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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE - JUNE 2019
"Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere."
Consider donating to the legislative fund. We accept payments monthly, bi-annually or annually. We ask each individual reporter for a minimum of $75/year to help protect our profession and to have the funds available to fight for the legislative issues we need or want to fight for. Thank you for your donation!!!
Legislative Donation goal
COURT REPORTING SCHOOLS IN KANSAS
Kansas City, KS Community College Method: Stenography A-Z Program beginning Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:30 pm (a great way to see if you like court reporting) Full court-reporting program to begin September 9, 2019 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30-9:30, teaching Mark Kislingbury's theory - - Adult & Community Education Dept. at KCCC, 913-335-1100
KCRA does not endorse or recommend any school over another.
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:
May 20, 2019
Kansas Judicial Center, 301 West 10th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66612 -Fatzer courtroom
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JCR ARTICLE ON ONE OF OUR MEMBERS
DARCIE CRUZ, RMR,
Official court reporter
Currently resides in: Chanute, Kan.
Member since: 1989
Graduated from: American Institute of Commerce, Davenport, Iowa
JCR | Why did you decide to enter this profession?
CRUZ | Upon completing two years of college, I had changed my major twice. That’s when my brother married a court reporter, and my mother suggested that I look into the field based on its earning potential. I had loved business classes in high school, and I really enjoyed spelling, grammar, and vocabulary as well. These are a few of the things that have helped to make court reporting a very comfortable fit for me.
JCR | What was your biggest hurdle to overcome and how did you do so?
CRUZ | It became quite evident that 225 words per minute was strictly an entry-level speed for this profession. Fortunately, Mark Kislingbury was a speaker at one of our state conventions, and I was quickly convinced that I needed to shorten my writing. I eventually joined the Magnum Steno Club, which has proven to be a fun and easy way to incorporate new ideas and methods into my writing to help me become a much stronger reporter.
JCR | What surprised you about your career?
CRUZ | I didn’t realize how challenging court reporting would be. There is a definite need to continually hone your skills.
JCR | What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?
CRUZ | It is a wonderful feeling to be able to accomplish something that you thought you couldn’t do. Successfully completing the Registered Merit Reporter (RMR) examination definitely falls in this category, and being able to participate in speed contests at national conventions with some of the top writers in the country has definitely been an added bonus.
JCR | Is there something else you’d like to share?
CRUZ | Something else I am really excited about is being the first reporter to complete the 100-Day Challenge in a Facebook practice group started by Rich Germosen. The challenge group is an excellent source of motivation and encouragement to keep reporters and students practicing.
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KCRA is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization.
For further information, contact our Executive Director:
Coleen Boxberger, KCRA Executive Director