|Positively the Truth|
|Tuesday, 15 July 2008 07:54|
At first glance, when I saw the membership numbers from our June Membership Report, I thought – whoa we’re down about 150 net members from just a year ago when our total membership was about 1,500. That’s about 10%. Than I thought about the Kaiser Plan being terminated, the dramatic down-turn in our economy, the construction slow down (some call it a depression), the high cost of operations in the transportation business (fuel) and frankly, I’m surprised there hasn’t been more who have dropped out. Maybe everyone (who is a member) understands the real value of the association.
The Association’s membership numbers seems to be holding up considering all the problems we are all too familiar with today in our industry. Our Association represents more trucking companies with drivers and owner-operators in construction materials transportation (excluding the ready-mix industry) than all the other construction and trucking associations and even the Teamsters combined. We need to keep our membership numbers up because we are recognized by many State agencies as the leader and voice for this industry.
Over the last ten years especially, we (including AADT) have sponsored numerous new laws and regulations that benefit our industry and we have successfully opposed many regulations that were anti-business. We advocate for the membership at a very diverse level, including issues managed by the DIR, DMV, CHP/DOT, CalTrans and of course the CARB/EPA and Air Districts. We are Board Members of industry advocacy groups like Transportation California, CIAQC and the CalChamber’s “Driving toward a Cleaner California”. Plus, we’ve added many membership benefits and discount programs that save far more than the membership costs. Successful business people know the benefits of belonging to pro-businesses and industry focused organizations like CDTOA.
I won’t bore you all with many benefits of CDTOA membership, the point is to belong, to be a part of changing our industry for the better. I don’t know why our industry seems to have such a hard time excepting that we are all business people and not just truck drivers. We need to conduct ourselves as such. Successful business people use all the resources available to them. CDTOA should be that resource for all of us!
So once again, I ask all of you at the very least; bring in just one new member this year. If we all could do this, our membership would double! Just imagine what that would do – make an attempt, you will never know unless you try.
There is no down-side!
I believe the Association has and will continue to achieve great things for our industry. There is “strength in numbers” it’s our Association’s motto. We all need to stick together and work as a team; this includes ironically, helping to educate even non-members. I for one take great pride in being a member of this Association and doing my best to promote our goals and accomplishments. And I’m even more optimistic about the future issues that CDTOA has laid-out to accomplish. Whether it’s working to educate CARB about our industry, the DIR or the sponsoring of broker regulation legislation, we are the change agent for our industry!
“Together We Make a Difference”