After being inactive for several years, the New York Area Section of USITT is being re-started. Through the hard work of Richard Wolpert, president of Union Connector and other interested parties, there is life in the section again. “It’s amazing that there hasn’t been an active chapter in New York all these years,” said Mr. Wolpert. “With the talent and resources in the city and metro area, we hope to someday become a flagship section for USITT.”
An initial meeting at the USTT Annual Conference & Stage Expo in March, was followed by a recent Board of Directors meeting at Lighting & Sound America’s new offices. Mr. Wolpert is Section Chair with Scott Parker, vice chair, Secretary Rebecca Cunningham; and Treasurer Frank Herbert. The re-activation of the Regional Section was approved unanimously by the USITT Board of Directors in Long Beach and the section is still incorporated as a not-for-profit in the state of New York.
A host of volunteers are taking on and building up various committees and an open board meeting will be held in late May for interested individuals, students, manufacturers, and dealers to come by and see what the New York Section is all about and learn about opportunities to participate. A time and location will be announced soon. Further information will be posted on the section web site, which can be reached via www.usitt.org or at: www.usittny.org. There is also a Yahoo Group at: groups.yahoo.com/group/usittnyc/.
In addition to building the Regional Section up to a position of national prominence, the groups’ goals include: a mentoring program for members and students new to New York, targeted educational and training opportunities, and working towards hosting an event in New York in 2010 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the founding of USITT. For more information, contact: Chair Richard Wolpert, firstname.lastname@example.org or Vice-Chair Scott Parker, email@example.com.