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VOL. 40 | ISSUE 11 | NOVEMBER 2019


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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.



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


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


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

Sharing Business Space




Trish Christensen, Interim CEO/President Modesto Chamber of Commerce

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Interim CEO Message


Chamber Calendar


Gala Nominations



Transit Center


Green Team


Member Anniversaries



Leadership Modesto


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Staff: Membership Coordinator, Sabrinna Gonzales Staff Accountant, Jaime Lastra Administrative Assistant, Hope Gyorfi


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A Message From The Interim President & CEO SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM By Trish Christensen

It always amazes me how jam-packed autumn becomes the moment summer comes to an end. It quickly becomes filled with fall fun and activities, and tons of events! My friend John Villines commented to me recently, “You can’t throw a rock without hitting a non-profit fundraiser this time of year around here.” That is so true, and a true testament to the compassion and generosity of our community. Here at the Chamber, over the next several weeks we will be closing in on the last of our fall events schedule! We are excited as we look forward to this year’s Disney Institute – Quality of Service event taking place Thursday, November 21st. Once again this will be held at the Modesto Junior College West Campus. We have just a few more business before and after-hours events lined up, one of which is a yearly happening at Bank of the West, in conjunction with I.J. Larson Pumps, Inc. as their way of wrapping up their tradition of an annual Toys for Tots drive. Our last Stanislaus Green Team will take place November 14th, and feature speakers from Blue Diamond Growers. We will then have one more Chamber U in December featuring Rich Matheson. Rich is MNC’s Digital Fulfillment Director and he will be speaking on ‘How Businesses Can Create Audience Engagement Campaigns’ to close out the year. Make sure to glance at the list of calendar dates so you don’t miss any of our great opportunities! Our annual members choice nomination window is now open! This is your opportunity to nominate businesses, people, and organizations who you feel should be considered for recognition for their time and efforts in 2019. The overview can be found within this edition. Please go to our website to download the form, see Gala sponsorship opportunities, and to reserve your seats. Being nominated alone is such a compliment … I encourage you to take the time to nominate someone you feel is worthy. As you flip through these pages, you will also find information on the 2020 Business Directory. PLEASE make a point to verify your business listing information. Either log into your member profile, call the office, or email us at mccreception@ We will help you verify your information and make sure you can access your member profile. Our member’s database is quite a powerful tool. Please let us help you take advantage of what you can do within it.


About the time this edition is landing in your mailboxes, a link to a survey will be arriving in your inboxes. One survey, speaking directly to our members, will come to you from the member’s database. A separate community perspective survey will arrive to our broader based members, partners, and followers via our constant contact database. How better for us to learn and understand the needs, wants, and vision of our members and community, than by asking? The staff and I look forward to learning and developing goals from what you share with us.


As a thank you for your time participating, each name we receive a completed survey from, on or by November 29th, will be entered in a drawing for 4 tickets to a Stockton Heat home game this season, based on ticket availability. I would very much appreciate hearing from you… Please don’t forget to register for Disney Institute! Space is limited!


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DECEMBER ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 4 Update General plan & downtown vision

8:00 A.M.



CHAMBER U- MNC DIGITAL How businesses can create audience engagement campaigns Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M.


AMBASSADOR & WELCOME TEAM MEETING Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 8:00 A.M


BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS – TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE Bank of the West & IJ Larson Pumps 901 H Street, Modesto, CA 7:30 A.M.


GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE Thomas Reeves- Update strategic plan process Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Wise Guys PC 3600 Sisk Rd Suite 2F, Modesto, CA 5:30 P.M.




DISNEY INSTITUTE 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto, Ca 95358 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.




BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Veteran’s Foundations of Stanislaus County 3500 Coffee Rd Ste 15, Modesto, CA 5:30 P.M.










CHAMBER U- HIRE UP STAFFING SERVICES How to react during a hiring crisis: Replacing a key position Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M.




BUSINESS AFTER HOURS External Resources 2937 Veneman Avenue, Suite A-210 5:30 P.M.


STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM – BLUE DIAMOND GROWERS Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M..



ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Update General plan & downtown vision Jaylen French Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 7:30 A.M.

Kelly Talant Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 7:30 A.M.

*See website for more detail. Please note that calendar events and details are subject to change. **The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto



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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

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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

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

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



CELEBRATING FOUR DECADES OF CARING IN THE CENTRAL VALLEY Community Hospice, a nonprofit hospice provider caring for those facing a serious/life-limiting illness, celebrates their 40 year anniversary, becoming the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider in the Central Valley. From its small, 1979 beginnings in a church attic in Modesto, CA, Community Hospice has grown to meet the needs of our surrounding communities in the Central Valley.

Over the course of 40 years, Community Hospice has provided endof-life hospice care, and developed additional programs, including; palliative care for those facing a serious illness, pediatric care programs, grief support services, children’s schoolbased grief support, Camp Erin® of the Central Valley and community crisis response. The organization also operates the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, a 16 private patient room inpatient hospice facility, a robust education program, Durable Medical Equipment Division, seven Hope Chest Thrift Stores and a Logistics Processing Center. Today, Community Hospice cares for over 3,000 community residents each year through various programs. “As we celebrate our 40 year anniversary, we are filled with gratitude for all those that have been a part of our organization,” said C. DeSha McLeod, President/ CEO Community Hospice. “Our organization has grown tremendously throughout the years and we are excited for the future and honored to care for our community members in their time of need.”

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The Modesto Chamber of Commerce presented its 36th Annual Oktoberfest, October 4th at its new location; The Modesto Centre Plaza. Although some were skeptical of our new location, we had a large welcoming crowd of about 1000 attendees. We may not have been in Bavaria, Germany, celebrating Oktoberfest, but Modesto, California, had eine agroßartige Zeit (A great time). We had returning live band Gotcha Covered jamming out to a variety of mixed music to keep everyone on their feet. We had a great mix of fantastic brewing companies, a handful of wines to taste, and bratwurst grilled by the Modesto Police Officers Association. We had a wonderful time watching the fun as our community members came out to enjoy the festival and one another’s company. What a fabulous way to kick start the month. We appreciate everyone who attended and supported our community event, and the many volunteers that participated! A special thank you is going out to our partners: Rank Investigation Protection Inc., Sysco Central California, The Parks Group, George Reed Inc., and Gotcha Covered. As well as to our sponsors: American Chevrolet, Donaghy Sales, Don FranciscoRizo Lopez Foods, MOCSE Credit Union, PEPSICO, and California Wines. We can’t forget our brewers: Amador Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Co., Blaker Brewing, Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer, Dust Bowl Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Indigeny Reserve, Kona Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Santa Maria Brewing Co., St. Stan Brewing Co., and Tiogo-Sequoia Brewing Co. Oktoberfest wouldn’t be running 36 years strong if it weren’t for the support of all of you.

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OFFICE SPACE EVOLVES AT NINE3ONE Story And Photos By Virginia Still With the way technology has changed the world we live in today, things continue to evolve with smart watches, smart phones, virtual offices and shared work space. President and Founder Erin Doran has brought this new office concept to downtown Modesto with Nine3One. For those that are working from home or the entrepreneurs that need an office space, this co-working facility may be just what you are looking for. The facility is at 931 10th Street in downtown Modesto. What is a shared office or a co-working facility? It is a concept that has been flourishing in bigger cities like in Los Angeles or the Bay Area. With frequent trips to LA and San Francisco for business, Doran used similar spaces. She realized that this co-working business works and that there was nothing like it in Modesto. Originally she only needed the first floor of the building and then decided that the upstairs would have their management offices and shared work space. The co-working facility offers space to multiple businesses with options of private suites, shared areas, and desk nooks. They offer all the amenities that an office should include like private mailboxes, printing station, Wi-Fi, housekeeping, utilities, bathroom supplies, and kitchen that has snacks and beverages. Doran added that guests can network and collaborate with others at Nine3One and no longer have to work from home alone.

Nine3One has been open now for about a year and has already seen success; there currently is a waiting list to get in on the local concept. The location features a month to month lease with a flat rate that includes all the amenities along with free rental of the conference room. There are 10 private suites, a few small desk nooks and about eight seats available for the shared space. “We are always considering should we build more nooks, we are always looking at different ways we can accommodate those that are trying to get into our facility,” added Doran. “With coworking it is kind of a stepping stone for a lot of businesses to kind of get their feet wet in being a business owner and running their own business before they can take the plunge and decide that they need their own facility or their own space to take their business to the next level. The others can be lifers and that is okay, too.”


“It has all the other amenities that otherwise you wouldn’t be able to have like a conference room rental, you have someone who is answering the door all day and directing customers where they need to go,” said Doran. “We are educating people on what co-working is because a lot of people don’t know what it is.”


Although the coworking business is her newest venture, Doran is no stranger to business with a photo booth company she started approximately 13 years ago. She previously had a spray tanning company and currently owns a wedding venue right next door called The Century. The building is multipurpose with a conference room, event room, and a breezeway on the first floor that guests can rent and is available for members. Currently under construction on the first floor is a café and flower shop that is set to open by the end of this year or early next year. “I feel very fortunate that we have been able to achieve what we have,” expressed Doran. “It has been good and successful and growing.”


They also offer virtual offices for those that need a physical address that may be local, out of state or even out of the country. The building gives these business owners a store front to have mail or packages delivered or for privacy for those that work from home and for business cards, flyers, and websites. Currently they have over 100 active virtual office members.



ANNOUNCEMENTS Kevin And Brian Gini Appointed Co-Ceos Of Collins Electrical Company, Inc. Collins Electrical Company, Inc. (CECI) announced that it has moved to a Co-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) leadership structure, effective October 1, 2019. After serving nearly 30 years as CEO and President of CECI, Gene Gini will be passing the reins to the next generation of Gini executives. The current ownership consists of Gene & Dianne, Kevin, Brian, and Craig Gini. Kevin and Brian will succeed their father, serving as Co-CEOs of the large Stockton-based company. Kevin and Brian have been integral members of the Collins team for over three decades and have each served as Vice President and Branch Managers. “As a family-owned business, it is with great pride that I pass the role of CEO to both Kevin and Brian,” said Gene Gini. “I have no doubt that they will continue to operate CECI with the same core values of Family, Loyalty, Integrity, Reliability, Innovation, Passion, and Social-Consciousness that have driven this company since the beginning. Since 1928, the success of CECI is attributed to the dedication and length of service of our employees. I am eager to see the new heights that our company will reach under this new generation of leadership.”

Gene, Dianne and Craig Gini will retain their current roles at CECI as Chairman of the Board, Senior Vice President and Vice President/Renewables General Manager, respectively. Established in 1928, Collins Electrical Company, Inc. is one of the top electrical construction and engineering firms in Northern California with an annual sales volume over $180 million.

2019 Annual Holiday Fundraiser Sponsorship Benefits Presenting Sponsor $5,000 • • • • • •

Represented as our exclusive Presenting sponsorship on all marketing materials and in media outreach Premier logo placement on the back of all event tickets Full page, color ad in event program Digital advertisement at the event Website recognition and link for one year Six tickets to the event

Platinum Sponsor(s) $3,000 • • • • •

Exposure on marketing materials and in media outreach Half page, color ad in event program Color logo displayed digitally at the event Website recognition and link for six months Four tickets to the event

Gold Sponsor(s) $1,500 • • • • •

Exposure on marketing materials and in media outreach Quarter page, color ad in event program Color logo displayed digitally at the event Website recognition and link for three months Two tickets to the event


Silver Sponsor(s) $1,000 • • •

Website recognition for three months Quarter page, color ad in event program Two tickets to the event

Bronze Sponsor(s) $500 • •

Company name in event program Two tickets to the event

For additional information about the event or to purchase tickets ($50.00 each), you may contact: Elizabeth Price, Stanislaus Senior Foundation Board President, by telephone (209) 848-2635 or by e-mail





The Valley Occupational Learning and Technology (VOLT) Institute was named one of the top 3 programs in the Partnerships for Industry and Education award contest this year, and will be recognized at the 2019 California Economic Summit in Fresno November 7 – 8. In addition to the award, VOLT will have an exhibit during the Innovation Showcase at the Summit and will receive a full page spread in the Partnerships for Industry and Education booklet.

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer its members an annual directory for 2020. This high-quality table-top edition will serve as an annual magazine, business directory, relocation and resource guide for businesses, visitors and new residents.

“Through our partnership, we now have regional programs that offer specific, technical training currently in high demand,” said Scott Kuykendall, Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools. “By delivering skilled training, VOLT is simultaneously meeting the needs of job seekers and industry. We are excited to be recognized at the California Economic Summit and also to share the work we are doing with other regions throughout the state.” With the demand for highly skilled workers increasing, VOLT offers several programs to fill a range of positions, such as industrial maintenance mechanic training, a Supervisor Development Academy, and a Career Accelerator Program, which focuses on communication and ethical standards for employment. The most recent addition to the curriculum is a programmable logic controller training, which is an essential component in the manufacturing industry, and a Senior Leadership Series and Supervisory Development Academy. “We are honored to receive this award,” said David White, Chief Executive Officer Opportunity Stanislaus. “VOLT Institute has been a great collaboration by partners who are devoted to improving vocational education in our region. The greatest result of our program is the positive impact it's having on families, making it possible for more people to have a great job and better quality of life.”

Each member will receive a FREE print listing, but for additional exposure, print display ads and expanded listings will be available to all Chamber members. We are pleased to announce that all design, layout and printing is being done by a local Chamber member. The Chamber is proud to “Keep it Local.” We encourage members to take advantage of this opportunity to bring your business front and center the entire year! This Business Directory & Visitors Guide will go to print at the beginning of December so it can hit the streets in January. It is imperative that you renew your membership, and verify your information and category is accurate on your member profile by November 30th. Representatives of our partner, MNC of CA will be in contact with you in the coming weeks to discuss your directory needs. Time is of the essence if you want to advertise. You can also contact the MNC of CA about expanded listings and to advertise by calling one of their offices:


The VOLT Institute is a partnership of the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Modesto Junior College, and Opportunity Stanislaus.

The Chamber partners with MNC of CA, publishers of the award-winning 209 Magazine and 209 Business Journal to produce, publish and distribute our annual guide. Thousands of directories will be distributed to local real estate offices, banks, Chamber businesses, new Chamber members, in-room hotel copies and new residents.

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110066tthh AAnnnnuuaall G waarrddss mbbeerrss CChhooiiccee AAw Meem & 22001199 M Gaallaa & NOMINATION FORM Our Mission: 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. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce “CARES: Community, Advocacy, Relationships, Education and Service.” To be eligible for a nomination, businesses must be members of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce for at least one full year. Members will be notified of their nomination prior to the event however, winners will not be revealed publicly until the evening of The Gala on February 2, 2020. A testimonial of 500 words as to WHY your nominee deserves that award is REQUIRED with your recommendation. Once you complete the reverse side of this form and return it to the Modesto Chamber, your nomination is complete. You may also visit our website to submit your nomination online at The deadline to submit a nomination is December 23, 2019. Nominee Criteria NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR Nominee must be a consistent example of service to our community in providing goods and services that “improve quality of life.” SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (Awarded to a Company with 25 or fewer on staff) Nominee must show innovation in business practice, have a superior customer service philosophy, and must show overall growth as a company.


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD (For an Individual) Nominee has displayed exceptional dedication in furthering the mission of the Chamber and enhancing Chamber programs and services.


CHAMBER MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD (Awarded to a Company) Nominee has shown a continued commitment to promoting the business community’s growth through their donation of time, resources, and personnel, supporting the Chamber’s Mission of business growth. Please download the nomination form at Then Fax: 209.577.2673; Email:; Or Mail: 1114 J Street Modesto, CA 95354;



The Transit Center located at 9th and J Streets in Modesto is more than 100 years old, and hasn’t seen a major renovation since 1993 when it was converted to serve the transit system in Modesto. With ACE coming in just a few years, the center will become a true multi-modal center in Modesto providing local and regional bus service and commuter rail service to the Bay Area. The center serves as the main transfer point for MAX, StaRT, Greyhound, and taxi cabs. MAX provides local bus service around Modesto with 17 routes and 2 commuter routes to the ACE station in Lathrop and the BART station in Pleasanton. The renovation improvements will encompass work on the station and site upgrades outside the building. The intent is to upgrade the facility to make it safer, comfortable, and a pleasant place for people to come and use various public transit options.

MAX Operations Space Expansion The MAX operations center, located in an addition on the south side of the building, will be expanded to accommodate more operations and dispatching space. The single-story addition will have a flat roof, stucco clad walls, decorative vigas. Decorative arches on the east and west sides will repeat those found on the adjacent addition.

Building Interior The building interior involves the most substantial part of the project, which will improve security at the Transit Center, a major concern for people who may be considering public transit. Several interior walls will be removed to accommodate an open floor plan consisting of the current waiting room, the western atrium, the concession area, current women’s restroom, and a portion of the Greyhound operations area. The wall, along with the door and window units, between the public lobby and west arcade will be removed leaving two piers to support the clerestory windows. The modern walls within the northern addition will be reconfigured to provide new restroom facilities and Greyhound operations. Additional interior cosmetic upgrades will include replacing flooring, repairing and repainting walls and wainscot, updating all light fixtures with LED, retaining the current pendant fixtures, and reconfigure seating in main lobby area. In addition, an electronic display showing real-time route information and other notifications will be installed in the main lobby above the MAX customer service window for passengers.

Building Exterior Several components of the project are planned for the exterior of the building. The building is in need of exterior repair and paint. Color will be selected to be historically appropriate pulling from a natural color palette. The existing west arcade will become part of the expanded public lobby. The existing exterior doors and wall between the arcade and lobby will be removed, and the arcade will be enclosed with anodized aluminum framed fixed windows in the arches. A pair of aluminum and glass doors installed in the main arch will provide access to the building.

Facility Exterior Spaces The exterior space at the Transit Center between I St and K St will be improved to provide a better venue for waiting passengers. The passenger bus island lighting will be upgraded to LED. The width of the exit into the J St/9th St intersection will be expanded to accommodate another lane. This will enable more buses to depart with each green light. The widening will remove some garden space while retaining the mature trees. Several technology enhancements will improve the customer experience while waiting for the bus. This includes a new public address system to provide announcements and music, an updated video surveillance system, passenger information displays at each bus bay, and information kiosks. These displays will provide real-time route updates, system announcements and advertising.



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UPCOMING DATES: DECEMBER: DATE: 12/4/2019 TIME: 7:30 AM SPEAKER: Kelly Talant; General Maerich Properties TOPIC: Update on Comprehensive General Plan and Dowtown Vision


Transit & AceJaylen French, Community & Economic Director, City of Modesto Topic: Update on Modesto’s Comprehensive General Plan and Downtown Vision



The Modesto Area Express system is planning a remodel, rehabilitation and upgrade to the historic Southern Pacific railroad station currently being used as the Downtown Transit Center for Modesto Area Express (MAX), Stanislaus Regional Transit (StaRT) and the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) commuter train when it comes by 2023. Funding has been secured from multiple sources, including the Federal Transit Administration, Transportation Development Act and the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

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TECHNOLOGY AND SHOP LOCAL: INNOVATION FOR THE FUTURE By Natalia Budilo In a short period of time the way that Americans conduct daily business and market products has been revolutionized. That is not to say that everything has settled down into a system utilized by all consumers nor is it to say that the foray into the arena of digital marketing has been successful for every business. For the most part the change that has taken place – is here to stay … but is it suitable for every business? It isn’t just the way we consume products that has been in the limelight. As a society we have been getting educated on recycling, being aware of keeping our air clean and mitigating the use of chemicals in our environment; stopping the usage of paper bags in grocery stores to save a tree – which was quickly followed by the discontinuation of plastic bags to save sea life. These changes and many other ideas have permeated every level of American life and have spread to nearly every corner of the world. For the better part of the last 25 years the world has become increasingly conscious of living ‘green.’ So how is consumerism being impacted? Baby Boomers saw the changes introduced by Big Box stores where the idea was ‘if you drive out of your neighborhood to a distant warehouse, we will sell you items in bulk at sharply discounted prices. We will also sell you luxury goods and large ticket items at a deep discount based on volume purchases made by the store.’ As we all know, ‘Price Club’ took off like a wildfire and as it expanded and grew its offerings and services; it morphed into the big box store we know today as ‘Costco.’


The idea was so successful that other competitors appeared in the market place – but none as profitable and as successful as the original. These changes brought about angst in the predecessor businesses that put the local Butcher, Fish Monger and others out of business … the ‘Super Market,’ which in its time also sent small family businesses into panic. To survive against these juggernauts, they too had to change and morph and do a lot of ‘out of the box’ thinking in order to preserve themselves in the American marketplace.


The entrance of Amazon onto the world stage has sent a reverberation throughout the market that has yet to quell. The flawless and swift incorporation and overlay of its strategy has been built on the monetization of time. The overworked American raising a family while working a 40-hour week – not including commute times – delivers exhausted parents back into their households and if you are a single parent family, more so the exhaustion. If you didn’t spend your entire Saturday cooking for the week, cleaning your residence and running errands all day, you will only have increased your work load for the week ahead and who has time for grocery shopping or any other kind of shopping anyway? Amazon found the loophole in the trap! It is much easier to sit in your pajamas in front of your computer and scroll page by page looking for the things that will make your life easier, things that you are too tired to actually go out and view for yourself and free shipping begins to bring your goods to your door step.


Because you’re not home to receive deliveries, you find yourself at work stressed in a new way that you had not experienced before – counting the minutes and hoping that the porch pirates have not located your stash of goods. If the promised delivery is not there, you now have to deal with customer service provided to you from the Philippines or India and being misunderstood or vice versa, asking them to repeat what they have said to you repeatedly – but almost always, the customer hangs up with frustration and the disappointment of not having been truly acknowledged or the urgency in your voice being disavowed. Frustration is a component of dealing with the delivery services. Realizing this is key to how you will promote and develop your small business. While there is something entertaining about online purchasing, perhaps time isn’t really being saved nor is the environment being helped by the massive use of cardboard boxing which far exceeds paper bags in cost and are made of the same trees as paper. Plastic wrap used to protect the purchases is used in far greater quantities than a single shopping bag that would have carried your store purchases – and must be equally polluting to sea life, one would think. Every industry and profession are under pressure to change. We have been told that ‘everything’ would one day be online. I don’t know about you, but I am beginning to see the emergence of something different. What is missing is the ‘human connection, personalized service, someone who can assuage your concerns in a meaningful way; the sensory stimulation provided through shopping in person and the satisfaction of selection.’ We want to talk to the Butcher, the Baker and the salesperson who knows their field inside and out. As human beings, we need connection … we thrive with connection! In my own field there is a movement to eradicate real estate salespeople and use platforms such as Zillow, Redfin and now even Amazon is getting into the arena. I am confident that an excellent Realtor is irreplaceable as much as is an attorney and yes, Web M.D. is NOT your doctor. The personal touch is vital to the successful transacting of real estate! This is an emotional time for all clients. Information on everything can be found on the internet, but knowing how to weave it together and when – can only come through training and experience. Platforms such as Zillow have a 38% error rate – that’s huge! Can an Amazon employee coordinate a plethora of services that need to be utilized and additionally know which vendor is vetted and known to be at the top of their field? Do they know who may be problematic? Are they able to access Lenders who are familiar with over 500 loan products available in the market place? Knowing these and other specifics that are derived through local experience and keeping a transaction running timely and smoothly contractually speaking, is a fine art developed over many transaction experiences. Holding an escrow together in a marketplace of back up offers is a major skill built on a foundation of the agents’ personal relationships in the industry! I know that after practicing real estate for 33 years, no two transactions are exactly the same and there is definitely an elegance of practice that results from this knowledge and experience partnered with excellent customer service that no online platform can compete with.

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SAM & DAVE’S MARKET BY LA PERLA TAPATIA We invite you to a unique place that has an urban neighborhood market feel in the heart of Downtown Modesto. When you walk into Sam & Dave’s Market you see a variety of snacks, phone accessories, medicine, beverages and so much more! Your nose will be drawn by the aromas from the delicious made to order breakfast burritos and the hot Mexican food in the deli. As of October 7th, the market opened an hour earlier. Hours of operation are now Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sam & Dave’s Market opened in 2016 by former Councilmember Dave Lopez and Sam Garrett. When Dave Lopez decided to sell the market, La Perla Tapatia’s owner Manuel Villa saw a great opportunity to expand their community footprint by acquiring the market in November 2018. A year later, it is still going strong and evolving their market and menu items to cater to the needs of the downtown community. La Perla Tapatia is a family owned and locally operated authentic Mexican supermarket chain established in 1980. Next year will be their 40th anniversary and what better way to establish their presence in the community than making their mark in downtown Modesto. Monica Vergara, La Perla Tapatia’s Marketing and Community Relations Manager said, “This unique opportunity has created the ability for La Perla Tapatia to expand into a new market segment. You can still order the fresh deli sandwiches Sam & Dave’s is known for one day and get a taste of La Perla Tapatia another day.” The decision to keep the Sam & Dave’s name had a lot to do with keeping things consistent for the market’s loyal patrons, said Vergara. The market has been managed by Vergara to make sure the transition has been as seamless as possible without skipping a beat. The market brings the convenience of a convenience store to downtown. You can find fresh donuts and pan dulce to complement their signature Sam & Dave’s Market coffee blend created and roasted by Clayton Coffee, a local coffee roaster.

“Our vision for the deli was for it to be an extension of the Crows Landing Road store,” said Vergara. There’s flavorful carne asada daily and meat options such as chile verde, chile colorado, chicken in creamy chipotle sauce, and chicken fajitas that can be added to tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, or quesadillas. Tamales season is here, but you don’t have to worry when the season is over because you can order your tamales all year around. Come in and enjoy a book from Sue’s Corner located in the corner in their dining/lounge area while you enjoy your breakfast or lunch. If you are looking for a place to have a meeting, this is a great space. The market also hosts Mornings with the Mayor on the last Friday of every month and provides sponsorship opportunities to promote your business that day. If you are interested in sponsoring a Morning with the Mayor, please email samanddavesmarket@gmail. com. We recommend for you to stop by Sam & Dave’s Market located at 1111 I Street, Suite 104 in Downtown Modesto. We assure you that you’ll be greeted with a friendly smile and satisfied with all the food options. If you would like to call in your order for quick grab & go or to cater your downtown office meeting/event, please call 209-408-0633.


Not to forget to mention, the breakfast burritos in the deli are a hit with the downtown breakfast crowd. The La Perla Tapatia hot food menu options have become very popular with the lunch crowd as well.


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Our organization had modest beginnings in a house on Oakshire street in Modesto but has since grown substantially and contributed so much to creating a vibrant artistic and creative community in Modesto. We have held over two hundred music, artistic and gardening-related events in the local community, and with the support of donors, we hope to do even more. The Shire Community Space is also a physical space focused on fostering local creativity and enabling a multi-disciplinary learning environment by combining an art gallery, c l a s s ro o m s , work areas, a cafe, and a venue space for live performances for people of all ages, including youth.


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Our focus is on creating an all-inclusive space where youth and individuals of all ages can enjoy locally- and regionally-sourced food, beverages, music, visual and performing arts and technology learning. We also seek to contribute to downtown vitality and to preventing the ongoing brain drain of creative and energetic professionals, creatives and technology workers. Our organization has had several important impacts in our community. One way we measure impact is the number of people who attend our gardening, music, performing arts and art teaching events. In the future, when we have completed our physical space, we will measure impact also by the number of people attending codingrelated technology courses in our co-working space as well interest in our musical performances and art shows. Amongst our supporters, we count generous donors from Boyett Petroleum, American Chevrolet, Oak Valley Community Bank, Meowwolf DIY Space in New Mexico and so many smaller dollar donors who have contributed to our campaign. We need your support to! We are actively raising money to complete renovations on our current location and need all of the financial support we can get. To donate, learn more, or get more involved, please contact Joseph Homer at or Andrew Cardoza at When it comes to your Real Estate transaction, it is important to have trust, knowing that your Real Estate professional has the expertise to help you through the process.

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NEW MEMBER HIGHLIGHT EXPLORE A NEW WORLD: OPERA MODESTO Take one Modesto-grown boy and send him around the world to sing opera. Then bring him back home with a dream: to found an opera company. That might have sounded like ‘The Impossible Dream’ in 1982 but Buck Townsend, who made the iconic song from Man of La Mancha his trademark tune, turned the impossible into reality. Townsend Opera now known as Opera Modesto recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, and has launched itself into its next 35 years reinvigorated by energetic new artistic management, a deeply invested Board of Directors, and a vision of community engagement and good corporate citizenship. Building the community through education and coalition had always been part of Townsend’s vision. General and Artistic Director Roy Stevens says, “The fact that the area has professional symphony, ballet, and especially opera, proves the existence of a ‘here’ here, rather than existing only as a bedroom community for the Bay Area.” The Board of Directors reestablished the Kristina Townsend Memorial Competition for young singers, and green-lit the new Summer Opera Institute for teens. January 2020’s ‘Mansfield Park’ marks the climax of the first Story Into Song Literacy Initiative, where Opera Modesto allies with area literacy agencies to promote reading through operas based on beloved literary classics. Opera Modesto also aims to highlight Modesto as a weekend

destination for visitors, partnering with downtown businesses and attractions. “People don’t realize how much is going on in Modesto and what a great downtown we have. We all rise together when we show off our city,” says Hillari DeSchane, Opera Modesto board member and chairperson of this year’s event. Opera Modesto believes community engagement translates into engaging theater for audiences. This May’s ‘Carmen’ received standing ovations thanks in part to the lively contributions of the Portuguese Azorean community. 2021’s Literacy Initiative brings the US premiere of Marucio Sotelo’s ‘Dulcinea,’ and Hector Armienta’s ‘Bless Me Ultima.’ And the company has commissioned a new youth opera from CSUS’ widely respected Dr. Deborah Kavasch and librettist Linda BunneySarhad. Stevens says what Opera Modesto is doing is, “nationally unique.” Companies from around the country are watching closely. But for the company founded on one Modestan’s ‘impossible dream,’ it’s a natural outflow of being a part of, and partner with, its community. Visit Opera Modesto at For more information on Story Into Song/Mansfield Park, visit or fb @ modestojanecon


Joining the Community Hospice Board of Directors is Mr. Michael L. Gianelli. “I am pleased to welcome Michael to our Community Hospice Board and family,” said C. DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice President/CEO. “Michael brings to Community Hospice a wealth of experience in law practice and a vast understanding of our community. We look forward to working together to provide compassionate and quality care, education and support to our community friends and families.” Michael Gianelli has more than 40 years of law practice and is senior

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counsel at Gianelli Nielsen whose practice areas include estate planning, trusts, complex litigation, litigation and appeals, business and MICHAEL L. GIANELLI commercial law and mediation. Michael is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law with the California Board of Legal Specialization and has workshop training in mediation. The Community Hospice Board of Directors is comprised of community volunteers who provide strategic oversight and governance to the organization’s mission to provide compassionate care, education and support to terminally ill patients and their families, regardless of ability to pay. For more information, please call 209. 578.6300 or visit

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Community Hospice, the oldest and largest nonprofit hospice provider serving the Central Valley since 1979, is pleased to announce a new board member.


MODESTO EXECUTIVE ELECTRIC, INC. CELEBRATES 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY Since 1989, Modesto Executive Electric, Inc. has served the Central Valley, Sacramento & Bay Area regions. The company is an electrical contracting firm founded on the simple, powerful concept of performing efficient, quality work. Their loyalty is to their clients, the people that drive their business forward, and to their local communities. What began as a two-person operation 30 years ago, has grown into a thriving electrical contracting company and is positioned as an industry leader providing the most innovative, high-quality, and cost-effective electrical design-build solutions. At this pivotal 30year mark, the company forges into the future now as a womanowned firm. Now, as a woman-owned company, Tori Simpson, President, took full ownership and is committed to consistently improving their cost-saving techniques, building stringent safety practices, increasing their accuracy in estimating, and implementing cutting-edge technologies to further differentiate the company. The company promises to consistently show up as a powerful partner to their clients.

Their vast pool of experience, resources, and affiliations puts any electrical contracting project work into the most capable hands in the industry. Tori now drives the business forward with the constant advisement, partnership, and dedicated leadership with her husband, VicePresident/General Manager, Kevin Simpson. “As we celebrate our 30-year anniversary, we are exceptionally proud of the projects we’ve helped create throughout the Central Valley. Our organization has set the bar high on the quality of workmanship that our highly skilled electricians perform,” said Tori Simpson, President. “From start to finish, our entire team gives a 110%, and we are nothing without each other. Through a continued commitment and dedication to excellence, we look forward to another 30 years!”

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When: Thursday, November 21, 2019 Where: 3500 Coffee Rd Ste 15, Modesto Time: 5:30 PM — 7:30 PM U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the California Department of Veteran Affairs, and the National Association of County Veteran Services Officers, are on the mission to assist veterans, their dependents and survivors in obtaining Federal, State and County benefits. Lets be apart of the mission together and network. Bring your business cards to be entered in the drawing… and be prepared to network!

HOW DOES A STORY TRANSFORM A COMMUNITY? By Josh Park, Leadership Modesto The first of ten educational seminars began with challenging questions for our Leadership Modesto Class of 2020: How can we improve the stories we learn and tell about our home? How does art influence culture? How will the act of storytelling transform our city? Arts, Community and Culture Day filled our minds with weighty questions and provoking ideas as we took to the streets of downtown to learn from some of Modesto’s finest artists, dramatists, musicians, and curators.

Poetry changes people and people change places, according to Sam Pierstorff, a professor at Modesto Junior College and creator of The Ill List poetry slam. Sam wrote and performed an expressive, funny, real, and optimistic poem about Modesto. It was a clear challenge to us all: love our city enough to create what we want to see. A champion of the Latino community—and of people in general— Rebecca Harrington spoke about showcasing what is beautiful about a culture even when no one is paying attention. In 2016, she organized Modesto’s first major Dia de los Muertos event, which is free to the public and has been growing year after year. If you were walking downtown Modesto on October 11th, you may have heard a sampling of our thriving music scene. Patty Castillo Davis serenaded our class with the tune that won her Best Original Song at this year’s Valley Talent Project. Neil Beuttner’s buttery voice greeted us outside of Fuzio’s as he played and spoke about the many opportunities to hear live music on any given night in Modesto. Joe Barretta—one of the few non-natives on our tour—adopted Modesto as home years ago and has found success as a professional musician here. Dave Rogers, one of our day hosts, accompanied these artists and guided our class through a fun, confidence-building drum circle session.

Our class toured one highly visible transformation of a place: the alley connecting J Street and 10th. Just one week prior, mural artists from around the world participated in DoMo Walls, a joint effort by Fasm Creative and Downtown Modesto Partnership and an expansion of last year’s Fasm Creative Battle 6. Where there was once a common alley, this massive outdoor gallery now invites foot traffic and inspires people of all walks of life to experience and enjoy. Beyond transforming a physical place, Julie Orona and Chris Murphy have been working to transform ideas about Modesto through their publications—Contentment Health Magazine and Modesto View, respectively. Julie shared the need to curate and tell positive stories instead of negative stories. Chris gave our class a crash course in Modesto history, from the dust bowl to the seeds of rock & roll to today’s music scene. Karlha Davies expressed a heartfelt desire to make participation in improving our community accessible to all. Her work at Stanislaus Soup, Mujeres Latinas of Stanislaus, and Murals in Mo’Town has helped ensure that art, culture, and community can be enjoyed by all. Before our day was done, Mistlin Gallery opened its doors to our class and hosted an art project. This was just the beginning. We learned Modesto hosts nine different galleries where local art is not only beautiful but affordable.

But can art change a place? Can it transform a community?

Finally, our day’s education in concluded at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Courtney Hurst, Director of Arts Education, gave us the grand tour and arranged for special performances. Two of the top young performers in this year’s Valley Talent Project played and sang for our class, and members of the Gallo Center Repertory Company played a selection from Children of the Dust Bowl. As we sat in the Foster Theater after a long day full of new insights and information, our class realized that Modesto had changed since when we were young. With the exception of the State Theatre, all that we experienced that day had only been available for less than twenty years.

Stephanie Burtch of Downtown Modesto Partnership spoke on the concept of placemaking. It involves specific urban planning designs and materials to make spaces that humans want to visit. By creating and leveraging art, design, and cultural events in a place like downtown, community perceptions about that place can change dramatically for the better.

Modesto is a different place from the bad-news headlines of decades ago. It has changed and is transforming even now, before our eyes. It is our task and privilege to spread the word. Once people in our community go out and participate in the art and culture all around them, our class is confident they will think of Modesto as far more glorious than once believed.

At the Prospect Theatre Project’s intimate and well-equipped performance room, artistic director Jack Sousa leveled another challenge to our perceptions of storytelling. “Art,” said Sousa, “helps us navigate the transitions in life. We view theater through the filter of our own experience, and this form of storytelling helps us understand the subtleties of our own culture, emotions, and decisions.”



Our hosts and organizers for the day, Kate Trompetter and Dave Rogers, opened our eyes to the glorious arts community all around us. We began our tour at the beautiful State Theater. Kristie Boyett and her team shared their 85-year-rich history and highlighted the importance of developing cultural literacy through film. Our class of two dozen young professionals got a backstage tour and a preview of The Jewel—a 25-seat theater that is set to open on Christmas Day, 2019.


MODESTO PROJECTS ARE RECIPIENTS OF REGION’S BIGGEST EVER EDA GRANT Students at two Stanislaus County schools will be training on cutting-edge equipment, thanks to a grant of nearly one million dollars received from the Economic Development Administration, a bureau within the United States Department of Commerce. The training is expected to save 453 jobs while creating at least 20 new positions. The funding, allocated to VOLT Institute and Modesto Junior College (MJC), will be used for the purchase of equipment on par with machines used in industrial settings at local employers. David White, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Stanislaus, the organization responsible for conceptualizing VOLT Institute, knows the importance of high-tech equipment in the classroom. “The feedback we keep getting from employers is that our program is solid but that having equipment in the classroom similar to the machines students will be using in the field after graduation is essential to their success,” said White. “We are launching PLC training in our next class and this will allow us to add coursework from the nationally-recognized NIMS system to our offerings. We are especially excited to offer Amatrol’s popular mechatronics course.” For its part Modesto Junior College, a trailblazer in creating career pathways that lead to local jobs, will be adding equipment that complements its Career Technical Education programs with partner high schools.


“We are happy to work with Opportunity Stanislaus, the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE), and local employers. This grant helps build a pipeline for local residents to gain technical skills and advance their careers through additional training and education,” remarked Modesto Junior College President Dr. James Houpis.


state money to assemble a total of $2 million from federal and state grants to train an additional 200 students annually by expanding its certified industrial maintenance program and the industrial electronics, manufacturing, and machine program.” Gray is not the only legislator associated with support for the project. Congressman Josh Harder has made his support for technical training and VOLT Institute in particular known since taking office, attending several of the school’s events and calling training in key areas a matter of statewide importance. “This is huge news – we’ve got all these talented people in the Valley who want good-paying jobs close to home, but they don’t always have the skills or experience they need to fill them,” said Representative Harder. “VOLT has already proven they can step in to fix this problem, and now they’re going to have even more capacity to get people prepped and into a good career. It’s good for businesses looking to hire, it’s great for workers, and it’s one more way we can signal to employers outside of our area that we have a highly-skilled workforce ready to get the job done.”

The grant required match funding, a hurdle overcome by Assemblymember Adam C. Gray’s work to get a million dollars for VOLT Institute and MJC allocated in the 2018-19 California State Budget.

VOLT Institute is a partnership between Opportunity Stanislaus, the county’s economic development organization that is committed to improving economic vitality in the region, and SCOE. Opportunity Stanislaus, SCOE, and Modesto Junior College have collaborated for the last year in a combined effort to build the best collaborative advanced manufacturing training program in California. This new grant will help strengthen the joint effort. SCOE Superintendent Scott Kuykendall was ecstatic upon hearing the news of the grant award.

Of making the project a priority Gray said, “We have a significant shortage of workers with the real skills necessary to get these good-paying jobs. We are encouraged that VOLT and MJC were able to use this

“We are excited to add to VOLT Institute these exciting new programs,” remarked Kuykendall. “The Tom Changnon Education Center is fast becoming a center of excellence for vocational training.”


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Modesto Junior College is involved in a variety of local partnerships that include workforce preparation, economic development, and community service. One of these exciting new programs is the Cyber Patriot Summer Camp, an MJC partnership with the National Youth Cyber Education Program, Modesto City Schools and Stanislaus County Office of Education. The camp is funded by the state’s Strong Workforce initiative and is free for local students and teachers.

Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) including cybersecurity fields. MJC provides support and guidance for the high school teams with plans underway to integrate student mentoring from MJC students. Dual enrollment opportunities are also available for high school students who want to take college-level Computer Science classes and extend their knowledge. Courses are available in day, evening and online formats.

MJC’s first Cyber Camp summer program was held in August of 2018 as a 3-day event that introduced more than 40 high school students to the principles and skills of cybersecurity. This past summer the camp expanded to a 5-day event with lunch and snacks provided for everyone. A train-the-trainer opportunity was available for teachers to learn more about current cybersecurity education initiatives. This summer the camp enjoyed strong attendance and the experience culminated with a live online competition allowing students to challenge other cyber camp attendees who partake in similar events organized at various schools and colleges nationwide each summer. Parents and community members joined in on closing ceremonies held on the final day of the camp following the live contest. All students received a Cyber Patriots shirt and a Certificate of Completion. Funding for the shirts, and additional prizes awarded to some of the students on the final day of the camp, were provided with donations from Computer Science Advisory Council members and local businesses including Data Path and Tech Heroes Inc.

“We are especially proud of the student success at Enochs High School.” said Brent Wedge, Professor of Computer Science at MJC. “Last spring their team presented a trophy to Modesto Mayor Ted Brandvold during a City Council meeting earned by their victory at the California Mayors Cyber Cup Challenge at Fresno WELCOMES DISNEY INSTITUTE TO City College.”


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HAVEN WOMEN’S CENTER OPENS NEW YOUTH CENTER Haven is a catalyst for individual empowerment and societal change, advocating for those impacted by domestic and sexual abuse or exploitation and working to end gender-based violence. Sadly, domestic and sexual violence are not just grownup problems and that is why, for over 20 years, the agency has offered programs designed specifically for children and teens. Haven believes that, like adults, all young people deserve an opportunity for healing, growth and increased safety in their lives.

Haven facilitates educational, art-based, peer support groups for youth directly affected by domestic violence, sexual abuse and human trafficking. Interventionfocused youth services include:

Studies on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have shown that children exposed to domestic or sexual abuse are more likely, as adults, to experience:

Youth-centered, individual counseling.

Increased risky behaviors such as smoking and misuse of alcohol and other substances. Diminished life potential such as decreased academic achievement, lower graduation rates and lost time from work. Haven’s youth programs serve as a vital protective factor to buffer the negative effects of childhood domestic violence, sexual abuse and exploitation. Youth survivors benefit from validation, access to creative outlets like art, music and movement and opportunities for authentic self-expression in a safe, nonjudgmental space. Haven staff nurture post-traumatic growth by supporting young survivors to process their complicated feelings about the harm they have witnessed or endured. Haven’s Youth Services Haven is committed to changing societal norms that allow sexual and domestic violence to flourish. Programs are offered to educate youth about safety, boundaries, consent, emotional regulation, self-esteem and alternatives to interpersonal violence. Prevention-focused youth services include: K-12 school-based, violence prevention programs. High school-based healthy relationships programs focused on adolescent relationship abuse prevention, and physical, emotional, mental and financial wellness. Community and peer-to-peer education and engagement.

Advocacy, case management and court accompaniment. Community Impact Haven’s Youth Educators provided 1,646 educational, counseling and other supportive services to 360 youth in 19 distinct locations the 201819 fiscal year. Haven’s Adolescent Relationship Abuse (ARA) Educators provide yearlong, school-based services to over a thousand local youth in traditional and alternative high schools as well as two Juvenile Corrections facilities and Project YES, a local youth workforce development agency. Since its inception in 2015, Haven’s Healthy And Responsible Relationships Troop (HARRT) program has trained 72 high school student leaders and peer educators who have, collectively, reached 7,940 Stanislaus County residents (predominately youth) with their ARA educational outreach and healthy relationships campaigns. Introducing … Haven Youth Center Over the years, Haven’s youth programs have expanded greatly in order to meet community needs—to the point that staff outgrew all available office space. Staff regularly struggled to manage overcrowded workspaces and long program wait lists, but the agency could not add new staff without the physical space to house them. Thanks to generous financial and in-kind contributions from individual community members, small business owners, foundations and corporate donors, Haven opened a dedicated Youth Center in downtown Modesto earlier this year. This opportunity has not only increased the agency’s capacity to provide responsive programming but also enables Haven’s Youth and Prevention staff to further expand services. For example, the center will soon be offering concurrent support groups for non-offending parents/ guardians because Haven believes families that learn and process together can break cycles of violence and grow healthier and stronger together. The new Youth Center would not be possible without the incredible community support that made Haven’s vision a reality. It is true; teamwork really does make the dream work! If you are interested in a tour of the facility, please email Holly Grace Currie, Youth and Prevention Services Manager at hgcurrie@havenwcs. org. For more on Adverse Childhood Experiences, visit https://acestoohigh. com/aces-101/


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For more about Haven’s adult and youth services, visit https://www. NOVEMBER 2019


MUSIC ON A MISSION: OPERA MODESTO’S STORY INTO SONG LITERACY INITIATIVE “Opera is rooted in the words and music of great masters, often based on the greatest works of literature,” says Roy Stevens, General and Artistic Director of Opera Modesto. On January 11 and 12, 2020, Opera Modesto puts that connection on display when the curtain rises on its first ‘Story Into Song Literacy Initiative’ [SISLI] production, Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park based on Jane Austen’s novel. The opera is the centerpiece of a weekend-long Jane Austen ‘Con,’ sponsored by Opera Modesto, featuring lectures and workshops on Austen’s works and the culture of Regency England. The weekend is the climax of a months’ long community-wide campaign to promote reading and literacy-related activities for all ages and educational levels.


The connection between opera and reading may not be obvious to some. Or why an opera company would take on such a challenge. After founder Buck Townsend’s death, the company weathered some contentious years but by the start of its 35th anniversary season in 2017-2018, the newly rechristened Opera Modesto was moving forward again with fresh enthusiasm. What the company needed now was a vision. Opera Modesto’s board of directors turned to the company’s roots for a revitalized sense of its purpose in—and for— Modesto. Education and service had been core values of the company since its founding. The Board reinstituted the Kristina Townsend Memorial voice competition, and the Summer Opera Institute for teens was born. The literacy initiative was the logical—if audacious— next step.


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“What is new is…the extensive, unexpected community engagement,” Stevens says. Partnering agencies signed on early and enthusiastically, including the Stanislaus County Library, Stanislaus County Schools, Learning Quest, Friends of the Library chapters throughout the county, and the Downtown Modesto Partnership [DOMO.] The performance also marks an exciting new partnership between Opera Modesto and the historic State Theatre. Board member and author Hillari DeSchane says Opera Modesto’s literacy initiative is “a win-win-win idea for the entire community.” As the chairperson for the ModestoJaneCon, her goal is to present Modesto as a weekend destination for visitors. “We’ll be bringing hundreds of people into downtown not just to see great opera and learn about Jane Austen, but also to eat, drink, shop, visit our museums and galleries, and discover what a great place Modesto is.” Even so, it’s a lot of work for just two performances. What’s the bottom line for Opera Modesto? DeSchane takes the long view. “An opera company can’t just be about selling tickets. It has to be about what we can do as a member of the community, as a good corporate neighbor, to build things up, contribute to making Modesto the kind of healthy, vibrant city we all want to live in.” ModestoJaneCon— January 11-12, 2020 Tickets available at For more information, visit Or call Opera Modesto at 209.523.6426

Business Before Hours, Business After Hours Events These networking events are opportunities for members to invite all Chamber members to their businesses to mingle, build relationships, and connect outside of the normal workday. They are perfect environments to showcase your office, products, and/or services, and to share your individual “business story”. If you happen to be a based from home business, you are always welcome to host your event here in the Chamber Conference room. Business Before Hours are traditionally held on the second Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30am. *Sponsorship Investment is $125.00. Business After Hours are typically held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. *Sponsorship Investment is $250.00. Included for your sponsorship: *Company Logo on business tailored event flyer *Event and flyer promoted via Chamber Happenings *Event and flyer promoted via all our social media platforms *Event, flyer, and business promoted in Progress Magazine month of event *Pre-event announcements at Chamber events *2 – 3 items to include in a business card drawing *For After-hours events we secure a liquor license, and provide adult beverage As a Host you are responsible for providing: Before – *Location large enough for up to 50 attendees *Continental Breakfast, or other food of your choice *3 plus Door prizes After – *Location large enough for up to 100 attendees *Appetizer/small plate tidbits, or other food of your choice *3 plus Door prizes

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Stay tuned for a feature-length water documentary debuting in early 2020. OCTOBER 2019