January 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

Sankofa: taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress through the benevolent use of knowledge.

As I look back over the past events of this year, I am amazed at all of the wonderful things that have happened both to me personally, within our profession and of course within Region III. I have asked the Region III presidents to allow me the opportunity to share these thoughts with you. Thus, they will not be contributing to this month’s issue.

I started last year as I have traditionally done for the last few years. I purposely take time away from work (with no access to e-mail or computers) and focus on – nothing in particular. It is my way of preparing a new slate, void of the mistakes and unpleasantness of the past year. During this time, I also cleanse myself of my drug of choice – chocolate. I am a chocoholic – in recovery. (This year I maintained 11 months CLEAN TIME; the longest I have ever gone without any form of chocolate.) I also set goals to accomplish in the coming year which somehow always get “pushed back” on the priority scale. You know, things like: I will do better at Weight Watchers; I will improve my signing skills; I will think about taking the NIC/EIPA, etc.; I will serve the professional organizations that I belong to more actively; and a few others. I have to say I DID do better on my Weight Watchers Program (I lost 20 pounds but 15 found their way back home). I am a work in progress, so improving my skills is ongoing. Yes, I did THINK about taking the NIC exam but, that is as far as I can go – for now. And you all know the outcome of that last item on the list. Often people will ask “How do you like serving on the RID Board of Directors?” My favorite analogy is do you remember when you were in first or second grade and you would long to play or just be in the presence of the fifth graders? And one day thru some miracle of life, a fifth grader gives you the time of day. Well, that’s how this first grader feels. I get to play with the fifth graders. I am scared to death of saying or doing the wrong thing. But, these are the best bunch of fifth graders I have ever known. They never laugh when I ask a silly question. And the folks in Region III (especially the President’s Council) have been so patient with me while I learn the ropes. I am having a ball!

2009 has been an interesting year for our profession as well. This year’s national conference was held in Philadelphia, PA the historical heart of our nation. As has been the trend for several years, attendance at our professional conferences has soared. With THOUSANDS of practitioners, educators, consumers, students and others in attendance we are no longer a “weeklong, one hotel, volunteer based operation.” Within our national office staff, we have a full-time conference planner whose primary responsibility is to coordinate biennial conference activities which meet both our goals as consumers and ensure we are free of logistical or legal headaches. Business conducted at the conference has also yielded some changes in the way we do business as well as how we will function in the future.

This year also marked the beginning of the membership driven mandate that candidates taking national credentialing exams possess an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in order to “sit” for an exam. We also saw the phasing out of the CI and CT exams.

In Region III, this year marked several “changes”. Longtime Region III Representative, Kelly Flores decided to seek the position of Secretary of the RID Board of Directors. Upon the recommendation of the Region III President’s Council and the RID Board of Directors, an appointment was made to fill the term Kelly vacated. (Kelly has been doing a GREAT job in this position.) During the fall of the year, several of our affiliate chapters held elections for officers. We gratefully acknowledge the dedication and leadership of the following outgoing Presidents:

Illinois – Sara Lucas
Michigan – Helen Boucher
Minnesota – Sarah Mansager
Wisconsin – Susan Gordon

This New Year (2010) is full of promise and hope. I doubt whether much on my list of “goals” will change (and that’s okay). But, I will keep working on it. In the coming weeks you will hear more about changes happening within our professional organization. Changes that will make us stronger and more efficient. And in Region III we will be gearing up for a GREAT regional conference this summer (July 21-24 in Bloomington, MN). We will also stand proudly as one of our affiliate chapter states receives the nod for the RID 2013 conference site. Join me in welcoming the 2010 Region III Affiliate Chapter Officers:

Illinois: Shelley Engstrom-Kestel, President; Kevin E. Jackson; Abby Anderson: Jen Maulding; Rachel K. Kruk; Patti Shore Kaden

Indiana: Ronda Jo Bilz, President; Lena Van Manen; Zachary Evans; Randy Nicolai; Anne Harrigan; Robin Reed; Lisa Harmon; Laurie Cocks; Jennifer Kutcka

Kentucky: Edie Ryan, President; Amy R. Hatzel; Larry Poole; Shon King; Danny Roush; Denise Gross; Tammy Clements; Travis Painter

Ohio: Melanie Somnitz, President; Michelle Rodriguez; Lisa McLaughlin; Christy Horne; Shalene Germani; Bill Mair; Melissa Marshall; Gwen Owens

Michigan: Joan Gage, President

Minnesota: Natalie Stanley, President; Jules Gosmann-Mead; Melissa Vetrone; Claire Alexander; Joshua Carlson; Julie Olson-Rand; Nic Zapko; Tarra Grammenos; and Kelly Murphy

Wisconsin: Anna Johnson, President; Heather Ford; Schauer; Leslie DeMeyer; Patty Klabunde; Christina Destrampe; Dianna Dentino; Eric Christon

May your 2010 be a safe and prosperous year; full of the hope and promise you all deserve.

Sankofa,
Leandra


February 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

To start the new decade, RID is going to try a different approach to sharing information with the membership from each of the affiliate chapters. To initiate this new approach to region reports, starting with the February 2010 e‐NEWS, here the profile of Region III. We hope this will be a new and innovative way for RID members to learn more about each of the affiliate chapters as well as for each of the affiliate chapters to spotlight themselves and their members.

Affiliate Chapter:

RID Region III consists of the following affiliate chapters:

Illinois: Shelley Engstrom‐Kestel, President; http://www.ilrid.org/

Indiana: Ronda Jo Bilz, President; http://www.icrid.org/

Kentucky: Edie Ryan, President

Michigan: Joan Gage, President; http://www.mirid.org/

Minnesota: Natalie Stanley, President; http://www.mrid.org/

Ohio: Melanie Somnitz, President; http://www.ocrid.org/

Wisconsin: Anna Johnson, President; http://www.wisrid.org/

Number of Members:

Region III has the third largest membership of the five (5) RID Regions. In 2009, we had a total of 3,026 members (as compared to 2,781 in 2008).

Web site address:

RID Member Center

Describe the programs and services your affiliate chapter provides:

Within Region III, our affiliate chapters provide a variety of professional development opportunities for consumers and members of the interpreting community.

How would you define the members of your affiliate chapter?

Region III members represent diversity at its finest. While we are members of various racial, ethnic, linguistic and cultural communities, we also work in a multitude of settings which include: private practice, performing arts, video relay interpreting, K‐12 educational settings, post‐secondary educational settings, religious, medical and mental health settings, just to name a few. In 2009, Region III had the third largest number of practitioners who successfully passed the NAD‐RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) exam.

What is your region’s claim to fame?

“REGION III ROCKS!!!!”

That is our anthem because it speaks clearly to who we are and what we do. A majority of the current members of the RID Board of Directors are from Region III. Thus, our ability to “raise” leaders is outstanding. We have a wonderful track record of providing EXECELLENT professional development opportunities to our membership via local, state, regional and national conferences. The last national conference hosted in Region III was in Chicago. It has since been remembered by many conference attendees as “the most friendliest and welcoming RID conference ever!” While we may be “third” in many categories compared to other regions within RID, look closely at the numbers. We are quickly approaching the top. We are striving to continue to show our peers the meaning of our anthem ‐ “Region III Rocks!”

Please list any upcoming meetings, events, workshops, conferences:

We will host our regional conference July 21 ‐ 24, in Bloomington, MN. See the Region III web site for more details.

What else would you like to share about your affiliate chapter?

We will be the proud host region for the 2013 RID Conference in Indianapolis, IN.


March 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

RID’s new approach to sharing information with the membership from each of the affiliate chapters continues this month with the March 2010 e‐News. This month the Region III Report profiles Illinois RID. We hope this will be a new and innovative way for RID members to learn more about each of the affiliate chapters as well as for each of the affiliate chapters to spotlight themselves and their members.

Affiliate Chapter: Illinois Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (IRID)

President Shelley Engstrom‐Kestel
Number of Members:

242
Web site address:

http://www.ilrid.org/

Describe the programs and services Illinois RID provides:

IRID provides professional development opportunities, a lending library and information and resources for our members. IRID is on Facebook and uses a Yahoo Group to send email blasts to members.

How would you define the members of your affiliate chapter?

Most IRID members are dual members and are committed to the field of interpreting.

What is your affiliate chapter’s claim to fame?

RID President, Cheryl Moose, is from Illinois and is a former IRID president.

Please list any upcoming meetings, events, workshops, conferences:

Robyn Dean ‐ April 23 – 25

Introduction to Demand Control Schema (DC‐S): Friday 4/22 6 – 9 PM Decision‐Making using the Demand‐Control Schema: Saturday 4/23 9 AM – 4 PM Interpreting in Mental Health Settings: A Practice Profession Approach: Sunday 4/24 9 AM – 4 PM

Carla Mathers ‐ Logical Reasoning for Court Interpreters ‐ June 12 – 15

David Evans ‐ In the NIC of Time ‐ August 21‐22 and August 28‐29

What else would you like to share about your affiliate chapter?

IRID is currently working on revamping our Web site. We hope to make it a “one stop shop” for interpreters in Illinois. While our Web site is under construction, we are using Facebook to share updates with our 166 (and counting) friends. Facebook has given IRID the opportunity to reach out to both non‐members and members in a fun and interactive way. Check us out!


April 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

RID’s new approach to sharing information with the membership from each of the affiliate chapters continues this month with the April 2010 e‐News. This month the Region III Report profiles the Indiana Chapter of RID. We hope this will be a new and innovative way for RID members to learn more about each of the affiliate chapters as well as for each of the affiliate chapters to spotlight themselves and their members.

Affiliate Chapter: Indiana Chapter of Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (ICRID)

President Rhonda Jo Bilz

Number of Members:

Typically flirt with the 200 and up number. At renewal time it occasionally dips below 200 until everyone gets caught up.

Web site address:

http://www.icrid.org/

Describe the programs and services Indiana RID provides:

We currently have an e‐newsletter issued on even numbered months. This year we will host our second annual Members Family Picnic. The ICRID Loan Library is offered, providing books, videotapes and CDs for use by members statewide. These materials are available through inter‐ library loan from any public library in Indiana.

How would you define the members of your affiliate chapter?

We have a diverse range of members including hearing and Deaf, interpreters, interpreting students, teachers and parents that are interested in seeing the quality of interpreters in Indiana exceed the national norm.

What is your affiliate chapter’s claim to fame?

RID was founded in Muncie, Indiana in 1964 and ICRID followed in 1969. The RID National Conference will return to Indianapolis in 2013, exactly 20 years after the first Indiana hosted RID national in Evansville in 1993.

Please list any upcoming meetings, events, workshops, conferences:

Our second annual Members Family Picnic will be held July 10. The fall conference will be held October 22 and 23. See the Web site for details on these events.

What else would you like to share about your affiliate chapter?

Being the home of the Indianapolis Colts, most of us bleed blue.


May 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

RID’s new approach to sharing information with the membership from each of the affiliate chapters continues this month with the May 2010 e‐NEWS. This month the Region III Report profiles Kentucky RID. We hope this will be a new and innovative way for RID members to learn more about each of the affiliate chapters as well as for each of the affiliate chapters to spotlight themselves and their members.

Affiliate Chapter: Kentucky Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (KyRID)

President Edie Ryan and incoming president is Amy Hatzel

Number of Members:

Approximately 140 and growing

Web site address:

www.ky‐rid.org

Describe the programs and services your affiliate chapter provides:

KyRID provides opportunities for interpreters to enhance their knowledge and continue their growth and development while promoting the profession.

How would you define the members of your affiliate chapter?

The members are uplifting of one another, truly dedicated to doing the best of their ability and encouraging that in others.

What is your affiliate chapter’s claim to fame?

Our claim to fame would have to be Norma Lewis—author, interpreter, presenter and comedian (at heart). She is one of the oldest working interpreters in KY and possibly in the U.S.! She has been known to say yearly when presenting the Norma Lewis Scholarship Award at our conference, “Yes, I’m still alive. I didn’t have to die to get this scholarship named after me!” If you have never met her you are missing out!

Please list any upcoming meetings, events, workshops, conferences:

  • June 11‐12, Eastern Kentucky University’s (EKU) ASL and Interpreter Education Outreach Program, Deaf Interpreting and CDI Training: A Workshop for Deaf Participants Only, presented by Shawn Broderick and Ellie Savidge
  • June 18‐19, EKU’s ASL and Interpreter Education Outreach Program, Roles and Responsibilities: From a Deaf Perspective, presented by Shawn Broderick
  • Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) and EKU K‐12 Summer Sign Language Immersions, funded by KDE and free to KY K‐12 interpreters and deaf and hard of hearing teachers, presented by Jesssie Lee Clark, Max Williamson, David Williams and Audrey Lambert
    June 8–11: Kenton County , N. KY Coop, Cold Springs
    June 14–18: Paducah, Paducah Independent School Board
    June 21‐25: Elizabethtown, New Highland Elementary
    June 21‐25: Morehead, Rowan County Board of Education
  • July 12‐15, Annual KDE/EKU P‐12 Summer Institution (4‐day intensive sessions at Kentucky School for the Deaf Campus in Danville, KY), funded by KDE and free to KY K‐12 interpreters
  • September 4, Kentucky Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing DeaFestival, East Main Street, Horse Cave, KY

What else would you like to share about your affiliate chapter?

We all know there is much work to be done and most of the work is done by a few. Here in KY we have seen a resurgence of willing workers. Working in cooperation with other organizations across the state has greatly improved how we serve our communities and one another. It is with pride and pleasure that I say I am an interpreter and I am from KY.


June 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

RID’s new approach to sharing information with the membership from each of the affiliate chapters continues this month with the June 2010 e‐NEWS. This month the Region III Report profiles Michigan RID. We hope this will be a new and innovative way for RID members to learn more about each of the affiliate chapters as well as for each of the affiliate chapters to spotlight themselves and their members.

Affiliate Chapter:

Michigan Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MIRID) President Joan Gage

Number of Members:

371

Web site address:

http://www.mirid.org/

Describe the programs and services your affiliate chapter provides:

MIRID, established in 1970, is a state chapter of the national Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). MIRID is divided into eight local subcommittees which work together promoting professional interpreting services for the Deaf. Our members receive discounts on testing fees, workshops and conferences in and around Michigan and subscription to the MIRID Interpreter’s Link newsletter. MIRID has offered a mentoring program to provide non‐certified Interpreters with the appropriate resources to become nationally certified. We offer The Dr. Brian D. McCartney Scholarship. Dr. Brian D. McCartney (July 19, 1950 ‐ April 26, 1998) was the first Deaf superintendent of the Michigan School for the Deaf from 1991 to 1997. We will also soon offer The Doris Watkins Scholarship Fund. “She [Doris Watkins] was a founding member of MIRID (but did not consider herself to be so) and told stories of attending the new chapter meetings when Agnes Foret was one of the first board members. According to Agnes, Doris was someone she could count on, always willing to work, and dedicated to MIRID and RID. Later, due in part to the influence of those early meetings of MIRID, Doris began board service that would span more than 25 years. She served as MIRID secretary, president, and treasurer.” (Excerpt from The Epitome of Distinguished Service: A Tribute to Doris Watkins, January 2009 e‐NEWS RID REGION III REPORT)

How would you define the members of your affiliate chapter?

My hat’s off to the members of MIRID! They are treasured group of professionals who have earned much deserved respect through their dedication and expertise in this field. MIRID members are intelligent, ethical, hardworking and self‐motivated. They are a valuable asset to MIRID.

What is your affiliate chapter’s claim to fame?

Our claim to fame lies in a dynamic woman who, through tireless dedication, helped to lay the foundation of MIRID. Agnes Foret is MIRID’s claim to fame. Agnes is an original founder of MIRID and gave many years to the building of this professional organization. She has also passionately served RID in the following positions: 1976‐ 78 Member‐at‐Large, 1978‐80 Secretary, and 1980‐83 Member‐at‐Large.

Please list any upcoming meetings, events, workshops, conferences:

MIRID has just enjoyed two successful spring workshops. One in April, focusing on the BEI, and the other in May, focused on medical interpreting. Our next workshop will be in the fall.

What else would you like to share about your affiliate chapter?

MIRID recently celebrated our 40th anniversary.


July 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

RID’s new approach to sharing information with the membership from each of the affiliate chapters continues this month with the July 2010 e‐NEWS. This month the Region III Report profiles Minnesota RID. We hope this will be a new and innovative way for RID members to learn more about each of the affiliate chapters as well as for each of the affiliate chapters to spotlight themselves and their members.

Affiliate Chapter:

Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID) President Natalie A. Stanley

Number of Members:

340 and growing

Web site address:

www.mrid.org

Describe the programs and services your affiliate chapter provides:

We provide workshops related to our field, scholarships for members attending an ITP or testing costs and a newsletter bimonthly.

How would you define the members of your affiliate chapter?

We have a variety of members working in many different avenues. Some work in education, while others work in court, community, medical and VRS. It is a mixing pot of many different interpreting skills.

What is your affiliate chapter’s claim to fame?

We are fortunate to have the Catie Center established in our state that provides many opportunities to our field. We also have Laurie Swabey who has developed the survey for medical interpreters and leading the field into the direction of providing a possible medical interpreting certification. The first RID meeting held was in our region.

Please list any upcoming meetings, events, workshops, conferences:

We are working on consolidating all yahoo groups and providing one MRID group through the Google groups to keep our organization well organized. So that now members can go to one Web site, Google Groups, to get all the pertinent information we need to share with our members. We have a workshop happening in our southern region focusing on “Interpreting the Tough Stuff: Mental Health, Crime and Deviance”. Our fall conference is scheduled for October 1‐2 in Minneapolis, MN.

What else would you like to share about your affiliate chapter?

We have gone through quite a bit of change in our affiliate chapter in the last two months. We had about four people resign at the same time but we were able to fill those positions within the week. I have a strong membership and many people who are willing to volunteer. All of us on the board now are striving to bring back the liveliness of our organization. Our Web master is working on designing the best possible Web site for our members to get updated information about employment, workshops and mentoring that is offered to members in our chapter. I am thankful to work with so many talented people not only on the board but with our members too. Minnesota ROCKS!


August 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

RID’s new approach to sharing information with the membership from each of the affiliate chapters continues this month with the July 2010 e‐NEWS. This month the Region III Report profiles Minnesota RID. We hope this will be a new and innovative way for RID members to learn more about each of the affiliate chapters as well as for each of the affiliate chapters to spotlight themselves and their members.

Ohio Chapter RID
Jill Josselson, NAD V, CI & CT
OCRID President

As the new OCRID President, I am so excited to take on this opportunity to serve our members. OCRID has gone through some big changes in the past year by restructuring the board and eliminating local chapters. Now the board will be able to provide better educational opportunities in the state. We now have three state representatives who work in conjunction with the vice president for programming within Ohio. The state representatives also worked tirelessly with Past President Melanie Somnitz to provide a fabulous conference this past May for our members and visitors. Melanie served four years as President of Ohio and we want to thank her for her demonstration of servant leadership and what it means to volunteer.

The wonderful state of Ohio currently has 219 members of which half are certified! Ohio has a new Web site that will be going live in August. Please check it out at www.ocrid.org to find out what opportunities, news and events are happening within the state. Interpreters in Ohio are phenomenal. Past leaders from Ohio who served on the national RID board include Ben Hall, Pam Brodie and Bruce King, just to name a few. Many of our leaders are presenters and educators in our state and around the country. Ohio currently houses five interpreter training programs (ITPs), and OCRID is working to collaborate with these ITPs to ensure coverage throughout the state for educational advancement.

On September 25, Kent State University will be hosting “Language Mediation in the 21st Century: Communities in Collaboration.” Presenters and interpreters from Gallaudet and Ohio will come together for this one‐day event. E‐mail accessterpksu@gmail.com for more information. Other educational activities are being planned for the next year. If you would like to present in Ohio, please e‐mail ocridviceprez@att.net to request information or submit your proposal.


September 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

RID’s new approach to sharing information with the membership from each of the affiliate chapters continues this month with the July 2010 e‐NEWS. This month the Region III Report profiles Minnesota RID. We hope this will be a new and innovative way for RID members to learn more about each of the affiliate chapters as well as for each of the affiliate chapters to spotlight themselves and their members.

Affiliate Chapter:

Wisconsin Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (WisRID) President Anna Johnson

Number of Members:

WisRID enjoys serving approximately 237 members

Web Site Address:

we can be found on the Web at http://www.wisrid.org/.

Some of the benefits that we offer members are:

  •  scholarships for NIC testing for a limited number of members every year;
  •  we have designated professional development funds for members who apply specifically to our Leo Dicker Memorial fund‐ these are used to assist members in attending workshops or events;
  •  year round we support workshops across the state and our annual fall conferences are always well attended;
  •  members receive a yearly printed newsletter;
  •  our Web site is kept current and we take advantage of E‐Interpreter e‐mail newsletter to disseminate information on an almost weekly basis. With an array of communication techniques, WisRID is able to keep its members well informed.

We receive requests for monetary donations from a variety of entities and while keeping an eye on our bottom line we are as generous as possible. We have sponsored two different Deaf Awareness Fests this year. In addition, one of our most exciting donations is a three year commitment to the Wisconsin Mentoring Program. This program pairs seasoned interpreters with ones newer to the field, all with the ultimate goal of NIC certification.

WisRID also serves the greater community in other ways. We worked with the Wisconsin Association of the Deaf, WAD, and other stakeholders, to help the Wisconsin Interpreter Licensure pass through our legislature earlier this spring. In June, WAD and WisRID hosted a gala event to celebrate that historic human rights triumph! WAD and WisRID also work cooperatively on an annual event every spring called “Silent Weekend.” Held at Lions Camp in Rosholt Wisconsin for over 10 years, this ASL‐only weekend gets better every year! Deaf and hearing presenters hold workshops and Deaf mentors are paired up with hearing participants for the weekend. Everyone enjoys themselves and learns a lot! In addition to RID CEUs, the organizers offered college credit for the weekend, a strong incentive for our DPI licensed K‐12 interpreters to attend! The three day weekend comes in under $100‐‐what a deal!

How would you define the members of your affiliate chapter?

WisRID members are encouraged to volunteer and/or attend as many Deaf events as possible in an effort to show support for our Deaf colleagues. We have a great variety of members and they are able to find their passion and niche in our profession and in their communities. A good example is our fall conference’s fundraiser. We are volunteering at the Brewers baseball games to earn money! Long, hard, hot and really fun days! We have a good number of our members step up to work these six or seven hour days. And for the first time in many years, we have people running for every open position on our executive board this fall!

What is your affiliate chapter’s claim to fame?

Our claim to fame would have to be our Mid‐Western dig in and get it done attitude! Just like any entirely volunteer organization we have our bumps in the road and there is always a little ‘construction’ going on, but we can step back, take a breath and fix it!

Please list any upcoming meetings, events, workshops, conferences:

WisRID’s Annual Fall Conference is being held in Delavan, WI November 12‐14. We will be celebrating 40 years as an organization! The workshop lineup is phenomenal. Take a look at our Web site!


October 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

RID’s new approach to sharing information with the membership from each of the affiliate chapters continues this month with the October 2010 e‐NEWS. This month the Region III Report profiles Kentucky RID. We hope this will be a new and innovative way for RID members to learn more about each of the affiliate chapters as well as for each of the affiliate chapters to spotlight themselves and their members.

Affiliate Chapter:

Kentucky Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (KYRID) President Amy Hatzel

Lush Kentucky bluegrass is seeing the first stitches of the brassy, golden blanket that falls across its autumn landscape year after year. A few green splatters atop the trees will soon be all that is left of an active summer for the KY Chapter! Crisp October winds are starting to blow and the newly elected KYRID Board is wasting no time getting down to business!

President: Amy Hatzel
Immediate Past President: Edie Ryan
Vice President: Dana Parker
Treasurer: Shon King
Secretary: Terri Parker
Publications Coordinator: Barbara Young
Directors: Larry Poole, Artie Grassman, Zac Childers
Ky Association of the Deaf: Sharon White
Ky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Heating: Rachel Rodgers

After meeting for a day‐long retreat in Elizabethtown in August, it became evident that Kentucky continues to see some rapidly expanding areas of need. After completing some team‐building exercises, we spent time delineating our positions so that the upcoming business meetings and conferences could be carried out with each person contributing their rightful portions of work as defined by their role. With just a few months under our belts, we are seeing that our work builds on itself…when one goal is met, another is there waiting for our time and attention!

One issue of shared concern among KY agencies and entities is that K‐12 interpreters who are working on temporary licenses are faced with impending deadlines imposed by licensure law. Although various state government agencies, educational entities and organizations are working together to minimize the service impact to students in the mainstream, 2011 will be a year of revelation. After 13 years of combinations of renewals, extensions, legislative regulations changes, etc., those people who have not met licensure requirements and/or RID degree requirements are going to face non‐renewal and potential unemployment. A bigger picture of grave concern is that students may particularly bear direct impact until districts find alternate ways to recruit and retain licensed interpreters.

Another area of concern to Kentucky at this time is the availability of mental health services. Currently only a few therapists/counselors are trained to work individually with consumers who are deaf and use sign language as their primary mode of communication. This leaves a gap between the numbers of interpreters trained and qualified to serve in mental health capacities and the number of needs that exist. These needs are compounded by overall shortages in interpreter services in the extreme eastern and western rural pockets of the state. State and community agencies are working to bridge these gaps and KYRID is dedicated to assisting in whatever ways we can to provide training opportunities, materials and resources for those parties directly impacted by these shortfalls. One part of our response is to offer space in our conferences for a track dedicated to increasing numbers and enhancing skills of interpreters working in mental health settings.

Education and mental health are not the only areas of particular focus. We aim to give each major professional focus room for growth and development by forging collaborations and partnerships that will ultimately lead to more specific, high quality, professional development.

The Fall Conference sees a focus on deaf interpreting. KYRID would like to offer more opportunities for deaf interpreters (DIs) and CDIs to gain CEUs and information applicable to their work. Based on committee analysis conducted by the Kentucky Board of Interpreters, there is a vastly disproportionate number of workshops being offered for individuals who are pursuing or wish to maintain CDI status as compared to traditional interpreting fields. There is also need for more hands on experience/practice for hearing interpreters so that we can all be better prepared to use and advocate for the use of DIs across settings as needed.

On tap for spring, we are looking to offer educational, mental health, legal, general linguistic/skill development and/or deaf interpreting workshop opportunities. With the potential development of a Steering Committee, we are hoping to hone in on these particular areas of concern and provide a forum for particular interests to not only express needs but to become part of the conference planning process to see that these needs are addressed as often and as thoroughly as possible in professional development endeavors. This Steering Committee, if enacted, will report to the board on various trends, practices and industry standards across the spectrum of interpreting settings; in essence, providing the board the pulse of interpreting in KY.

Dates to remember:

October 15‐16, 2010, Louisville – KYRID PreConference, Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness , Hyatt Regency

  • Licensure updates; Deaf Interpreting Focus

March 18‐19, 2010, Lexington‐KYRID Spring Conference

  • Variety of workshop topics, to be announced

With much appreciation, the current board would like to say thank you to those who have served before us, paving the way for the work that lies ahead. Like autumn leaves, you have served us well in your seasons, providing essential nourishment for the organization during your tenures. And though your official time of service has ended, your energy and spirit will cycle into KYRID again through your daily work. May your contributions of time and dedication be rewarded with experience and knowledge that can be passed on to those coming up. By intermingling once more with fellow members, you will feed them, from the roots, and your influence will carry on!


November 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

Illinois RID (IRID) held a successful conference from November 4‐6, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, IL. 209 people (number includes presenters, staff, etc.) attended the conference, with 160 paid registrants. Cheryl Moose gave an inspiring keynote address at the banquet where Howard Rosenblum was given the IRID President’s Award for his continued support of interpreters in Illinois. Crom Saunders provided entertainment after the banquet.

Elections were held at the business meeting on November 6, 2010.

The 2010‐2011 IRID Board of Directors and their terms are:

President: Shelly Engstrom-Kestel (1 year remaining)
Vice President: Kevin Jackson (1 year remaining)
Treasurer: Rachel Kruk (2 years remaining)
Secretary: Jen Maulding (2 years remaining)
Member at Large: Irene Holl (1 year remaining), Patti Shore Kaden (2 years remaining) and Josh Ayoub (3 years remaining)

Membership

IRID currently has 411 members.


Decmber 2010 e-News RID Region III Report

Leandra Williams, Region I Representative

Wisconsin Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (WisRID )
Anna Johnson
WisRID President

Hello! Between our fall conference and our Interpreter License being posted online November 12th (applications were due Dec. 1st!), it has been an….let’s just say, “exciting” fall so far! I’ll say exciting, but you know I really mean stressful, overwhelming and crazy!

Our fall conference, which was held November 12‐ 14, 2010, in Delavan, WI, was a blazing success. The array of workshops was impressive, and I am pleased to report that we are seeing an increasing number of deaf presenters every year! The schedule offered a nice variety of subjects and modes of delivery. Whether you were a seasoned Interpreter or a student in an interpreter training program, there was something there to excite and instigate conversation! On Saturday morning, our keynote speaker was Eve Dicker‐Eiseman. Eve is truly a pioneer, and her personal stories and heartfelt gratitude to those ‘Giants’ that she worked with early on in the profession brought the members to tears. Her autobiography reads like a “Who’s Who” of the very origin of sign language interpreting as a profession. Wisconsin RID is extremely fortunate to have Eve among our members!

The Fall Conference Planning Committee pulled it all together like pros! Their efforts made our organization look good. The Fundraising Committee hit upon a genius opportunity and a handful of dedicated WisRID members volunteered at the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball games during the 2010 season, raising a substantial amount of money and having a lot of fun doing it! Generally, the conference was a success, and we had many positive comments from well‐ satisfied attendees! Wisconsin also thanks Leandra Williams, our own Region III Representative, for attending our conference. She was a very popular woman with people lined up to bend her ear!

If you have experienced licensure in your state, you know what we are going through right now, so send some good Mojo our way! There have been basic misunderstandings from the beginning, and we have been fielding phone calls and e‐mails like crazy! There are people who have not stayed informed to the licensure situation in Wisconsin and are not upset because they don’t have the necessary credentials. Businesses – like video relay service companies and post secondary institutions – are reacting now at the thought that none of their video interpreters can work under the new licensure legislation. After a weekend of everyone in the state reacting to the legislation, and I imagine, the state receiving a million phone calls, the Wisconsin Department of Regulations and Licensing posted a ‘grace’ period. As long as we had submitted the paperwork (and payment) by December 1, 2010, we are able to continue to work while we wait for the state, RID and our former interpreter training programs to process everything and get the license in our hot little hands! The deadline for actually having it is February 1, 2011. An interesting side note: Wisconsin was one of the first states in the Midwest to require educational interpreters to hold a license through the Department of Public Instruction, and here we are, 20 years later, with a Sign Language Interpreter License for all Interpreters in the state!

On a personal note, I have learned a great deal over this last year. I’ve learned about being a leader, a decision‐maker and that in the end, I am ‘the Buck Stops here’ kind of gal. I am not a politician, a control freak or a spotlight seeker. But I am someone who can follow the rules and get things done. As a sign language interpreter, I am blessed to have a career that I really enjoy! I feel strongly that we have a serious responsibility in our profession, to ourselves and to the consumer. I am excited about heading in to this next year with a very clear picture of the expectations of my position and knowing enough to really guide the fresh faces on our 2011 board!

Happy Holidays to you All!