OCRA Fall Convention

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Date(s) - Friday, October 27, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017
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OCRA Annual Convention Agenda
October 27, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Surfsand Resort, Cannon Beach, Oregon
Contact Gwen Bergenstock for reservations at 503-802-9091

Friday, October 27, 2017

5:30-7:30          Registration/Reception

7:30-9:00          OCRA Book Club:  3 Books That Will Change Your Professional Life:  Court reporters and avid readers Renee Cuffee, RPR, CSR, and Robin Nodland, RDR, CRR, CSR, will co-present this seminar which is built around three powerful books that deal with the topics of accuracy, the importance of punctuation, and ethical decisions that affect your profession.  You will be encouraged to read for pleasure as well as for career advancement.  Studies prove that reading for pleasure increases vocabulary, teaches complex grammatical structures, increases empathy, and reduces stress.  The books that will be discussed are:  The Other Typist, by Suzanne Rindell; The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande; and Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss.
See Book Club PDF for more book info.
Renee Cuffe and Robin Nodland – .15 CEUs*

Saturday, October 28, 2017

7:30-9:00          Registration/Breakfast/OCRA Annual Business Meeting/Vendors Open

9:00-9:30          Opening Remarks/Vendor Introduction

9:30-11:00       A Walk in the Clouds:  “Cannabis,” “Marijuana,” “weed,” “pot,” “skunk,” “MJ,” “Mary Jane,” known by many names, Cannabis is a controversial and confusing subject.  The vocabulary is foreign, the laws constantly changing, the medical and anecdotal evidence confusing.  In this amusing seminar, we will explore the science, history, current laws, vocabulary, propaganda, Dispensaries 101, changing medical viewpoints, video clips, and really fun stories.  Bring your biases, questions and skepticism and prepare for a great carnival ride.
Cheryl Haase – .15 CEUs*

11:00-11:15     Morning Break/Vendors Open

11:15-12:45     Motivation: Specific seminar TBD – Christine Phipps is a true cheerleader for our profession.  There are a waiting list of reporters who want to work for her because of the way she inspires them.  Christine wants to spread that spirit to the reporters of Oregon!
Christine Phipps – .15 CEUs*

12:45-2:15       Lunch Break/Vendors Open

2:15-4:15          Terminate Transcript Turmoil:  What if a small change in HOW you edit could result in better realtime in only two weeks?  This means much shorter editing time to crank out a transcript!  We’re going to spin you 180 degrees from how you do things now and show you just how much time and energy you are going to save.  This is one seminar you will not want to miss.  ‘Simple Syllables’ book complements this seminar.
Anissa Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CRC, CRI – .15 CEUs*

4:15-6:30          Afternoon Break/Vendors Open

6:30-7:30          No-Host Reception

7:30-10:00       Banquet/Dessert Dash/Installation of Officers/Silent and Live Auction
Bonfire and s’mores after dinner on the beach!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

7:30-8:30          Breakfast/Past Presidents Breakfast/Vendors Open

8:30-10:30       Technology Tour:  Christine Phipps is going to take us on a journey of the ever-evolving technology tour of our industry.  While technology is always changing and we are always evolving, there are important elements that are always the same.  Christine is an RPR and CLR from West Palm Beach, Florida, with more than 20 years of experience.
Christine Phipps  – .2 CEUs*

10:30-11:00     Morning Break/Check Out/Vendors Open

11:00-12:30     Four Working Perspectives:  Join us for a panel discussion and open Q&A with court reporters and captioners from all corners of the profession.  Learn the ins and outs from our experts on being an official court reporter, captioner, retiring from the field, and just starting out.  Bring your questions for an interactive conversation. Nancy Walker, Carol Studenmund, Molly Wolverton, Robin Cassidy-Duran – .15 CEUs*

12:30-1:00       Raffle/Closing Remarks

1:30-2:30          Post-Convention Board of Directors Meeting

* Approval pending by the National Court Reporters Association


Questions about sponsoring an event:  Terri Mundt
Registration questions:  Kim Harrison
Auction questions:  Michelle Overby
General questions:  Denise Zito


Bookings are closed for this event.