Region III Affiliate Chapter’s President’s Council Meeting
ICRID Representative Report

February 5, 2012

December 2011

  • Held meeting with past board officers and incoming board officers for information sharing about duties of the position.
  • Outgoing Treasurer and incoming Treasurer had first meeting to attempt to get all financial books closed for 2011 and handed off to the incoming Treasurer.
  • Held meeting with past president about current ICRID issues and to hand over President’s Handbook and other material.
  • Held meeting with current Vice President to plan for Annual Retreat
  • Attended first President’s Council via conference call

January 2012

  • Went with Secretary to open up new bank account under ICRID’s name at Regions Bank.
  • Held Annual Retreat and first board meeting with new board. Action items included:
    • Closing all current Chase bank accounts and moving funds to Regions Bank (less fees)
    • Sending email and letter to past Treasurer letting him know of the closing accounts and transition of his responsibility of Membership Committee chair to Secretary
    • Treasurer and Webmaster meeting to put Paypal on ICRID’s website
    • All newsletter submissions to editor by January 26, 2012
    • Setting up a PO Box i n ICRID’s name
    • Treasurer sending downpayment for Annual Spring Retreat Venue
    • All board members to navigate ICRID website and give feedback to webmaster, as well as ask three other people to do the same.
  • Communicated with ICRID member and CMP sponsor regarding lost certificate for a workshop attended in June 2011.
  • Communicated with Awards and Scholarship Committee Chair regarding Marvin Marshall Scholarship recipient.
  • Met with Region III Rep one-on-one via phone.
  • Met with Vice President to discuss upcoming annual conference plans.

Action Items

  • Follow up with past Treasurer/Membership Chair to make sure all information, files and equipment has been passed along to Secretary
  • Help upcoming ASR Committee with securing entertainment for the event
  • Provide feedback on ICRID’s website and ask three other people to assist
  • Set up email listserve for ICRID members

Upcoming Events

  • March ICRID R.A.P.S
  • April 13 & 14 Annual Spring Retreat
  • May ICRID R.A.P.S.
  • July ICRID R.A.P.S.
  • July 18-21 Region III Conference

Future Region III President’s Council Meeting

  • April 15, 2012

From the Desk of the President

Can you believe February 2012 is already upon us!!?? I swear the older I get the faster time seems to go. Well, unless it’s Friday afternoon and I’m still stuck at work…then time seems to drag on f o r e v e r ! ! ! !

I’m excited to report that the board of directors will be having
our annual retreat this coming weekend. We have a packed agenda starting Friday night and ending Sunday afternoon. We will be spending our time getting to know each other better, learning about our strengths and communication styles and how best to work together as team.

A large portion of the weekend will be spent on visioning and strategic planning. We will be looking back at 2011 and ahead to 2012 to see where we are and where we want to go. A guiding force to help us along the way will be the discussion that took place at the 2011 MRID business meeting. Look for my March correspondence; it will contain more details once the retreat has taken place.

In other news, I have three amazing firsts to share with you.
On Friday February 10, the President of the Upper
Midwest Translators and Interpreters Association (UMTIA) will be addressing the MRID Freelance Committee at their monthly meeting. This is a first in MRID history for
someone from the spoken language interpreting community to address our professional organization. I am thrilled that this is taking place. I’d like to personally thank Tarra Grammenos for making this happen. Her membership in this organization as well as her participation in several of their events was the catalyst for making this first happen.

Along with that first, UMTIA’s President asked me (OK, not me personally), the President of MRID to address their membership at their March 2012 meeting. The freelance committee, in their collective wisdom, thought it would be a good idea to have two representatives from MRID address their membership. They asked Richard Laurion to join me on March 10, 2012. I am honored to be representing MRID and even more honored to be doing it with Richard. Richard brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and history that few others have. Thank you Richard for agreeing to do this with me. Addressing UMTIA is another first I do believe. Again, this would not have happened without the help of Tarra Grammenos. Thank you again Tarra.

The 3rd “first” is one that is taking place on the heels of a new arrival in our state. North Central University just hired a new instructor to work with their sign language interpreting students. Bill Ross has barely gotten his feet on the ground in Minnesota and yet has already hit that ground running. Bill contacted me last December, as the Vice President, in the hopes of making connections with our interpreting community. Bill is going to be a great addition to our community.

Bill attended the MRID Freelance committee on Friday the 13th. Luckily there were no black cats, ladders or umbrellas in the room. He approached me after the meeting and asked me to come and speak to his students about MRID. It’s going to be a privilege to speak to his students. Again, a first for MRID, to be asked to address the students at North Central University. YAY!! A hat trick!! (for all you hockey fans)

WOW!! This note from my desk is just filled with all kinds of good news. AND I’M NOT DONE!!! If you recall from last month’s communiqué, we weren’t to full capacity with the Board of Directors. We were missing the board member to represent our Central Minnesota constituents. Well I am excited to inform you that the position has been filled!!! It is with great pleasure that I am announcing to you that Mark Alan English has been appointed to the position of Central Representative. Mark Alan brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and leadership. He will round out the board of directors very nicely.

Wait…there’s more! Ander Bolduc and Sarah Mansager have joined the fundraising committee. I think I could actually hear Kari Brecht’s audible sigh of relief to actually have a committee to work with rather than just the Lone Ranger she has been for the last two years! Thank you Kari, Ander and Sarah for being MRID’s Fund Raising Committee! They have already reported to the board several plans and ideas for the next several months. Keep an eye on that in-box!

Can I talk about October yet? No, I’m not going to skip over the summer, I promise. But I do want to tell you that we have appointed our Fall Conference co-chairs. After serving on the MRID board of directors for the past 7 years “she” decided it just wasn’t enough. Having served as the Northern Representative and our President for the past 3 years, another “she” felt that just didn’t seem like enough. Sarah Mansager and Natalie Stanley have both stepped up to steer the very large ship we call: “The MRID Fall Conference.” The conference will be held in the Northern part of the State this year. Natalie and Sarah have started the search for a location. Look for more information from them as the details get worked out. Thank you both for taking on this enormous task.

“Hold on, wait a minute?!!??? What about Spring Conference and Camp ASL?? Don’t those happen before Fall Conference?” OK, honestly…how many of you were thinking that when you were reading the last paragraph? GRIN

Well I am happy to report that two contracts have recently been signed for both the Spring Conference and for Camp ASL. I won’t even THINK about stealing either of those committees’ thunder by giving you any of the exciting details. Watch your in-box for all those juicy tidbits as well. I will just say thank you to Lynn Wander, Darlene Snelson and conference protégé Kari Brecht for the wonderful work done on the Spring conference. I will also thank Tarra Grammenos and Melissa O’Brien for leading the charge for Camp ASL. I will tell you to put the dates in the calendar. You don’t want to miss either of these opportunities!!!
March 31, 2012 MRID Spring Conference
May 11–13, 2012 Camp ASL (you still get home in time to celebrate Mother’s day)

I am now the keeper of the “Katra”!! (Chocolate for the first person that can email me with the TV program and movies I am referencing with that statement and what it means) Katra, in this context, means the President’s email address. I can now be reached in the following ways: mridpresident@gmail.com or you can call/text me at
612-701-7136. I look forward to hearing from you. Nancy Evelyn is now the keeper of mridvicepresident@gmail.com.

Well that’s all I have for you this month interpreters!!! I hope you are keeping warm and you and your families are happy and healthy!!

CHEERS!
Stephen Medlicott, CI/CT
MRID President

P.S.–I was remiss in last month’s communiqué. In my excitement to take on the leadership role as President of the MRID, I neglected to take a moment to thank those whose service time to the MRID Board of Directors ended the same day I took office.

Julie Olson Rand I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Julie over the last two years. Her insight, energy and dry wit are going to be missed by me. It was joy to sit with her on the board in 2011. She is so quiet and reserved most of the time and then….WATCH OUT…she throws out a zinger that makes me laugh so hard I start to cry. She is the epitome for the definition of “introvert”. She is the life of the party and then it takes her two days to recover. I tried to get her to run again but for some reason she thought it was more important to have balance in her life. Go figure! Thank you Julie for all your hard work as our Metro Representative. Please don’t disappear on us completely!

Charlette Reiner Thank you for stepping into the shoes of our Central Representative. I think her arm got a little twisted by our treasurer to take on this position; I’m so grateful that she had bendy arms. Charlette brought humor, intellect and a fresh perspective that is going to be missed. She too recognized a need for “balance” in her life. Charlette is checking out Chicago. The Windy City is going to be very lucky to get her if she decides to bless them with her presence. Good luck Charlette! Thanks for a great year!

Sarah Mansager Where do I begin?? I remember running into Sarah in the break room at Sorenson Video Relay one day. I nonchalantly mentioned that we had a couple of open positions on the board and was wondering if she would be interested in running for one of them. To my excitement she said yes. Little did I know what a gem the board would be getting! Sarah, thank you for 7 years of board service. The work you have done over the years is amazing: updating our bylaws, planning conferences, serving on the president’s council…I’m sure I’m leaving something out. Luckily for us, she hasn’t had enough! Thank you Sarah for all of your gifts, talents and hard work. Again, I’m going to miss the laughter every month.

Natalie Stanley Madame President!! Thank for all of your service and work over the years. Your willingness to drive to the Cities for meetings was a true sign of your dedication. The Board benefited greatly from your wonderful organizational skills and your grace, dignity and tenacity. Your leadership, organizational skills, and insight will continue to be put to good use as the ex-officio President and guide to the 2012 board of directors. Thank you and I look forward to an exciting year!


 

OCRID President’s Report

R3PC Meeting February 5, 2012

The OCRID State conference will be May 4-6, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. The contract with the Embassy Suites Airport has been signed and a planning committee has been chosen. Again, check out the OCRID website at www.ocrid.org for more details to be posted. Registration forms will out mailed the second week of February. It will be available on the OCRID website and the R3PC group site for dissemination.

Also at our annual conference, OCRID will be honoring Dr. Ed Corbett. Dr. Corbett served as Superintendent at The Ohio School for the Deaf for over 30 years. He was instrumental in deaf education and interpreter training. He also served on RID’s national board. OCRID will be donating all profit from the evening to a charity of Dr. Corbett’s choice.

OCRID is currently revamping the website again to be able to provide more information to our members and visitors. A resource section will be added along with more user friendly scroll bars.

Respectfully submitted,
Jill Josselson, NAD V, CI/CT, NIC
OCRID President


 

WisRID President’s Report

February 1, 2012

Greetings!

It’s been a busy beginning for me as I begin my first term, joining the WisRID Board as President. Our first board meeting was earlier this month and much was accomplished.

Prior to the board meeting I surveyed the members to gather their opinions about what makes being a member of WisRID meaningful, what would make it more meaningful, and what changes they would like to see. At our first board meeting, we
began to respond to that feedback by setting goals that include maintaining a website with current information and making navigation more user friendly. In addition, I am encouraging members to attend board meetings and several did attend the first meeting this year and could express their opinions directly to the board. Future board meetings will include a “meet and greet” component for members to socialize and network outside of our annual fall conference.

Our committees are in the process of being filled and work is beginning. In particular, a large fundraiser for WisRID is to volunteer for Milwaukee Brewer games; that work is getting started for the year. We are also working on several scholarship opportunities for our members as well as a spring/early summer professional development workshop.

Respectfully submitted,
Susan Gallanis, CI and CT
WisRID President