Ensuring a Sustainable Future of the Younger You

By Richard T. Romer, P.E., P.T.O.E. (F)Richard T. Romer

Sustainability is a word used to describe many things these days, so why not in relation to the development of a sustainable future for our most important asset, the student members of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the “younger you”.  The District 6 Endowment Fund ensures the sustainability of all the student services provided by District 6 and the potential for the growth of those services in the future.

Obviously, the future of our profession and ITE rests in the hands of our student members and younger professional members.  A well-known author stated that:

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible—and achieve it, generation after generation.”

Some remarked that the goal of the District 6 Endowment Fund could not be reached.  The same remarks were made about the efforts of the Montana State University Student Chapter to create an endowment fund of $100,000.  They did it in a shorter period of time than anticipated.  So if a student chapter can do it, the mighty Western District should have no problem in doing what the younger members have shown to us is not impossible.  Individual members, chapters, sections and committees plan now to contribute and crank up the volume to spread the word that this is a very important thing for everyone to do.

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar”

Follow that impulse to soar, and do the right thing now by contributing to the District 6 Endowment Fund.  We need to provide our “future” with the opportunities and resources to face the challenges of not only improving safety and reducing congestion, but to face the seemingly impossible challenges to eliminate global warming, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to improve our quality of life and standard of living.  They need our help and we need theirs.

So, how are we doing so far?  The typical answer is, we have raised over $220,000 towards the goal, but the real results are seen by the involvement of student members and young professionals.  They have responded.  Over 140 students attended and participated in the recent District 6 Annual Meeting held in San Francisco – a new record.  At the Intermountain Section held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming 44 students attended.  This is a great performance measurement.

“Raise them well, so that they can make a lot of money to

support you in your old age.”

We all need to “raise them well” so that the Institute, the profession and society are in good hands in the future.  Please join those that have donated and pledged in this very noble cause by contacting Cathy Leong now.

Three quotes have been used in this article from two well known personages and one humble fellow, transportation professional of District 6.  If someone guesses correctly the names of all three people, I will continue my annual pledge for another four years and hopefully others will join me by continuing their pledges.

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