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A Call to Action

by Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET


A CALL TO ACTION

“It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies.”


Thomas Paine, 1737 to 1809, was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary who authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution. He inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called "a corset maker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination.”

AAERT has always sought to embrace enlightenment and to ride the wave of change. This is a call to action. Volunteers are needed to join AAERT’s committees and add fresh ideas, innovation, and strength. Have you wondered what committee work for AAERT would involve? Read on. Join up. Volunteer. You will enhance your own professional stature and strengthen our unity. AAERT is on the move as it never has been before. Catch the wave.

THE CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE


Goal and Purpose. The Certification Committee maintains the certification exams for digital court reporting and transcription that are available to AAERT members; grades the practical portion of the certification exam; and also updates all certification-related materials.

Involvement and Commitment. Committee members are asked to commit one hour per week to committee-related issues and be flexible enough with schedules to attend occasional in-person meetings, if necessary. Substantial progress is made using email exchanges each month. All Committee members will be encouraged to attend the annual AAERT Conference.

Qualifications. Committee members are required to be an AAERT member in good standing and hold a current AAERT certification.

Any further questions can be directed to K.C. Corbin, CER, CET, Committee Chair, k.c.corbin@aaert.org or 317-409-5483 or Sherry Simmons, CER, Certification Liaison, sherry@aaert.org or 302-475-2173.

THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE


Goal and Purpose. The Committee’s goals are to report on events and happenings within the Association as well as within the industry by research, social media posts, two-way communication by means of interviews, and newsletter articles. The purpose of the Communications Committee is to alert members to upcoming events; to inform members as to insights, techniques, procedures, technical knowledge, software and hardware to strengthen member knowledge and expertise; to build excitement in the AAERT community; and to promote AAERT as the premier association for digital reporting and transcribing.

The main responsibilities of the Committee are (a) to oversee the AAERT website, (b) compose the newsletter, and (c) manage AAERT's social media sites. The Committee monitors the website’s effectiveness and suggests ways to improve it; suggests subjects / titles / topics and manages the writing of some articles and other content; promotes the activities and the professionalism of AAERT through social media.

Involvement and Commitment. The Committee will consist of 5-7 members from across the industry. A one-year commitment of 4-6 hours per month is required. While most communication will occur through email, online meetings will be scheduled as projects are assigned.

Qualifications. Committee members are required to be an AAERT member in good standing. Journalism, writing, or editing experience will be a plus. All Committee members will be encouraged to attend the annual AAERT Conference.

Any further questions can be directed to Chairperson, Gail Malm Armstrong at newsletter@aaert.org.

THE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE


Goal and Purpose. The AAERT Conference Committee will consist of one Chair and 4 to 5 committee members. The Committee members preferably (but not required) would represent each geographic region (North, Central, East, West, and South).

Involvement and Commitment. A one-year commitment is required. The Committee will utilize email for much of their communication; however, the committee may meet on a monthly basis via telephone or GoToMeeting. As the conference or workshops approach, it may be necessary to meet bi-weekly. Depending on action items generated from our meeting, tasks will be assigned and research may be needed. Results will be reported back to the committee. All Committee members will be encouraged to attend the annual AAERT Conference.

Qualifications. A great attitude. Committee members are required to be an AAERT member in good standing

Any further questions can be directed to the AAERT Office, 800-233-5306 or AAERT@aaert.org.

THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE


Goal and Purpose. The goal of the Education Committee is to establish standards for digital eReporting and digital eTranscribing, on which approved curricula is based, for the education of court reporters and transcriptionists. Standards are necessary to equip the membership with the knowledge and skills required to lead and compete in the profession utilizing the latest technology and processes available. The Education Committee identifies subject matter, designs and produces educational material that reach beyond certification to create further comprehension and professionalism in the fields of electronic reporting and transcribing.

Involvement and Commitment. A one-hour meeting commitment each month is required. Further commitment to projects and tasks will be assigned on a volunteer basis. All Committee members will be encouraged to attend the Annual AAERT Conference.

Qualifications. Committee members are required to be an AAERT member in good standing.

Any further questions can be directed to Betsy Ertel, Committee Chair, betsy.ertel@aaert.org, 407-880-2189.

THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE


Goal and Purpose. The Government Relations Committee represents, promotes, and advocates for the interests of the Association regarding policies, laws, regulations, and other developments that may affect the Association and its membership. The Committee monitors all federal and state legislation, regulatory, and judicial developments that may affect the Association, and advises the Association Board and the membership about these issues. In response to identified issues or proposed legislation, the Committee will contact and inform policy makers at the national and state levels in an effort to educate and promote the interests of the Association.

Involvement and Commitment. The Government Relations Committee is a working committee that requires a time commitment of 2 to 3 hours per month from each of its members. During busier months, such as when a federal or state bill is pending, the time commitment could be higher. All committee members will also be encouraged to attend the annual AAERT Conference.

Qualifications. Committee members are required to be an AAERT member in good standing.

Any questions can be directed to Rick Russell, Committee Chair, rick.russell@aaert.org or 202-234-4433.

 

THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE


Goal and Purpose. The Membership Committee is comprised of volunteer members from different AAERT industry segments. It is chaired by a board member appointed by the President. The Membership Committee identifies and reviews membership value, needs, and benefits, and explores ways to retain, promote, and increase membership. The AAERT Membership Committee is responsible for helping to develop and execute strategies to grow the Association’s membership and maximize member satisfaction. The Committee is also responsible for monitoring industry changes that may impact our members. Specific activities include soliciting feedback from members via on-line surveys, emails, and phone calls; analyzing membership categories and fees; and proposing specific initiatives for membership growth to the AAERT Board.

Involvement and Commitment. While the majority of communications will occur through email, on-line meetings will be scheduled as projects are assigned.

Qualifications. Committee members are required to be an AAERT member in good standing.

Any further questions can be directed to Jennifer Metcalf-Razzino, Committee Chair, jen.razzino@aaert.org.

 

 

Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET

gailmalm@gmail.com


 

 

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