NCSITE Members Top the Charts in Music City!

Highlights from the 2016 Southern District ITE Annual Meeting

Several NCSITE members – many clad in cowboy boots – were fortunate to attend the 2016 Southern District ITE Annual Meeting recently held in Nashville, Tennessee. The Tennessee Section served as this year’s hosts and offered up a rootin’ tootin’ meeting for all to enjoy. Highlights from the meeting included:

Making it rain with Delk and Surasky Funny Money.

Opening Session and Roll Call of States… The NCSITE roll call borrowed from country superstars Big & Rich with a call for “Transportation without Prejudice” and President Todd Delk’s non-motorized parade salute to “Save a Horse, Ride a Bikeshare.” Our introduction also included Vice President Mike Surasky making it rain with Make ITE Funner Funny Money, a candy toss by the NCSITE delegation and acknowledgement of this year’s all NC-native Country Music Hall of Fame inductees. #makeitrain

This year’s opening session keynote speaker was David Plazas, the Opinion Engagement Editor with daily newspaper The Tennessean. David shared his perspective on the impacts of public opinion relative to growing traffic and transportation issues.

In a switch-up of normal activities, the Outstanding Section Awards were handed out during this year’s opening session, with NCSITE winning second place for Best Large Section. Way to go, NCSITE!

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Will Letchworth contemplates all things transportation with a regular at the Wildhorse Saloon.

ABD Monday Night Party… The Associated Business Division hosted a night of honky-tonk fun at the Wildhorse Saloon on Monday night. There was a dinner BBQ and line dancing… followed by more fun in Nashville’s famous downtown SoBro district for those who wanted the shindig to continue. Thanks for a great party, ABD! #bbqboozeandmoves

Technical Sessions… As always, the Local Arrangements Committee developed a great technical program for this year’s annual meeting. The theme was Cityfication, which meant focusing on the urbanization of our towns and the transportation impacts of these changes. In true Music City fashion, each session was themed with parodies of classic country western songs like “Good Hearted Woman with a Signal Timing Man” and “Will the Circular Electromagnetic Loop Be Unbroken?” Kudos to all the North Carolina presenters: Mike Rutkowski, Roger Henderson, John Burris, Alix Demers, Kellie Reep, Srinivas Pulugurthra, Venumadhav Kukkapalli, Teresa Gresham, Tim Gardiner, Christa Greene, Will Letchworth, Todd Delk, Don Byson and Shreyas Bharadwaj. Way to represent all the great work done in the Old North State! #countrymusicpuns

Traffic Bowl… The NC State Student Chapter represented North Carolina this year in the William H. Temple Scholarship Challenge Traffic Bowl. The team – made up of Andy Wagner, Brianna Phillips and Morgan Sanchez – faced a tough test in the opening round, losing the match to the South Carolina Section’s team. That’s okay… we are still proud of them! #gopack

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Meredith VanDuyn, Sarah Wicklund and Mike Surasky enjoying the banquet… and bingo!

Annual Banquet… The NCSITE Make ITE Funner Committee held an unsanctioned SDITE Banquet Bingo competition with participants listening for common banquet phrases to mark off on bingo cards.  Former SDITE and Alabama ITE President Becky White enthusiastically celebrated winning the competition upon hearing “Blue Ribbon” during the District’s presentation of the Marble J. Hensley Outstanding Individual Activity Award to her. Congratulations to Becky on the double win! #bingo #makeitfunner

And extra special congratulations to our own Calvin Leggett, the much-deserved winner of the John F. Exnicios Government Employee Outstanding Service Award. #wtgcalvin #welldeserved

Overall, this was a fun and informative meeting. If you have never been to an SDITE Annual Meeting, definitely consider attending next year, March 26-29, 2017, in Columbia, South Carolina. #sdite2017