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5 Great Tips for a Safe & Happy 4th of July!!

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jul 1, 2016 2:01:08 PM

The 4th of July is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year; to travel, get together with family and friends, and enjoy the many fun festivals throughout the holiday weekend.

Unfortunately though, according to The National Safety Council, the 4th of July also has the highest number of vehicle accidents of any other holiday throughout the year. 

 

5 great tips from the NHTSA to help us all have a safe and happy 4th of July: 

1.  Plan a safe way home before the fun begins by designating a sober driver

2.  If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you                are sure to get home safely

3.  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement

4.  If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make                other arrangements to get to where they are going safely

5.  And remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving 

To read more safety and vehicle accident information related to the 4th of July holiday weekend, click on U.S. Department of Transportation, and please all be safe.

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Franciscan Federation 2016 Annual Conference

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jun 24, 2016 3:54:02 PM

The Franciscan Federation 2016 Annual Conference was held in Milwaukee, WI this past weekend, June 17-20.  And this year they're celebrating their 50 year Anniversary.

The Franciscan Federation's Mission is to "promote the exploration and study of Franciscan Evangelical Life and its implications for these ties and for the world."

"The Federation provides national and regional opportunities to collaborate, gather and celebrate so that brothers and sisters can better live the Third Order Regular call to conversion, contemplation, poverty and humility."

During the four day conference, we met many wonderful Franciscan members who are doing absolutely amazing work throughout the world, to help those in need to have a better life and an ongoing closer relationship to God, as this year's conference theme of "God's Love and Mercy, it is the Franciscan Federation's desire to bring God's love and mercy to all."

Caritas Vehicle Services, Director of Development/Operations,  Jerry Condon explains to one of the attendees of the conference, Caritas Vehicle Services supportive relationship of CARITAS For Children, a non-profit child sponsorship organization.   

 

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Remembering the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Posted by Jody Johnson on May 27, 2016 4:05:39 PM

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As I was reading an article from the website UsMemorialDay.org, I realized that over the past few years, with life having become busier, and spring bringing warmer weather with lots of fun plans, I had become distracted from acknowledging the full meaning of Memorial Day. 

In reading this article, I was deeply moved and reminded just how important it is for us all to always remember the true meaning of this incredibly special day, remembering that Memorial Day is a day of recognition, honor and everlasting gratitude for the more than 1 million American service men and women who sacrificed their lives, to protect all of ours and the freedoms that we enjoy every day.

I am so thankful for the invaluable reminder this article has given to me, that I want to share it with all of you... please click on this link Let Every American Remember and help pass this important reminder on.

 

 

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The History of Earth Day . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on Apr 22, 2016 5:05:07 PM

The following is an excerpt from earthday.org website:

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Topics: Driving Green

How to Renew Your Vehicle Fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Feb 15, 2016 2:03:43 PM

Great Idea #6 - from RCRI Workshop

"Sustainablity and Transportation?"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top   Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is not having  the budget to replace all of their old, high-mileage vehicles. This is a  growing problem that requires a creative financial solution. The  following Case Study highlights how one Community devised a  workable  solution for "renewing" their vehicle fleet. 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

How To Improve Fuel Economy in Winter Weather

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 28, 2015 4:03:31 PM

Are you aware that driving in cold, winter weather conditions can significantly reduce your vehicle's fuel economy by as much as 30%?  Who knew? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cold air has a chilly effect on a vehicle's mpg, which can drive up the cost of operating a fleet during the winter months. The good news is these costs can be contained by following a few simple tips. To learn why your fuel economy is lower in the winter, and what drivers can do to improve fuel economy in cold weather, read the U.S. Dep't if Energy's tips here.

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

How to Manage The Lifecycle Cost of Your Fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 22, 2015 1:13:47 PM

Great Idea #5 - from RCRI Workshop

"Three Ways To Manage Lifecycle Cost"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top 5 Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is not knowing how to calculate the Lifecycle Cost of a vehicle and how this information can help identify ways to reduce the operating cost of your fleet.  Our panel of guest speakers offered several Best Practices to consider. Let's take a look . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

When and How to replace old vehicles in your fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 16, 2015 5:27:03 PM

Great Idea #4 . . . one more to come!

"When is the right time to replace a vehicle?"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top 5 Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is knowing when a vehicle should be replaced, and how to obtain the highest possible selling price. Our panel of guest speakers offered several Best Practices that are easy to implement. Let's take a look . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Reduce Fleet Costs with Measurement

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 8, 2015 3:39:05 PM

Great Idea #3 . . . two more to come!

"You can't manage what you don't measure"

Whether your community has 30, 100 or 500 vehicles, how in the world do you track all the dollars spent to keep each vehicle properly maintained over its lifetime? When a driver takes their vehicle to a shop and is presented with a $1,000 estimate that includes a long list of items, how can the driver possibly know for certain if everything on the list is really necessary? Or, how can you find out which vehicles in your fleet cost the least to maintain and which ones cost the most? During our RCRI workshop, we turned to one of our guest speakers, Mr.Geof Fowler, who is a VP with LeasePlan, the world's largest fleet management company that manages over 4 million vehicles globally. Geof commented that it all begins with having a system with the right tools and process in place to track and analyze information. He also highlighted three Best Practices . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

Improve Safety for Aging Drivers

Posted by Jerry Condon on Nov 30, 2015 7:00:00 AM

During the RCRI Conference in Orlando, CARITAS conducted a workshop focusing on the Top Five Challenges & Solutions for managing the transportation needs of Religious Communities. A panel of guest speakers presented Best Practices and attendees had the opportunity to ask questions  and decide which of the Best Practices should be implemented back home in their own communities. We received copies of everyone's Ideas into Action worksheets, we've summarized all of the ideas, and we are passing these along to assist in your planning efforts. 

Great Idea #2 . . . three more to come!

Address Aging Driver Issues Proactively

According to our national survey, one of the most difficult challenges facing communities today is managing issues around aging drivers. The list of issues includes making sure drivers are completing routine maintenance, and that all fender benders are being properly reported, but the toughest issue by far is knowing when is the right time for someone to stop driving due to physical or cognitive limitations, and what is the right way to communicate this sensitive message. Here are a few suggestions from the workshop:

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Topics: Driver Safety

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