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May 2011 Vol. 32 Issue 5

Free Medical Clinic Gives Hope to Modesto Homeless New Members Cover Photo by Studio Warner

Work In Progress

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Free Medical Clinic Gives Hope BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chairman

to Modesto Homeless

Ralph Curtis, Curtis Legal Group

Chairman Elect

David Gianelli, Gianelli & Associates

Vice Chairman of Internal Operations Eric Benson, JS West & Company

Co m m u ni ty D evel o pm en t

Vice Chairman of External Operations Kathy Halsey, Individual Member

Vice Chairman of Member Relations David Halvorson, American Chevrolet

Vice Chairman of Events & Special Projects Doug Johnson, Reach Business Systems, Inc.


Lynn Dickerson, Gallo Center for the Arts Dan Garcia, Tri Counties Bank Pat Gillum, Pat Gillum, CPA Neal Khatri, Best Western Khatri Properties Craig Lewis, Prudential California Realty Sharon Likely, Kaiser Permanente Mike Moradian, Peace of Mind Home Inspections Bill Moreno, Fire 2 Wire Ron Owen, Bank of the West Suzy Powell, Individual Member Chris Ricci, Chris Ricci Presents Jeremiah Williams, Oak Crafts by Jeremiah

Guest Column Leadership Modesto Announcements Awards and Achievements

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Eco n o m i c D evel o pm en t


Bill Bassitt, The Alliance George Boodrookas, Modesto Junior College Keith Boggs, Leadership Modesto David Boring, Never Boring Design Associates Greg Nyhoff, City of Modesto

Chamber Staff

Cecil Russell, President/CEO Minnie Dodge, Administrative Manager Sharon Novotny, Accountant Nita Gruendeman, Membership Sales Manager Elizabeth Facanha, Special Events Manager Meagan Lopez, Administrative Assistant Melissa Morrison, Receptionist

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New Member Profiles People On the Move

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Work In Progress Land of Opportunity

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N e tw o r ki n g A nd R e fe r r a l s

New Chamber Members Ribbon Cuttings Business Before and After Hours Chamber Calendar

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Modesto Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement

To promote the region’s economic strengths and vitality; identify and promote services that are valuable to our members; advocate for public policy that is advantageous to the business community; and fully participate and partner in activities to improve quality of life.

garnering support for the Chamber. The Ambassadors are charged with extending Agnes Amerine

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events. The side benefits are having fun with community involvement. Come join our team! Agnes Amerine, Account Manager, Network Builders, I.T., 209-522-6248,


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Salvation Army Photo by Studio Warner

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L e ader s hi p

C hairma n’s G uest C olu mn Modesto competes with other cities for employers

and businesses and needs to be as competitive as

it can reasonably afford to be in order to attract

economic and job growth. When we last examined our fees, we were living in a different world: Joe Muratore

construction costs were at all-time highs and our

population was booming. It is starkly different

today and a fresh look was needed. To this end,

the Finance Committee created a Comprehensive Fee Task Force in 2009. Their mission was to understand the total development

fee picture for Modesto and how it relates to our actual costs

for maintaining roads, parks and infrastructure. They were also charged with comparing our fees and costs to those of other cities in the region.

What they found was startling. For shopping centers, supermarkets and Medical Office developments, our fees were typically 30%50% higher than other Central Valley cities (Manteca, Stockton,

Merced, etc.). For general office and single-family homes we were slightly higher than average and for manufacturing and warehouse developments we were 20% to 40% below average.

The task force found that fees are currently charged as a percentage of the value of the project rather than in relation to the cost of the actual services provided.

Because of this, they found that large

projects were paying more than their fair share and small projects were not paying enough.

They also found that of the nearly $1 billion in infrastructure projects

that were proposed for the next 20 years, 30% to 40% were unlikely Construction Management

to be built because population growth did not warrant it.


Based on their study and findings, the committee proposed that

fees actually be lowered for all seven development types. These


reductions ranged from 45% for medical offices down to 8% for Senior housing, which already had lower fees. Now our office and retail fees are about average and our manufacturing and warehouse fees are among the most competitive in the region.

I am proud

of the work this committee accomplished. They were thorough in

their efforts and the council responded by unanimously voting to adopt the new fee schedule and methodology.

4th & U, Berkeley, California General Contracting Pre-Construction Planning

SCM-CMS, Inc. for an on-time and under budget completion of

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Essex Property Trust, Inc.

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Joe Muratore serves on the Modesto City Council and Chairs the Economic Development Committee.


Community development

C h a m b e r B oard P ers p ec t ive Your Chamber has been undergoing some

We are excited that the City Council has approved the construction

continue to change and plans to increase its

commend the Modesto Youth Soccer Association for agreeing to manage

dramatic changes. While the Chamber will

support for individual businesses, the Chamber also







development. The Chamber applauds the efforts David Gianelli

of CommonWealth Modesto in branding Modesto and encourages the members of CommonWealth

to keep the ideas flowing and to seek our assistance whenever

of soccer fields at Mary Grogan Park near Enochs High School. We and maintain those fields. The tournaments that Modesto will soon be

able to host will bring in millions of dollars to our local economy each year. It will also bring outsiders to our community who will get a good

sense of what Modesto has to offer. MYSA is going to need community support in order to make these fields a success.

necessary. They recognize that Modesto’s greatest asset is its sense

Finally, we strongly support the efforts of Tom Changnon and the

live here a while and it is abundantly clear. Modesto is special.

campaign. We will not always agree on the resolution of the issues

of community. This may not be readily apparent to outsiders, but

The Chamber intends to work more closely with the City of Modesto in order to improve our downtown and make Modesto more appealing

to new business. The personality of a community is defined by its downtown. We applaud the efforts of our City Manager, Greg Nyhoff

and Kimberly Murdaugh in their “Embrace It” campaign and also in helping to bring a “can do” attitude to city government.

Stanislaus County Office of Education in their “Choose Civility”

we face, but we need to recognize that we do have a common goal. We are all trying our best to improve our community and we need to

find ways to work together in spite of our differences, to accomplish this higher purpose.

Our Chamber is fortunate to have a leader like Cecil Russell who cares deeply for Modesto. We are looking at a very bright future because of Cecil and others like him who have a passion for Modesto.


S ave the D ate

First Annual State of Education The first Annual State of Education event is scheduled for August 25,

businesses can become engaged in, to make a transformation that has

2011 at the DoubleTree Hotel. Mark your calendars now and plan to

impact and meaning. Working together to influence change, we can

take part in one of the hottest issues facing our region, education and

make a difference in educating the workforce within our community.

workforce preparedness.

Join us as we work to bring more diverse development, job creation and ultimately business dollars back into our city.

This new event will introduce a major collaborative initiative between business, education and the non-profit sector and how we as a Chamber

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more information,

can positively affect workforce within our county. Our goal is to bring

contact Elizabeth Facanha, Special Events Manager at (209) 577-5757 or

a business challenge to the forefront, then offer SOLUTIONS that


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C o ver S tor y

Free Medical Clinic Gives Hope to Modesto Homeless Photos by Studio Warner, Written by Justin Souza


n May 11, the grand opening of a free medical clinic in

immediate connection. “They had a building and plans and approval

city’s most disadvantaged residents. The Salvation Army

recalled, “They just ran out of funds to build the medical clinic.”

downtown Modesto will offer access to medical care to the Collaborative Health Clinic, built through a first-of-its-

kind collaboration between the area’s four major charity clubs—

A dedicated group of community volunteers broke ground on the

help countless members of the area’s homeless population get well

September. The clinic’s months of construction have meant plenty of

Rotary, Soroptimists, Modesto Lions, and Kiwanis—is poised to

new clinic at the existing facility on Modesto’s 9th and D Streets in

and get back on their feet.

dirty hands and sore backs for the many service club members who

With the introduction of this free clinic at The Salvation Army’s

facility rests on the generosity of an army of medical professionals

population will gain access to needed medical care unavailable

help get funding for staff and supplies and I already have a list of

other concerns. The basic medical services available at this new

are asking how they can help with this project,” said Currie.

Modesto’s indigent community.

Added Aird, “I’ve been with The Salvation Army since 1979 and I’ve

Built by the collaborative efforts of Modesto’s major charity clubs,

hard to make a difference. It’s truly inspiring.”

Rotarian Chris Currie and blossomed naturally from his interest

According to its mission statement, The Salvation Army Collaborative

wife’s medical magazines one day and noticed how there are these

community who have the least access by empowering each person to

wonderful would it be to have something like that in Modesto?”

It supplements the existing Transitional program at The Salvation

Since the Sunrise Rotary does not have the resources to

become self-reliant again through a variety of rehabilitation courses

have wielded hammers and saws, but the ongoing success of the

Berberian Homeless and Transition Shelter, Modesto’s homeless

who have donated time. “We are working with local hospitals to

through other channels due to a lack of transportation, funds, or

volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists, RN’s, LVN’s, and PA’s who

facility will be a tremendous boon to the living conditions of

never seen a community that cares so much and is willing to work so

the new six-office medical facility was originally the brainchild of in improving the Modesto community. “I was reading one of my

Health Clinic aims to relieve pain and suffering of those in the

free medical clinics in different cities,” said Currie. “I thought, how

become a healthy, productive and self-sufficient member of society.

Army facility, a 2-year course focused on helping homeless persons

tackle such a large project alone, Currie had the novel idea

including remedial education and job interview skill instruction.

Modesto Lions and Soroptimists. All of the clubs jumped at the

Added Currie, “The medical clinics will offer an additional

of approaching Modesto’s other three service clubs: Kiwanis, chance to collaborate.

service by providing homeless patients glasses so they can

In the past, each of Modesto’s service clubs has pursued its own

confidence because their damaged teeth have been repaired and

teaming up, the clubs were able to pursue a much larger project

from walking around in the elements treated so that they can look

read application forms, allow them to go to an interview with

individual projects, but all are restricted by limited budgets. By

they can smile confidently again, and let them get their sores

and potentially make a correspondingly larger impact on the

healthy when asking for a job.”

with the motivation and funds to develop a free medical clinic,

The volunteer-staffed clinic will include six offices and four

community. While the proposed collaboration provided the clubs they next faced the challenge of finding a location. When






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exam rooms. The rooms will each be personalized with logos and plaques to indicate which of the four clubs underwrote its


Coordinator Brian Aird with the project idea, there was an


from the City and everything we needed to get this going,” Currie

construction and focused on one specific medical need in the city’s homeless population.

In the room designed by the Rotarians, patients will be offered dental care including basic services such as exams and teeth

cleaning as well as more substantial treatments like pulling rotted teeth and treating abscesses.

For eye care, patients will be directed to the exam room designed

by the Lions. Services in this facility will augment the club’s Eye Mobile Clinic and work in conjunction with the Lions I n S i g h t R e c y c l i n g C e n t e r i n Va l l e j o — a n e y e g l a s s e s re c y c l i n g

a n d re f u r b i s h m e n t p ro g r a m — t o p ro v i d e g l a s s e s t o t h o s e t h a t need them.

Medical exam rooms developed by the Kiwanis and Soroptimist clubs aim to reduce sickness in the homeless population by serving

patients with basic first aid including flu shots, exams and some non-narcotic over-the-counter medications. The Kiwanis’ room

will be focused on treating male patients while the Soroptimist’s

exam room will serve as a women’s clinic. This was a natural fit,

said Patricia Good, Soroptimists of Modesto North spokesperson, as it underscores the Soroptimist’s mission statement, “improving

Chris Currie, Modesto Sunrise Rotary

the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.”

While Aird said the clinic’s services will initially offer only dental and vision care to the current 100-person population of the transitional program, “we tentatively hope to expand into helping patients with medical needs by the center ’s winter session.”

Volunteers who want to support the new clinic can contact The Salvation Army at (209) 523-7577.


“I’ve been with The Salvation Army since 1979 and I’ve never seen a community that cares so much and is willing to work so hard to make a difference. It’s truly inspiring.” – Brian Aird, The Salvation Army

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economic Development

N e w M emb er P rofiles Midas Auto Service Experts for more than fifty years, has

M o d e s t o A c a d e m y o f M u s i c & D e s i g n opened in

responsiveness and safety. Today, we are the industry leader with

over 20 years, decided to offer small group piano lessons in the Salida area.

built peace of mind by offering customers automotive expertise, value, more than 2,500 stores worldwide. Midas is famous for its lifetimeguaranteed brake pads or shoes, shocks, struts or mufflers. Although

Midas started in 1956 doing mufflers, we have evolved into total car care from oil changes to A/C. Locally owned and operated by Gary & Helen Moya, 3833 N. McHenry Ave, Modesto, Ca, 95356 (209) 523-4706.

the summer of 2010. Pam Tallman, after teaching piano in her home for As Pam and her husband Larry were making that a reality they decided

to incorporate Larry’s interest in teaching robotics. The result includes

individual and group music classes in piano, guitar, woodwinds and strings, as well as small group classes in art, computer programming and robotics. For more information visit

Sierra Arms Corp is Modesto’s only fully licensed firearm dealer.

S o n i t ro l S e c u r i t y is your only source for VERIFIED audio

reloading components, safes and complete gunsmith services. The staff at Sierra

adopted the verified response ordinance. The police will only respond to

We offer an extensive line of new and used firearms, accessories, ammunition,

Arms Corp regularly competes in shooting sports, to include the action games, United States Practical Shooting Association and International Confederation of

Revolver Enthusiasts. Our endeavors with a rifle regularly take us to benchrest, military, silhouette, and long range tactical matches. Our gunsmith specializes

in custom weapons for competitive and practical applications. Our custom guns have placed at regional and national level matches. For additional

a verified event and that is exactly what the Sonitrol security system does;

verifying any threat to your place of business so that the police can respond quickly. Sonitrol reduces false alarms, generates a swift police response and

actually leads to apprehensions. In fact, in 2010, we experienced a record year with 740 apprehensions! Sonitrol also specializes in access control,

video surveillance and fire detection. To learn more, contact us at (209) 948-2551 or online at


© Modesto Irrigation District

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detection! This is important to local business’ because in 2006, Modesto

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Keynote Speaker at the 16th annual Ag Aware Luncheon held April 7th at the SOS Club. A record crowd of over 500 listened intently as Mr. Dickson talked about the 83-year history of the Modesto City Schools FFA program and his 36 year involvement. He noted the importance of the Ag Aware Luncheon which raises money for FFA programs, serving about 1,500 students at seven high schools.


students Shannon Mahaffey, Davis High School and Paris Farrell, Enochs High School shared their FFA experience, telling the audience of their experiences at the yearly FFA convention and their plans to continue their education in the Agriculture field.

Table Sponsors continued

Platinum Level

Farmland Management Services

Save Mart Supermarkets

Fisher Nut Company

Diamond Level

Flory Industries

Bank of the West

J.M. Equipment Co., Inc.

Gold Level

Mape’s Ranch/Lyons Family.

DoubleTree Hotel

Melvin Wheeler & Sons

Silver Level

Modesto Junior College AG Staff

American Chevrolet Atherton & Associates Curtis Legal Group Del Monte Gianelli & Associates Grimbleby Coleman, CPAS, Inc JS West Company

Platinum level sponsors Garton Tractor, New Holland Agricultural Equipment and Gold Level Sponsor Oak Valley Community Bank helped this year’s program generate over $11,000 for FFA scholarships, bringing the sixteen-year total to $145,000. FFA students and programs benefit from new equipment purchases and funding for travel to state and national leadership activities.

Mocse Credit Union Modesto Commerce Bank Rabobank Turlock Irrigation District US Bank Valley First Credit Union Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Regional Commercial Banking Group

In addition to the corporate

Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency

sponsors, Ag Aware Chairman Audrey

Table Sponsors


Yosemite Meat Company, Inc

American AgCredit, credited Foster Farms Poultry, Foster Farms Dairy, FreshPoint Central California, CocaCola Bottling Co. and Save Mart Supermarkets for their contributions

Table Sponsors A.L. Gilbert Company

of food and beverages. Centerpiece creations were sponsored by the

Almond Board of California

California Women for Agriculture; programs, door prizes and other

American AgCredit

materials were provided by Modesto City Schools and Modesto Junior College Ag Department.

Bank of America Blue Diamond Growers





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that were table sponsors and donors for the event:

Boyett Petroleum Burchell Nursery, Inc. California Milk Advisory Board California Poultry Federation Crop Production Services CSU Stanislaus Ag Dept. Dave Wilson Nursery Duarte Nursery E & J Gallo Winery

Modesto Junior College Foundation Modesto City Schools Perez Farms Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group San Joaquin Equipment Co. Satake USA Sheriff Adam Christiansen Stanislaus County Assessor Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Tri Counties Bank Union Bank Veterinary Service, Inc Yosemite Farm Credit Direct Donors Almond Board of California Associated Feeds Beard Land Improvement Company Modesto Empire and Traction Company Braden Farms California Poultry Federation California Women for Agriculture Ceres Pipe & Metal Coca Cola Bottling Company Foster Farms Dairy Foster Farms Poultry Fresh Point Central California GCA Financial Services Modesto Steel Save Mart Supermarkets Stanislaus Farm Supply

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G ues t C olumn New Route for Amgen Ken Cochrane Certified Family Law Specialist

By Jessica Smart, Public Information Analyst City of Modesto

Jerry Casheros Partner

Modesto will be in the international spotlight Tuesday, May

17, when the world’s elite cyclists speed into town for a heartpounding race to the finish during the 2011 Amgen Tour of California!

The festivities are set to begin at 11 a.m. when the

Super-Rama Lifestyle Festival kicks off on I Street between 11th and 9th Streets with fun for the whole family. More than

just a healthy living expo, the Lifestyle Festival features health

screenings, cancer awareness education, live music, food, entertainment, bicycle safety and more! Matt Fletcher Partner

Betty Julian Of Counsel

Cyclists and spectators alike will get a taste of Modesto when Stage 3 of the 2011 Amgen Tour of California races into

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Scenic Drive. With a slight right onto Downey and a quick left

onto I Street, the riders will enter the circuit route turning onto

11th Street and then a quick jaunt over to College. Next up: a right onto Coldwell and then a tight right onto Sycamore.

Down Sycamore and a zig-zag across Needham gets riders

to 16th Street before turning onto I Street to do it all again – gearing up for a sprint to the finish line at 12th and I Streets.

Mark your calendars! Tuesday, May 17, will be an exciting day you won’t want to miss! Visit

Thank you Modesto Chamber of Commerce members for sponsoring the Modesto Stage 3 Finish:

Premarital Agreements Post-Marital Agreements

Save Mart Supermarkets

Post Divorce Modification

Memorial Medical Center

Private Family Law Judging

Sutter Gould Medical Foundation


Boyett Petroleum Bertolotti Disposal Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau DoubleTree Hotel Uno Chigaco Grill Fire2Wire Hill Center for Integrative Medicine

For more information, contact us at (209) 524-1100 or visit us online.


through Oakdale on their way to Modesto via Claus Road to

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Media Day started with a “buzz.” The 2011 class gathered at the

downtown offices of Never Boring

Design Associates to learn about all things publicity. Students were

educated by Marketing Director, Courtney Considine on the various generational approaches to social media and how this relates to

online conversations. Topics included how to bridge the generation gap by utilizing online conversation to connect adolescence and

adulthood. The class split in two, in an exercise to create their own promotional campaign with the goal of attracting teenagers to apply for Leadership Modesto.

The day continued with a visit to The Modesto Bee, where the class participated in a “breaking news” exercise with Modesto Bee Director of Interactive Media, Dan Day. The segment was eye opening, to say the least. Classmates also sat in on the daily news meeting and provided feedback to Modesto Bee editors for the next day’s coverage.

One of the favorite parts of the day for many was a Media Training

provided by David Jones, Director of Communications and Legislative

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Media Day culminated with a visit to Clear Channel radio studios,

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where the class sat in on Dave Dimond’s afternoon show, and were even profiled on the air. Overall – a great day to learn more about local media!

Media Day’s lunch was provided by Rodriguez Law. Thank you for your contribution.


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A n nou nce m ents Extra Hands Party Planning is hosting an Open House on May 26, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Modesto Centre Plaza in the Pistache Ginkgo room. You are invited to come and meet Shaunna Keith and

learn what she has to offer you in the form of assisting you with any and all types of Event Planning. Please RSVP to (209) 416-2718 or

Chamber University Presents A Special Seminar on Social Security

As you approach retirement, it is more important than ever to understand the role that Social Security benefits can and should play in your overall retirement income plan. Join us for a masterful overview of: • How

Howard Training Center (HTC) has a new kind of event

Social Security benefits work for you and your spouse

• When

and how to start receiving Social Security benefit

coming to town. On July 10, HTC will have its 1st Annual “Aim To

• Opportunities

to increase your benefits throughout retirement

Club, 25195 E. River Road, Escalon. For only $30, participants will

Facilitated by: Eric Slack, Regional VP with Allianz and

Fill The Need” Trap Shoot Competition at the Escalon Sportsman’s

get 50 targets and a delicious lunch. Top shooters for men, women and juniors will receive a trophy. Join us at our family friendly event

filled with good food and great raffle prizes. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Geri Lewis at (209) 593-5618.

Mocse Credit Union is proud to be a continuing sponsor of the

6th Annual Every Student Succeeding Awards Breakfast. The Stanislaus Chapter of the Association of School Administrator’s (ACSA), along

with the Stanislaus County Office of Education, recognized 23 local students from 13 school districts in Stanislaus County. The students were honored who had succeeded against various challenges and excelled beyond expectations of their principals and staff. One student

from the 23 was selected to represent Stanislaus County at the ACSA State Conference.

from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday (24-hrs). Johansen High School

Stadium, 641 Norseman Drive at Claus Rd. Join the American Cancer Society in creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays, Relay For Life is

a fundraising event dedicated to cancer awareness, celebrate survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer, and unite a community in

the fight against cancer. Contact Sandi Lwin, or www.


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Wealth Management Date: May 18, 2011 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Location: Modesto Chamber of Commerce 1114 J Street, Modesto, CA Chamber Conference Room Hosted By: American Asset & Wealth Management 3202 Atchison Street, Riverbank, CA

18th Annual Relay For Life of Modesto May 14-15, event is open to the public.

Jerry Van Houten, Financial Planner with American Asset &


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N etw o r ki n g A nd R e fe rra l s

N ew C h amber M ember s American Tire Depot Donnie Hall 3120 McHenry Avenue Modesto, CA 95350 (209) 575-2000 ph (209) 576-1080 fax Automotive Repairing & Service

Extra Hands Party Planning Shaunna Keith P.O. Box 576526 Modesto, CA 95357 (209) 416-2718 ph (209) 521-6828 fax Special Events

New Bethany Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Charles Evins 315 6th Street Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 595-6966 ph Churches & Clergy

Sierra Arms Corp. John Kirkpatrick 1408 Carpenter Road, Suite 1 Modesto, CA 95351 (209) 544-1911 ph (209) 544-1190 fax Guns & Gunsmiths

Sonitrol Security Candice Wright 3728 Imperial Way, Suite E Stockton, CA 95215 (559) 333-3810 ph (209) 941-2166 fax Security Systems

Heidi Howell P.O. Box 1112 Modesto, CA 95353 (209) 550-0544 ph (209) 550-0545 fax Individual Members


McGrath Moving & Storage, Inc. Michael McGrath 645 Janopaul Lane Modesto, CA 95351 (209) 577-0676 ph (209) 577-4015 fax Movers & Full Service Storage

Modesto Mathnasium Bryon Sordo 2508 Oakdale Road Modesto, CA 95355 (209) 551-6284 ph (209) 551-6284 fax Education

Marvin Fontanilla 3401 Dale Road, #508 Modesto, CA 95356 (209) 275-2224 ph Restaurants

Zak Davis, Morgan StanleySmith Barney Zak Davis 1020 10th Street Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 968-1791 ph (209) 576-3297 fax Financial Services

m i n n i e ’s n e w s b i t e s Do you know that when you shop locally each dollar you spend turns 3 ½ times?


goes to the shop owner who uses it to pay Minnie Dodge

his employees who use it again to purchase products from other local business. A portion

if that dollar also goes to pay state and local taxes which are used to pay for our policemen, firemen and school teachers. The Modesto Chamber urges you to support your community by shopping local. Help keep our community strong by spending your dollars here. Remember, Modesto Means Business!


Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress



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community Development

A wards A nd A c hie v e m e n ts

Economic Development

P eople On The M ove

Becky Jones, Sales Manager for Plus IT Inc., was awarded Ambassador of the Month for the

Marc Peterson joins TSM Insurance Services

Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board,

of CSU, Chico, Marc brings the knowledge and

after a successful career as a Golf Professional on the

month of January. Presenting the award is Modesto

Canadian Tour. A native of Modesto and graduate

Ralph Curtis. Becky is fairly new to the Modesto Becky Jones

area and has found the Ambassador Program to be a great avenue to get out into the community and

experience he gained as a tour professional to TSM Marc Peterson

business and personal opportunities I have seen in my

meet fellow business professionals. The Modesto Chamber of Commerce

travels. Working locally in the commercial market will enable me to share

company, as well as the Chamber.

when asked how his experience will benefit local companies.

greatly appreciates all of Becky’s hard work in representing herself, her

my experiences and help customers grow their businesses,” Marc replied

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce commends Larry Clark owner of The Wedding

Matthew Oliver also joins the TSM Insurance

dedication to the Chamber’s Welcome Team. Larry

building trades, Matthew started a successful career as

Services team in the commercial lines department.

Planner/Center Stage Productions for his continued

After spending several years in the construction and

attended the most Ribbon Cutting events for Larry Clark

the first quarter of 2011. Larry was present at 19 Ribbon Cuttings for the quarter and along with the

a personal lines agent. The relationships he developed Matthew Oliver

in both the construction industry and working with

individuals has helped broaden Matthew’s skill as a

other team members, welcomes new members at their Ribbon Cutting

commercial agent. “Understanding the needs of businesses, as well as the


I know will benefit my clients,” Matthew recently commented.

Ceremonies. Larry can be contacted a or his P

Oak Valley COmmunity Bank

We Mean Business

Kristine Griesheimer, Ripon Branch Manager, with Steve, Sandie, Nicole, and Ryan Nelson of Pools by Nelson, serving local homeowners since 1974.

Experience business banking the way it should be – the perfect blend of oldfashioned personal service and modern technology to meet your every need.

“We enjoy working with Oak Valley because they care about their customers. Let us make your business, our business. They have our interests at heart and genuinely want to help us achieve our long-term goals. – Ryan and Nicole Nelson, Pools by Nelson


and his clients. “This region offers some of the finest

Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress

Deep Roots ~ Strong Branches

Oakdale • Sonora • Modesto • Turlock Patterson • Ripon • Escalon • Stockton

challenges individuals face with their insurance, has provided insight that P

MAY 2011


Economic Development

P r e s i d e n t’ s C lub R e c e pt i o n The





President’s Club - Circle of Influence held

a reception on March 24, at the Whitmore

Mansion. Newly appointed President and CEO, Cecil Russell was the special guest

speaker for the evening. President Russell

spoke about change, and how as a community we must come

together to bring this about. To quote President Russell, “A rising tide floats all boats” the business community cannot wait for government to assist us in the difficult times. We must help ourselves and unite as one to effect change. Despite the torrential weather, members of local government and business leaders

showed their support by attending the event. The Chamber Board of Directors would like to thank President Russell for sharing his thoughts. A special thanks to the Whitmore Mansion for hosting and catering the event with excellent food and service. If you are interested in joining the President’s Club - Circle of Influence,

call Nita Gruendeman at (209) 577-5757 to find out about the many benefits.


p res i dent’s c lub C ircle Of I nfluence Platinum level Kaiser Permanente Save Mart Supermarkets

Diamond Level

Bank of the West Capax-Giddings, Corby, Hynes, Inc. Doctors Behavioral Health Center-DMC Doctors Medical Center-DMC Frito-Lay Company, Inc. Pacific Southwest Container Walmart

Gold Level

Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc. Costco Wholesale DoubleTree Hotel Evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center Foster Farms Dairy JC Penney Company Memorial Medical Center The Modesto Bee Modesto Irrigation District Modesto Nuts Professional Baseball Post Foods, LLC RACOR, Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation Sysco Food Services Taco Bell

Silver Level

We make house calls

Fine Family Portraiture


Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress

5.11 Tactical Inc. AAA AAA Locating, Inc. AT&T Acme Construction Company, Inc. Ambeck Mortgage Associates American Chevrolet American Medical Response Applegate Johnston, Inc. Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Basic Resources, Inc. Brandman University Part of Chapman University Brown, Fink, Boyce & Astle, LLP Bunge Oils California State University, Stanislaus Candlewood Suites Central Valley Automotive Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Central Valley Nissan Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai Central Valley Medical Group Children’s Hospital Central California Children’s Hospital & Research Center-Oakland Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Citibank Clark Pest Control Comcast Construction Management Corporation Courtyard by Marriott Covenant Village of Turlock Curtis Legal Group Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva

Del Monte Plant #1 Delta Sierra Beverage DirectLine Technologies, Inc. English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital External Resources Inc. F & M Bank Galletto Ristorante Georgia-Pacific Gianelli & Associates Gilton Solid Waste Management, Inc. Great Valley Center Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc. Harris Moran Seed Company Heald College I.J. Larsen Pumps, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto Institute of Technology International Paper Company ITT Technical Institute JS West & Company Kaplan College Magnum Boots USA McHenry Medical Group, Inc. Mercer Foods Mocse Credit Union Modesto Commerce Bank Modesto Toyota Mraz, Amerine & Associates Nestle USA Oak Valley Community Bank O’Brien’s Market, Inc. OLAM Spices & Vegetables, Inc. Oldcastle Glass Pacific Gas & Electric Company Panelized Structures, Inc. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Group Plastipak Packaging Prime Shine Car Wash Rabobank Raley’s Rizo-Lopez Foods Inc. San Joaquin Valley College Seven Up Bottling Corporation Solecon Industrial Contractors Solid Networks, Inc. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Stanislaus Food Products Company Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Stantec Consulting Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation Turlock Irrigation District US Bank (Modesto Main) Valley Bio Energy, LLC Valley First Credit Union Valley Lexus-BMW Versa Cold Logistics Services W.H. Breshears, Inc. Warden’s Office Products Center Warden’s Office Furniture Outlet Wells Fargo Bank Winton, Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Yosemite Meat Company, Inc.

Construction by DeGraff Development

Work In Progress Modesto Chamber of Commerce

a series spotlighting some of our area’s most innovative and successful companies

D e G r a f f D e v elopment

Service when you need it (Courtesy of Never Boring Design Associates) Building a brand is more than just picking a name for your business. From a great logo and business card,





The recession has shuttered many construction

to an engaging website and social media presence,


companies, but DeGraff Development has

establishing a great brand is about maintaining

businesses across the Central Valley since

soldiered on based partially on their excellent

1987 with one simple tenet: great customer


service meets every client’s needs. Since

company President Chad DeGraff, the company

working hard for you. For more information, or ideas

Rich and Arlene DeGraff began the business

has weathered the downturn economy by

on how our specialists in marketing and design can

from their house, the construction firm’s


focus on the customer has kept clients

company but our goal has always been to create




from the Bay Area to the

Sierras coming back year after



clients are repeat customers or customer referrals.

Centrally located in Oakdale,







message you deliver to your clients. Your brand is how you bring business to your door, make sure it’s

help you build your brand, contact Never Boring Associates today at 526-9136.

a ‘small company’ atmosphere with ‘small company’ values





for our customers.” This focus


pushes return business that

The Chamber stands by this statement.

service meets

has kept them profitable in a

every client’s needs.

DeGraff Development remains a family-owned company. Rich and Arlene’s son Chad now



Great customer

year and ensured that 80% of


consistency and interest throughout the whole

- DeGraff Construction

leads a team of 18 employees

difficult time.

We practice it on a daily basis. As an organization, we use Chamber Members exclusively. We hope we can ‘count on you’ to practice using Chamber Members to meet all of your business needs. You can find new and

The company’s current specialty is insulated metal panels for cold storage buildings, a key component




initiative. The steel panels are made in the Central Valley from recycled steel

and 3D modeling to traditional stucco.

and are again recyclable at the end of the

The company’s in-house experts are well

building’s lifespan. Employing pre-fabricated

equipped to take any size construction

components also reduces the amount of

project from conception to completion, be

raw materials required while maintaining the

it a small remodel or a full design build.

highest level of structural integrity. A win for

through our 2010 directory at Progress Magazine is the voice of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, and the leading business publication in Stanislaus County. For more information or advertising info call (209) 526-9136.

© Never Boring Design

with diverse skill sets from design builds

current members online at, or


their clients, and for the planet. This story can also be found at

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N e tw or k i ng And Referrals

R i bb on C ut t i ng s

Affordable Cleaning

Shields Electric Co.

Stanislaus County Bar Association

P.O. Box 1682, Modesto, CA 95353 (209) 585-5718

3000 Omega Way, Modesto, CA 95355 (209) 551-2144

804 14th Street, Modesto, CA 95354 (209) 571-5729

Modesto Academy of Music & Design


Peace of Mind Home Inspection, Inc.

5428 Pirrone Road, Salida, CA 95368 (209) 545-6872

3833 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, CA 95356 (209) 523-4706

1111 J Street , G-106, Modesto, CA 95354 (866) 757-8480

B u s i n ess B efore and A f ter H ours april business before hours

april business after hours

Hosted by: Humphreys College

Hosted by: United Cerebral Palsy of Stanislaus County

Coffee Provided By:

Humphreys College staff

Humphreys College has proudly offered opportunities for

United Cerebral Palsy educates advocates and provides support

Modesto campus offers certificate programs as well as associate and

of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence,

educational growth in the Central Valley for over 113 years. The

bachelor’s degrees in the areas of criminal justice, early childhood education, legal studies, liberal studies, accounting, business administration, and community studies. Humphreys College 3600 Sisk Rd # 5A

Modesto, CA 95356 (209) 543-9411


United Cerebral Palsy staff

Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress

services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions. United Cerebral Palsy 4265 Spyres Way, #2 Modesto, CA 95356 (209) 577-2122

Prime Shine Express presents:

LAND OF OPPORTUNITY ...a series spotlighting entrepreneurial achievement

Adela & A. D. Hawkins Owners Trophy Works Trophy Works was first established in 1978, and Adela and A.D. Hawkins have owned and operated the business in Modesto for the last 25 years. AD & Adela Hawkins

How has what you have done in the past led to where you are now? Before Trophy Works, Adela had mainly worked in Human Resource management in Silicon Valley. She enjoys person-to-person interface and assisting people. A.D. has a technical and management background. He had worked in computers and technology in Silicon Valley and has always enjoyed client interface and problem solving. Neither of us had any experience in the Recognition Awards business but with our complimentary expertise and backgrounds we had a good foundation for the business. Would you share with me some background that has contributed to helping you achieve your goals? We’ve always made it our business to build long-term relationships with clients. We strive to ensure that they are completely satisfied with the quality of their purchase. Many times, customers will just call us with a situation, give us a price range and the time they need the item and then let us take care of the rest. We consider this a stamp of approval on the way we do business and we always go out of our way to provide the perfect item for the occasion. What challenges have you had to overcome? Early on, we had to find the niches and products that would be welcomed in Modesto. We made small purchases of products and had other sources provide finished products to test the market. Cash flow was a problem initially but we made sure vendors got paid on time and had to go with little left over for ourselves sometimes. The last couple of years have seen our business decline from previous highs due to the recession. Only recently has the business returned to levels that can sustain us. This is partly due to the recession ebbing and partly because our customers have stayed with us and kept providing us business to help us survive and thrive. What are some of the accomplishments of which you are particularly proud? The trusting relationships we’ve built with our clients, and our customer list comprised of the “who’s who” in the county and city is a prime source of pride. We can identify our work on walls and desks all over the city, from schools and businesses to hospitals and people’s homes.

You’re very much an entrepreneur. What do you think makes you such a success? We have developed good relationships and contacts in the area. When we first came to Modesto, we attended our customer’s events, joined service clubs and churches and we even used to just drive around the Modesto area to familiarize ourselves with our new home. We know the area now and we don’t drive around much anymore but we have continued to engrain ourselves in the community. We also try to stay on top of technology. Our industry has made major advancements since we began and we have examined every new technology and idea we could find. We were early adopters of mechanical engravers, lasers, color printing, anything that looked like it would fit in our market. But we don’t abandon something that works for something new. We still have most of the equipment we purchased 20+ years ago and it is still working and turning. What do you like about your job? Our customers! Our customers are first class people to begin with and the fact that they appreciate the efforts and talents of others makes them even more outstanding. Our motto, “Helping People Honor People,” says it all. We have met both the “Best of Modesto” and the up-and-comers. We have been here 25 years and still look forward to opening the doors every day. What advice do you have for business people? Good retainable employees provide constant quality products; for example, we’ve been very lucky to employ a great and reliable Master Engraver who we can always count on to deliver what our customers need. Be aware of the changes in your market and try to look ahead as much as possible. Satisfied current customers are your best source of advertising and referrals. What do you like about doing business in the Modesto community and why do you think this is the Land of Opportunity? Being in the recognition business allows us to see the genuine community spirit and the hope people have for our future. We are proud to be a small part of this spirit and belief in our community.

Prime Shine Express is proud to present The Land of Opportunity. Each month this series provides a forum in which to showcase the entrepreneurial achievements of a Stanislaus County business owner. Prime Shine Express is proud to recognize the entrepreneur’s ability to overcome obstacles and to honor their successes in their industry and in the community.

evergreen Nursing & Rehabilitation Care Center

* Registered Nurses 24/7 * Long Term and Short Term Quality Care * 175 Bed Facility * Pleasant Environment * Inviting and Stimulating Social Activities * Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Respiratory Therapy * Specialty Dining Menus

* Pharmaceutical Services * Intravenous Therapy * Incontinence Service * Wound and Skin Care * Medicare Part A/B, Medi-Cal Other Insurances Welcome * Family Owned and Operated for 50 Years

Celebrating 50 Years Of Quality Care Engaged in your Care and your Life 209.577.1055 2030 Evergreen Ave. Modesto, CA 95350 Fax: 209. 550. 3615

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N etw o r ki n g A nd R e fe rra l s

C ha mb er C alen da r May 2011 3

New Member Orientation Location: Chamber Conference Room Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


Business Before Hours: Dr. Toshi Hart Location: 4213 Dale Road Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


Chamber U Seminar: A Special Seminar on Social Security Location: Chamber Conference Room Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


Business After Hours: Costco Wholesale Location: 3801 Pelandale Ave. Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

June 2011


Business Before Hours: Littler Mendelson/Divinci’s Location: 1400 Standiford Avenue, Ste. 7 Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.


Business After Hours: The Stratford at Beyer Park Location: 3529 Forest Glenn Drive Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Business-to-Business Trade Show Location: Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th Street & K Street Time: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.




Modesto Chamber of Commerce Progress


Where do these doctors send their families for expert care? Our name says it all.

• Ranked FIRST in the Region for Cardiac Services (Healthgrades, 2010) • The Region’s FIRST Primary Stroke Center • The County’s FIRST and ONLY Level 3 NICU • FIRST in the Region to receive Level 2 Trauma Center Verification from ACS • FIRST in Modesto to offer daVinci Surgical Robot Technology

For a physician referral, call 1.888.284.6641 or visit

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Announcing A new wAy to connect witH your doctor. Many of your records such

as recent immunizations, future appointments, and many lab results can all be accessed online. And, these days, that’s just about anywhere. You can even e-mail your child’s doctor. Just another way that we at Kaiser Permanente help you to live well and thrive. To learn more, go to

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