Idaho RID Chapter Update:
As IdahoRID prepares for our 40th anniversary scheduled for April 5-6, 2013, it gives us pause to remember the humble beginnings from which we came. In order to celebrate IdahoRID’s past, present and future as best we can, these are the things we consider:
- What will be the tone of the 40th event? Choosing our emcee has been an important piece to proactively set the tone. Our top two choices are either one of our first presidents who now lives in Arizona and who would bring a lovely, sentimental tone to the event, or an Idaho interpreter with less Idaho history and involvement, who was a DJ for 17 years in California and really knows how to keep a party alive.
- How do we involve and embrace the Deaf community that weekend? IdahoRID’s initial board had a Deaf Vice-President and has had no Deaf person serving on the Board since to my knowledge. We celebrate one active CDI in our state and several Deaf attendees at many training events. As some view ITPs and VRS providers as overrunning our profession’s Deaf- Heart, we strive to make this celebration a bringing together of the Deaf community and the (Deaf and Hearing) interpreting community. To this end, we’re inviting Mr. Shiney Head (Patrick Fischer), a Deaf performer and presenter, to give a rousing all-invited performance Friday night, and to lead an all-invited workshop on Saturday.
- How do we best partner with others? We’re interested in promoting collaboration between various organizations and IdahoRID. For too long IdahoRID has tended to work in a silo and see ourselves as a training provider, to the exclusion of collaboration or community opportunities. In recent years, IdahoRID has again become more cognizant that remaining relevant is one of our key goals as a national and affiliate chapter organization. In the spirit of collaboration, we are partnering with the ASL Club at the local community college where IdahoRID was established in 1973, with the Idaho ASLTA chapter, the Council for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing, and with sponsors to bring together something that any one organization may not have been able to put on.
- How do we create buzz about this 40th anniversary event? At our October 2012 fall interpreting conference, we held a “39 1⁄2” appreciation event. We gave away gourmet cupcakes with 39 1⁄2 fondant toppers to every attendee in October, sharing the excitement that in just six months, IdahoRID will be 40 years old. We’re holding another 39 1⁄2 appreciation event in November 2012 at the Boise Valley Deaf Club’s holiday bazaar. We’re excited for the 10+ volunteers working togethe