Where the mission meets the road
The annual Affiliate Retreat is a great opportunity for affiliates to meet with ITNAmerica staff and other affiliates, encouraging idea and information sharing, and strengthening the national network. This year, affiliates attended from as far south as Sarasota, Florida, and as far west as Monterey, California. This year's event was a huge success!
We intend to build on this success next year, and have already scheduled next year's Retreat to begin on October 23rd, 2013.
Below is a sample of presentations which were organized for attendees:
- Operations: Where the Mission Meets the Road
- 2012 Sustainable Benchmarks
- 2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey Overview
- ITN™ Leaders in Operations Sustainability - Affiliate Panel
- CarTrade™ & Car Donation
- Volunteer Mileage Credits: Why They Matter
State Trooper Douglas Cropper
With precision and split second timing, Maine State Police Trooper Douglas Cropper positioned his cruiser in the path of a wrong-way elderly driver on Interstate 295, watch the footage captured by the camera on his cruiser. It was June 29th, the Friday before Fourth of July weekend, one of the busiest travel days of the year. Remarkably, no one was injured. Trooper Cropper has served with the State Police for 12 years; before that, he was a teacher for 5 years. ITNAmerica is proud to honor Mr. Cropper for his act of heroism and his support for safe senior driving.
Peter King - Making Your Event a Fundraising Success
Peter King is a fund raising specialist. His work includes extremely successful campaigns with the Tri for a Cure and Trek Across Maine. In his presentation he spoke about how he successfully grew small fund raising events to two of the largest events in Maine.
About the Awards
Each award is a unique Tzedakah (meaning "justice in Hebrew) Box created in Portland, Maine, by artist Toby Rosenberg. These awards are an effective way to build a strong community which is what ITN is all about. When Toby sat down with founder Katherine Freund, to design a special award to honor ITN volunteers, this seemed like the perfect item both in form and intent.
Max and Helen Israelite Volunteer of the Year Award
Max Israelite was a founding member of the original Independent Transportation Network® board of directors. His belief in and support for ITN, even though he knew he would never use the service himself, are a great inspiration. Max’s son, Larry Israelite, now serves on the ITNAmerica board of directors.
What are the awards?
- Affiliate Awards - Each ITN affiliate selected a volunteer to receive an Affiliate Volunteer of the Year Award.
- National Award - All Affiliate award winners were considered for the National ITN Volunteer of the Year Award. One national award winner was selected by the Israelite family. That individual received a $500 check and up to $500 reimbursement for travel to the ITNAmerica Affiliate Retreat to accept the award.
The winner of the national award was Ibrahim Skandarani of ITNGreaterBoston!
Winners of the ITN Affiliate Volunteers of the Year include:
- ITNBluegrass - Mike Warman
- ITNCharlestonTrident - Wood Struthers
- ITNMontereyCounty - Bob Harrell
- ITNOrlando - Harry Barley
- ITNPortland - Ann Reardon
- ITNQuadCities - John Rushton
- ITNRacineCounty - Gerald and Marlene Schulz
The Karl Durgin Award for Excellence in Operations
The Karl Durgin Award is awarded to an ITN Dispatcher or Operations Specialist who exemplifies the highest level of service and dedication. It recognizes the Dispatcher or Operations Specialist who best relates to members and their families in a kind and caring manner, who solves problems, maintains a positive attitude, and consistently furthers the efforts of both his colleagues and the mission of the organization.
The winners were Walt McAtee and Barbara Warburton of ITNBluegrass. Congratulations!