Jim Beres, TCRA President
Involve is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “to have or include (someone or something) as a part of something
: to cause (someone) to be included in some activity, situation, etc. : to cause (someone) to take part in something
: to cause (someone) to be associated with someone or something.”
One of the things that makes an organization good or bad, strong or weak, successful or not, is involvement by its members. It is a fairly simple thing to succeed in goals and objectives when all are involved in the forming and sharing of new ideas. As the old saying goes, “The more, the merrier.”
In just the short time that I have been President of TCRA, it’s been amazing to me, as never having been involved before, as to the many suggestions and ideas that have been bandied about on all kinds of different issues. Whether one agrees with something or not, being involved and having an idea on an issue and discussing it can oftentimes lead to a solution to every problem. I think a lot of times that people have ideas but are afraid to mention them as they think it doesn’t matter or people don’t care. Funny thing about that, when we’re involved in a group, we all care and it all matters. And, believe it or not, when we’re all in the same boat, everyone is receptive to ideas because it makes us all think about not only ourselves, but those who are also involved with us. When people are involved, they tend to open up their minds a bit more and to see other people’s thoughts or views, as the kind of, “We’re all in this thing together, let’s see what we can do so that all of us prosper.”
As the holidays are fast approaching and we’re all getting ready to be “involved” with family and friends, I’d like to ask all the members of TCRA and even some of you who know reporters who are not, to please get involved with your organization. We have some very important things coming up in the future and any suggestions, big or small, are welcome at anytime. You may not think that an idea you have is important, but I can assure you that it is.
Your Board wants to know what you think is important, what would you like to see YOUR organization do in the future? Do you have any ideas to make our Association better? It’s that simple. Surely every one of us has an idea of what we want for our profession both now and in the future to make it better. If all of us just had one idea, and you multiply that by all of the reporters in this State, we’d have over 600 ideas, along with 600 people involved. With that many ideas, there’s nothing that we, as a group, can’t accomplish.
As a side note, speaking about being involved, I’m happy to say that as a result of feedback from reporters, TCRA will be having a test site in May here in Nashville. Those plans are in process and as we gather more information we will keep you informed.
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.