin a collection for future years. We would need a minimum of 16 trees.

Steve McKeown has offered to pick up donated trees. His cell number is 805-904-5424.

 
Last year’s Fillmore Civic Pride Holiday Yard of the Month, the Perez Family. Their home is located in the 900 block of Sespe Avenue. They had penguins, polar bears and much more decorating their yard.
Last year’s Fillmore Civic Pride Holiday Yard of the Month, the Perez Family. Their home is located in the 900 block of Sespe Avenue. They had penguins, polar bears and much more decorating their yard.
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Our Civic Pride Volunteer Committee is back in Action with the selection of a “Holiday Yard of the Month”.

The Holiday “Yard of the Month” will be chosen from decorated homes and yards within the entire Fillmore community. Civic Pride Committee is putting out a “call” to all the creative and clever, to get their decorating done early, so a photo of the winner and a list of “honorable mentions” may be put in the newspaper. People can enjoy making a tour of the neighborhoods. We invite you to make your suggestions for best decorated yard by phone or email to, Linda Nunes, 805-302-7527 or email to Lsnunes1411@gmail.com . A member of the committee will be making the selection between December 6-12, to give people a weekend to get decorations put up.

The award will be a $40 gift certificate to Otto and Sons Nursery. The Klittich Family have generously continued this award support over the years and committee members have seen a positive affect in our neighborhoods, as people “spruce up” their yards.

Sadly, there will be no Christmas trees on Central this year because of the difficulty in obtaining and maintaining living trees. BUT, we are asking people in the community to donate their old artificial, 6’ + trees to begin a collection for future years. We would need a minimum of 16 trees.

Steve McKeown has offered to pick up donated trees. His cell number is 805-904-5424.

 
Last week’s Fillmore Rotary guest speaker was Harriet Happel from College of the Canyons. Her position at the college deals with helping students find their career paths. She stated that most of us were only concerned with getting a degree which really didn’t help with a career job, but now with changes in the job market, it’s more important to learn life skills, or tech skills, etc. and get a certificate and get into the work force sooner. As jobs change students can go back to college and learn new skills, get another certificate and get back into the work force. It was surprising to learn that graduates may have as many as 15 careers in their lifetime. Pictured with Harriet is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting her with a Rotary mug. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Last week’s Fillmore Rotary guest speaker was Harriet Happel from College of the Canyons. Her position at the college deals with helping students find their career paths. She stated that most of us were only concerned with getting a degree which really didn’t help with a career job, but now with changes in the job market, it’s more important to learn life skills, or tech skills, etc. and get a certificate and get into the work force sooner. As jobs change students can go back to college and learn new skills, get another certificate and get back into the work force. It was surprising to learn that graduates may have as many as 15 careers in their lifetime. Pictured with Harriet is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting her with a Rotary mug. Photo courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
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Fillmore Rotary President Andy Klittich inducted new member Christine Schieferle into the Rotary Club recently. Schieferle is Superintendent of the Fillmore Unified School District. Also at last week’s meeting Program Chair Sean McCulley presented a video about the Holbrook Indian School, a private Native American school in Holbrook, Arizona. This amazing school is changing the lives of 58 Navajo children, grades 1-12. It is a boarding school which creates hope, calm, and a safe place for education, for building trust and discovering values. Photo courtesy Martha
Richardson.
Fillmore Rotary President Andy Klittich inducted new member Christine Schieferle into the Rotary Club recently. Schieferle is Superintendent of the Fillmore Unified School District. Also at last week’s meeting Program Chair Sean McCulley presented a video about the Holbrook Indian School, a private Native American school in Holbrook, Arizona. This amazing school is changing the lives of 58 Navajo children, grades 1-12. It is a boarding school which creates hope, calm, and a safe place for education, for building trust and discovering values. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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Right is Lisa Hammond, a trained yoga instructor, who spoke to the club last week about her Yoga for the First Responders program. With her is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting her with a Rotary mug. Lisa’s Yoga for First Responders uses mental and physical training techniques to improve resilience and strengthen the mind and body. It helps first responders move effectively, gain physical strength and releases high stress which also helps with sleep. These techniques are taught at the academy and various departments. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
Right is Lisa Hammond, a trained yoga instructor, who spoke to the club last week about her Yoga for the First Responders program. With her is Rotary President Andy Klittich presenting her with a Rotary mug. Lisa’s Yoga for First Responders uses mental and physical training techniques to improve resilience and strengthen the mind and body. It helps first responders move effectively, gain physical strength and releases high stress which also helps with sleep. These techniques are taught at the academy and various departments. Photo courtesy Martha Richardson.
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(l-r) Rhett Mauck with Rotary Club President Andy Klittich after speaking to the group last week. Mauck is
the Director of Development of Search Dog Foundation, founded by Wilma Melville. She and her FEMA certified search dog were deployed to the Oklahoma City bombing site where only one survivor was found by the dog. It was then she realized there was a severe shortage of search dogs, so she founded this Foundation in 1996. It is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula. The purpose is to strengthen disaster response by producing highly skilled canine disaster search teams to search for missing persons and victims of natural and man-made disasters. Canine recruitment is from rescued dogs which are tested and trained. If the dogs are exceptional, they will train from 8 to 12 months, then partner with a first responder and train together to receive certification for deployment. Dogs who do not complete the training are placed in another career or adopted into a “fur-ever” home. Healthcare needs are given to all active and retired dogs for the remainder of their lives. [Courtesy Rotary Club member Martha Richardson]
(l-r) Rhett Mauck with Rotary Club President Andy Klittich after speaking to the group last week. Mauck is the Director of Development of Search Dog Foundation, founded by Wilma Melville. She and her FEMA certified search dog were deployed to the Oklahoma City bombing site where only one survivor was found by the dog. It was then she realized there was a severe shortage of search dogs, so she founded this Foundation in 1996. It is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula. The purpose is to strengthen disaster response by producing highly skilled canine disaster search teams to search for missing persons and victims of natural and man-made disasters. Canine recruitment is from rescued dogs which are tested and trained. If the dogs are exceptional, they will train from 8 to 12 months, then partner with a first responder and train together to receive certification for deployment. Dogs who do not complete the training are placed in another career or adopted into a “fur-ever” home. Healthcare needs are given to all active and retired dogs for the remainder of their lives. [Courtesy Rotary Club member Martha Richardson]
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On September 30, 2021, at 2:22pm, Ventura County Fire was dispatched to a reported brush fire in the 4200 block of Center Street, Piru. Arriving fire crews (ME28) reported a 100' by 100' spot fire. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and detectives were also on scene, along with a fire investigator. Crews remained on scene for about three hours. This is the second brush fire in that area in two weeks. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
On September 30, 2021, at 2:22pm, Ventura County Fire was dispatched to a reported brush fire in the 4200 block of Center Street, Piru. Arriving fire crews (ME28) reported a 100' by 100' spot fire. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department and detectives were also on scene, along with a fire investigator. Crews remained on scene for about three hours. This is the second brush fire in that area in two weeks. Cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo credit Angel Esquivel-AE News.
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