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2001 - CASTO Minutes of Meeting

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December 5, 2001

President David Kempf called the meeting to order at 6:57 p.m.
Will Pruette lead the pledge of Allegiance.
Twenty members were in attendance.
Minutes were approved from the last meeting.
Self-Introductions were made.

Treasurer's Report:  was approved as read. We have a balance of $6,530.23 in our checking account.
Membership: No report.
State Board: Will meet again on January 12, 2002.
Driver Workshop Report: We still need presenters and helpers. We have five presenters so far with others yet to respond. Cathy Scheer reminded the Chairperson that she will give a class. Jean Barkas may have someone lined up as well as Dale D'Avignon.
Roadeo Report: The flyers are to be sent out after the first of the year. Willa Steiner reported that our usual place will be available on March 16, 2001. We need to get the necessary paper work to the City of Rancho Cucamonga.
Special Ed. Roadeo Report: TWill be held in Montclair on February 9, 2002. Any kind of assistance in needed.

Carl still encourages everyone to visit the website. The web address is:

Issues & Good of the Order:
Ted Green spoke to us abut Prop. #42 which dedicates existing sales tax on gasoline for Transportation with 40% to go to State Transportation, 20% each to go to the Counties and Cities for road repair and 20% to go to Public Agencies. No monies to go to school districts. He requested that our Chapter be an endorser of this bill. After much discussion, motion was carried. President David Kempf will report to the State Board at the next meeting that we are supporting this bill.

John Pelligrin announced that Redlands Unified School District has an opening for a Dispatcher.

Dale D'Avignon stated that at the last meeting he felt that we did not leave enough monies for a tip for the waiter, who does do a good job. He suggested that we inform Denny's to attach a 15% gratuity to our food bills. Motion was made, discussed, and was carried.

Willa Steiner of Alta Loma presented a game of Bingo She passed out bingo cards and markers, then she read laws pertaining to school buses and their code number (vehicle code, education code, or title 13). Our duty was to find that code on our cards. A fun game.

The next meeting will be held at Denny's in Fontana on January 8, 2002.

Respectfully submitted,
Marion J. LaBrie, Secretary Protem

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November 5, 2001

Meeting was called to order by Carl Kovach at 6:45PM.
Pledge of Allegiance: led by Sam Anderson
Introductions and Welcome: 16 members in attendance.
Minutes were approved from the last meeting.
Correspondence: none

Treasurer's Report:  Congratulations to Marion for a job well done of getting the back two years of quarterly reports done and faxed to Barbara Smith, Treasurer of Casto. We have a balance of $7,001.23. The report was corrected and approved.
There 9 members that will get their membership paid for the year for attending 9 events last year:
Joan Achcuff
Mary Birmingham
Dale A'vigon
Raul Garcia
David Kempf
Carl Kovach
Marion LeBrie
Claudia Oviatt
Harold Peebles

Sam Anderson brought up the expense of the videos for DTAC's library. We voted and passed to pay half of the expense to be shared with DTAC for the Special Ed. videos, which there are four.

Joan Achcuff brought up her concerns for the expense of the flowers for Lucille Parsons. She felt this was spending to much.

Membership: Carl reported that we had 81 members in Sept and now we are up to 93 members.
Mechanics Workshop: The workshop was canceled this year and the hope is by advertising earlier next year we will get more interest generated.
Driver Workshop: It will be held at Relands High School, in Redlands on January 26, 2002. Volunteers and speakers are needed.
Roadeo Workshop: February 2, 2002 at Lake Elsinore, flyers will be going out and the plan is there will be more areas of how to set-up events at the roadeo.
Roadeo: The date has been changed to March 16, 2002 at the Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga. Helpers and judges will be needed.
Special Ed. Roadeo: The date is February 9, 2002 at the Montclair Trans Center in Montclair. Judges and helpers are needed.
State Board: David Kempf updated the new laws and forms from DMV. There were many handouts from the meeting. State Conference will be Mar 23-25 in Oakland. At this time there is no price for the rooms but reservations can be made by calling 1-510-451-4000 and stating that it is for the Casto Conference.

Thank you letters will be composed by next meeting.

Carl encourages everyone to keep going to the web site.

Poster Contest: Judging will done at the January meeting.

Joan Achcuff stated that Willa Stein's father had just passed away and the motion was that we give $200.00 to her for expenses or to the charity of her choice.

Issues & Good of the Order:
David Walthall from Chapter 2 attended the meeting to disperse his raffle ticket for a conference package and a 27" TV to be raffled off at their boss's luncheon in December.

Sam Anderson of Redlands gave the program on Special Ed. We watched two videos on the evacuation of special needs children and the five point mirror placement.

The next meeting will be December 4, 200l at Denney's Restaurant in Fontana. There was discussion of adding 15% gratuity to each bill for the tip. Denny's has been very good to us and we need to show them our support. See you all at the next meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Birmingham, Chapter One Secretary

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October 2, 2001

Meeting was called to order by David Kempf at 6:50PM.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Margaret Burgess.
Introductions by each member in attendance was made.
Minutes of the prior meeting were read, corrected and accepted.
No correspondence at this time.

Treasurer's Report:  Marion LeBrie stated that $17.02 check was written off. The balance as of September 31/2001 is $7,261.94.
Membership: Carl Kovach stated that we stand at 80 members.
Mechanics Workshop: October 20, 200l. The workshop will be held at A-Z Bus Sales in Colton. The cost is $20.00 and $15.00 to members with lunch included. Vendors will be there. Volunteers are needed.
Driver Workshop: January 26, 2002. Location is still undecided.Volunteers needed.
Roadeo Workshop: February 2, 2002 at Lake Elsinore.
Roadeo: LASUD asked if we would schedule our roadeo for another weekend because it conflicted with their workshop. We voted to leave our roadeo for April 20, 200l. We are going to get together with the Epicenter to make sure this does not conflict with the baseball schedule.
Carl Kovach asked Mary Birmingham to come up with a certificate of appreciation to give to vendors and participates of our events.
Website: Carl stated that not many people are looking at the site and encouraged people to do so.
Poster Contest: Entries must be in by January 8, 2002. The theme for thisyear is "Riding Smart California." The chapter awards lst place, $100 and 2nd place $50 savings bond. The state gives $150 and a class party to the winner.
Mission Statement for Casto: All were in agreement to keep that statement that has been established in the book by Casto

Given by Cathy Scheer on Public Affairs. Your attitude and appearance to is also going to do the January program on highjacking.

The next meeting will be November 6, 200l at Denney's Restaurant in Fontana. Hope to see you all there.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Birmingham, Chapter One Secretary

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September 12, 2001

David Kempf called meeting to order at 6:50 PM.
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jean Barkas.
Introductions were made by each member in attendance and told what he or she did over the summer vacation.
Minutes of the prior meeting were read, corrected and accepted.

Treasurer's Report:  Marion Le Brie - we have a check for $17.02 which is going to be looked at through the bank to see when and if the check was cashed. After investigation the check may be written off. The report was accepted.
Membership: Carl Kovach - The State Board is having a membership that will end on January 12, 2002. Each member is to recruit new members and in January a winner will be picked at random to receive a package to the State Conference in April.
Mechanics Workshop: October 20, 2002. Volunteers are needed.
Driver Workshop: Marion Le Brie - The workshop will be held at Redlands High School on January 26, 2002. Volunteers are needed to help with registration.
Roadeo Workshop: February 2, 2002 at Lake Elsinore.
Special Needs Roadeo: February 9, 2002 at the tram center in Montclair.
Roadeo: April 20, 2002.
State Board Report: David Kempf - The meeting was held Sept 8, 2001 at the Hilton Hotel in Ontario. Handouts were available. All State Board Meetings will be held in Ontario. There is also a contest to design a pin for the state conference in the year 2003. The conference will be 35 yrs. old. These designs need to be in by the November State Board meeting.

Carl Kovach suggested that we give the City of Rancho Cucamonga a plaque or a certificate as a thank you for letting us use the Epicenter for our roadeos. These were also suggested to be given to vendors and participants of our workshops and roadeos.

Carl asked to able to spend $19.00 a year on the web site, to be able to publish inventory and pictures on the site. Laurie Putman and Joan Achuff accepted this.

Laurie Putman was named our Profession/Associate Representative for our chapter.She is with Etiwanda School District.

Willa Stein suggested we invest in sharing the cost of videos for DTAC to be used in the library.

The next meeting is October 2, 2001 at Dennys Restaurant in Fontana; hope to see you all there.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Birmingham, Chapter One Secretary

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June 5, 2001

Meeting called to order at 7:10 PM
Pledge of allegiance was led by Mary Birmingham.
Nineteen in attendance.
Introductions were made of all that attended.

Treasurer's Report:  Report was given by Carl Kovach in place of Marion LeBrie: Balance as of June 5, 2001 is $7,544.26. No checks were issued in the month of May. A handout of the report was given out. A check of $250.00 was received from the City of Rancho Cucamonga for reimbursement of insurance from the roadeo.
Secretary's Report: Minutes were accepted by Joan Acuff and Carl Kovach.

Business & Issues:
Dale D'Avignon was congratulated on his 40 years of service.

If you have any ideas for topics at the workshops or meetings please let us know

Ansel Pruitt thanked everyone for the prayers and support during his illness.

Dale D'Avignon and Raul Gacia installed the new officers for the year 2001-2001:

President:    David Kempf

Vice President:    Carl Kovach

Secretary:    Mary Birmingham

Treasurer:    Marion LeBrie

Next meeting will be held September 11, 2001 at Denny's Restaurant in Fontana. Hope to ee you all there.

Meeting was adjourned at 8PM

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May 1, 2001

~ Meeting was called to order at 7PM
~ Rick Gregory led pledge of allegiance.
~ 16 were in attendance.

There were no minutes of the previous meeting and would be postponed until next month. The minutes can be found on the web site

Willa indicated that the City of Rancho Cucamonga was pleased that we had an successful roadeo and the venue was left very clean. It was also suggeste that we send a thank you letter to Paula Pachon of Community Services for her support to recive the insurance on the Epicenter.

Treasurer's Report:  Marion La Brie indicated our balance is about $8,400.00. There is a slight discrepancy on the balance of the checkbook and the bank. Carl second the motion.
State Board Report: David Kempf stated that Dano Rybar complemented Joan Achuff on her reports that she sends evry month for our chapter even though they don't always get printed in the Castoways.

Business & Issues:
Web Site: There is a trial CHP test for State Certified Instructors and Behind the Wheel Instructors. You can take the test and receive the results right away by contacting Carl Kovach on the site to get the answers. This is being done on a trial basis.

A suggestion was made that we buy a program for the treasurer to use that can be passed along each year.

A motion was passed to send the officers to Oceano for the Leadership Conference in July.

Willa Steiner delivered a donation from Chapter One, to Maggie of Alta Loma, who has been very ill for some time. She indicated the donation was greatly appreciated and thanked everyone for their concern.

Program: Hydroplaning by Paul of Redlands.

At the next meeting which will be held on June 5, 2001 at Denny's Restaurant in Fontana., we have the installation of officers. Hope to see you all there.

Meeting adjourned at 8PM

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April 3, 2001

~ President, Dave Kempf at 6:30 pm, called the meeting to order.
~ There were 12 in attendance.
~ It was brought to our attention that Wil Pruette was recovering from quadruple by-pass surgery.

Joan Achuff moved that the minutes of the last meeting as sent out be accepted as read. Robin Johnson seconded the motion. A vote taken and passed.

Treasurer's Report:  Due to the absence of the treasurer, no report was submitted at this meeting.
Roadeo Report: Dale D'Avignon reported that chapter one's roadeo went very smoothly. There were 99 contestants and plenty of judges. A suggestion was made to place signs on the course depicting the location of each event. It appeared that several contestants became confused as to where to go once out on the course. Carl Kovach volunteered to make the necessary sighs. Thank you Carl. Dave reminded us that other chapters attending a roadeo must get prior approval to sell products for their chapter. In addition, they are not permitted to sell 50-50 tickets unless they have been authorized to do so by the hosting chapter. Dave also thanked all those who helped set up the roadeo on Friday evening.
Other Roadeo Reports: The high desert, chapter 20, had 100 contestants. They could have used many more judges. Chapter 4, Los Angeles, had 78 contestants.
State Board Report: Dave reported on the vote to change the dues structure for CASTO.

The new dues structure will be as follows:
Retired/Student (formerly $10.00) $20.00
Professional/Associate (formerly $25.00) $30.00

Official (formerly $35.00) will be based on salary
Up to $45K $45.00
$45K to $59.999 $60.00
Over $60K $75.00

Agency (Formerly $150.00) $150.00
Sustaining (formerly $250.00) $250.00

In addition, the state discontinued the chapter rebates. However, the state will pay all the expenses of the chapter presidents attending the state board meetings. It was also noted that the chapters will be given some type of incentive for membership, but it was not disclosed as of this printing.

Old Business:
Carl reminded everyone to check with the web site regularly for information. Included are the roadeo results and Joan Achuff's report to CASTOWAYS.

For those who need reminding, the web address is (do not put .com or anything else after casto) Carl also showed off the new letterhead. Very nice Carl.

New Business:
Gail Barron, our treasurer, has submitted her resignation. Willa Steiner made a motion to accept Marion LeBrie as the interim treasurer for the remainder of the year. Raul Gracia seconded the motion. A vote was taken and passed.

Dale made a motion to keep the current slate of officers for next year. Raul Gracia seconded the motion. A vote was taken and passed.

Marion LeBrie was nominated for treasurer for next year. As there were no other nominee's, a vote was taken and passed. Congratulations, Marion!

Carl mentioned that once again, the state was asking each chapter to provide a basket depicting their area. Due to the closeness of the conference and the fact that we need to acquire new checks for our chapter, Carl said he would buy the basket on the way up and get reimbursed if it was all right with everyone else. Willa made a motion to accept Carl's generosity. Joan Achuff seconded the motion. A vote was taken and passed.
(Note: Mary Birmingham in the nick of time came up with a basket).

Issues and Good of the Order:
Willa told of a long time school bus driver in Alta Loma who has just been diagnosed with cancer. Willa then make a motion for the chapter to donate $250.00 to Maggie Berthcola to help with medication or any other miscellaneous bills that her medical will not cover. Joan seconded the motion. A vote was taken and passed.

Dale passed out invitations to his retirement celebration to be held June 2, 2001.

Joan Achuff provided fun and interesting look at "Quick Tips for Bus Drivers"
Robin Johnson, who returned her winnings back to the chapter, won the 50-50.
Thanks, Robin.

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March 6, 2001

President David Kemp called the meeting to order at 6:45PM.
Willa Steiner led the group in the flag salute.
22 were in attendance.

The minutes were approved and accepted. Willa Steiner submitted the minutes of the month of February.

Treasurer's Report:  The balance as of our last meeting was $6,766.24. Six checks were written totaling 734.24. A deposit was made of $3,456.00. Ending total $9,488.00. There are P.O.'s outstanding from the workshop, totaling 825.00. Gail had one returned check of $30.00 with a $5.00 handling charge, which she is trying to collect. The savings bonds for the winners of the poster contest still needed addresses. The treasurer's report was accepted and approved.
Membership: Carl had no report at this time until David Kemp went to the state board meeting on Saturday, March 10, 2001.
Workshop Report: Marion LaBrie reported that 350 to 375 attended the Drivers' Workshop on January 27th. The evaluations were very favorable regarding the classes, however the most common complaints were the clod classrooms, rest room locations and no warm drinks at break considering the extreme cold weather that day.
Roadeo Report: Chapter One Roadeo is set for March 24, 2001 at the Epicenter (Quakes Stadium) Rancho Cucamonga. 15 Fwy and Foothill Blvd. Dale indicated that you could get a copy of the handbook on the Internet because no books were being handed out. Judges were to report to Willa Steiner for assignments. Testing would be done right after contestants signed in. Colton and Lake Ellsinore were providing the busses for the testing and drive around. Yolanda Tackas would be selling food. A-Z Bus Sales was providing lunches. Gail has made reservations for two portable restrooms for deliver on Friday March 23 and pick-up on Saturday March 24 at 4:30PM. Dale also indicated that at the State Roadeo this year a Special Needs Events would be added. Polo Shirts were given to those people that had ordered the shirts for $30.00.

Chapter Logo: Carl Kovach introduced the new banner with the new chapter logo and all agreed that is had turned out very well.
Polo Shirts: Dale handed out the shirts that had been ordered for $30.00.
New Business: David Kemp handed out information pertaining to abandoned railroad crossings, copies of the draft from the AQMD on cleaner busses and letter from Larry Laxson to Dr. Burke of South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Willa Steiner and Joan Achuff presented a program entitled "Who Wants To Be A School Bus Driver." The program was based on the TV show "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire." This game really tested your knowledge of driving a school bus. Fun was had by everyone.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15.

The next meeting will be held on April 9, 200l at Denney's Restaurant in Fontana.

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Birmingham, Secretary

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February 18, 2001

President Dave Kempf opened the meeting at 6:55 P.M.
The flag salute was lead by Marion LaBrie.
19 were in attendance.

The minutes were approved as sent out by Joan Achuff and seconded by Carl Kovach. Joan inquired as to whether or not the secretary has been signing the minutes prior to submitting them for printing, as they are a legal document of the meetings held. The secretary was unable to attend this meeting, but will be informed of the importance of signing the minutes.

Treasurer's Report:  The workshop expenses came to $3,522.36. The income came to $4,984.00, which includes outstanding PO's amounting to $1,845.00. Our current balance is $6,766.24. The treasure's report was approved by Will Pruett and seconded by Joan Achuff.
Membership: Carl reported that he signed up 2 new members at the Drivers' Workshop and 1 new member at the Special Needs Roadeo. Our current membership is at 119 members.
Workshop Report: Marion LaBrie reported that 350 to 375 attended the Drivers' Workshop on January 27th. The evaluations were very favorable regarding the classes, however the most common complaints were the clod classrooms, rest room locations and no warm drinks at break considering the extreme cold weather that day.
Roadeo Report: Dale D'Avignon reported that on January 20th, there were 86 participants at the Roadeo Workshop. He said that he was able to use those that had driven in previous roadeos to help others. He said that he tried to stress to new contestants to try to score something on each event rather than losing all points trying to be perfect. He also reported on The Special Needs Roadeo held on February 3rd in Montclair. There were 33 participants and 21 teams. They got a late start, 10:00 pm, but all awards were given out by 2:00 pm. He stated that the evacuation exercise was a very interesting event, and that many of the participants were very inventive with their process. The three-participanting chapters, 1,2, and 3 will sent the winning team, which was from San Diego, to the national competition in Phoenix, Arizona.There will be 5 roadeos in March. Chapter 3 San Diego on March 3rd, Chapter 2 Orange County, and Chapter 4 Los Angeles both on March 17th, Chapter 1 Riverside/San Bernardino on March 24th and Chapter 20 High Desert on March 31st.
State Board Report: Carl reported that the Mountain Training schedule has been completed and can be retrieved from the DOE' web site . Also, each chapter has been asked to bring a basket to the conference for raffle as they have in the past. He reported that the Northern Roadeo will be held May 5th and the Southern Roadeo on April 28th. The date for the State Roadeo has not yet been decided.

Logo: Carl reported that the state board approved our new logo so we can begin to use it. The Logo will be used on all correspondence materials, our web site and on the new banner. Carl asked for an amount to be approved for the making of the banner. Willa Steiner made a motion to allow Carl to spend up to $1,000.00 for the new banner. Joan Achuff seconded the motion. A vote was taken and passed.

Joan Achuff presented a program on how to handle and investigate an accident. She stated that first and foremost, it's imperative that all the details be carefully and completely written down as soon as possible. She said it's important to note what is said at the scene. A simple statement such as "It's not your fault" can change the whole course of a lawsuit. She reminded us that it could be months or even years before a settlement, and most people won't remember the details after an extended period of time. There was not 50-50 drawing.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10.

Respectfully Submitted,
Willa Steiner, acting Secretary

Next Chapter One meeting will be held on February 6, 2001,at Denney's Restaurant in Fontana.
17009 Valley Boulevard, Fontana, California.
Take Interstate 10 to Sierra Avenue. North on Sierra Avenue.
Right on Valley Boulevard. Right on Vineyard Valley.

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January 9, 2001


Carl Kovach led pledge of allegiance.
Introductions were made.
23 were in attendance.
Minutes of prior meeting were approved and accepted.

Treasurer's report:
Beginning balance: 7,227.20

Checks written: 27l.39

Deposits: 168.00

Ending balance: 7,123.81

Membership: No report at this time. Carl is going to attend the State Board meeting on January 13, 200l, in place of David Kempf and will have a report on the number of members at the next meeting.
Driver Workshop: Marion reported that she has 14 speakers set-up for the January 27, 2001, workshop at Redlands High School. Directions were handed out. Information for the workshop is going to be faxed to all districts.
Roadeo Workshop: A Roadeo workshop is taking place on January 20, 2001, in Lake Elsinore. If you need any information contact Dale or Sylvia at 909-845-3010. The workshop will be from 8-2 PM.
Chapter One Roadeo: On March 24, 200l, Quake Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga will be the site for the Chapter One Roadeo. Set-up is going to be the night before and volunteers are needed the day of the Roadeo. Information will be up coming.
Special Needs Roadeo: Chapter l, 2, and 3 are co-hosting the Special Needs Roadeo. It will be held at Park N Ride in Montclair. For information visit: or call Kevin Wedemeyer in San Diego at 858-496-9728. Booklets were given out on the events of the Roadeo. Volunteers are needed. If interested contact Mary Birmingham at 909-923-0505.

Polo Roadeo Shirts: Dale was taking orders for the shirts and the orders need to be in by the next meeting in order to receive them by the Roadeo.
Poster Contest: Posters were voted on and awarded: Lucy Zheng from Smiley Elementary. Alex Urvaniak from Moore Middle School. They will be given a $100 savings bond. These students need to be contacted for their addresses and social security numbers in order to give the bonds.

Carl and Dale put on the program. The two movies that were shown were: Introduction to Special Education and Bus Drivers Safety Advanced Techniques for Special Education. Three quarters of an hour was given for the in-service.

Meeting adjourned at 8:45PM

Next meeting is February 6th, 2001, at Denny's 17009 Valley Boulevard. Meal at 6:30 P.M. and Program at 7:00 P. M. 10 freeway to Sierra Avenue, North on Sierra Avenue, Right on Valley Boulevard and Right on Vineyard Valley

PROGRAM By: Joan Achuff

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