OOIDA Board meets

By Sandi Soendker, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The board’s first order of official business was to salute the years of service of two trucking board members who died since the first of the year – Jim Mathews of Greeley, Colo., and William “Wild Bill” Rode of Eagle, Idaho.

Mathews, an OOIDA life member, was a director emeritus of the board and died March 3.

Rode, who died on Feb. 1, was a life member, an active board member, an officer, chairman of one committee, and vital member of another.

Leland “Leo” Wilkins of St. Charles, Mich., was elected to replace Rode in the position of the Association’s treasurer. Gary Carr, Wayne, Maine, was elected to fill the spot on the Finance Committee vacated by Rode’s passing.

OOIDA’s workforce of board members, officers, attorneys and D.C. staff tackled new and old business and set an aggressive course of action on high-priority issues.

During the three days of board business, the directors heard reports from President and CEO Jim Johnston, Executive Vice President Todd Spencer, General Vice President Woody Chambers, Director of Regulatory Affairs Scott Grenerth, Director of Government Affairs Laura O’Neill-Kaumo, the Association’s Director of Security Operations Doug Morris, and other committee heads. Chief Operating Officer Rod Nofziger provided a comprehensive business report to the board.

Paul Cullen Jr. of The Cullen Law Firm in Washington, D.C., updated the board on current legal actions in which OOIDA is involved, notably OOIDA v. the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over its heavy-handed mandate on electronic logging devices.