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Message from the CEO – February 

The Modesto Chamber’s Annual Gala and Membership Award function was a resounding success. I take pride in the Chamber honoring some of our finest volunteers, recognition of the most impactful businesses, and highlighting outstanding service from individuals. As has been our privilege, we feature many local restaurants which provide their ‘showcase’ dishes and the great wines from Gallo and spirits from our local Do Good distillery. It was our honor to recognize and reward Bob and Marie Gallo for their lifetime of dedication to this great community. Look for March’s issue of Progress where we will report more on this event.

We have added four new board members for 2016, they are Naomi Layland from Huff Construction, Thomas Reeves from PG&E, Paul Holshouser from Flowers Bakery, and DeSha McLeod from Community Hospice. We welcome them and look forward to their involvement and the diverse business acumen and knowledge that they will be bringing to our board.

The Ag Aware Luncheon, in its 21st year, is our next signature event happening Friday, Apr. 15 at the Modesto Junior College ACE Pavilion. Our featured speaker will be announced soon, keep an eye out for that in our next issue. This event has historically raised funds for Modesto area schools FFA programs. There are still plenty of opportunities to sponsor this event and show your support for our agricultural and community’s future leaders, call the chamber today, 577.5757 or visit our website: www.modchamber.org.

We have added a Public Safety Committee to the Chamber’s lineup of committees. This new committee has been spearheaded by Steve Madison, our Vice Chairman of External Operations. The mission of this committee is to better understand and communicate the needs and challenges in funding public safety for our community. We have assembled a great committee that includes our City Manager Jim Holgersson, Police Chief Galen Carroll, Fire Chief Sean Slamon, Cindy Woolston, the general manager of American Medical Response, representatives from the police and fire associations, and various representatives of the Modesto Chamber’s board. The Chairman of the committee is our former Mayor Jim Ridenour. The public safety committee is founded on the precept of collaboration and cooperation to improve our local economy. A safe and vibrant community results in better commerce and we see it as our role to help build sustainable public safety services in Modesto.

Your Modesto Chamber has been selected to serve on the Safer Neighborhoods Community Advisory Board. The mission of the Safer Neighborhoods Advisory Board shall be to promote and assist Community-Oriented Governance. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to enhance partnerships and collaboration in order to achieve quality of life improvements for all those who live, work, and visit the City of Modesto.

The Advisory will:

1. provide “community insight,” which will influence the City’s policies, strategies and practices in Public Safety.

2. Assist in increasing collaboration with residents, businesses, community groups, and schools to achieve safer neighborhoods.

3. Support community self-reliance and problem solving. We are pleased to serve on this board and it is our hope that this board and the new public safety committee of the Modesto Chamber will make a difference in our quality of life for all that live and work in our great city.

There are numerous opportunities to network at our monthly Business Before and After Hours at various locations. These are perfect functions to meet your fellow chamber members and to learn about upcoming events, and ways to get involved in your community. We have openings on our Welcome Team and on our Ambassador Team; we also have openings on our Harvest Lunch and Ag Aware committees. If you have interest or desire more information, you may inquire at modchamber.org or call of office at 209.577.5757. Please mark your calendar for Ag Aware, Friday, Apr. 15. Don’t forget to check our website calendar of events to keep up to date on what is happening next, www.modchamber.org

By Cecil Russell, Chamber President and CEO

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