Leandra Williams, Region III Representative

RID Region III Conference – Membership Meeting

This report details all activities of the Region III Representative since the RID Region III Membership Meeting held in July 2011, Atlanta, GA.

On July 24, 2009, Leandra Williams (IL) became the Region III Representative replacing the previous representative, Kelly Flores (MI). RID Region III consists of 7 states: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. According to the RID Bylaws, the duties of the Regional Representative are as follows:

a) Provide reports regarding the activities of the RID Board of Directors, National Committees and the National Office to each affiliate chapter within his/her region.

…REPORTS ARE PROVIDED TO THE REGION III AFFILIATE CHAPTER PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL (R3 PC) PRIOR TO EACH COUNCIL MEETING. R3 PC REPORTS ARE ALSO POSTED ON THE R3 WEBSITE.

b) Provide reports at least quarterly to the Board and National Office during meetings.

… WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FIRST MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS (DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS AN EXPECTATION) AND MEETINGS WHERE REPORTS ARE NOT REQUIRED, WRITTEN REPORTS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED FOR EACH BOARD MEETING.

c) Convenes and presides at any regional meetings/conference and teleconference calls and facilitates development of regional activities.

…FULFILLED THIS DUTY VIA WORKING WITH THE 2012 REGION III CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS.

d) Attend workshops and conferences in the region, when able and funds are available using region budget and funds from hosting affiliate chapters, as available.

…DUE TO BUDGET CONSTRAINTS WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND EVENTS THAT DID NOT INCLUDE FINANCIAL SPONSORSHIP. HOWEVER, DID ATTEND THE ILLINOIS AND KENTUCKY STATE RID CONFERENCES.

e) Serve as a resource person to affiliate chapter presidents and members within his/her region.

…AS NEEDED PER MEMBERS OF THE REGION III PRESIDENTS COUNCIL.

f) Submit regular reports to the association newsletter.

…THIS IS NO LONGER THE STRUCTURE FOR REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES.

g) Assist affiliate chapters within his/her region in their ability to meet affiliation requirements.

…AS NEEDED.

h) Assist any chapter not in compliance with RID’s affiliation requirements in moving toward compliance or dissolution. In the event of dissolution or no further recognition of a chapter, s/he will insure the collection and forwarding of all required information to the National Office.

…AS NEEDED.

i) Serve as one of the National Conference Committee Core Group members and participate in recruiting the conference chair (s) when the National Conference is being hosted in his or her region.

…FULFILLED THIS DUTY BY RECOMMENDING RID 2013 HONORARY CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS: CAROL-LEE AQUILINE & JUDITH CARSON.

j) Assist in the annual reviews of the Chief Executive Officer.
…PARTICIPATED IN THE PROCESS FOR THE 2012 PERFORMANCE REVIEW OF MATTHEW O’HARA.

In addition, board conference calls are held approximately every six (6) weeks, face-to-face meetings are held twice annually for 4 – 5 days. Board members are expected to participate in board email discussions, serve as a liaison to one or more National Committees and/or Member Sections, and submit regular reports from those committees and respond to emails from members and AC Presidents in their respective regions.

…THE REGION III REPRESENTATIVE HAS ATTENDED MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. THE REPRESENTATIVE CONSISTENTLY AND QUICKLY RESPONDS TO E-MAIL DISCUSSIONS RELATED TO THE BUSINESS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND REGION III MEMBERS. IN ADDITION, THE REPRESENTATIVE SERVES AS THE BOARD LIAISON TO THE SCHOLARSHIP & AWARDS COMMITTEE AND THE ETHICS COMMITTEE. COMMUNICATION IS MAINTAINED WITH BOTH THE R3 PC AND MEMBERSHIP VIA CONSTANT E-MAIL DISSEMIINATION. THE REP WOULD ESTIMATE THAT 15 – 20 HOURS PER WEEK IS COMMITTED TO THE WORK OF FULFILLING THE RESPONSIBLITES OF THIS POSITION.

Other items of regional interest:

Regional Census:

Region III continues to maintain its ranking as the third largest membership region within RID. In 2008, we concluded the membership year with 2,781 members. In 2009, that number rose to 3,026. The 2010 membership year ended with a record 3,224 members.

The RID membership continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The 2011 membership year ended on June 30, 2012 with a record 16,238 RID members. Of that number, 3,348 were from Region III.

Regional Conferences:

This year marks the final year of regional conference planning strategies whereby the Regional Rep and Regional Presidents Councils have substantial hands-on involvement in the conference planning process. From now on, national office staff will take the lead in determining the selection of the site, handling financial agreements, contractual oversight and etc. Local members will continue to serve as resources to assist in ensuring regional conferences maintain regional nuances that appeal to the membership.

Distinguished RID Region III Educational Interpreter Award

In 2008, the Region III membership passed the following motion:

R3CM08.05: We so move that the Region III President’s Council establish a Distinguished RID Region III Educational Interpreter Award to be presented during the biannual RID Region III Conference Business meeting. (Dave Calvert and Judy Cain/Carrie Westholter)

Rationale: Professional educational interpreters are recognized as the linguistic specialists in the classroom and are nationally respected for their unique niche, which has recently been validated at the RID national level. Since Region III “Lights the Way” and “Raises the Bar” within RID, we have the golden opportunity to be the first region to honor outstanding educational interpreters who have challenged the status quo and set the precedent as role models for educational interpreters all over the country. The RID Region III President’s Council is entrusted to seek out advice for establishing the criteria for this award.

In adherence to this motion, a committee was formed to establish criteria for the award and ensure implementation of this award. Ronda Jo Bilz (IN) and Amy Hatzel (KY) diligently served on this committee. As a result the Distinguished RID Region III Educational Interpreter Award will be presented for both 2010 and 2012, at the Recognition Ceremony during this year’s conference.

Finances:

In October 2011 the Region III treasury totaled $ 9,075.66. In February 2012 the balance in the account was $9,296.18. As of June 30, 2012 there is $28,030.26 in our regional treasury (see financial report at: http://www.rid.org/membership/rid-regions-map/region-iii-midwest/.
However, this balance reflects the new accounting procedures being used associated with regional conference planning. Conference funds are now being deposited into and deducted from the Region III account. It is anticipated that once the conference finances have been rectified, the balance in our treasury will return to normal.

RID Conference motions:

During the 2009 and 2011 RID Biennial National Conferences, several motions were submitted to the RID membership based on recommendations from Region III. The motions that progressed through the parliamentary process and the status of these motions are as follows:

CM 2009.04
Investigate the feasibility of requiring ensuring dual membership in the national organization and at least one state affiliate chapter through a combined payment option as the new standard of membership in RID and give the report to the membership at the 2009 RID conference and offer it to the members for a vote.

Status: The feasibility study to accomplish the intent of this motion was completed in 2009. The functionality is possible; however, there has been a delay in implementation due to the need for technological upgrades to make this a reality. As the national office researches database options, this functionality is a priority. Meanwhile, in 2012, the staff will begin to identify and work with a small number of affiliate chapters, as well as the Affiliate Chapter Relations Task Force, to develop the related policies and procedures as new database requirements are developed.

CM 2011.02
RID research a mechanism for the identification of reputable agencies and organizations providing sign language interpretation services in community settings and report back to membership by the 2013 RID National Conference.

Status: A task force comprised of representatives from the RID Interpreter Service Managers (ISM) Member Section, the Ethics Committee, the National Association of the Deaf and other stakeholders will work in collaboration to develop a scope of work, as related to the RID Strategic Plan, and timeline in conducting the research related to this motion. An initial report, with recommendations, will be provided to the board by January 2013.

Another motion that did not originate from the Region III membership but is slated for membership referendum is:

CM 2011.04
Board of Directors charge the Bylaws Committee, in consultation with the leadership of the IDP Member Section, to develop bylaws amendments that establish a position on the Board of Directors to represent RID members who were raised by a Deaf parent(s), together with appropriate qualifications and duties for this position. The Bylaws Committee is to present these bylaws amendments to the RID Board of Directors, and then the membership, for a vote no later than December 15, 2012, but no earlier than the conclusion of all 2012 Regional Conferences.

Status: The RID Board of Directors has included this motion in the scope of work for the RID Bylaws Committee. The national office staff will work with the Bylaws Committee, Deaf Advisory Council (DAC) and Interpreters with Deaf Parents (IDP) Member Section to facilitate this work within the identified timeframe.

Please familiarize yourself with the rationale for RID motions so that you can be prepared to vote accordingly when asked to do so. A complete listing of conference motions can be found on the RID website. On the home page, type in “motions” to the search box and you will be directed to the Web page.

2013 RID National Conference

Region III will serve as the host region for the 2013 RID Biennial Conference. This conference will celebrate RID’s 50th Anniversary. The conference:

“50 and Forward… Building on the Legacy”
JW Marriott Hotel
August 9 – 14, 2013
Indianapolis, IN
HONORARY CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS:
CAROL-LEE AQUILINE & JUDITH CARSON

… is an event Region III members should not miss!

Last but not least, in a month Shelley Engstrom-Kestel will take over the reins as the new RID Region III Representative. I encourage you all to get to know Shelley and help her become acclimated to this new position. I predict Shelley will represent us very well; and will ultimately follow the footsteps of Region III leaders Ben Hall, Cheryl Moose, Brenda Walker Prudhom and Kelly Flores.

It has been my pleasure to serve as YOUR Region III Representative. I look forward to seeing you at various future RID events.

Respectfully submitted:
Leandra Williams
RID Region III Representative
July 9, 2012


RID 2012 Region III
Conference Resolutions

R3CR12.01
Whereas, Lisa Butler and Marijo Wimbush assembled a team of committed volunteers; and
Whereas, they have worked long hours in preparation for this event; and
Whereas, Lisa Butler and Marijo Wimbush have ensured that RID Region III members begin a “Journey to Discover the Treasure Within;”
Therefore, be it resolved that the RID Region III Representative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents and membership express our deep appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to Lisa Butler and Marijo Wimbush for their dedication and leadership as the 2012 RID Region III Conference Co-Chairpersons and signify so by a round of applause.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council

R3CR12.02
Whereas, RID Region III Conferences continues to lead the nation in regional strength; and
Whereas, we depend on the commitment of volunteer committee members in conference planning; and
Whereas, those committee members work long hours to ensure a successful conference experience for all participants via their dedication and hard work;
Therefore, be it resolved that the RID Region III Representative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents and all participants of the Region III Conference extend our great appreciation to the 2012 RID Region III Conference Committee and volunteers by signifying so with a round of applause.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council

R3CR12.03
Whereas, the Sign Language Interpreters working at the 2012 RID Region III Conference are among the best in the nation; and
Whereas, it is essential that conference interpreters be role models to their colleagues in the profession and to the interpreting students who are our future; and
Whereas, their professional services are essential to the success of our conference;
Therefore, be it resolved that the RID Region III Representative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents and all participants of the Region III Conference extend our sincere appreciation to the 2012 RID Region III Conference Interpreting Team by signifying so with a round of applause.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council

R3CR12.04
Whereas, Conference Support Staff are novices in the profession who serve as the gateway to our future; and
Whereas, conference support staff have diligently provided assistance in all facets of this event; and
Whereas, their committed service and hard work has helped to make a valuable contribution to this conference;
Therefore, be it resolved that the RID Region III Representative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents and all participants of the Region III Conference extend our earnest appreciation to the 2012 RID Region III Conference Support Staff.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council

R3CR12.05
Whereas, service to the professional organization is held in the highest esteem; and
Whereas, Shelley Engstrom-Kestel served Illinois RID as President; and
Whereas, Shelley Engstrom-Kestel has worked tirelessly for Illinois RID, RID Region III and the national organization;
Therefore, be it resolved that the RID Region III Representative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents and membership extend our highest appreciation for her service to Illinois RID, RID Region III and RID, and signify so by a round of applause.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council

R3CR12.06
Whereas, service to the professional organization is held in the highest esteem; and
Whereas, Ronda Jo Bilz served Indiana RID as president; and
Whereas, Ronda Jo Bilz has been a dedicated member of the RID Region III Presidents Council who continues to serve on the Region III Awards Committee;
Therefore, be it resolved that the RID Region III Representative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents and membership extend our highest appreciation for her service to the Indiana Chapter of RID, RID Region III and RID, and signify so by a round of applause.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council

R3CR12.07
Whereas, service to the professional organization is held in the highest esteem; and
Whereas, Edie Ryan faithfully served Kentucky RID as president; and
Whereas, Edie Ryan has been a dedicated member of the RID Region III Presidents Council;
Therefore, be it resolved that the RID Region IIIRepresentative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents and membership extend our highest appreciation for her service to Kentucky, RID Region III and RID, and signify so by a round of applause.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council

R3CR12.08
Whereas, service to the professional organization is held in the highest esteem; and
Whereas, Joan Gage faithfully served Michigan RID as president; and
Whereas, Joan Gage has represented Michigan on the RID Region III Presidents Council;
Therefore, be it resolved that the RID Region III: Representative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents and membership extend our highest appreciation for her service to Michigan, RID, Region III and RID, and signify so by a round of applause.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council

R3CR12.09
Whereas, service to the professional organization is held in the highest esteem; and
Whereas, Natalie Stanley served Minnesota RID as president; and
Whereas, Natalie Stanley has represented Minnesota on the RID Region III Presidents Council;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Region III: Representative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents and membership extend our highest appreciation for her service to Minnesota RID, RID Region III and RID and signify so by a round of applause.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council

R3CR12.10
Whereas, service to the professional organization is held in the highest esteem; and
Whereas, Melanie Somnitz faithfully served Ohio RID as President; and
Whereas, Melanie Somnitz has been an instrumental part of the RID Region III Presidents Council; and has worked tirelessly for Ohio RID, RID Region III and the national organization;
Therefore, be it resolved that the RID Region III Representative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents and membership extend our highest appreciation for her service to the Ohio Chapter of RID, RID Region III and RID, and signify so by a round of applause.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council

R3CR12.11
Whereas, service to the professional organization is held in highest esteem; and
Whereas, Anna D. Johnson faithfully served Wisconsin RID as president; and
Whereas, Anna D. Johnson has worked tirelessly for Wisconsin RID, RID Region III and the national organization;
Therefore, be it resolved that the RID Region III Representative, Affiliate Chapter Presidents, and membership extend our highest appreciation for her service to Wisconsin RID, RID Region III and RID, and signify so by a round of applause.
RID Region III Representative & RID Region III Presidents Council


Region III 2012 Membership Meeting
Wyndham Lisle Chicago Hotel
July 20, 2012
9:00a – 10:00a
A G E N D A

1. Call to order

2. Introductions (5 minutes)
a. Recognition of RID Board of Directors, Past RID Board of Directors, RID Committee members, RID staff and other guests
b. RID Region III Presidents Council
c. Introduction of the Administrative Assistant – Darlene Snelson

3. Approval of 2010 Membership meeting minutes (5 minutes)

4. Region III Rep report (3 minutes)

5. Affiliate Chapter reports (3 minutes per report)
a. Illinois RID (IRID) – Angela Trull
b. Indiana RID (ICRID) – Rebecca Buchan
c. Kentucky RID (KYRID) – Amy Hatzel
d. Michigan RID (MIRID) – Krista Nawrocki
e. Minnesota RID (MRID) – Stephen Medlicott
f. Ohio RID (OCRID) – Jill Josselson
g. Wisconsin RID (WISRID) – Susan Gallanis

6. Old business (10 minutes)
a. 2012 Region III Conference Co-chairs report – Lisa Butler & Marijo Wimbush

7. New business (10 minutes)
a. 2014 Region III Conference
b. Resolutions

8. Adjournment

Next meeting: RID 2013 (Indianapolis, IN)


From around the region:

WisRID President’s Report: July 1st, 2012

Greetings!

The last few months have been busy for WisRID. Our primary fundraising consists of volunteering for Brewer game concessions and is in full swing. We are booked to volunteer for approximately 15 games through October. Due to successful fundraising last year, we were able to offer a free workshop to WisRID members this past June called Medical Interpreting 101. WisRID is also in the midst of planning its Fall Conference to be held in November.

Our recent board meeting was April 28th. Prior to the meeting I hosted a “meet and greet” to allow a time for members to socialize. Also included was a free 1-hour presentation by one of our members called “Do Good” which focused on doing something positive for someone else, even with very little time. Our next board meeting is set for early August. The purpose will be to wrap-up what we’ve been working on this year and to look toward getting prepared for Fall Conference.

We have just begun our call for nominations for open board positions. I am working with our Nominations Committee to transition from paper, attendee-only ballots to electronic voting. I located a free electronic balloting and survey website called BallotBin.com. The price is right and it will serve out purposes. This will allow all members to vote for board elections, whereas in the past elections took place at the Fall Conference, and only those who attended Fall Conference were able to vote. We’ve set our timeline and announced the new process to the membership.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Gallanis
WisRID President


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From the Desk of the President

Minnesota RID Chapter President’s Region III Report

It has been my pleasure to serve as the President of the Minnesota Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID) since January 1, 2012. I have taken over for our past President, Natalie Stanley. Thank you, Natalie, for your two years of service as President of the MRID. It was a pleasure serving as your Vice President in 2011.

A great many things have happened since the National RID Conference in Atlanta, GA. 2011 marked the 40th anniversary of the MRID. We celebrated this milestone by putting on a terrific fall conference. We had several out-of-town presenters come in to present on topics ranging from legal interpreting to performing arts interpreting in K-12 settings. It was well attended and the feedback we received was resoundingly positive.

We also had a Spring Conference on March 31, 2012. In the morning we learned about consecutive interpreting and in the afternoon we put what we learned into practice. Lauri Krouse provided the foundational information and set the stage for the work we did in the afternoon. The afternoon was divided into three specialty areas led by, who I call, our three sets of “Dynamic Duos.” Doug Bowen-Bailey and Lauri Krouse led the specialty area of educational interpreting. Nancy Niggley and Quincy Craft-Faber shared their skills in the specialty of medical interpreting. The area of VRS interpreting was led by Nic Zapko and Catharine Von Nostrand. The wealth of knowledge and gifts that Minnesota is blessed to have often leaves me in awe! Thank you all for sharing your gifts and talents.

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Darlene Snelson and Lynn Wander were the co-chairs of our Spring Conference. They did a wonderful job pulling everything together. Darlene and Lynn instituted what I hope will be a common practice for all future conference planning committees. They put a call out to the membership for a “conference protégé;” something MRID hadn’t done formally at any point in our history. It was a position in which to teach and mentor future leaders in our membership. Kari Brecht stepped up and took on the challenge.

Based on the feedback from all three: Kari, Lynn and Darlene, it was a wonderful experience and huge success. Darlene and Lynn both said it was like having a 3rd full member of the team. While Kari was there to learn, she dove in with both feet and was a huge asset to the team and the success of the conference. Thank you, Darlene, Lynn and Kari, for all of your hard work.

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Camp ASL also took place this spring. Camp ASL is a 3-day ASL immersion weekend. It’s a chance to focus, use and hone your ASL skills. Tarra Grammenos and Melissa O’Brien pulled together an amazing team to make the 3 days fun, educational and relaxing. I attended Camp ASL myself this year to show my support. It was a great time and a beautiful setting. Thank you Melissa and Tarra—GREAT JOB!

Since taking office on January 1, I have been very busy. I have an amazing board of directors that I work with. We have monthly meetings and do our best to have some fun while getting the business of the organization accomplished. We had some open positions at the beginning of the year. Because of the visible energy, commitment and leadership, members took notice and wanted to get involved. I am happy to report that we have a full board of directors as follows:

President: Stephen Medlicott
Vice president: Nancy Evelyn
Treasurer: Melissa Meyer
Secretary: Marty Barnum
President Ex-Officio: Natalie Stanley
Northern Representative: Micelle Remer
Metro Representative: David Evans
Southern Representative: Cari Sibenaller
Central Representative: Mark Alan English
Member-at-Large: Julie Bauch

I cannot thank them all enough for the dedication, commitment and time they give to the MRID. I have started to write a monthly newsletter called From the Desk of the President. It truly is a pleasure to inform the membership of all the exciting things that are taking place with our professional organization.

One of the most exciting things we are doing this year is investing in our future. The technology of the MRID was very much like the special effects of the 70’s and 80’s sci-fi TV shows I loved so much: old, outdated and in some cases downright humorous. Because of this, the board decided to invest in some new technology and invest in our future. Gone are the days of tracking our members with just an excel spreadsheet; here are the days of “cloud” retention and easy access to current information.

I look forward to continued change, excitement and challenges as I continue to serve the members of the MRID as President. Luckily I have a board of men and women with amazing and diverse talents and gifts.

I’ll leave you with the same salutation I do with my monthly communiqué to my members:

Remember: Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, and today is a gift…
that’s why it’s called the present!

Stephen Medlicott, CI and CT
MRID President
mridpresident@gmail.com