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MISSION STATEMENT

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

JULY 2019 | CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman

Steven Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

Past Chairman

Eric Tobias, F&M Bank

Vice Chair, External Operations

Tom Nielsen, Individual Member

Vice Chair, Internal Operations

Patricia Gillum, Patricia A. Gillum,CPA

DIRECTORS

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

ADVISORS

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

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Announcements

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Message from the CEO

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Chamber Calendar

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Anniversaries

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Cindy Marks as President/CEO Modesto Chamber of Commerce CMarks@ModChamber.org

Green Team

RELATIONSHIPS

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President's List

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People On The Move

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

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Modesto Gospel Mission

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in

this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.

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MESSAGE FROM THE CEO By Cindy Marks

INTRODUCING NEW CEO FOR MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I am delighted to have been chosen by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce as the next President and Chief Executive Officer. As I write this, I have only been officially working just over a week and am enjoying meeting with members, city and community leaders, attending meetings at city hall, and learning all about the programs and services that the Chamber offers to our members to inform and advocate on behalf of your businesses. It is a well-functioning group of staff members. As many of you know Bob and I are long-standing owners of Roger’s Jewelry and have been members of the Chamber for decades. I am most known for my work as a school board member with Modesto City Schools since 1997 and have served as president of the board for three terms. As a board member of the California School Boards Association, I ran for an executive officer position and was selected by school board members around the state to serve as President in 2013. This allowed me the opportunity to hone my skills and effectively present information to legislators both through direct contact and testimony to various committees of the California State Legislature. I am also currently serving on the California Linked Learning Alliance Board of Directors, promoting College and Career Readiness statewide by linking local business with university, college and high-school. It has been a great honor to represent Modesto on many fronts. Locally, I have been actively involved in a number of charitable, faith-based and service organizations. I want to take this opportunity to thank Cecil Russell for his dedication and many years of service to our community. He will always be remembered for his passion in supporting the Chamber. As I look to the future, I want to continue to provide for our members value through promotion of your business, advance the strategic plan to improve the climate for businesses to be successful, provide community gatherings to support one another in solving real problems you deal with on a regular basis, advocate on your behalf to our local elected leaders, build relationships and provide an educational platform that will bring you to the next level of leadership in your organization as we serve together to make Modesto a vibrant and thriving community to live, work and play in. There is also a need to help the new businesses by providing the resources they need to get their businesses up and running and help them navigate the cumbersome state regulations so they can be successful in their entrepreneurship. Modesto has a lot of challenges, but I want to also share some of the good that has been taking place in the last seven years. Here is some information from research I did online and received through different sources. I learned from the Modesto Police Department that there was a decrease in all these areas comparing January 2018 to January 2019. Robberies dropped 32%, Residential Burglaries dropped over 26%, and Auto theft dropped 7.8%. We are even out of the top 10 for car theft! In 2013, the Modesto City Schools Drop Out Rate was 15.5% and now its 7.7%. The Graduation Rate was 78% and now it is almost 90%. In recent years, Modesto graduates have been accepted to all schools in the CSU and UC systems, USC, all U.S. military academies, Ivy League Schools, and a number of private schools, including Stanford, Georgetown, Duke, and Johns Hopkins. Our jobless rate in 2012 was over 15% and has dropped to 6.3%. And for some great news, we were #1 in California for National Night Out and #5 in the Nation! This is our second time for this. Lastly, I envision all of us working together along with the other chambers regionally in order to support and be a stronger voice for business and the needs of the community.

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I love Modesto and know that we have wonderful people here that desire to see our community be known for great things ... let us begin now and Get Better Together!

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CHAMBER CALENDAR JULY HOLIDAY – 4TH OF JULY 4 *Office CLOSED 9

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

CHAMBER U – QUICKBOOKS Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M.

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AUGUST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 7 Bill Lyons Agriculture Liaison to Gavin Newsom

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BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS TBD* 7:30 A.M.

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM START Team Supervisor, Business Energy Solutions – PG&E Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M.

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE Tera Chumley and Kristin DowdCounty Cannibis Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus* 5:30 P.M.

Doris Foster- Stanislaus County Workforce Development

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

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RIBBON CUTTING THE DRAGONFLY - ART FOR LIFE 1210 J Street Modesto CA* 10:00 A.M.

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BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS University of Phoenix* 7:30 A.M.

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM San Joaquin Valley Air District Modesto Chamber of Commerce** 12:00 P.M.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Advanced College 5:30 P.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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**The Modesto Chamber of Commerce is located at 1114 J St., Modesto

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE AMR – New contract update Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M

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

BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS University of Phoenix* 7:30 A.M.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus* 5:30 P.M.


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

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

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EDUCATION

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EDUCATION

At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

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

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

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

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

partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

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

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

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

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

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

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

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

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SERVICE SERVICE

Chamber Staff, Board of Directors and many of our topical

Chamber Staff, Board of Directors and many of our topical

committees, such as Economic Development and Government

committees, such as Economic Development and Government

Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by

Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by

The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its

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

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

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

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

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RELATIONSHIPS

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

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

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

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

C - Community

C - Community A - Advocacy

A - Advocacy

R - Relationships

R - Relationships E - Education

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

ES--Education Service S - Service

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS NEW BOARD CHAIR, MEMBERS AT BEARD LAND & INVESTMENT CO. Beard Land & Investment Co. (“Beard”) and its subsidiary companies, Modesto & Empire Traction Company and Beard Land Improvement Company, has announced that John C. Bienvenu has been elected as the next chair of the Beard Board of Directors, succeeding previous chair Richard A. Sipos. Bienvenu is an attorney and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bienvenu has been a member of Beard’s board since May 2011. “I am honored to serve as Chair of the Beard companies and continue the work of my immediate predecessor, Richard Sipos,” said Bienvenu. “My grandfather John Beard was one of ten brothers and sisters that founded these companies nearly one hundred years ago. Our commitment to our customers, our employees and our family shareholders has not wavered over that time and I look forward to helping Beard and our talented and dedicated management team led by Dillon Olvera continue its mission.” Dillon Olvera succeeded Ronald S. Jackson as Beard’s President and Chief Executive Officer in 2018. He previously served as Beard’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Before coming to Beard, Olvera served as Chief Financial Officer for Innov8 Partners and as Vice President, Finance for 5.11. He lives in Turlock, California.

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Beard is also pleased to announce that its shareholders have elected three new Directors: Bruce Rueppel, Lon Van Gemert and Ronald Naess. Bruce Rueppel is a partner with Guard Hill Holdings, a private equity firm focused on middle market industrial businesses in the general industrial and transportation-related industries. He lives in Granite Bay, California. Lon Von Gemert has had a long career in the rail industry, most recently serving as CEO of Progressive Rail, Inc., a Class III railroad operating several separate branches in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri. He lives in Woodbury, Minnesota. Ronald Naess is a member of the Beard family whose greatgrandmother Edna was one of the company’s original founders. He is retired from a career as a systems and informational technology manager and lives in Logan, Utah. Beard is a family-owned corporation founded in 1926 consisting of two operating companies: Beard Land Improvement Company (“BLIC”) and the Modesto & Empire Traction Company (“MET”). BLIC owns, develops and manages the Beard Industrial District, a 2,000-acre industrial park in Modesto, CA which consists of over 30 warehouses and 300 acres of open land available for development. BLIC also owns several industrial and commercial properties elsewhere in California, including properties in Galt, Palm Desert, Roseville, San Diego, and Walnut Creek. MET is a Class III short line railroad with numerous customers in the Beard Industrial District and provides rail shipping to all the continental United States, Canada, and Mexico through daily interchanges with two Class I railroads, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific. Through the years, steady growth and successful investments have made the Beard companies into a model for a responsible and profitable business. Beard continues as a family-owned corporation with over 160 shareholders.

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Olvera added, “Beard is a tremendous business with its solid group of employees, supportive Board of Directors, and strong customer base. I am really excited about having the opportunity to work with the team and lead Beard into the next stages of strategic development.”

For further information, please contact: Dillon Olvera at dolvera@beardland.com or (209) 557-2712 John C. Bienvenu at jbienvenu@bienvenulaw.com or (505) 982-3813 www.beardland.com

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ANNOUNCEMENTS HERE WE GROW AGAIN: MODESTO JUNK ADDS NEW EQUIPMENT Modesto Junk Company (located 1425 9th Street, Modesto, CA since 1920) is on the growth cycle again, investing in the community recycling efforts by purchasing a new 1100-ton Stationary/Shear/Baler/Logger from Metso Metal Recycling Equipment, San Antonio, TX. The new shear was installed at The New Tin Yard on Kansas Avenue the first quarter of 2019. Director of Operations, Mr. Jeff Highiet and Asst. Mgr. Keith Highiet, state that Modesto Junk Company is committed to provide the community with state-of-the-art processing equipment to support the increase in recycling efforts in the community, county, and Central California. The new shear will increase Modesto Junk Company’s ability and capability to process ferrous scrap at higher production volumes and will also allow them to process heavier scrap materials than their existing shearing equipment.

Keith Highiet, fourth generation of this almost 100-year-old business, states that “this new shear/baler will also compliment business activities from our main yard on 9th Street and will provide support for the up and coming fifth generation of family Highiet’s, Kaleb (7), Hunter (4), and Oliver (6 months).” Keith was also recently selected for 2018 as one of the “20 under 40” leaders of the community as chosen by The Modesto Bee. The shear will be located at a site called “The New Tin Yard” just off of Kansas Avenue (623 Kansas Avenue), near Highway 99, exit Kansas Avenue Northbound. Some of the company’s current commercial and industrial business will be directed there to feed the new shear. Furthermore, scrap metal intake from throughout Central and Northern California will increase due to the production and efficiency capabilities, as well as the centralized location. This new equipment allows for shearing, baling and/or logging material(s) to provide prepared scrap metal materials to various markets, both domestic and overseas. Modesto Junk Company conducted a detailed equipment search and evaluation to find the best solution to their future growth and selected the Metso Metal Recycling Equipment Model NCS 1016-10 CL70 2 x 130kW Shear/Baler/Logger. Jeff and Keith both state that they were impressed with the 1100-ton shearing force as well as the high compression force of the dualarticulating clamshell charge box that traps, folds and densifies the material(s). This 1100-ton combination shear will be the biggest and largest in Central California, weighing in at almost 250,000 lbs. The equipment is capable of cutting through 7.5 inch solid round pieces of steel, and with the 39” inch wide shear throat, the new shear will be 50 percent faster than their current 24 inch wide shear throat for cutting and processing materials.

Metso’s North American Shear & Baler Product Manager, Bob Pfeffer, states that “we are very excited with the opportunity to partner with Modesto Junk Company on this project, as it will be the first NCS Model Shear in California.” For more information, contact: Jeff Highiet at (209) 522-1435; jeff@modestojunk.com or Keith Highiet at (209) 522-1435; keith@modestojunk.com.

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“This new shear will enable us to process over 80 million pounds of ferrous materials per year and continue to provide the community and surrounding areas throughout Central California a centralized location for their scrap metal needs and processing,” commented Jeff Highiet.

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MILLIONS OF WAYS TO BUILD YOUR BEST BURGER AT BURGERIM

Story And Photos By: Virginia Still

There is a new burger joint in town that offers millions of possibilities for your own personalized creation. Danielle and Greg Fraioli opened BurgerIM in March this year, bringing new flavors and combinations to Modesto. They are open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Fraioli’s have been working in the restaurant industry for over 50 years combined. Finally, it came time for them to do something for themselves and after doing some research Burgerim was well-suited. Greg explained that Burgerim is Hebrew for many burgers and the concept is from Israel. In 2011 the franchise was introduced in the United States with a location opening up in Los Angeles. So in 2017 they drove down and met at the restaurant and then discussed the business back at the corporate office. “They were really impressed with all our experience that we had,” said Greg. “She (Danielle) spent the whole year of 2018 getting everything together like the contractors, our liquor license and everything that goes into opening up a restaurant. We finally opened on March 16, 2019.”

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They have 10 different patties on the menu that come in big or small sizes. Not only can you get an uncut burger which is a plant based vegetarian burger or a lamb or turkey burger, but you can get dry aged angus beef, grilled chicken, chicken strips, and monster chicken wings.

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They have a duo of mini burgers so if you wanted to, you could try both the Spanish beef, which is a blend of chorizo and beef and the Hawaiian Salmon that has a quarter-pound patty, red cabbage slaw, pineapple, ginger vinaigrette and barbecue glaze. Another option is the trio which is three mini burgers that can be mixed and matched with your choice of toppings. They also offer a Family box and Party box to share that come with a variety of tasty combinations of burgers, wings, fries or onion rings. The Falafel burger is a quarter-pound patty, tahini, baby greens, pickles, shaved onions and roma tomatoes; it is also vegan friendly. They recently added wagyu beef back to the menu which is a Japanese beef cattle breed.


“We are doing good,” added Greg. “We are just trying to find our rushes. When people are coming in to visit us so that we can schedule accordingly to make sure we have staff on hand.” They have four beers on tap, a few bottled options and a very unique beer system that pours the beer from the bottom up. The bottoms up draft beer system has a metal ring at the bottom of the glass that is sealed by an FDA approved magnet. The dispenser fills the cup with a preprogrammed amount which allows there to be more beer and less foam.

For wine lovers, they have a variety of local wines that are available and spritzers. Although they are a franchise the Fraioli’s were able to put their own special touches on their restaurant. “Our Angus beef is a popular item and then our dry aged beef, the cowboy style which means it has bbq sauce, bacon, onions, and cheddar cheese,” said Danielle. “Our onion rings are another popular item, as well as our French fries which are not like anybody else’s fries; they are soft in the middle and crispy on the outside.” For those with gluten free needs they offer a gluten free bun or a lettuce wrap option which will also satisfy those on the Keto diet as well as their fresh salads.

The handmade milkshakes are delightful like the cookies and cream made with scoops of vanilla ice cream, Oreo cookies, and milk blended and topped with a chocolate drizzle, whip cream and of course a few more cookie crumbles. There are also vanilla, chocolate and strawberry shakes. Danielle said that one day a group of three ordered one shake, walked away and then came back and ordered two more, expressing how delicious they were. The variety of burgers continues with a Caliente style burger that comes with pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, mixed greens, and a habanero aioli. The California style burger has Swiss cheese, chipotle aioli, mixed greens, tomato, and in true California fashion, avocado. “Like I said Burgerim stands for many burgers,” Greg shared with a smile. “There is a burger for every day of the week. The reason that we tried it out was because they had so many options and variety to choose from. With the combinations and toppings that we do have, there are over 40 million different ways that you can personally customize your burger.” They make their habanero, chipotle, garlic aioli, and sweet crunchy garlic aioli in house. They have a social media board where people that take pictures of their food and tag them will rotate on their board. The Fraioli’s support the military and first responders, offering discounts to the uniformed heroes. The burgers are all charbroiled and when you add in the multitude of toppings and options to choose from, with their mix and match combos or party boxes or the half onion rings half fries, there is something for everyone at Burgerim. JULY 2019

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“Our beer system is different,” stated Greg. “There is nothing like it around here. It fills the glass up from the bottom. I call it the coolest beer in town. It is cold beer but to see it also makes it the coolest beer in town.”

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ROTARY CLUB OF MODESTOFLEX IS ONE OF A KIND Story By: Dennis D. Cruz / Photos By: Virginia Still It all started with an idea. In 2016 Eugene Awuah attended the Council on Legislation event. This was put on by The Rotary Club and introduced a new, innovative vision for Rotary Clubs. “This concept was available only outside of the United States, and it had five key points to make your Rotary Club flexible for its members,” said Rotary Club Of ModestoFLEX President Eugene Awuah. The five points are: Change your meeting schedule, vary tour meeting format, relax attendance requirements, offer multiple membership types and invite rotaractors to be members of your club. “It was eye opening and I wanted to have this for Modesto and surrounding areas. So in 2019, after coordinating and having the vision come to life, I am proud to say that Modesto is the only place in the United States that has a club like this.” Awuah stated. “We’re thrilled to have officially chartered this year. What was once a dream is now a reality. We are living the dream and want to share this flexible and fun experience with you and your family.”

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Change your meeting schedule gives members many options. This allows your club to meet several days a week at various times. Traditional clubs have meetings set for specific times and days.

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“The problem with the traditional way is that most Rotary Clubs meet in the morning before work and some people can’t always make that schedule, resulting in them missing the meeting,” said Public Image Chair Michael Gaffney. Vary your meeting format is a unique way to hold meetings. This allows your club to schedule your club to meet in person, the traditional way, or online through the internet. “It’s a convenient way to host meetings for everyone, including those who are on the go,” added Gaffney. Relax attendance requirements is a way for the club to ease attendance requirements and encourage members to participate in other ways including taking on leadership roles, hosting multiple meetings each year and event planning. “It’s a great concept and really gives a flexible way for members to get involved,” Gaffney noted.


Finally they invite Rotaractors to be members of the club, which can allow them to join your club while remaining in their own Rotaract Club. With

this it can result in making special a cco m m o d a t i o n s for those members, including relaxed a t t e n d a n c e requirements, reduced fees as long as they are reflected in the club bylaws. “We keep the cost and time commitment down to appeal to families who may have hesitated becoming Rotarians in the past,” said Gaffney. “Achieving work life-balance is a real problem. Setting aside time to give back to the community is challenging for many families. The FLEX concept is proving to be the solution. My wife Victoria and I each hold a leadership role on the board and take our four-yearold son Connor to the meetings. Instilling Rotary’s solid values and morals in him is very important to us.” On January 9, 2019 the club launched with five original members. Over the last six months, the club has grown to 51. “The growth of the club has been amazing and astonishing to watch,” said Awuah. The club has members from Modesto, Ripon, Oakdale and other surrounding areas. “Even though we are based out of Modesto, (that) does not mean that we are limited to the town. We welcome members from all over the 209 and want to help as many families in the 209 out as we can as well,” said Gaffney. The club has held many charity and community events in their short time of being in existence. June 14 was their latest event that was held in Oakdale. Their Charter Gala featured speakers were Steve Snyder, who was the International Board Director from 2013 to 2015 and Chef Marketing Officer of E&J Gallo Winery, Stephanie Gallo. “Having them speak and be a part of our event was an honor. They both spoke with such grace and were very insightful,” said Awuah. The Gala hosted in Oakdale featured a ‘Great Gatsby’ theme, with attendees invited to don period dress for the festivities. The club has a full calendar in 2019 with more events scheduled for several local communities. ModestoFLEX meets on the first Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at rotating locations including members’ place of work. The second meeting is also flexible with dates and times agreed to by members ahead of time based on their work and family schedules. To learn more about Rotary Club of ModestoFlex or to attend an upcoming event, please contact Michael Gaffney at (209) 312-7698 or visit them on Facebook keyword ModestoFlex Rotary. Memberships start as low as $200 a year. JULY 2019

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When they offer multiple membership types it allows your family members (including the kids) to get involved. They offer junior memberships for the youngsters, memberships to young professionals or corporate memberships. Rotary will count these people in your club membership and will consider them active members if they pay dues.

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Join us for our up coming Green TEAM Meeting Thursday, July 18th, At NOON Taking place at Monsoon Restaurant 950 10th Street

Our guest speakers will be: Anthony Presto

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

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

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Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto International Paper Co. JS West & Companies Lewis Capital Advisors Maxx Value Foods Mercer Foods Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mocse Credit Union Modesto Toyota O'Brien's Market Oak Valley Community Bank Oak Valley Community Bank Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Panelized Structures Inc. Pepsi Bottling Group PMZ Real Estate Residence Inn by Marriott Modesto North Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. Rogers Jewelry Co. Round Table Pizza Save Mart Supermarkets Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/Varni Brothers Corporation Solecon Industrial Contractors Solid Networks, Inc. Stanislaus Food Products Co. Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Stifel Investment Services Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation The Eberhardt School of Business The Modesto Bee

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People On The Move Oak Valley Community Bank Announces Branch Manager Hiring

SHARON PERRY

NICK NELSON

Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock has appointed Sharon Perry as its new Chief Nursing Officer.

Oak Valley Community Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oak Valley Bancorp (NASDAQ: OVLY), announced Nick Nelson has joined the bank as Vice President, Branch Manager. He will be based out of the bank’s 12th & I Branch in Modesto.

Effective June 24, 2019, Perry assumed responsibility for all nursing and designated patient care functions within Emanuel. She will oversee and coordinate the nursing units and their daily operations. Perry joins Emanuel Medical Center from sister hospital, Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, where she served as Director of Women and Children’s Services.

Nelson has 14 years of banking and financial management experience. As Branch Manager, he will be responsible for managing branch operations and business development opportunities in the Modesto area.

“Sharon will be a wonderful addition to our executive team,” said Lani Dickinson, CEO of Emanuel Medical Center. “She has proven her ability to develop strong teams that provide high-quality patient care and service excellence. Her leadership will help us further strengthen our community built on care.”

“We are happy to have Nick join the Oak Valley team,” stated Julie DeHart, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking Group Manager. “His business banking expertise and commercial lending knowledge will help him build and expand business relationships with current and prospective clients.”

Prior to her role in Modesto, Sharon served as the Director of Maternity Services at Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas, and Director of Women and Children’s Services at HCA Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida.

Nelson received his Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Management from Upper Iowa University. He is currently a member of Modesto Youth Soccer Association and the Ceres Lions Club. During his free time, he enjoys coaching and playing soccer, DIY home-improvement projects, traveling, and cooking. He currently resides in Modesto with his wife Sarah and their children.

Sharon also served in leadership roles at Advocate Health Care – Trinity Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, both in Chicago, Illinois. Sharon earned her B.S. in Biology from Augustana College, RN Diploma from South Chicago Community Hospital, Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management and Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University. She is a member of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Emanuel Medical Center is a 209-bed acute care hospital located in Turlock, Calif. The hospital provides emergency, critical care, pediatric and cardiovascular services, cancer diagnosis and treatment, women’s health services and surgical services. To search for a doctor by specialty or location, call (833) 239-8158 or visit EmanuelMedicalCenter.org.

Oak Valley Bancorp operates Oak Valley Community Bank & their Eastern Sierra Community Bank division, through which it offers a variety of loan and deposit products to individuals and small businesses. They currently operate through 17 conveniently located branches: Oakdale, Turlock, Stockton, Patterson, Ripon, Escalon, Manteca, Tracy, Sacramento, two branches in Sonora, three branches in Modesto, and three branches in their Eastern Sierra division, which includes Bridgeport, Mammoth Lakes and Bishop.

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For more information, call 1-866-844-7500 or visit www.ovcb. com. JULY 2019

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LEADERSHIP MODESTO Leadership Group Offers Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have he heart” - Elizabeth Andrew Volunteers are the secret ingredient that make the Leadership Modesto Program a success. The selfless individuals who take the time to give of themselves and inspire others through the passion they bring to work, are the reason this program has been successful for nearly forty years. This eagerness to influence and network with dynamic leaders participating in each class is the reason Leadership Modesto continues to thrive. Our Day Chairs make a commitment each year to develop a curriculum, schedule presenters, schedule transportation, and provide a valuable day of leadership lessons and learning. In appreciation of the ongoing dedication day chairs make to the Leadership Modesto program, the steering committee would like to recognize each of them: Chris Adams, Local Government Day Vicki Bauman, Public Safety Day Nate Benninger, Commerce & Agriculture Day Josh Bridegroom, Development & Infrastructure Day Judy Boring, Education Day Tiffani Burns, Health Care Day Tera Chumley, Local Government Day Kyle Crawford, Business Day Cynthia Fenech, Education Day Doris Foster, State Government Day Kris Helton, State Government Day Mandy Jenkins, Community Services Day Kristin Mostowski, Community Services Day Marcia Parcaut, Health Care Day Jay Pink, Business Day Anthony Ratto, Commerce & Agriculture Day Dave Rogers, Arts, Culture and Community Day Ryan Swehla, Development & Infrastructure Day Kate Trompetter, Arts, Culture and Community Day Melissa Williams, Development & Infrastructure Day Will Wong, Development & Infrastructure Day

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Thank you, Day Chairs, for your continued commitment to the Leadership Modesto Program! Leadership Modesto Steering Committee – Tim Harms, Amy Vickery, Nate Benninger, Tera Chumley, Cynthia Fenech, Melissa Gascon, Kristin Mostowski, Julie Orona, and Ed Parcaut.


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LEADERSHIP MODESTO Leadership Modesto Class Meets For Healthcare Day By: T.J. Moffett Visitors to Modesto are welcomed by an arch espousing promises of “Water Wealth Contentment Health.” Leadership Modesto participants spent the day immersed in the latter as they toured local area healthcare facilities including Kaiser Permanente Hospital, the newly opened Valley Children’s facility on Pelandale Avenue, Doctors Medical Center (DMC), and Memorial Medical Center (MMC). The day began with a candid dialogue between participants and Kaiser Vice President/Area Manager Corwin Harper. Harper surprised the group when he expressed his desire to have an empty hospital. He elaborated by saying that medical professionals need to evolve from “sick” care to true “health” care – focusing on preventative medicine and healthy living education to reduce the need for acute medical treatment. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, patient volume and revenue streams are not a focus of the hospital. As the newest area hospital, its contemporary, purposeful design is apparent. From single-bed rooms, to natural light, the focus on positive patient experiences (and hopefully improved/ accelerated recovery as a result) is clear. Additionally, Kaiser proudly discussed its investment in robotic surgery equipment and the ability to conduct less-invasive medical procedures.

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The group then travelled to Valley Children’s to learn about an organization founded in the 1950’s by a group of mothers looking to provide access for children seeking medical treatment. Their new Modesto facility provides outpatient treatment to Stanislaus County children with services including pediatric cardiology, endocrinology, and ENT to name a few. Prior to the new location’s grand opening on February 4th, some 8,100 Stanislaus County children were cared for at the out-of-county Valley Children’s Hospital and their specialty care center. A local option proves less burdensome for families and aligns services with local primary care physicians. Throughout the tour participants could not resist the interactive displays, games, and décor geared towards providing an unintimidating experience for children.


Doctors Medical Center operates as the only soon-to-be Level I trauma center in the region and receives patients from a large geographic area, resulting in their habitually busy atmosphere. DMC possesses a high level of experience and equipment that make it the primary destination for many types of trauma. Leadership Modesto visitors observed the impressive imaging and treatment response for stroke victims as part of their day, and a scenario involving a helicopter arrival with a simulated gunshot wound victim as they progressed from receiving, through emergency room triage, and finally surgery. While DMC has been a part of Modesto since 1962, it continues to evolve to the needs of the community, showing participants their newly renovated “4 West” wing with design features intended to provide an improved patient experience with impressive accoutrements.

The Leadership Modesto group concluded its day at Memorial Medical Center. The visit began with a warm greeting by MMC CEO Gino Patrizio. It quickly became clear that MMC staff took pride in the professionalism, experience, and capabilities of their organization and co-workers. Visitors were granted an immersive look into patient treatment through simulated scenarios, including the opportunity to see the treatment protocol for heart attack victims from intake to surgical intervention via their “cath lab.” Expired surgical supplies no longer suitable for actual medical procedures served as training materials and provided an opportunity for visitors to hold the same types of pacemakers, stents, and valves inserted in patients’ hearts. The speed and precision that staff could prep and complete these procedures reflected a level of experience that is only garnered with significant time and training. In closing, the medical professionals and facilities visited by Leadership Modesto espoused the environment of knowledge, caring, and teamwork that permeates our greater community. Their tireless work to provide accessible, high-quality, affordable healthcare is embedded within their servant hearts, and Leadership Modesto was honored to walk among them for a day.

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UNDERSTANDING WHAT MAKES VOLUNTEERS TICK IS VITAL By John Villines: Chief Operations Officer, Modesto Gospel Mission

Verified Volunteers recently released a research study where it surveyed over 7,200 volunteers in late 2018. Its report, The Volunteer Perspective – Industry Insights 2019, focused on volunteers’ needs, motives, and preferences. Such data helps organizations build robust volunteer programs that yield sustainable results. The responses are taken from each generation and from diverse geographic locations and community types throughout America. Here are some key takeaways from the report. First, volunteers’ motivations differ for why they choose to give of their time. Many are compelled by spiritual or ethical reasons; while others say they do it because it makes them feel good about themselves. However, not all motives are selfless, as many cite their desire to socialize with friends or to meet new people as reasons to volunteer. An organization should recognize these varied motives to give each volunteer a rewarding experience. Second, 4 out of 5 volunteers today are more likely to donate to organizations they volunteer with. It seems that serving in a charity creates a bond in the heart of the volunteer. The more often they volunteer, the more likely they will take ownership in the organization’s services and programs. The volunteer can become more loyal and emotionally invested in the organization and the good work it is doing in the community. Third, volunteers want to stay connected to and informed by the organizations where they serve. Over 78 percent of those surveyed stated that understanding the impact of their volunteer service keeps them engaged with the organization (especially true with millennials).

The more engaged a volunteer is, the more likely the volunteer will move to donor (donating money or in-kind gifts) and then to fan (getting others in their sphere of influence to volunteer and donate too). Finally, in this new digital age, volunteers are looking for easier ways to serve. Many volunteers are asking for a way they can engage in a platform where non-profits can reach out to them with service opportunities that match their values, experiences, and skillsets (think online dating), and allow the volunteer to retain background results on their mobile phone for easy sharing each time they serve. Volunteers also are looking to onboard at a charity or obtain specific training online. They are not fazed by background checks and feel secure about the protection of their privacy. About 90 percent prefer digital over paper when communicating with the organizations they volunteer with. Since business folks love metrics, I wanted to highlight just a few more key trends among today’s volunteers: 89% care more about one cause. 84% volunteer at least a few times per year. 83% volunteer to contribute to a cause they care about. 83% are more likely to donate to organizations they volunteer with. 80% give 2 to 5 hours of their time each time they volunteer. 75% volunteer at more than one organization. Volunteers play a pivotal role in most non-profits and charities. They often provide enthusiasm and passion as they work alongside staff. They increase production without increasing costs. Moreover, they often transition to financial donors and fans, replicating themselves by pulling in others to volunteer too. That is why it is vital for nonprofits to hold a clear understanding of the desires, expectations, and mindset of their volunteers. If you would like more information from the report referenced in this article, please contact the author at johnv@homelessmission.org. The Modesto Gospel Mission offers refuge, recovery, and restoration to the local homeless population and at-risk youth.

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of many non-profit organizations and charities. Their importance cannot be overstated. Volunteers are more engaged than ever, helping the non-profit organization to accomplish more for its cause than the limited staff can do alone. Volunteerism is also the first step to becoming a financial donor.It is now more important than ever to understand the mindset of the modern-day volunteer if the non-profit it going to retain this special type of person.

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VALLEY LEXUS GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS SALVATION ARMY The 35th Annual Valley Lexus Champions for Charity Invitational Golf Classic will be held on Monday, September 9 at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club in Ripon. All proceeds from the tournament benefit The Salvation Army’s programs in Modesto. “The Salvation Army’s mission is to touch the lives of others in a significant, life-giving way,” said Major Harold Laubach, Salvation Army Stanislaus County Coordinator. “Proceeds from this tournament help the Army in Modesto serve thousands of local people every year, through our various programs, including recreational and educational programs for youth, food and shelter for the homeless, utility assistance, emergency food pantry, noon meals, and additional food distribution for the seniors.”

A donation of $185 per player for the golf tournament includes a full day of festivities: Check In - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Putting Contest - 11:00 am -12:00 pm Lunch - 12:00 pm Shotgun Start - 5:30 pm Tournament and tee sponsorships as well as advertising opportunities are also available. There will be a live and silent auction following the Golf Tournament. For more information, contact Karol Ballew at 209-522-3209 or karol. ballew@usw.salvationarmy.org.

A partial list of the services the Salvation Army provided to the local community in 2018 includes: 148 households received assistance with utility bills 2,806 households received emergency food 42,713 noon meals were provided for homeless and low-income people 2,685,128 pounds of food were distributed through the local food distribution center 50,942 nights of emergency shelter provided at the Berberian Shelter 3,431 Christmas food baskets were distributed and Christmas toys to 2,264 children

LONG TERM CHAMBER MEMBER AMR Continues Serving Stanislaus County

American Medical Response of Stanislaus County (AMR) recently prevailed in a process to select an exclusive provider of ambulance service in a major portion of Stanislaus County

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AMR will serve the cities and unincorporated areas adjacent to Highway 99 and running the length of the county from Salida to Turlock.

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AMR and its predecessor organizations have been serving the county since 1959. The AMR of today is an amalgamation of three prior ambulance services, each with a history of innovation which includes the introduction of advanced technology in computer aided dispatching, certified emergency medical dispatching and the initiation of advanced life support services without public funding. The local companies were acquired by AMR over the period of 1994 to 1996. As the surviving organization, AMR is a long-standing Chamber member in good standing since 1976. MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

The Chamber was proud to have supported AMR by providing a letter of reference to the proposal review committee. The Chamber heralded AMR’s community and Chamber involvement, its commitment to teaching citizens bystander CPR and the positive findings of a 2016 Chamber ad hoc public safety review which noted AMR’s clinical excellence and superior quality initiatives. Congratulations to 1999 Leadership Modesto graduate Cindy Woolston and her management team at AMR for achieving an outstanding score in the bidding process!


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

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

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

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STANISLAUS COUNTY REGION TRANSIT AGENCIES OFFER FREE TRANSIT IN JULY The four transit providers in Stanislaus County, including Ceres Area Transit (CAT), Modesto Area Express (MAX), Stanislaus County Regional Transit (StaRT), and Turlock Transit have announced that all rides on all fixed route buses will be free for passengers during the entire month of July 2019 as part of a joint, free ride promotion. This includes MAX to BART Commuter Express, MAX to ACE Commuter Express, and StaRT’s BART Commuter bus services, but excludes ADA Paratransit, Medivan, and Dial-a-Ride services. “This is a great opportunity for Ceres residents to try the CAT bus as well as the other transit systems in the county,” said Fred Cavanah, CAT’s Transit Manager. “Many first time riders will find these systems meet their transportation needs much better than they anticipated.” Funding for the joint, free ride promotion is made possible through a grant from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) under the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP). LCTOP was created to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities. “MAX is updating its service in July by extending weekday and weekend evening service hours,” said Adam Barth, MAX’s Transit Manager. “By providing free rides all of July, we hope to encourage residents to take advantage of the improved service and become familiar with MAX for free.” In addition to the free ride promotion throughout July, regional transit operators plan to coordinate additional free ride promotional opportunities over the next twelve months under the same LCTOP grant program. These promotional periods include Rideshare Week (October 2019), Go Green Week (March 2020), Bike to Work Week (May 2020), and Dump the Pump Day (June 2020).

Residents are encouraged to make the most of this free ride promotion by planning their trips in advance. Trip planning tools are available on the websites of the transit operators, as well as through smartphone apps such as Google Maps or the Transit app. These tools make it easy to determine the closest bus stop, the correct route, and in some cases real-time bus arrival information. “We’re excited to coordinate our efforts with our regional partners to make it easier than ever for all County residents to experience the benefits of transit,” said Wayne York, Transit Manager for Turlock Transit. “Turlock Transit will be extending service on all routes through midnight each day of the Stanislaus County Fair (7/12-7/21/19), including Sundays, and providing a free, direct shuttle between the Fairgrounds Arch Gate and the Turlock Transit Center for easy transfers.” All public transit buses in Stanislaus County are accessible to individuals with disabilities as required by the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals that have difficulty using fixed route transit services may be eligible for ADA paratransit services by contacting their respective transit operator. Individuals seeking ADA eligibility can contact MOVE Stanislaus at (209) 232-5092 for more information or to arrange an in-person assessment. For more information on CAT and its services, visit https://www. ci.ceres.ca.us/220/Ceres-Area- Transit-CAT or call (209) 5274991. For more information on MAX and its services, visit www. modestoareaexpress.com or call (209) 521-1274. For more information on StaRT and its services, visit www.srt.org or call 1-800262-1516. For more information on Turlock Transit and its services, visit www.turlocktransit.com or call (209) 668-5600.

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“We think this is a great opportunity working in tandem with all the systems in our region to offer these free rides in July,” said Annette Borrelli, StaRT’s Transit Manager. “Particularly in light of rising gas prices and increased traffic congestion. This would give community residents the opportunity to see how easy and convenient it is to get around Stanislaus County.”

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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 work day. 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 at the Chamber Conference room.

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Business Before Hours are traditionally held on the second Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30am.

Business After Hours are typically held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

**For more information on becoming a host in 2019, please call Trish Christensen 209-577-5757 ext. 106, or email at TChristensen@ModChamber.org

MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG


WE’VE UNITED (and it feels so good)

Introducing twice

DAILY flights between

STOCKTON AND LA through United Airlines

Connecting the Central Valley to the world, with over 350 domestic and international destinations through LAX.

STOCKTON

METROPOLITAN AIRPORT

Starting August 16, 2019

FLYSTOCKTON.COM MAY 2019

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Committed to ensuring water supply and protecting environmental resources for years to come through the Tuolumne River voluntary agreement.

Learn more at APRIL 2019 mid.org/lastdrop

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Profile for Modesto Chamber of Commerce

Progress Magazine | July 2019  

Presented by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.

Progress Magazine | July 2019  

Presented by the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.

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