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The 13th Annual National Day of Prayer for Truckers will be conducted March 24, 2012 at the Truckers Pavilion located in the Papa John Stadium parking lot in Louisville, KY at 5:00PM.

The program will be presented in conjunction with the 41st Annual Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville. Shuttle buses will operate between the Truckers Pavilion in the parking lot and the exhibition halls.

Joe Hunter, President of TruckStop Ministries, will voice the prayer. Chaplain Joe is heard weekly on the Dave Nemo Truckers show on XM Radio.

Jan McCarter, an owner-operator and a musical artist in her own right, will present the National Anthem and special music leading up to the prayer. It has been rumored that Bobby Boofay might make an appearance as well.

Jerry and Sharon Benson will present special music following the prayer. They are known for their musical talent and their willingness to give of themselves ministering to drivers.

Sharon has won the Favorite Female Vocalist of the Year Award in the gospel music industry. Jerry is involved with trucking as a driver and as an owner operator.

Bob Hataway, President of TransAliveUSA, will serve as MC. Hataway stated, "It is a privilege each year to be involved with the National Day of Prayer for Truckers."

Fourteen years ago Bob Hataway and Joe Hunter met at the Mid America Trucking Show and planned the first National Day of Prayer for Truckers. It has now grown to include truckers worldwide.

We receive requests each year from drivers across the globe to include them. "With 21st century internet technology, we can now involve drivers worldwide," Hataway declared.

We invite truckers who cannot attend to join with us at 5:00PM, your local time, to pray for truckers and their families. Prayers offered at local times will ensure prayers being offered throughout the evening.

Carriers, trucking companies, company drivers, owner operators, vendors, truckstops, receivers, and shippers can set aside a moment of silence at 5:00PM on March 24, 2012 for prayer for the truckers and their families.

The National Day of Prayer for Truckers is sponsored by TransAlive USA, Truckstop Ministries, Transport for Christ, and Tim Young, CEO Mid-America Trucking Show/EMA in Louisville, KY.

Exhibitors at MATS are encouraged to assign a representative from their booth to join the National Day of Prayer for Truckers at the Truckers Pavilion at Papa John Stadium parking lot. Shuttle buses are available between the pavilion and the exhibition halls.

For further information, please contact Bob Hataway at (817) 320-0567 or email Bob_Hataway@transalive.com.

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Right click and print this picture and take it with you to Applebee’s if you are dining anywhere in the Louisville area on Wednesday or Thursday while visiting the Mid-America Truck Show.  If you give a copy of this flyer to your waitress when you order a percentage of your check will be donated to the JRB Memorial Fund.

 

 

The Trucker Charity Christmas Group has been successful in its effort by providing 49 families over $30,000 in their 3 year run. They have spawned a full-time organization dedicated to helping truckers in need. OOIDA Life Member Lance Wood of Summerfield, IL, is a member of the Christmas group. He now heads Trucker Charity, Inc., a 501(c)(3) that helps truckers in need year round by; "Getting them fed, getting them safe and getting them home". Just last month they were able to get 5 drivers home from being stranded on the road under various circumstances, some referred to them by OOIDA.
They raise funds by selling items on the Trucker Charity Christmas Group Fundraising website and via donations. Nominations for needy trucking families will be accepted through Saturday, Dec. 19th.
On Dec 19th, a panel of volunteers, including OOIDA Member Kerry Mullins of West Lafayette In, and OOIDA Life Member Ralph Acocella of Hickory, NC, will review applications start the selection process which is done by a secret vote and based on a point system for an unbiased treatment of the families.
Mullins is the secretary of Trucker Charity and has been involved in the last 2 fund drives. He is hopeful this will be the best year yet but they need the help from fellow trucker’s to make it happen. This is Acocella’s 2nd on the panel, and he is looking forward to helping his fellow drivers with some Christmas joy. Trucker’s helping Trucker’s, that’s what it’s all about with these professionals.

http://www.truckercharity.org/christmas-group.php

Trucker Charity Inc is a 501(c)(3) charity with it’s main office located in Summerfield Ill.

 

How We Began

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Our beginnings were as many organizations the actions of individuals. Some driver would become needy, and among the ATN Fans drivers would talk together and pool resources to help that driver.

In small groups we shared concerns, and we shared some efforts. Many of us did what we did quietly through friends in the belief that the recipient should not know where the aid was coming from. “Thank You” was not something most of us wanted to hear. Some of the recipients later became benefactors to others because, among the ATN Fans as among the trucking community in general, the belief in “pay me forward” rather than “pay me back” is strong. Some people did “pay back” when they were helped, those funds always seemed to find a new need to be applied to.

Over time it was only natural that small groups started discussing formalizing an organization to continue this effort. The shock we all experienced when one of the hosts of the radio show our group seemed to revolve around experienced the crushing loss in his personal life that our efforts could not ameliorate, gave some of us the spark that galvanized us into action at last.

Jacob Boulanger and his father Eric ( Bubba Bo) and Steven Sommers and his father Steve are for many of the ATN listeners an extended family. It seemed only fitting that we should guarantee that our trucking community efforts should reflect our acknowledgment of that relationship. Steven we agree to uplift in all his endeavors, and as a group we rejoice in his accomplishments. Jacob however we will with our own efforts try to honor because his life was cut short.

This memorial fund is the continuation of our community building that for most of us began with our participation in, and enjoyment of, the ATN show. Our hope is to also spread the community beyond the ATN audience to the entire trucking community. It is after all the entire trucking community we belong to that shares the beliefs that we put into practice here. Our roots as an organization are after all only the place to gain nourishment for the living plant we are bringing to life here. A fund by truckers for use helping truckers.

Jake Russell Boulanger Memorial Fund

 

After a brief hiatus, All Drivers Together has released a call schedule through December. Calls scheduled include TA/Petro’s VP Tom Liutkus and Joe Rajkovacz of OOIDA

TA/Petro will be returning for a third time to the conference line, Wednesday, November 16 at 2 PM Eastern time. Drivers are encouraged to call in, give feedback and hear what the truck stop chain has planned for the future. Tom Liutkus will be discussing future plans and giving updates from previous conversations. " TA is a full-service national travel center chain in the U.S., with 165 locations serving hundreds of thousands of professional drivers and other highway travelers each month – including virtually all major trucking fleets" according to their web site (www.tatravelcenters.com) Mr Liutkus reiterates with each call the importance of listening to the main customer, the driver.

With so many changes in the future, Joe Rajkovacz from Owner Operator Independent Driver Association will be with the group, Wednesday, December 7 at 6 PM Eastern time. Topics to be discussed will include Mexican Truck Program, Cell Phone Ban proposal, Hours of Service among others. OOIDA is an organization responsible for the representation of professional drivers, and with over 150,000 members, the organization has made huge gains in the industry and giving the drivers a voice in the courts and the government.

The group is currently working with several other groups and organizations to schedule calls. Those groups include CVSA, IdleAir, CSA, CA Air Resources Board and many others. Please check the facebook page (All Drivers Together) for updates.

All the calls will be recorded and will be about two hours in length. Drivers are encouraged to call in and listen to the presentations and ask questions of the speakers. Please dial 712 432 0075 access code 243977#