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Good-bye Presidency, Hello R & R

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By Ashley Dickey • President-Alabama Court Reporters Association

ashleyHappy Holidays everyone! I love how festive this time of year is and how kind people are during this season of giving. I wish you all a wonderful and blessed holiday season.

I cannot believe this is my last article as president of ACRA. 

This year  has been full of challenges and successes. I remain committed to this association and to our profession, but it is time to step down and let new leadership bring their ideas to the table. You will be in good hands with Cindy Greene leading the way. She is so hardworking and dedicated. I hope I have led you well and impacted ACRA in a positive way. Please, take time to read the bios and nominations included herein. It’s important to be familiar with YOUR leadership.

Ideally, each leader builds on the great leadership that came before them. Karen Strickland Planz was an especially positive leader. She opened the door to many positive relationships throughACRA and we have continued her example. ACRA enjoys close contact with the Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) and with ABCR. ACRA reaps many benefits of working closely with AOC and the Alabama Judicial College (AJC). We are able to keep conference prices very low compared with NCRA convention costs and we still bring you the five-star lineups that NCRA provides. That is a result of the diligence of our conference planner and her committee, but also thanks to the money we save by partnering with AJC.

Speaking of conference, you will be thrilled with what Cindy has planned for us. Look in this newsletter for further information and the agenda. I hope by now you have registered. But if not, it’s not too late. We will be in a brand-new facility that is incredible. I think you will be very happy with the venue. We are again having a “Basket Beach Bonanza” so, please, donate a basket or something our Ways & Means Committee can include in a basket. Your generosity will be recognized. Also, please consider being a sponsor or asking local companies in your area to sponsor any amount for our conference. Sponsorships are now tax deductible thanks to the willingness of AJC to let those checks be made payable to them and then transferred to ACRA. Sponsorships allow us to plan fun events and have great food at conferences without our members incurring that cost in their registration.


At the Judicial Assistants’ summer conference, ACRA was able to donate several items that were given as door prizes. You will see a picture of Lindy Roy, JA in Birmingham, beaming from ear to ear as she won a Google Home Mini that ACRA donated. This is yet another example of the ways ACRA is creating a positive reputation for court reporters and building good relationships with other associations

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