Ann Wilson served as ITMA President 1998 to 2000. The Newsletter/Communications
Director was Mary Ann Chambers.
Ms. Ann Wilson
While Serving as Past President on the the International Transportation Management
Association (ITMA) under Betty Vernon who served as President from August 2000 to
2002, the ITMA Board decided and
Ms. Betty Vernon
Ann obtained Proclamations each year from Governor
Perry for National Transportation Week to be recognized by the State of Texas. This
had to be done on an annual basis.
During this time other transportation organizations had obtained proclamations locally
from the mayors of Houston. Ann's personal goal was to get a bill passed by the
Texas Governor honoring this week in Texas - permanently bringing this to Texas
law, where Charlotte Woods started her mission.
In June 2002, during an ITMA Board Meeting, Mary Ann Chambers brought to the board's
attention that she had just attended her reunion at St. Agnes and it was there she
ran into one of her former classmates who was none other than Rep. Beverly Wooley.
Mary Ann visited with Beverly during this reunion explaining to her briefly what
ITMA wanted to do. On June 17th she sent more information to her advising Beverly
that Ann would be working with them on this.
On July 8th Rep. Wooley's assistant, Wendi Ayles, and Ann made contact. Beverly
was in Colorado and was due back in Houston from September thru December. Wendi
and Ann put together the information needed which was to be given to the Texas Legislative
Council to subsequently present a bill for permanent Texas acknowledgement of NTW.
The next session for legislature was set for January through May 2003.
On February 7, 2003 Wendi sent Ann a copy of the language for Transportation Week
in Texas. She explained there were 2 pieces of legislation: (1) a bill that seeked
to make Transportation Week permanent, and (2) a resolution which wouldl establish
Transportation Week temporarily for this year.
Betty Vernon and Ann reviewed this information making a few slight changes and by
Valentine's Day changes were accepted by the Legislative Council. On February 18,
2003, Wendi advised H816 was referred to the House Committee on State Affairs and
would be heard before the committee on February 24.
On May 9, 2003, Wendi advised that HB816 passed the House and was scheduled for
public hearing May 12, 2003. After the Senate committee she explained it would have
to pass the Senate and would then go to the Governor for his consideration.
In June 2003 Governor Rick Perry signed HB816 into law. Thank you, Governor Perry!
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