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Committees

Membership Committee

The membership committee monitors the chapter membership files, welcomes new members and encourages member retention.  The committee develops and initiates programs to encourage membership and active participation by linking members with volunteer opportunities and resources.  The Event Stipend Program, designed to financially assist attendance at events in exchange for volunteer participation, has been successful in recruiting public sector volunteers and assisting unemployed professionals.  Our annual membership drive has increased our membership each year.  The Membership Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month via a noon time conference call.

Chair:    Nicole Richard
Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of every month @12:00 by conference call

Communications Committee

The Newsletter/Publicity Committee publishes a quarterly newsletter highlighting chapter programs and events, members, corporate partners, scholarship recipients and other transportation related news.  The newsletter is distributed to the chapter members via email and is also available on the WTS website.  In addition, this committee creates and distributes publicity materials for the chapter including the event flyers and weekly chapter announcements. They prepare chapter submissions for the Transcript, the WTS International newsletter. The committee uses graphic design to create WTS-Rhode Island gifts, letterhead, business cards and our chapter sponsor board.  This committee offers a creative opportunity if you are interested in gathering information, writing, photography or graphics.  The Newsletter/Publicity Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 PM.

Chair:    Christine King
Meetings: Third Wednesday of every month @ 12:00 by conference call

Programs/Professional Development Committee

Join the heart and soul of the WTS-Rhode Island chapter by helping to plan upcoming programs, including technical luncheons, professional development workshops, and networking events.  This is a great way to meet colleagues, learn new professional development skills, and strengthen your existing talents within a supportive group.  This committee is responsible for planning and coordinating the programs for WTS-Rhode Island.   Committee responsibilities include development of program/event ideas, venue research and menu selection, solicitation of speakers, and the handling of event details including speaker confirmation letters, advanced registration, preparation of name tags, event set-up and registration, preparation of thank you letters, and program follow-up.  This exciting, hardworking group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 12:00 PM. 

Chair:    Kristin Caouette 
Meetings: Third Thursday of every month @ 12:00 by conference call

Student Outreach Committee

The Rhode Island chapter of WTS is one of the few chapters that specifically address the importance of supporting the professional development of the future generation of women transportation professionals in our mission statement.  The Student Outreach Committee serves the Rhode Island chapter through the development of students, our future leaders, by performing outreach to local students and universities.  Examples include close coordination with transportation professors, setting up construction tours for students, scheduling luncheons of specific interest to students at nearby universities, and administering the WTS Foundation scholarships.  The committee solicits scholarship applicants and evaluates the candidates for the four undergraduate and graduate WTS International scholarships.  They select the local winners and submit the student candidates for the international competition. Secretary LaHood’s S.T.E.M. initiative makes this a very exciting time to be involved in this committee. The Student Outreach Committee meets on the second Monday of each month.

Co-Chairs:     Ashley Cunha
Meetings: Second Monday of every month @ 12:00 by conference call

Fundraising Committee

Through the support of our corporate partners, WTS-Rhode Island has continued to provide cost-effective programs and events to our members and the transportation community.  Our fundraising efforts are concentrated during the months of October through January when the committee sends solicitation letters to potential corporate partners.  In return, our corporate partners receive special recognition at all events and additional benefits to help market their firms.  The Fundraising Committee is also responsible for ensuring our corporate partners take full advantage of their benefits by including company news in the newsletter or encouraging use of complimentary tickets to events.  We meet in the fall to prepare the solicitation mailing and all other tasks are only required quarterly. 

Chairs:     Lucy Almeida
Meetings: Fourth Thursday of the month @ 12:00 by conference call

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