President’s Message: May 2011

Edgar Perez

The Annual Meeting will be here before you know it!


This is a recap of past events, some announcements and reminders to keep you in the loop:

Mid-year meeting. Western District Board members, Western District Committee Chairs, some Section Presidents and Guests attended the Mid-year’s meeting held in San Diego, California on February 4th, 2011. A very productive meeting took place in which we discussed upcoming programs and events including the approaching meeting in Alaska, student programs and general business of the District.

Annual Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, July 10-13 . The time to make last minute reservations will be here before you know it, so book your room now at the Hilton Anchorage, using Group/Convention Code “ITE”. Alaska is a high season destination in July and booking early will prevent problems.

Western District Student Raffle. Help your local Student Chapter(s) by donating items to be raffled off in Alaska. Proceeds will go towards the Student Endowment Fund. A letter has gone out to Student Chapter Presidents, Section Presidents and Faculty Advisors with more information. If you have questions, please call Cathy Leong, Student Endowment Fund Chair.

Western District Elections. Please refer to the ITE Western District Officers Election section of this newsletter for news regarding electronic and paper ballots available in June 8. Please vote.

The following are the Western District members that have been nominated as candidates to serve the District for specific offices:

Western District Candidates (in alphabetical order, last name):

  • For President: Alyssa Reynolds
  • For Vice-President: Walter Okitsu
  • For Secretary-Treasurer: Karen Aspelin & Cathy Leong
  • For International Director: Pat Gibson, Doug Smith, & Monica Suter

Congratulations and good luck during the election!

It has been eight months since my term as President began. This has been a time of learning, problem solving, team work, planning and meeting new people. As I have stated before, ITE is about the people.  I’ve had the privilege of visiting several Sections and Chapters within the Western District and have been privileged to present awards to and recognize individuals who constantly demonstrate support, service and leadership at the local level. These people are indeed the strength of ITE! Please continue to attend meetings, volunteer for service and participate at the local and District levels. It is indeed an honor to work with and to recognize members of the Western District who are making significant contributions and demonstrating leadership service throughout the District. Please let me know if you know of someone who would like to serve the District as the District’s Public Relations Committee Chair.

Our hearts and thoughts go to the people affected due to the earthquake, aftershocks, tsunami, and power plant challenges in Japan. If you would like to donate for relief efforts, please visit the American Red Cross at

I hope to be able to see all of you in July, 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska. Until then, work hard, love your family, take care of your friends and be kind to yourself.

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