22 Mar ITE Northeastern District – Message from our President
ITE Northeastern District Members,
I hope that this message finds you all safe and healthy. Over the last couple weeks, ITE has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in an effort to ensure the healthy and safety of our members. This past week, the Northeastern District Executive Board met via teleconference with the Local Arrangements Committees (LAC) for the 2020 Annual Meeting (NY/NJ Metropolitan Section) and the 2021 Annual Meeting (Upstate NY Section) to evaluate whether to cancel or postpone the 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for May 13 – 15, 2020 in East Winds, NY. We recognize that it could be several months before life is back to normal again and such a large meeting is able to occur. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I announce we have decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting scheduled for May 13-15, 2020.
A tremendous amount of work has gone into the planning of this event by the LAC and we would be deeply saddened to see all of that effort go to waste. Continuing with their amazing work, the LAC has negotiated with the hotel venue to allow us to reschedule this meeting to May 2021. Therefore, the 2021 Annual Meeting will be hosted by the NY/NJ Metropolitan Section and will occur in East Winds, NY on May 12 – 14, 2020 at the same venue. We will continue to honor the Section rotation from this point moving forward, which will place the 2022 Annual Meeting in the Upstate Section in Ithaca, NY and the 2023 Annual Meeting in the New England Section. A benefit of this change is that the Annual Meeting will from now on be held in the Section of the reigning District President.
I want to sincerely thank the 2021 Annual Meeting Chairs, Amir Rizavi and Steve Eisenberg, and the 2022 Annual Meeting Chairs, Jennifer Yonkowski and Dan Rourke, as well as the rest of the LACs for the tremendous work that they have done to date in planning these events, and for their efforts and understanding in rescheduling the events for the safety of our members.
The Executive Board recognizes that many of our members will still need to obtain Professional Development Hours (PDH) during this time in order to meet the requirements of their licensing. Therefore, we are currently working with the 2020 Annual Meeting LAC and Technical Program Chair, Gordon Meth, to develop options for providing PDH opportunities to our members via online webinars. Please stay tuned for further information about this as we continue to work out details. You may also check out the District’s website at http://northeasternite.org/ for more information as it becomes available.
The District Annual Meeting is also a time when we recognize the winners of the Annual Awards. Despite the current pandemic, the Awards Committee met earlier this week to review all of the great nominations and applications that were received and select the winners. The Executive Board and Awards Committee want to continue to honor these award recipients for their outstanding accomplishments in a public forum to give them the recognition that they deserve. As such, we will be considering options for virtual announcements and / or honoring the recipients at each of their local Section / Chapter meetings in the fall.
These are very unprecedented times, but as members of ITE, we are all innovators of our world, and I have no doubt that we will work together to engineer a plan to address all of the concerns and needs of our members. In the meantime, we will continue to keep your informed as new solutions are developed.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.
Rebecca Brown, P.E.
ITE Northeastern District President