OOIDA Board meets

By Land Line staff

Board members from all over the U.S. and one from Canada spent nearly a week in Grain Valley to produce a substantial work agenda for the Association in 2015. The board approved some new initiatives to benefit members and gave the nod to significant involvement in legislative issues as well as stepped-up participation in regulatory affairs.

Jim Johnston, president of OOIDA since the end of 1974, presided. Johnston is the third president in OOIDA’s 42-year history and also serves as chief executive officer of the Association’s business entities.

Currently serving as officers of the board are Executive Vice President Todd Spencer of Oak Grove, Mo.; General Vice President Woody Chambers of Eddyville, Ky.; Secretary Robert Esler of Taylor, Mich., and Treasurer William Rode of Eagle, Idaho.

Board Members are Gary Green, Kansas City, Kan.; Leland Wilkins, St. Charles, Mich.; Mark Elrod, Peru, Ind.; Kenneth Becker, Montgomery, Texas; Lewie Pugh, Freeport, Ohio; Terry Button, Rushville, N.Y.; Gary Carr, Wayne, Maine; Jack McComb, Littleton, Colo.; Steve Davenport, Lewisville, Texas; Lou Esposito, Duanesburg, N.Y.; Miles Verhoef, Malta, Mont.; Johanne Couture, Brockville, Ontario; Steve Bixler, Valley View, Pa.; Keith Jibben, Milbank, S.D.; Dick Pingel, Plover, Wis., and Bryan Spoon, Grandy, N.C.

The newly elected alternate board members were sworn in. They are Life Member Tilden E. Curl Jr., Olympia, Wash.; Life Member David Jungeblut, Sibley, Mo.; Senior Member John Koglman from Oberlin, Ohio; Senior Member Paul Storz, Independence, Mo., and Life Member Monte Wiederhold, Lebanon, Ohio. Alternates are elected by and from the membership for two-year terms. The nominations were made by the membership, and the five were elected by the votes of the membership.

Two employees of OOIDA serve as members of the board. In a March meeting of the Association’s managers and supervisors, Sandi Soendker was re-elected as full board member for another three-year term. Soendker has been employed by OOIDA since 1987. She is editor-in-chief of Land Line Magazine. Donna Ryun was re-elected as alternate board member. Ryun joined the staff at headquarters in 1989 and serves as manager of OOIDA’s Communications Department. LL