T he R oad Ahead  
     Notes of interest for Volunteer  Drivers~ 
       January  2019                                 
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RSVP's Driver Services Program provides Seniors and Veterans with donation-only transportation in communities across Dane County and delivers meals in communities outside Madison.
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   RSVP R ide A long  Program:
   Ask your Ride Coordinator!

Don't forget, we're offering you drivers a gift certificate to Culvers when you invite a friend to 'ride along' with you when you volunteer!  Don't miss out -- tell a friend about driving for RSVP, invite them along for the ride and enjoy a treat from Culvers!   choc_vanilla_ice_cream.jpg

You drivers know your volunteer job the best and because of that you're the most effective recruiter. Please help us recruit more drivers -- the need is constant!

Certificates for this Ride Along initiative are funded through a grant from the Evjue Foundation and through a donation of gift certificates from Culvers.    If you want to participate, call your ride coordinator, who will have a small supply of gift certificates, or c ontact Luanne Fax at 310-7281 or  Lfax@rsvpdane.org.

Passenger D onation E nvelopes:
Are Yours Current?

   Please take a look at your supply of passenger donation envelopes to see if they have RSVP's current address: 6501 Watts Rd., Ste. 250, Madison, WI 53719.

If your supply still has our Segoe Rd. address,  please get in touch with Debbie Bormann (441-7892 or dbormann@rsvpdane.org)  and she'll mail you a supply of address labels to cover our old address. 

  T rip  P urpose C ode  C hange
   Starting in January 2019, we have combined two trip purpose codes into one.  Prior to this change, drivers were asked to code 'medical' and 'medically related' as two separate numbers. Now, drivers should code all those rides as 'medical' which will appear under Code #1.

   Why the change?  At one time we needed to know more information on the types of  medical rides being requested. Now that information has been explored, there is no longer a need to delineate medical rides into two categories.  Simpler for all of us involved!  The change will be reflected in driver reports moving forward.  

    Technology  T ransforms
  When humans discovered the wheel it was a game changer that made it easier to gather and transport crops and trade goods farther from home. Over time, the wheel was applied to more inventions, and with slight modifications, morphed into gears that mechanized things like drawbridges, clocks and eventually engines. 

The advancement of engines opened the door to trains and ships, horseless carriages, tractors and airplanes!  One simple tool has certainly changed the course of civilization. Technology has moved us forward and will continue to do so in years to come. 

We're excited by the possibilities of new technology in the transportation field and beyond.  We'd also love to hear stories of how past techno-
logical changes affected peoples' lives.  Maybe it was when your family got its first car, when you got a bike as a kid, when you were old enough to drive the tractor or maybe a story of travels on the railway or highway systems. 

Please share your story, we'd love to hear it and if you don't want to write something up we'll do it for you, just contact Mary Schmelzer at 441-7896 or mschmelzer@rsvpdane.org.

    Automobile T rivia
According to Wikipedia:

First car built for general public
     According to Wikipedia, the year 1886 is regarded as the birth year of the modern car when German inventor Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Cars became widely available in the early 20th century. One of the first cars that were accessible to the masses was the 1908 Model T, an American car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company.

First car built with automatic transmission
     The first automatic transmission using hydraulic fluid may have been developed in 1932 by two Brazilian engineers, José Braz Araripe and Fernando Lehly Lemos; subsequently the prototype and plans were sold to General Motors who introduced it in the 1940 Oldsmobile as the "Hydra-Matic" transmission.

First car with power steering
     Chrysler Corporation introduced the first commercially available passenger car with a power steering system on the 1951 Chrysler Imperial under the name "Hydraguide".

Progression of car brakes
     In 1901, Wilhelm Maybach designed the first Mercedes with a simple mechanical drum brake, wherein steel cables were wrapped around the drums of the rear wheels and were operated by a hand lever. But it was Louis Renault who was credited with inventing the drum brake that became the standard for cars.  Another improvement came about in 1918 when Malcolm Lougheed (later changing his name to Lockheed, of aviation fame) invented a hydraulic braking system.

First car with air conditioning
     The 1953 Chrysler Imperial was one of the first production cars in 12 years to offer modern automobile air conditioning as an option, following tentative experiments by Packard in 1940 and Cadillac in 1941.

Inventor of first car heater
     In 1893, the first car heater was invented by a female mechanical engineer named Margaret Wilcox and born in Chicago in 1838. The heater was a notorious experimental invention that is considered still to be most valuable.

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In the Rearview: 
  Congratulation s!!

        The second half of 2018 (July-December) was very productive  -- kudos to you all! 
  Through the donation of your time as a driver you have: 

~ delivered 44,006 meals
to seniors and veterans in Dane County commun-ities outside of Madison.

clocked 17,494 hours.

logged 232,625 miles.

Road Report
    We need you to report your hours and mileage  each month. Some of you have said you don't report because you're not asking for reimbursement, but please remember, every one you serve represents a person who needed our services and should be represented in our reports so funders have an accurate picture of the need in Dane County!

   If you need a supply of driver activity reports, paper or electronic, please contact Debbie Bormann, 441-7892 or dbormann@rsvpdane.org. 

From the Passenger Seat

 "The drivers are always on time in getting me to appointments.  The drivers are very helpful in getting me in and out of their cars. I appreciate them waiting for me during my appoint- ments."
~ Madison passenger

"I cannot drive anymore because of my bad eyesight. Thank you for all the dependable drivers that volunteer. It helps me be more independent -- I can stay in my home."
~Sun Prairie passenger

"I have no drivers license and all my family is working so I am very thankful for RSVP."
~ Madison passenger

"My husband has been very ill. We truly need rides. We are both very elderly and can't drive ourselves."
  ~ Fitchburg passenger

"I have appreciated the service and kindness that I have received when I needed a ride. I am new to the area, without a car and am 84 years old so have just used the service for doctor and dentist appointments here in Oregon."
  ~ Oregon passenger

"Through RSVP I have acquired a friendship circle of awesome, giving, caring people who care about people."
~ Stoughton passenger
Pit Crew/Staff
Debbie Bormann,
Co-Manager, 441-7892 or dbormann@rsvpdane.org

Mary Schmelzer, 
Co-Manager, 441-7896 or mschmelzer@rsvpdane.org

Luanne Fax
Marketing & Recruitment Program Assistant, 
310-7281 or Lfax@rsvpdane.org

Robin Heilprin, Madison/Monona Coordinator, 441-7898 or rheilprin@rsvpdane.org

Joe Miller,
Vets Helping Vets Coordinator, 238-7901 or jmiller@rsvpdane.org

Thanks to our Program Funder:

Dane County Health and Human Services