As a resident of the Old Pueblo, more commonly known as Tucson, Arizona, I am very proud of my state hosting our 23rd Annual Conference and Executive Forum this June 22nd through 25th in our capital city of Phoenix, about 120 miles northwest of here. Yes, it will be hot in June, but Phoenix is a beautiful destination city with easy transportation from all points in the U.S. Having spent several nights during our past January board meeting at the lovely Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel, I can assure you that the air conditioning is wonderful. Transportation to and from the Sky Harbor Airport is inexpensive and fast. The neighborhood boasts many new restaurants, the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse, and Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Light rail runs throughout the city should you wish to take time to visit the wonderful Phoenix Art Museum or the very fine Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art. Of course, a warm and pleasant walk over to our copper-domed Capitol Building is very healthy.
The purpose of the conference is education and networking. The AAERT Conference Committee has been working hard to offer an exceptional mix of presenters for both physical and mental stimulation. As in years past, vendors will also be present to discuss their latest developments in hardware and software to make our lives as court reporters, transcribers, proofreaders, and administrators flow smoothly.
The icing on the cake is the opportunity to acquire Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) in an illuminating and congenial environment with fellow professionals. Certification is a means of assuring those who use your services that you have the qualifications to perform the job. Once certified, almost all certifications require their holders to prove they are continuing to learn. There will be much to learn at the conference and we can all obtain CEUs by attending the sessions. Facts: you can earn up to 1.175 CEUs out of your target of 3.0 for certification maintenance if you attend all sessions. If you are also eligible to attend the Executive Forum, you can earn an additional 0.457 CEUs.
Don’t forget about the opportunity to talk to your Board members, current, outgoing and incoming, as well as committee chairs and members to share ideas to help AAERT grow. One of the means by which we grow is our membership’s volunteer participation in committee work. By talking to the Board and committee members you may find a niche that needs filling.
And by the way, the hotel is a Marriott property. So for those who collect Marriott points you can also add to your tally. I hope to see you all in June.