President’s Message

Western District Members,

I’d like to use this President’s Message to discuss the growing concerns regarding COVID-19 and how it will affect Western District operations. The COVID-19 situation has been rapidly developing and is resulting in unprecedented actions being taken at the Federal, State and local levels to try and slow the spread of the virus. We ask that you defer to recommendations from the CDC and your local governments to best inform your actions and decisions as ITE leaders and members.

Many government entities and private sector organizations are moving toward remote operations and regulating in-person interactions. ITE International has recommended cancellation or postponement of all ITE meetings scheduled through the end of April. For those considering the cancellation of a contracted meeting, ITE International has also provided Linda Pierre as a resource (lpierre@ite.org) to help review your contract and assess penalties and possible opportunities to work with the meeting venue.

The effect of COVID-19 on the District Annual Meeting has also been a growing concern. To all of our registered attendees and members considering joining us in Hawaii for the Joint Western & Mountain Districts Annual Meeting, the LAC would like to assure you that the meeting is currently still on for June 28-July 1, 2020 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  We have been following the recommendations from the CDC and ITE International closely. The LAC is developing contingency plans in the event that a significant number of attendees must cancel due to travel restrictions imposed by the government. We will continue to monitor local, national and international public health departments and agencies regarding how the coronavirus (COVID-19) may affect travel to Hawaii.  On May 1st we will assess the circumstances and update registered attendees, speakers and vendors via e-mail, and Western and Mountain District members through our Annual Meeting website and social media platforms.

For more information on COVID-19, visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

Western District Activities, Awards and Elections Awards

The Western District leadership is continuing with our activities including our awards programs and elections.

The following awards have upcoming deadlines, for more information on these awards please visit our website.

  • James H. Kell Student Competition proposals due May 1st
  • Mentor Award nominations due April 15th
  • Outstanding Student Award nominations due April 15th
  • Outstanding Transportation Educator Award nominations due April 15th
  • Student Regional Travel Scholarship applications due April 15th

ITE International has shared the results of their elections. The Western District would like to congratulate Alyssa Rodriguez and Beverly Thompson Kuhn on their elections to the offices of International President and Vice President, respectively.

Western District elections are also underway with ballots scheduled for release at the end of May. Candidate statements can be found on our website and in the printed edition of WesternITE. Elections results will be announced at the Annual Meeting where elected officers will be sworn in. Elected officer terms will begin in January 2021. Our candidates for office are:

  • President: Giancarlo Ganddini
  • Vice President: Joe De La Garza
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Kimberly Leung and Patrick Marnell
  • International Director: Mark Spencer

As a reminder to our Section leaders, Section Bylaws are due to the Western District by April 15th for review. The District will review the draft bylaws and return comments to the Section. Section leadership will need to adopt the bylaws by board vote and send confirmation of the adoption to the District by June 1st. Section Charters and Bylaws will be finalized by the District at the Annual Meeting.

Please continue to follow the advice of our medical and government leadership as the situation evolves. Please reach out to the District Board should you have any questions on District activities.

We wish you and your loved ones good health. I hope that you get to see and share kindness and generosity through this time of uncertainty.

‘O kākou ka ‘oi

Neelam