Founders’ Society inductees announced

David Luna and Jim Rivera (on behalf of Dan Mandell), Michael Addison (on behalf of Bob Addison), Tom Hinkle, and brothers Ralph, Jim and Myron Harrison are civic leaders. Photo courtesy of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura

Local civic leaders came together on Oct.26 for their induction into the Founders’ Society of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura.

To recognize the civic leaders who over the past 80 years have had a role in realizing the vision of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura, the organization in 2015 established a Founders’ Society. Each year, an induction ceremony is held to add new esteemed members.

This year has six new inductees: Tom Hinkle; posthumous inductees Robert Addison and Dan Mandell; and Harrison Industries co-owners and brothers Jim, Myron and Ralph Harrison. The brothers join their parents, E.J. and Myra Harrison, who were inducted in February of 2016.

Recipients have made lasting contributions in service to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura over the course of 10 years or more.

Club Board President Rick Price said of the inductees, “These leaders are, in every sense, the people who developed the Club to its prominent role of service to our children.”

“We hold these individuals in the highest esteem,” Club CEO Patti Birmingham added, “and give honor to them for their vision, dedication and unyielding efforts to provide the positive change that we seek for the future of our community’s youth.”

The local club currently provides services to approximately 2,000 kids per year, with 1,200 of them being members, and has an average daily attendance of 550 kids. The Club provides services to youth within the Ventura, Saticoy and Oak View Communities. Worth noting: A recent independent study revealed that 97 percent of Boys & Girls Club members are on track to graduate from high school, 92 percent have demonstrated increased self-confidence and 83 percent have improved family relations.

Learn more about the Ventura club at or call 641-5585.


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