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MADD regroups in Franklin County

January 24, 1998

MADD regroups in Franklin County

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Members of the Franklin County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, told by state MADD officials that the chapter was in danger of losing its charter for lack of activity, is once again a viable organization, local President Brenda Thomas said Friday.

The chapter was not holding regular meetings, did not have a functioning board of directors, had no office space and had not been running MADD programs, Thomas said.

Organizers of the chapter in 1985 were Larry Thomas, chief of the Mercersburg Police Department and Brenda Thomas' husband, and Beverly Sanders of St. Thomas, Pa., who served eight years as president until 1993.

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In the years since Sanders stepped down, interest began to wane and fewer volunteers came forward, Brenda Thomas said.

"We didn't want to see the chapter close after 12 years," she said.

New volunteers have been recruited and the chapter is now back to full strength with more than 20 members, Brenda Thomas said.

The board is functioning again, the chapter has a new office at 437 Wolfe Ave., in Chambersburg, Pa., and several projects are planned for the rest of the year, Thomas said.

The new board took over on Dec. 8, she said.

Officers in addition to Thomas as president are Shawn Grove, vice president; Chad Starliper, treasurer, and Sanders, secretary.

Thomas and Beverly serve as state representatives.

One of the chapter's first actions will be to lobby the Pennsylvania Legislature to lower the legal intoxication level for drunken drivers from 0.10 to 0.08, Thomas said.

In May the chapter is planning a mock drill involving an accident caused by a drunken driver, Thomas said.

Anyone wishing to join the chapter can call the MADD office at 7617-261-9406,

The chapter's next meeting will be Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chambersburg headquarters.

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