I’ve been on the staff here at OOIDA since 1987 and I’ve covered the actions of the OOIDA Board of Directors as a Land Line reporter and editor. I’ve also served on the board as an employee director for several years and know full well the struggles involved with building the best board possible to represent trucker members of OOIDA.
Achieving that “best” Board of Directors is easier said than done.
OOIDA has more than 150,000 members, and I have no doubt they care deeply about their professional Association and its mission to represent the interests of truckers. But the fact remains that actually running for a seat on the Board is something only a very small percentage of our members are willing to do.
Board members who serve on a nonprofit board have serious fiduciary, legal and ethical responsibilities. They need to be trustworthy, believe strongly in the cause of the Association, and be able to devote considerable – and I mean considerable – time and energy to OOIDA. When they make decisions, they need to make them on behalf of the clear majority of our members.
We are especially fortunate to have the Board members we now have on our current Board. The Board is presently made up of men and women who bring years of experience in different areas of professional trucking and from all regions of the U.S. and Canada. They are a remarkable assembly of savvy, sensible and outspoken people who truly bring the concerns of the whole membership to the Board room.
As we wrap up 2014, we have an election in full swing and we are about to add more professional truckers into this already remarkable group. If you’re a member, you got your ballot in the mail in November. I hope you have completed it and mailed it back to headquarters. You can vote online, too. Now is the time for you to have a say in who serves on the Board.
OOIDA members have until the last day of December to cast their vote in a Board of Directors election that will seat five new people on the board in the spring.
The six candidates are Arthur Ballegeer, Winnipeg, Manitoba; Tilden Curl, Olympia, Wash.; David Jungeblut, Sibley, Mo.; John Koglman, Oberlin, Ohio; Paul Storz, Independence, Mo.; and Monte Wiederhold, Lebanon, Ohio. Click here to read short bios about these folks.
Speaking as a board member, I want to offer a special thanks to those six truckers on the ballot for stepping up to run. Congratulations for surviving the stringent qualification process and good luck on the election. Also, to those OOIDA members who are active and qualified to vote, these candidates have stepped up to represent you. They’ve each made a huge commitment to your interests. It’s your privilege as a member to exercise your vote. But more than that – it’s the right thing to take the time to support the efforts of those fellow truckers who have promised to go to bat for you. If you have not voted, do it now.