WELCOME TO THE GCRA
The Georgia Court Reporters Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement, promotion, and protection of the court reporting industry in Georgia. Its membership is open to all Georgia certified court reporters, as well as CART/broadcast captioners who call Georgia home.
We are dedicated to raising awareness of the remarkable career paths of court reporting and captioning as the demand for our rare skill set continues to skyrocket. Our efforts include yearly continuing education seminars, government relations, and public information events. The membership of GCRA work on some of the most important issues before our society in the court system and facilitate access to educational and entertainment opportunities for the deaf and hard of hearing. We reside in all areas of the Peach State and love what we do.
NEWS AND UPDATES
April 2019 Message from the President
Welcome, GCRA Members!
I am honored to be this year's president. Spring is officially here, and we have so much in store for you, our wonderful members! We had our ﬁrst GCRA Board of Directors meeting in March, and we set out goals for this year. My goal is to have a transparent association, increase awareness to our profession, and work closely with the
hard-of-hearing community. I intend to be an advocate for you as members, our association, and our profession and support initiatives that will further promote and protect it.
If you're not a current member, what are you waiting for? There is strength in numbers and with this being the second year of the merging of GCCRA and GSRA, we are more united than ever. Your association exists because of volunteers, and we implore each of you to volunteer to educate our members, your clients, and attorneys. Please let us know what committee you'd like to volunteer for.
The future of court reporting is up to you and our future court reporting students. We will be visiting local schools and colleges and increasing our visibility at mock trials. We would like to get the NCRA A to Z™ Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program off the ground and will be meeting with high school counselors to set up demonstrations at career day. If you have a loaner steno machine and would like to donate it, please let us know as soon as possible. The students of the program attend live weekly classes over a six-week period taught by experienced reporters.
Our industry is in jeopardy every year, and this year, two members of our board will be attending the NCRA Leadership & Legislative Boot Camp in May where they'll learn how to be a master negotiator, speaker, lobbyist, and advocate in no time and meet with legislators and key staff at Hill Day. They will also be learning about fighting electronic recording and digital recording (ER).
GCRA is participating in Celebrate Certification Month during May. During the
month-long event, members are encouraged to share with customers, clients, and potential clients, the importance of working with professionals who hold national certifications. The 2019 celebration marks the second consecutive year NCRA has hosted the event. Feel free to send us your stories on the rewards of your professional certification(s) so we can share them.
Please be sure to check back often for upcoming news and events affecting the profession and member benefits. We will be releasing a full year’s calendar shortly with 2019 events and important dates.
Shoot me or any of your board members an email anytime. We want to hear from you. My direct email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and I look forward to working with you!
Brandy Harmon, CCR, CVR