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VOL. 40 | ISSUE 5 | MAY 2019

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MISSION STATEMENT

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to serving the greater Modesto Area, regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity and business education.

MAY 2019 | CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman

Steven Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

Past Chairman

Eric Tobias, F&M Bank

Vice Chair, External Operations

Tom Nielsen, Individual Member

Vice Chair, Internal Operations

Patricia Gillum, Patricia A. Gillum,CPA

DIRECTORS

Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Kirstie Boyett, The State Theater Michael Gaffney, PG&E Michael Howell, Blom & Associates Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Naomi Layland, Huff Construction and Ardis Farming Craig Lewis, Lewis Capital Advisors DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice Inc. Kathy Monday, Squeeze In and Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Michael Moradian, Jr., Peace of Mind Pest Control & Home Inspections Peggy O’Donnel, Mid-Valley Productions Kristin Reza, Bank of Stockton Bill Robinson, Principal Financial Group Lucy Virgen, Bank of the West David Wright, Wright Insurance Company Pete Zahos, Sysco Central California

ADVISORS

Keith Boggs, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College Melissa Williams, Modesto Irrigation District

Agriculture In The Valley

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COMMUNITY

Graffiti Summer

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Message from the CEO

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Run for Health

ADVOCACY

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Green Team

RELATIONSHIPS

Cecil Russell, President/CEO Modesto Chamber of Commerce CRussell@ModChamber.org

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State of the City

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Ambassador Highlight

EDUCATION

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Staff: Staff Accountant, Rebecca “Becky” Taber-Smith Programs and Events Manager, Trish Christensen Communications & Marketing, Jennifer Konradi

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Leadership Modesto

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO By Cecil Russell, Chamber President and CEO As many of you may know I have given the Board of the Modesto Chamber notice that I would be leaving my position as President/CEO of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce in June of 2019. Some have asked if I am retiring, my answer is No, you don’t retire from something that you consider as giving back or giving service. After retiring from SaveMart in 2010, I was drafted to fill the role as President/CEO of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce. I had been a past member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chairman of Economic Development and Chairman of the Board, serving for over a span of 14 years. After discussions with Kathy Halsey and Ralph Curtis, both current and future Chairman’s of the Board, and Dave Halverson and Craig Lewis (returning board members and people that I had served with in previous years), I agreed that I would serve until we could find a more permanent President/CEO. I began serving as President/CEO in 2011. It has been a great adventure which I have enjoyed. I soon realized that the Chamber would be 100 years old in 2012. We began planning for the celebration, we moved our annual dinner to the Gallo Center for the Arts changing the event to a Gala Celebration. We also took note that the Modesto Chamber had built the iconic Modesto Arch in the same year that the Modesto Chamber was incorporated. We undertook the task and financial responsibility of repairing and restoring the Arch with new state of the art lighting and new powder coating, bringing the structure back to its original color complete with new flag poles and installing a monument which tells the story of the Arch. We also buried a 50-year time capsule. Many thanks to Mike Moradian for leading the important project. We ended 2012 with a grand parade celebrating our car culture with 100 cars each representing each of the years from 1912 to 2012. Thanks to John Sanders from the North Kiwanis for organizing this grand parade! In 2013 we began to upgrade our website to a more user-friendly site with more information, allowing our members access to update their information. We continue that work today, understanding that our website is always a work in progress. We also teamed up with a new data-based system, Chamber Master, to store and provide more information for us and our members. We initiated a daily push out to our members using Constant Contact, that gives the ability to communicate more information to what we refer to as “Chamber Happenings”. We also include information on other organization’s community events while utilizing that marketing technique. Last year we upgraded our magazine “Progress”. We launched a new partnership with Morris Newspaper Corp. to expand the size of the magazine from 20 to 32 pages, giving us the ability to include more stories and information about our members and other communication tactics for our members. Two years ago, at the request of our membership we, with our partnership with Morris, provided and continue to provide a printed version of our directory to over 10,000 businesses, also providing copies to all the hotels in the area. To execute our mission statement, we developed an acronym that helps keep us focused. That acronym is “C.A.R.E.S.”: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service. With this in mind, we have restated the purpose of the Modesto Chamber. That renewed purpose helps create an environment that is conducive for business to succeed. For our community to prosper we collectively must partner with others, including government, to advocate and collaborate, while maintaining access to elected officials to expand economic growth.

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Community Many of our Board Members and Staff serve on other boards that include the following: Craig Lewis, Stanislaus Community Foundation, Steve Madison, Salvation Army, Dave Gianelli and I, Stanislaus Boys and Girls Club, Steve Rank, Downtown Improvement District, Eric Tobias, Community Hospice, Dave Gianelli, Downtown Modesto Partnership, and I serve on Stanislaus Partners in Education, Stanislaus Workforce Development Board and many others. The crossover of these organizations is very helpful in determining when and where we can create synergy while working on common goals for the vitality of our community. Advocacy The Chamber’s Economic Development Committee and Government Relations Council meets with City, County and other Agencies on a regular basis to learn and provide input

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on policy, rules, and regulations that affect business and economic development growth. In 2016, the Chamber collaborated with the local cities and the County, StanCOG, Farm Bureau, Police Organizations, and many other groups, to pass a self-help transportation measure (Measure L) that will raise the necessary funds to improve our transportation infrastructure throughout the County, for the next 25 years. Two Chamber members serve on the oversight committee to help insure that the monies are spent appropriately. Relationship The Modesto Chamber specializes in building relationships among business and serving the nexus to businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. We host monthly networking events, “Business Before Hours” and “Business After Hours” that usually have 50 to 100 business people attending. We host other events such as State of the City and State of the Region, and President Club receptions that are great networking opportunities. Education We believe that to have a healthy and balanced economy that creates jobs, we must have an educated work force. This requires our involvement, investment, and connection to our educational institutions. The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the annual State of Business and Education event. We have developed relationships with Sylvan Union School District, Modesto City Schools, Stanislaus County Office of Education, Modesto Junior College, and California State University Stanislaus, by serving on many panels, committees and advisory groups. We also have served on Stanislaus Partners in Education (SPIE) for the last 25 years. Our Harvest Lunch and Ag Aware Committees have been celebrating our heritage and connection to agriculture for over 50 years, and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local students: Modesto FFA scholarships and Modesto Junior College graduating Ag Department students scholarships. Service The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit and government committees, donating their business expertise, time, energy, and resources. The Chamber also serves its individual members by hosting ribbon cuttings and grand openings which introduce new businesses to the community. We offer both free and cost-effective marketing opportunities, exposure to social media, workshops and training from our business partners and their associates. We rearranged our magazine by color coding each section to match our “CARES” acronym. We also refined all our collateral material to align with the “C.A.R.E.S.” brand. We hope this will soon be recognizable to all members and potential members. Back in January of 2011 when the Modesto Chamber Board of Directors led by Kathy Halsey and Ralph Curtis ask me to step in as the President/CEO of the Chamber, I never realized that I would hold the position for over 8 years. I have had the pleasure of working with very committed people who believe in the work and value of the Chamber. We have developed a very strong Government Relation Council, led by Steve Madison, a very strong Economic Development Committee led by Craig Lewis and a strong Education Committee led by Mary Ann Sanders and George Boodrookas. The Ag Aware and Harvest Lunch committees continue to carry out the 35- and 50-year legacy of highlighting our agriculture heritage. Thanks to all the Leadership Modesto Steering committee members and especially Keith Boggs for continuing the 37 year tradition of Leadership Modesto. I appreciate all of our Ambassadors and our Welcome team; they are truly the ongoing outreach of the Chamber! We have a great team that work to execute the mission of the Chamber and to serve the membership with pride. As I exit my time with Chamber, I can say that I have truly enjoyed my time at the Chamber, and I am looking forward to new leadership and I committed to continue to assist the Chamber and our community. My hope is that the community will continue to support the Chamber and that membership will grow to allow the Chamber to fulfill the mission of the Chamber. I believe that all businesses should belong to the Chamber, so the Chamber can continue to be a strong voice to advocate for business and help create a better quality of life for all. EVERYONE can and should be a Chamber member! Let the Chamber work for YOU! As I have said many times if not the Chamber then who?


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MISSION The Modesto Chamber of Commerce to serving theArea, greater MISSIONSTATEMENT: STATEMENT: The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is dedicatedistodedicated serving the greater Modesto regional businesses community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, MISSION The Modesto Chamber of Commerce isthrough dedicated to serving the greater Modesto Area,STATEMENT: regional and businesses and community prosperity advocacy, collaboration, economic development, connectivity and business education.

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COMMUNITY

EDUCATION

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EDUCATION

At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

annual State of Business and Education event, by fund-raising for local

and creating and maintaining our community as a vibrant place to live,

students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon annual series, and

work and play. The Modesto Chamber is the go-to resource and

partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

and creating and maintaining our community as a vibrant place to live,

work and play. The Modesto Chamber is the go-to resource and

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

annual State of Business and Education event, by fund-raising for local

students at the Ag Aware and Harvest Luncheon annual series, and partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready facilitator of ideas and communication for nonprofits, governmental men and women, all in keeping with our pledge to help provide a ready

agencies, and community leaders. More More than than just ajust business club,club, the the workforce the Chamber Chamber agencies, and community leaders. a business workforcetotoserve serve local local employers. employers. Additionally, Additionally, the Modesto Chamber strives to affect its environment for positive educates its members on practical solutions and best practices through Modesto Chamber strives to affect its environment for positive educates its members on practical solutions and best practices through transformation by supporting change agents in the community. its Progress Magazine articles, monthly Chamber University and Seeds transformation by supporting change agents in the community. its Progress Magazine articles, monthly Chamber University and Seeds ofof Success speaker monthlycommittee committee Success speakerseries, series,workshops workshops and and seminars, seminars, monthly meetings, and SCORE counseling. meetings, and SCORE counseling.

ADVOCACY ADVOCACY

SERVICE SERVICE

Chamber Staff, Board of Directors and many of our topical

Chamber Staff, Board of Directors and many of our topical

committees, such as Economic Development and Government

committees, such as Economic Development and Government

Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by

Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by

The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its

The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit

addressing business initiatives, addressing issues in our community members. The Chamber Board and staff are active on many nonprofit and government committees, donating their business expertise, time

addressing issues in our community and business working toinitiatives, relieve theaddressing regulatory burdens businesses endure due

and working toand relieve regulatory The burdens businesses due as to local statethe governments. Modesto Chamberendure gets results, to local shown and state Modestomore Chamber gets results, as by governments. recent victoriesThe in forming rational ADA legislation, shown by recent avictories in measure, forming electing more rational legislation, defeating no-growth businessADA friendly candidates, working alongside otherselecting to passbusiness Measure L, a candidates, local self-help defeating a no-growth measure, friendly measure, for our workingtransportation alongside others to and passchampioning Measure L,fora more local water self-help agribusiness, industry citizens. By working together, transportation measure, andand championing for more waterour formembers our are stronger together than they ever be on their own. agribusiness, industry and citizens. Bycould working together, our members

are stronger together than they could ever be on their own.

RELATIONSHIPS

COMMUNITY

RELATIONSHIPS

The Modesto Chamber specializes in building relationships among business and serving as the nexus to businesses, nonprofit

The Modesto Chamber in building relationships organizations, and specializes governmental agencies. We hostamong monthly businessnetworking and serving the special nexusevents, to businesses, nonprofit events, as annual an annual trade show, and our long-running Gala. Membersagencies. also may serve committees or go organizations, and governmental We onhost monthly through the Leadership Modesto program wheretrade they will build longnetworking events, annual special events, an annual show, and term relationships with key leaders in the business world and or go our long-running Gala. Members also may serve on committees

throughlocal the community. Leadership Modesto program where they will build longterm relationships with key leaders in the business world and

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STATE OF THE CITY LUNCHEON Double Tree, Grand Ballroom 11:30 A.M.

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BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS Riverbank Cannabis Collective 7:30 A.M.

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM -TBD Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 9:00A.M.

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Roofline Supply* 5:30 P.M.

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MEMORIAL DAY Office Closed*

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Roofline Supply* 5:30 P.M.

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AMERICAN GRAFFITI PARADE 6:00 P.M.

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BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS Bank of Stockton, J St. location (1302) 7:30 A.M.

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Graffiti Summer 2019 Wednesday Nights (all summer long) Velvet Creamery 2204 McHenry Ave. Classic Car Show, Activities, Raffles & more! June 1 American Graffiti (1973) Ready for root beer floats & dancing in the aisles to one of the best film soundtracks in history? Don your best duds from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, or dress as your favorite character from American Graffiti, George Lucas’ consummate coming-of-age film, and join in the fun! Doors open at 12 p.m.; movie starts at 1 p.m. $5. State Theatre, 1307 J Street. For tickets call (209) 527-4697 or visit thestate.org. June 1 The Platters Though the performers’ names have changed down through the years, the oh-somemorable music remains a wonderful constant. The Platters charted 40 hit records—among them “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” and “Twilight Time.” Experience the distinctive sound of one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era! 7:30pm. Gallo Center, 1000 I Street. 209-338-2100 or www.galloarts.org. June 2 14th Annual Graffiti Classic Car Show Modesto Area Street Rod Association’s 14th annual classic car show at the McHenry Village Shopping Center. Show time 9:00am to 3:00pm. New this year: special parking area, celebrating Pre ’49 “Street Rods”. Limited to the first 48 street rods. Cars in this area receive a custom T-Shirt. DJ playing rockin’ oldies. Raffle drawings all day long, with special dignitary awards and over 50 trophy sponsor awards. Car entry fee $30.00 till May 29th, $35.00 after, includes lunch for two. Free admission for spectators. A portion of all proceeds go to local charities. Early registration packet pick up on Saturday, June 1st from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the McHenry Village back parking lot. Free ice cream cones to all cars that attend Packet Pick-Up. For more information call (209) 529-0366 or (209) 521-6607 or visit www.modestoareastreetrod.com. June 3-6 Mid-Valley Chevy Club Park n’ Shine Car shows are free & at a different location each night from 5-8pm. Mon. Century Center - *NEW LOCATION* 2401 E Orangeburg Ave. Tues. Vintage Faire Mall 3401 Dale Road **Wed. Downtown Modesto I & J Street Thur. Cool Hand Luke’s 2505 Patterson Rd, Riverbank **Staging will be at 1:00pm in the 11th & L Streets flat parking lot. Parking begins at 3:00pm. For Complete Park-n-Shine event listing directions, visit www.midvallechevy.com/2019-Park-n-Shine.html or call 209-531-3495. June 5 Graffiti Cruise Route Presentation Starting at 6:30pm in the 10th Street Plaza, local celebrities will be inducted into the Historic Graffiti Walk of Fame, followed with live music. www. modestocruiseroute.com. June 6 MoBand Concert in the Park: “Graffiti Love” Moband is celebrating their 100th year at this beloved summer time in the park concert series. Spread out your blankets, bring a picnic and enjoy the sounds of MoBand. Admission is free and the concert begins at 8:00pm at Graceada Park, get there early and enjoy. Graceada Park, 401 Needham Ave. www.moband.org. June 7 Official North Modesto Kiwanis Classic Car Parade The parade will cruise through Downtown Modesto and go down McHenry Ave. to Briggsmore Ave. & back to downtown. The parade will feature thousands of classic cars, hot rods & street rods. 6:30pm in Downtown Modesto. You do not want to miss this amazing event! Car registration includes parade & both days of the festival. Classic Car Registration is $50 before May 27th & after is $60. To enter your classic car visit www.americangraffitifestival.com. June 7 Downtown Cruise-In Immediately following the Classic Car parade June 7th, we invite you to join us in Downtown Modesto, 1010 10th Street to stay & ‘hang out’ on the Historic Graffiti Cruise Route! Musical entertainment & live bands from 9:00pm - 11:00pm. Special parking for classic cars. For more information call 209-526-5588.

June 8th & 9th American Graffiti Car Show & Festival This 21st Annual event is presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis. The car show & festival is Saturday June 8 from 9am to 5pm & Sunday June 9 from 9am to 3pm. Check out the classic cars, stroll through hundreds of specially selected food & vendor booths. Live music throughout the festival each day. Municipal Golf Course, 400 Tuolumne Blvd. 1-888-746-9763 or www.americangraffitifestival.com. Classic Car Registration is $50 before May 27th & after is $60. Spectator tickets are only available at the gate. Look for admission coupons in the official Graffiti Summer tabloid. Adults $10 and Children 12 and under are free. All proceeds go to local charities for Children 18 & under. June 8 Lee Rocker Bass player Hall of Famer Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats sold more than 10 million records and were music video pioneers on MTV. The Stray Cat’s mega hits “Stray Cat Strut," “Sexy and Seventeen” and “Rock this Town” have become a part of the fabric of rock and roll. Rocker and his band deliver the hits and a lot more. 8:00pm. Gallo Center, 1000 I Street. 209-338-2100 or www.galloarts.org. June 8 Sing-a-long Grease (1978) Dress up as your favorite character from the film & join Rydell High’s most famous graduating class for two hours of sing-a-long fun! There will be giveaways including combs, toothbrushes and more. Spend your “Summer Night” with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies when they return to The State. Doors 12 p.m.; showtime at 1 p.m. Tickets $5. State Theatre, 1307 J Street. For tickets call 209-527-4697 or visit thestate.org. June 14 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Come be transported back in time by the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons! This Graffiti Summer favorite will have you dancing the night away & romancing the 60´s. Purchase your tickets at www.ticketmaster.com. 8:00pm. The Fruit Yard Amphitheater, 7948 Yosemite Blvd. (209) 577-3093 June 15 26th Annual Back to Graffiti at the Fruit Yard Join us for the longest running classic car show in Modesto commemorating George Lucas’ American Graffiti movie. Car Show will feature raffle prizes, music, vendors and more! Registration $35.00. Free to the public. 9:00am The Fruit Yard, 7948 Yosemite Blvd. 209-577-3093. June 15 Tommy Castro & the Painkillers Live on stage, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers’ road-hardened musicianship brings an unmatched passion to Castro’s blue-eyed California soul and hard-rocking, good-time songs. Killin’ It-Live brings us the live power and raw passion of Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. The opener for the night is the amazing blues guitarist Ron Thompson! Doors open at 7:00pm, Showtime 8:00pm. Tickets: $25; $30; $35. State Theatre, 1307 J Street. For tickets call 209-527-4697 or visit thestate.org. June 23 Graffiti-Con 2019 Celebrate Modesto in a Fun Comic-Con and Car Show environment. Dress up as your favorite characters or go retro rockabilly. Vendors, Artists and fan clubs, classic cars and more. $5 at the Door, Kids under 12 get in Free with a Paid Adult. 10:00am— 5:00pm. Centre Plaza, 10th & K Street. www.graffiti-con.com June 29 Modesto Nuts Graffiti Night Take me out to the ballgame to enjoy action packed baseball, classic cars, 50’s and 60’s music, root beer floats and fun contests. Modesto Nuts take on the Stockton Ports, Game time 7:05pm. Fireworks after the game. John Thurman Field, 601 Neece Drive. 209-572-4487 www.modestonuts.com June 30 The 12th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show Classic cars & custom hot rods! Music, food & beverages available for purchase. Breakfast 7:00am-10:00am. Proceeds to benefit Modesto Elks. Free admission for spectators. Car show starts at 9:00am. Car participants parking is from 7:00-8:30am. Car registration $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show and includes lunch. Awards presented at 3:00pm. Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way. 209-524-4421 .

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Friday Nights (all summer long) A & W Root Beer 1404 G Street. Classic Cars, Elvis, Hula Hoop contest, Karaoke & Root Beer Floats served by Car Hops on Roller Skates.

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Agriculture in Modesto and the surrounding area are historically and economically significant. Our community should stop and take a moment to recognize that the fresh local vegetable, fruit, nuts we enjoy; every glass of milk, slice of cheese, and locally produced added-value food products that we consume contribute to our health, brings us pleasure and are vital to our regional economy. In our busy schedules, we often take working farms and landscapes for granted and do not notice the beauty of our surroundings, how farming and farmers contribute to the social and moral fabric of society. We do not consider the economic and community impact of farming operations as we drive to work or go about our daily activities. Since most of our society today is disconnected from actual farming and food production, it is easy to take working farms for granted and not fully appreciate the value of food production and agriculture to a community and our surroundings. However, a strong agricultural base and food supply that can serve diverse local, regional, and international markets is truly a blessing to be protected, appreciated, and planned for even as our communities grow and change. Two notable farms that not only have a great impact on Modesto’s thriving economy, but play a substantial role in the community’s identity, are Fiscalini Cheese Company and Ratto Bros. Both a notable staple within the Modesto area, and both historically prominent for generations; and generations to come. Now internationally known for their handcrafted cheese, which over the years have earned world titles and countless awards, the Fiscalini success did not happen overnight. The Fiscalini family has been producing milk on their farm since 1914. Four generations later, the business is still family-owned and operated. Taking a tour through their facilities, any person will understand the pride the family takes to honor the cheese making traditions of MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

the Fiscalini family, which date back to the early 1700’s in the Alps of Switzerland. Currently, the farm and cheese making plant help support 30 employee families. It is evident Fiscalini is committed to taking care of their land for future generations of their family and committed to producing the best tasting, most delicious, and extraordinary cheeses. “At the end of the day dairying and cheese making isn’t just about our family, it is about your family too. We strive to make the best cheese and it gives us great pleasure to share our creations with families around the world” (Fiscalini). Throughout the years, Fiscalini dairy has received national recognition not only for exceptional cheese but for innovative ideas, extraordinary milk quality, and environmental and animal safety concern. It was one of 18 trophy winners at the World Cheese Awards, which drew nearly 2,600 entries for its 2014 competition. “Fiscalini won the trophy for best mature traditional cheddar with its Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, aged for 18 months at its Kiernan Avenue plant. It also was one of 62 recipients of super gold scores from the judges” (Modesto Bee, John Holland, 2014). Farms like Fiscalini are gems. They. Do. It. Right. Ensuring they always keep up to date on the best technology and then utilizing it the safest way possible is what makes this family farm particularly amazing. Using the best management practices, a vast majority of the fertilizer used is manure from their own cows. Fiscalini will then utilize the expertise of a nutritionist and veterinarian when it comes to the care and comfort of their animals and consult with them frequently. The health and contentment of their cows is their livelihood. They understand they have a responsibility to their community. “We truly believe the best cheese comes from happy cows and we strive to keep them among the happiest in California” (Fiscalini). The next time you drive to work, or have a moment in your busy schedule, take some time to reflect on the social impact and economic reach of food and agriculture in your life and community.


Constantly speaking up about the hardships and issues regarding agricultures viewpoint. Ron noted “that is important as there are host of issues, including food safety and labor concerns, in which agriculture needs to have a voice” (Western Mower Shipper, Tim Linden, 2019). A voice that needs to be heard and appreciated. The community has a responsibility in taking care of their local farmers; the individuals who feed us, and ensure we have the best, freshest “tools” to fuel our bodies and our family’s bodies. Next time you open the fridge or walk through a grocery store, think of the farmers who dedicate their lives to making sure there is ample food for the world. Thank you, farmers, every day. Thank you for what you do for our community.

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Take the time to understand fully, all that is done to ensure you are eating the best quality farm fresh food that can be offered; right here in your community. Farmers have a tremendously important job: feeding the world. Their jobs require them to work long, tiresome hours and battle tough economic and weather conditions, but most farmers and producers don’t see it that way. They seek little to no recognition; that is why, as a community, it is vital that they receive it. Farmers have a deep passion and commitment to their work, and most say they wouldn’t trade their jobs for anything. A farm that has been delivering produce to their customers for over 100 years, is that of the significant Ratto Bros. The narrative of Ratto Bros. began in 1905 when Antone L. Ratto started a vegetable business on Bay Farm Island near Oakland, California where he delivered produce to customers from a horse-drawn cart. Antone was fortunate enough to have five sons who would follow in their father’s footsteps to become farmers themselves. Collectively, the bothers formed Ratto Bros. partnership in 1957. Looking to expand their operations, Ratto Bros. moved towards San Joaquin Valley near Modesto, where they added several hundred acres. Over the years, the successful business has built on its rich history to earn the reputation within the produce industry and the community of Modesto and the surrounding area. Ratto Bros. can be trusted to consistently provide the best; freshest produce available within the Valley and surrounding area. Ratto Bros. plants “the finest hybrid seeds available and take weekly soil samples, which we monitor at our in-house to increase quality and yield” (Ratto Bros.). Ratto Bros. joined Western Growers Association about 20 years ago and Ron Ratto was one of the early board members of the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS NEW PROCEDURE AT DMC REDUCES RISK OF STROKE FOR AFIB PATIENTS Cardiologists at Doctors Medical Center performed the hospital’s first implant of the Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure device on a patient with atrial fibrillation (AFib). The hospital is the first between Sacramento and Fresno to offer the Watchman device as an alternative to the lifelong use of warfarin (blood thinners) for people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem (also known as non-valvular atrial fibrillation). Patients no longer need to travel to surrounding areas to have this procedure. For patients living with AFib, there is an increased risk of stroke. An estimated five million Americans are impacted by AFib, which is an irregular heartbeat that feels like a quivering heart. People with AFib have a five times greater risk of stroke than those with normal heart rhythms. The Watchman device closes off an area of the heart called the left atrial appendage (LAA) to keep harmful blood clots that can form in the LAA from entering the blood stream and potentially causing a stroke. By closing off the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and over time, patients may be able to stop taking warfarin. “The Watchman device is a novel alternative for patients with nonvalvular AFib at risk for stroke, especially those with a compelling reason where they cannot be on blood thinner medication,” said Dr.

Navneet Dullet, Cardiologist at the Valley Heart Institute of Doctors Medical Center. “I am so pleased we are now performing this procedure at Doctors Medical Center as it offers another potentially life-changing stroke risk treatment.” The Watchman device is implanted in a one-time procedure. It’s a permanent device that doesn’t have to be replaced and can’t be seen outside the body. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and takes about an hour. Patients commonly stay in the hospital overnight and leave the next day. “Patients with atrial fibrillation are at significant risk of stroke, which can have a serious emotional and psychological impact on them,” said Dr. Talwinderdeep Kahlon, Interventional Cardiologist at the Valley Heart Institute of Doctors Medical Center. “It is important for them to be aware of and understand recent medical advances and treatments that can help with stroke prevention.” The cardiology program at Doctors Medical Center also offers: • Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR) • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) Closure • Catheter Cryoablation • Leadless Pacemaker • Subcutaneous Implantable Defibrillator • Impella Doctors Medical Center has five fully operational catheterization labs, plus a new hybrid operating suite. Doctors Medical Center of Modesto is the largest full-care hospital between Stockton and Fresno, and from the Sierras to the San Francisco Bay Area, with a 394-bed general acute care and a 67-bed inpatient psychiatric capacity. DMC is known for providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency care. Doctors Medical Center offers a wide range of services including cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, surgical weight loss, emergency and trauma services, minimally-invasive and robotic surgery, women and children’s services, medical/surgical, behavioral health, oncology and critical/intensive care. To learn more about Doctors Medical Center, please visit www. dmc-modesto.com.

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ALTAMONT CORRIDOR EXPRESS SERVICE LAUNCHES MOBILE TICKETING APP Passengers can now purchase tickets to ride ACE via a mobile app! As of April 1st, all ticket types throughout the corridor, including one way, single round trip, 20 ride tickets, and monthly passes are available in the App Store and Google Play. The new ACE Rail mTickets app will allow passengers to pay for tickets using a credit or debit card, as well as digital payment services Apple Pay and Masterpass.  Tickets will be available immediately and can be validated on the app itself without having to utilize the platform validators.  With the launch of the app, paper tickets may still be purchased through the www.acerail.com Web site.  However, only 20 ride and monthly pass tickets will be available directly through the ACE Web site.  Delivery options will also change to standard mail only.  The San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC), the managing agency for ACE passenger rail service, selected mobile ticket

vendor Masabi after a competitive bid process to implement the first mobile ticketing solution for the service. Masabi is a global company specializing in mobile ticketing and serves major transit operators in the United States, including New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority, Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit, as well as working with transit partners in Europe and Australia. ACE passenger rail service, started in 1998 and serves over 1.4 million passengers annually, runs four daily round trips starting at the Cabral Station in Downtown Stockton and stops in Lathrop/Manteca, Tracy, Vasco Road, Livermore, Pleasanton, Fremont, Great America, Santa Clara and San Jose’s Diridon station.  For more information on ACE rail, please visit www.acerail.com.

COMMUNITY HOSPICE RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEERS AT ANNUAL APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

The Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Community Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Ms. Audrey Hermanson. Not only is Hermanson a dedicated and compassionate grief support volunteer she also assists the Marketing department at events providing resources and awareness of Community Hospice programs The Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Friends of Community Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Mrs. Mardy Chipponeri; current Vice President of Membership for the Friends of Community Hospice and Chair of the Santa Shares Breakfast. Chipponeri has served in many capacities to support the fundraising efforts and mission of Community Hospice.

The Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award Winners (From Left to Right) Domini Mills, Sharon Troglin, Audrey Hermanson and Mardy Chipponeri.

She has played a significant role in the success of Friends of Community Hospice and has demonstrated leadership and a hospice heart. Sharon Troglin was awarded the Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Hope Chest Thrift Store Volunteer of the Year. Troglin has been volunteering with Community Hospice for more than 25 years. Her ongoing dedication to the mission of Community Hospice is a source of inspiration to her fellow volunteers. The 2018 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Camp Erin® of the Central Valley award was presented to Ms. Domini Mills. Mills has served as a nurse at Camp Erin since the beginning in 2014. Her dedication to supporting our campers along their grief journey, as well as our many camp volunteers has been a blessing. In 2018, more than 550 volunteers contributed 23,023 hours in support of the Community Hospice mission. “Volunteers have always been and are still the heart of Community Hospice. We are fortunate to have so many community residents give their time and talent to support our mission,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President and CEO of Community Hospice. “We are grateful for all our volunteers that help support our patients and their families, and the programs we provide our communities.” To learn more about volunteer opportunities or any of Community Hospice’s programs or services, visit hospiceheart.org or call 209.578.6300. Celebrating 40 Years of service, Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides grief support services to anyone in the community. MAY 2019

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Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley, celebrated and recognized their volunteers at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Award Ceremony on April 10, 2019. All volunteers received a special certificate of recognition. Several volunteers were recognized for outstanding service and dedication to the mission of Community Hospice and four dedicated volunteers were awarded the 2018 Mary Jean Coeur-Barron Volunteer of the Year Award. Named after the cofounder of Community Hospice, the awards are given each year to four volunteers for their outstanding service and spirit of excellence. One volunteer is chosen from the following: Community Hospice, Friends of Community Hospice, Community Hospice Hope Chest Thrift Stores and Camp Erin® of the Central Valley.

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Join us for our up coming Green TEAM Meeting Thursday, May 16th, At NOON (please note new meeting time) Our guest speaker will be:

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM MEETING: MAY 16, 12:00PM The “Stanislaus Green Team” was launched by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce in November of 2012. The purpose was to create a nexus between commerce and environment, and the desire of the Modesto Chamber to work collaboratively, searching for regional solutions to challenges facing Stanislaus County.

accomplished through strategic recycling of our precious and rare earth metals in combination with the reuse of viable working parts and components.

Simply put, assisting businesses in “Going Green” will not only reduce their costs of doing business, but it will also help the environment and move the Stanislaus County economy forward.

In 2016 we established a partnership with Greater Valley Conservation Corps, Oakland Civicorps,San Jose Conservation Corps & North Bay Conservation Corps Located in Novato CA Together we have diverted over 3 million tons of e-waste from local landfills, while at the same time providing young adults with training and employment opportunities. Starting in January 2019 we began a relationship with UNICOR (formerly known as Federal Prison Industries) with the goal to protect society and reduce crime by preparing inmates with job training and practical work skills for reentry success.

The “Stanislaus Green Team” meets at the intersection of Environmental Stewardship and lowering the cost of doing business. Guest Speaker: Dennis Lenard, Operations Manager, Tri Valley Recycling Founded in 2005, Tri Valley Recycling, Inc. was formed to help consumers and businesses with a way to responsibly dispose of electronic waste materials in a manner that is not only cost effective, but environmentally responsible and in full compliance with state and federal laws. As stewards of our environment, we have a fundamental responsibility to manage and care for our natural resources. This is

Additionally, We are registered with the Department of Toxic Substance Control, Cal Recycle license number CEW 106178, as a registered e-waste collector, we are California’s leading company dedicated to servicing our community and your e-waste collection needs. If you are interested in speaking at a Stanislaus Green Team meeting, please contact Trish Christensen at tchristensen@modchamber. org.

DATAPATH ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION CONFERENCE

May 2, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel in Modesto, California. The conference, being dubbed “TechCon”, is a 1-day conference, full of empowering keynotes, engaging breakout sessions and open-dialogue panels focused on driving innovation throughout organizations in the Central Valley. The event will bring together 200+ business leaders, IT leaders and executives from across the region. TechCon features a lineup of industry experts, solution pros, technical visionaries and fellow leaders from across the Central Valley and the US to explore the rapidly-evolving forces shaping today’s workplaces. The conference sessions will cover themes around innovation, collaboration, IT management, leadership and cybersecurity. “We’re excited to be hosting the Technology and Innovation Conference in Modesto,” said John Sablan, Datapath’s Regional President. “We want attendees to take a step back from their dayto-day way of thinking about technology. Our goal is to empower organizations to be future-ready. We know, in this digital world, organizations must be ready for one thing: anything. TechCon brings it all together: emerging trends, innovative strategies and concrete ways leaders can transform how we work and serve customers. Taking the time to attend TecCon19 will have people looking at the roles people and technology play, in a whole new light.”

Former Chief Technology Officer for San Francisco Unified School District, Erik Heinrich will deliver TechCon’s keynote address: “The State of the Workplace”. Blending 25 years of Information Technology experience, Erik aligns the efforts of organizations seeking to grow and innovate with the trends and challenges facing today’s workforce. TechCon attendees can attend any number of the sessions taking place throughout the day, including breakouts for leaders and those who are not technical, to workshops for the fully-technical guests. Sessions topics include: “Driving Innovation Throughout Your Organization”, “How Leadership and IT Management is Evolving”, “How to Create a Culture of Collaboration” and “The Leaders Role in Protecting the Company.” Session presenters include: Hilary Zwahlen, CEO and founder of White Plum, Mathew Francis, Strategic Business Consultant and founder of Pacific Rim Advisory Group, Kate Trompetter, Business and Leadership Coach, and others representing Datapath, Aruba, Ruckus Networks, Microsoft and Palo Alto Networks. Conference registration is free and includes lunch. Visit www. techcon19.com for more information and to register. Headquartered in Modesto, CA., Datapath is a leading IT solutions provider to the mid-market and the public sector. A highly-recognized company with vast capabilities, Datapath provides outsourced and supplemental services to help organizations and IT staff accomplish more and boldly grow. MAY 2019

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State of the City Luncheon Location: DoubleTree Hotel, Grand Ballroom Date: May 8, 2019 Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - doors open at 11:15 Anticipated Attendance: 400 Individual Tickets: $40 There is no fee to attend solely to hear the address. - Pease note, you must still register as a “Speech Only” guest. Audience Profile: Business owners and executives, top government leaders, business professionals, community and civic leaders. The public is welcome.

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The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is proud to host Mayor Ted Brandvold for the State of the City Address. This sellout event provides an opportunity for Modesto business leaders to hear first hand the Mayor’s plans for the upcoming year. The luncheon will conclude with audience questions, putting the public in direct touch with local government. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County, on behalf of Mayor Brandvold. You can reserve your seats online at www.modchamber.org. Or call 209-577-5757 16

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People On The Move Dr. White Accepted Into Fellowship Program Dr. Zena White, one of the third year residents in the Valley Family Medicine Residency at Doctors Medical Center, has been accepted into the VA San Diego Healthcare System Advanced Fellowship in Women’s Health. The fellowship provides interdisciplinary training to postresidency fellows to prepare them for careers as independent women’s healthcare specialists. The fellowship integrates clinical, research and teaching experiences dedicated to developing academic leaders that will improve the health of women within the VA healthcare system. Dr. White will begin the two-year fellowship in July after graduating from residency in Modesto. Here is Dr. White’s bio, in her own words: I was born and raised in the Los Angeles, CA area and completed my undergrad there as well. I then moved to Grenada where I attended St. Georges University and received my Medical Degree. Prior to medical school, I completed the UC Davis School of Medicine Post Baccalaureate Program. I also worked as a Research Trainee at the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Dept. of Cardiothoracic Surgery, receiving co-authorship on a publication in the area of xenotransplantation. In addition, I worked as a Medical Research Specialist for an evidence-based medical research consulting firm called Doctor Evidence and worked in the mortgage industry as a Data Specialist

for Freddie Mac. On a voluntary basis, I have engaged in various medical and nonmedical related activities and served in numerous ministries within churches. Prior to residency, I had the opportunity to travel abroad to visit various parts of Europe and engage in a medical selective in Prague, Czech Republic. Outside of work I enjoy exercising and anything related to fitness, such as running, resistance training, Zumba and various forms DR. ZENA WHITE of dance. In my spare time, I like to design costume and fashion jewelry and attend musicals, plays and dance performances. I also have an interest in natural hair care and reading books in the areas of self-improvement and spirituality. In the future, I have a strong desire to improve the health care of underserved communities with a particular interest in community health, women’s health and international medicine. I plan to serve in communities, both locally and abroad, incorporating health fairs, home visits and medical mission trips into my practice of caring for vulnerable populations and spreading the love of God.

Channce Condit Joins Team At Opportunity Stanislaus

Condit, the grandson of longtime Congressman Gary Condit, has a long history of community involvement including serving on the boards of the Ceres Lions Club, McHenry Museum and Historical Society, and the John Azevedo Research Center in addition to being honored as a Friend of the G.I. Forum and one of Modesto’s 20 Under 40 Rising Stars. Opportunity Stanislaus Chief Executive Officer David White expressed enthusiasm about adding Condit’s skills to the team. “Channce has a history of fostering business and economic growth and we

believe he will be key in building and enriching the relationships necessary for strong economic development locally,” said White. “His talents and personality complement our team and we look forward to continuing to exceed the expectations of investors and stakeholders utilizing his skillset.” Condit is a graduate of California State University, Stanislaus and an outspoken advocate for infrastructure, public safety, and strategic city development. A small business owner himself, Condit is married and resides in Ceres. To learn more about Opportunity Stanislaus please visit www. opportunitystanislaus.com.

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Opportunity Stanislaus has announced the hiring of Channce Condit as its Economic Development Specialist. Condit, a Councilman for the City of Ceres and former field representative for Assemblyman Gray’s office, will be instrumental in assisting Opportunity Stanislaus in their goal of elevating the local economy by helping entrepreneurs start businesses, incentivizing companies to relocate to the county, and growing existing businesses in the region.

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GO FRESH: QUICK, EASY, HEALTHY, AND TASTY Story And Photos By Virginia Still For the past five years Go Fresh has been thriving with an expansion of their health food brand along with opening more locations to get people to eat healthy. CEO and co-founder Billy Anderson made it his mission to create meals that were not only healthy for individual needs, but to make sure they were tasty and affordable. Anderson and his fiancé were trying to figure out how to take their passion for health and fitness and turn it into a career; they decided to focus on food so that people could be healthier. Originally, the company was launched in Modesto in 2014 called Prep For Success (PFS for short) and was more of a performance food brand that was shipped all over the country. At that time, Anderson explained that Modesto was number 5 on the unhealthiest cities in the country so he saw this as an opportunity. Although their meals were not

“We wanted to make sure the food tasted good and was healthy and fresh,” added Anderson. “The name is Go Fresh not frozen. So we decided to abandon that model and focus on something that was fresh and sustainable.” The Modesto storefront was opened in 2016 and in 2018 the Turlock store opened. This year, a Pleasanton location was opened.

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very tasty at first, according to Anderson, and had to be shipped frozen they still saw some success. But this was not the direction they wanted to go so they decided to refocus the brand and renamed it Go Fresh, which was a better fit for them.

“We are growing,” said Anderson. “We are a corporation so we want to have a lot of different brands all geared towards healthy eating. We focus on healthy fresh food here. We have another brand called Lean Bites Bakery which is more geared towards being able to ship to people’s homes and that is geared towards healthy snacks, shelf stable snacks like cookies, brownies, and baked goods like that.” MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG


The Go Fresh brand can be ordered online on their website www.gofreshmeals. com or you can visit one of their three locations. Meals can be customized to fit a specific need with options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and a snack to make it complete.

He knows people have cravings and explained how it is unrealistic to think that everyone is going to eat broccoli, rice, and a plain piece of chicken all the time. The team at Go Fresh has created meals with local vegetables and other local ingredients like Sciabica Olive Oil. Their menu changes each month due to using local ingredients so whatever is in season will be included in the next menu.

The meals are priced between $5 and $11 making the healthy option affordable and moving beyond the stigma of healthy eating is costly. They also work with Get Fit gyms in Modesto and Oakdale to provide healthy meals that are requested from the nutritionist. “Five years later we are thriving; we have multiple brands, multiple locations and I couldn’t be happier,” stated Anderson. “So believe in yourself, believe in the opportunity that you see regardless if anybody else sees it, because if everyone else sees it, it is probably not an opportunity.”

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A few of his favorites to enjoy is the carne asada plate and the sesame chicken plate made with healthy ingredients. The meal options are gluten free and list the macronutrients on the package. There are plates that have sesame chicken, green beans and white rice, another option is the lime-sesame turkey with meatballs, and veggies, or one may be interested in the chipotle chicken cauliflower nachos that is Keto, low carb and gluten free.

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PRESIDENT’S CLUB CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE PLATINUM LEVEL E & J Gallo Winery Kaiser Permanente Walmart Walmart Neighborhood Market

DIAMOND LEVEL Bank of the West Beard Land and Investment Co. Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc. Doctors Behavioral Health CenterDMC Doctors Medical Center-DMC Frito-Lay Co., Inc. Pacific Southwest Container, Inc. Physician Referral Service-DMC

GOLD LEVEL 5.11, Inc. Crystal Creamery Doubletree by Hilton Modesto EMOE, Division of Parker Hannifin Corp. Encompass Health Rehabilitation of Modesto Fiscalini Cheese Company IHeart Media Modesto Irrigation District Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Sutter Health Valley Area Sysco Central California Inc. Taco Bell

SILVER LEVEL American Chevrolet American Medical Response

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Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates, LLP Audi Modesto Bank of Stockton - Dale Road Bank of Stockton - Modesto Main Branch Bank of the West (Dale Road) Brightwood College BURGERIM Caliber Collision California State University, Stanislaus Care One Home Health and Hospice, Inc. Central Sanitary Supply Co. Central Valley Automotive Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Central Valley Nissan Central Valley Specialty Hospital Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Clark Pest Control COIT Services Inc. Collins Electrical Comcast Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Del Monte Plant #1 Delta Sierra Beverage English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital F&M Bank Flooring Liquidators, Inc. Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC Food Maxx Galletto Ristorante

Gianelli Nielsen Gilton Solid Waste Mgmt, Inc. Golden Valley Health Centers Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto International Paper Co. JS West & Companies Lewis Capital Advisors Maxx Value Foods Mercer Foods Mocse Credit Union Modesto Toyota O'Brien's Market Oak Valley Community Bank Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Panelized Structures Inc. Pepsi Bottling Group PMZ Real Estate Prime Shine Car Wash Residence Inn by Marriott Modesto North Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Rogers Jewelry Rogers Jewelry Co. Round Table Pizza Round Table Pizza, Corporate San Joaquin Valley College Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets - Corp Office Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/Varni Brothers Corporation Solecon Industrial Contractors Solid Networks, Inc. Stanislaus Food Products Co. Stanislaus Surgical Hospital

Stifel Investment Services Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation The Eberhardt School of Business The Modesto Bee TSM Insurance & Financial Services Turlock Irrigation District Union Bank US Bank Valley BMW Valley Children's Healthcare Valley First Credit Union Valley Lexus Vintage Faire Mall/Macerich Company W.H. Breshears, Inc. Warden's Office Furniture Outlet Warden's Office Products Center Wells Fargo Bank Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Yosemite Meat Co., Inc.

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MJC AGRICULTURE STUDENTS WIN AWARDS AT PORTERVILLE COLLIGATE JACKPOT The Modesto Junior College Livestock Show Teams competed at the Porterville Collegiate Jackpot recently, winning top awards in many of the swine and sheep divisions, as well as one beef division. Agriculture programs from many colleges participated including San Joaquin Delta College, Merced College, Reedley College and Cal Poly Pomona. Students representing Modesto Junior College did well in all swine divisions including showmanship, breeding and market. Corie Lee Falaschi placed 1st in Advanced Showmanship, with the top 8 showmen all from MJC, (2nd - Elijah Johnson; 3rd Josie Booth; 4th - Anthony Cannon; 5th - Hannah Comin; 6th - Sara Dike; 7th - Allison Kidd and 8th - Annelise Perez). Julian Jimenez won the Intermediate Showmanship competition. In the breeding classes, Allison Kidd exhibited the Reserve Supreme Boar and Anthony Cannon showed the Supreme Champion Gilt. Annelise Perez showed the Reserve Supreme Gilt. Hannah Comin showed the Champion Market Hog which was also the Supreme Champion Market Hog.

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MJC’s Beef Show Team also had a good day with Ulises Gomez exhibiting the MJC bred Grand Champion Steer. “Overall it was a great competition and the students had a rewarding experience,” said Marlies Boyd, MJC professor of Agriculture Business and Animal Science.

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Over 22 members of the MJC Sheep Show Team successfully competed and MJC bred ewe lambs were very competitive. The Sheep Showmanship competition was dominated by MJC. Sydney Edwards won Advanced Showmanship, Abigail Correia won Intermediate Showmanship and Haylee Morris won Novice Showmanship. The Supreme Ewe was exhibited by Julia Orlando, and the Reserve Supreme Champion Ewe was exhibited by Haylee Morris. The Champion Market Lamb was exhibited by Sydney Edwards and Reserve Market Lamb was shown by Abigail Correia.

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For more information on the FFA Field Day, contact the MJC Agriculture Department at (209) 575-6200. MAY 2019

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SPEAK-UP AND STAND-OUT

A Dale Carnegie workshop for those interested in being a more interesting and engaging presenter.

4 out of 5 Presenters Can Effectively Put Someone To Sleep. Don’t Be That Presenter! Be a Stand-Out Presenter! Learn the Secrets to Being a Stand-Out Presenter This is a top-notch presentation workshop under the direction of a certified Dale Carnegie Instructor, Paul Bagan, who uses interactive coaching techniques to improve your presentation style. What to Expect …… • Develop a natural more relaxed style • Inspire others with your message • Present thoughts and ideas with clarity Date: Time: Location: Facilitator: Details:

TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 12 Noon to 1:15 PM Modesto Chamber of Commerce Paul Bagan Drinks provided, bring your own lunch

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ASSEMBLYMEMBER GRAY TOURS FLOOD OPERATIONS CENTER Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced), Chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee, met with meteorologists and flood management officials with the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the National Weather Service (NWS) at the DWR Flood Operations Center to receive an update on flood preparedness, interagency cooperation, and the impact of climate change on water storage. The Department of Water Resources recently announced that the Sierra snowpack is 162 percent of average and statewide snow water equivalent has tripled since the beginning of February. Snow water equivalent is one of the factors used by water managers to estimate spring runoff. California typically receives close to 200 million acre-feet of water per year from rain and snow and statewide, and the Sierra snowpack provides 30 percent of California’s water needs.

The briefing at the DWR Flood Ops Center (FOC) also included hydrologists and meteorologists who manage the California/Nevada River Forecast Center (CNRFC) and NWS’s Sacramento Regional Office. “While the Sierras were inundated with a record number of atmospheric river events this year, we need to prepare for warmer temperatures in the short-term and severe droughts in the long-term,” continued Gray. “These variable and extreme weather patterns are some of the reasons why I introduced AB 638, which requires DWR to determine statewide water storage capacity and identify how our storage will be threatened by climate change. For too long the California Water Plan has provided more question than answers. This bill requires DWR to provide specific strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change on our water supply.” Assemblymember Adam C. Gray represents the 21st Assembly District which includes all of Merced County and portions of Stanislaus County.

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“Fortunately, this has been a rebound year for California’s water supply,” said Gray. “But the abundance of water also carries a certain amount of risk. Today was an opportunity to make sure our flood management officials at the state and federal level are working together and prepared to respond in case of an emergency.”

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LEADERSHIP MODESTO Public Safety Day Serves To Educate LeMo Class By: Amber Wright, Leadership Modesto Public Safety Day did not disappoint. I think that most people think of dedication, bravery, service, and sacrifice when they think of our Law Enforcement and Fire Department personnel. I also think of those things but after this particular day of Leadership Modesto, I also took away a great deal of respect and fun memories. Our day included time spent at the Modesto Police Department, the Sheriff’s Office with a tour of the Sheriff’s Detention Center, a tour of Juvenile Hall, and a visit to a Juvenile courtroom. We started our day at MPD where we got hands on experience with a SWAT vehicle which included climbing in and on top of the vehicle. It sure was fun to see the smiles and hear the giggles of excitement from my fellow Leadership Modesto classmates as they donned a bullet proof SWAT vest along with a tactical helmet all while eagerly posing for the camera, excited to show their families what they got to experience. Perhaps there were a few that were contemplating if they made the right career choice? We watched K-9 Cash as he helped to apprehend the bad guy in the bite suit. I even got to play tug of war with him when he got his toy for a job well done.

In addition, we got to see some of the capabilities of a drone. Law enforcement has impressive tools that are used to keep us all safe on a daily basis. This portion of our morning ended with a sit-down conversation between Leadership Modesto and Chief of Police Galen Carrol, along with Modesto Fire Chief Alan Ernst. Our conversation covered a wide range of topics from homelessness to recruitment and retention to construction costs. All in all, it was agreed that not one person has all the answers but working together and having hard conversations puts us closer to making our community stronger. When we arrived at the Sheriff’s Office, we were greeted by Sheriff Dirkse along with several specialty teams including, K-9, SVOU (Special Vehicle Operations Unit), Air 101 (helicopter) and the Bomb Team.

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After a K-9 demo by Dutch we had the opportunity to look inside the bomb truck and a few classmates got to climb on the SVOU trailer with the jet skis and turn on the lights and pose for more pictures; once again, bringing out the little kid in each of us. All this fun was followed up with a tour of the Sheriff’s Detention Center where we had a surprise demonstration of less lethal force options by CERT (Custodial Emergency Response Team).

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They showed us how loud and effective flash bangs can be, sending one of my Leadership classmates retreating into the group with gasps of surprise and laughter at the same time. We had lunch in the staff dining room and had the opportunity to get to know Sheriff Dirkse. We ended our day at Juvenile Hall and Juvenile Court.

We received a tour of the Hall as well as the newer Juvenile Commitment Facility. It was clear during this visit that the staff members are invested in making a difference in the youth’s lives. Each staff member we came across seemed to share the sentiment that education, guidance, encouragement and acknowledgment of achievements are all pathways that lead to success.

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THE AGSAFE WAY Modesto is in the heart of California’s most productive agricultural region and has been AgSafe’s home since 2009. AgSafe established its roots in 1991 when a group of industry leaders began working diligently to create and implement practical approaches to workplace safety, specifically designed for the agricultural industry. Much of agriculture’s success in California and across the country has hinged upon a skilled workforce of dedicated men and women. Despite agriculture ranking as one of the most dangerous occupations according to OSHA, California employs over 700,000 individuals in the industry These leaders understood the importance of creating an organization which could meet the unique demands and challenges of the industry while ensuring the safety of their workers.

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As such, AgSafe’s mission is to advance the food and farming industries’ commitment to a safe, sustainable workforce and food supply, by providing practical education and resources. We have a “boots on the ground” approach to these topics, teaching both the “why” and “how” to protect workers in the field, as well as packing, processing and food manufacturing facilities. Since 1991 AgSafe has trained over 85,000 employers, supervisors and farm workers in the most critical

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issues impacting worker safety, health, human resources, and food safety. Our success stems from this pragmatic philosophy ensuring safe, compliant practices become an integral component of a company’s culture and day-to-day operations. We also recognize and understand that changing culture and operations means changing behavior for owners, supervisors and workers alike. As our workforce continues to evolve, AgSafe has begun to expand its approach and work locally with partners such as Modesto Junior College, Stanislaus County Office of Education and Opportunity Stanislaus. The goal of these partnerships is to create opportunities for adults and students who are well equipped and trained to begin a successful career in the food and farming sector. Individuals participating in these programs not only learn how to safely operate equipment such as forklifts, but also learn essential job and leadership skills, increasing their ability to secure job opportunities within our community. To learn more about AgSafe and our current programs and initiatives, please visit www.agsafe.org or call 209-526-4400.


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SAVE WHEN YOU STAY AT HYATT REGENCY IN SACRAMENTO Amtrak San Joaquins has just announced an exclusive partnership with the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento. What does that mean for riders? You’ll get 10 percent off your hotel stay at the Hyatt Regency if you travel to town by Amtrak San Joaquins train.

you can jump on a JUMP bike, scooter, and/or call a Lyft to the hotel. The Hyatt Regency in Sacramento is conveniently located near the California State Capitol, steps away from historic downtown, rich museums and Golden 1 Center’s games and shows.

If you’re heading to Sacramento for a conference or for a weekend of family fun, be sure to take advantage of this special rate. Travelling aboard the Amtrak San Joaquins train to Sacramento allows you to relax on your journey there. Don’t worry about sitting in traffic, finding a parking spot, or paying for parking. Instead, just sit back, enjoy the spacious seats, browse the internet and enjoy a snack on the café car.

Book your hotel and travel arrangements today! Access the discount offer by entering the code CR123796 at Hyatt.com under “Corporate or Group Code” or reference “Amtrak San Joaquins” when booking by phone.

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Reserve your train ticket at https://www.amtrak.com/san-joaquinstrain. Be sure to check out the discount options available to you at https://www.amtrak.com/california-everyday-discounts.


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