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MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

VOL. 42 | ISSUE 10 | OCTOBER 2021

COMMUNITY RESOURCE UNIT THE STOCKTON HEAT THE FARMACY


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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.

OCTOBER 2021 | CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman

Michael Gaffney, PG&E

Past Chairman

Steve Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

Vice Chair, External Operations Michael Moradian Jr. Peace of Mind Pest Control

Vice Chair, Internal Operations, Treasurer

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The Salvation Army

Patricia Gillum Pat Gillum CPA

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Garrett Ardis- Huff Construction Company Inc. Dennis Bettencourt- Blue Diamond Growers Brad Blakeley, Edward Jones Investments Kirstie Boyett, The State Theater David Halvorson Jr.- American Chevrolet Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center Brian McDermott, Team S.O.S Kymber Miller- Sysco Central California Inc. Eric Nielsen, Gianelli Nielsen Peggy O'Donnell, Mid-Valley Productions Jason Pineda, Freshpoint Inc. Bill Robinson, Principal Financial Group DeJeune Shelton- Modesto Junior College Madhu Singh, Bank of Stockton Jared Steinwert, F&M Bank John Villines- Modesto Gospel Mission

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President & CEO

Trish Christensen Modesto Chamber of Commerce tchristensen@modchamber.org

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CEO Message

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Assemblyman Adam Gray

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Stanislaus County Budget

RELATIONSHIPS

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New Member

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President’s Club

EDUCATION

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Thriving Schools

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A Message From The President & CEO AND FALL RETURNS By Trish Christensen

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ineteen months and counting… covid has yet to truly leave the stage. Things are ever changing, remain fluid, and we continue to reinvent things we fully expected, or hoped, to have back in action in as near to “normal” as they were before the pandemic. I often pause to remind myself to look up and look out. The days keep coming, the months keep changing, and the seasons have continued to arrive. I find that getting outside is an excellent reminder that life goes on. Things will continue, no matter how slowly, to improve. Maybe not exactly back to what they once were, but I think that is the point in many ways. When challenges arise, are we not meant to find the good, adapt with the changes, and evolve to something new and improved?

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We have chosen to take small and steady steps as we expand in-person happenings and stand ready to make nimble adjustments as needed along this path of coming together. We have continued to be cautious regarding attendees to open venue space as we invite people together. Most of our committee and program meetings are now done in a hybrid fashion. We are playing catch up with ribbon cutting and networking events. We have new member and grand re-openings, anniversary ribbon cuttings, green certification ribbon cuttings, and a few tentative Member Mix & Mingles now on our schedule.

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Additionally, we have arrived at the return of some events, albeit reinvented, and mostly virtual or hybrid. I hope everyone has heard about the Inspire Youth - Inspire Dreams Career Exploration (IYID) platform that our Business and Education and IYID steering committee developed with the assistance of some incredible, skilled, and creative partners and participants. The platform was shared with sixth grade teachers, who then released it to their students near the end of last school year. We are currently taking sponsorships and business and industry participation registrations for the fall 2021 edition which we are striving to expand on the content to also reach eighthgraders this round.

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The window to participate will be closing soon, so please refer to our website for information right away. We hosted our first “Council Connection” webinar end of September and really enjoyed the dynamics of this new concept to get to know our City Council and Mayor. The long-standing Harvest Luncheon Committee has pivoted and is now developing a webinar version to highlight MJC Ag student success, while giving us an opportunity to hear the students’ stories during the program and scholarship awards presentations. This is allowing us to raise these valuable scholarship funds once again. These awards will continue to aid students going on to Universities in Ag pathways. Please note that in November you will receive information on the opening of our 2021 Annual Members Awards nomination season. Information will be sent to all members via email and in print. Currently the Modesto Chamber Board of Directors nomination season is also open. If you have interest in joining our board, and you are a member in good standing, I encourage you to contact me for information. Lastly, I have a few reminders for you. If you are an exporter of any kind, from nuts to merchandise, our online export documentation platform, Swiftdox, can be accessed from our home page. We always want to encourage our members and partners to consider running ads here within the pages of our magazine. And for those of you that do not have a brick and mortar, or dedicated office space, we have a conference room and meeting space available to rent, with both member and non-member rate options. These can be reserved by the hour, or the day, as available. Feel free to contact us anytime you have questions, need guidance to resources, or information on what we have going on. We are always here to assist you. With warm regards, Trish


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.

Modesto Area,economic regional businesses and community prosperity through advocacy, collaboration, access to leaders, development, connectivity and business education. Toour execute our adopted mission have developed an acronym that helps keep us focused. access to leaders, economic connectivity and business education. That To execute adopted mission we development, havewe developed an acronym that helps keep us focused. That acronym is “CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.” acronym is “CARES: Community, Relationships, Education andkeep Service.” That To execute our adopted missionAdvocacy, we have developed an acronym that helps us focused. acronym is “CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.”

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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

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

andand government their resources. committees, The Chamberdonating also serves its business individualexpertise, members time by andhosting resources. Thecuttings Chamber alsointroduce serves itsa individual members ribbon which new business to theby hosting ribbon cuttings introduce new business to the community, valuable and which cost effective (free) amarketing opportunities, community, costworkshops effective (free) marketing exposure valuable to social and media, and training for opportunities, our business partnersto andsocial their associates, and other free andtraining discounted exposure media, workshops and forresources. our business

partners and their associates, and other free and discounted resources.

C - Community

C - Community A - Advocacy

A - Advocacy

R - Relationships

R - Relationships E - Education

ES--Education Service S - Service

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

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CHAMBER CALENDAR OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

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AMBASSADOR & WELCOME TEAM MEETING *In person & Zoom 8:00 A.M.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Todd Aronson, CEO Modesto Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Modesto), Topic: Modesto 2021 & Beyond. *Register on website, in person & Zoom 11:30 A.M

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MEMBERS MIX & MINGLE Great Wolf Lodge 2500 Daniels St., Manteca, Ca 95337 4:00PM-6:00PM

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COUNCIL Chad Tienken, Interim Water Operations Manager, MID, and Michael Cooke, Director of Water Resources and Regulatory Affairs, TID Topic: State of Water Issues.*Register on website, in person & Zoom 11:30A.M.

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM Anthony Presto San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District *Register on website, in person & Zoom 12:00 P.M.

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TECH CONNECT David kamins Account Executive - Mid Valley It *Register on website 2:00 P.M.

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS In- person 5:30pm-7:00pm Stonefire Pizza by MidiCi 3401 Dale Rd, Modesto, CA 95356

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RISING PROFESSIONALS In- person 5:30pm-7:00pm Wildfire Public House 1533 Oakdale Rd # A, Modesto, CA 95355

*See website for more detail. Find Zoom Registry links and more at www.modchamber.org Please note that calendar events and details are subject to change.

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**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM

Anthony Presto, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District *Register on website, in person & Zoom 12:00 P.M.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE David White, CEO, Opportunity Stanislaus Opportunity Stanislaus 5 year Strategic Plan for economic development *Register on website, in person & Zoom 11:30 A.M AMBASSADOR & WELCOME TEAM MEETING *In person & Zoom 8:00 A.M. MEMBERS MIX & MINGLE - TBD WOMEN IN BUSINESS In- person 5:30pm-7:00pm Wildfire Public House 1533 Oakdale Rd # A, Modesto, CA 95355 RISING PROFESSIONALS - FORUM Location & Time TBD In person & Zoom

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM Vicki Rice Recycling Program Coordinator Upcoming Legislation SB 1383 that all cities in California will be facing. *Register on website, in person & Zoom 12:00 P.M.

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TECH CONNECT *Register on website 2:00 P.M.

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COUNCIL-TBD Jason Conway, Executive Director of Modesto Gospel Mission, Chairman of Stanislaus Community System of Care (CSOC) & Brad Hawn, Chairman of Stanislaus Homeless Alliance (SHA) Topic: The Role & Function of Quasi- Government Committees on Homelessness Funding *Register on website, in person & Zoom 11:30A.M.

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MEMBERS MIX & MINGLE - TBD THANKSGIVING DAY - OFFICE CLOSED DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING - OFFICE CLOSED

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**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM

Vicki Rice, Recycling Program Coordinator Upcoming Legislation SB 1383 that all cities in California will be facing. *Register on website, in person & Zoom 12:00 P.M.


Pets, People and Partnerships in the Community Amy Collier Carroll / Director of Legislative Affairs & Communications / Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office Meet Chico and his human. They both live together in downtown Modesto at the Access Center Emergency Shelter. This is a unique collaboration between Stanislaus County, City of Modesto, and the Salvation Army. The shelter is located on the Salvation Army’s Berberian Center campus on Ninth Street in Modesto. This one of the rare shelters that allows dogs to live with their humans in a homeless shelter. Why is this shelter unique and different from the rest? Modesto is one of three shelters located in California to allow dogs to live with their human in a homeless shelter. Man’s best friend can accompany their human for their stay at the Access Center Emergency Shelter. A dog is welcomed with everything in place to make their transition into shelter living a welcoming experience. All dogs are vaccinated and spayed/neutered by a local veterinarian. They receive a crate, a pillow and blanket for resting, and a leash for walking.

now under the Pet Assistance and Support program. The future looks brighter for homeless humans and pets to stay together in shelters. Now with funding from the state we hope to see more homeless shelters across California allow pets to remain with their humans. Kudos to local leaders in this community for recognizing the bond that exists between humans and pets and to develop a program to open a homeless shelter that allows a pet to stay with their human.

Chico’s owner was relieved to learn about the Access Center Emergency Shelter being dog friendly. She entered the program with Chico by her side, ready for the next journey in life. He sleeps in the bed with her at night and is always with her during the day. She could not have imagined the thought of entering the shelter without Chico. This program is critical to the success of homelessness service efforts in California. The legislature did earmark support grants for communities all over the state

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CENTRAL VALLEY COMMUNITY BANK NAMES JAMES J. KIM PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

ANNOUNCEMENTS Accomplished President and CEO James M. Ford to retire following transition previously announced March 2021 Central Valley Community Bankplanned Names leadership James J. Kim President and Chief Executive Officer Accomplished President and CEO James James M.J. Ford retire to commence a formal search Kim tohas been promoted to President andto fill the following planned leadership transition previously announced position of Company and Bank President CEO of Central Valley Community March 2021 and CEO. Bancorp and

Bank effective November 1, 2021. Kim succeeds

The Board of Directors of Central Valley Community Bancorp, “I am honored and energized to help lead the parent company of Central Valley Community Bank, andCEO further the success of our 41-yearaccomplished President and James M. Ford announced on Sept. 7 that Executive Vice President and Chief old Bank,” stated Kim. “The importance who will retire leadership Operating Officer James J. Kim has been promoted to following aofplanned community banking has never been more compelling it is highly transition previously announced March 2021. and Prior President and CEO of the Company and Bank effective rewarding to guide an extraordinary and to joining the Bank in 2018,diverse Kim served November 1, 2021. team thatinis executive so passionate about providing exceptional service to our for four community banks in Greater Kim succeeds accomplished Presidentpositions and CEO James M. Ford clients and communities.” who previously notified the Board in March 2021 of He has over 21 years of leadership and Sacramento. Kim has over 21 years of leadership financial specifically in the areas of his intention to retire from the Company and Bankexpertise following the and financial expertise, nearly four with transition to new leadership. strategic planning, regulatory relationships, Central Valley Community Bank. Prior to joining the Bank in 2018, he served in Daniel J. Doyle will continue as Chairman of the Board of the team-building, management and client service. “An the positions of chief executive officer, Company and Bank. experienced leader with proven successofficer, in thechief financial chief operating officer, and controller for community “An experienced leader with proven success in the financial financial services sector, James is highly regarded banks in the Greater Sacramento services sector, James is highly regarded by our Company and Region, including Community an exceptional choice to be our next President CEO. We look by ourand Company and an exceptional choice to be 1st Bank, North Valley Bancorp, Calnet Business forward to the vision, leadership and perspective he will bring to our next President and CEO. We look forward to the Bank and Feather River State Bank. the role,” said Doyle. “On behalf of Kim’s extensive experience in strategic vision, leadership and perspective he will bring to our entire Board, we thank Jim Ford for his many positive planning, regulatory relationships, the role,” saidasDaniel Chairman of the contributions toward the Bank and Company’s success one of J. Doyle, team-building, management and client Central California’s leading community banks.”of the Company and service wellthe as his strong community Board Bank.– as For full commitment – have laid the foundation In preparation for Ford’s retirement,release, the Board of Directors visit www.cvcb.com. for his leadership. established a search committee in the second quarter of 2021

James J. Kim, President and CEO of Central Valley Community Bancorp and Bank, November 1, 2021

James M. Ford, President and CEO of Central Valley Community Bancorp and Bank 2014 to October 31, 2021.

RESPCO Wins Golden Arrow Award

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REPSCO, Inc. was a recent recipient of the California Product Stewardship Council’s 2021 Golden Arrow Award for overall excellence in product stewardship. The Golden Arrow Award is given to an organization that exemplifies all the characteristics of the Green, Bow & Arrow, and Infinity Awards. The award was announced in a virtual ceremony on Aug. 17.

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REPSCO, located in Riverbank, manufactures 100% recycled custom-designed extruded plastic slip sheets that are a viable alternative for wood pallets. Wood pallets are typically made from virgin wood sources and many are either ground up as fuel for biomass plants or end up in landfills.

The company has implemented a voluntary takeback program – called Green to Gold - for its slip sheets when the product is no longer usable. REPSCO collects and recycles them back into new slip sheets — resulting in a circular economy that results in significant improvement in REPSCO’s, and their clients’, environmental footprints.

REPSCO exemplifies product stewardship by assisting major global brands to change their shipping methods so as to use these reusable plastic sheet products in lieu of wood pallets, resulting in their clients saving money, reducing waste, and creating an immunity to increasing wood prices.

REPSCO clients include those in the food and beverage industry, along with the agricultural sector, just to name a few, and its client base is expanding rapidly. To learn more, please contact George J. Isaac, Jr., Sales Director at gisaac@ repsco.com

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ANNOUNCEMENTS Stanislaus Community Foundation Announces Chief Philanthropy Officer Stanislaus Community Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to stewarding charitable resources and building a more vibrant Stanislaus, announces the hire of Melissa Van Diepen as Chief Philanthropy Officer. In this new position, Van Diepen will lead all asset development and marketing efforts on behalf of Stanislaus Community Foundation, combining donor stewardship, customized philanthropic programs, and marketing/communications to build and deploy charitable assets in the community. Additionally, in her role, Van Diepen is responsible for the development of donor-facing tools and strategies that further the philanthropic impact of current donors who give through SCF to local organizations and causes. Van Diepen grew up in Fresno and is a graduate of California State University, Fresno and is accredited as a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She finds fulfillment working for organizations with strong missions of service. She started her career in 1997 at The Modesto Bee and moved to the nonprofit sector in 2011 with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Melissa joined Community Hospice Foundation in 2015 as the Major Gifts Officer and was promoted to Executive Director in 2018. Currently, she is the president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Yosemite Chapter. “We are excited to have Melissa join Stanislaus Community

Foundation,” said Marian Kaanon, Foundation CEO and President. “With her background and relationships, we are strengthening our superior level of service to those who entrust us with their charitable funds. We are also doubling down on bringing more philanthropic dollars to meet the changing needs of our region.”

Melissa Van Diepen

Stanislaus Community Foundation is a place-based funder that has served the residents of Stanislaus County since 2002. The vision of Stanislaus Community Foundation is to create a community of choice where people can live, work, and thrive. To support this vision, SCF nurtures partnerships and grows charitable resources to advance the common good in Stanislaus County. Since 2002, Stanislaus Community Foundation has been a catalyst to transform local resources into common good through strategic philanthropy and bold leadership. From our inception, we have granted more than $28 million to nonprofits and scholarship recipients in Stanislaus County. Stanislaus Community Foundation houses more than 170 funds and close to $46 million in total charitable assets. For more information, please visit www.StanislausCF.org.

Soroptomist International of Modesto Community Christmas Tree The event is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Modesto and Modesto Sunrise Rotary and partnering with KHOP 95.1FM and Vintage Faire Mall. The mission of the Community Christmas Tree is that a child, no matter their circumstance, deserves to live the dream of a “Magical Christmas Morning.” Please help us give the “Gift of Hope” to one of the children on the Community Christmas Tree. The Project provides for opportunities to participate in a gift giving program for Modesto youths, from birth to 17 years, and it is a true partnership of individuals, community and businesses. Approximately 2,500 youth in Modesto will be served this year. For most of these children, the gifts they receive through this project are the only gifts they will receive for Christmas and may be their only opportunity to receive new clothing. It is an opportunity for these children to receive warm coats, shoes and blankets, which are greatly needed.

How Does It Work? A Christmas tree and kiosk are erected at Vintage Faire Mall, on the upper level directly above Santa's Village. Tags are placed on the tree with the names of the children. The tag indicates the child's first name, age, male/female, clothing and shoe sizes, as well as needed items and a Christmas wish. Several stores in the Mall offer discounts for items purchased for the children. More information on these "Participating Stores" is posted at the kiosk. Individuals select a tag and check it out, like one would check out a library book, then shop for that child and bring the gifts, (unwrapped), back to the kiosk with the tag. The gifts and tag are then checked in and taken to our wrap room, where they are wrapped and stored until the referring agencies pick them up for delivery. Both the donor and child remain anonymous to each other. Businesses can participate by adopting 10 or more tags and shopping for those children. Arrangements are then made for the return of these gifts directly to our wrapping facility. If interested call Pam Shelton-Allen at (209) 551-0221. OCTOBER 2021

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The Community Christmas Tree Project, back for the 37th year, is a one on one gift giving tree project opening on “Black” Friday and running through Dec. 18.

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Love Stanislaus County to Host Special Love Modesto in a COVID Safe Format

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ove Modesto, an event of Love Stanislaus County, is a day of community volunteerism in Modesto. The event brings people from all walks of life together to beautify and enhance the community. This event normally takes place each April. However, this year Love Stanislaus County is hosting a second Love Modesto event in October. Join Love Modesto from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 9 by signing up for a service project. Love Modesto was born in 2009 from the idea of simply loving your community. In its first year, the event saw over 1,000 citizens show up to serve. In recent years, the event has had over 7,000 participants. "Our community needs us now more than ever," said Love Stanislaus County Executive Director Bryan Justin Marks. "There are a lot of really important projects to choose from and more will be added in the coming days to help our community during these challenging times." In response to COVID, the organization will not be hosting the annual downtown rally prior to the event and will instead feature a scaled back version of projects.

This year's Love Modesto does have several great projects to choose from. Additionally, the organization has worked closely with county and city officials to ensure all the service projects are within recommended safety protocols for COVID-19. “Love Modesto is a day in which our community comes together to pour love into our city through a variety of selfless acts. The outpouring of volunteerism allows for many needs to be met within our local schools, congregations and non-profits. By illustrating the city's needs on this day, we hope to motivate local residents to remain involved on a consistent basis and further develop the relationships established on this day.” said Sarah Kashefi, Love Stanislaus County’s Love Modesto Event Coordinator. How can you help? Sign up to attend this free event at www.lovemodesto.com. Participants will be entered into a drawing for "A Taste of Modesto", a gift basket filled with 20+ gift cards (valued at over $1,000) to restaurants all over Modesto. Winner will be announced during the Virtual Rally on October 9 at 8 a.m.

MID – Modesto Irrigation District Community Services Written by: Melissa Williams / Public Affairs Manager / Modesto Irrigation District Payment plans, financial assistance programs and community resources available to help customers manage electric bills Modesto Irrigation District (MID) understands that many of our customers may be facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we’re here to help. Aside from payment arrangements, there are many programs and services that can help you save money and energy. These tools can make paying your electric bill easier. MID CARES – Your enrollment in MID CARES reduces your fixed monthly charge from $20 to $8 and includes a 23% discount on the first 850 kilowatthours you use each month.

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Medical Life Support Rate – Customers who need electricity for life-sustaining devices or who have a condition or disease that requires special heating or air conditioning may qualify for 50% off the first 500 kilowatthours used each month.

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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – LIHEAP is a federally funded assistance program administered in Stanislaus County by the Central Valley Opportunity Center (CVOC) that provides one payment per year to utility companies for low-income customers. Customers may apply for the assistance through CVOC who will complete the application, determine customer eligibility and the amount of payment to be made to MID.

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Stanislaus County Emergency Rental Assistance Program – Stanislaus County, the City of Modesto and the Stanislaus Regional Housing Authority have partnered to implement a local Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to assist households unable to pay rent and utility bills accrued during the COVID-19 pandemic (between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021). Rebates – Whether you are an owner or renter, MID has a variety of residential and commercial rebates available for your home or business. Each month, many MID customers seek emergency assistance to help pay their electric bills. Through MID’s Good Neighbor Program, you can lend a helping hand and donate money to a designated fund for customers that seek assistance. MID works with the Salvation Army to ensure that 100% of the donations go only to those MID customers who are experiencing hardships. For more details and information on how to apply for these programs and other community resources, please visit mid.org. We thank our customers for your patience during these unprecedented times. Though we had to make temporary adjustments to our operations, MID has remained resilient in providing electricity to your homes and businesses, keeping water flowing to our local farms and delivering drinking water to the City of Modesto.


The Ambassador’s serve as an “Extension” for the Modesto Chamber of Commerce to promote a Strong Local Economy, promotes Community Development and promote networking and referrals. About the Ambassador Program Ambassadors are highly visible and prestigious volunteers who serve as a Chamber’s primary liaison to new and current Chamber members. They are well educated on the Chamber and provide membership mentoring to assure that members are receiving the full value and benefits from their membership investment. Ambassadors help educate current members about all of the resources, savings and marketing exposure that can be utilized as a Modesto Chamber member. Ambassadors play an essential role in member communications and retention. Building business through connections as an Ambassador is a great way to get engaged with the business community. Ambassadors enjoy the reward of making new contacts, building and strengthening relationships and accessing a wealth of information and resources that will lead the way to greatly enhancing any business or organization’s success. How to become an Ambassador The Modesto Chamber of Commerce has a small but important list of minimum requirements and expectations that must obtained to before becoming an ambassador. If you can commit to the criteria below then you are ready fill out an application and schedule your interview appointment to become and ambassador.

If you would like to become a Modesto Chamber of Commerce ambassador contact:

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Sabrina Gonzales at 209.577.5757 or sgonzales@modchamber.org.

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Stockton Heat Committed to San Joaquin Valley By BRANDON WEISS, SENIOR DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING - STOCKTON HEAT New Stockton Heat Team President Jamie Cochrane visited with the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, sharing with the group the hockey club's plans to reaffirm its commitment to Stockton and its surrounding communities. The Heat, who have served as the AHL (triple-A) affiliate of the Calgary Flames since the 2015-16 season, were forced to relocate to Calgary last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and cross-border travel concerns. "We continue to empathize with Stockton and surrounding communities with regards to the vast array of difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Cochrane. "After our team spending last season in Calgary, returning to the San Joaquin Valley gives us an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to becoming a community pillar and expanding our impact beyond what happens on the ice. We're excited to get to work with the residents of Stockton and the surrounding area in our shared efforts to enhance growth opportunities for all in the region. Specifically, we understand that a large segment of our fan base is from the Modesto area, and its important that we celebrate that fact, and have a stronger presence in this community."

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Cochrane, who has overseen the Heat business operations since January of 2020, guided Stockton's hockey team through the pandemic and has the club positioned for a strong rebound in the 2021-22 season in its return to Stockton Arena.

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Assemblymember Adam Gray As a member of the California State Assembly, my role in Sacramento is to be an advocate for those living in the 21st Assembly District and, by extension, the San Joaquin Valley. In a state where policies are often dominated by Los Angeles, San Francisco, and towns that end in “Beach,” it is not always easy to represent a more rural district. Contrary to the perceptions of those who live in coastal areas, the Valley raises more than almonds, fruit, cows, and poultry. It raises up hardworking, smart, motivated people, who are willing to work together to tackle the problems that bedevil our region and state.

When it became clear that our region trailed far behind other areas of the state in access to even the most basic health care, together we built a coalition and successfully advocated for the creation of a medical school in the San Joaquin Valley along with the ongoing funding to sustain it.

When our part of the state was not getting our fair share of COVID-19 testing resources and PPE, we worked together to fight for equity. The best solutions to our problems arise from collaboration in our own community. We have secured funding for roads, shelters, schools, and more. Together we continue to demand that the State recognize the value of all that our Valley produces. My job is work with you to help find solutions and secure the resources we need to succeed. It’s a job I am proud to do. No one has all the answers, but we work every day to find solutions for immediate problems that can become permanent remedies. I appreciate your continued partnership and if you ever need a partner in Sacramento, please do not hesitate to get in touch at (209) 521-2111.

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When the State Water Board threatened our water supply, over a thousand Valley residents joined me on the steps of the State Capitol in what was the largest protest of the year.

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OCTOBER 27TH 5:30PM - 7:00PM Stonefire Pizza by Midici 3401 Dale Rd, Modesto, CA 95356

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The Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Program works to bring women together who work in diverse occupations, to help build a unified supportive group that is dedicated to professional growth and success.

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GATHERINGS ARE EVERY 4TH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH .

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We are excited to have you join us while we connect, engage and have fun together at our first in-person event at Stone Fire Pizza!

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Final Stanislaus County budget sees increase in spending BY ANGELINA MARTIN The Stanislaus County Chief Executive Office released the 2019-2020 Recommended Final Budget in September, which will serve as the final spending plan for County operations during the second half of the recently-adopted two-year budget cycle. With the release of the Recommended Final Budget, the operational plan for year two of the spending cycle is fully set, utilizing a model that is meant to streamline processes and promote performance reflection while maintaining transparent fiscal responsibility. When the Chief Executive Office released details of the County’s first-ever two-year spending plan in September 2018, the financial model went beyond the typical 12-month budget to promote long-range planning and create more time for County departments to manage their financial resources. Since then, the process of transitioning from an annual budget to a biennial one hasn’t come without missteps along the way, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Officer Jody Hayes said in his 2019-2020 budget message, including unintended confusion, “aha” moments that were too little, too late and the need to determine ways to fine-tune the process along the way. Embracing vulnerability is all a part of the process, Hayes added, which in turn provides trust and courage to forge ahead towards success. “In other words, the process hasn’t been perfect and I’m okay with that,” Hayes said. “I am proud of what we have accomplished so far and look forward to realizing some of the benefits of our hard work.”

The final budget proposal totals $1.4 billion in appropriations, with an increase of approximately three percent for all funds compared to last year’s adopted budget and a $17.9 million, or 1.3 percent, increase above the Adopted Proposed Budget for 2019-2020 that was approved by the Board of Supervisors in June. The majority of that 1.3 percent increase over the earlier draft of the budget, $11.6 million, is attributed to the Performance Visioning Carryover Savings program transfers, which was implemented as part of the two-year budget model and allows General Fund departments to transfer savings realized in year one to their year-two budget at Final Budget. The remaining $6.3 million in increases is primarily provided in support of public services, including $3.4 million in support to programs and services in the Chief Executive Office, like Countywide initiatives and local agencies, shelter and Census 2020 projects in Focus on Prevention and application and annual licensing activities provided through the Cannabis Program, to name a few. Just over $1.2 million will go towards information technology development, and $1.1 million reflects increased insurance premiums and loss expense costs from the Risk Management Division. An addition $175,000 will go towards Countywide programs and a new Cannabis Manager in the Chief Executive Office. (Continue on page 16)

Stanislaus County budget adds new positions A total of 58 full-time positions are recommended to bring the County’s workforce to 4,587 allocated positions.

• 17 positions will support the Sheriff’s Department, serving on the frontlines of any emergency and integral in supporting public safety, the Board’s top priority. The department will dedicate five Deputy Sheriff positions and one Sergeant to reinstate a Salida substation that existed prior to the economic downturn, providing a significantly improved level of service to this community. • Community Infrastructure projects benefit from a combined 13 new positions for expanded services in Environmental Resources, Parks and Recreation and Public Works. • A net three positions are recommended for Community Health department functions, along with ten support positions for the General Services Agency, Public Defender and Human Relations to support the County organization in management and maintenance of facilities, personnel functions, accounting and technology systems. OCTOBER 2021

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• 13 positions for the Health Services Agency to establish a new COVID Unit within the Public Health division, along with the addition of two positions for the Medical Therapy Unit to keep up with caseload growth.

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(Continued from page 15) Budget Year 2019-2020 is balanced with $1.3 billion in estimated revenue and the use of $64.6 million in fund balance/ retained earnings, a $3.9 million reduction in the dependence on County reserves when compared to last year’s reliance on onetime savings. The $1.3 billion in estimated revenue included in the Final Budget is an increase of 3.4 percent from the amount projected in the 2018-2019 Adopted Final Budget, and 0.4 percent over the 2019-2020 Adopted Proposed Budget. The General Fund totals $377.6 million in the 2019-2020 Recommended Final Budget, representing an increase of $21 million or 5.9% over the total from the 2018-2019 Adopted Final Budget. Discretionary Revenue assumes 7% growth in property tax revenue, and stable sales tax revenue. The General Fund is balanced with the use of $20.3 million in fund balance for a total Net County Cost of $276.3 million. The Final Budget also represents an increase of 20 positions from 2018-2019, but a decrease of 42 positions from the 20192020 Adopted Proposed Budget. A majority of the reductions are tied to the Health Services Agency Clinic Consolidation Plan, with other minor adjustments attributed to right-sizing in various departments and agencies. The County also received a boost from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May Revise, with the Governor committing to dedicate surplus funds to reserves and one-time spending with targeted investments in priority areas like homelessness, In-Home Support Services and additional resources for disaster response, recovery and prevention.

“We will continue to move forward with purpose, building upon the strong foundational plan we have laid, and make time to reflect on what works well, identifying areas that could use a little fine-tuning. " Stanislaus County CEO Jody Hayes Statewide, Counties are allocated $275 million in funding dedicated to homeless shelters, navigation centers and supportive housing. Looking ahead, Hayes stated the two-year model is a “leap of faith,” but one that has dedicated more time to long-term planning for success. “We will continue to move forward with purpose, building upon the strong foundational plan we have laid, and make time to reflect on what works well, identifying areas that could use a little fine-tuning. We will make positive strides and grow from our successes,” Hayes said. “We will also embrace our vulnerability, seeking continuous improvement through the inevitable missteps along the way. We will work to celebrate imperfection, recognizing its ability to serve as a catalyst for learning and creative solutions. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” The Board of Supervisors adopted the 2019-2020 Recommended Final Budget for Budget Period 20182019/2019-2020 – Year 2 with a 5-0 vote.

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County Supervisor: Mani Grewal My name is Mani Grewal and I am the Stanislaus County Supervisor for District 4. The vast majority of District 4 covers Modesto and its residents. Before serving as a County Supervisor, I was a Modesto City Councilmember for five years (2015-2020). Born and raised in Modesto, my main priority is our economic development and bringing good paying jobs to our area. I am excited to highlight a couple projects the County has been working on to improve our region’s productiveness and job creation.

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The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the construction for a 300,000 square-foot building on Kiernan Avenue. As previously mentioned in the Modesto Bee, this building will provide over 200 good paying jobs to our community.

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In addition, our County has finalized project plans to widen McHenry Avenue from an existing two-lane to a total of a five-lane major road. Like many other Modestans, I drive McHenry every day. This widening project will result in less congestion, faster commute times, and a safer drive for everyone.

Mani Grewal

There are many other projects that are currently underway to improve our community. If you would like more information please do not hesitate to reach out to call or email my office at (209) 525-4445 and grewalm@stancounty.com.


AAA Northern California Remains Dedicated to Serving Its Mission By Sergio Avila Whether it's planning a trip or helping a Member at the side of the road, AAA Northern California was founded to serve our Members and communities. As a Membership organization, we are always looking for new ways of serving our communities through advocacy and awareness programs, such as car seat inspections and School Safety Patrol. AAA Northern California has long advocated for child passenger safety through our free car-seat inspections and car seat donations, educating more than 450,000 families per year. Last year we shifted this resource online, continuing to deliver on our commitment to helping families protect their precious cargo. The AAA School Safety Patrol program is the largest school-based safety program in the world. Students in this program serve as young changemakers who are building safer and more inclusive communities. Patrollers' training builds knowledge across a wide range of topics, including traffic safety, bullying prevention, emotional wellbeing, and staying safe around emerging mobility like autonomous vehicles. We are more than our legendary fleet of tow trucks, insurance services, and discounts. In recent years, we have grown to offer automotive repair through a network of AAA

Auto Repair Centers, transportation through GIG Car Share and home security through AAA Smart Home. We remain committed to adding value to our Members and our brand as a whole. Whether on the road, at home, or in the community, AAA Northern California is on a mission to give Members the confidence they need to navigate life's roadblocks. We believe that living this mission helps make AAA the Membership our Members keep for life. AAA Northern California has been a member of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce for 97 years. You can find the AAA Modesto Branch Office at 3525 Coffee Road, Modesto or call them at (209) 530-2679.

New Member - Successful Women of America By Karrie Mitten - Up Level Your Life Consulting LLC

The whole woman concept means every aspect of our lives are important and are inherently a part of who we are; in essence they are a part of our core self. While we prioritize our efforts, all areas that we invest ourselves in are clearly areas of importance and no one area can define our success as a whole person. As a group, we connect and empower one another in our Facebook groups and live and virtual mixers. At the mixers we invite speakers who are experts in their fields of interest to speak on a variety of topics that range from

personal skills, life interest, business management tools, hobbies, and special interests. Our ultimate goal is to educate, empower and support women in our community.

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At Successful Women of America, we believe in the whole woman concept. We are champions of success and refuse to define success in only a monetary or business sense, but instead, celebrate all goals and successes in our lives.

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ACME CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC. CRYSTAL CREAMERY PEPSI BOTTLING GROUP SLATER'S HOME FURNISHINGS STANISLAUS FOOD PRODUCTS CO.

LOPES TRUCKING SERVICE, INC. MOCSE CREDIT UNION SPENCER FLUID POWER STEWART AND JASPER ORCHARDS SWANSON & DERBY INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES THE SALVATION ARMY MODESTO WILLIAM SEAVY

50 + years DEL MONTE PLANT #1 INTERNATIONAL PAPER CO. THORSEN'S-NORQUIST, INC.

40 + years FIRST CHOICE PHYSICIAN PARTNERS PACIFIC RECORDS MANAGEMENT (AAA CERTIFIED BY NAID) STANISLAUS COUNTY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

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BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL OF STANISLAUS, MERCED, TUOLUMNE AND MARIPOSA COUNTIES CARROLLTON MORTGAGE CO. E. CLAMPUS VITUS CHAPTER 58 HART FLORAL, INC. LEE & ASSOCIATES-CENTRAL VALLEY, INC. MODESTO CITY SCHOOLS REA & ASSOCIATES, LLP STANISLAUS SURGICAL HOSPITAL VALLEY YELLOW PAGES WINTON-IRELAND, STROM & GREEN INSURANCE AGENCY

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20 + years AIA/MID-VALLEY PROMOTIONS, INC. ALLEY INSURANCE SERVICE INC. ALMOND BOARD OF CALIFORNIA BREKKE REAL ESTATE, INC. DON'S RV CENTER, INC. MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

10 + years CENTRAL VALLEY COMMUNITY BANK HILMAR CHEESE COMPANY VISITOR CENTER PHYSICIAN REFERRAL SERVICE-DMC STANDARD PARTY RENTALS STANISLAUS FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER

5 + years BOB SEARLS CARE ONE HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE, INC. CASEY MOVING SYSTEMS COIT SERVICES INC. EAH INC. OR ARCHWAY COMMONS APARTMENTS EUROPEAN WAX CENTER FISCALINI CHEESE COMPANY FLOORING LIQUIDATORS, INC. IBEW LOCAL #684 - ELECTRICAL WORKERS MODESTO ON ICE MODESTO SOCCER FOUNDATION, INC. THE SWEET POTATO PIE COMPANY

1 + years ACCENTCARE BEL PASSI BASEBALL, INC. BYRD PEST CONTROL FLORY INDUSTRIES HAZELS CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE CENTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY JATCO, INC. NADRICH & COHEN ACCIDENT INJURY LAWYERS NT NAIL SPA THE SPOTLIGHT CAFÉ


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Care One Home Health and Hospice, Inc.

Mister Car Wash - Main

Save Mart Supermarkets - Whtimore Ave.

E & J Gallo Winery

Central Sanitary Supply Co.,

Mister Car Wash - Prescott

Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/Varni

Kaiser Permanente

Central Valley Automotive,

Mister Car Wash - McHenry (3520)

Brothers Corporation

Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge

Mister Car Wash - Dale Road

Solecon Industrial Contractors

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Central Valley Nissan

Mister Car Wash - Hatch Road

Stanislaus Food Products Co.

Beard Land and Investment Co.

Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai

Mister Car Wash - Oakdale Road

Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc., a HUB

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino

Mister Car Wash - McHenry (448)

International Company

Clark Pest Control

Mocse Credit Union - J Street

Doctors Behavioral Health Center-DMC

COIT Services Inc.

Mocse Credit Union - Coffee Road

Doctors Medical Center-DMC

Collins Electrical

Modesto Toyota

Frito-Lay Co., Inc.

Comcast,Enthusiast

Nine3One

Pacific Southwest Container, Inc.

Del Monte Plant #1

NT Nail Spa

Physician Referral Service-DMC

English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation

O'Brien's Market - Dale Road

Walmart

Hospital

O'Brien's Market - Riverbank

TSM Insurance & Financial Services

Exceed GPR & Locating, LLC

O'Brien's Market - Oakdale

Turlock Irrigation District

VISIONARY

F&M Bank - Carpenter Road

Oak Valley Community Bank - I Street

Union Bank

Crystal Creamery

F&M Bank - Dale Road

Oak Valley Community Bank - McHenry

US Bank - Modesto Main

Doubletree by Hilton Modesto

F&M Bank - McHenry

Oak Valley Community Bank - Oakdale

US Bank - McHenry

EMOE, Division of Parker Hannifin Corp.

Flooring Liquidators, Inc.

Opportunity Stanislaus

US Bank - Tully Road

Fiscalini Cheese Company

Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

US Bank - Turlock

IHeart Media

Food Maxx

Panelized Structures Inc.

Valley BMW

Modesto Irrigation District

FreshPoint

Pepsi Bottling Group

Valley Children's Healthcare - Madera

Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball

Galletto Ristorante

PMZ Real Estate

Valley Children's Healthcare - McHenry

Sutter Health Valley Area

Gianelli Nielsen

Residence Inn by Marriott Modesto North

Valley First Credit Union - J Street

Sysco Central California Inc.

Gilton Solid Waste Mgmt, Inc.

Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc.

Golden Valley Health Centers - 6th St.

Rose Bouquet

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Golden Valley Health Centers - Florida Ave.

San Joaquin Valley College

Alpine Protective Solutions

Golden Valley Health Centers - Tully

Save Mart Supermarkets - Corp Office

American Chevrolet

Golden Valley Health Centers - Scenic

Save Mart Supermarkets - Oakdale Road

American Medical Response

Golden Valley Health Centers - Las Vegas St.

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Atherton & Associates, LLP

Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc.

Save Mart Supermarkets - Oakdale Road

Audi Modesto

Grover Landscape Services, Inc.

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Wells Fargo Bank

Bank of Stockton - Dale Road

Infiniti of Modesto

Save Mart Supermarkets - Claribel Road

Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance

Bank of Stockton - Modesto Main Branch

International Paper Co.

Save Mart Supermarkets - F Street

Agency - Modesto

Blue Diamond Growers - Turlock

JS West & Companies

Save Mart Supermarkets - Goodwin Drive

Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance

Blue Diamond Growers - Salida

Lewis Capital Advisors

Save Mart Supermarkets - Pelandale Road

Agency - Turlock

California State University, Stanislaus

Maxx Value Foods

Save Mart Supermarkets - Standiford Ave.

Yosemite Foods Inc.,

Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Stifel Investment Services Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation The Century The Farmacy The Modesto Bee

Valley First Credit Union - Dale Road Valley First Credit Union -Administrative Offices Valley Lexus Vintage Faire Mall/Macerich Company

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Warden's Office Products Center

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The Farmacy: Where Food Is Medicine For A Healthy Body STORY AND PHOTOS BY VIRGINIA STILL There is a quaint whole food plant-based café that opened up on 10th Street in downtown Modesto called The Farmacy. With the concept of using food as medicine the Farmacy was established and offers an exclusive menu completely plant-based, vegan, and gluten friendly. They are currently only open for breakfast and dinner Wednesday through Saturday with a walk up window for take-out or outdoor dining on the patio. Eventually they plan on opening the indoor seating area and have big plans for the future.

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After having some food allergies of her own, owner, Erin Doran found it difficult to find meals that fit her needs, so the whole-food, plant-based, vegan, concept was conceived and is something that she wanted to share with the local community.

Farmers and ranchers can now purchase crop insurance for protect themselves against the loss of crops due to natural disasters or the loss of revenue due to declines in the prices of agricultural commodities. Purchasing crop insurance will reduce your exposure to a variety of risks and bring you piece of mind. If you want to learn more about the programs that are available and how you can benefit, you need to know Jack.

Executive Chef Andi Tesch explained that the Farmacy has only been at the 907 10th Street location since around March but the café has been around for a couple years. She has been with Doran serving up edible delights at the Century, Nine3One, and the Farmacy since 2019.

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“We are like the Farmacy for your food,” said Tesch. “We make everything in house. Everything is completely plantbased and totally vegan friendly. We also decided to eliminate gluten off of our menu as well because we have discovered that there are so many people out there that want to find a good restaurant, a good experience that they can go to where they don’t have to worry about all of their other food restrictions. They know that they can come here and be perfectly safe in our kitchen.”


The Quinoa Street Tacos are three tacos with quinoa, lentils, onions, garlic, fiesta seasoning, mushroom salsa, sliced cabbage, cilantro, lime and topped with avocado crema and a side of your choice.

“I mean the smoothies are always fantastic,” stated Tesch. “I personally really love the Funky Monkey and it is a humongous seller. It goes very quickly. It is so good. It is the best sweet tooth pleaser that is also quite healthy for you.”

The Watermelon Poke Bowl has a togarashi grilled watermelon, wild rice, edamame, cucumber, carrot, purple cabbage, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, green onions, served with a side of wasabi mayo, ponzu sauce and a lime wedge.

Tesch noted that the Blue Moon Milk Latte is another customer favorite and it is good for the complexion and menstrual cycle. It is made with butterfly pea flower, ashwaganda powder, vanilla, maple, chamomile, and plant milk of your choice like coconut milk, almond milk, oat milk, or orange juice.

The banana muffin loaves are a huge hit with customers that are made with oat flour and are completely gluten free.

The menu was developed by the team and has a little touch of everyone in the selections. The fall menu will have some seasonal concoctions. For those looking for substance in a meal there are a few top sellers at the Farmacy like the Quinoa Street Tacos, the Watermelon Poke Bowl, and the build your own scramble.

“It (muffins) is also a humungous seller,” added Tesch. “We make that all in house. Everything that goes into these is completely fresh ingredients.” A personal favorite for Tesch is the vegan scramble bowl that is filled with all kinds of goodness. The build your own scramble comes as a bowl, burrito or flat bread, potatoes, vegan eggs or tofu, and a variety of toppings like argula, spinach, chickpea, squash, cauliflower, mushroom, bell pepper, tomato, hemp seeds, and herb pesto. The platting is done with care and the presentation is very eye pleasing. Tesch expressed that “everyone always eats with their eyes first.” They have edible flowers that they get along with other fresh produce and products from a local farm in Oakdale. With regulars already established and guests from all ages giving the menu a whirl the healthy options may be the food adventure you have been looking for. Tesch remarked that everyone is welcome at the Farmacy and would like the community to, “Try something a little bit different outside your realm that is also going to be much more satisfying for you than all that grease. We just want people to be a little bit healthier and a little bit more conscious and use food as your medicine.” OCTOBER 2021

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They have a variety of beverages like the Kombucha on Tap in a variety of flavors, Botanical Lemonade, Cold Pressed Juice, Cold Brew, Iced Tea, latte’s, and build your own smoothies with base fruits, plant milk or juice, and a variety of enhancements like chia seeds, spinach, ginger root, or kale. A crowd pleaser is the Funky Monkey Superfood Smoothie. It comes with chocolate, banana, almond butter, agave nectar and cacao nibs.

“I love that you can change your entire physiology of your body with the food that you eat,” expressed Tesch. “If you have depression, acne, anything if you change the way that you eat and you can teach other people it will change your entire body. I just think that is fantastic.”

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Fall Multi-Chamber Mixer Get to know

Thursday, October 21, 2021 5 PM to 7 PM 1118 Kansas Ave. Modesto, CA Appetizers, Raffle Prizes and Plenty of Networking!

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Thriving City, Thriving Schools By Ruhi Sheikh - Partnership Consultant, Stanislaus Partners in Education

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n a normal school year, scholars would participate in a robust array of reallife experiences that add to their learning environment such as field trips, guest speakers, sporting events, pep rallies, career fairs and robotics tournaments. These experiences came to a screeching halt because of Covid. Schools closed. Learning was transitioned online and suddenly our teachers and administrators had to scramble to become tech savvy online instructors. Our schools had to go above and beyond to keep students engaged despite Wi-Fi connection issues, complicated home-learning environments, and the loss of after-school support and library services.

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Yet through these difficult times there were some true champions in our community that stepped up to support our schools and ease the burden where they could. Stanislaus Partners in Education provided over two hundred grants to teachers for incentive programs. Recipients received $300 each to use to incentivize students to participate in their Ruhi Sheikh online classes, to stay on task, and to continue building new skills. Incentives included books, gift cards, arts and crafts, and science kits. These incentives were wildly successful and were a bright spot for students who felt validated for their efforts and appreciated the special recognition from their teachers. These grants were made possible with generous donations and grants from Beard Industrial, Dot Foods, E & J Gallo, Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation, Memorial Hospital, MOCSE, Modesto Rotary, Modesto Sunrise Rotary, SaveMart Cares, Teichert Foundation, Stanislaus Community Foundation, and Warden’s Office.

“Little Free Libraries” to be placed outside of school sites. These Little Free Libraries allowed students and neighborhoods to have free access to books and gave students an opportunity to visit the schools they missed so much. Thanks to The Brandsma Group at PMZ, the Cardoza Group at PMZ, Jane Manley & Debbie Sinclair, three schools received Little Free Libraries during school closures. The recipients of these libraries were Tuolumne Elementary, John Muir Elementary & Sonoma Elementary Schools.

In addition, several business and community champions stepped up to help students obtain books that they were unable to checkout due to library closures by sponsoring

To become a business partner for Stanislaus County Schools, contact Ruhi Sheikh, ruhi.spie@gmail.com.

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Sunrise Rotary was another community champion that came to the support of our area schools by granting funds to Shackelford Elementary for much-needed Teacher Appreciation incentives, and Modesto Murals Inc. donated funds to help beautify El Vista Elementary School and give their students some added school pride with a new, forthcoming mural. These are just a few examples of how our local community stepped up during a tumultuous year. The collaborative efforts of these businesses, community organizations and members truly buoyed many learning institutions during the pandemic. Their efforts exemplified a true partnership in education that will go far to help create thriving students, thriving schools, and a thriving city.


FALL 2021 PRESENTED BY

THE MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THEIR BUSINESS AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE

EDUCATION

CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY’S FUTURE LEADERS WITH TODAY’S BUSINESSES

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We invite you to join us as we inspire the dreams of our future workforce. This is your opportunity to have your business impact youth in our community. We will record a “day in the life” of your business to show students a real life experience within a field based on their individual interest from one of the 15 sectors of business and industry. We know that when we spark the interest and dreams of a youth early in his or her educational path, we build a direct connection to opportunities that exist right here in their own hometown. Research tells us, by 6th grade, a student is already determining their future. By 8th grade, they are seeking guidance and information on what they can do to reach their goals. If a student has something that is tangible and seen as a reward for hard work and effort, he or she is able to build a plan to achieve their dreams. The Inspire Youth Inspire Dreams platform is only the start of paving the way for college and career training. Following exploration of this platform, students can expect to receive support through extension opportunities in high school that focus on his or her identified interests. The final destination will be each student’s preparedness for pursuing their passion by moving into a career training program and/or college. Through the Inspire Youth Inspire Dreams platform, our goal is to facilitate each and every participating student in recognizing his or her interests and discovering the opportunity to build their future in Modesto, CA.

Sectors of Businesses Represented

EDUCATION SERVICE

Deadline to register and sponsor for the Fall 2021 platform is November 1st.

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For registration and sponsorship opportunities please go to: https://business.modchamber.org/events/details/inspire-youth-inspiredreams-fall-2021-8853

For more information please contact info@modchamber.org

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Sheriff Brings Back Community Resource Unit

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n July 2019, Sheriff Jeff Dirkse reinstated the Community Resource Unit at the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office with the intent to be more responsive to the individual needs of the various communities that we serve. Due to the budget crisis in mid-year 2010, Sheriff Adam Christianson was forced to disband the community deputy program and redeploy those deputies to the patrol division because of the lower staffing numbers. “When we lost the community deputies, we lost the ability to be proactive and work closely together in a community-oriented policing capacity,” said Dirkse. “Each of these communities within the county has their own specific needs, and they needed a deputy assigned there to work with them regularly as a liaison between the sheriff’s office and the community.” The community policing model allows deputies to spend more time and focus more resources on specific problems in specific areas. This also enables these deputies to attend Municipal Area Council meetings and hear directly from the citizens. “When I attend the meetings, I hear about many different issues that are important to residents,” said Deputy Ben Carnes, who is assigned to the South Modesto area. “Some of the issues are relatively minor such as consistent speeding on a certain street and can be handled by putting the speed trailer out there and doing direct enforcement in those areas to catch and cite speeders. Others can be bigger problems such as homeless camps that take more resources and time to address.”

“I hope that by giving each of these communities a specific deputy to help solve issues, we can become more proactive and work together to increase the quality of life and safety in the communities that we serve,” said Dirkse.

The CRU is made up of eight deputies (South Modesto (2), Denair, Keyes, Airport/Empire, West Modesto, Knights Ferry/ Valley Home, Salida/Del Rio), three School Resource Officers (SRO’s), a sergeant, and a community service officer (CSO). Each deputy is responsible for their specific community area; however, they can all pool their resources and work together to complete a project that requires more manpower.

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The homeless project is one of these. Deputies can work directly with the homeless population and other community groups to connect them with services. Once they have been able to provide resources, Stanislaus County Public Works can assist with cleaning up the area and hauling away the accumulation of garbage.

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WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER. At Kaiser Permanente, we don’t see health as an industry. We see it as a cause. And one that we very much believe in. During this extraordinary time we are especially thankful to the heroism of our frontline workers. And, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of our outstanding care teams and individuals who deliver on the Kaiser Permanente mission each day to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We are here to help you thrive. Learn more at kp.org.

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