Annual Don and Doña Presentation Barbeque Event

2022 Annual Event is September 17, 2022

For 57 years, Don and Doña honors have been awarded to long-time local residents who are nominated by the community.  These residents have made a difference in the community through their professional and volunteer efforts for at least twenty years.  The designation harkens back to early California days as the title given to community leaders.  (Adolfo Camarillo [1864 – 1958] was considered the “last of the Spanish Dons”.)   The Society is pleased to acknowledge their contributions to this lovely valley. The public is invited to a Annual Presentation & Celebration Event that includes a Santa Maria style BBQ

2022 Don and Doña Nomination and Selection

Since the Pleasant Valley Historical Society’s inception, Don and Doña honors have been awarded individuals who have shown dedication to the community. The PVHS Museum displays six scrapbooks filled with information about previous honorees beginning with the year 1965. We are once again looking for the names of local citizens
to receive the recognition of Don or Doña for this year.

We invite you to submit nominations for the 2022 Dons and Doñas. Nominations are accepted until May 23, 2022. Following that date the Don and Doña Selection Committee will meet to consider all nominations. As stated in the Nomination Form included in this ECHO, all nominations are confidential and only known by this committee. The Committee will review the nominations for selection in the 2022 group.

The PVHS Board hosts a get acquainted reception for the honorees and the Board in July. The Annual Don and Doña BBQ to honor the recipients will be held on September 17, 2022 at the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks District Community Center. We look forward to receiving your nominations. Make your plans now for the BBQ and submit those applications for this year’s class of Don and Doñas. For further information please send an email to or

2022 Dons & Doñas Nomination Form


Use the 2022 Dons and Doñas Nomination Form link below to view/download/print the PDF file:

2022 Dons and Doñas Nomination Form

2021 Don and Doña Honors Recipients


Back Row: Mike Mishler, Dennis Gaiser, Neal Dixon, Virginia Wooten, Bob Fierro, Terry Taclett
Front Row: Linda Braunschweiger, Linda Packham, Helen Shields, Barbara Swetek, Cathy Trainer, Rachel Resnik Miles

The 2021 Annual Event was held last September 25th at the Camarillo Community Center (1605 E. Burnley St.).


Dons and Doñas 2021:


A complete listing of The Pleasant Valley Historical Society’s Don and Doña Honor Awardees, from 1965 through 2021, is available.  Use the Dons and Doñas link below to view/download/print the PDF file:

Don and Doña Honor Awardees: 1965 – 2021

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