Cyndi Tumlin, CCR, RPR
President Alabama Court Reporters Association
“Gracious goodness and sakes alive,” as my blessed grandmother and all-time favorite human would say -- ACRA has gone virtual. We’re all in, and there’s no turning back. I can’t speak for Jennifer Kissic, our President-elect who planned the entire fantastic virtual zoom event, but I definitely think it was thrilling and all the other wonderful adjectives you can conjure to be a part of history in the making. Not all things COVID have been bad.
The Board has discussed possibly hosting some form of virtual event for at least the last five years. The obstacles surrounding actually pulling that type endeavor off seemed insurmountable – the platform, all the hoops and jots and tittles required to verify attendance virtually to get the CEUs approved – it was all daunting to say the least. And then COVID-19 pandemic …
Technology improved tremendously in those years, the world turned upside down, and what had before felt impossible, suddenly was encouraging, happening, and doable. And as fate would have it, Jen, who is the most perfect person on the Board for this type job, grabbed that bull by the horns and said, “Yes, I can.” A huge shoutout to Wally Lowery and Fred Lilly with the Judicial College and AOC for their assistance in helping make this happen.
I cannot tell you how grateful and thankful I am that our membership also adopted the “Yes, I can” attitude and turned out, attended, and participated in ACRA’s first-ever virtual event. YOU GUYS ABSOLUTELY ROCK!!! I personally had a great time being the Walmart greeter, used car salesman, half-baked emcee throughout the day. As I said at the end of day, I hope you enjoyed the event, learned something helpful during the sessions, and had a good laugh – and I’m okay if it was at me or with me. Laughter is the Best Medicine for the soul, and, folks, these days, we absolutely need all the good mojo and laughter we can muster.
It was top priority for the ACRA Board of Directors during 2020 to ensure that the membership, as well as every licensed court reporter in the State of Alabama, had the opportunity to receive NCRA pre-approved CEU credits for the 2021 calendar year to meet their licensure requirements –
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