(l-r) Rotarian and Fillmore Chief of Police Garo Kuredjian, past Club President Renee Swenson, and the new Ventura County Sheriff, Jim Fryhoff. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
(l-r) Rotarian and Fillmore Chief of Police Garo Kuredjian, past Club President Renee Swenson, and the new Ventura County Sheriff, Jim Fryhoff. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo

Rotarian and Fillmore Chief of Police Garo Kuredjian informed the Rotary Club that he has been promoted to Commander and will be overseeing pre-trial detentions in the City of Ventura, thus leaving Fillmore. We will miss him and all he has done in the community! Garo also introduced new Ventura County Sheriff, Jim Fryhoff. Fryhoff related all the positions he has held and the experience he has had in his career to date. He informed the Club that there are 750 Deputies in the county. One of his goals is to promote positivity amongst the officers and to motivate them to make their communities better. He explained that Fillmore is a contract city with the Sheriffs Department, which means we have full use of their resources such as the Crime Lab, Air Unit, Search & Rescue, and SWAT to name a few.

 


 
Pictured right is Rotarian Barb Filkins, last week’s speaker, and Rotary Past President Martha Richardson.
Pictured right is Rotarian Barb Filkins, last week’s speaker, and Rotary Past President Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo

The guest speaker last week was Rotarian Barb Filkins. She grew up on the East Coast and moved to California to attend Pomona College. Later she attended Harvey Mudd College and got her private pilot license. After graduation she was homesick so returned east and taught flying for Empire Airlines. In 1978 she got a job in California and she and her fellow pilot, Dale, moved here and were married. They were flying and working at the National Test Pilot School. She taught in the cockpit as well as in the classroom. Her passion is to teach and inspire each student to be the best and to inspire others. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.

 


 
Pictured are Rotarians Joe Aguirre and Bob Hammond who donned their Christmas clothes, guitar and mic, and led everyone in Christmas Carols at last week’s Rotary Club meeting. It was very entertaining and got everyone in the Christmas Spirit. Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Pictured are Rotarians Joe Aguirre and Bob Hammond who donned their Christmas clothes, guitar and mic, and led everyone in Christmas Carols at last week’s Rotary Club meeting. It was very entertaining and got everyone in the Christmas Spirit. Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo
 
Pictured are Club President Steve McKeown, and all five participants from last year’s competition: Jimena Cortes, Camilo Torres, Carmen Ibarra, Jessica Videgain and Alanna Garcia, who was the 1st place winner for the 2022 Contest. Also pictured are Lions Club members Lynn Edmonds and Gaylynn Brien. Photo credit Jaclyn Ibarra.
Pictured are Club President Steve McKeown, and all five participants from last year’s competition: Jimena Cortes, Camilo Torres, Carmen Ibarra, Jessica Videgain and Alanna Garcia, who was the 1st place winner for the 2022 Contest. Also pictured are Lions Club members Lynn Edmonds and Gaylynn Brien. Photo credit Jaclyn Ibarra.
Enlarge Photo

The Fillmore Lions Club has announced the 2023 Student Speaker Contest topic, “Social Media: Connects Us or Isolates Us?” This year’s contest will be held February 6th, 2023. Deadline to apply is January 23rd, 2023—see contest details in article.

This topic is very important and relevant in our world today. The contest will be held on Monday February 6th, 2023 at 6:45pm at the One Step A La Vez located at 421 Sespe Ave. Parents, students, educators and the general public are invited to attend. The contest is open to all Fillmore area students of high school age regardless of the school of attendance (including home taught, those attending outside of the district and foreign exchange students). The deadline to apply by is Monday, January 23rd, 2023. More information about the contest and how to sign up can be found at www.fillmorelionsclub.org

The winner will receive $100 and all qualified participants will receive $25 providing their speech is at least 5 minutes but no longer than 10 minutes. The winners of each stage of competition will receive a financial award and be invited to the next level of the contest. The ultimate winner will receive a total of $21,000 in scholarships to a school of their choice. Students interested in participating can contact Gaylynn Brien at 360- 521-5647 or Mr. Overton at Fillmore High School at 805-276-6070.

Students should start early to enter the contest and writetheir speech because it takes time to research and prepare. Additionally, the number of students entering the contest may be limited.

 
Guests from last week’s Fillmore Rotary meeting were introduced by Rotarian Cindy Blatt. Jeremiah MacMahon is the Interact Club Advisor. The Interact Club is the High School version of Rotary. They work on community service projects like making paper cranes for Peace Day, Trunk or Treat, decorating a Christmas tree downtown, and help us on our projects such as Josh the Otter. Three of their officers attended the meeting, Club President Andrea Laureano, Vice President Jack Morris and Secretary Sebastian Landeros. Pictured are this week’s guests Jack Morris, Sebastian Landeros, Jeremiah MacMahon, Advisor Cindy Blatt and pictured front, Andrea Laureano. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Guests from last week’s Fillmore Rotary meeting were introduced by Rotarian Cindy Blatt. Jeremiah MacMahon is the Interact Club Advisor. The Interact Club is the High School version of Rotary. They work on community service projects like making paper cranes for Peace Day, Trunk or Treat, decorating a Christmas tree downtown, and help us on our projects such as Josh the Otter. Three of their officers attended the meeting, Club President Andrea Laureano, Vice President Jack Morris and Secretary Sebastian Landeros. Pictured are this week’s guests Jack Morris, Sebastian Landeros, Jeremiah MacMahon, Advisor Cindy Blatt and pictured front, Andrea Laureano. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo
 
You too could be part of this fun group … we are the Fillmore Friends of the Library nonprofit organization that helps support library programs (with a couple of folks not pictured). Our meeting this month was Tuesday, December 13th, at 12:30pm at our beautiful newly renovated library. Come join us to see how you can be involved! Fillmore Friends of the Library Facebook page.
You too could be part of this fun group … we are the Fillmore Friends of the Library nonprofit organization that helps support library programs (with a couple of folks not pictured). Our meeting this month was Tuesday, December 13th, at 12:30pm at our beautiful newly renovated library. Come join us to see how you can be involved! Fillmore Friends of the Library Facebook page.
Enlarge Photo
 
(left) Film Producer Danny Haro and Rotary President Dave Andersen. Photo Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
(left) Film Producer Danny Haro and Rotary President Dave Andersen. Photo Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo

Our program last week was presented by Danny Haro, Executive Producer of Higher Ground Entertainment. He related a story about a young man who came to America for a better life. He started as a farm laborer, went to night school, on to college and finally became a brain surgeon. Dr. Q, his nickname, wanted to give back so be began Mission Brain, where he could perform brain surgery all over the world for free. The doctor will be going to Mexico City on Dec. 17th to perform brain surgery, and Danny Haro will be going along to make a documentary film of the surgery. This will be used to inspire young people to get involved in medicine and STEM. Courtesy Rotarian Martha Richardson.

 
Martha Gentry, Museum Director, gave an informative talk to Fillmore Rotary about the Fillmore Historical Museum. It began in 1970 by a retired Spanish teacher Edith Moore Jarrett. She had written the Spanish textbook, El Camino Real which was used all over the USA. Initially she rented the ground floor of the Masonic Temple Building on Central Avenue. When word went out that she was looking for items for the museum she was overwhelmed and needed more space. In 1974 she was pleased to buy the depot building for $1.00 plus 5 cent tax. She petitioned the City for a lot on Main St., moved the depot and that was the beginning of what is there now. 50 years later it also consists of a 1905 bungalow-Hinckley house, 1919 Rancho Sespe bunkhouse, 1960 caboose, Bardsdale post office and more. Christmas decorations are up and the Poinsettia sale is in progress. If you would like to purchase a red poinsettia contact the Museum by Nov. 18, 805-525-0948. Museum is open Wed.-Fri. 9 am-12 -1pm-4, Sat. 10-3 and closed Sun.-Tues. Pictured l-r is Martha Gentry & Rotary President Dave Andersen. Photo Credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Martha Gentry, Museum Director, gave an informative talk to Fillmore Rotary about the Fillmore Historical Museum. It began in 1970 by a retired Spanish teacher Edith Moore Jarrett. She had written the Spanish textbook, El Camino Real which was used all over the USA. Initially she rented the ground floor of the Masonic Temple Building on Central Avenue. When word went out that she was looking for items for the museum she was overwhelmed and needed more space. In 1974 she was pleased to buy the depot building for $1.00 plus 5 cent tax. She petitioned the City for a lot on Main St., moved the depot and that was the beginning of what is there now. 50 years later it also consists of a 1905 bungalow-Hinckley house, 1919 Rancho Sespe bunkhouse, 1960 caboose, Bardsdale post office and more. Christmas decorations are up and the Poinsettia sale is in progress. If you would like to purchase a red poinsettia contact the Museum by Nov. 18, 805-525-0948. Museum is open Wed.-Fri. 9 am-12 -1pm-4, Sat. 10-3 and closed Sun.-Tues. Pictured l-r is Martha Gentry & Rotary President Dave Andersen. Photo Credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo
 
On November 4th, 2022, Fillmore Civic Pride Volunteers’ “Yard of the Month” winner was Candi Tovar, pictured above in her garden; she received a $50 gift card from Otto and Sons Nursery. Photo credit Linda Nunes.
On November 4th, 2022, Fillmore Civic Pride Volunteers’ “Yard of the Month” winner was Candi Tovar, pictured above in her garden; she received a $50 gift card from Otto and Sons Nursery. Photo credit Linda Nunes.
Enlarge Photo

By Linda Nunes

Candi Tovar, of 342 Palm Drive in El Dorado Estates, was chosen the Civic Pride Volunteers’ “Yard of the Month” winner for November. Candi has lived in Fillmore for 15 years, after growing up on a ranch in Newhall; her family still owns that ranch. She gathered many vintage farm implements and interesting items like wagon wheels, and old saws from her father’s barn to display on her fence and boulders, and rocks to arrange next to nine or more old roses and pots of cacti and succulents. Among the plants were scented rose geraniums, blooming epiphytes, asparagus fern, several Crassula and Kalanchoe varieties, Echeveria in bloom, and a large unusual grey cactus that we couldn’t identify. Candi expressed over and over how much she “loves her yard” and was delighted to tell the stories behind specific plants. As she talked, she touched her plants like “old friends” and was so happy to receive the $50 gift card from Otto and Sons Nursery to add to her collection. Civic Pride Volunteers appreciate the generosity of Otto & Sons Nursery which has provided the awards since the beginning of the Yard of the Month project. The next award will be for holiday decorations in December.

 
Fillmore Civic Pride named Lilia and Marco Martinez’s yard on Waterford Lane as Yard of the Month for October. Photo credit Fillmore Civic Pride Volunteers.
Fillmore Civic Pride named Lilia and Marco Martinez’s yard on Waterford Lane as Yard of the Month for October. Photo credit Fillmore Civic Pride Volunteers.
Enlarge Photo

By Linda Nunes

Civic Pride Volunteers have chosen Lilia and Marco Martinez’s yard at 1372 Waterford to receive the $50 “Yard of the Month” award, generously given by Otto & Sons Nursery.

The family has lived at this location for about 20 years, but never had visited the nursery, so they will enjoy the amazing park-like setting while they shop.

Marco wisely designed and installed, a drought tolerant yard using decomposed granite pathways with weed barrier cloth and river pebbles in circles of varying sizes. They were planted with purple flowering, Buddleja davidii or Summer Lilac (Butterfly Bush), Ponytail Palm (Elephant’s Foot), and a Grevillea tree as the focus of the circles. Beneath these are succulents like Stapelio gigantea known as Carrion plant because of the rotted flesh smell of the unusual flowers. Their plant has two large buds ready to open. Blue agave and other cacti, Milk Weed, Acacia Saligna, Lemon Grass, Red Crown of Thorns and Salvia add interest.

We were surprised and pleased to see a native bee condo from our Fillmore Flower Show boutique in the middle of the Salvia bush!

For vertical balance, they had Epiphytes and three types of Passionflower vines growing up a trellis and the fence.

Drive past their yard and see how attractive a drought tolerant landscape can be.

 
(l-r) Nicholas Cochiolo and Rotary President Dave Andersen. Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
(l-r) Nicholas Cochiolo and Rotary President Dave Andersen. Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo

Last week the Rotary Club speaker was Nicholas Cochiolo, a swordsmith who has been featured on the History Channel. He began in Martial Arts when he was young and in time became fascinated with Medieval Martial Arts, swords, helmets and armor. He is an artist and welder and taught himself how to make replicas of dueling swords and helmets. A helmet may take 70 hours to perfect and the weapons and sword’s from 40-100 hours. Each sword has a specific purpose and are balanced to perfection.

 
Congratulations to the Class of 2024 for completing the chalking of the “F” this past Saturday, October 1st. You did an awesome job! This class missed out on the tradition when they were Freshman due to COVID, so they were given the opportunity now. Thanks to Quality Ag for transporting the material, parents, and Junior class advisors. To the Freshman Class of ‘2026, you’re up! See you in May! Photos courtesy FHS Alumni Association Facebook page.
Congratulations to the Class of 2024 for completing the chalking of the “F” this past Saturday, October 1st. You did an awesome job! This class missed out on the tradition when they were Freshman due to COVID, so they were given the opportunity now. Thanks to Quality Ag for transporting the material, parents, and Junior class advisors. To the Freshman Class of ‘2026, you’re up! See you in May! Photos courtesy FHS Alumni Association Facebook page.
Enlarge Photo
 
The Bardsdale Cemetery Board will be hosting a Volunteer Day on Saturday, October 22nd from 9am until noon. The Board of Trustees has heard from folks in the community who would like to help—all are welcome to join. Cleaning supplies (rags and buckets of water) and trash bags will be provided, but please bring gloves and hand clippers. Projects to be worked on are clipping around headstones and picking up trash. Water and granola bars provided. Anyone under 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult. Please call the Cemetery Office if you’d like to participate at 805-524-3877. Check out their website! https://www.bardsdale cemetery.com
The Bardsdale Cemetery Board will be hosting a Volunteer Day on Saturday, October 22nd from 9am until noon. The Board of Trustees has heard from folks in the community who would like to help—all are welcome to join. Cleaning supplies (rags and buckets of water) and trash bags will be provided, but please bring gloves and hand clippers. Projects to be worked on are clipping around headstones and picking up trash. Water and granola bars provided. Anyone under 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult. Please call the Cemetery Office if you’d like to participate at 805-524-3877. Check out their website! https://www.bardsdale cemetery.com
Enlarge Photo
 

The Historic Fillmore Theater will open its doors on October 15, 2022 for a FREE screening of the movie “ . . . and the earth did not swallow him”. The movie is a portrait of the life of a poor Mexican American boy and his migrant farm worker family as they struggle to adjust to life in American society. Many of the scenes were filmed in nearby Piru.

Adapted from the novel “. . . y no se lo trago la tierra”, written by Tomas Rivera and published in 1971, the film was produced for American Playhouse, PBS’s weekly drama series. Tomas Rivera was once a migrant worker, and later went on to become the highest ranking Mexican American in higher education as the Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. It is truly an inspiring film.

October 15 is also the last day of National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2022. The film is dedicated to the Mexican American Community in Fillmore. There will be two free showings: A matinee at 4:00 p.m., and a 6:00 p.m. showing. The 6:00 p.m. showing will also feature the Los Rayos Mariachi band, and many of the actors in the film will be available for a Meet & Greet, and will be available to answer any questions about the movie. Free popcorn will be available.

Author, Tomas Rivera, was himself a migrant worker as a child, and later went on to become the highest ranking Mexican American in higher education as the Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. Told through the eyes of Marcos, a twelve-year-old boy, the film emphasizes Marcos’ desire to educate himself. Through its many human stories of growing up as a Mexican American, the story exposes the rich cultural traditions which have given shape to life in the American Southwest.

 

You are cordially invited to join us Saturday, October 15, 2022 at noon on the Saint Francis of Assisi Church patio for the Annual Rosary Rally. Our prayers are for peace and for the well being of all residents and participants. We include a Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and a procession once around Two Rivers Park with mounted statue of our Blessed Virgin Mary. The church is located at Highway 126 and C Street. For more information, please call Maggie at 805-524-1306 or Darlene at 805-524-9929.

 
The latest speaker at Fillmore Rotary was Dave Songer, Detective Assistant to the DA and grandson-inlaw of Pastor George Golden. Dave has spent the last 34 years in various areas of law enforcement. He has been to many mass shootings and other emergency situations and has put together a program on how to prepare and what to do if you are involved. He has trained police, sheriffs, CHP, firefighters and FBI. Communication and preparation to be mentally prepared is the key. Dave told Rotary how most people react when faced with a bad situation: denial, freeze, etc. He gave us instructions on how to avoid a problem, such as being aware of your surroundings and have a plan of what to do if something happens. The plan will consist of recognizing the situation is real; mentally this prepares your brain to react so you can do what you need to do. Pictured (l-r) are Dave Songer with Rotary Club President Dave Andersen. Photo Credit Martha Richardson.
The latest speaker at Fillmore Rotary was Dave Songer, Detective Assistant to the DA and grandson-inlaw of Pastor George Golden. Dave has spent the last 34 years in various areas of law enforcement. He has been to many mass shootings and other emergency situations and has put together a program on how to prepare and what to do if you are involved. He has trained police, sheriffs, CHP, firefighters and FBI. Communication and preparation to be mentally prepared is the key. Dave told Rotary how most people react when faced with a bad situation: denial, freeze, etc. He gave us instructions on how to avoid a problem, such as being aware of your surroundings and have a plan of what to do if something happens. The plan will consist of recognizing the situation is real; mentally this prepares your brain to react so you can do what you need to do. Pictured (l-r) are Dave Songer with Rotary Club President Dave Andersen. Photo Credit Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo
 
On Saturday, September 17th from 9am to noon, at San Salvador Church in Piru, the Fillmore Citizens Patrol will host their 2022 Bicycle and Skateboard Safety Rodeo. They will Raffle off a bike, skateboards and scooters, hold a bike and safety course for basic riding skills and give out free helmets while supplies last. Be sure to take your bike or skateboard. Above and below are photos from a previous rodeo back in 2019. Note: This is not a Fillmore Unified School District sponsored program, and Fillmore Unified School District accepts no liability or responsibility for this program/activity.
On Saturday, September 17th from 9am to noon, at San Salvador Church in Piru, the Fillmore Citizens Patrol will host their 2022 Bicycle and Skateboard Safety Rodeo. They will Raffle off a bike, skateboards and scooters, hold a bike and safety course for basic riding skills and give out free helmets while supplies last. Be sure to take your bike or skateboard. Above and below are photos from a previous rodeo back in 2019. Note: This is not a Fillmore Unified School District sponsored program, and Fillmore Unified School District accepts no liability or responsibility for this program/activity.
Enlarge Photo
 
(l-r) Shanti Sandosham receiving a Fillmore Rotary mug from club President Dave Andersen. Photo Credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
(l-r) Shanti Sandosham receiving a Fillmore Rotary mug from club President Dave Andersen. Photo Credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo

The Rotary speaker last week was Shanti Sandosham from The Abundant Table. It is a non-profit which grows vegetables and donates to those in need. She attended UC Davis and majored in farming and graduated from Channel Islands Univ. When she found this organization she knew this was her calling. They are now farming on the King & King Ranch on Guiberson Road. They grow tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, fennel, etc. They box up the vegetables and deliver them all over the county. They hope to give tours to students, teach them about growing and even let them harvest.

 
(l-r) Rotary President Dave Anderson with Sue Poland from California Women in Agriculture. The Rotary speaker last week was Sue Poland from California Women in Agriculture (CWA). CWA began in Ventura County in 1976, by Kay Wilson-Bolton and Carol Leavens. The mission is for California agriculture to be protected for future generations by educating consumers, policy makers and their members. They have a strong commitment to education and agricultural awareness. Some of their activities are Farm Day where they go to a school and bring farm animals to educate students, Ag in the Classroom which informs teachers about Ag and how they can incorporate it into lessons, and they have a booth at the Ventura County Fair to educate the public. The main focus is on what we all have in common—we all eat food! Where does it come from? Who grows it? What all is involved in the process of California farming and how can it continue for generations to come? Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
(l-r) Rotary President Dave Anderson with Sue Poland from California Women in Agriculture. The Rotary speaker last week was Sue Poland from California Women in Agriculture (CWA). CWA began in Ventura County in 1976, by Kay Wilson-Bolton and Carol Leavens. The mission is for California agriculture to be protected for future generations by educating consumers, policy makers and their members. They have a strong commitment to education and agricultural awareness. Some of their activities are Farm Day where they go to a school and bring farm animals to educate students, Ag in the Classroom which informs teachers about Ag and how they can incorporate it into lessons, and they have a booth at the Ventura County Fair to educate the public. The main focus is on what we all have in common—we all eat food! Where does it come from? Who grows it? What all is involved in the process of California farming and how can it continue for generations to come? Photo credit Rotarian Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo
 
Last week’s Rotary Club speaker was Rick Schroeder from Many Mansions, along with Dalit Shlapobersky. Rick stated that the affordable housing Mountain View Apartments are completed and in the process of interviewing potential residents. There are 77 units with 1-3 bedrooms and there is also a large community space. They are partnering with the Boys & Girls Club and will have a similar club/homework help site for resident students. Many Mansions also offers a scholarship program for resident students who are going on to higher education. They have various resources and help for adults also. The company has 18 housing complexes in Ventura County and four in LA County. Dalit is in charge of fundraising to augment funds from county, state, etc. Pictured are Dalit Shlapobersky and Rick Schroeder from Many Mansions, and Rotary President Dave Andersen. Photo credit Martha Richardson.
Last week’s Rotary Club speaker was Rick Schroeder from Many Mansions, along with Dalit Shlapobersky. Rick stated that the affordable housing Mountain View Apartments are completed and in the process of interviewing potential residents. There are 77 units with 1-3 bedrooms and there is also a large community space. They are partnering with the Boys & Girls Club and will have a similar club/homework help site for resident students. Many Mansions also offers a scholarship program for resident students who are going on to higher education. They have various resources and help for adults also. The company has 18 housing complexes in Ventura County and four in LA County. Dalit is in charge of fundraising to augment funds from county, state, etc. Pictured are Dalit Shlapobersky and Rick Schroeder from Many Mansions, and Rotary President Dave Andersen. Photo credit Martha Richardson.
Enlarge Photo