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Industry meetings, workshops dominate OOIDA's year-end calendar

In mid-November, the OOIDA Board of Directors spent a week in Grain Valley, MO, to produce the association’s agenda for 2005 and to outline strategies for the association’s initiatives. 

Five new alternate board members were sworn in. They are: Bruce Worth, Hartley, IA; Jim Moore, Caldwell, ID; Grover “Dee” Jones, Redfield, AR; Sue Lynch, Prairie du Chien, WI; William “Lewie” Pugh, Freeport, OH. 

Watch for meeting highlights in the February issue of Land Line.

Other activities

  • The fall workshop of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance was Oct. 23-28 in Sparks, NV. Members of the CVSA from the United States, Canada and Mexico exchanged information and shared views on numerous topics promoting commercial vehicle safety and security. 
    OOIDA’s Gary Green and Rick Craig, OOIDA director of regulatory affairs, represented the association. Craig is a member of the Driver-Traffic Enforcement Committee. Green is on the Vehicle Committee.
  • Green, supervisor of OOIDA’s Business Services department, also participated in the annual meeting of the International Registration Plan Inc. on Nov. 8 in Incline Village, NV. Cathy Koncilia and Mary Dennis from the Business Services staff also attended. 
    The IRP is a registration reciprocity agreement among American states and Canadian provinces that provides for payment of license fees on the basis of fleet miles operated in each jurisdiction.
    One of the main issues was a proposed ballot to be considered by the four border states regarding IRP registration of Mexican trucks through those states. Green voiced the association’s concerns. Watch for more on this in upcoming issues of Land Line.
  • Rick Craig is set to attend the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators meeting in Ottawa Dec. 2-3 to discuss compliance and regulatory affairs.
  • Woody Chambers, OOIDA’s general vice president, will attend the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators CDL Industry Forum Meeting Dec. 6 in Reston, VA. Topics of discussion will include CDL pilot and field testing and revision of the CDL driver manual and knowledge tests.
  • John Siebert and Tom Weakley of the OOIDA Foundation plan to attend the 84th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board Jan. 9-13 in Washington, DC.
    Siebert will speak on “Hours of Service – One year later.” Both he and Weakley are committee members for the Trucking Industry Research Task Force. 
    In addition, the TRB will discuss the latest developments in transportation research, policy and practice.
  • Woody and Paula Chambers signed up 1,451 new members while out in OOIDA’s truck, the “Spirit of the American Trucker,” during 2004. They are gearing up for their first stop in 2005. They’ll visit Redding and Ocala, FL, Jan. 20-22, 2005.
  • Applications for OOIDA student scholarships for the 2005-2006 school year are being accepted now. The program was established to assist the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of OOIDA members with college expenses. Annually, OOIDA awards one $2,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships, each renewable for three more years. 
    The deadline for applications for scholarships for the ’05-’06 school year is Feb. 1, 2005. To request an application and official rules, contact Denise Volmer at the OOIDA Foundation. The phone number is 1-800-444-5791. Or you can visit OOIDA’s Web site at for more details.

By Nikki Johnson, OOIDA staff