Supper for Out-of-Town Visitors to the Ohio Rally

Saturday Evening, July 9

DSC_2269We were honored to be invited to a nearby Mennonite church to enjoy a meal for the out-of-town visitors to the Ohio Truck Rally.

There were about 75 in attendance – from Ohio, Indiana, Kansas, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ontario, Canada. There were probably other states/provinces represented that I forgot to mention.

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IMG_20160709_192443What a surprise when this man said to me, “You are Abby Zook’s grandma, aren’t you?”

I took this picture with my cell phone to send to Nate and Abby, saying, “You won’t believe who we are having supper with in Ohio tonight.” 🙂

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Thank you Allen and Martha and those who helped you put on this meal. It gave Cerwin and me opportunity to meet new people and feel your heart for truck drivers.

TFC Truck Rally #2

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26

8 (6)I am posting a variety of Truck Rally pictures here – for the benefit of those who don’t have Facebook.

If you want to see all 652 pictures from the 2016 Truck Rally, go to my Facebook “Album” https://www.facebook.com/doris.j.high/photos_albums and click on Truck Rally 2016 #1 or #2.

8 (25)Drivers bring some of the country’s prettiest rigs to our rally.

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8 (38)The end of the parade.

8 (39)Cerwin led the parade back to the fairgrounds.

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9 (1)This is when I began using our daughter Deb’s camera. She and I have the same model. Now I don’t have to worry about lines and red blotchy markings from a camera whose sensor is dying.

9 (3)Baked goods usually sell well at this auction.

9 (4)The Winross and model truck auction is a favorite for collectors.

9 (7)The TFC table in West Hall – the vendor room.

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9 (24)I walked to the back field to get some pictures of the fleets.

9 (25)I had never done that while the parade was still ongoing and was surprised to see the trucks from a new vantage point.

9 (41)It was a great place to get some pictures as they entered the field from the entrance driveway.

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9 (87)We thought this driver was going to have a problem entering through the new fenced area at the entrance, but it was a piece of cake for him.

9 (138)Children’s Activities

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9 (107)The corn bin is a favorite for the little ones and a great place for their mothers to visit.

9 (112)The children could get free cotton candy or ice cream if they completed the scavenger hunt.

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9 (120)Big Bright Bounces has fun equipment.

9 (129)A new hit this year was the petting zoo.

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9 (136)I got to hold the snake while this lady went for some paperwork I needed so TFC could pay them.

9 (143)Children’s Auction items

9 (150)The Main Auction

You will probably notice some of my favorite people in the auction pictures. 🙂 Deb, Ian, and Jesse.

9 (152)The one in the green staff shirt is our grandson Jordan who does a great job of overseeing the auctions. Diana’s boyfriend, Donovan, on the left.

9 (166)Our son-in-law Roy (yellow shirt). The auctioneer in this picture is Dave White.

9 (173)Deb, Joel Heisey (auctioneer), Nathan, and Diana

9 (154)Jeff Batzer (plaid shirt) TFC’s Executive Vice President was manning the International Chapel and telling people about our ministry to drivers.

9 (157)The ice cream truck – a favorite place on a hot day.

9 (163)The Children’s Auction

9 (171)Josh and Allie took care of the auction table while Nevin and Theda were at the Children’s Auction – as auctioneer and clerk.

9 (174)Our great-grandson, Anthony, enjoying the caution tape which is set up to give direction to the food lines.

9 (180)Ken Martin’s Dodge was the featured antique in North Hall.

9 (184)The DKers were a hit as they juggled the story of the Prodigal Son during the 4 PM Children’s Program.

9 (195)Turning everything into gold – which the prodigal son thought he was going to do with his inherited money.

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9 (215)Mike Brown was one of the winners of the registered drivers door prizes.

Gene and Rose Gehman did a fabulous job of putting these together with purchased and donated items. Frank Calaman designed the boxes.

9 (216)Our delicious supper – barbecue chicken or pulled pork by Peters Barbecuing – potatoes baked by Gerald Hoover – and the meal organized by Marv and Fay Sauder.

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9 (234)Cerwin was the MC for the evening program.

9 (220)The Whisnants blessed our evening with fabulous gospel music.

9 (224)Gene and Rose Gehman were in charge of the Prayers of Blessing.

9 (225)Gene first asked the drivers wives to stand to be recognized and blessed with prayer.

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9 (227)Rose prayed for the ladies.

9 (228)The drivers time of prayer and blessing.

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9 (231)TFC chaplains joined in prayer as they waited for Cerwin to announce the evening’s freewill offering for Transport For Christ.

9 (233)Bunny gave a ministry update.

9 (236)Then it was time to go home, but first we enjoyed seeing the lights of the few remaining trucks.

9 (238)One of the local fire companies gave us a light show and demonstration of some of their equipment.

9 (239)John and Karen Rissler’s rig is pretty any time of the day or night.

9a (1)The next morning (Sunday) we were back at the fairgrounds for the Rally Celebration service. These girls turned the cover page back on the program guide to show the morning’s service lineup and handed them out to those who came for worship.

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9a (5)The Whisnants were in charge of the first hour.

9a (6)Corby Russell asked for a bit of time to give the audience an update on his dad who had a medical emergency the day before and thank those who did his cleanup while he went to the hospital with his dad. Following a few tests this week, it was determined that Joe’s situation was caused by the heat.

9a (7)Chaplain Jim Smalley had special prayer for the flood victims from his home state of West Virginia. Bunny was on stage to introduce Paul Michaud.

9a (8)Paul shared his testimony of coming to salvation through Christ because of a church in Indiana who had a ministry to drivers. Then because of the TFC chapel in Massachusetts he was taught how to walk with and serve the Lord – much by Bunny who was a chaplain in Shrewsbury at the time. Paul lives in Maine and often stopped at Flynn’s Travel Plaza.

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9a (19)A wrap-up committee meeting was the last item of the day. Our son Jere (Rally Coordinator – red shirt) oversees this and Kristen (to his left) takes notes concerning things that need to be adjusted or changed for 2017. We will deal with those notes at our meeting in January.

9a (20)While we were having our meeting a local dealership was moving in used cars for a sale they were conducting during the next week. They filled West and North Halls and used Center Hall for their desks and computers.

So ended another Rally. Thank you everyone: Committee, Volunteers, Sponsors, Vendors, Drivers, and those who came to enjoy the day.

Before we know it will be June 24 and 25, 2017 and time to do it all over again.

Truck Rally #1

Saturday, June 25

I am going to post a few pictures here, but most of them will be on my Facebook page.

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I was disappointed that the sensor chose this day to go bad. Consequently you will see some photos with strange, vertical lines and red blotchy markings.

7 (5)It was fun watching the Dutch Valley trucks arrive from three different directions at the same time. Most came from the north and east, then I saw another arriving from the south.

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7 (28)If you look closely, you can see the vertical lines on this picture of our son Jeff’s antique pickup truck.

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7 (93)Our grandson-in-law, Nathaniel, Abby, and Anthony arriving.

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7 (118)Lining up for the 11 AM parade

7 (119)Cerwin lead the parade with the International Chapel.

7 (123)Kyrel Rissler taking pictures with his drone camera.

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7 (158)A wide view of a truck leaving the fairgrounds.

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7 (206)If you like to see trucks, go to my Facebook page – Doris Jean High – where I have downloaded the first half of my pictures. https://www.facebook.com/doris.j.high/media_set?set=a.10153691969262322.1073741851.612697321&type=3&pnref=story

Preparing for the Truck Rally

1 (1)Wednesday, June 22 – Cerwin asked Ian to help him get the International Chapel ready for the Truck Rally. The first four photos are by Inge.

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1 (3)The chapel under construction for Texas is in the background.

1 (4)When Ian was finished washing the chapel, he mowed yard at the International Office.

2Friday evening, June 24, was setup for the rally. This group of people are packaging cookies for the Saturday evening meal.

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2bWe had a heavy downpour just as most of us were arriving at the Expo.

6-24-16 (5)Curt Martin got caught in the rain when bringing the stage for North Hall, so he and Gene Gehman spent a lot of time cleaning the rig.

6-24-16 (3)On the left: Gene Gehman and Curt Martin drying the truck. On the right Cerwin and Jere setting up tables for the Main Auction.

6-25-16 (2)Saturday morning our team meets for a 6 AM breakfast at Quentin Haus Restaurant.

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6-25-16 (3)When I arrived at the Rally, I found Jason & Renita Shelly’s daughter polishing the wheels of her dad’s truck.

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6-25-16 (5)Drivers were arriving early, so Randy and Karen Sauder and their children set up the registration table.

6-25-16 (6)The first 125 drivers received nice goody bags from Chrome Shop Mafia.

6-25-16 (7)Barry Grim registering the antique truck he planned to drive in the parade.

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6-25-16 (9)It was good to see the lot filling up so quickly after having a rainy, stormy day last year when lots of drivers didn’t bring their trucks and we had to cancel the parade.

6-25-16 (10)Even though there is no judging, everyone makes sure their rig looks good.

6-25-16 (11)Then they relax and watch the others arrive.

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6-25-16 (19)The drivers have a new challenge this year as the Expo put fence posts at the entrance.

6-25-16 (21)Yes, I know this is not a truck! 🙂 It’s our grandson Nathan arriving in his sharp Camaro. He was out with us for breakfast, then went to a car wash before coming to help his brother Jordan set up for the auction.

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There will be a lot more pictures tomorrow night.

A Variety of TFC Activities

June 1 to 15

6-1-16 Chrome Shop MafiaWednesday, June 1. I received a call from Chrome Shop Mafia saying they had just shipped a partial skid of goodies to our office.

I was expecting a box of “goodies” from them, http://www.chromeshopmafia.com/truck-shows/ because they offered to give us goody bags for the first 125 drivers who register at the Truck Rally, but a partial skid surprised me. They sent really nice stuff.

I got 125 yellow bags, 125 catalogs, 125 calendars – also a model truck, several hats, 2 t-shirts, and 2 DVDs.

If you are bringing a truck to the Truck Rally this Saturday, come early to get a goody bag.

6-11-16 HACC (2)Saturday, June 11 – Our TFC staff (Bunny, Cerwin, Chris, and Jerry) were invited to take the International Chapel to Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) for the Pennsylvania State Truck Driving Championship.

6-11-16 HACC (3)More than 100 drivers from across the state came to showcase what it takes to handle a big rig by competing in a variety of skill events.

6-11-16 HACC (4)This is another opportunity for our staff to let the drivers know that Transport For Christ is available to encourage and assist them in many states and provinces across North America.

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6-11-16 HACC (8)This is the view the guys had from their seats at the chapel, as they watched the drivers compete in a very difficult driving skills course.

6-15-16 (1)Wednesday, June 15 – Jesse, Jared, and Gloria went with me to WalMart to shop for the Children’s Auction at the Truck Rally on June 25. Ian was helping Cerwin with chapel construction.

Many people bring good used items for the Children’s Auction, but we also buy $300.00 worth of new things (paid for by a sponsor).

6-15-16 (2)I told them to each spend about $75 and I would spend $75. We did very good. The bill was a few cents over $300 :).

6-15-16 (3)Taking our things to the car.

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This week I am putting the finishing touches on the things I do for the Truck Rally. It looks like we are going to have a beautiful day this year.

Truck Rally Flyer 2016We’d love to see you there.

TFC Truck Rally & Lancaster Banquet Meetings

Sunday, January 10

It has been a tradition for many years that we combine our Truck Rally and Lancaster Banquet meetings in one afternoon – because some members are on both committees.

DSC_6990Just before the Truck Rally meeting started, someone noticed the rainbow.

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DSC_6997We serve a meal after the Truck Rally meeting and before the Lancaster Banquet meeting.

DSC_6999I wanted to make sure I got a picture of some of the young people. They give me hope for the future of these TFC events.

When I said that I wasn’t sure what slides I would show at the Lancaster Banquet because the Rally’s truck parade was rained out last year – Joe (third from left) said why don’t you show old Rally pictures – I mean really old ones.

I love that idea.

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Then there are Will and Sherry Stoner’s young boys – Trenten and Jack – who drew these pictures for Cerwin and me. They weren’t at the meeting, but their parents were.

Young people like this give me hope for the future.

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The Lancaster Banquet is March 26 and the Truck Rally is June 25 & 26.

A Friend’s Memorial Service

Saturday, January 9

Tish Jones Memorial (2)We were pleased that Saturday, January 9, was an open day in our schedule so we could attend the Celebration of Life service for our friend Tish Jones at Davisville Church, Southampton, PA (near Philadelphia).

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Tish Jones Memorial (5)I took two pictures of slides that were scrolling on the screen. Tish is on the right.

Tish Jones Memorial (6)We have known Tish and her husband, Howard, (right) since the 1970’s when they began serving with TFC.

Tish Jones Memorial (7)Jose Young (a talented soloist) sang, “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) and “It is Well with My Soul.”

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Tish Jones Memorial (9)We thoroughly enjoyed the memories that were shared by five of their six children. Steve lives in Montana and was unable to attend.

Tish Jones Memorial (10)Howie and his wife

Tish Jones Memorial (11)Beverly and her husband

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Tish Jones Memorial (16)We concluded that Tish was a strict and caring mother.

Tish Jones Memorial (17)There were also many testimonies from the audience – telling of her dedication to God, her family, and their church and friends.

Tish Jones Memorial (18)Howard and Tish have served Transport For Christ in many ways – first when Howard was a staff chaplain, then after he retired, he accepted the responsibility of interim president and Tish served in the International Office. When they retired from that responsibility, he became a volunteer chaplain on our chapel at the Petro (now Flying J) Travel Plaza near Elkton, Maryland.

He stopped serving on the chapel in Elkton several years ago when Tish needed his help.

We will miss her and pray that God will grant grace and peace to Howard and his family.

Pennsylvania Truck Rally – Children’s Reptile Program

Saturday Afternoon, June 27

This post should have been ahead of last night’s entry, but I guess it won’t matter if the last two entries are not in chronological order. 🙂

1Jesse Rothacker with Forgotten Friends is a Truck Rally favorite – of the children and adults.

1aSince Jere helped Jesse find his spot in the building, Jesse, Ian, and Jared were there to help him unload. He was glad for the extra helpers as he had a tight schedule – having traveled to the Lebanon Expo from another event.

DSC_5670Jared and Jesse’s large tortoise.

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DSC_5678He promptly followed them – devouring them as he went.

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Pennsylvania Truck Rally – The Evening Program

Saturday, June 27

1Our evening program began with a half-hour concert by The Browns, Le Mars, Iowa.

They are without a doubt one of my favorite gospel music groups, and I love when they add an Irish lilt to their songs.

2aWe had a great crowd for a cool, rainy evening.

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3 (13)“Blessing of the Drivers”

During TFC’s half hour program – between The Brown’s concerts – truck drivers and retired drivers were asked to stand and be recognized. It was wonderful to see many, many drivers standing across the audience. Chaplain Chris (Harrisburg Chapel) prayed for them, asking God to bless and direct their lives.

It was an awesome moment in time – a highlight of the day.

3aDoor prizes for drivers. The boxes are designed and donated by Frank Calaman.

They are filled by Chaplain Jake and Jane Wise – using mostly donated items from local trucking companies.

3bOne crate is sold over the auction, and the other eleven are given to drivers by pulling names from the registration forms.

4 (1)TFC’s President and CEO, Scott Weidner, waiting in the entry room with his wife, Karen, for his turn on stage.

4 (2)He gave an interesting ministry update.

4 (3)Then we were blessed by another forty-five minutes of delightful, fabulous, inspiring gospel music.

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4 (12)I took these pictures from our car as I was leaving the grounds – weary but incredibly blessed by the dreary, rainy day.