February 2010
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WC Wins Bid with Community Action of Ventura County

Community Action of Ventura County (CAVC) logoWhisenhunt Communications has secured a contract to provide public relation services for Community Action of Ventura County, an Oxnard-based nonprofit organization that helps low-income, disadvantaged and at-risk families and individuals to become self-sufficient through a variety of programs and services. Started in 1965, CAVC serves about 30,000 clients a year.
Among services Whisenhunt Communications will provide CAVC include creating brochures, issuing press releases to the local media concerning news about CAVC and the various programs it offers to county residents.
For more information on CAVC programs and services, call 436-4000 or 648-6088. Or visit its Web site at www.ca-vc.org.
CMHS's Wilde is Ventura Chamber's New Board Chairman

Gary WildeGary Wilde, President and CEO of Community Memorial Health System, has been appointed as the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's new Chairman of the Board.

Wilde was installed to the one-year term during a ceremony at the Pierpont Inn on Jan. 27. He replaces Randolph Hinton, owner of RH Wealth Management. Wilde previously served the Ventura Chamber as its Vice Chairman for Business Development.

Wilde has been active in the Ventura Chamber since being appointed President and CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in 2004. Under his leadership, the 242-bed not-for-profit hospital and its nine family-practice Centers for Family Health offices in Ventura County merged with the 103-bed Ojai Valley Community Hospital in 2005 to form the Community Memorial Health System.

Among Wilde's other accomplishments at CMHS include the expansion of OVCH's Emergency Department in 2008 as well as overseeing plans for the construction of a new $300 million CMH scheduled to be completed in the future. Also during his tenure, Community Memorial Hospital has been recognized by the National Research Corporation as one of the nation's top hospitals for four years in a row, and in 2009, CMH received the American College of Cardiology Foundation's Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2009 - one of only 121 hospitals nationwide and one of five in California to do so.
St. Patrick's Day Parade March 13

Ventura St. Patricks Day Parade Web SiteVentura's St. Patrick's Day Parade will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 13.

Co-chairs of the big parade are Ventura Councilman Jim Monahan and Nan Drake, community relations director for Harrison Industries.

Graphic artist Cindy Daly of Whisenhunt Communications recently updated the parade's Web site.  Businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate in the parade. You can download a registration form by visiting the website at www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com.
Harrisons on Board of State Recycling Council

Jim and Ralph HarrisonJim (left) and Ralph Harrison of Harrison Industries are on the 2010 board of directors of the California Refuse Recycling Council. They represent the Ventura County Waste Disposal Association. Whisenhunt Communications is an associate member of the state recycling organization.
OUHSD Board Names Carter as Superintendent

Superintendent Dr. Bob CarterDr. Bob Carter, interim superintendent of the Oxnard Union High School District since July, has been named superintendent of the district by the OUHSD Board of Trustees.

On Feb. 10, the board voted to extend Carter's contract for two years and remove "interim" from his title. Carter previously served as superintendent of OUHSD from 1980 to 1990.
Social Media - Connecting with 'Friends' through Facebook

facebook iconSocial media. It's the buzzword for almost any industry these days, but what exactly does it mean and how can you tap into this monster concept to help your business succeed?
Whole books are written on the topic so we are teasing with one free Internet tool you can easily use to help promote your name and business: Facebook.
Facebook allows almost instant access to your "friends" and limits you to short bits about yourself. It's like a note you send whenever you want that reaches all of the people on your friends list. You can add photos, videos, links to blogs, Web sites and YouTube videos and more. You can field responses and comments from those receiving your posts.
Constantly connecting with your friends' list translates into greater name recognition, immediate access to interested parties, the capacity to foster relationships and imparting information. Properly nursed, Facebook can boost your communication, which in turn can boost the trust you earn from clients, constituents and consumers.

To read the entire Social Media article, go to http://www.whizcomm.biz/newsflash_february_10.html#facebook
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  Cressy Teaches Writing Skills to Probation Officers

john cressyJohn Cressy, a writer with Whisenhunt Communications since 2001, also teaches writing skills to law enforcement personnel throughout the state, mostly probation officers.
For probation officers, writing is not typically their field of expertise, but it plays an extremely important role in their jobs. They must write probation reports that are not only clear and concise, but are correctly punctuated. Cressy's classes serve as refresher courses of English grammar - correct use of apostrophes and commas, subject-verb agreement, capitalization rules, active voice, etc.
Cressy has taught his classes in over 20 county probation departments in California, including Ventura, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Fresno, San Francisco, Alameda and Sacramento counties.
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Client News In This Issue
Community Action of Ventura County (CAVC)
Community Memorial Health System
Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade
Harrison Industries
Oxnard Union High School District
Social Media with Facebook
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