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OPERATION SAVE A LIFE DIRECTOR'S REPORT
By Adam Gill
Greetings. Let me introduce myself. My name is Adam Gill. I am the new Operation Safe a Life Coordinator. When Bob had some personal things to take care of he asked me to step up. As you probably remember I have been helping Bob with OSAL for a while. Mike Bretzman who has also helped OSAL for years has agreed to come out of retirement to give me a hand. So as you can see our program is in good hands.
The 20-21 school year was interesting to say the least. No one knew what would happen when shutdowns started in early 2020. Thankfully we had started working with Richard Freeburn to clean up the slideshow. We easily transformed it into a video that can be emailed to teachers and sent to students all over the state. While we look forward to getting our volunteers back into the schools it is great to have the video to make sure that kids still hear our information.
Mike and I will be looking over all the information that Bob has collected over the last few school years and coming up with a game plan for the 21-22 school year. Watch Between the Lines and our Facebook page for new ideas and how tos.
By Bob LeGore
Would you look at the calendar. June newsletter already. Many times, I’ve sat in front of this computer and not had a clue what to write about. Not the case this month. After doing this for I believe 3 years under Dave Evans, now almost a year and a half under Tom Bogacki, I know what to say, I just don’t know how to say it. I’ve followed in pretty big shoes. Hal Hallock, Steen Peterson, Peggy Snyder to name a few. When I decided to take on this job, I wanted to be able to make it grow as much as possible. When Hal and his group started, they were using written script. When I got involved, we were using a VHS tape. We went to DVDs, and now we are on the cutting edge of technology. If I may say a State-of-the-art video, one which we can be in person to present, or allow teachers, groups and others to present it to the audiences. All this was prompted by the onset of Covid, accomplished with the help of Dick Freeburn and his staff. If I told you that this OSAL program is my passion, that may be an understatement. I realized after becoming a fan of Hal, that spreading the word of Motorcycle Awareness is one of the most important things we as an organization need to be doing. Without doing just that, vehicle operators wouldn’t know what to look for, why we do the things we do on the road. And if we don’t use and expand this program, the number of accidents and injuries and deaths will climb. And that is exactly what will happen. The new video is in the hands of PennDot, Department of Education, it is available to be shared on Google, and it is on YouTube. So, there is no reason to think we won’t be reaching many more people.
When one has a passion for something, one puts nearly every ounce of effort into it. That is what I believe myself and Adam have done. But when life on a motorcycle gives you a curve, you roll out of the throttle, lean, and throttle back up to complete the curve. Well life has thrown me a curve. Over the last several months I have been diagnosed with two forms of cancer as well as macular degeneration. None of which should be life threatening as the cancers were detected early. The macular degeneration will eventually end my riding and driving situation. But I have decided with my family that it is time to do Bob. I want to take time to do some things that I have put on the back burner. Some traveling, some extra time with family. And if I do those things, I won’t be able to devote the time to OSAL that it needs. With that being said and having a conversation with Tom and Adam, I have decided to take a small step back from this position, I will, if Tom and Adam will have me be the assistant to the program. Adam has graciously accepted the position of director. And I thank him from the bottom of my heart for doing this. I know he will do a great job along with juggling a fulltime career, a marriage and family. And I will be there to assist when I can and when needed.
Now I want to humbly thank each and every one of you in this great organization for the support you have shown me over the years. I’ll never forget what everyone has done for me. Please don’t be strangers, when I’m feeling up to it, I will be attending functions wherever my travels take me.
This has been one of the hardest newsletters I have had to write, but as usual I will end with Stay Healthy, Stay safe and always remember “Look Twice- Save A Life”