I've traveled quite a bit over the years and I've met all kinds of people. Some people make you feel bad, and some people make you feel better.
Last Friday afternoon, I spoke with one of those people who always makes you feel better - no matter who you are or what you do. Calvin Grayson usually calls the office on Friday afternoons after he reads our newsletter. He hadn't called lately so I called him.
He immediately made me feel good - about KBT and about all we do. He's just that kind of person. When I asked why we hadn't heard from him lately, he let me know it was because he wasn't regularly hearing from us via our weekly newsletter.
After encouraging Cal to call anytime - I took a minute to think about what we have been doing this summer since we haven't been sending a weekly newsletter.
Well, we've been doing a lot.
We started the summer back in May with a tremendous D.C. Fly In. We saw everyone, and we thanked them for the passage of the F.A.S.T. Act. 49 members and guests traveled to DC this past May, making this the most well-attended Fly In event KBT has hosted.
But we didn't stop there. In early June, KBT hosted the Mid-Year Review.
More than 180 KBT members gathered together at the Marriott Griffin Gate to see Morgan Judy, of Judy Construction be sworn in as KBT's 40th Chair and to thank Clint Goodin of Vaughn and Melton Consulting for his hard work and dedication as Chair during the previous year. Additionally, KBT members were provided an update on activities at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet by Secretary Greg Thomas, a VOLs fan.
But that wasn't enough - we kept going. From traveling to Paducah for an informative Container on Barge meeting to exhibiting and presenting at the Kentucky County Judge Executives Association and Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners Association Joint Summer Conference, KBT was out and on the road talking about all modes of transportation and how it benefits the entire state of Kentucky.
In July, nearly every KBT Modal Committee met. Issues were discussed, policies were developed, and Conference sessions were requested.
From Maritime Administrator Paul "Chip" Jaenichen's attendance at the KBT Waterways Committee at the Owensboro Riverport to Commissioner Steve Parker's attendance at the KBT Air Committee, to hearing from KYTC Leadership at our Railways Committee - our members heard from leaders in transportation, and were given an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss challenges they may be facing. These meetings reminded all of us in attendance how important it is to be involved in KBT Committees.
You may recall due to weather we were forced to cancel a portion of the KBT Transportation Conference, causing attendees to miss some important updates. In an effort to get some of that information to our members, the KBT Safety Committee hosted an educational session, led by Ali Hangul from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Jason Siwula, Innovative Engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, covering the new Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware (MASH) requirements. Attendees also heard from KYTC Leadership and met Dr. Noelle Hunter, Executive Director of Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. A special thanks is in order for Safety Committee Co-Chairs Marcie Mathews of DLZ and Scott Boyd of Site-Safe, for organizing the session.
The KBT Safety Committee followed up the MASH session with a Golf Outing. Scotty's Contracting and Stone sponsored the event that was held at Olde Stone in Bowling Green. It was a great inaugural Golf Outing, bringing 50 players to the beautiful course. Everyone who got to play was a winner, but Brian Wood, Paul Del Rio, Bryan Simpson, and Dominic Michaels scored the best of all those who played. KBT members QK4, American Engineers Inc., DLZ, PAIKY, Mid-Park, Site-Safe, Stantec, Irving Materials Group, S&ME, and Rudd Equipment graciously provided prizes for the event.
And that's not all - our Conference Planning Committee met, I've spoken to several organizations, and we even squeezed in a vacation.
Even though summer is winding down, KBT is not.
On September 7 the KBT Highway Committee and Local Streets and Roads Committee will hold a joint meeting at the Galt House. We'll be joined by State Highway Engineer Patty Dunaway who'll be providing updates on everything from Cabinet activities to P3.
So, if you're like Cal and you've missed hearing from KBT every Friday, take comfort in knowing that we'll start sending out weekly newsletters after the Labor Day Holiday.
In the meantime, have a great weekend. I think I'm going to go get some rest.