Last call for JCR Awards nominations

Nominations for the 2017 JCR Awards are closing Oct. 31. Nominate yourself or another noteworthy court reporter, captioner, videographer, scopist, teacher, school administrator, or court reporting manager for recognition through the JCR Awards.

Conceived as a way to recognize and highlight the exemplary professionalism, community service, and business practices of NCRA members, the JCR Awards is a way to tell compelling stories that bring to life innovative and successful business strategies from the past year. In addition to nominations for several subcategories, NCRA is looking for a firm and an individual who show excellence in more than one category for an overall “Best of the Year” award.

Any current NCRA member in good standing, with the exception of students, may be nominated for these awards. Court reporters, captioners, videographers, scopists, teachers and school administrators, and court reporting managers are all eligible for nomination. Self-nominations are accepted. Firms, courthouses, or court reporting programs may be nominated as a group as long as they meet the criteria for membership for one of the definitions in the JCR Awards Entry Form.

To nominate yourself or someone else, submit a written entry to the JCR between 300 and 1,000 words explaining the strategies implemented and why they were successful. Ancillary materials, such as photos, may also be submitted with the nomination. Nominations will be considered by the JCR editorial team based on the best fact-based story.

Please be prepared to offer documentation, verifiable sources, or other assistance as needed to be considered for these awards. The stories of the finalists will be published as featured articles in the March JCR.

Nominations are due by Oct. 31. Read more about the JCR Awards.

Support NCRF and consider serving on its Board of Trustees

NCRF 2016-2017 Board of TrusteesThe National Court Reporters Foundation is currently accepting nominations for its Board of Trustees. The Foundation seeks members who want to support its good work by helping to raise funds, develop and implement NCRF programs for which those monies are committed, and further the organization’s mission. NCRF serves as the charitable arm of NCRA and raises funds throughout the year to support an array of programs created to benefit the court reporting community. Among those are the New Professional Reporter Grant, student scholarships, and the Oral Histories Program, which includes the newly established Hard-of-Hearing Heroes Project, an expansion of the Foundation’s work with the Veterans History Project.

“Court reporting has enriched my life in so many ways, and serving on the Board of Trustees has been one way for me to ‘pay it forward’ and support the future of this wonderful profession,” says Nancy Hopp, RDR, CRR, CMRS, NCRF Chair. “Our programs are both feel-good and ensure the vitality of this profession. They provide financial support to the next generation of court reporters and raise public awareness of the highly skilled work that we produce for the Veterans History Project and other organizations, as well as in our daily lives as reporters. If you, too, or someone you know, would like to give back to this profession and sustain the important work NCRF is doing on its behalf, I encourage you to consider serving as a Trustee.”

Service on the Board of Trustees is open to any NCRA member or member of the public who meets specific criteria. The deadline for nominations is March 31. Click here for the nomination form and more details.

Nominations for the NCRA Board of Directors close on Jan. 20

JCRWeekly_CallforNomsIf making a difference is one of your new year resolutions, there’s still time to step up and nominate yourself or a colleague to serve on NCRA’s 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The deadline to submit a nomination is Jan. 20. Nominations should be submitted to boardnominations@ncra.org.

“I am a believer in giving back, which is why board service at the state and national level were important to me,” said Michele Melhorn, RMR, an official court reporter from Arlington, Va., and former director. “I was handed great mentors, made great friends, and learned a lot about myself.” Melhorn served a three-year term on the Board from 2013-2016.

Service on NCRA’s Board of Directors also offers the opportunity to help shape the Association and have a positive influence on the profession as a whole.

Nominations for Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters due Dec. 31

fellows1NCRA’s Council of the Academy of Professional Reporters (CAPR) is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Dec. 31. Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics.

“To be nominated as a Fellow is one of the highest recognitions by your peers for contribution to our profession,” said Mary Cox Daniel, RDR, CRR, CRC, a freelance reporter from Las Vegas, Nev., and chair of CAPR.

“Being nominated means a reporter has gone beyond mere membership in NCRA but has made significant contributions to our profession over an extended period of time. I consider becoming a Fellow a lifetime achievement award,” added Daniel, who was nominated in 2011.

Established in 1972, NCRA’s Academy of Professional Reporters recognizes a nominee’s outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Candidates are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance, which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, teaching, and more.

“A nomination as a Fellow is one of the highest recognitions our profession bestows, encapsulating an acknowledgement by your peers of your dedication to court reporting in all ways — from steno writing professional, to advocate of our profession, to being a leader,” said Kimberley A. Neeson, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer and firm owner from Toronto, Canada, who was nominated in 2016.

“The nomination as a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters acknowledges the nominee’s hard work, commitment and ethics to the profession of capturing the spoken word. While many certifications acknowledge one’s skill, a nomination as a Fellow is recognition by the court reporting and captioning community of the nominee’s long-standing contributions to our profession. It is truly an honor,” she added.

“For me, nomination was affirmation and recognition from my peers that I’d had accomplishment in my chosen profession. It was profound. It means that you have served and performed to advance the profession, and that service is acknowledged and honored,” added Jason Meadors, RPR, CRR, CRC, a freelancer and firm owner in in Fort Collins, Colo., who was nominated in 2011.

A Fellow’s support of the profession can be seen in his or her activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues. If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions to the profession. View the full criteria and download a nomination form at NCRA.org/Fellows. For more information, contact Cynthia Bruce Andrews at candrews@ncra.org.

Deadline nears for Altruism Award nominations

TursiNominations are now being accepted for the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism, the highest honor awarded by the National Court Reporters Foundation. The deadline for nominations is July 6.

The Aurelio Award, which is presented each year at the NCRA Convention & Expo, is bestowed on a long-time court reporter who has given back selflessly to the profession or community. The nominee must be an NCRA Participating or Registered member or a Retired Participating or Registered member, have demonstrated altruistic behavior, and have been a working reporter for at least 25 years.

“I struggle greatly to find words sufficient to describe the sense of vindication this award has provided me. I guess as appreciation for all that reporting has given my family and me, for nearly 55 years I have tried to give back by helping students and colleagues – although often in the face of apathy, even criticism. Receiving the Aurelio Award for Altruism has provided solace that I have been doing the right thing, and for the correct reasons,” said Dom Tursi, CM, an official court reporter from Central Islip, NY., who was honored with the Aurelio Award in 2015.

“In the life of a professional, few things are as meaningful as receiving peer recognition. Humbled, honored, vindicated – these descriptors best convey my heartfelt reactions when I received NCRF’s Aurelio Award. That this group of extraordinarily compassionate people chose me was truly humbling. Knowing that among these were some of our finest, most accomplished professionals made me proud to be so honored. At least on par with these feelings is a sense of knowing that my steno notes of life have been clear and accurate,” he added.

For questions or more information about the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism, contact B.J. Shorak, NCRF Deputy Executive Director, at 800-272-6272, ext. 126, or at bjshorak@ncra.org.

Nominate now.

Additional Board of Directors nominations accepted until May 9

The 60-day period during which additional nominations may be submitted for the Board of Directors has begun. Additional nominations must be received by 5 p.m. ET on May 9. Only voting members in good standing, i.e. those voting members who are current in their NCRA dues obligations, are eligible to sign a petition (Article VIII, Section 8c). All signatures will be verified by NCRA. If a petition is received at the deadline and it is determined that there are less than 100 signatures of voting members in good standing, the petition will be disregarded. If you wish to have signatures verified prior to the deadline, NCRA must receive the petition and signatures by May 2. If you have further questions, please contact Laura Butler at lbutler@ncra.org.

Nominations open for 2016-2017 NCRF Board of Trustees

Nominations for NCRF’s Board of Trustees are now open, and the Foundation is seeking members who want to support its good work by helping to raise funds, develop and implement NCRF programs for which those monies are committed, and further the organization’s mission. NCRF serves as the charitable arm of NCRA and raises funds throughout the year to support an array of programs created to benefit the court reporting community. Among those are a new professional grant, four student scholarships, and the Oral Histories Program.

For many of the past and present members of NCRF’s Board of Trustees, the time and dedication invested to ensure that the Foundation’s work is meaningful translates to an honor rather than an effort. “The National Court Reporters Foundation is often heralded as the ‘feel-good board’ because of the initiatives and programs we support, such as the much-beloved Veterans History Project and the exciting new Corrinne Clark Professionalism Institute,” says Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS, 2015-2016 NCRF Chair, and owner of Paradigm Reporting & Captioning in Minneapolis. “I can tell you that as a Trustee, it feels equally good to be a part of the wonderful work we do.”

Any NCRA member or member of the public is eligible to serve on NCRF’s Board of Trustees. The deadline for nominations is March 31. Click here for the nomination form and more details.

Call for 2016 DSA nominations

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Sandra Bunch VanderPol accepts the Distinguished Service Award from Merilyn Sanchez in 2015

Has a peer or colleague gone above and beyond to support NCRA and the court reporting and captioning profession? Then consider nominating that person for NCRA’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award. The deadline to nominate someone for NCRA’s 57th DSA is Feb. 12.

The DSA is the highest honor NCRA can bestow on a member. It recognizes the distinguished work and service by an individual member for the benefit of the court reporting profession, including service to NCRA as a member, a committee member, a director, or an officer of the association. Other displays of distinguished work include contributing to the JCR or service at a state court reporters association or in the field of public relations or public affairs. Award winners are recognized at the NCRA Convention & Expo.

To be eligible for consideration, nominations can be submitted only by voting members of NCRA or by recognized court reporting associations. In addition, nominations must include information supporting why the person being nominated should be considered. Finally, DSA candidates cannot be acting as a member of the DSA Committee or as an officer or director of NCRA.

“Each and every year I attend the convention and one of my most memorable moments is the announcement of the DSA,” said NCRA member Sandra Bunch VanderPol, RMR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Sacramento, Calif., who was recognized with the Association’s 56th award during the 2015 NCRA Convention & Expo held in New York City.

“I relish this moment, hearing about all that each recipient has accomplished for our profession. As I was sitting in the audience in anticipation of the honoree in New York, I began to tremble, with soon-to-be tears of surprise and joy forming in my eyes. This is me, I thought. It was an amazing moment in my career as a court reporter to receive this award. One I will never forget,” she said.

VanderPol, a court reporter for more than 40 years who has worked as a freelance and an official court reporter and has been a firm owner, said she is honored to be included in the same group as NCRA’s previous DSA recipients and noted that the recognition of such magnitude from her peers means a lot.

“Throughout the convention I received congratulations and kind words from many of you. I will always cherish these kind words and will never forget the kind words of a colleague from California, who said that I was her mentor; she always learned from my articles and seminars, and that I had made a difference in her career,” said VanderPol.

Nominations for NCRA’s DSA must include the name and address of the nominator, the name and address of the nominee, the number of years the nominee has been reporting, and a biography that includes the individual’s background and contributions to the profession. Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the DSA Committee by email at dsa@ncra.org or by mail to c/o NCRA 12030 Sunrise Valley Dr., VA 20191.

NCRA announces 2015-2016 slate of officers

NCRA announced the slate of officers selected by its Nominating Committee to serve in 2015-2016. NCRA’s membership will vote on the nominations at the Association’s 2015 Convention & Expo later this year.

The slate of officers includes:

  • President-Elect: Nativa P. Wood, RDR, CMRS, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Vice President: Christine J. Willette, RDR, CRR, CCP, Wausau, Wis.
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Doreen Sutton, RPR, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Also nominated to serve three-year Director terms are:

  • Linda K. McSwain, RPR, Mobile, Ala.
  • Michael E. Miller, RDR, CRR, Friendswood, Texas
  • Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CRI, Dayton, Minn.

 

Stephen A. Zinone, RPR, Canandaigua, N.Y., will automatically succeed to the office of President.

Service on NCRF Board of Trustees proves to be valued volunteerism

National Court Reporters FoundationFor many of the past and present members of NCRF’s Board of Trustees, the time and dedication invested to ensure that the Foundation’s work is meaningful translate to an honor rather than an effort. “The National Court Reporters Foundation is often heralded as the ‘feel-good Board’ because of the initiatives and programs we support, such as the much-beloved Veterans History Project and the exciting new Professionalism Institute,” says Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS, 2014-2015 NCRF Chair.

“I can tell you that as a Trustee, it feels equally good to be a part of the wonderful work we do,” adds Ballman, who owns Paradigm Reporting & Captioning in Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minn.

Nominations for NCRF’s Board of Trustees are now open, and the Foundation is seeking members who want to support its good work by helping to raise funds, develop and implement NCRF programs for which those monies are committed, and further the organization’s mission. NCRF serves as the charitable arm of NCRA and raises funds throughout the year to support an array of programs created to benefit the court reporting community. Among those are a new professional grant, three student scholarships, and the Oral Histories Program.

“Court reporting has been a wonderful career to many of us. Serving as a Trustee of NCRF is a great way to give back to the profession, work with respected peers, and be more fully engaged in Association activities,” said Merilyn Sanchez, RMR, CRR, a court reporter from Chandler, Ariz., and a past NCRF chair and NCRA president.

As for her service as an NCRF Trustee, NCRA member Ellie Corbett Hannum, RMR, CMRS, with Veritext Legal Solutions in Wilmington, Del., said a quote by Greek philosopher Aristotle sums it up best: “To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.”

Eligibility to serve on NCRF’s Board of Trustees is open to all NCRA members and to members of the public. The deadline for nominations has been extended to March 20. Click here for nomination form and complete details.