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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Greetings, Friends & Colleagues:
My hope is that you have had a terrific summer filled with new opportunities, both at work and in the home, time with family and friends involving travel and/or adventures, time for reflection and service to others, and the energy and good health to enjoy all of the moments!
Congratulations to our 2018 Distinguished Member Award recipient, Ms. Sheila Lyons, CSR, RMR, CRR, RDR, MRS, Sedgwick County Official Court Reporter. Sheila has been an inspiring advocate for this profession for decades and her life’s journey has taken her worldwide and coast to coast. Her quiet dedication to her fellow reporters through board service and student/reporter mentoring have defined Sheila’s career. Sheila, quite simply, is a reporter who exemplifies a love for education and training, preparedness, hard work, knowledge, implementation, advocacy, and service.
Mary Kay Howe and I sincerely thank KCRA and its membership for affording us the opportunity to attend the National Court Reporters Association Convention in New Orleans, LA, this past August 1st. Events included NCRA’s Annual Business Meeting, the National Committee for State Associations’ meeting, the Premier Session, Exhibitor Expo, individual CEU sessions, NCRA’s Award Luncheon and Installation of Officers/ Board Members, and receptions. In addition, we had the great privilege to witness the installation of our friend and Past KCRA President, Cindy Isaacsen, to a three-year term on NCRA’s Board of Directors as a director. This position provides a remarkable opportunity for Cindy to serve. KCRA is very proud of you, Cindy, and I know your energy, enthusiasm, and creativity will benefit this profession and its future!
New Orleans! What a charming, historic city with its inspirational roots, welcoming locals, delicious cuisine, and gifted musicians and artists. While visiting Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, it is hard to imagine the area under water as was the case when Hurricane Katrina hit land in August of 2005. The hurricane carved a path of destruction, devastation, and tremendous loss of life. Yet today it stands as a thriving community, ready to embrace the past and welcome the future. There is a courageous spirit, dedication, and pride infused in NOLA and it’s hard to leave without a greater sense of gratitude, personal sacrifice, and reverence for the human spirit and its will to survive no matter the odds.
To me, New Orleans epitomizes resilience, refinement, and revitalization. Anyone can be caught off guard, even when preparations and plans are in place. Let’s not wait for times of difficulty to be reminded that our reporting community extends beyond methodology or membership. Together, we can create opportunities out of challenges and provide viable solutions to those we serve through preparation, implementation, and hard work. Like those teachers, students, reporters, and mentors who preceded you, choose every day to add your creative spirit to this profession. Build upon the past and redefine our future. Be motivational, inspirational, transformational and inclusive. Remember: Every day in little ways, you make a difference in the lives of others. It’s your decision what difference you choose to make.Warmest Regards,
Jen Olsen – KCRA President 2018
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COURT REPORTING SCHOOLS IN KANSAS
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2018 Distinguished Member Award Recipient
Sheila with her judge, Hon. Warren Wilbert
KCRA is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest standards of verbatim reporting, quality services, professional ethics, and advocating continuing education, as well as the utilization of state-of-the-art technology.
UPCOMING CCR EXAM DATES:
October 29, 2018
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
KCRA is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization.
For further information, contact our Executive Director:
Coleen Boxberger, KCRA Executive Director