President's Message

Spring has sprung! It seemed like such a long and cold winter this year. As the sun is starting to show itself a little more often and it is staying lighter out longer, now is the time to emerge from our winter cocoon. It is time to shed the layers and embrace the warmth of spring. Speaking of growth, did you know our Spring Seminar is just around the corner? It is! Spring is our virtual seminar, and it is set to happen on May 13, 2023, starting at 8:45 AM. You won’t want to miss out. Our Spring Seminar chairs, Cheryl Haas and Renee Cuffe, have once again pulled off an amazing lineup of speakers.

First, we will have Steven L. Krasik, Esq., sharing his thoughts on the integrity of the record. He will cover such things as his observations as an attorney on the evolution of court reporting technology, FTR and other live recording systems, secret audio recordings, and so much more.

My personal favorite topics are the hands-on ones where we are learning how to make our job easier by writing shorter. Katiana Walton will be sharing her introduction to shorter writing by incorporating right-handed and left-handed phrase enders. I am super excited about this one. It seems everyone is talking faster these days. Being able to write in fewer strokes will only make our job easier.

Then the pièce de résistance, we will have Whitney Kumar, CSR, talking to us about her position on Judy Justice. I can’t wait to hear her story and hear how TV and court reporting have collided.

There is still time to get signed up, sponsor a speaker, sponsor a student, and get your 50/50 raffle ticket. The Spring Seminar is approved for .6 CEUs. Can’t wait to “see” you there.

In this time of growth and rebirth, now is the time to start thinking about the things that will help you grow as a reporter, as a colleague, as a person. It is time to stretch those wings and maybe dip your toe or take the leap into helping your association grow.  Have you thought about committee work but didn’t know how to get involved? Have you thought about board service but thought it was outside of your realm? It is not. Everyone has something to offer, and the association is always looking for people with fresh perspectives.

If you want to get involved, please reach out to me personally or anyone else on the board. We are more than happy to talk to you about the committees needing support and about board service. When serving, you will have the opportunity to give back to this amazing career that has given so much to you. Now is the time to get involved.

I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Dominick Tursi. He was a speaker last fall at Agate Beach. He was on his way to Washington to speak at their Spring Reporters’ Convention when he passed away. We have lost such an incredible ambassador to the profession. I am so very glad that we got to experience his knowledge and presence. His absence will be felt throughout the profession. Dom was all about the students. If you would like to honor him, please think about sponsoring a student for this conference.

I look forward to seeing you on May 13, 2023, for our Spring Seminar, Planting the Seeds of Change.

Happy Spring!

Shellene Iverson, RPR, CSR
President, Oregon Court Reporters Association

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