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TCRA Members,

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, your TCRA Board and the Membership Committee want to say thank you for being a member of your state association!

Association, {noun} ~ an organization of people with a common purpose and having a formal structure.

Individually, we all have our own weaknesses and strengths; but, together, we can reach great heights. So, thanks for being a dedicated member. Our TCRA members are the foundation and backbone of our association.

One of the goals of this year's Board is to grow our membership numbers in order strengthen our association so that we can achieve even greater heights. We are asking for your assistance and requesting that you play a major role in this effort. 
 
TCRA would like to extend a time-sensitive special program and challenge for our current members.  The program is called Earn FREE 2015 TCRA Membership Dues!  Take advantage of this special program, save money, and continue to enjoy all the benefits of association membership.  How can you get your 2015 membership dues of $75 for free?  Look below for the program details.

1. Call, email, and reach out to your colleagues and ask them to join your state association.
 
2. Promote and raise awareness to colleagues about the many benefits of TCRA membership.
 
3. Ask your colleagues to sign up today (it's easy) .
 
4. Tell your colleagues that you are ecstatic to endorse them for membership.
 
5. For each new member you recruit that signs up for membership, you earn $15 off your 2015 TCRA membership dues!  There is no limit to how many rebates you can earn -- the sky is the limit!  If you sign up five of your friends, your 2015 membership becomes free.
 
6. If you earn in excess of five rebates and are a Tennessee CCR participant, apply those rebates to your CCR renewal.
 
7. Our Administrative Director will email the rebates earned by you.  It is the responsibility of the member to request rebates be applied when renewal time comes around next May.
 
8. No carryover rebates will be granted for 2016 membership dues and beyond.
 
9. No refunds will be given if you earn more than the amount of the 2015 membership dues or CCR renewal fees, if applicable.
 
10. This offer ends on January 1, 2015.
 
We know you will do great things to strengthen our association by welcoming new members.
 
Thanks so much for your continued support!

 

President's Message


Lori A. Wells, TCRA President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am now a little more than two months into my presidency, and I have to say that I am very impressed with my Board members.  The most important thing I have learned is that this Board is chockfull of talent, experience, and professional respect for one another.

One evening, I decided to read over the biographies and add up the number of years this Board has as professional court reporters.  It was over 258 years’ worth.  Amazing!  I feel both blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by such knowledge and talent.

They bring to the table their own points of view and perspectives, a positive attitude, and a desire to work together for the common goal of doing what is best for this association.  They do not shy away from a challenge -- or two.

I have read many articles stressing the importance of getting involved in your state and national association, via volunteering time and talent(s).  It is evident that my Board members take that to heart.  They stay on top of the issues important to this profession.  I consider them not only guardians of the record, but guardians of this great profession.  Rest assured, this association is in good hands.

Please take time to visit the website and familiarize yourself with this Board and their committees.  Attend the annual convention and talk with the Board members.  They are true professionals with a wealth of knowledge and experience, so do not hesitate to tap into that vein.  

With my fellow Board members at my side, I feel confident that my presidential journey is going to be a productive one.

 

TBCR vs. TCRA - What’s the Difference?


The Tennessee Court Reporters Association (TCRA) was founded in 1949.  Our association is a volunteer organization made up of an Executive Board and, also, comprises two Directors from each of the three divisions of our state.  

Per our current bylaws:

The members of this Association shall strive to establish and maintain a proper standard of proficiency in the profession of court reporting, to establish and maintain a proper standard of professional ethics, to promote friendly interaction and good feeling among the members of the Association, to promote enactment of just and equitable laws upon the subject of court reporting, to protect the public against the imposition of incompetent and unethical court reporters, and to promote by all proper and lawful means, and consistent with the public interest, the legitimate interests of professional court reporters in the State of Tennessee.

Tenn. Code Ann. § 20-9-604 established the Tennessee Board of Court Reporting (TBCR).  According to the TBCR website:  Beginning July 1, 2010, court reporters must be licensed to engage in court reporting in the state of Tennessee. This board will issue court reporter licenses, conduct disciplinary inquiries for ethical violations, ensure completion of continuing education requirements and maintain a registry of court reporters.

Your TCRA Board has always and will continue to bring our members the most current and up-to-date court reporting information and news available as we receive it.  As our members are aware, our avenues of communication are varied:  annual conventions, regional seminars, e-blasts, website, quarterly newsletters, Facebook page, and Twitter!  Our state association can boast and be proud that we are one of the few state associations in the country that is so technologically advanced.

The TBCR was established to prescribe the qualifications of court reporters and to issue licenses to persons who demonstrate their ability and fitness for the licenses.  If anyone has a question about licensure, continuing education guidelines, reporting guidelines, inactive status, or reporter complaints, your questions must be directed to the TBCR.

 
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