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Message from the CEO 

We had a very successful Ag Aware Luncheon. This was our 21st year for this event that honors and benefits the FFA students from Modesto area high schools. The event was on Apr. 15 at MJC’s ACE Pavilion. Lunch was provided by generous donors and prepared by MJC Ag Staff. The FFA student presentations by Wrangler Wheeler, Central Region South Section Vice President Modesto High School FFA and David Phillips, Central Region Section Vice President Central Catholic High School FFA were both excellent. The keynote speaker Jeff Wingfield, Director Environmental & Public Affairs for the Port of Stockton was very educational and informative. The major takeaway was the tremendous economic impact that the Port of Stockton has on this region. We had a record attendance for this event and we are thankful to all of the sponsors and our committee headed by Kelly Monk of JS West for making this our best Ag Aware event ever!

Apr. 9 marked the Opening Day for the Miracle League of Stanislaus County. This is a project supported and funded by a large group of local businesses and parents of kids with special needs. This special baseball diamond is located at 4040 Tully Rd. adjacent to Big Valley Grace School. Opening day was a rainy day but it did not stop the celebration. This is a great addition to Modesto and the dedication of the organizers is a tribute to the caring and generosity of Modesto.

We are pleased to report that the Mayor’s 100 day plan to review all expenses and revenue with an eye to better transparency by committee is well under way. The Modesto Chamber has three of its board members on this committee: Eric Tobias with F&M Bank, our Board Chairman; Patricia Gillum with Patricia Gillum CPA, our Vice Chairman of Internal Operations; and Warren Kirk, CEO of Doctors Medical Center. They are joined by other very qualified persons from our community. Our new Mayor Ted Brandvold expects to announce their finding by June.

Your Chamber is continuing work on a number of committees: Public Safety, Transportation, Beautify 99, and Destination Modesto just to name a few. Speaking of Destination Modesto, Graffiti Summer with the North Kiwanis Car Show and Parade is just around the corner. I have shortened my article in this addition of Progress to make room for one of Modesto’s biggest fans, Chris Murphy. Chris is a very high-energy guy and a great spokesman for Modesto and we are very fortune to have him promoting Modesto. Keep flipping for more about Modesto and look for Chris Murphy’s article.

By Cecil Russell

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