About Washington Court Reporters Association
The mission of the Washington Court Reporters Association (WCRA) is to promote the profession of court reporting. It is the objective of this professional association to maintain a membership base composed of court reporters, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), and captioners whose values are consistent with the ethical standards promulgated by the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics. WCRA represents its members in the state legislature on issues impacting court reporting, CART, and captioning.
All members are encouraged to obtain the highest professional certificates available in the state of Washington and nationally. Additionally, WCRA, through its committees, task forces, and Executive Board offers its members conferences and seminars to keep current with state-of-the-art technology affecting the profession of court reporting.
Well, the dust has died down from our Fall Convention in Winthrop and I’m happy to say it was a huge success! The location was unparalleled in beauty and our speakers were top notch! We changed up things a bit this year and started off Friday night’s reception with a Spin the Wheel game for prizes along with court reporter Trivia Night. Many thanks to Kim Dore-Hackbarth, Connie Recob and Melonie Rainey for their generosity of time and donations to make this happen.
We also included a Round Table discussion this year touching on the important issues that your WCRA Board has been working on and will continue to do so to support you and our profession. Our full Executive Board made up the Round Table presenters. It was a great opportunity to interact with our membership in a one-on-one way informing you of our ongoing efforts and answering questions. I am hopeful in future conventions to continue to include this as part of our program to keep you informed in a more personal way.
We updated our members on the past DOL Stakeholders meeting that was held regarding CCR testing and about firm licensure, the shortage of court reporters and what WCRA is doing to address it, new developments regarding video only depositions, and the issues that WCRA addressed with NCRA regarding corporate sponsors, NCRA COPE violations and the new direction NCRA took this past year.
We love your feedback on all matters concerning WCRA and the direction you want us to go. Please e-mail, call, text or write us a letter with your suggestions, thoughts and ideas to help us be successful in our representation of you and if you’d like to get more involved.
As part of our business meeting there was a vote taken, which passed, to change our yearly membership from September to September to a 12-month period regardless of when you renew. Starting in January we will offer the 12-month membership. Along with that we are adding additional ways to pay online. We will have Stripe, which is a credit card payment service, and you will be able to set up yearly renewal right to your credit card if you wish. We will still offer PayPal as an option and, additionally, we set up a Venmo account. We used this successful at the Fall Convention for purchasing raffle tickets, paying for auction items and we even had a few people pay for their registration and membership that way. Our new Venmo account is Washingtonstatecourtreporters.
WCRA sends out a great big thank you to all the generous donators and sponsors who without which we couldn’t put on our conventions: Moburg Reporting; Swanson Gardner & Meyers; Pierce County Officials; Schmitt Reporting; Buell Realtime Reporting; Central Court Reporting; Harvard Bell; Jori Moore; ChaRae Kent; Louise Decker; YOM; Teresa Pesnell; Seattle Depo; Whatcom County Officials; Danielle Schemm; Capitol Pacific; Connie Recob; Margaret Coats; Lola Stewart; Spokane Officials; Ron Cook; Stenograph; Lori Rapozo CSRA and Advantage Software.
We will keep you up to date with new developments as they arise. Please mark your calendars for Court Reporting and Captioning Week which will be February 10-17 this year. Start thinking now about ways to celebrate our profession by presenting at a career fair, writing an article for your local newspaper or even organizing a fun run!
Our Spring Seminar this year will be held at Green River College April 6th.
I hope to do some Court Reporter Happy Hours in downtown Seattle this next year to connect personally with you. We will announce those as they are scheduled. I’d love to discuss our current issues and get feedback from our members. Doing a second term as President is a large undertaking, but I am feeling more confident than ever that our WCRA Board is up to task. We thank you for your continued support.
Wendy S. Raymond