In This Issue
Tracking Santa
New ITE Dues Structure Details
King Moonracer: Real or Misfit?
Member Profile - Holiday Edition
Quick Hits
Have You Seen This?

2014 Executive Board



Vanessa Fritsch




 Stuart Sparks




Tony Fields




Anne Warnick



Past President

Ashley Sells




Eric Green

Brad Johnson

Paul Slone



Section Rep

Steve Cummins



Secretary Elect (2015)

Dowell Hoskins Squier



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Happy Holidays! 

Merry Christmas! 

Happy Chanukah! 

Happy Kwanzaa! 

Seasons Greetings! 

Happy Winter Solstice! 


Once again, we decided to bring back the holiday edition of the newsletter.  We hope you enjoy this balance of some serious items and some fun.  Most important, please review the information about new dues structure for public agency and younger members.  We will return to the regular format in the first edition next year.


And now, a holiday greeting from your 2014 Executive Board.


KYSITE 2014 - Holiday Greetings
KYSITE 2014 - Holiday Greetings

As always, contact us at anytime!      


Be safe -- and Happy Holidays! 


- KYSITE Officers

Tracking Santa Update 

The folks at KYSITE know that efficient and safe movements of people and goods is an important part of our job.  On the night of December 24, it is imperative that we know location of the jolly old man in the red suit at any time, especially if you have kids asking.
Never fear, the KYSITE research team scoured the world wide web for days trying to find the single best source for Santa trackers.  While nearly a year old, check this link out.

New Dues Structure for Public Sector & Young Members


ITE recently approved new dues schedules for public agencies and for young members up to age 30. Our organization recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach hasn't always worked for every member and, with the help of the inaugural class of LeadershipITE, has designed these fee structures to make membership more accessible. 


Read more about Public Agency and Young Member Dues below, and join today by visiting the Membership section of the ITE International website!


Flat Fee Dues for Public Agencies


ITE membership offers its members access to invaluable professional resources, and these two dues options will save your public agency significantly over individual dues rates! The below table summarizes the dues structures available to public agencies, and you can read more about all the benefits of ITE membership here.


Note:  If you have trouble reading this, please email us for more information. 


Young Member Dues - $30 to 30


If you have recently graduated, or plan to do so in the near future, get a head start on your career with ITE resources and networking opportunities! ITE membership is an invaluable resource for increasing your professional marketability. Taking advantage of ITE's industry resources, professional development, networking, and leadership opportunities will advance your skill set and help you build your future in transportation. Most importantly, with abundant discounts and discounted young member dues rates, there is no need to break the bank. To make it easier for you to take advantage of all that membership in our organization has to offer, ITE created the "$30 to 30" program: 



Learn more about ITE's Young Member Group initiatives here


Thanks to the Illinois Section ITE for summarizing this information!

King Moonracer:  Real or Misfit?

A toy is never truly happy until it is loved by a child. - King Moonracer


You've seen him on tv since 1964.  I've watched Rudolph since I was a little boy.  But I never thought much about King Moonracer until I was watching tv the other night.  Is King Moonracer a 'real' lion with wings or is he a misfit toy?  


Found online:  Moonracer might be a misfit stuffed animal, as lions do not fly. It's difficult to tell because although it looks like he has felt fur, so does Rudolph who is an actual animal. I don't think his ability to fly would negate his toy status, as evidenced by the misfit bird that can swim. He's also not a full griffin, as he only has wings and not the head and talons of an eagle. Is he a misfit toy, a misfit griffin, or not a misfit at all? (link for this text).

What do you think KYSITE?  Click here to let us know.

Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer  - The Island of Misfit Toys
Rudolph The Rednosed Reindeer - The Island of Misfit Toys



Member Profile - Holiday Edition - Part 4
Prepared by: North Pole Elves   
Undated Image of the Claus Family
Our member profile for the holidays is back.   Many of you loyal readers will remember the original profile of Santa Claus, followed by the Abominable Snow Moster of the North (affectionately referred to as Bumbles), and then Buddy the Elf.  This year, we head back to the North for an important, yet often forgotten, member of the Claus family.

Name  Mrs. Claus. I don't have a real name but some cultures have referred to me as Mary, Annalina, Jessica, Layla, Ahoop, Seeki, Martha, Kasey, Juliana and Gretchen and Santarina.


Resides: North Pole most of the year.  But Kris K. and I have a vacation home in Tahiti we visit when we can.


Degree(s) Masters Degree in Culinary Arts specializing in Candy Caneology.  


Other Qualifications:  I also dabble in veterinary medicine, as I spend alot of time taking care of the reindeer.  Who else is going to shine Rudolph's nose?


Family:  Although Santa and I have no children, I consider all the elves and reindeer family.


1. What do you do day-to-day? oversee reindeer care, feed all the elves (all gazillion of them), and keep an eye on the naughty and nice list (sometimes I help make a case for the "naughty" kids to make it to the "nice" list)  


2. What are your technical interests? I am trying to get Nick (that's my nickname for him) to switch the naughty and nice list over to the cloud, so we can maintain it easier.


3. Favorites:

a. Favorite Day of the Year:  December 25th!  We sit back, relax and enjoy watching the kiddos opening their gifts.

b. Favorite Color? Rosey red, just like Santa's cheeks

c. Favorite Food:  Whatever it takes to fatten up Santa.

d. Favorite Christmas SongMrs. Santa Clause by Nat King Cole


Who feeds the reindeer all their hay? 
Who wraps the gifts and packs the sleigh?

Artist interpretation of Mrs. Claus appearance

Who's helping Santa every day?
Mrs. Santa Claus

Who keeps his red suit looking nice?
Who does he turn to for advice?
Who gives the brownies all their spice?
Mrs. Santa Claus


4. Five Questions:

a. Dogs or Cats:  I prefer reindeer.

b. Silver or Gold:  Diamonds are forever.

c. Dasher or Dancer:  Dancer of course.  Everyone knows that.

d. Snow or Ice:  Snow!

e. Cats or Cards?   CATS!  (The Cardinals are still on the naughty list according to my hubby -- or until a Louisville fan takes over this newsletter).


5. Three Facts:


- I am on the one who invented "Ho-Ho-Ho"!

- I have veto power on the Naughty list

- My mode of transportation is a snowmobile since Santa hogs the reindeer.


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Quick Hits 

This Christmas Will Be the Most Traveled on Record for Americans


Boise Bicycle Project Gears Up for its Annual Christmas Kid's Bike Giveaway


Hanukkah 2014: Making a perfect potato latke (FAQ/recipe)


Celebrate winter solstice with outdoor activities, yoga

Family Time: Building a Better Snowman Together

Have You Seen This?

Christmas can be a stressful time of year.  And despite our best attempts, it doesn't always work the way we think it should.  Here are a few examples: 


Funny Christmas Fails Compilation
Funny Christmas Fails Compilation





      In the Next Edition... 
Coming Soon 

- Happy New Year

- KYSITE Announcements


Thanks for your continued support of KYSITE!  

2014/2015 KYSITE Board; and

Charlie-in-the-Box, Editor
Dolly, Editor