Trucker Buddy International announces the addition of three new board members and new officers for the next fiscal year, starting in 2016. With the eight-year term on the Board of Directors expiring for Elisabeth Barna, K.C. Brau, Mark Reddig and Steve Sichterman, Trucker Buddy elected Henry Albert, Scott Grenerth and Andrew Mitrisin to replace them on the Board. Previously appointed to the Board, Linda Coffee was elected as President, replacing retiring K.C. Brau. In addition, Brad Williamson was elected as Vice President and Kate Miller accepted the Treasurer position.
Trucker Buddy International has selected Will Moon and Delia Moon Meier as well as all the employees for the Iowa 80 Group to receive the 2016 Gary King Award presented at the latest Walcott Trucker’s Jamboree in Walcott, Iowa. Presenting the award was Randy Schwartzenburg of Trucker Buddy. The award is given to people whom have had an impact on the trucking industry and Trucker Buddy International. The Gary King Memorial Award is given each at the Walcott Jamboree and named for the Founder of Trucker Buddy.
Our very own Bob and Linda Caffee visited their class in St. Malo France. Probably the first class visit from across the ocean. Of course they didn't bring their truck but had a great time meeting in person their teacher and the students they have communication with. Linda is serving on the Board of Directors for Trucker Buddy and is active in my other organizations. Below is a story by Linda on their visit.
We had a very exciting Boy Scout merit badge session at the Mid America Truck Show in Louisville, KY for our 3rd Annual Merit Badge session on April 2, 2016. Each Scout earned their own Truck Transportation and Traffic Safety Merit Badges and had the opportunity to tour the truck show all at no charge. Kevin Tomlinson, President of the Transportation Maintenence Counsel discussed the differences between a deisel and gas engine and other asspects of the technical of the transportation industry. Matt Slovack a driver for Hummer Transportation, Boy Scout leader and Trucker Buddy Ambassador instructed the Scouts.
Trucker Buddy International has named K.C. Brau the Darryl Hicks Ambassador of the Year for 2016. K.C. is a long time Crete driver and was presented the award by Randy Schwartzenburg, Executive Director during the Red Eye Radio event on Thursday night of the Mid America Trucking Show. K.C. has served on the board of directors for eight years and is the out-going President of the association.
Trucker Buddy International and PeopleNet Communications are pleased to announce that nineteen schools have been granted $500 each for supplies and equipment needs in 2016. The School Supply Grant Program started in the fall of 2014 and each teacher and or driver completed an application to be qualified for grant consideration. Schools with funding needs and creativity in the use of the funds played a major part on whom were selected. Only current Trucker Buddies and their Trucker Buddy classes could apply. Some teachers used the grant application as a class project getting the students involved in the process. This became not only a request for funds but a learning experience for the students. The grants were awarded based on need and how the teachers were going to use the funds. School supplies and classroom equipment such as iPads and white screens were the dominate use of the funds. Both drivers and teachers could send in the request for the grants for the classrooms.