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Celebrating The Traditions OF The Season

Happy Holidays There’s no better time than the holidays to extend cheer to our loyal customers and friends. As

the temperatures dip, the leaves drop, and snow dusts the mountaintops, families and friends gather to celebrate traditions. Good cheer and a sense of wonder is in the air. During this season we are especially grateful for the relationships we enjoy in the communities we have the pleasure of serving. From the entire Bank of Stockton family, we wish you the Happiest Holidays.

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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.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman

Pete Zahos; Sysco Central California Inc.

Past Chairman

Steve Rank, Rank Investigations and Protection, Inc.

Vice Chair, External Operations Michael Moradian Jr.

Vice Chair, Internal Operations Patricia Gillum, CPA

Jatco Settles In

DIRECTORS

Bill Robinson, Principal Financial Group Brad Blakely, Edward Jones Investments David Wright, Wright Insurance Company DeSha McLeod, Community Hospice Inc. Jared Steinwert, F & M Bank Jason Pineda, FRESHPOINT, Inc. Kathy Monday, Squeeze Inn Kirstie Boyett, The State Theatre Kristin Reza, Bank of Stockton Michael Gaffney, PG&E Naomi Layland, Ardis Farming Peggy O’Donnel, Mid Valley Productions Warren Kirk, Doctors Medical Center

ADVISORS

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

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Hotsy Pacific

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CEO Message

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Chamber Calendar

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Gala Sponsorship

ADVOCACY

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Trish Christensen, President & CEO Modesto Chamber of Commerce tchristensen@ModChamber.org

Economic Development

Publisher: Modesto Chamber of Commerce

RELATIONSHIPS

Graphic Design: 209 Magazine

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President's Club

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Welcome New Members

EDUCATION

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Leadership Modesto

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A Message From The President & CEO NEW HORIZONS By Trish Christensen

A new year, a new dawn, a new horizon to reach for. January has arrived … where it all begins for 2020! With each January comes endless possibilities for newness: new relationships, new partnerships, new pathways, new plans, and the always recurring - new goals! As for me, it includes a new role as the permanent President and CEO of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce! I wish to thank the Board of Directors for granting me this opportunity. For trusting in me and my vision to bring a new outlook, add new color, and fresh new energy to the Chamber’s many members, committees, programs, and events. I have so many exciting ideas in sight for the Chamber and greater Community for 2020. I can’t wait to formalize a roadmap that my Team, the Board of Directors, and our dedicated volunteers and participants will be excited to bring to successful fruition over the course of the year. Thank you to all the Chamber and Community members who took part in our two surveys. We are taking our time to process the details, data, and insightful responses we received. The information learned from these reports will help guide and expand the plan we are developing for 2020 and beyond. We have received some valuable suggestions and comments, and we all truly appreciate the time invested by those of you who took part. A key focus I have for 2020 will be to strengthen and expand the existing committees we have in motion. This applies to all event, action, and advocacy-based programs. There are no private, invite only committees at the Chamber – ALL ARE ALWAYS WELCOME HERE! Pick the arena you wish to have a positive impact in and join us. We can fulfill our vison and goals with far greater impact as a team. Our members and community deserve nothing less from us as an organization.

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Another key focus is to strive to paint a bright and clear image for all as to the purpose behind each of the event, action, and advocacy-based programs we have in motion. So, please consider this a personal invitation from me to you. I invite you to join us in making the most of the opportunity we have to make a positive difference for our community and one another, both professionally and personally, by being a part of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.

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EVENTS: • Annual Member’s Choice Gala • State of the City • State of the Region • Ag Aware • Harvest Luncheon • Oktoberfest, or like event • Disney Institute • Inspire Youth (proposed) COMMITTEES: • Economic Development • Government Relations • Business & Education • Stanislaus Green Team • Leadership Modesto Steering PROGRAMS: • Welcome Team • Ambassador Team • Chamber University • Business/Employer Symposiums

We are continually looking for ways to build ease and convenience into our partnerships. With that, please let me know if you would like to discuss an overarching, annual sponsorship gift that wraps the events/programs of your choice, at levels you are comfortable with. Each event, committee, and action/advocacy program are based from a key purpose. Where do you see yourself engaging? I hope you stop by to learn more … With warm regards, Trish

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CHAMBER CALENDAR JANUARY AMBASSADOR & WELCOME MEETING 3 Modesto Chamber of Commerce*

FEBRUARY 106TH ANNUAL GALA MEMBERS AND 1 CHOICE AWARDS Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 8:00 A.M.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Update on Crows Landing Project Keith Boggs, David Leamon & Angela Freitas Modesto Chamber

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CHAMBER U- DARK Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M.

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM- SPEAKER TBD Modesto Chamber of Commerce* Modesto, CA 12:00 P.M.

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEETBD Modesto Chamber of Commerce* Modesto, CA 12:00 P.M.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Midici The Neapolitan Pizza Company 3401 Dale Rd Suite 646 Modesto, CA 5:30 P.M.

BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Aspen Dental 3900 Sisk Rd Modesto, CA 5:30 P.M.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Condition of Housing in Stanislaus County John Beckman Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 7:30 A.M.

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CHAMBER U-TBD Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 12:00 P.M.

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AMBASSADOR & WELCOME TEAM Modesto Chamber of Commerce* 8:30 A.M.

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BUSINESS BEFORE HOURS - OPEN Modesto, CA 7:30 A.M.

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PRESIDENTS DAY Office Closed

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STANISLAUS GREEN TEAM- TBD Modesto Chamber of Commerce Modesto, CA 12:00 P.M.

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE-TBD Modesto Chamber of Commerce Modesto, CA 12:00 P.M.

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Central West Ballet 5039 Pentecost Dr B2 Modesto, CA 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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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

COMMUNITY

EDUCATION

At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

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

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

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

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

partnering with local schools and colleges to train and educate young

At its heart the Modesto Chamber is a community of likeminded

business owners who share the vision for enjoying a thriving economy

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

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

The Chamber serves the education community by hosting the

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

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

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

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

ADVOCACY ADVOCACY

SERVICE SERVICE

Chamber Staff, Board of Directors and many of our topical

Chamber Staff, Board of Directors and many of our topical

committees, such as Economic Development and Government

committees, such as Economic Development and Government

Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by

Relations, are engaged and proactively representing our members by

The Chamber believes in service to the community and to its

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

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

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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HOTSY PACIFIC: WATER-WISE TREATMENT & RECYCLING SOLUTIONS By Noel Daniel Water is often the most regulated, costly, and misused resource within companies. State compliant wastewater management, effective water recycling and improved water management are all areas that today’s companies recognize as being a critical part of strategic operations. Since 1987, Hotsy Pacific has been working closely with clients to cost-effectively address these issues, and help companies save money, reduce labor costs, and improve efficiencies. Assessment is Key

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Co-owner Jim O’Connell explains that, “An understanding of the technologies available combined with working with a qualified professional will insure that the water treatment system provides the desired results. We carefully assess a client’s situation to identify the best equipment. We’ll ask questions such as, what’s the source of the influent water and how is it generated; what are the constituents, such as oils and solids in the water; and what’s the intended use of the treated water, such as recycle, spot free rinsing, or discharge to sewer?”

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Michael Coleman, Sales & Marketing Manager adds that, “Typically, a combination of technologies is required to obtain the desired results. These range from pre-treatment and mechanical separation to evaporation and bio-remediation. Firms are often surprised at the breadth of solutions we have available that ensure they are being compliant and ecoconscious.” Solution-Centric Privately owned and operated by Jim and Karen O’Connell, Hotsy Pacific started selling and servicing industrial cleaning equipment in 1987. Headquartered in Modesto, they have satellite stores and service centers in Hayward and Santa Rosa. Recognized as the “go to” company for smart, cost-effective solutions designed to improve productivity, reduce labor costs, and deliver the necessary results, they serve hundreds of wineries, breweries, food manufacturers, ag businesses and more throughout the Tri-County area, Bay Area, and North Bay.


by local artist Tom Nye, showcasing Stanislaus County and beyond – with some added features that may surprise visitors. “It’s all about doing the best we can for our customers,” says Jim. “They put their trust in us to solve their problems, and have for over 30 years, and we’re here for their future.” Learn more at HotsyPacific.net.

RIBBON CUTTINGS

YOU ARE INVITED Come support our local businesses for the month of January.

Wesson hearing center january 8th 9:30 AM-10:30 AM 1079 EUCALYPTUS SUITE B manteca ,ca

HALO B JANUARY 18TH 4:00 PM-5:00 PM 1026 11TH ST MODESTO, CA

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Hotsy Pacific recently relocated to a new 14,000 square feet location in downtown Modesto at G and 6th Streets. It enables the company to better serve clients with a larger showroom, an even bigger selection of equipment, and an expanding customer service team. In conjunction with the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, the company is planning a Grand Opening event in the Spring of 2020. The new location features a full-sized mural

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106th Annual Gala & 2019 Members Choice Awards February 1, 2020 6:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M. Gallo Center for the Arts Presenting Sponsor       

Gold Sponsor     

$5,000

Recognition on Chamber website Recognition, with link to business website, on Chamber Social Media 16 tickets to the event Name Listed in Commemorative Program Recognition in Progress Magazine

Silver Sponsor    

$2,500

Recognition on Chamber Social Media 12 tickets to the event Name Listed in Commemorative Program Recognition in Progress Magazine

Bronze Sponsor   

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$1,500

8 tickets to the event Name listed in Commemorative Program Recognition in Progress Magazine

Gala Sponsor   

$10,000

Exclusive “presented” by status Opportunity to Speak on Stage Recognition on Chamber website Recognition, with logo & link to business website, on Chamber Social Media 20 tickets to the event Name Listed in Commemorative Program Recognition in Progress Magazine

$750

4 tickets to the event Name listed in Commemorative Program Recognition in Progress Magazine

Individual Ticket $100 To ensure placement in printed materials, please complete and return to us no later than January 18, 2020

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

WHEN:

January 8, 2019

WHERE: MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

UPCOMING DATES: FEBBRUARY:

DATE: 2/5/2019 TIME: 7:30 AM SPEAKER: John Beckman; Ceo of the Building Industry Assocation for San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties MARCH: DATE:3/4/2019 TIME: 7:30AM SPEAKER: TBD

TIME: 7:30AM

Topic: Update on Crows Landing Project CONNECT WITH US!

WWW.MODCHAMBER.ORG

Facebook: Modesto Chamber of Commerce Instagram: @ modchamber Twitter: @ modchamber

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ADVOCACY COMMUNITY

SPEAKER: Keith Boggs; County Assistant Chief Executive Officer; David Leamon; Director of Public Works; Angela Freitas; Director of Planning Committee

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n a C e n Anyo m! i t c i V a Be

National Human Trafficking Month

PARENT/STUDENT PREVENTION NIGHT JANUARY 23, 2020 6 - 8 PM OAKDALE COMMUNITY CENTER 110 South 2nd Ave. Oakdale, CA 95361

ADVOCACY

TOPICS COVERED:

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

• State & Federal Laws • National & Local Data • Labor & Sex Trafficking Flags • Profile of a Trafficker • Victim Targeting & Recruitment • Cultural Factors • Safety Response #NotAPriceTag

• Parents • Students • Educators • Caretakers

Hosted by Without Permission, River Oak Grace Community Church and Life Community Church

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For more information on Without Permission visit: withoutpermission.org


Join us in 2020!

Green TEAM Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month. Interested in speaking ? Reserve your spot now! Stanislaus Green Team meets at the intersection of Environmental Stewardship and lowering the cost of doing business which moves the Stanislaus County economy forward. Give green a chance! If you are interested in speaking at a Stanislaus Green Team meeting,

ADVOCACY

please contact The Modesto Chamber of Commerce at 209-577-5757

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JATCO, INC. CALLS MODESTO HOME Not a lot of people know the name JATCO Inc., and there is a reason for that. JATCO is a “silent partner� if you will, a highly experienced leader in the plastics design and manufacturing industry. Therefore, they get hired to design, engineer, and produce plastic components for firms such as Tesla, SONY, Panasonic, NASA, Argonne National Laboratory, Nabisco, HILTI and many more. JATCO has been in business since 1976 and currently has around 200 team members employed domestically as well as overseas with a small presence in China. They are bicoastal with facilities located here in California and South Carolina. JATCO has always been fortunate to have strong employee longevity, many of whom have been with the company for 25+ years. The vast majority of them have chosen to relocate with the firm to their new state-of-the-art Modesto plant.

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For a while, they had been looking for a more modern facility that would allow for greater efficiencies to their production, improved logistics, and high volume storage. They were also looking for a region that has a well-trained and educated labor pool.

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This year the company moved from Union City to Modesto and found exactly what they needed, including opportunities to fill supply chain needs of local companies. JATCO has a very strong history of plastic injection mold manufacturing in solar, agriculture, medical, household goods, automotive, food and beverage, electronic and construction industries. They are also one of the pioneering experts in recycled, reprocessed and biomaterials. This provides their clients with the highest quality and most costeffective solution for just about any production run. They offer upfront design improvements and recommendations that reduce costs, cycle times and improve the product. In other words, they are not just a manufacturer. Moving in 2019 introduced them to terrific local Modesto labor and talent allowing them to continue their growth. You can even schedule a visit to their Modesto facility! To learn how they can help your business, please contact Steven G. Ames at 209497-4290 or steven.ames@jatco.com, or visit Jatco. com/Modesto.

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE GOMEZ NEW TO THE OPERA MODESTO TEAM Opera Modesto is pleased to announce their newest team member - Community Liaison, Cristina Gomez. In her new role, Cristina will help with program ad sales, small & medium size sponsorships and building relationships with the Modesto business community. She will especially be involved with Opera Modesto’s “Story Into Song” Literacy Initiative (this year – Mansfield Park opera & Jane Austen weekend; next year – Spanish/Spanglish literature-based operas & “destination weekend”). Cristina met Roy Stevens and Annalisa Winberg (the Opera Modesto Leadership Team) in 2008 during a summer drama program – a rarity for Avenal High School. She had her first taste of theatre and the arts then, and Roy and Annalisa have continued to have an immense influence on her life. The daughter of Juan Gomez, a farm worker/supervisor and Teresa Gomez, an in-home childcare provider, Cristina is the first in her family to attain degrees in higher education. She holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Cinema and Fashion studies from UC Merced, and plans to eventually become a curator for a Cinema Fashion museum. The arts and literature have greatly influenced Cristina’s life and career choices, and she is thrilled to be a part of Opera

Modesto and feels her life has come full circle – she is happy to give back to a community who gave her so much. She would love to hear from Modesto Chamber Members to Cristina Gomez purchase program ad space for the Jane Austen-Con Destination Weekend Program in January, future productions at the Gallo Center and to investigate how Chamber Members can collaborate with Opera Modesto to help increase the level of Literacy in our region.

Cristina Gomez Community Liaison for Opera Modesto cgomez@operamodesto.org 1214 11th St, Modesto, CA 95354 Phone: 209-523-6426

DIAMOND LEVEL

Bank of the West (H Street) Bank of the West (McHenry) Bank of the West (Pelandale) 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

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.

PLATINUM LEVEL E & J Gallo Winery Kaiser Permanente Walmart

SILVER LEVEL

American Chevrolet American Medical Response Aramark Uniform Services Atherton & Associates, LLP Audi Modesto Bank of Stockton - Dale Road Bank of Stockton - Modesto Main Branch Bank of the West (Dale Road) BURGERIM Caliber Collision California State University, Stanislaus

Care One Home Health and Hospice, Inc. Central Sanitary Supply Co. Central Valley Automotive Central Valley Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge Central Valley Nissan Central Valley Specialty Hospital Central Valley Volkswagen Hyundai Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino Clark Pest Control COIT Services Inc. Collins Electrical Comcast Damrell, Nelson, Schrimp, Pallios, Pacher & Silva Del Monte Plant #1 Delta Sierra Beverage English Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Hospital F&M Bank (Carpenter Road) F&M Bank (Dale Road) F&M Bank (McHenry) Flooring Liquidators, Inc. Flowers Baking Co. of Modesto, LLC Food Maxx Galletto Ristorante Gianelli Nielsen Gilton Solid Waste Mgmt, Inc. Golden Valley Health Centers Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, Inc. Grover Landscape Services, Inc. Infiniti of Modesto International Paper Co. JS West & Companies Lewis Capital Advisors Maxx Value Foods Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash)

Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mister Car Wash (Prime Shine Car Wash) Mocse Credit Union Mocse Credit Union Modesto Toyota Nine3One NT Nail Spa O'Brien's Market O'Brien's Market O'Brien's Market Oak Valley Community Bank Oak Valley Community Bank Oak Valley Community Bank Opportunity Stanislaus 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 Rogers Jewelry Co. Rose Bouquet Round Table Pizza #1033 Round Table Pizza #1034 Round Table Pizza #186 Round Table Pizza #701 Round Table Pizza, Corporate San Joaquin Valley College Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets Save Mart Supermarkets - Corp Office Seven-Up Bottling Co. of Modesto/Varni Brothers Corporation Solecon Industrial Contractors Solid Networks, Inc. Stanislaus Food Products Co.

Stanislaus Surgical Hospital Stifel Investment Services Storer Coachways Sutter Gould Medical Foundation The Century The Farmacy The Modesto Bee TSM Insurance & Financial Services Turlock Irrigation District Union Bank US Bank US Bank US Bank (Modesto Main) US Bank Turlock Valley BMW Valley Children's Healthcare Valley Children's Healthcare Valley First Credit Union Valley First Credit Union (Dale Branch) Valley First Credit Union Administrative Offices Valley Lexus Vintage Faire Mall/Macerich Company W.H. Breshears, Inc. Warden's Office Furniture Outlet Warden's Office Products Center Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Bank Wells Fargo Bank Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Winton-Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance Agency Yosemite Meat Co., Inc.

CONTACT THE CHAMBER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT'S CLUB LEVEL BENEFITS JANUARY 2020

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS P L EA S E JOIN US F OR AN EV EN I NG OF N ETWORKI NG WI TH Y OUR FELL OW AND F UTURE CH AM B ER MEM BERS . Midici The Neapolitan Pizza Company

WE BRING FRIENDS TOGETHER We love people, they move us, shape us, excite us and inspire us. We believe people are the best thing that can happen to anyone. That’s why we created Midici.

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MidiCi brick oven pizza brings Italy’s original Neapolitan pizza recipe to Modesto at the Vintage Faire Mall. Taste the freshness of the quality ingredients, experience our Italian-style courtyard, and enjoy the Midici’s signature appetizers, salads and desserts made with fresh natural ingredients. So when you want to really LOVE your pizza, meet at MidiCi.

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GRAB A CUP TO GO AT WHOLE LATTE CAFÉ

By: Virginia Still

There is a new little coffee shop on Blue Gum Avenue in Modesto that has a variety of hot, cold, and blended beverages and is located inside Valley Mountain Regional Center; the shop is called Whole Latte Café (WLC). With about 10 employees, two supervisors, and manager, Yesenia Victoria, serving up delicious drinks with great customer service is their number one priority. “This is our initial start with hopes to expand to an official location for Whole Latte Café itself,” explained Victoria. “So that is our long term goal. We are seeing how things are going now and the future will tell. We would like the community to be a part of that as well.”

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They have a rewards card and offer a variety of drinks including seasonal creations like the peppermint mocha they coined the “York” and a very tasty pumpkin pie latte that has just the right amount of sugar and spice. To go with your coffee they have pre-packaged pastries that guests can purchase as well.

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The idea to open a coffee cart was created by staff from Cole Vocational Services in Modesto as a pilot program to provide job experience for the individuals they serve. The employees are participants in the day programs at Cole where they are taught vocational and life skills that include money handling, computer skills, reading, writing, and job skills. Victoria is a Job Developer at Cole Vocational and teaches them about the interview process and steps required for them to obtain an interview. The preparation builds confidence so that each person is successful in whichever job they choose. WLC is a platform for the employees to put their training to the test and gain valuable skills along with work experience. The plan is to expand to their own location in the future. They have only been open since April 2019 but Victoria expressed that the program has been a success for the individuals working there and for their customers. MODESTO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE I MODCHAMBER.ORG

“I am the manager here managing the coffee cart and making sure that everyone is following policies and procedures just like any other job would,” she said. “Also teaching disciplinary actions as well just like any other business would. So when they are ready to transition out they have all the experience behind them to help them strive in their choice of job that they are interested in.”


Shirley is an employee at WLC that wants to work with kids that have intellectual disabilities and explore that career. This would require her to take specific courses but in the meantime she will be acquiring job experience. With some companies requiring one to two years job experience this will give Shirley a step in the right direction. Another employee at the café is Briana that would like to transition to a job with Disney which she has applied to in the past. The obstacle for her has been the lack of job experience. She is a job coach at the day program that trains other people. “Essentially she does supervise and makes sure that everything is within the job description,” said Victoria. “She is already showing leadership skills and supervisory skills and just getting her out a little bit of her comfort zone.”

(VMRC) is at 1820 Blue Gum Avenue, across from Modesto Junior College West Campus. The location offered a familiarity for the employees at WLC which allows them to interact with people they know and don’t know. The employees are excited to be there and treat each customer with the same energy, according to Victoria. The employees have not called in sick since the coffee cart has opened and if they need a day off they schedule it with Victoria and take the responsibility of finding coverage for their shift. The manager noted that all the employees are very reliable. “Each individual here working has a desire to get hired out in the community,” Victoria expressed about her personnel. “You really have to come and see it and experience it yourself. They are working very hard to be successful.”

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THE DISNEY INSTITUTE: QUALITY OF SERVICE By Jolene Camarena What does quality of service mean to you? These days it can be hard to find the customer service we would like to get. Not everyone has had the proper training of treating their customers with courtesy and giving them the experiences they are wanting when doing business. We all have a purpose when running a business; keeping our customers happy, feeling welcomed, and wanting to visit again. November 21, 2019, we had the tremendous honor of having Julianna Alley & Rene Torrico of The Disney Institute come to Modesto Junior College to share their operational practices used to serve their guests. One thing they fully deliver is making sure their customers have an experience of pure happiness. In response, happy customers return again and again, and again …

Not only did we learn important key factors to exceptional customer service, we also enjoyed a light breakfast and lunch surrounded by Mickey and Minnie Mouse balloons. The Chamber then shared

the joy and happiness by donating the Mickey & Minnie Mouse balloons to our local hospitals Doctors Medical Center & Sutter Health Memorial Medical Center. Thank you to Disney Institute, Modesto Junior College Foundation and our Marketing Participants: 209 Magazine, iHeart Radio, and The Modesto Bee as well as our event sponsor, SYSCO Central California, and The Modesto Chamber of Commerce team. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” - Walt Disney JANUARY 2020

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We had an amazing day full of learning situational needs: the wanting of a piece of mind customers have when visiting a business; pre-conceived notions stereotype customers may have; and being sensitive to the different levels of emotions we come across when interacting with the public.

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LEADERSHIP MODESTO Education, College And Careers For All By Theresa Kiehn In December the Leadership Modesto class had the unique opportunity to experience Education Day in collaboration with the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) Leadership Academy students. This group of students, who represent high schools from across the county, are incredibly impressive and it was refreshing to see our youth actively engaged in their education and interested in community issues. Being able to experience Education Day with these students made the day’s program that much more impactful and drove home the messages of our guest presenters. Education Day gave us a quick snapshot of our intricate educational system, the inherent challenges and the vast amount of opportunities available to students of all ages and abilities. We had the opportunity to visit with leadership at SCOE, the John F. Kennedy School and Modesto Junior College. We learned that as a community we have some large hurdles to overcome. For instance, in Stanislaus County only 32% of children entering school are kindergarten ready, 61% of Stanislaus County third graders do not read at grade level and only 27% of fifth graders are meeting grade level standards in mathematics.

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While discouraging, these numbers help to get to the

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root cause of our issues. With these performance metrics in mind, educational leadership adopted the Cradle to Career which provides meaningful resources for children even before they step foot into their kindergarten classroom. Additionally, SCOE devotes meaningful resources, support and educational instruction to those children who are often overlooked and forgotten in our community including those students who are in juvenile hall. The workforce development and career courses offered at both SCOE’s VOLT program and MJC are on the cutting edge as they provide our students with viable


career options in fields such as construction, health care and agriculture, infusing our community with a skilled workforce and helping to drive our local economy. And finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention the amazing work being accomplished at the John F. Kennedy School which provides education, support and care to Stanislaus County’s handicapped students between the ages of 5 and 22. The school centers around positive behavioral strategies, sensory integration and a functional skills curriculum that facilitates independence for their students. This school provides a safe and creative environment for students to learn, develop, and grow. The care the administration, principals, teachers and staff have for their students and their families is unparalleled and is truly inspiring.

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By the end of the seminar it was very apparent that we have a talented and dedicated network of educational professionals in Stanislaus County. They are willing to be creative and think outside of traditional educational models to open doors of opportunities for our students, families and community. Thank you to Judy Boring, Erikka Perry and Sandy Montgomery of Stanislaus County Office of Education for coordinating an excellent program and changing how we view our educational system.

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What To Know As An Adult Heading Back To School College campuses are diverse. Newly minted high school graduates embarking on the next stage of their studies might dominate college campuses, but many established professionals who have long since graduated from high school are also among the student bodies at universities across the globe. The National Center for Education Statistics says that one in five Americans enrolled in undergraduate higher education is at least 30 years old. The changing face of higher education should be a comfort to adults who may have been apprehensive about heading back to school. Adults considering a return to school should not allow age to deter them from enrolling. Many people now complete degrees later in life, while others return to school to study subjects they did not study during their first go-rounds as college students. Finding the right fit in regard to a college is different for adults than it is students right out of high school. Responsibilities to family and employers complicate the decision about where to go to school. The following tips can help adults as they decide where to continue their educations. Choose a school that meets your needs. Look for schools that can accommodate priorities other than academics, such as family and work. Many schools now offer flexible schedules and online classes. Check out schools with strong reputations for working with adult learners. Sit down with a college counselor. If you’ve been in college before, pull your transcripts and bring any information about coursework, credits and life experience. This way you can be credited for what you have already accomplished. Counselors can serve as invaluable resources as you navigate a return to the classroom.

Brush up on the skills required of successful students. If you’ve been out of school for a while, brush up on your study skills, note-taking, annotating, and other skills that can serve you well in an academic environment. Speak with your employer. Many employers support employees who want to return to school, especially when employees will be gaining skills that are applicable to their existing careers. Some employees may even help their employers finance their educations. According to Matthew Reed, the vice president for learning at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., roughly 90 percent of midsize or large employers offer some kind of tuition reimbursement. Even when that’s not available, some employers may have an arrangement with certain schools that provide discounts to their workers, says Reed. Adults returning to school is becoming increasingly common. Planning and making use of resources at your disposal can help you navigate the process of returning to school as an adult.

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Deductions And Donations: What Donors Should Know Giving to charity is a selfless act that’s worthy of recognition. That recognition can come in many forms, and donors should know that even the ‘tax man’ likes to reward men and women who donate to charity. Both the United States and Canada reward donors with tax credits. The financial services firm H&R Block notes that, in the United States, taxpayers can deduct donations made to qualified charities. Such deductions must be itemized, but they can greatly reduce a person’s taxable income. According to TurboTax, Canada also has a generous tax credit system, rewarding taxpayers who donate to charity by giving them a credit that’s up to 29 percent of the amount donated at the federal level. Laws regarding donations and tax deductions can be difficult to understand, so donors should always 26

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discuss their donations with their financial planners or tax preparers before filing their returns. The following is some general information regarding donations and deductions that can be useful to prospective donors. Are all donations deductible? H&R Block notes that, in the United States, donations must go to one of three types of groups in order to qualify for deductions. Donations made to nonprofit religious groups, nonprofit educational groups and nonprofit charitable groups, which are often referred to as 501(c)(3) organizations, may qualify for deductions. Does a donation have to be money in order for it to be deducted? Non-cash donations are eligible for deductions in the United States.

Do I need to get anything from the organization I donate to? In most instances in the United States, H&R Block notes that charitable organizations must provide donors with certain information in order for donations to be deducted. A receipt that indicates the organization’s name and address and the date and location of the donation must be submitted. In addition, the amount of the donation when donating cash or, in the case of non-cash donations, a reasonably detailed description of the items donated. Donating to charity is a selfless endeavor that may lead to rewards when donors file their tax returns.

EPA Aims To Provide Needed Clarity, Certainty For U.S. Agriculture

The first action EPA is announcing is the approval of ten pesticide applications for use on hemp, just in time to be used during the 2020 growing season. EPA wanted to ensure the agency acted on these applications quickly to give growers certainty for next spraying season in 2020 and to make timely purchasing decisions for next year. These approvals were made possible by the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp-derived products from Schedule I status under the Controlled Substances Act. While EPA oversees pesticide registrations for hemp under FIFRA, other federal agencies are working to streamline their separate regulatory implementation processes for the newly legalized crop. The 2018 Farm Bill directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop a regulatory oversight program for hemp. USDA has since proposed a rule for state-level hemp growing/management plans. In addition, the Food and Drug Administration also plays a role in regulating hemp products when they fall under their regulatory authority. EPA is committed to working with its federal partners and helping hemp growers obtain the tools needed to support and increase commercial production. The step the agency is taking recognizes that innovation in

pesticide use is critical to the success of a strong and vibrant agricultural sector. “NASDA thanks the EPA for taking the first step to provide crop protection for U.S. hemp farmers. Collaboration will be key as we work to provide a full tool box of solutions, including biopesticides, to the emerging hemp industry,” said National Association of State Departments of Agriculture CEO Dr. Barbara P. Glenn. The second action EPA took was to propose new, stronger protections to reduce exposure to atrazine — the next step in the registration review process required under FIFRA. Atrazine is a widely used herbicide that controls a variety of grasses and broadleaf weeds. It is well-known and trusted by growers as one of the most effective herbicides. Atrazine is used on about 75 million acres annually and is most often applied to corn, sorghum, and sugarcane. As part of this action, the agency is proposing a reduction to the maximum application rate for atrazine used on residential turf, and other updates to the label requirements, including mandatory spray drift control measures. EPA’s proposed decision is based on the 2016 draft ecological risk assessment and the 2018 human health draft risk assessment for atrazine. EPA is also proposing updates to the requirements for propazine and simazine, which are chemically related to atrazine. “We appreciate the EPA’s proposal to re-register atrazine,” said Missouri Corn Growers Association CEO and Triazine Network Chair Gary Marshall. “This product is tremendously important to farmers across the country, especially for weed control in conservation practices. From citrus to sorghum and corn to Christmas trees, farmers rely on the agency’s use of credible science to regulate the products that allow us to safely grow more with less for a hungry global population.” JANUARY 2020

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced two important actions that will help the agricultural sector protect crops from pests and weeds. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is approving the use of 10 pesticide products on hemp in time for the 2020 growing season. Nine of these products are biopesticides and one is a conventional pesticide. EPA is also issuing a proposed interim decision on atrazine — a widely used herbicide. Both actions provide regulatory certainty and clarity on how these tools can be used safely while also helping to ensure a strong and vibrant agricultural market.

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

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An Agreement, which has more details, must be completed, with payment, to secure your date.

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For more information on becoming a host in 2020, please call 209-577-5757, or email at mccreception@ModChamber.org

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NEW MEMBER HIGHLIGHT Meet Autism Behavior Services, Inc. Autism Behavior Services, Inc. (ABSI) was established by Dr. Rosa Patterson, Psy.D, BCBA, in order to improve the quality of life of children on the autism spectrum. Dr. Patterson is an expert in the field of autism with direct training under world renowned Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas at UCLA. Under Dr. Patterson’s leadership ABSI opened an incredible clinic in Modesto which serves Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Merced counties. The team in Modesto is led by a fantastic supervisor, Hillary, MA, BCBA. We provide a variety of services, including 1:1 ABA by certified behavior technicians, program supervision by certified staff, and Functional Behavioral Assessment occurring in the home, school, community, and clinic. ABSI has been an active member of the Modesto community and

the Modesto Chamber of Commerce since 2017 and continues to live up to their motto: “Making a Difference!”

What Is The Modesto Chamber Of Commerce Welcome Team?

The Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Team is made up of existing Chamber Members who attend Ribbon Cuttings, Business Before/After Hours, and other featured Chamber events with the purpose of getting new members connected and encouraging growth among existing members. While being a part of this team can be extremely rewarding and enjoyable, it does come with some responsibility as well. We ask that our Welcome Team members are well versed in the Chamber’s benefits and activities and can dedicate their time and resources to making new members feel welcomed and connecting them with other members in our community. With up to two networking events a month, ribbon cuttings every week, and featured events always around the corner, our Welcome Team is a valued and important cornerstone in the Chamber mission. As a member of the Welcome Team you will have the opportunity to be a part of one of our most visible and

exciting committees, joining a group of approximately 40 dedicated volunteers that give their time to greet, congratulate and encourage business owners. If you are interested in becoming a Welcome Team member, or learning more about the program, please call us at (209) 577-5757, or email Sabrinna Gonzales at sgonzales@modchamber.org. Together we can make Modesto thrive. JANUARY 2020

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As a new or longstanding member of the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, you might be wondering how you can get more involved and network more efficiently with other members. You might have attended a few Business Before/After Hours events or maybe even a committee or two, but it can be difficult to make a lasting impression and maintain relationships while still making new connections. If only there were a team of dedicated individuals who were privy to the inside scoop of new members, upcoming events, and received personal calendar invites and reminders to those events. Well dear friends, let me introduce you to our Welcome Team.

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Celebrating The Season In Fine Style

Thursday, December 19, 2019 – The Chamber had the pleasure of opening our doors to our community, members and non-members alike. We gathered to share hot apple cider and hot chocolate, yummy holiday treats, and to compare ugly sweaters. It is at this time of the year especially that we find ourselves surrounded by so many wonderful friends and family. Thank you to all who stopped by our Holiday Open House and wished us a happy holiday season. We are so grateful for all the support you have offered to us and the community.

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WATER MATTERS Learn about what we’re doing to protect our rivers, our communities and our environment. mid.org/lastdrop

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