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Familiar Faces: Dominguez gets his kicks helping kids and community

By: Menka Belgal Telegraph Correspondent
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Joe Dominguez’s decision to be a stay-at-home dad was an easy one. With his wife working for Intel Corporate Affairs and two children to care for, he said he knows he made the right choice. What do you love most about your life? I feel absolutely blessed to be involved with my children’s academic, athletic, social activities on a daily basis. After moving to El Dorado Hills, I left my sales position with Microsoft to stay home with the kids. It was a little strange being one of only a handful of dads staying home back then, but now I see more and more dads out and about during the day. I joined the El Dorado Hills Soccer Club in 2006 as a board member and coach, and this is my second year as President of the Club. Perhaps the most fun aspect of my role as President of the Soccer Club is that I get to meet so many local families from El Dorado Hills, and I really do feel like we’re always looking for better ways to provide kids the opportunity to play soccer and get outdoors. My job as a stay-at-home dad really revolves around my children and my community. I have had the pleasure of volunteering for soccer, wrestling, Spanish class, school activities, karate demos and more. It’s all been so rewarding because I often find myself helping children, including my own, to reach beyond their comfort zones. What is the most interesting thing that’s happened to you? From the standpoint of meeting people, I have had the pleasure of personally meeting President Zedillo and President Fox of Mexico, as well as Vice President Dick Cheney. Most recently, I had the pleasure of having dinner at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s home last year with about 20 other folks. What are your three favorite songs? “Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner, “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down and “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. I like these songs because they stir my soul to believe I can do it, to do it, and to reflect upon what I’ve done. What is your favorite movie and why? “The Great Dictator” with Charlie Chaplin. It shows the courage of Charlie Chaplin stepping out of his traditional comedic comfort zone to provide a strong message in condemnation about World War II in Europe. It reminds me of the quote from Edmund Burke, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” It’s also a funny movie. What hobbies do you enjoy? I enjoy reading about space exploration, the history channel, exercising at the gym, kenpo karate and jujitsu, skiing, swimming, cooking and, of course, eating. What about your family? My wife, Grace, and I met in college in 1992. We married in 1999 and have two children, William, 8, and Vivian, 5. Both attend Silva Valley Elementary, are members of the El Dorado Hills Soccer Club, participate in Scouts and Daisies, and love to play Xbox and Legos. We moved from the Bay Area to El Dorado Hills in 2005. What causes are you passionate about? We donate effort, time and money to several organizations and programs that help children be more active contributors to their communities. For me personally, I like to dedicate myself to helping kids have opportunities to do things that take them out of their comfort zones. What is one thing about you that people might be surprised to learn? I joined the US Army when I was 16 years old and went to boot camp right after my 17th birthday at the end of my junior year of high school. I returned to finish my senior year and went to military police school.