I am a proud member of the Trucking Solutions Group. The group has been around about 8 years, and I have been a part of it for about 6 years. Every member is a professional driver and owner operator. None of us are professional communicators. We dabble in communications. Take me for example. I write this blog and occasionally shoot short videos. I hope that you enjoy them. You probably realize that I am not a trained professional at either. That's OK. I do what I can.

One thing about our Trucking Solutions Group – We do what we can. Some of what we do is visible. Some is not. The group started doing health walks at truck shows. Was it a major contribution to society as a whole? No, it probably isn't. The walks are a good thing, but not that big a deal. Some of our members are involved in the Trucker Buddy program. That is a good thing. It isn't earth shattering. Our chairman has been instrumental in the Health Pavilion at GATS. It is a good thing. I helped start the Truckin' Runners face book group. It is what I can do.

Bill Gates can write a large check for a charity. I can write a small one, or throw a buck or two in when the hat gets passed. We do what we can. My wife has spent several years as a director of our local Violence Intervention Project. They help survivors of domestic violence. It is what she can do. A friend and pastor once told me that a church that does nothing outside of itself will ultimately fail. I think that same thing applies to organizations. They do what they can.

The point is that we are all different. Some of us are rich. We may have spare time. A lot of people like to work with their hands. It amazes me that some of the busiest people make time to contribute, while some people just complain. Some of our contributions are simple, but they reflect on all of us. Travis Rudolf made me reflect on contributions. He is a junior at Florida State University. While visiting a middle school he sat down and ate lunch with a boy who was sitting alone. He didn't think that it was a big deal. His simple act of kindness reflected well on FSU football. As a junior in college Travis probably can't write a big check, As a student athlete, I would bet that he does not have a lot of free time. He did what he could do.

We're all different. I like to tell my fellow truckin' runners to get out in the community and join a local 5k run/walk. Much of your entrance fee usually goes to a charity. That's a good thing. I ask them to talk to the people around them and tell them that you are a professional driver. It will reflect well on professional drivers. Doing what you can reflects well on you and the industry and helps the world in a small way. Alone we can make a small contribution. Together our potential is unlimited.
 

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Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark of Kewaunee, WI has been driving a truck for 24 years. He has been an owner operator for 11 years.

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We all should see ourselves as one drop of rain but put many drops of rain together and you have puddles of water all the way up to major floods or oceans when they collectively join together.

September 13, 2016 6:40:21 AM