June 2013   
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'Focus on Education' Magazine Publishes Weds., June 12
in the VC Star Newspaper


FOE Summer 2013 Once again, the Ventura County Office of Education is highlighting the achievements of some high school graduates from throughout Ventura County.


On June 12, the "Focus on Education" newsletter will be released and distributed through the Ventura County Star, and also will be available at www.vcoe.org for a free download. This issue explores the lives of a dozen high school seniors from all backgrounds who will graduate this month. 


Some of the students will follow a traditional four-year university path to achieve their career goals while others are actively pursuing vocational/technical training in their areas of interest. Some have endured serious challenges during their school years and have faced their adversity with dedication and commitment. For every student featured, their high school education was a valued foundational opportunity on which to build an interesting and fulfilling future. 


Come be inspired along with us as we learn about these phenomenal graduates who represent only a small fraction of the incredible young people pursuing their public education in Ventura County. The Focus on Education magazine has been a WC project for several years on behalf of the Ventura County Office of Education. 

Ventura Port District Newsletter publishes in June 12 Ventura Breeze Newspaper 


Ventura Port District Summer 2013 newsletter

Don't miss picking up a copy of the Ventura Breeze on Wednesday, June 12. Not only will you read about happenings in Ventura, but also you'll get the summer issue of the Ventura Port District's quarterly newsletter, Harbor Views. 


Stan Whisenhunt, graphic designer Cindy Daly and writer/editor Amy Bentley of WC help the Port District keep the public and Harbor community updated with news and events happening year-round at the Ventura Harbor and Harbor Village.


The summer issue is a big one as the Harbor is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. In this issue, you will read about how the Harbor got built, its challenges and successes over the years, and the Harbor's exciting plans for the future. 


The summer issue of Harbor Views also includes articles about the Ventura Yacht Club's 75th anniversary this year, the new Keith Turner sailing scholarship, the many ways to enjoy an adventure on the water this summer and a listing of events happening this summer at the Harbor and Harbor Village. 


Print copies of Harbor Views also are distributed around the Harbor and current issues are posted on the Port District website, www.venturaharbor.com.

 Casitas Municipal Water District

 Newsletter Wins Award  

Casitas Spring 2012 newslwtter Congratulations go out to WC graphic designer Joan Phelps and the Casitas Municipal Water District. The water district's newsletter received an Award of Merit from the California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) under the category of "Community or Special Audience Newsletter." 


Phelps has been the graphic designer for this newsletter for several years and WC has designed brochures for Casitas. Casitas is based in Oak View and serves the Ojai Valley and parts of Ventura. 


CAPIO Awards of Excellence, Distinction and Merit were handed out to finalists at CAPIO's Awards of Excellence Dinner held April 18 at CAPIO's annual conference in Napa.

Jump Aboard for a Saturday Evening or July 4 Cruise with
Island Packers 


Island Packers Tickets are now available for cruises from Ventura Harbor with Island Packers through October on selected Saturdays. All cruises depart from Island Packers, 1691 Spinnaker Drive, and cruise aboard a 64-foot power catamaran with seating inside the lower and upper cabins. 

WC is helping Island Packers spread the word about these enjoyable cruises. 

Dinner cruises feature live music on board and dinner catered by Milano's Italian Restaurant, The Greek at the Harbor or Anacapa Brewery. Trips include an appetizer, dinner, dessert and beverage. Guests can choose from a number of trips that feature various musicians and select their favorite music from jazz, blues, eclectic, rock n roll and more. 

Or, take a Saturday Night Harbor Cruise (no dinner) and relax while cruising in the Ventura Harbor and visiting the marinas. Island Packers also offers a special July 4th Cruise that takes guests to the Channel Islands Harbor to view fireworks at 9 p.m. 


For details, visit www.islandpackers.com or call 805-642-1393.

Help Save a Golden Retriever


Golden Garden Party Golden Retrievers are wonderful, loving dogs that enjoy a great reputation. Help a Golden today by buying a ticket to "A Golden Garden Party" benefitting the Forever Friends Golden Retriever Rescue, based in Ventura County.


The event is Sunday, Sept. 29, from 3:30 - 7 p.m. at a beautiful Westlake Village private estate. Mastro's Steakhouse will serve up the food; olive oil tasting and spirits are by Vom Fass; wines will be presented by Sommeliers Russ & Marie Meek; and the gelato is from Bulgarini. Raffles, silent and live auctions, musical entertainment and prizes round out this great event. 


Tickets are limited. Early registration begins June 15. Visit www.gardenparty.ffgrrescue.org or www.ffgrrescue.org, or email info@ffgrrescue.org. WC graphic designer Joan Phelps is helping the rescue organization with posters and other visual materials for this event.

Turning Point Fundraiser
Benefits Homeless, Mentally Ill


turning point foundation logo The Turning Point Foundation is the only non-profit agency in Ventura County that addresses the critical community support needs of mentally ill adults. WC client Harrison Industries was a sponsor of the foundation's seventh annual "Champions of Mental Health" fundraiser held May 19 at the Four Points Sheraton in Ventura.


Ralph & Jenny Harrison
Ralph Harrison, Harrison Industries President, and his wife Jenny enjoy the "Champions of Mental Health" fundraiser.

The foundation serves more than 500 vulnerable community members each year through its shelter, supported housing and rehabilitation programs. It also recognizes dedicated individuals and groups that have spent considerable time, energy and financial resources to help provide services to those who are often in desperate need of mental health assistance. 


The "Champions of Mental Health" honored this year were consumer advocate Liz Warren, community volunteer Diane Bustillos, family advocate Sonna Gray and "Lift Up Your Voice," a community program offered by the Unitarian Universal Church of Ventura.


Harrison Industries urges you visit the Turning Point Foundation's website, www.turningpointfoundation.org, to learn more about this impressive organization.  

Issue: 47
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Ventura Yacht Club  
Celebrates 75th Anniversary


By Stan Whisenhunt


I'm pleased to share that the Ventura Yacht Club is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. I have been a member for more than 30 years and have enjoyed every moment.


The club was formed in 1938 and incorporated in 1940 as a non-profit organization. VYC prides itself in accomplishments that range from having an active racing and cruising program to being a prime moving force in having the Ventura Harbor built. The club annually conducts the Santa Barbara Channel Challenge and Ventura Cup Regatta - the most prestigious yacht-racing event in Ventura County.


The club has long supported the Ventura Port District and Ventura Harbor in matters ranging from lobbying to get the harbor constructed - and reconstructed following devastating 1969 floods - and getting the breakwater built and the harbor annually dredged. VYC also plays key roles in activities like the annual Christmas Parade of Lights and other functions that showcase the harbor's beauty.


VYC is more like a service club, with members participating in beach cleanups following holiday weekends, Toys for Tots and FOOD Share drives, and collecting library books and school supplies for local schools. In September, our members will spend a day helping Habitat for Humanity build a duplex in Santa Paula. 


Among the early activities of the club was the construction of launching and mooring facilities at Hueneme Harbor in 1939. World War II halted this project, and efforts were then centered on clearing the snags from the coastal slough known as McGrath Lake in order to hold regattas for outboards and small sailboats.


After the war, efforts were resumed to secure a harbor for Ventura. During the campaign, one of the highlights was the construction of a model of the proposed harbor, which was used extensively for publicity purposes. These and other efforts resulted in the formation of the Ventura Port District, which eventually built the Ventura Harbor. The existing clubhouse was built in 1967 and is the oldest building in the Harbor.


Congratulations go out to the VYC for many successful years!

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Forever Friends Golden Retriever Rescue
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