It has been another exceptionally busy year for the Secretary, Board colleagues and headquarters staff, as we continue our efforts to support the membership. I am pleased to share just a few highlights of the work going on.
Our priority continues to be improving transparency and communication with members. For the past few years, we have been developing and implementing strategies to more effectively communicate with members about what the organization is doing.
One of our major efforts in this area is the upgrade and launch of a new web presence at RID.org, with customized experiences for the general public and for members. The new site provides a gateway to a range of online tools and resources, such as a customized dashboard and profile.
We have implemented a model for publishing Board decisions made during closed session in the regular meeting minutes whenever possible. There may be instances of decisions related to personnel matters or potential litigation that are not able to be published.
Serving as board liaison to committees is a unique opportunity to see members developing solutions and collaborating to do the work of the Association. A renewed focus on inter-committee information sharing and collaboration among the Ethics, Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) Review, and Priorities/Mission/Goals/Diversity Statement (PMGDS) committees was done whenever possible. Each committee met on a monthly basis. The CPC Review committee is a joint RID/NAD committee. The CPC Review committee also met face-to-face once at RID headquarters.
- Attended the Region IV conference and presented in July of 2014.
- Attended the Region V conference. I had no official responsibilities as MAL.
- There is no MAL support for travel to states other than board meetings.
- Attended when possible Member Section Council and always accessible via text/phone.
- Attended the NAD town hall.
- Served as the board liaison to the Certification Committee from January through July 2014. As such, attended monthly meetings and the Certification face-to-face meetings in March and at NAD in July.
- Region III Presidents Council met three times in 2014.
- February through July 2014 was focused on Region III conference planning. The Region III Rep met a least every 2 weeks with the co-chairs, the MIRID President and the RID meetings manager and included a site visit to the hotel in May 2014. This was conference planning intensive. Working closely with the co-chairs and committee resulted in a successful Region III Conference in Lansing, MI.
- March 27, 2014 Beaumont, Texas. Texas Society of Interpreters Conference. Led RID Rap (update featuring 4 Rs) for Opening Ceremony.
- June 14, 2014. Little Rock, Arkansas. Arkansas RID Conference. Led workshop: Teaming Up for Leadership. Attended business meeting.
- Nebraska RID completed a several-year project of totally rewriting the bylaws. This involved multiple retreats, meetings (in person and by phone conference) and consultations with Lucy James.
- Iowa State RID hosted the biennial Region IV Conference. The program was well-received.
- Affiliate Chapters continue to explore ways to reach out to interpreters in educational settings throughout the rural areas of the region.Region IV Representative was a panelist for the DO IT Center’s Leadership in Interpreting course, Amy Seiberlich, Instructor. Telephone conference, April 15, 2014.