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President's Message - October 2014
by: Buck Ewing

Dear AAERT Members,

I hope my message finds you well and happy. Here in New England autumn is in the air, the leaves are turning, and the temperature is getting crisp.

Good things are happening in our Association and within our industry—we have much to be thankful for.

Since our annual meeting, AAERT is proud to announce two important events. The first is historic. Using new collaborative software, FTR Falcon, AAERT recently demonstrated that E-Reporting can deliver “near real-time” transcripts from transcribers in remote locations.

Two years ago, FTR demonstrated for the first time how a “realtime” stenographer working from home could deliver a proofed transcript shortly after the proceeding ended. It showed to the world how technology could support rapid turnaround from a remote location.

Similarly, on October 6th at the American Judges Association Conference in Las Vegas, AAERT collaborated with FTR to demonstrate how a team of remote transcribers working offsite could also deliver a proofed, final transcript almost as quickly. It demonstrated that E-Reporters can now deliver a “near real-time” transcript without the need of realtime stenography. I thank all who participated—our directors, FTR and its fine staff, Professor Fredric Lederer, who supports all reporting methods and was a key supporter of this demonstration, and, most importantly, the transcribers and proofreaders. I would like to thank both Director Margaret Morgan, CER, CET and FTR Director of Consulting Services, SueLynn Morgan, whose shared commitment and tenacity from the outset helped to shape this outstanding result. Please read Margaret’s article for more information.

The second item of good news is that the Council of Superior Court Judges Uniform Rules Committee of the Judicial Council of the State of Georgia recently approved the use of electronic/digital reporting as the third method of court reporting in certain courts and under certain circumstances. The recommendations for electronic/digital reporting were accepted in their entirety. I would like to thank Rick Russell, Chair of the Government Relations Committee, for his collaboration in preparing the official AAERT letter supporting digital audio reporting in Georgia.

Internally, AAERT as an association is on the move:

• The Certification Committee, chaired by Ray Vetter, CER, is perfecting our online certification program, launched in January, and is also creating a Continuing Education manual.

• AAERT has decided to rebrand its image. The Communications Committee, chaired by Geoff Hunt, is working on the design of a new logo and tagline.

• The Conference Committee, chaired by Margaret Morgan, CER, CET, is working on next year’s annual conference, scheduled to be held June 25-27, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

• The Education Committee, chaired by Tonie Wallace, is developing standards for the education and training of professional E-Reporters and transcribers and allied professions.

• The Government Relations Committee, chaired by Rick Russell, is monitoring and responding to legislative activity as well as preparing a white paper on E-Reporting.

• The Membership Committee, chaired by Steve Townsend, is surveying past and current members and developing strategies for maximizing member satisfaction and increasing our membership.

Looking ahead to 2015, in addition to the June conference, we are ready to plan the next Executive Forum scheduled for March in Arlington, Virginia. As we did last year, we plan to discuss subjects critical to our success. The sessions are presented “by executives for executives.” As in any activity, we benefit most when we participate. Let me know if you would like to contribute, assist in planning, or present.

On behalf of the directors, I want to extend to you an invitation to join in and participate in any way you can. The work of our members is what makes us successful, and we greatly appreciate what you do. There are many levels of commitment, so whether you feel comfortable taking on a single task, working on a project, or participating on a committee, you will be welcomed. If you want to jump in but don’t know exactly what to do, contact our executive director, Michael Tannen, any committee chair, or myself. We’ll follow up. Remember, the best way to learn and grow is by participating.

We would look forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes and regards,

Buck Ewing
President, AAERT  



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