Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley Chief Executive Officer Doug Caldwell and Board Member & Golf Tournament Chair Mike Hause joined Harold Edwards, President & CEO of Limoneira Company at their Ranch Headquarters to personally thank him for their generous donation of $10,000.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley Chief Executive Officer Doug Caldwell and Board Member & Golf Tournament Chair Mike Hause joined Harold Edwards, President & CEO of Limoneira Company at their Ranch Headquarters to personally thank him for their generous donation of $10,000.
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Limoneira Company will be the Title Sponsor for the Boys & Girls Club’s Fifth Annual Golf Classic. Other sponsors include Santa Clara Valley Bank, Santa Paula Chevrolet, Union Bank, Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, Santa Clara Valley Disposal, Mar-Vista Sales & Soroptimist International of Santa Paula. The tournament will be held at Moorpark Country Club on Monday, July 28th. 144 golfers filled last year’s tournament held at Sterling Hills and a great time was had by all. Slots are still available but are filling up fast so get some friends together and reserve your foursome for this day of fun and friendship. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To become a sponsor, purchase tickets or donate a raffle item, please call 525-7910.

 


 
On Monday June 16, The Fillmore Lions Club held their installation dinner, pictured above but not in order is the newly elected board, Bill Edmonds, President; Bill Dewey, Vice-President; Walt Gonzalez, 2nd Vice President; Bill Baumgartner - 3rd Vice President; Scott Lee, Secretary, Dorsey Smith, Treasurer, Bob Perterson, Treasurer, Maggie Snyder, Lion Tamer, Paul Schifanelli, Monte Carpenter, Ron Smith, Mary Tipps; Directors, Jim Austin, Membership; and Jeff Roundy, Past District Governor.
On Monday June 16, The Fillmore Lions Club held their installation dinner, pictured above but not in order is the newly elected board, Bill Edmonds, President; Bill Dewey, Vice-President; Walt Gonzalez, 2nd Vice President; Bill Baumgartner - 3rd Vice President; Scott Lee, Secretary, Dorsey Smith, Treasurer, Bob Perterson, Treasurer, Maggie Snyder, Lion Tamer, Paul Schifanelli, Monte Carpenter, Ron Smith, Mary Tipps; Directors, Jim Austin, Membership; and Jeff Roundy, Past District Governor.
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Heavy equipment work continues on the new community pool and tennis project.
Heavy equipment work continues on the new community pool and tennis project.
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Website Review
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

Did you know we really have a "jewel" when you go on-line to the Fillmore Gazette and view the more than 30 pages of the past issues of the Fillmore Gazette?
For several months information has been coming out about the pictures and articles from former issues of the Fillmore Gazette were being made so you can view them on line.
Well, this past weekend the time was taken by me to go to the Fillmore Gazette Website and take the time to go through the 37 items that have been completed. It is my understanding that this is a on-going project.
Here is, in an organized fashion, the main news articles for that particular week! There are pictures of current events for that date, some history and other items of interest!
There are biographies of our historical residents--present and past. These really mean much to us older residents and could help the younger generation to understand what "trials and tribulations" residents have gone through the years.
Many events depicted bring back good memories of that event--more than an article; however, there are so many great news articles as well.
Take the time to go the Fillmore Gazette Website and browse. It will be well worth you time. This is a great treasure for the citizens of Fillmore about the present and the past.

 


 

The Class of 2008 graduated June 12th at 6:30 PM and at 9:00 PM they boarded buses to go to the Grad Nite Live Harbor Cruise at Long Beach for a drug, alcohol and no smoking party at no cost to the students. So on behalf of Grad Nite Live we want to thank all the citizens of Fillmore for their time and money that worked so hard to save Grad Nite Live. Some of the donations even came from out of town. Within a month and a half $26,100.00 was raised by the individuals that supported the Marie Callender’s Pie sales, the Spaghetti Dinner , the Chicken Dinner and “The Passing of the Hat’ and the following; Mr. & Mrs. Stephan Larkin, Maher Ins Agency, Mr. & Mrs Steven Butts, Beverly Haase Gage, Mr. & Mrs. Don Downey, Fillmore Women’s Service Club, Mr & Mrs Drew Ferguson, Fillmore Rotary Sunrisers, Mr. & Mrs. Darryl Smith, Cecilia Cuevas, Laurie Hernandez, Virginia De La Piedra, Roger Myers, La Flor Bonita, Fillmore Western Sespe Creek Festival, Fillmore Western Railway Inc., Rock and Water Creations Inc., J.C. Morris Properties, LLC., Bill Herrera/State Farm Ins., Fillmore Search & Rescue, Ralph Hargrove, Mamma Sue’s Kitchen, Ken Tallent, Fillmore FFA Booster Club, Santa Clara Valley Bank, Bardsdale Community Council, MTS Consulting LLC, Fillmore Taco Bell, Toys and More, Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Assoc., Trinity Episcopal Church, Veronica Hurtado, Timothy Hagel, Yasmin Sandoval and Family, Soroptimists International of Fillmore, Steve Rowe/Fillmore Auto Dismantling, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Bartels, Fillmore Fire Dept., Mr. & Mrs. Gil Escoto, Fillmore Unified Teachers Assoc., Mr. & Mrs. Steve Villegas, Jamba Juice, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Liz Wilde, Noontime Rotary Members (pass the hat) Fillmore City Council (pass the hat), Fillmore City Council and School Board meeting (pass the hat), Senior student car wash and Annette Fox, Yard Sale organized by Nora Toledo, Balden Ranch Inc., Boyle Engineering, Bill Burnett/The Stop, Don Bell and Ken Karasiuk/Office Park, Taussig & Assoc. inc, Roger Campbell, Toby Waxman, and Michael McGinnis.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

The County of Ventura has announced the official launch of the REVERSE 911® Interactive
Community Notification System. The system may be used to deliver alerts when there is a threat to the health or safety of residents in the cities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, and the unincorporated areas of Ventura County.

REVERSE 911® is a telephonic community notification system which may be used for time-sensitive, mass distribution of emergency messages. The system is particularly effective in times of crisis when rapid communication to a targeted group of citizens or emergency responders is critical. Citizens may be given information regarding evacuation notices, hazardous material releases, community-policing activities or alerts to boil water if necessary. Therefore, when residents receive a REVERSE 911® message, it is important to listen carefully and follow all instructions provided in the alert.

It is also important for residents not to rely on REVERSE 911® notifications as their only means of emergency information. The system may be used in conjunction with information provided to the media, directions given by emergency responders, and information posted on official city, county and government websites.

The REVERSE 911® system is able to send notifications to landline telephones, TTY phones, cellular phones, Voice Over Internet Protocol phones, and e-mail / text addresses. Currently, the Ventura County REVERSE 911® database includes both listed and unlisted landline phone numbers for AT&T and Verizon customers. Residents who want to receive notifications on their cellular, TTY or VoIP phones will need to register online or call the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services at (805) 648-9283.

For more information on REVERSE 911® in Ventura County or to register phone numbers online, residents can click on the “Disaster Information” link on the County of Ventura homepage
(www.countyofventura.org) and select the REVERSE 911® icon.

 
Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Unit Responsible: Fillmore Police Department/Ventura County Sheriff’s Department

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses City of residence Age
(S) Julian Camarillo Santa Paula 18
(S) Amador Leal Santa Paula 18

On June 23, 2008, deputies assigned to the Santa Clara Valley station were extra patrolling the area of the 12th Street Bridge and the Santa Clara River in an effort to enforce the “zero tolerance” of graffiti vandalism in and around the Santa Clara Valley. The deputies happened upon Julian Camarillo and Amador Leal, both from Santa Paula, in the act of spray painting and writing their local “tagging crew’s” moniker on the Santa Clara River bridge. Both subjects were arrested for vandalism and booked at the Ventura County Jail.

Anyone with information about graffiti vandalism, or any other crime, are urged to call Crime Stoppers at (805) 524-0970 (Fillmore) or the Fillmore Police Department at (805) 524-2233.

 

June 23, 2008
TO: Fillmore Senior Center Board of Directors
FROM: Annette Cardona, Community Services Supervisor
City of Fillmore
SUBJECT: Change of Bylaws for the Fillmore Senior Center

BACKGROUNG: Fillmore Senior Center Board of Directors would like to elect an additional five (5) members to their board on June 23, 2008. At this time the Bylaws read – the directors shall be elected at the first regular meeting of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE III. DIRECTORS:

Section 3.01. Number. As provided in Article IV of the Articles of Incorporation of the Corporation, the Corporation shall have seven (7) Directors.

Section 3.02. Qualification. The Directors of the Corporation shall be residents of the City of Fillmore and shall be not less than fifty-five (55) years of age at the time of nomination.

Section 3.05. Election. The Directors shall be elected within 60 days of the fiscal year of the Corporation. The candidates receiving the highest number of votes up to the number of Directors shall be eligible for reelection without limitation on the number of terms they many serve, provided they continue to meet the qualifications required by Section 3.02.

RECOMMENDATION: Staff would like to recommend to the Fillmore Senior Center Board of Directors that we change ARTICLE III. Sections 3.01, 3.02, & 3.05 of the Bylaws to elect the new Board of Directors. If the Bylaws are not voted on to be changed then the new board cannot be elected until the July 28, 2008 meeting.

FISCAL IMPACT: None at this time.

CONCUR______________________________
Tom Ristau, City Manager

 
3400 Pint Challenge To Boost Donations Before July 4th Weekend

Ventura - United Blood Services Central Coast has collected nearly 1600 pints of blood entering the second week of the 3400 pint challenge. Donations in early June had declined dramatically as the public’s focus shifted to graduation, vacation plans and visiting relatives. United Blood Service Central Coast issued a 3400 pint challenge to raise awareness of the summer roller coaster donation trends that can trigger blood shortages. The challenge started June 16th and will end July 3rd as United Blood Services works with a number of promotional partners to encourage and thank volunteer blood donors.

In Ventura County, The Habit Burger Grill has partnered with United Blood Services through July 3rd. If you are over age 17 and weigh at least 110 pounds, donate blood at a nearby Blood Center (in Ventura, Camarillo or Thousand Oaks) or at a nearby blood drive. Every Ventura County blood donor who donates blood will help us reach the 3400 pint challenge and walk away with a certificate for a FREE CHARBURGER, FRIES AND COKE from The Habit Burger Grill as a special thank you.

UBSCC Centers:

San Luis Obispo:
4119 S. Broad St. 543-4290. Mon & Tue: 10- 6 ; Wed & Th: 10-7 ; Fri: 8 - 3 ; Sun: 8-1

Santa Maria:
1770 S. Broadway. 928-2546. Mon & Tue: 10- 6 ; Wed & Th: 10- 7 ; Fri: 8 - 3

Santa Barbara:
902 Laguna St. 965-7037. Mon & Tue: 10- 6 ; Wed & Th: 10- 7 ; Fri: 8 - 3

Ventura:
1756 Eastman Ave. 1-800-715-3699. Mon & Tue: 10- 6 ; Wed & Th: 10- 7 ; Fri: 8 - 2

Camarillo:
2105 Pickwick Dr. 1-800-715-3699. Mon & Wed: 1- 7

Thousand Oaks:
1321 Thousand Oaks Blvd. 1-800-715-3699. Tue & Th: 1- 7

 

The following Farmers Insurance agents have been inducted into the Farmers' "Topper Club" of
Farmers' top sales producers.

* Christopher Bandy, Farmers Insurance District Manager in Camarillo

* Paul Maher, Farmers Insurance Agent in Fillmore

* Dale Watson, Farmers Insurance Agent in Oxnard

* Alice Basurto, Farmers Insurance Agent in Oxnard

* Raquel Gomez, Farmers Insurance Agent in Santa Paula

* Ronnette Cortez, Farmers Insurance Agent in Santa Paula

* Matt Jackson, Farmers Insurance Agent in Simi Valley

* Gloria Kilmer, Farmers Insurance Agent in Ventura

* Michelle Tamburri, Farmers Insurance Agent in Ventura

They have been recognized by Farmers for their outstanding sales achievements in 2007.

"Farmers congratulates these individuals on qualifying for this year's Topper Club. They are committed to providing quality insurance coverages and industry-leading service to Farmers' customers," noted Executive Vice president of Field Operations, Jerry Carnahan.

Farmers Group, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zurich Financial Services Group, an insurance-based financial services provider with a global network of subsidiaries and offices in North America and Europe as well as in Asia Pacific, Latin America and other markets. Farmers(r) is the nation's third-largest Personal Lines Property & Casualty insurance group.

Headquartered in Los Angeles and doing business in 41 states, the insurers comprising the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies provide Homeowners, Auto, Business, Life insurance and financial services to more than 10 million households through 17,000 exclusive agents and district managers.. For more information about Farmers, visit our Web site at www.farmers.com.

 
Rotary International
Rotary International

The Rotary Club of Fillmore Sun Risers did its part to make sure the Wide World of Books project sets a world record for the largest book drive ever during the Rotary International convention June 15-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Club President Ken Smedley says the club gathered 200 children’s books in the weeks leading up to the Convention in preparation for the drive.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this very special project that benefits our children by promoting literacy and cross-cultural awareness,” President Ken says.

At the invitation of the Southern California and Southern Nevada Rotary clubs hosting the convention, many of the nearly 20,000 registrants from more than 140 countries brought children’s books representing their home cultures and languages for the Wide World of Books project. This international book drive, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times’ Reading by 9 program, gathered 242,624 books to be donated to public school students in grades K-3 throughout the region, where studies show too many children read below grade level.

An adjudicator from Guinness World Records was present to certify that the project was the largest book drive ever completed in one week. Even Rotary members unable to make the trip to Los Angeles were involved, either by shipping books directly to the convention or by contributing through a “virtual book drive”.

During the convention, a symbolic “mountain of books” welcomed convention registrants and members of the public in the atrium of the Los Angeles Convention Center, where Rotary members read to local schoolchildren.

“It is symbolic that the mountain of books aas built atop the world map in the atrium’s floor design,” says local Rotary leader Ingo Werk, who chairs the project, noting that nearly 100 languages are spoken throughout the diverse Los Angeles Unified School District.

The book drive is just one example of the hundreds of literacy-related projects supported by Rotary clubs worldwide. “Literacy is crucial in determining a person’s overall academic, professional, and personal success,” says Werk.

The Rotary convention is the humanitarian service organization’s most important meeting of the year, giving members from around the world an opportunity to plan service projects, share success stories and renew acquaintances. It is often described as a “mini-United Nations” due to its international and cultural diversity.

 
 
Fillmore will host its annual community fireworks show on July 4 at dusk at Fillmore Middle School

The show will be noticeably different from past year’s displays, with the most obvious change being the location of the show shifting from Fillmore High School to Fillmore Middle School. The high school football field was host to the show in the past, but over the past year an all-weather track was installed on the field to replace the previous dirt lanes, making the field incompatible with fireworks.
There will be no seating for the public at Fillmore Middle School. All Fillmore city parks will be open to residents and visitors, and persons may set off Safe and Sane fireworks at those locations while fireworks are for sale in the City. As a result of no public seating, there will be no ground show as part of the fireworks display this year but an increase in the number of aerial shells.
All school grounds in Fillmore will be closed on the Fourth of July. Persons who enter school grounds will be subject to arrest or citation for trespassing.
The show will begin at approximately 9 p.m. and continue for 15 to 20 minutes. Most locations in the City should have an excellent view of the show.
For more information please call (805) 524-3701.

 
An artists rendering of the Fillmore Aquatics & Tennis Facility.
An artists rendering of the Fillmore Aquatics & Tennis Facility.
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New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
Photo by Fillmore Police Chief Tim Hagel
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New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
Photo by Fillmore Police Chief Tim Hagel
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New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
Photo by Fillmore Police Chief Tim Hagel
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New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
New Pool and Tennis site under construction.
Photo by Fillmore Police Chief Tim Hagel
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Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

The 70th anniversary of graduation from Fillmore High was celebrated by the Class of 1938 with a luncheon at Mama Sue's Kitchen and attending the alumni dinner in the evening!
Besides getting to see each other and bringing all up-to-date on what has happened and is happening to each one there were a number of the next generation who came and worked like beavers assisting the "old" folk!
Mama Sue's Kitchen was a delightful place to have the reunion and we all recommend it very, very highly. The service was done with class.
The class was very sorry that the following classmates could not attend because of illness: Dora Siechert Hall, Barbara Hall Stillman, Evelyn Cozier Grove, Virginia Scott Edwards, Dr. Isabel Tavares and Jack Wilson. Greetings were received!
Special thanks go to Beverly McNair and Lisa Blackburn (daughters of Helen and Crowin McNair) for their outstanding assistance in decorating the room along with flowers of blue and white. Class members were right there assisting in getting the room to be very festive.
A quilt was made by John Couch's daughter. You must see it to believe this creation! The class photographs from the Copa de Oro were printed to cloth, along with the picture of the administration building, and then transferred to cloth. From there Fillmore High and Class of 1938 was added and it was then hand quilted. You have to see it to believe what a outstanding piece of art was made by this young lady for her father and John gave it to the class. He then decided to give it as gift by having classmates draw the one to receive this treasure. And, guess who got it legally? Conway Spitler!
It was decided this should be placed in the high school Hall of Fame. We hear rumors that the Hall of Fame has been taken over by the school store! But, will investigate.
John Couch presented each classmate with a 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin. What a beautiful coin! John has done this at each reunion we have had these past years.
John Corwin, husband of Helen Coleman Corwin, painted a beautiful painting of the administrative building. Remember the little coupe in the original picture? Well John put in his coupe into the picture! It is remarkable the talent these people have.
Luncheon was served by two very efficient young waitresses with selections made by each class member.
After luncheon the program began with a blessing by Trusten Hart. Betty Ann Kirkpatrick Hawk gave the class greetings followed by introduction of each class- mate and our two special guests Superintendent Jeff Sweeney and Bill Reaves '60 who comes each year from the State of Washington to help with the alumni dinner set up and take down.
Absent from the dinner because of illness was Dora Siechert Hall, Barbara Hall Stillman, Evelyn Cozier Grove, Jack Wilson, Virginia Scott Edwards, Virginia Ruthrauff Swaffield, and Dr. Isabel Tavares.
Classmates attending the dinner were: Priscilla Cobb Baker, Barbara Ellswroth Bates, Beverly Burke Thomas, George Stowell Burson, Helen Coleman, McNair, John Couch, Trusten Hart, Bette Kirkpatrick Hawk, Bernice LeBard Landers, Betty Pearson Tavaglione, Harry Peyton, R. Conway Spitler, Elton Wagner, and James Walker.
Remembrance of deceased class members was note by Trusten Hart.
A listing of the historical events of 1938 was given by Conway Spitler followed by the giving of the coin!
It was determined that this was would be our last reunion!

 
Fillmore High Alumni Association
Fillmore High Alumni Association

Two hundred and fifty Fillmore High alumni members and their guests enjoyed an evening of reminiscing, good food and visiting with friends that had not been seen for many years at the Fillmore City Park last Saturday. The graduating classes of 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, and 1958 were well represented as this year's honored classes. A good attendance was had for most of the other classes between 1930 and 1970 and each class was represented by their Copa de Oro pictures that were displayed on the Parade of Classes as a backdrop for the speaker's dais.
The meeting was opened with the posting of the colors by Troop 406 of the Boy Scouts of America, which was followed by the invocation by Manny Martinez, class of '71. The excellent dinner again was catered by Doug Binns of D.J.'s catering. The 2008 John and Nit Lemley scholarships were presented to Laura Orozco and Kassaundra Sandoval by John Lemley, class of '61. Alumni scholarships were presented to Ashley Grande,
Christina Amezcua, Briana Rojo, Julio Cesar Chavez, Angelica Serna and Luis Munoz by Vice President Mark Ortega.
Corinna Mozley presented the Parade of Classes by introducing those honored classes that were in attendance. Door prizes, that were provided by alumni members, Kathleen McCreary, Betty Carpenter, Gertrude Lovelace, Lupe Vasquez, Calvin & Lavonne Deeter and Dick Mosbarger were awarded to sixteen lucky alumni members. The 50-50 drawing was won by Elaine Ipswitch, who, along with her husband, Ron had driven down from South Dakota to attend this year's dinner. Elaine said that the money won just might pay for the gas on their return home. A Toolie Palmer bark art picture that was donated by Kathleen McCreary was won by Susan Adams, and a second picture, donated by Calvin & Lavonne Deeter was won by Bill Wilson.
Bob Horn, class of '58 nominated the alumni officers for the 2008-2009, and they were unanimously elected. All officers who have served this year were re-elected as were the two new board members, Glenda DeJarnette and Tricia Gradias. The alumni association is pleased to have these two ladies added to the board.
The evening program ended with the singing of the alma mater which was lead by Mark Ortega.
A program such as this annual dinner cannot be a success without the help of many people, and most of the work was done by the board of directors who planned, organized and carried out the entire evening. Great help was also provided by Matt Mozley, Bill Walden, Bill Reaves, Barry Thompson, Monte Carpenter and John Zermeno, who helped set up and take down the displays. The alumni also thanks Filmore Rentals for providing lights, Fillmore Building Supply and Harold Foy for providing the dais and John Wilber for providing the P. A. system. Bob Cox did a great job in taking pictures of the evening's events. The board is already planning for next year's dinner, which will be held, once again, at the Memorial Building. More information and pictures will appear in the next issue of Flashbacks, which will come out in August, the Fillmore Gazette, and on the alumni website.
Two lost items were found and can be retrieved by contacting the alumni office. One item is a woman's jacket and the other is a memory chip from a digital camera. We are quite sure the owners would like to have them back. Call (805) 524-0416 if either of these items is yours.
The alumni board of directors thanks all members and guests who attended this year's dinner and helped make it the success that it was.

 
 
Lauren Shield takes fifth place in her first attempt in the beginner level.
Lauren Shield takes fifth place in her first attempt in the beginner level.
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Kings Corner Training Stables
Kayla Ryman, 7 yrs old won High Point Champion in the 12 & under division.
Kayla Ryman, 7 yrs old won High Point Champion in the 12 & under division.
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Caitlyn Teague, rides her horse in her fi rst training level competition.
Caitlyn Teague, rides her horse in her fi rst training level competition.
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The riders from Kings Corner Training Stables of Fillmore have been making their mark at the local Horse Shows. Showing their abilities in English and Western riding and Combined Training.

Kayla Ryman, 7 years old, of Fillmore was the 12 and under High Point Champion at the latest ETI Corral 126 Horse show Sunday. Kayla is the daughter of James and Shelly Reiman of Fillmore. She was aboard her horse, Cute as a Button. Her brother Connor won the leadline class on his horse Black Jack.

Keelie Buck on her horse Wild Heart's Trimmed in Lace was the the 18 & over Western Champion and her husband Dave Buck was Reserve Champion on Wild Heart's Rich in Color. Karen Schott on Tucker won both Reining classes and her daughter Jessica was the 12 & Under Western Reserve Champion.

Darian Binkley on Wild Heart's Pico's Angel was the Reserve Champion 12 & Under English Rider and Champion 12 & Under Western Rider.

Also competeing from Kings Corner Training Stables was Shadney Elwell, of Simi Valley, on her horse Picture of Ellagance, who was the 18 & over English High Point Champion. Tristan Swor of Oxnard riding Golden Knight was the 13-17 English High point champion.

Lauren Shield, daughter of Tim and Sylvia Shield of Santa Paula, competed last week at the Meadows of Moorpark Horse Trail. Riders were required to perform in three phases, Dressage, Cross Country and Stadium Jumping. Lauren roder Yours for a Knight to a fifth place finish at her first attempt at the nationally recognized level of Beginner Novice.

Emily Walter of Simi Valley on Court Jester had a great show on her horse Court Jester, having both a clear round in Cross Country and Stadium Jumping. Caitlyn Teague, of Santa Paula rode her horse About Last Knight in her first Training level competition! Jenny Brock of Fillmore, rode My Knight in Shining Armor to a beautiful finish at the Training Level.

These riders and many others train at Kings Corner Training Stables in Fillmore. Owned and operated by Taurie Banks for over 17 years, the facility has continued to aid riders and their horses in achieving their goals. With experience in many riding diciplines, the stables offer riders a variety of riding styles and they compete all over the state on many different circuits.

This summer Kings Corner Training Stables is expanding their summer program with additional private lessons, added instructors, and a summer day camp program. Riders are not required to own their own horses and can start at any level of ability from beginner through advanced. For more information, please call Kings Corner Training Stables (805) 524-9345.

 
The Herrera family enjoy the event at their Fillmore home.
The Herrera family enjoy the event at their Fillmore home.
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The local Fillmore Soroptimist celebrated its 50th Anniversary at a thoroughly enjoyable event on May 29, 2008, at the Herrera estate
Don Downey and wife Deena enjoy the cool summer night at the Herrera home.
Don Downey and wife Deena enjoy the cool summer night at the Herrera home.
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President Oralia Herrera and past president Terri Aguirre.
President Oralia Herrera and past president Terri Aguirre.
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Elaine Dunst, a charter member, was welcomed at the party with members of her family. Greetings were sent from early members such as Lorraine Galvin Jones and Janine Rees.

Other dignitaries included City Council members, Patti Walker and Scott Lee, who presented a proclamation, signed by Mayor Steve Conaway, from the City of Fillmore. City Staff was represented by Assistant City Manager, Bill Bartels. Also helping to celebrate were representatives from service groups such as the Rotary Clubs--both SunRiser and Noontime--Lions, which sent greetings, Fillmore Historical Museum, and Camulos Ranch.

Mistress of Ceremonies was Kathi Marsden. Chair for the Event was Kathleen Briggs and her Committee's participants were Terri Aguirre, Oralia Herrera, Jeri Schleimer, Cleo Friddle, Marianne Crane, Sandi Ward, Jeanne Warren, Norma Mercado, Kathy Vargas, and Sarah Hansen.

Arriving guests were greeted in the evening with classical music performed by Joe Aguirre. While overlooking the San Cayetano Mountains, the group was served outdoors by Food and Beverage Caterers Dan Herrera, the Rick Wattles, and the Tom Curnetts.

Part of the evening's activities included installation, by Soroptimist International Governor Sharon Seldon-Lyde, of the new 2008-2009 officers, who will be Oralia Herrera, President; Marianne Crane, Vice President; Terri Aguirre, Recording Secretary; Lynn Edmonds, Corresponding Secretary; and Cleo Friddle, Treasurer. Others to serve will be Jeri Schleimer and Sarah Hansen, Directors; Sandi Ward and Kathy Vargas, Regional Delegates; and Cleo Friddle and Kathleen Briggs, Alternate Delegates. Past president for these past two years has been Terri Aguirre.

Over the years this service club, with its fundraising and talented members, has made memorable contributions to the Community, which initially included a resuscitator to the newly opened Santa Paula Hospital in 1959 and the concrete benches for the Fillmore Library. Also later, given to the City and Community were downtown business trash containers, Christmas trees and other decorations, rose bushes for street planters, trees planted along the bike path and the Gazebo. Display cases were given to the Fillmore Museum. More recently, the group has promoted the welfare of women and girls through local scholarships and health and protection issues, contributed to school activities, such as Art Show, Sespe Players, Writing Awards, Citizenship and Grad Night Live, and assisted with beautification projects, including wild flower plantings and bike path maintenance. The Fire Department has also been a recipient of various donations for equipment and projects.

Through its efforts, over the past 50 years, Fillmore Soroptimist, along with other local service groups, certainly has made a remarkable difference for the Community and demonstrated the need for continuing service and club activities, which benefit all the Community, including the awareness of its own members.