Dec 29, 2010

“When you give people easier ways to share information more good things happen”
Evan Williams, Founder of Twitter

Dec 22, 2010

"The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive."
John Sladek

Nov 30, 2010

"The future is something that frightens some people and excites others."
         Jeff Bullas

Nov 29, 2010

"In the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes."
            Andy Warhol

Nov 24, 2010

"The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past."
                Robertson Davies

Nov 9, 2010

Art Show Promotes Regional Art Museum

More than 150 artists and patrons attended a Juried Art Show and reception at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery in Newbury Park, Sunday, November 7th. A first event hosted by the Regional Art Museum Task Force in partnership with the Thousand Oaks Art Association featured New West Symphony musicians, violinist Melissa Phelps and cellist John Fare.
Frank Schillo, former Ventura County Supervisor and RAM President, welcomed the crowd and introduced new charter members of the Regional Art Museum. Three cash prizes of $75 each for the Museum Choice Awards were presented: to Yoka Yohanna for her watercolor “Sequoia”; to Louisa Wallace Jacobs for her acrylic painting “Rocks Expanding”; and to Shela Levine for her mixed media piece, “Lady in Green.”

Conceptual renderings of the proposed museum by Architect Francisco Behr were displayed and RAM membership information offered. The Thousand Oaks Art Association features more than 40 local professional artists in its November membership show which continues at the gallery 11am-5pm daily (except Mondays and Thanksgiving) through November 28th. The T.O. Community Gallery is located at 2331 Borchard Road next to the Newbury Park Library.

The Regional Art Museum (RAM) is an initiative of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation, which formed the Task Force led by Frank Schillo. RAM information is available at 805 409-3598 and on the RAM website,

Here is a list of all the award winners for the show:
1st - Linda A. Shaner – Snowy Forest;
2nd - Phyllis J. Doyon - Art Box #1,
3rd - Pat Ellis – Just Before Sunset
Oil and Acrylics:
1st – Lisa Semler - Zebra;
2nd – Darla Warner – Acorn Time in Old Agoura;
3rd – Louisa Wallace Jacobs – Rocks Expanding
Photography and Digital Art:
1st – Howard Ehrlich – Cinque Terre Italy,
2nd – Tom Gamache – Rothko County;
3rd – Brent Shannon – Seabees Repairing Roof in Kuwait

Graphics and Pastels:
1st – Marjory Kron – Rippling Sunlight;
2nd Judith Crowe – Beach Stones;
3rd – Annie Hall – Somis Flower Field

Mixed Media:
1st - Sherri Cassell -Expeditions;
2nd - Yoka Yohanna – Waiting for Daddy;
3rd – Pamela Fong – Dance of Leaves

1st – Theodora Ilowitz - Lion

Click here for more information on the Thousand Oaks Art Association.

Oct 25, 2010

Learning Outside of Classrooms

The Futurist magazine is predicting that "class time" as a notion separate from "non-class time," will disappear from education. To be fair, they are characterizing their predictions as more "conversation starters," than "absolute predictions" about the future. Here is what they are saying:

"The Net generation uses technologies both for socializing and for working and learning, so their approach to tasks is less about competing and more about working as teams. In this way, social networking is already facilitating collaborative forms of learning outside of classrooms and beyond formal class schedules."

A significant part of what CLVFF has always done, involves education.  Our programs for youth are designed to provide information about careers, government, local institutions and even about themselves. Our programs for seniors similarly help to educate them about health, finances, nutrition and other subjects vital to their age group. Our topical symposiums provide information on a number of issues important to the community at large. All of this takes place outside the traditional class room, and participants are often learning from each other. It is not a far stretch to see how  people, particularly the younger generation, are using online resources and online interactions to educate themselves outside the conventions of the classroom.

But if the line between class time and outside the class learning time is eliminated, how does that affect the traditional recognition of academic achievement, diplomas and degrees? How can educators evaluate or authenticate this kind of education? Futurist believes that the educators themselves will operate to a large degree outside of the traditional classroom:  "The era of hyperconnectivity will require most professionals to weave their careers and personal lives into a blended mosaic of activity."

Has your life become a "blended mosaic of activity" yet? Click on "comments" below and tell us about it.


Oct 11, 2010

Trustee Nominations Sought

CLVFF is seeking qualified candidates for election to the Board of Trustees for terms commencing January 1, 2011. Candidates should be people of action and service who are committed to community needs and are willing to devote time and effort to the goals of the Foundation. Recommendations from the membership would be appreciated and should be submitted to the Foundation office at (818) 880-1054 not later than October 20, 2010.  

Sep 29, 2010

Youth Leadership Applications Being Accepted

Applications for the Youth Congress Leadership Program sponsored by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation are now being accepted. All students in grades 9-12 who attend school in the Conejo/Las Virgenes region are eligible. Click here for a copy of the application.

Students accepted into this program will have the opportunity to develop effective leadership skills while learning more about their communities. The areas covered are: Introduction to Leadership, Local Government, Law Enforcement, Health Services, Recreation, Education, Human Services, and Business. The programs will be conducted by representatives from each of the above entities and the students will meet at the particular venue where the speaker works such as the sheriff’s station, school district, hospital, etc. Each program will be very different and will range from tours, discussions, presentations, and more. All of the cities in the region will be participating. At the end of the program, the group will choose a follow-up activity and pursue the completion of it. The activity selected at the end of last year program was establishing a Teen Court in the west end of the Conejo Valley. We are in the process of working on this and our students this year will have input into it.

Meetings will take place from 4-6 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month ending April 27, 2011. In addition, we will meet on November 17, 2010 and December 8, 2010. This will make a total of ten meetings.

Applications must be submitted by November 10, 2010 and students will be notified of their acceptance into the program by November 12, 2009.

Attendance is important. Please check your calendar to make sure you can attend all or most of the meetings. Students are responsible for their own transportation.

This is the second year for the Leadership Program, which follows twenty-five years of successful Youth Congresses sponsored the Conejo/LasVirgenes Future Foundation. It has proven to be a very popular program so we encourage students to apply early as there is a limit to the number that we can accommodate.

Call Pat Grant, Youth Congress Leadership Program Chair, at (805) 495-5960 or our office at (818) 880-1054 with any questions that you may have.

Sep 22, 2010

Future Foundation Distributes New Teen Assist Card

For over 15 years, the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation (CLVFF) has published the Teen Assist card, a wallet-sized “user friendly” directory of crisis, support, and youth volunteer hotline numbers that provides a link to potentially critical resources for area teens.  The Future Foundation has just released its 2010 edition of the Teen Assist Card. The card will be delivered to high schools throughout the region as well as to teen centers, libraries, and other locations where teens gather. 

The concept was originally suggested as a project by students who participated in CLVFF’s Youth Congress XI in 1995.  Each even numbered year, the phone numbers are verified, new entries are added, and a fresh supply is printed. In 2008 a volunteer opportunity section was added in response to interest shown from area youth to become involved in their community.  

Containing easy-to-access contact information for issues ranging from alcohol, drug abuse, suicide and pregnancy, to jobs and volunteering, the cards were designed by Barry Ridge Graphic Design as a community service, and a grant from the City of Calabasas enabled printing and distribution of thousands of the laminated cards. 

The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation is a regional think tank whose Board of Trustees is comprised of community leaders planning for tomorrow.  A provider of services and learning opportunities for youth, seniors, and the community in general, over its 38 year history the Future Foundation has planted the seeds that have led to many key developments in the area.  Currently, the development of the Regional Art Museum, which will be located in Thousand Oaks, is the fulfillment of a study by the Foundation. See the "Projects and Programs" tab above for a list of some of the Foundation projects.

Organizations and individuals who are interested in receiving or distributing Teen Assist cards or learning more about the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation should call the CLVFF office at (818) 880-1054.

Aug 16, 2010

Regional Art Museum, Architect's Concept

Here is a rendering by Francisco Behr, of Behr Browers Architects, Inc., showing his conception of the Regional Art Museum. The museum would provide a colorful, dramatic and more inviting new entry to the existing Civic Arts Plaza. Below is a bird's eye view of the museum's position relative to the Civic Arts Plaza.

Notice that the second floor of the museum extends beyond the first floor to provide maximum gallery space while minimizing the footprint of the building. The west end of the second story actually extends out partially over the driveway and  provides a colorful, contemporary look. For more information, and an opportunity to become a charter member of the museum, go to the Regional Art Museum's web site

Aug 12, 2010

Regional Art Museum Expands Membership Sign Ups

The REGIONAL ART MUSEUM is happy to announce that Community West Bank located in Westlake Village will handle in-person enrollments for charter memberships of the museum. RAM President Frank Schillo stated, “We are extremely pleased that Westlake Village’s Community West Bank will handle membership sign-ups in person. It gives the public another opportunity to join us.” The in person sign-ups augment online membership applications at the RAM website and mailed applications sent to the RAM P.O. Box.

The Regional Art Museum is a non- profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt public benefit organization supported by membership, special events, donations and fundraising. The proposed 30,000 square foot museum will be located adjacent to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza as unanimously approved by the Thousand Oaks City Council in June. Individual charter memberships start at $50 with a senior’s discount available at $35. Members receive newsletters and email updates, free admission to exhibits, and discounts on classes, workshops and events. A family membership is $60 and provides a second membership card for spouse or second adult in the family plus all individual membership benefits. Business and community organizations are welcomed with charter Patron membership at $500. Charter Golden Circle memberships at $1000 for individuals and groups will be acknowledged on a lobby plaque.

Community West Bank is located at 951 South Westlake Blvd, Suite 100 in Westlake Village. For more information contact Lori Marie Barlow, RAM Treasurer, at the bank 805 494-5172; or Pat Grant, Membership Chair, at 805 495-5960. A brochure describing RAM membership opportunities is available by calling 805 409-3598. Please leave your name, home address, email address, and phone number so the membership committee can contact you. Membership information and applications are also posted online at

The non-profit Regional Art Museum is the fulfillment of a study by the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation which determined the need for an art museum to serve the Greater Conejo region from Calabasas to Newbury Park. The goals of RAM are: to provide a permanent location to house visual art collections; to provide educational art programs for all ages; to highlight local recognized artists with periodic showings; and to house and accommodate national and international traveling shows and exhibits.

Aug 11, 2010

"You can never plan the future by the past."
 Edmund Burke

Aug 2, 2010

"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours."
            Cesar Chavez

Jun 24, 2010

Regional Art Museum is One Step Closer

Last Tuesday evening, June 22, the Thousand Oaks City Council unanimously passed a motion that supports a Regional Art Museum on city owned property. The motion read: "Approve in concept a regional fine arts museum to be located generally in Downtown Thousand Oaks on City owned or provided land."  Mayor Dennis Gillette indicated that it was important to support the motion so that a fund raising campaign for the Regional Art Museum could begin.

A Regional Art Museum is an initiative of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation. A committee created by the Foundation and headed up by former Ventura County Supervisor, Frank Shillo, has been busy putting together architectural concepts and will soon launch a fund raising campaign. Check this site for updates.

Jun 5, 2010

"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable."
Coach John Wooden 

May 26, 2010

Youth Congress Leadership Holds Wrap-Up Meeting

Youth Congress Leadership students held their last meeting at Oak Canyon Park to discuss follow-up activities. 


Follow-up ideas included establishing a Teen Court, conducting a food drive, organizing a teen volunteer fair and painting a mural.

Students will vote on the project that they want to pursue.

After the meeting, parents were invited to dinner prepared by the Kiwanis Club of Thousand Oaks.

May 24, 2010

"Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done."
     Louis D. Brandeis

May 21, 2010

Tour of California Arrives Sunday

The Amgen Tour of California rides into the Conejo/Las Virgenes region on Sunday, May 23. Over one hundred thousand spectators are expected to line the roadways along the race route. The route takes competitors four times around a loop that includes a steep section of Mulholland Highway locals call "the Rock Store" climb,  and will finish on Townsgate Road in Westlake Village.
Photo: the BMC Racing Team on a training run.

May 14, 2010

Solar Energy Moves a Step Closer

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, have found a way to put solar cells on paper with an ink jet printing process. Although the technology is years away from commercial development, it does raise interesting possibilities for future applications. Apparently, the cells do not generate the same amount of power as current solar cells, but their low cost may offset their lack of efficiency. Imagine solar panels that can be easily transported and then mounted with only a staple gun. Maybe you could even print up a batch at home and take them on camping trips to keep your coffee warm. As a paper product, it may have the added benefit of being completely recyclable. MIT's discovery is not the first nexus between the printing industry and the production of solar panels. A company called Nanosolar uses printing equipment to produce solar electric foil at very high speeds. The foil is then laminated onto a substrate material to produce the solar panel. This is a significant breakthrough in reducing the cost of solar power.

Perhaps the wide adaptation of solar energy to replace fossil fuels is not as far into the future as we think.

Apr 13, 2010

Youth Congress Visits Los Robles Hospital

Youth Congress Leadership Students Enthusiastic
about visiting Los Robles Hospital.

"The Youth Congress meeting at the Los Robles Hospital was extremely interesting. I was able to learn all about how the emergency room is handled and all the diferent jobs that are available in a medical career. I enjoyed this meeting so much that I picked up an application to volunteer at the Los Robles Hospital on my way out."         Jamie Lutz

"I thought the presentation at Los Robles was great! The presentations were interesting and interactive, and the snacks was a plus! It was especially successful too because I could tell several people were interested in this subject and a lot of good questions were asked and answered."    Melinda Fang

Lynn Tadlock, Director of Emergency Room Services, 
talks to students about procedures in the Emergency Room

"My favorite part of the program was learning about the ABC's of the emergency room and learning which individuals are chosen to be accepted into the emergency room before others. It was disappointing to learn of the long waiting time to become a volunteer at the hospital."    Dylan Flanders 

 Dr. Franklin Weil addresses the students.

"The emergency room nurses were interesting because they gave a lot of information on what we do not see happening in the emergency room. Dr. Weil gave me an increased knowledge of the medical field as he shared more about life as a doctor. Irene Brennick was also inspirational as she told us about helping out the patients and how big of a difference the volunteers make."      Jordan Hobmann

Los Robles Director of Community Services, Irene Brennick

"I really enjoyed the meeting at Los Robles hospital. II liked the ER Nurses and I found their presentation on triage to be very interesting. I thought Dr. Weil was a great speaker and I got most of my questions about working at a hospital answered. I also liked hearing form Irene Brennick. She got me interested in volunteering there and I have already signed up to do so. In conclusion, I really liked last Thursdays meeting and I'm really glad we got the opportunity to go there."     Madison Call

"The trip to the hospital was one of the best meetings so far. The part where we had to deduce which patient needed to be attended to first was very entertaining as well as educational. The speaker I liked the best was Irene Brennick. She made the volunteer program at the hospital sound not only a great way to get involved with the community, but also a great way to learn about the day-to-day functioning of the hospital. Being a 15 year-old, I can apply to become a volunteer there in a year and learn the ins and outs of being a doctor at the hospital."        Jonathon Sears 
"The session at Los Robles Hospital taught me a lot about the medical field that I did not know before. The nurses and Dr. Weil were very enthusiastic about there jobs which made me consider their field of work. Irene Brennick also incorporated a lot of knowledge of what goes on at the hospital besides the actual medical aspect such as marketing, volunteering, etc. This meeting was fascinating as well as informative of what goes on at a hospital, and what it needs to function. Overall it was very engaging."    Effie Sklavenitis

"I found the meeting last Thursday to be very informative, and found the staff to be quite nice. The staff gave me a new perspective on the jobs of doctors and nurses."     Steven Francus

I liked visiting the hospital a lot. I thought it was very informative and I truly learned a lot. I learned most from the first nurse and she was really interesting to listen to. Can't wait until the next one.    Allie Gurvitz

Mar 30, 2010

"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."                    C.S. Lewis

Mar 18, 2010

Youth Congress Leadership Meets at Agoura Hills City Hall

Students comment on the program at the Agoura Hills City Hall: 

"The meeting at city hall was very informative and insightful in terms of what it takes to run a city. I truly enjoyed watching the various speakers explain how local government plays into managing a city."
Tony Milgram

"I liked the presentations about city government because I went into it knowing very little.  I really enjoyed hearing specific examples of how they are helping the community, and the "Before and After" picture they showed of that creek with the use of Ozone was really impressive."
Colleen Murphy

"I liked learning about the Reyes Adobe Road project from the power point presentation, since I live nearby. I also enjoyed learning about the street resurfacing using recycled tires."
Dylan Flanders
 Youth Congress students take part in discussion at Agoura Hills City Hall

 Tony Milgram takes over the Mayor's chair.

Assistant City Manager Louis Celaya talks to students.

Mar 3, 2010

"I don't have to write about the future. For most people, the present is enough like the future to be pretty scary."                                    William Gibson

Feb 10, 2010

Thank You to All of the Sponsors of Senior Congress VI

Senior Congress VI was a great success and a tremendous help to the hundreds of area Seniors who were

able to attend. The Future Foundation's Board of Trustees wishes to convey its thanks to all of our community minded sponsors who made this event possible. A special thank you to St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church  who provided the venue and to the Goebel Senior Adult Center who provided meeting space. In addition,  Sunrise Senior Living donated lunches and Axicom provided technological support. We urge everyone in the Conejo/Las Virgenes Region to patronize the businesses and acknowledge the organizations whose contributions helped us to bring you this event.
Accent Care
Advantage Plus Agency
Allied HealthCare Professionals, Inc.
AlmaVia of Camarillo
Assisted Health Care Services
California Senior Living
Continuity Care
Help Unlimited
Hillcrest Royale Assisted Living
Livingston Memorial
Los Robles Homecare Services
Options for Seniors
Personal Bookkeeping Solutions
Personal Parent Care
Rehab Centre of Beverly Hills
Select Homecare
Senior Helpers
Stay in Home Reverse Mortgage, Inc.
Tutors and Nannies
Ventura County Area Agency on Aging
Ventura County District Attorney, Crimes Victims Assistance Program
Vitas Hospice



Feb 5, 2010

Thanks for the Memory, Part 2 is a Big Success

Wednesday's Thanks for the Memory, Part 2 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church was a tremendous success with 300 participating seniors. Click here to read the Ventura County Star's story:  Active Brains, Lasting Memories.

Jan 29, 2010

What Youth Congress Leadership Participants are Saying

 "really informative and interesting.  It did not get boring.  Overall, it was enjoyable and  provided me with information I did not know before."
Taylor Johnson

"I really enjoyed learning about the Miranda Warning and touring the jail cells."
Dylan Flanders

"..absolutely awesome! I learned a lot and became more aware of the intricacies of our community."
Calvin Fong

" very informational and fun at the same time."
Jamie Lutz

"the officer's presentation allowed me to see how hard others work in our community to ensure the well being of the citizens"
Effie Sklavenitis

Jan 18, 2010

"If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values - that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control."
                               Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 5, 2010

"The Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation is a nonprofit organization which provides an exciting and imaginative dimension for forward-looking people who live in the area. It offers such people a way to contribute to the larger and common good of this community. The contribution of the Foundation is the sum of the interests and abilities of its members, rising out of their own insights and convictions as they look for the best they and other citizens can give to the community."
                                 Dr. Raymond M. Olson, Founding President