Annual call for volunteers

Call for volunteers imageDon’t miss this chance to get involved. Each year, NCRA members dedicate their time and expertise to shape the future of the profession through committee service. You could be one of those individuals: individuals who are committed to sharing their time and talents; individuals who have specialized skills and expertise; individuals who are willing to be enthusiastic advocates for NCRA and encourage others to get involved.

NCRA currently has an array of committees, subcommittees, and task forces composed of individuals working to advance the goals of the association and to meet the needs of the membership. The only way that NCRA is successful with its programs and activities is with the commitment of member volunteers who are willing to share their time and talent.

“Working on NCRA committees isn’t all work. It’s a learning process. You learn so much from your service. You develop very strong friendships that last long after your committee service is concluded. If you want to stay on the cutting edge of our profession, serving on NCRA committees is a great way to stay abreast of what’s happening in the industry,” said Sue Terry, RPR, CRR, an NCRA Director, and a freelance reporter from Springfield, Ohio.

NCRA is looking for members who want to become involved and make a difference in the profession. NCRA has committees that manage governance, education, and technology, to name a few.

“Service at the national level is one of the ultimate ways to give back to the court reporting, captioning, and legal videography professions, as well as to support students and court reporting programs,” said Tiva Wood, RDR, CMRS, NCRA’s President-Elect and a freelance reporter from Mechanicsburg, Pa. “Volunteering to serve on one of NCRA’s diverse committees, subcommittees, or task forces ensures that we as members have the ability to control the future of our professions.”

Each NCRA committee has a professional staff liaison who will assist you with your responsibilities and provide you with any resources you require. You will become more familiar with the workings of your national association, meet fellow committee members, forge new professional relationships, and give back to your profession. Some committee assignments are short-term or project-oriented. We need your expertise. Why not give it a try?

You’ll find on NCRA.org/committees descriptions of NCRA’s committees, task forces, and councils. See which ones interest you and then send an email to committees@ncra.org to let us know a little about your background and which committee(s) interests you. Please be specific in your interest areas. A committee assignment can’t be guaranteed for everyone, but there will be an earnest attempt to match your background with the 2016-2017 committee needs.

“Serving this year as the co-chair of NCRA’s newly formed New Professionals Committee has been an extremely rewarding experience for me thus far,” said Cheryl M. Haab, RPR, a freelance reporter from Westminster, Calif. “Not only has it given me the opportunity to serve alongside colleagues from across the country with whom I might not otherwise interface on a regular basis, but it has taught me a great deal about leadership and organization, two very valuable traits when dealing with attorneys in the workplace. In addition, the knowledge I’ve garnered from a reliable source such as NCRA about professional ethics and conduct has vastly improved the scope of my knowledge as a working professional.”

Wood will consider NCRA’s 2016-2017 committee appointments this spring. Please visit NCRA.org/committees for information about NCRA’s committees and how to be considered for an appointment.

“I encourage anyone who wants to serve their profession, establish long-term connections with others in this career field, and know they have made a positive difference for the whole to strongly consider learning more about the opportunities that exist through NCRA committee work,” said Wood.