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Inside this issue:
Volume 12 Issue 12 December 2011
Message from 2
President MONTHLY MEETING — DECEMBER
Speaker Bio 3 When: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
11:30 – 1:00
Moment with Katz 3
Blue Santa 4 Where: The Barn Door
Program 8400 N. New Braunfels
Association News 4-7
Other News 7 Lunch: Bacon-wrapped Chopped Steak
in Mushroom and Wine Sauce
The Calendar 8
Upcoming Events 8 Cost: $20 for members and guests
Editorial 9-10 $15 for students with proof of registration
Application Guest Speaker: Deputy Chief Jeff W. Humphrey, Tactical Support
Division Commander, SAPD
Sue D’Ambrosio, Editor Program: Overview of SAPD’s new program: Ticketing Aggressive
email@example.com Cars and Trucks (TACT). If time allows, we’ll have an
update on DWI programs to date. Blue Santa will
accept our toy donations.
Davie Katz, Editorial
Lori Hill, “A wealth of information for a nickel’s worth of time!”
Desktop Publishing & Just the place to share your news and announcements.
Simply click on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, contact Lynn at
John Williams, 210-337-9101.
Electronic Distribution Use your VISA, MasterCard or Discovery Card for
dues, luncheon and raffle tickets.
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Message From The President
‘Tis the season for shopping and joy. It’s and saving costs in the trucking industry.
hard to believe that already Christmas is With great passion he described starting
upon us with all of its glory. I’m not from scratch and building a San Antonio-
sure how to define 2011. It has been a based business that is now global and
year of challenges. It has been a year growing every year.
of successes. But, one word probably
sums it up more than any other – ur December meeting is always one
perseverance. Together we have of my favorites. Blue Santa and
worked through uncertainty, SAPD Deputy Chief Jeff Humphrey
heartache and tragedy. Together we also will be here. The Deputy Chief will inform
have enjoyed good times, had many laughs, us of the latest innovations in San Antonio
and witnessed many accomplishments. 2012 police work and we’ll hear heartwarming
will be a year of more challenges. But, as I stories of Blue Santa’s work in our
look forward to 2012 I take comfort knowing community, providing a Christmas for the
that I will face it with great family and many needy children who would otherwise
friends. We will accomplish things and will go without. SATA encourages you to bring an
celebrate good times. Most importantly we unwrapped gift or two for a boy or girl (age
will do it together. tot to young adult) to donate to their cause.
Your generosity goes a long ways and is
The San Antonio Transportation Association certainly appreciated.
is a wonderful source of friends. If you have
not already renewed your 2012 membership, Finally, congratulations to all for enduring
then take a few minutes to do so today. my presidency. December marks the end of
Invite friends and colleagues to join as well. my term. I am proud and honored to have
We already are making plans for another had the opportunity. I would like to thank
great year. The companies our guests all of the board members for their support
represent will share stories that impact your and suggestions. We are truly blessed with a
lives. Not a member? Come see what lot of smart and gifted people who care
you’ve been missing. We held elections in deeply for this organization.
November and I would like to welcome back Congratulations to the very talented, very
Susan D’Ambrosio, Wyon Hartman, David charming Bill Fisher who will take the reins
Katz, and Belinda Villarreal as they return to in 2012. Mark your calendars and
the board for another term. make plans to join us for the last
meeting of 2011 – 11:30a.m.,
Our November Guest was Frank Sonzala, Vice Wednesday, December 7th at the
President of Marketing & Sales of Pressure Barn Door. Bring your friends,
Systems Incorporated (PSI). He told the bring your presents, and we’ll see you
inspiring story of a company inventing a there. Merry Christmas to all!
revolutionary product bringing new safety —Allen Nace
Volume 12, Issue 12 Page 3
Jeff W. Humphrey, Deputy Chief, SAPD
Tactical Support Division Commander
San Antonio Police Department
D eputy Chief Jeff Humphrey
is currently the Commander
of the SAPD Tactical Support Divi-
Humphrey is a former Marine and before
joining the SAPD in 1988 worked in corpo-
rate security at Miami International Air-
sion. He is responsible for the port. After initial training at the SAPD
Emergency Operations / Homeland Security Academy, Jeff worked his way up from the
Section, Traffic Section, Helicopter Unit Patrol Division through investigations, in-
and the Special Operations Section (SWAT, cluding forensic evidence and the vice de-
Hostage Negotiations, K-9, and Bomb Squad tective unit. By 1995, he was Forensic Evi-
Detail. dence Unit Sergeant. In 2003 as Captain,
he served in the Resource Management Di-
DC Humphrey is a graduate of Wayland Bap- vision and appointed Training Academy
tist University (San Antonio, Texas), having Commander in 2005-07. He then served as
earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Captain and the West Patrol Substation
Management. He received The Frost Bank Commander from 2008 until March of this
Award for “The Outstanding Graduate Mas- year when he became Deputy Chief and
ter of Arts in Management” in 2004. He Patrol Division Commander.
holds a B.S. in Occupational Education and
is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law En- We are pleased to welcome an exemplary
forcement Management Institute’s Com- member of the San Antonio Police Depart-
mand Staff Leadership Series. ment.
A Moment with Dave Katz
What Are They Thinking?
In mid November the Department of Homeland Security ordered the Border Patrol to stop
random “transportation” checks. These were conducted within 100 miles of the border at
airports, bus terminals and other transportation hubs. It will now require “actual specific
evidence regarding a threat”.
It is interesting to me that we cannot “profile” so we will randomly check to see that the
granny at the airport that went through security did not hook up with grandpa and get a
bomb in the terminal later. We will, however, wait for the gun to go off at the bus station
before we will randomly check for illegal persons. What are they thinking----or are they?
—Dave Katz, Dec 2011
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BLUE SANTA PROGRAM
Here is a little history of the Blue Santa from SAPD.
THE BLUE SANTA PROGRAM began in San may be needed.
Antonio in 1976 when officers from the Com-
munity Relations Unit adopted needy fami- SAPD officers and vol-
lies at Christmas time. Officers provided unteers assemble the
those families with groceries for Christmas gifts, label them, and
dinner and presents for their children. These make sure the appropriate gift is delivered
police officers, wearing their blue uniforms, to each child on the Blue Santa list. Officers
became known as "Blue Santas". who have submitted nominations of needy
children deliver the packages to the families.
In 1986 the Blue Santa Program became an Whenever possible, an officer dressed in the
official project of SAPD. Officers from "Blue Santa" costume accompanies the police
throughout the city identify needy families in officers on their deliveries.
their patrol districts and submit this informa-
tion to Community Services officers for proc- The success of the Blue Santa Program de-
essing. Community Services officers act as a pends on the generous contributions from
collecting point for donations of money, food local businesses, civic organizations such as
and toys. The cash donations are used to the San Antonio Transportation Association,
purchase additional toys and food items that and countless San Antonio residents.
Your Board of Directors
SATA Newsletter Wins Award
Transportation Clubs International recognized our San Antonio Trans-
portation Association Newsletter with its First Place Award for Newslet-
ters among clubs with fewer than 99 members. Every month, Lori Hill
makes everything look great with her happy, eye-catching graphics. Sue
D’Ambrosio edits and writes content, drawing from a wide array of
sources. Club members often provide leads and encouragement.
Volume 12, Issue 12 Page 5
Highlight Your Company
Highlight Your Company
In the past year we had the pleasure to profile member companies and their
services. We want to include all of you in that effort. You probably have
guessed that your editor is not experienced in the fine points of day-to- day op-
erations in the logistics industry. That is why, in the coming months, our board
members encourage you to submit your company profile and your relationship
within it. So, hop on board and let all of us come to know what you and your
company do to help keep America moving! Contact Sue at email@example.com for fur-
Welcome New Members! We are pleased that you have chosen to join us.
Frank Senzala Chuck Shine
Executive V.P. Operations Manager,
Pressure Systems International, Inc. IDC, Inc.
3020 Interstate Drive 8632 Fredericksburg,
San Antonio TX 78219 San Antonio, TX 78240
210-222-1926; FX: 210-222-2013 PH: 210-448-1802
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org FX 210-448-1829.
(An engineering, design and consulting
Regena Clinton Dr. Rossano V. Gerald
Student (Palo Alto CC). CFO/Consultant
8631 Fairhaven, #9115 RVG International Consulting Firm LL
San Antonio, TX 78229 P.O. Box 340583
Ph: 210-530-8091 SATX 78234-0583
email@example.com PH: 800-220-7916; FX: 800-208-5840
Ref: R. Brannon firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Gerald is on the PACC faculty. His
background is transportation, warehousing
and international logistics, which includes
imports and exports.
Ref: R. Brannon
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SATA Sports Events
When you open your 2012 calendar app, fill in the dates and a reminder of our
sporting events in support of our SATA Scholarships programs. Roger has secured
reservations for our winter and spring bowling at Fiesta Lanes in New Braunfels
on January 20, 2012 and May 18, 2012. Spring and Fall Golf events at Silverhorn
Golf Club will be held on April 10, 2012 and October 9, 2012. Bowling events
are a great way for the folks in the office to get a little exercise, have fun, and
enjoy a little friendly competition.
We have attached the application form for bers in good standing. To qualify, appli-
San Antonio Transportation Association’s cants /child’s sponsor will be current in dues
scholarships. The Paul Rhoades Memorial and will have attended three (3) events
Scholarship supports individuals enrolled in (meetings or sport events) between Septem-
approved logistics, transportation, and sup- ber 2011 and April 1, 2012. The application
ply chain education programs. SATA scholar- must be completed and returned to Ms Patty
ships also are available to children of mem- Garcia by April 4, 2012.
Congratulations San Antonio International Airport recently recognized for three con-
secutive years of outstanding safety inspections and safety programs, among other
awards. The IA also recently held Terminal B’s grand opening ceremonies
Port of Houston Authority officials are considering selling or leasing the 100-acre
Woodhouse Terminal in Galena Park. Although the Woodhouse Terminal will likely ex-
ceed last year's handled cargo load of 298,577 tons, officials believe a nearby terminal
could easily handle the cargo of turbines, steel and scrap metal.
Recently, the Alamo RMA held 2 public workshops on improving Interstate 35 between
downtown San Antonio and FM 1103 in Comal County. TXDoT is conducting a $1.25 mil-
lion environmental study of the area. Estimated interstate improvements could cost be-
tween $2 billion and $2.5 billion. Toll roads will be considered in funding project.
El Paso approved funding to install electric-vehicle charging stations at selected
county sites to provide incentives to use electric vehicles by placing charging stations at
the airport, city hall, Sun Metro transit stations among other locations.
Volume 12, Issue 12 Page 7
SUPPORT FOR FISHER HOUSES
While Sue D’Ambrosio was dropping off some goodies to the Fisher House at SAMMC (BAMC)
in November, staff mentioned that they could really use cleaning supplies. If you are
not familiar with Fisher Houses, they provide a temporary home to families and
their wounded warrior while he or she is recovering from injuries. The volunteer
community helps with needed supplies to keep the homes operating. If your com-
pany is in a giving mood this season and would like to donate to the cause, contact
Fisher House at SAMCC (Inge Godfrey, Mgr., at 210-916-6458) and at Lackland AFB’s Wilford
Hall (Ramona Lewis, Mgr., and Tel: 210-671-6028). Thanks. ---Sue
Among the cleaning products Fisher Houses could use are:
Bleach Dish soap Windex Soft Scrub Lysol Spray
Paper towels Clorox wipes Glass cleaner Laundry detergent Furniture cleaner
409 /similar Jet Dry Spot remover Swiffer products Fabric softener
I almost forgot: toilet tissue is always a necessity!
From Caci Case at Transportation Clubs International:
Spot freight rates for ocean container shipping on the trans-Pacific fell another 4.2% post-
ing the 2nd straight week drop causing a halt to carrier attempts to bump weak pricing.
Some shippers are reporting tight vessel space on the Pacific and concerns about future
In retail, the national sales rate rose .5% in October says the Commerce Department. Wal-Mart
posted 3rd quarter sales rising 8% YOY. Retail is predicting of course an increase for the holiday sea-
son approaching however, they are predicting a dip in profit.
Diesel prices increased 1 cent, the week ending November 14th across the US which raises it to the
highest point since late May even though crude oil traded at its lowest point 2 months ago. The Mid-
west saw the largest price hike up 1.24 cents reaching 3.987/gallon. Crude oil for December deliv-
ery fell 52 cents to $98/barrel by the end of trading Monday on the NY Mercantile Exchange.
In LTL, or should I say LCL, ABF is extending its move toward international business by now offering
less-than-container load to provide a full supply chain service for shippers. The unit of Arkansas
Best will offer "Ocean LTL" out of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan operating as a NVOCC and will ex-
pedite shipments up to 40% faster than what is normally seen for traditional LCL sources
(Source: TCI Newsletter. 21 Nov 2011. email@example.com)
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We’ll celebrate our United States’ Bill of Rights on the 15th of the month. The 7th is Pearl
Harbor Day. Hanukah on the 20th, the winter solstice will occur 22 Dec. 2011 at 12:20 a.m.
We celebrate the birth of Christ, of course, on the 25th. The 26th marks the beginning of
the seven days of Kwanzaa and celebrates the heritage of Americans of African descent.
1st; 1941- The Civil Air Patrol is established by Fiorello La Guardia. 2nd, 1939–New York
City's La Guardia Airport opens. 5th, 1955- The American Federation of Labor and the Con-
gress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO. Next day, the AFL-CIO ex-
pelled the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. 8th, 1941-The United States entered
World War II as Congress declared war against Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also,
on the 8th, 1993-President Clinton signed NAFTA. 17th, 1947- First flight of the Boeing B-47
Stratojet Strategic Bomber. 17th, 1903-Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful
man-powered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk, N.C. 21st,1620-Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower
went ashore for the first time at present-day Plymouth, Mass. 23rd,1823-“The Night Before
Christmas” by Clement C. Moore was first published. á25th,1776-Washington crosses the
Delaware to attack the Hessian forces at Trenton, NJ. 26th, 1917-U.S. Government took over
the nation’s railroads. 28th, 1945-U.S. Congress officially recognizes The Pledge of Alle-
giance. In 2000, U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business
after 128 years. 29th, 1936, The United Auto Workers Union stages its first sit-down strike.
31st, 1999-The U.S. Government hands control of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama. Fi-
nally, December 31, 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hos-
tilities in World War II.
Dec 7th—SATA welcomes Deputy Chief Humphrey and Blue Santa. Remember your toys for
Jan 20—Winter Bowl: Fiesta Lanes in New Braunfels; John W will post registra-
Apr 10— Spring Golf at Silverhorn Golf Club
May 13-16, 2012: International Logistics Forum, Port San Antonio
May 18—Fiesta Lanes in New Braunfels
Oct 9—Autumn Golf at Silverhorn Golf Club
Volume 12, Issue 12 Page 9
For your consideration: * December 25, 1776
How critical were commercial shippers to winning American independence?
General George Washington’s demoralized Continental Army had been chased out of New York.
Early successes were forgotten. Expired enlistments and desertions reduced Washington’s army to
half the number he had in New York. Most of the remaining Continentals looked forward to going
home when their enlistment was up, just a week away. Washington had, five days before, decided
to attack the mercenary Hessians in Trenton, across the Delaware River. His commanders were get-
ting into place. Henry Knox, in charge of logistics, had to get 2400 men, artillery pieces and the
horses to pull them, across the river. He hired a wide variety of boats which assembled secretly at
McConkey’s Ferry on the New Jersey side, 9 miles above the town of Trenton.
Among them were Durham boats. Built by the Durham Boat Company of Pennsylvania, Durham
boats were tapered at both ends, 40 to 60 ft. long, and 8 ft. wide. They had a draught of 1ft 8in
when loaded (15 tons). They could carry 17 tons downstream and 2 tons upstream. Steering gear (a
sweep) could be used at either end of the flat bottomed boat. They were equipped with two masts
for sails. That night, commercial freight haulers and John Glover’s 14th Marblehead Regiment from
Massachusetts (professional fishermen and merchantmen) manned the boats--a steersman and four
men to man the poles and oars. They were to have everyone land in New Jersey by midnight.
But the army arrived behind schedule as the weather worsened. Horses and artillery were success-
fully transported by large ferries. The howling storm raged with high winds, rain, sleet then snow.
The last of the army landed at 3 a.m. and Washington, having crossed in the first boat, met his
men on shore. Many were in rag-wrapped feet, leaving bloody tracks in the snow as they marched
the 9 miles to Trenton. Surprisingly, they encountered no pickets and attacked the Hessian garri-
son, killed several officers, and captured nearly 900 enemy soldiers. Three Americans were killed,
After the battle, just twelve hours after the first crossing, Washington’s men, along with the cap-
tured Hessians and their equipment were loading onto the same boats to be carried back to Penn-
sylvania. The boats were by now also battling ice floes. Americans and Hessians pounded on the
wooden vessels to dislodge the ice build-up as they feared sinking. Surely, the unsung heroes that
night were the men who made victory possible by their seamanship.
My point here is that this Christmas Eve, those of you in the transportation industry everywhere can
take a moment and reflect on your traditional role in national defense. In spite of the weather and
obstacles that night in 1776, freight haulers, ferrymen, merchantmen, fishermen, and dockworkers
gave new hope to Patriots that our infant nation could survive. Today, children believe Santa
Clause is the famous freight hauler on this night, but we know otherwise.
Thanks for your service, all of you. Merry Christmas! —Sue D’Ambrosio, Editor. (CONTINUE)
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For your consideration: * December 25, 1776 (continued from page 9)
References: For more details about this event in America’s struggle for Independence go
Battle of Trenton: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Trenton. Accessed 11/23/11
Henry Knox: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Knox. Accessed 11/25/11.
Washington Crossing the Delaware: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington%
27s_crossing_of_the_Delaware_River. Accessed 11/23/11
Marblehead Regiment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/14th_Continental_Regiment. Ac-
John Glover and the Continental Regiment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Glover_
(general). Accessed 11/25/11
The Durham Boat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durham_boat Accessed 11/24/11
Remember all our Troops and Veterans,
and their families!
SAN ANTONIO TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION
SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS PROGRAM 2012-2013
The San Antonio Transportation Association Scholarship program was established to support members and deserving
children of members in attaining a higher education. Student members enrolled in approved logistics and transportation
education programs are eligible for the Paul Rhoades Memorial Scholarship. Awards are presented on May 2, 2012.
SATA Scholarships are open to members and children of members (natural, adopted, or step-child). Qualified SATA
member / sponsors: (1) are current in their membership dues; (2) will have participated in at least three meetings and /
or SATA bowling or golf events between September 2011 and the end of March 2012. (3)The applicant must complete
all requirements listed below and, (4) submit the completed scholarship application form in person or by mail to the
Scholarship Chairperson ON or BEFORE APRIL 4, 2012. Mailed (USPS) applications should be posted before
midnight, April 4, 2012.
Ms. Patty Garcia, Assistant Manager, Allen Lund Company
6800 Park Ten Blvd, Ste 196W
San Antonio, TX 78213-4211
Phone: 210-734-6095, Fax 210-733-9902
ESSAY GUIDELINES: Applicants, please note there are two essays offered. All work must be your own. If you are
entering college or you are enrolled in a non-logistics program, respond to Essay A. Your essay should be about 250-
300 words, and suggested guidelines follow. Member applicants enrolled in Logistics studies must choose Essay B.
Essay A: Topic for new college students or students in non-logistics programs:
(1) Describe in general terms, your understanding of your sponsor’s (your dad or mom’s) work in the
transportation, logistics, and supply chain industry and how they support the transportation association.
(2) Describe your college goals and objectives.
(3) Describe two of your achievements or accomplishments this past year. What did you do and what were the
results of your actions?
(4) Give an example of something you learned in the past year that confirms and supports (or has changed) your
original goal and objectives.
(5) Briefly describe your total expected college expenses including tuition, books, housing, and other expenses &
(6) Finally, please check to be sure that: (a) your information is accurate and complete; (b) you have demonstrated a
writing style relative to your education level; (c) you have followed directions.
Essay B: Topic for members enrolled in Logistics & Supply Chain Management Studies
(1) Briefly, tell us about yourself. Include a brief synopsis of your work history and achievements. Include your
personal goals and objectives in the logistics - transportation field.
(2) Describe what you believe to be the most important issue facing the transportation industry in the United States
today. What specific economic, political, or social problems does this issue present on a micro or macro level?
What actions, in your opinion, would help resolve the issue, and why?
(3) In what way will your membership in SATA and this scholarship help you achieve your goals?
We strive to reveal no identifying information including SSN, sponsor names, school id’s, etc. We ask
however, that you initial each page in the upper right hand corner. This helps keep your pages together
when duplicating your work for the committee. We destroy all copies after the application process is
completed. Include a sase if you want your originals returned.
SAN ANTONIO TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION
ACADEMIC YEAR 2012-2013 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION
SATA Member / Sponsor’s Name _______________________________________________________
APPLICANT’S NAME: ____________________________________ Date: ______________________
Applicant’s Contact Address: __________________________________________________________
City: _____________________________ State: ______________ Zip: _________________________
Applicant’s Phone: (____) _______________Applicant’s E-MAIL: ____________________________
University or College: _____________________ Registrar Address: _____________________________
Student ID or SS Number: _________________________
Check One: This application is for a Member_______ Child of a member ________
Please read and follow all directions.
1. Write your initials in top right hand corner of each page.
2. Provide a complete set of transcripts containing your student ID number in accordance with the guide
lines stated below. “For Student Only” electronic mail copies are not accepted, but on-line print outs
with the official college logo are acceptable. You have the option to submit your current semester‘s
unofficial standings in addition to your previous semester’s official transcript, if you prefer.
College Transcript(s) should show 3 or more semester hours of satisfactorily completed work at a
regionally accredited college or university. If you have not yet completed your first semester, a student
copy of a transcript showing current, on-going progress may be submitted if it contains the name of
school, logo, and date of access. Printout date must appear on the form.
HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS: Submit GED certificate or high school transcripts showing at least 3
½ years of satisfactorily completed work in high school and ACT or SAT scores. Include International
Baccalaureate Program Credit Evaluations (IBP) and/or Advance Placement Program scores (AP) if
In addition to both Essay A, and Essay B, be sure you have addressed the following. You may include
a separate page to list courses and hours you plan to take in the fall (Soc II, Psych I, etc.), along with the
estimated tuition and fees per course/hour, housing and books. Submit an estimated total. (We do not
need precise numbers.) We would like to determine if you have an appreciation of your or your family’s
investment. Do not submit a cost per credit list without your written interpretation of the same. We will
not do the math for you.
“My signature certifies that all the information I am providing in this application for
consideration of a SATA Scholarship is, to the best of my knowledge, true and accurate and that
the essay is essentially my own work.”
SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT: _______________________________________ Date: __________
Note: We award scholarships without regard to gender, race, color, religion or national and ethnic origin.
All applications are considered, however not all may be awarded. If, for any reason, the recipient should
not complete the awarded semester, the school will return all unused funds to the San Antonio
Transportation Association. SATA treasurer sends funds directly to the college or university registrar in
time for the 2012 fall semester.