For many of the past and present members of NCRF’s Board of Trustees, the time and dedication invested to ensure that the Foundation’s work is meaningful translate to an honor rather than an effort. “The National Court Reporters Foundation is often heralded as the ‘feel-good Board’ because of the initiatives and programs we support, such as the much-beloved Veterans History Project and the exciting new Professionalism Institute,” says Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS, 2014-2015 NCRF Chair.
“I can tell you that as a Trustee, it feels equally good to be a part of the wonderful work we do,” adds Ballman, who owns Paradigm Reporting & Captioning in Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minn.
Nominations for NCRF’s Board of Trustees are now open, and the Foundation is seeking members who want to support its good work by helping to raise funds, develop and implement NCRF programs for which those monies are committed, and further the organization’s mission. NCRF serves as the charitable arm of NCRA and raises funds throughout the year to support an array of programs created to benefit the court reporting community. Among those are a new professional grant, three student scholarships, and the Oral Histories Program.
“Court reporting has been a wonderful career to many of us. Serving as a Trustee of NCRF is a great way to give back to the profession, work with respected peers, and be more fully engaged in Association activities,” said Merilyn Sanchez, RMR, CRR, a court reporter from Chandler, Ariz., and a past NCRF chair and NCRA president.
As for her service as an NCRF Trustee, NCRA member Ellie Corbett Hannum, RMR, CMRS, with Veritext Legal Solutions in Wilmington, Del., said a quote by Greek philosopher Aristotle sums it up best: “To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.”
Eligibility to serve on NCRF’s Board of Trustees is open to all NCRA members and to members of the public. The deadline for nominations has been extended to March 20. Click here for nomination form and complete details.