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Posted by Marshall Cook
on Apr 18, 2014
Charlie Mosier opened the Orofino Rotary Club’s meeting April 18th ” Franklin P. Jones (1908 - 1980) was a Philadelphia reporter, public relations executive and humorist. He wrote quips and quotes that entertained readers of major publications for many years.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance led by Will Rambo, Club President Mike Hedrick and others presented a number of announcements. These included Interactor Ashley Smith asking for financial help in recovering a $200 tablet stolen from her at school; reminders of the present open nomination period for Citizen of the Year and the open application period for the all-expense paid Rotary Youth Leadership Award in Camp in Canada; mention of the upcoming Community Clean-up April 26 and the Rotary Log Drive in early July to raise money for scholarships. Also noted were Rotary’s plan to help with voting equipment set-up/ take down May 19 and 21; and the fact that this week saw the 35th anniversary of the Orofino Rotary Club. Three charter members, Dale Cox, Charlie Mosier, and Paul Pippenger, were among the 22 in attendance. Lastly, we will be welcoming a foreign exchange student, Michael Meyer, who will arrive under the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in mid August.
Teri Bolling, April’s Sgt-at-Arms, next sucked a dollar out of the billfolds of 8-10 people who had sought public attention, had birthdays or anniversaries, or just wanted to give away a dollar to celebrate a family member’s accomplishments.
Then, Marshall Cook, the Program Chairman, introduced the speaker for the day, Mr. Randy Martz, the District Coordinator for Idaho Operation Lifesaver (IOL).
Founded in Idaho in 1972, this nation-wide organizations’ purpose is to increase public awareness of the potential dangers that exist at highway/rail grade crossings, railroad rights-of-way and around trains in general. Its goal is to eliminate injuries and fatalities to motorists, pedestrians and train crews through the use of education, the engineering of highway/rail intersections, and the enforcement of traffic laws pertaining to highway/rail grade crossings.
According to IOL statistics, the IOL has seen the 5 year averages of incidences drop from 49.6 in 1991-1995, to 5.6 in 2011-2015. During the period 1991-2012, however, there were 84 fatalities and 237 injuries at highway/rail crossings in Idaho alone.
Using well illustrated charts, Randy made several points. Among them were the following: 1) it takes a train travelling at 55 mph at least 1 mile to stop. The speed of a train at 55 mph computes to a speed of about 80 feet per second. 2) Today’s trains are quieter than ever and since they are primarily freight haulers, they are frequently not on set schedules. 3) The size of the contact surface of a railroad train wheel on a rail is the size of a dime, so stopping friction is small. 4) Considering that the weight of a train compared to a car is at the ratio of 4000 pounds to 1 pound, a train acts on a car as if it is simply a pop can (and you are the straw)! 5) At 55 mph or even less, a train will pass through an intersection in about 20 seconds following the closure of a gate.
Don't let this be your car!
Randy made several safety suggestions of importance. A) If your car stalls on train tracks, get out immediately and run toward the train. This prevents wreckage being pushed into you. B) If a train is within 1200 feet from you, you must yield to the train. C) Do not depend on train whistles. Some communities ban them to prevent noise. D) It is difficult to judge the speed of a train because of its size and the angle at which you are observing it. E) Never pass on a grade crossing, because it restricts vision. F) Trains extend out 3 feet on each side of the tracks. Do not park or stand too close. G) The sides of trains and many crossings are unlit, so do not overdrive your headlights at night! H) Do not walk or ride on railroad right-of-ways. That is trespassing! STAY OFF. STAY AWAY. STAY ALIVE. And I) LOOK; LISTEN; LIVE – Always Expect a Train!
More information about this subject can be gained online at www.oli.org.
Thank you, Randy Martz, for driving up from the Lewiston–Clarkston Valley to talk with us. You raised our awareness and may save a life or conserve property.
Next week, Steve Rogers, Dworshak Fish Complex Manager, will give us an update on the Dworshak Fish Hatchery Complex.
Posted by Marshall Cook
on Apr 18, 2014
Annie Lozar announced recently that 18 year old Michel Meyer is scheduled to arrive in Orofino from Rotary District 1980 in Basel, Switzerland as our 2014-2015 Rotary Youth Exchange student.
Michael follows a long line of Rotary Youth who have been coming to Orofino since 1981. During that time, we have welcomed students from Mexico, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Bulgaria, Columbia, France, Peru, S. Africa, Argentina, Germany, Costa Rica, Finland, Denmark, Taiwan, Ecuador, and Italy. In 1984, Melissa Johnson traveled from here to Rotary District 1980 in Switzerland, the same District in which Michel lives. Michel will be the first student coming here from Switzerland, however.
We will get to know Michel well while he is here, but according to his RYE application, Michel has two older siblings, has been very involved in his classes, enjoys economics, rides a motorcycle to school, and likes photography.
Welcome, Michel Meyer!
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