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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

       It seems incredible to me that 25 years have gone by since 5 drivers sat down on September 24, 1989 and formulated the groundwork of what has become the Maine Professional Drivers Association. So many great things have been done to build on that foundation by so many drivers, their wives and kids over the years it is hard to capture a good snapshot. We have attempted to do that in the 25 Year Video put together by former MPDA President Dave Stuart. I hope you enjoy some of the classics he put together.
       This evening provides us an opportunity to reflect on the past and enjoy the successes that our members have accomplished and ponder our commitment to the coming year. It is also a time to recognize some of those members who have gone over and above in their driving careers and their volunteer efforts during the past few years. Join me in acknowledging recipients of the awards that recognize some of those outstanding achievements.
       While tonight's speakers and presentations only touch on a few of the good things that have transpired over the years, it is encouraging to see the enthusiasm for future activities and participation by so many people who their commitment to safety, courtesy, and professionalism. I am proud to be involved with an organization of people who are not afraid to get involved and represent what's best about truck drivers, their families and the trucking industry.
 
 - Denis Litalien

      The 25th Anniversary Banquet of the Maine Professional Drivers Association was a huge success! The event, held at DiMillo's on the Water on Long Wharf in the Old Port section of Portland, was a celebration of the past 25 years of activities of the MPDA and emceed by John McDonald, Maine Storyteller and WGAN radio host.
    
     A delicious meal, provided by DiMillo's, was enjoyed and awards were presented to the following:

            Harry Stiffler Lifetime Achievement Award - Fern Richard

            Driver of the Year - Rob Fernald

            Special Recognition Award - George Colby

            Sportsmanship Award - Mona Costa
    
     A special presentation was also made to Camp Sunshine by members of MPDA and the South Portland Lions Club. A check for $10,000 was presented to Michael Katz, Executive Director of the Camp.
    
     Tim McElwaney, a Captain of America's Road Team was also on hand to share some professional driver stories with us, reminding us that we all have shared the same experiences in our careers.
    
     A special video presentation, produced by Past President Dave Stuart, was a great reminder of all the MPDA activities over the past 25 years.
    
     The evening concluded with John McDonald entertaining us with a few Maine stories, leaving everyone with a great feeling for the ride home.
    
     Special thanks to the Banquet Committee headed up by Alan Paradis, and including Pete Mortensen, Jim Costa, Randy DeVault and Dave Stuart for all their efforts in making this a success.

     And a huge thank you to our sponsors for the evening, who made it possible for this event to happen at a reasonable price for our members. Those sponsors include: Maine Motor Transport Association, Walmart, Cumberland Farms, Dysart's Transportation, Irving Oil Terminals, Dale Rowe, Casco Bay Transportation, Pottle's Transportation and Portland Air Freight.
    
     It was great to see a lot of old friends there, especially some of the Founding Members, who were there when we started this whole thing, and again, thanks to all who made this evening possible and to those who attended and enjoyed this special night.

Denis Litalien
President, Maine Professional Drivers Asociation

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