TIME SURE DOES FLY
By Cindy Greene, CCR, RPR – President, Alabama Court Reporters Association
When I was young, I remember my mom telling me “Cindy, time sure does fly”. (I also remember thinking “Yeah, right. It took me forever to be 16.”) It wasn’t until I was older that I realized just how true my mom’s statement was. It seems like it wasn’t very long ago that I received a call from Mary Frances Giattina asking me if I would be willing to serve on the ACRA board as District 4 Director. I remember telling her that I would think about it. But, of course, by the time we hung up the phone, I was telling Mary Frances, yes, I will serve on the board. That phone call was in November of 2012, and I was voted in as District 4 Director in January of 2013.
I remember sitting in the first board meeting and thinking how smart and knowledgeable these court reporters are that are on the board, and how much time they spend on important issues facing our profession. I was very impressed with the fact that two of the board members were past presidents of ACRA, who stepped up to serve on the board again when there was a need. By the end of that first ACRA board meeting, I realized that, even though we were from different parts of the state, we all shared a common goal, and that was that we loved being court reporters, and we were willing to volunteer our time to work together to make a difference in this profession.
While working on the board, I had the opportunity to attend NCRA’s Legislative Boot Camp in Washington, D.C. in 2014. And, in 2016, I, along with two other board members, attended NCRA’s Leadership program in St. Louis, Missouri. The training we received at these programs was amazing. We met some wonderful court reporters across the United States while gaining a great amount of knowledge in leadership and grassroots lobbying. What we learned at those programs would become very valuable in working on legislative efforts in 2017 and 2018.
What I’ve gained the most in the past several years while serving on the ACRA board is something I will always cherish – true friends. We all come from different areas of the state, different backgrounds, some of us from the coast, some from the mountains, and several in between. And when I look back over the past several months – some really tough months for me – I am reminded that God gives us friends to help us along the way; to make us laugh when we want to cry, to let us cry when our hearts are breaking, to cheer us on when we’re not sure we can do it, to pick us up when we don’t have the strength, to help remind us of things when we can’t think straight, to be happy for us when we share our joy, to celebrate with us when we’ve accomplished a task, to know how we really are and love us anyway – and, for that, I am grateful!
A big thank you to Karen, Ashley, Cyndi, Jennifer, Celeste, Debbie, Lori, Sabrina, Janet and Teri! This past year was amazing because of your hard work and dedication on the board, and your friendship! And with Shawn and Shannon coming on the board this year, as well as the support of so many past presidents, committee members, school instructors, and active members who love our profession, it’s going to be another great year.
As I start 2019 as ACRA President, I can still hear my mom telling me “Cindy, time sure does fly”. It would make her happy to know that I will be making this travel of time with true friends along beside me every step of the way!