Looking For a Local Ventura County Social or Hobby Club?

You've come to the right place!  There are around 100 local Ventura County clubs and groups listed here on Conejo Valley Guide!  CLICK HERE to see them along with links to their websites!  There are also dozens of sports and fitness clubs and leagues here on Conejo Valley Guide (CLICK HERE). 

Now let's just take a look at the clubs that start with letter C:

  • California Dressage Society - Ventura County
  • California Kayak Friends Club
  • Camarillo Quilters Association
  • Channel Islands 4WD Group
  • Channel Islands PC Users Group
  • Conejo Chinese Cultural Association
  • Conejo Classic Cinema
  • Conejo Gem and Mineral Club
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"Service Above Self" - Rotary Clubs in the Ventura County Area

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self" and this shows in the local community...fundraisers, community events, supporting local charities year round.  Here are some local Rotary clubs in the vicinity of Ventura County.

Rotary Club of Calabasas

Rotary Club of Camarillo

Rotary Club of Camarillo - Sunrise

Rotary Club of Conejo Valley

Rotary Club of Fillmore

Rotary Club of Fillmore - Sun Risers

Rotary Club of Malibu

Rotary Club of Moorpark

Rotary Club of Moorpark - Morning

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet? That is the Question for Conejo Valley Residents

I have been an active Twitter user under the name @ConejoJoe since November 21, 2008. Twiiter users are also referred to as Twitterers and Tweeters. Are you on Twitter yet? Should you be?

As an active user in both Twitter as well as Facebook (www.facebook.com/ConejoValleyGuide) my observation is that Facebook users are more interactive and engaged. Facebook allows for more organized, easy to follow dialogues among users, while Twitter is geared towards brief interactions. With over 1.1 billion registered users, Facebook has over double the number of users as Twitter.

That said, Twitter can be a great source for breaking news and other items of interest. Whether or not you Tweet, consider creating a Twitter account and following some of these local Twitter accounts (as well as @ConejoJoe but of course):

I've discovered that many people are confused about Twitter and its lingo, so how about a little refresher course for those still considering taking the plunge.

  • Twitter allows users to post short messages up to 140 characters long, called "Tweets."
  • Like Facebook, you don't actually have to sign up with Twitter to read a Tweet. However, if you do sign up and start "following" others, their Tweets will show up on your Twitter home page.
  • Unlike Facebook where only a small fraction of posts from your followers are shown on your wall, all Tweets will be shown on your Twitter page. All Tweets are treated equal.
  • But...not all Tweets are created equal...they range from mindless babble and utterings, information sharing, news, communicating with others, humor, promoting yourself, etc.

Here's an example of an information sharing Tweet about local wedding reception venues in Ventura County with a link back to the posting here on Conejo Valley Guide

  • When you enjoy a Tweet and want to share it with your followers, you can click "Retweet" and it will be shared. Retweet is basically the equivalent of the "Share" feature in
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Join the Gold Coast Treasure Hunters and Find Something New...or Old!

Founded in the 1980s, the Gold Coast Treasure Hunters is a club for people involved in the hobby of coin, jewelry and artifact hunting with a metal detector. Since 2006, the Simi Valley Senior Center has graciously accommodated club meetings.

The Gold Coast Treasure Hunters are active in Ventura County and beyond.  Club activities include periodic group hunts at various area locations including parks, beaches and open land. Also offered are the annual Jim Lee Hueneme Beach Hunt sponsored by long time club member, beginners' detecting classes and periodic intermediate/advanced classes.

Classes are free to all club members and a complimentary class is offered to guests.  For seasoned members, the classes have developed into an exchange of detecting ideas and experiences.

Individual and family memberships are offered.  There are currently 46 members with ages ranging from about 10 through seasoned citizens.  Detecting experience levels of the members range from those new to metal detecting to very experienced detectorists.  Meetings are open to everyone including those that are just curious about the hobby.

A range of metal detecting topics discussed at meetings.  Often there is a demonstration of a detector or other detecting equipment. Occasionally, target recovery methods are discussed.  Group hunts are scheduled and sometimes pictures or video of recent hunts are shown.  Members display their finds since the last club meeting and there is a friendly competition for determining the best displays. 

It is amazing to see the variety and volume of items discovered by members.  Some members display hundreds of ordinary coins each month.  It is quite common to see many silver rings and other jewelry items.  Many watches appear in the displays.  Gold rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces (often containing precious stones) are not unusual in the displays.  Members have found and displayed gold, silver and bronze US and foreign coins ... some dating back into the 1800s and a few even older.

Gold Coast Treasure Hunters meetings currently occur on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7:00 PM.  The meeting location is the Simi Valley Senior Center at 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley.

For more club information, contac

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Highlight Your Business For Free in Conejo Valley Guide "Local Business" Section

While the focus of Conejo Valley Guide is on "things to do" in the Conejo Valley, Greater Ventura County and adjacent areas, we don't want to ignore the thousands of local businesses of all types operating in the area. To that end, visit the Local Business section of the site where you can post information about your business! So check it out! Completely free! Perhaps someone new will discover you! Questions? Contact us.

The 3rd Annual TEDxConejo Conference is Planned for Saturday, March 31, 2012

Under the theme "Together," the 3rd edition of TEDxConejo explores the always fascinating, often inspiring, occasionally surprising and sometimes vexing interconnectedness of our world. This annual gathering is planned for Saturday, March 31st, 2012 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

UPDATE 2/11/12: Speakers to be announced and tickets will be available very soon!

TEDxConejo, an independently organize TED event, is the Conejo V

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Make Networking a Habit

This is a guest post from Stuart Fried, a local career and job search coach with over 28 years of experience. Learn more at www.careerspecialist1.wordpress.com.

We hear so much about networking, networking, networking, and it seems to have almost become a bad word, and something we avoid, unless we have to do it!

I’ve blogged numerous times about why and how you should be networking; I’ve also spoken to numerous job support groups, professional associations and student groups about the value and necessity of networking.  Many other career coaches and small business consultants harp on the same subject.  Yet, we know that the vast of majority of us only network when we seemingly have to.

I have had many clients vocally agree that they should be networking, and then they go back to job searching on the internet job sites.  I have had many others say that they don’t have time or need to network as they’re working and not looking for a new job.  I wrote specifically about why you sho

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