PAC basket raffle raises awareness and funds

The Gift Basket Extravaganza sponsored by NCRA’s Government Relations Department to benefit the Association’s PAC (Political Action Committee) raised $1,905. Eleven states and NCRA participated in the fundraising event held at the Association’s 2018 Convention & Expo that took place in New Orleans Aug. 2-5.

Among the states that packed baskets full of items representative of their states were Arizona, California, the California Official Court Reporters Association (COCRA), Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Items ranged from bottles of wine, cheeses, various snacks, baked goods, fiesta ware, beach items, and more. NCRA’s basket featured Washington, D.C. memorabilia.

Shaunise Day and Mike Miller

The winning basket was donated by NCRA student member Shaunise Day on behalf of the COCRA, and featured an array of California-related items including some top-notch champagne. Day won a registration to the 2019 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp for her most popular basket. NCRA member Michael Miller, FAPR, RDR, CRR, a freelance court reporter from Houston, Texas, won the COCRA basket.

“This fundraiser was very successful in raising money for an important cause, and in getting members excited about the PAC and what it does,” said Matthew R. Barusch, NCRA’s Manager of State Government Relations.

“The states that contributed to the fundraiser really stepped up with some incredible donations, and showed off real state pride in each and every basket. Thank you to every state who contributed to this new fundraiser, and to the PAC Governing Board for planning a big hit at the convention, this would not have been a success without you. I see this fundraiser being even bigger and better next year, and hope that even more states will take the opportunity to show off their states in Denver!”

Be a part of NCRA’s PAC basket raffle fundraiser

Support NCRA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) by planning to be a part of the Government Relations Department’s Gift Basket Extravaganza raffle. The raffle is being held at the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo taking place Aug. 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, in New Orleans.

Several state associations have donated gift baskets that contain items that show the uniqueness of their state and their association’s pride in it! Among the state associations that have donated a basket for the fundraising event are:

  • Arizona Court Reporters Association
  • California Court Reporters Association
  • California Official Court Reporters Association – donated by NCRA student member Shaunise Day
  • Colorado Court Reporters Association
  • Florida Court Reporters Association
  • Georgia Court Reporters Association
  • Kansas Association of Court Reporters
  • Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters
  • Mississippi Court Reporters Association
  • National Court Reporters Association – includes items that reflect Washington, D.C.
  • New York State Court Reporters Association
  • West Virginia Court Reporters Association
  • Wisconsin Court Reporters Association

Here’s how the gift basket works

Convention attendees can donate money and receive a certain number of tickets, which they can place in the bowls for the baskets they would like to win. People can choose to put all of their tickets into one bowl or distribute it among several of the baskets. The winner of the basket will be chosen randomly. A minimum donation of $25 will yield you 10 tickets. All proceeds received will go to support NCRA’s PAC.

Each state association that donates a gift basket is entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free registration to the 2019 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp. Which state wins the NCRA Legislative Boot Camp registration is based on which basket is the biggest draw at Convention. Convention attendees who contribute to NCRA PAC in exchange for raffle tickets will vote by putting their raffle tickets in a bowl for the basket they want to win. The basket that accumulates the highest number of tickets wins the 2019 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp registration.

NCRA’s PAC is an important way members can help shape how the captioning and court reporting professions are addressed at the federal level, so be sure to stop by the NCRA Government Relations Booth to support political advocacy for the court reporting and captioning professions. “With the 2018 midterm elections coming up, NCRA has an opportunity to cultivate new alliances in the federal government and to ensure that members of Congress who know the importance of court reporters and support the court reporting profession in the United States stay in office,” said NCRA Government Relations Manager Matthew Barusch.

If you have any questions about the 2018 NCRA PAC Gift Basket Extravaganza, contact Matthew Barusch at mbarusch@ncra.org.

Vacancies on NCRA Board to be filled during Annual Business Meeting

The uncontested elections of Max Curry, RPR, CRI, to the office of President-Elect and Christine Phipps, RPR, to the office of Vice President have created two Director vacancies on the NCRA Board of Directors. In accordance with Article V, Board of Directors, Section 6 – Vacancies of the NCRA Constitution and Bylaws, voting members may submit nominations from the floor during the Annual Business Meeting to fill the two one-year vacancies.

The voting for the two Directors will occur only during the Annual Business Meeting. Voting members in attendance at the Annual Business Meeting will vote for their choices via an on-site written ballot.  Elections will continue until a majority is received.

Who is eligible to be on the Board?

Only Registered Members or Retired Members, Retired Lifetime Members, or Honorary members are eligible to hold an elective office of the Association. Also, an outgoing Director completing a three-year term is ineligible for immediate re-election as a Director.

Who is eligible to nominate a member?

Only NCRA voting members may submit nominations from the floor. Voting members include Registered Members and Participating Members who are verbatim stenographic reporters, as well as Retired Members, Retired Lifetime Members, and Honorary members who have been verbatim stenographic reporters.

There will be no tables, booths, or campaigns when running from the floor.

FCC votes to strengthen, sustain IP Captioned Phone Service

In a press release issued June 7, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it has approved an item to reform Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). This move will ensure that this critical communications service remains sustainable for Americans with hearing loss who need it.

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NCRA members receive top awards from state association

A press release issued July 4 by First Choice Reporting announced that NCRA members Laura Landerman, RMR, CRR; Cathy Carpenter; Rosa Naccarato; Christy Bradshaw, RPR; and Rick Levy, RPR, were recently recognized by the Florida Court Reporters Association.

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Baskets are filling up: Be a part of NCRA’s PAC fundraiser

A number of state court reporter associations have shown their support for NCRA’s PAC (Political Action Committee) by committing to donate a gift basket for this year’s PAC fundraiser, Gift Basket Extravaganza, being held at the Association’s 2018 Convention & Expo, Aug. 2-5 in New Orleans, La.

NCRA is asking all state associations to donate a gift basket that contains items that show the uniqueness of their state and their association’s pride in it! Each state that contributes a gift basket will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free registration to the 2019 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp.

Among the state associations that have donated a basket for the fundraising event is the Florida Court Reporters Association (FCRA) and West Virginia Court Reporters Association (WVCRA).

“This year, NCRA is trying something new to raise money for its PAC. Having a PAC allows NCRA to donate to legislators who might be willing to help the Association and the court reporting cause or to donate against those who may hurt us.  It is a very important and necessary part of politics,” said Christy Aulls Bradshaw, RPR, a freelance reporter and firm owner from Ocala, Fla., and immediate past president of FCRA.

“FCRA is excited and very proud to be contributing a basket for this year’s conference in New Orleans in support of the NCRA PAC. We are hoping to have a basket full of some of Florida’s favorite things. And, we hope that other states or firms will consider donating a basket too,” added Bradshaw, who also noted that the basket raffle has been a top fundraiser her state association for several years.

Here’s how the gift basket works: Each state association that donates a gift basket has a chance to win a registration to the 2019 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp. Which state wins the NCRA Legislative Boot Camp registration is based on which basket is the biggest draw at Convention. Convention attendees who contribute to NCRA PAC in exchange for raffle tickets will vote by putting their raffle tickets in a bowl for the basket they want to win. If donors want your state’s basket, they will put their tickets in the bowl, and the winner of the basket will be chosen randomly. The basket that accumulates the highest number of tickets wins the 2019 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp registration.

NCRA’s PAC is an important way members can help shape how the court reporting and captioning professions are addressed at the federal level.

“With the 2018 midterm elections coming up, NCRA has an opportunity to cultivate new alliances in the federal government and to ensure that members of Congress who know the importance of court reporters and support the court reporting profession in the United States stay in office,” said NCRA Government Relations Manager Matthew Barusch.

If you have any questions about the 2018 NCRA PAC Gift Basket Extravaganza, contact Matthew Barusch at mbarusch@ncra.org.

PAC Your Baskets: NCRA PAC Fundraiser at 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo

Contributing to the NCRA PAC (Political Action Committee) is an important way you can shape how the court reporting and captioning professions are addressed at the federal level. That makes this year more important than ever. With the 2018 midterm elections coming up, NCRA has an opportunity to cultivate new alliances in the federal government and to ensure that members of Congress who know the importance of court reporters and support the court reporting profession in the United States stay in office.

To raise PAC funds to help our allies in Congress in 2018, NCRA PAC is holding a Gift Basket Extravaganza at this year’s 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo in New Orleans. We are asking our state associations to donate a gift basket to NCRA PAC. Ideally, a gift basket would showcase the uniqueness of your state and your association’s pride in it! Each state that contributes a gift basket will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free registration to the 2019  NCRALegislative Boot Camp.

Here’s how it works: Each state association that donates a gift basket has a chance to win a registration to the 2019 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp. Which state wins the NCRA Legislative Boot Camp registration is based on which basket is the biggest draw at Convention. Convention attendees who contribute to NCRA PAC in exchange for raffle tickets will vote by putting their raffle tickets in a bowl for the basket they want to win. If donors want your state’s basket, they will put their tickets in the bowl, and the winner of the basket will be chosen randomly. The basket that accumulates the highest number of tickets wins the 2019 NCRA Legislative Boot Camp registration.

If you have any questions about the 2018 NCRA PAC Gift Basket Extravaganza, contact Matthew Barusch at mbarusch@ncra.org.

New Jersey Labor Department in battle with court reporting firms over employee classification

On April 26, The New Jersey Law Journal reported that companies that provide court reporting services are claiming that the state Department of Labor is targeting their industry with audits to change the employment status of stenographers from independent contractors to employees.

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NCRA applauds VCRA on grassroots campaign

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has signed into law SB 545, which establishes ethical standards and requirements for the provision of court reporting services. The new law prohibits providers of court reporting services from entering into contracts for more than one case. It also prohibits providers of court reporting services from entering into an action or legal proceeding with a party to an action, insurance company, third-party administrator, or any other person or entity that has a financial interest in the case, action, or legal proceeding.

NCRA CEO and Executive Director Marcia Ferranto sent a letter to VCRA applauding the association’s members for their successful grassroots campaign that aided in garnering support for the new law.

“I want to personally applaud VCRA and your association’s ability to organize a grassroots campaign to accomplish this legislative victory. The greatest resource that the court reporting profession has is the passion and dedication of its members. Through this initiative, VCRA has shown the nation the true power and influence that court reporters have, and that with a little organizing and hard work, anything is possible.”

To read more about SB 545, visit the Virginia Legislative Information Center.

Local courts faced with possible cuts

The Chronicle-Tribune, Marion, Ind., posted an article on March 22 about the County Council’s decision to table a request to fill a court reporter position in Superior Court II, due to budget cuts.

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