Coming Full Circle

Me and Brandon VCH to PVI

As General Manager of Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency, I have to say I was surprised to be approached in August of 2016 about the possibility of purchasing Valley Center Happenings. Although not something I was seeking, I will admit I was intrigued. Not because I had a burning desire to be a Publisher, but because I have always had the desire to serve the community I love, and Valley Center Happenings had a reputation for being a great service and resource to our community over the years.

Before I could even consider taking on this huge responsibility, I knew I would have to put someone in place who had an equal love for our community, a servant’s heart and experience in the media realm. So  I immediately approached Phyllis Knight (who at that time was responsible for Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency’s PR and Marketing), to assume the role of Managing Editor.

Although Phyllis initially told me “no” as she was concerned she wasn’t up to the task (because she was the primary caregiver for her parents), she reconsidered and agreed to the position because she truly loves our community and she said she was “excited about the opportunity to meet her neighbors and tell the stories of the wonderful and interesting people who call Valley Center home.”

So after much thought and consideration, I was proud to be the new owner of Valley Center Happenings as of November 1, 2016. For the past 21 months, it has been our pleasure to support and promote the members of our community by keeping you informed and connected.

Concurrently, I’m pleased to say, that Pauma/Valley Insurance has continued to grow and expand and, as a result, requires more of my time and energies – which I love because PVI truly is my passion – and I am no longer able to dedicate the time inherently required as Publisher for Valley Center Happenings.

And, since Phyllis and I have worked extremely well together as a team, first at PVI and then at Valley Center Happenings, it was only natural to ask her to reassume her role as Marketing Manager for PVI, effective immediately.

In regards to Valley Center Happenings, Phyllis said, “I’m thankful for the many friendships and working relationships that I’ve been blessed to form over the last 21 months. Valley Center Happenings will always hold a special place in my heart. I look forward to continuing to work – through PVI – to serve and support our community. We have many exciting activities coming up, and we look forward to sharing those with you soon!”

As Phyllis said, we are excited to continue to support Valley Center and our surrounding communities through some new programs and activities that we will be announcing and implementing in the near future. PVI has a long history of investing in and supporting our community, and we are excited to be able to expand our efforts in that regard.

Since we will no longer be a “Media Outlet” per se, we will no longer be reporting hard news, nor soliciting/running general contributions from the community; however, we will continue to write and share original stories on members of our community and cover and promote certain activities. We also will be starting back up our monthly emailed newsletter, The PVI Standard, that will provide timely information on topical issues. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, Phyllis and I would like to thank you all for your support, encouragement and goodwill over the past 21 months. In particular, we would like to single out our wonderful advertisers, without whose support Valley Center Happenings would never have existed, and we hope you’ll continue to support these local businesses that invest so much in our community:

A-1 Irrigation Do It Best Hardware

Ann’s School of Dance

Armstrong Feed & Supply

Cosmic Solar

Countryside Veterinary Hospital

Joe’s Feed and Pet

John Yeager/Summit Mortgage

Krueger Realty

McKenna Septic & Sewer Services

Paradise Ridge Pet Clinic

Pauma/Valley Insurance Agency

Plumbing Werks

Ridgeview Church

Valley Center Community Aid Group

Valley Center Vehicle Registration Service

Also, thank you to our faithful contributors who provided us with so many stories, flyers, meeting info/agendas, as well as often critical and timely information and pictures.

Finally, as we move forward, we hope you’ll continue to support us as we continue to support our community.


Brandon Strausbaugh


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