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                                                                                                                                  A Publication of the Alabama Court Reporters Association                                                   Volume 23, No. 3 • Fall 2006
  Deadline for articles and ads is 30 days immediately preceding                  Suzanne B. Frazier, CSR, RPR
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          DIGITAL FORMAT attached to an email to:                            801 North Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard
              Suzanne B. Frazier,                            Criminal Justice Center, Room 606                                                                                                                     By Randall Murphree, CSR
                                                                                      Birmingham, AL 35203
                            Moving?                                                                        want to thank Alan Peacock,                                   and listening to their questions like I used to ask. The future
                Send your change of address, etc., to:                                                                                 ACRA’s Immediate Past President,                              of court reporting is left up to us. If we don’t promote our
                       Janet F. Hereford, CSR                                                                                          and the ACRA membership for your                              profession, then nobody else will. I want to challenge each
                          Judicial Building                                                                                            confidence in trusting me with this                           of you to go out and promote our profession by attending
              801 Forrest Avenue • Gadsden, AL 35901                                                                              important job as president of the Alabama                          Career Day in your high schools, and take your machine and
                                                                                                   Court Reporters Association. Following                             demonstrate what we do. I know they will be amazed by how
                                                                                                                                  Alan’s presidency and all of the good                              we take down the spoken word and instantly translate it into
                                                                                                                                  work he has done for the Association, I                            English. Our court reporting schools are losing students every
                                                                                                                                  have big shoes to fill over the next year.                         year, and schools are closing. If we don’t fill the void, then the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     court system and attorneys will be left with no choice but to
                                                                                                                                  I remember the very first convention I attended, when Dale         look into using electronic recording. This applies not only to
                                                                                                                                  Tyler was the president, and Paul Smith was the incoming           the courts, but to freelance as well. The electronic recording
                                                                                                                                  president. Our profession has evolved with several changes         industry is now moving into the freelance arena with their new
                                                                                                                                  since that time. My first machine cost $125 used, and I had to     technology. We can’t delay. We must act immediately in order
                                                                                                                                  pound on it to get the paper to work. A new machine today will     to counter this attack of ER.
                                                                                                                                  cost close to $5,000, and it will do nearly everything a com-
                                                                                                                                  puter will do, including allowing you to hear a whisper across     I have had the opportunity to observe and serve on many com-
                                                                                                                                  the room with a headset. When I started in court reporting, I      mittees over the years and have always enjoyed volunteering.
                                                                                                                                  began typing my own transcripts reading rough notes through        I would challenge each one of you that have not served on a
                                                                                                                                  a stenoprompter. I started using a typist and, finally, in 1989,   committee to sign up and get involved and learn all you can
                                                                                                                                  purchased a steno machine called a Baron Writer and went on        about your profession and give something back. Please look
                                                                                                                                  the computer. That was a big jump for me at the time, both         over the different committees listed in this newsletter, and
                                                                                                                                  financially and mentally. It was a challenge and a step that       choose one you wish to work on, contact that chairperson, and
                                                                                                                                  allowed me to work faster and more proficiently.                   get involved.

                                                                                                                                  I would always get inspired when we had national representa-       We have four district directors, and they are there to work
                                                                                                                                  tives visit our school, which at the time was Gadsden State        for you. If you need an answer to a question, please don’t
                                                                                                                                  Jr. College. I remember people like Dick and Casey Smith           hesitate to call on them. They will be happy to assist you. If
                                                                                                                                  from Chattanooga, Tom Runfola from Ohio, Jerry With from           there is something you would like to see done differently, then
                                                                                                                                  California, and Dr. Bill Oliver, who always kept my attention      please let me or one of the Board members know, so that we
                                                                                                                                  as a young person when I had to attend another hour and a half     can address your problem. We will be having Board meetings
                                                                                                                                  seminar trying to learn all that I could. My main mentor was       quarterly, and the dates will be published on the website for
                                                                                                                                  my teacher, Robert Miller, Esq., from California, who never        your information. I invite anyone to attend and encourage you
                                                                                                                                  gave up on me. These were all leaders and people who were          to attend. All I ask is that you let me know, so we can plan a
                                                                                                                                  always willing to help a young student from a small country        time for you on the agenda ahead of time.
                                                                                                                                  town in Alabama who had been a stenomask reporter in the
                                                                                                                                  Army in a field which most people knew nothing about.              All of the above should be a team effort by all of us. We need to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     share what we have experienced with our friends and co-work-
                                                                                                      Address SERVICE Requested   My goal this year will be to increase the number of students in    ers in order to better ourselves. We didn’t have conflict-free
                                                                                                                                  our schools. I want to ask each member to go out and recruit       writing when I first started. I can still remember the days of a
                                                    Birmingham, AL 35203                                                          a new student for our profession. I would encourage each of        vocabulary test on the first part of the week and a speed test on
                                                                                                                                  you to mentor a student this year by allowing them into your       Friday. It seemed like I would never get off 110 wpm. Well,
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                                                    Criminal Justice Center - Room 606
    PAID                                            801 North Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard                                     court or taking them on a deposition or CART or captioning so      finally I did. Here I am. I made it because I had friends that
  US Postage                                        Suzanne B. Frazier, CSR, RPR                                                  they can get first-hand experience. Students are always learn-     would encourage me and lift me up. For the students out there,
Pre-Sort Standard                                                                                                                 ing new technology, and I enjoy listening to them share this       keep practicing every day, and you will attain your goals.
                                                                                                                                  new technology. I have always enjoyed meeting new students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               From The Desk of The President continues on page 15.
    And Now. . . A Word From Your
                                                                                                                                             From The Desk of The President
                                                                                                                                             Continued from page 1.
                                                                                              ACRA EXECUTIVE BOARD 2006-2007

                                                                                                              PRESIDENT                      ACRA has made some big jumps this year. We now have                 people about what we do, and encourage new people to consider
                                                                                                         Randall E. Murphree, CSR            licensing here in the great state of Alabama. I know this is        going into our profession. We need more reporters, and the only
                                                                                                 801 North Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard
                                                                                                     Criminal Justice Center - Room 406      something that we have all been working on for over 30 years.       way to get them is for us to be recruiters when we meet young
    By Diana Battles, CSR, RPR                                                                             Birmingham, AL 35203              I am glad to witness this very important piece of legislation.      people or people considering changing professions. If we don’t
                                                                                                Office: 205-325-4867 • Home: 205-274-7249    The Alabama Board of Court Reporting is in the process of           get involved, then we have no one to blame but ourselves when
                                                                                                          email:              being set up, and appointments are being made. I don’t have all     we are replaced with electronics because we didn’t have the time
        It’s another hot summer and that’s thanks, in part, to Randall
        Murphree. Randall did a wonderful job putting together a                                          PRESIDENT-ELECT
                                                                                                                                             the answers concerning the ABCR, but we are currently wait-         to go speak to a high school or let a student intern with us.
        sizzling program for our annual conference that spoke to                                         Diana L. Battles, CSR, RPR          ing on the Governor to make his appointments. The Alabama
        all of us. From the FISH Philosophy to break-out sessions,                                     1504 Country Club Drive, S.W.         Board of Court Reporting should be in place by January of ’07.      If I can help you in any way, feel free to call me at work or at
                                                                                                           Jacksonville, AL 36265            We will be notifying everyone as soon as that all takes place.      home anytime or email me. If I don’t have the answer, there are
    from the Louisiana bayous to the Marquesas, from the voluntary                              Office: 256-782-5848 • Home: 256-782-0705
    prayer breakfast to the annual banquet, there was a lot of information shared. There is             email:                                                                             many people in our organization that will have the answer. May
    so much going on in the court reporting arena that it’s hard to cover all of the bases.                                                  I urge you to support ACRA with your ideas, your service,           God bless you.
                                                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT                    and your membership. I want us to continue to reach great
                                                                                                       Julia S. Isenhower, CSR, RPR          heights, as we have done in the past, to reach forward, and tell
    I’m in the process of reading and compiling your remarks on the evaluation forms so                   26626 Dean Court South
    that we can continue to have conferences of interest to everyone. It may be that only                    Daphne, AL 36526
    one day or even one seminar will interest or pertain to you, but the other days may                 Office/Home: 251-626-8062
    be just what you need for that extra time to reconnect with people that face the same             email:
    benefits and pitfalls that you do everyday.                                                               TREASURER
                                                                                                                                             DSA Award Goes To Shelagh McClain-Dunckley
                                                                                                                                             Continued from page 4.
                                                                                                        Kathryn L. Hicks, CSR, RPR
    Keep in mind that with the new Certified Court Reporter legislation, continuing edu-         801 North Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard   profession. Her professionalism is contagious. She is meticu-       “Shelagh used that same philosophy in her career. She would
    cation is going to be mandatory. The seminars that are presented through ACRA are                Criminal Justice Center - Room 509
                                                                                                                                             lous in her duties and takes her job as seriously as it should be   always study and work hard to learn and master whatever skills
                                                                                                           Birmingham, AL 35203
    only one avenue to accomplish maintaining your certification, but the meetings are          Office: 205-325-5935 • Home: 205-425-6798    taken.                                                              were necessary to do her job well.”
    probably the only way to have personal contact with fellow professional court report-               email:
    ers in a group setting.                                                                                                                  When this reporter finished court reporting school, she opened      Montasue Continued: “I knew when Shelagh began her free-
                                                                                                                                             her own business by herself. She started working with a man-        lance firm. She began with a typewriter and a manual writer. I
                                                                                                           Sheree W. Cater, CSR
    ACRA’s midwinter conference is scheduled for January 19-20, 2007, and will be                           Post Office Box 805              ual steno machine and manual typewriter. You reporters that         have no idea how she did it. But she took depositions and typed
    held in Tuscaloosa at the Four Points Sheraton. Go ahead and mark your calendar                         Troy, AL 3601-0805               came out of school with computers don’t know how lucky you          them from her notes on a typewriter. She graduated up piece by
    now so that you’ll be able to attend. I look forward to seeing you there!                   Office: 334-566-1307 • Home: 334-569-1825    have it. She began working as a freelance reporter in Foley,        piece. She literally started from ground zero and worked her way
2                                                                                                                                            Alabama, in 1987, and she’s been an exemplary reporter since        up.                                                                    15
                                                                                                    IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT                 those humble beginnings.
                                                                                                Alan Peacock, CSR, RPR, RMR, CRR, CBC                                                                            “As far as me, she interned me and taught me everything I know.
                                                            (251) 476-0685                             1960 Old Government Street            Shelagh is a shining example of what we all should strive to        She taught me all the ropes and taught me deposition and court

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                                                                                                       Office/Home: 251-476-6327
                                                                                                      email:           cated 10 years of her life to volunteering for ACRA, serving on     The reason Shelagh has always been so special to me is because,
                                                                                                                                             every committee and position available, and climbing the ranks      no matter what, she has always been there for me. In every situ-

                                                                                                             DIRECTORS                       from director all the way to ACRA president. It is because of       ation or problem I have, she never turns her back on me. She’s
                                                                                                              DISTRICT I                     Shelagh McClain that we have a website today.                       always helped me in my professional life and my personal life.
                                                                                                      Mary Frances Hicks, CSR, RPR
                                                                                                           3404 Blackberry Lane                                                                                  She is very dedicated to her work and family and friends. I can’t
                                                                                                            Northport, AL 35473              In researching Shelagh’s background, I contacted one of her         think of a person more deserving of this award.”
                                                                                                Office: 205-349-3870 • Home: 205-330-1101    former co-workers and friends, Montasue Smith. Montasue
                                                                                                       email:           emailed me and had a few words to say that I would like to          And when I contacted her judge, The Honorable Charles Partin,
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                                                                                                            Stacy Littleton, CSR                                                                                 ever had. And I think any judge in the state would be happy to
        Mobile, Alabama 36606                
                                                                                                        25 West 11th Street, Suite 320       Montasue: “I can talk about what she’s done for me. Carolyn         have her service as his court reporter. Congratulations, Shelagh!”
                                                                                                            Anniston, AL 36201               Davis and I were talking about how Shelagh opened up the first
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                                                                                                                                             firm in either Baldwin County or South Baldwin County. We           Pat Higgins Emailed: “Shelagh was a terrific treasurer, very
                                                                                                                                             also laughed at how engineering Shelagh is. She used to take        organized. That was back in the pre-QuickBooks days. She’s fis-
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                • Litigation support, including E-Transcripts, ASCII’s,                                 Greta H. Duckett, CSR, RPR           er. She may still do that. She can take anything apart and put      came up on the board during the time that I was president, and we
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                            condensed transcripts, word indexes                                           Montgomery, AL 36102               it back together. It’s an amazing talent she has. She’s the most    were really pushing CSR. Shelagh really is an excellent reporter.
                      • Transcripts can be e-mailed or downloaded                               Office: 334-834-7755 • Home: 334-277-5707    engineering-minded woman I’ve ever known. I would always            Shelagh is a person of impeccable character. She’s very kind and
                                                                                                         email:           think she’ll never get it all back together, but she always did.    very much an encourager and supporter (like Barnabas was to
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                                                                                                                                             Amazing! But her best attribute is her willingness to help          Paul). She’s a cheerleader for all the good things about our pro-
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                                                                                                                                             people. She never turns her back on you.”                           fession. At the same time, she’s practical. She knows you have to
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                        • Conference room available at no charge                                            Andalusia, AL 36420              Her mentor and colleague Carolyn Davis added this:                  I’m honored to call her my friend.”
                                                                                                Office: 334-428-2504 • Home: 334-388-2521    “Shelagh has the respect of all of the attorneys. Before she
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                                                                                                                                             became an official reporter, she was always there to fill in        No doubt that this year’s selection for DSA truly deserves the
                                                                                                                                             whenever she was called on and we could count on her.               honor!
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                            DISTRICT 1                                   D S A         A W A R D

                                                                           Shelagh McClain-Dunckley
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RECEIVED BY:
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jennifer Barber, Charity McCulley,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Terri Skelton & Donna Henderson
                                           By Mary Hicks, CSR, RPR                                                                                       Bay Area Reporting              Lancome Gift Bag                     Kellie Castleberry
                                                  District 1 Director            By Alan Peacock, CSR, RPR, RMR, CRR, CBC                                Diana Battles                   Silver Leaf Pin                      Lisa Peters
                                                                                                                                                                                         Wine Chiller                         Charity McCulley
          he summer convention in Mobile                                     was tasked with the honor and privi-                                                                        Wheeled Duffle Bag                   Pat Higgins
          was exceptional! Thanks to all                                                                                                                 Diane Duncan                    Steno Wall Clock                     Dee Dee Boykin
                                                                             lege to introduce this year’s winner                                                                        Depo Diva Bag(s)                     Lynda Matus, Sonya Crane,
          who worked so hard to make our                                     of the 2006 Distinguished Service                                                                                                                Jan McElroy & Travis Atkins
    conference such a great one! It was great                                Award: Shelagh McClain-Dunckley,                                            Dictation Equipment Co.         Gift Certificate                     Kristie Muir
    to meet new people and see old friends                                                                                                               Suzanne Frazier                 Polka Dot Bath Gift Box              Dana Palmer
                                                                        CSR. The recipient was nominated by                                              Freedom Court Reporting         $50 Parisian Card(s)                 Jennifer Voss & Sheila Hanson

    as well.                                                            the DSA Committee, which consisted                                                                               Beach Basket                         Roy Isbell

                                                                        of Suzanne Frazier and myself, Alan                                                                              Glass Bowl                           Dennis Snell
    From my little corner of District 1 --                                                                                                               Mary Frances Giattina           Wine(s)                              Kathy Hicks & Lauren Dorgan
                                                                        Peacock, and Paul Smith. Then the nomi-                                          Haislip, Ragan, Green,
    which is in Tuscaloosa, for those of you                            nation was voted on and approved by the                                          Starkie & Wilson, P.C.          Jump Drive                           Sheila Ford
    who don’t know – things have been pret-                             ACRA Board of Directors.                                                         Kathy Hicks                     $50 Parisian Card(s)                 Marty Dukes & Deanna Jones
                                                                                                                                                         Mary Hicks                      Cell Phone Caddy & Coasters          Jennifer Barber
    ty busy. I am working on (and have been for quite some time)                                                                                         Julia Isenhower                 Beach Basket w/Goodies               Mark Muir
    getting our CIC courtroom working smoothly. There is still          According to ACRA’s Bylaws, the DSA shall be awarded for                         Livingston Enterprises          $45 Machine Service Certificate(s)   Joy Dick & Debbie Isbell             D O O R   P R I Z E S
    much to learn, which is why I love court reporting so much, I                                                                                        Andrea Martin                   Candle Pillar Set                    Chuck Reese
                                                                        distinguished service to the profession to encourage and to rec-                 Alan Peacock                    CD Label Maker(s)                    Jenny Talbot & Kelly George
    guess. New challenges await me every day, but it is definitely      ognize work amounting to distinguished service by individual                     Prince Institute of
    a growing experience. Boredom is not a problem here. Right          members in good standing of the Alabama Court Reporters                          Professional Studies            Mug & Shirt                          Lynn King
    now, Judge Wilson and I are the only ones using it in the court-                                                                                                                     Mug, Hat, & Shirt                    Lynda Matus
                                                                        Association for the benefit of the reporting profession. This                    ProCat                          Mini Travel Drive                    Bonnie Waller
    room; but I hope to have the attorneys hooked up soon.              year’s recipient has no problem fitting the bill.                                Regional Reporting              Wine Basket                          Pat Higgins
                                                                                                                                                         Lois Robinson                   Neck Pillow                          Joyce Sasser
    Realtime has become an extremely important asset. However,                                                                                                                           Bookends                             Stephanie McNally
                                                                        This year’s winner is special to me because I have known                         Sasser Scoping                  Beach Basket                         Virginia Coker
    having been out of school for 12 years before I started doing                                                                                        SearchMaster                    SearchMaster Software                Donna Henderson
                                                                        Shelagh since she first started reporting. I have watched this
    realtime, I can assure you that, not unlike so many of you, I had                                                                                    Kathryn Sharpe                  Candle Basket(s)                     Sherry Aaron & Joy Dick
                                                                        reporter blossom from the time she was a student in court                        Stened                          Proper Noun Speller                  Butch Hope
    concerns. Let me encourage you to challenge yourself. You
                                                                        reporting school until today.                                                                                    Stened Dictionary                    Debbie Murphy
    will become a better and more confident court reporter because                                                                                       Stenograph                      Compact Carrying Case                Debbie Murphy
    of it. This is not an expert speaking, mind you, simply some-                                                                                        T-3 Total Transcript            Gift Certificate                     Winner Unknown
                                                                        Shelagh is the quintessential professional reporter. She con-                    Margaret Turner                 Fine Food Basket                     Sabrina Lewis
    one who once said, “I will never do realtime.” What a mistake
                                                                        stantly strives to better herself and those around her in the                                                    Surprise Boxed Gift                  Julia Isenhower
4   that would have been!                                                                                                                                Tyler, Eaton, Morgan,                                                                                                             13
                                                                                      DSA Award Goes to Shelagh McClain-Dunckley continues on page 15.   Nichols & Pritchett, Inc.       $50 Parisian Card(s)                 Shana Cooper & Lynn King
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     Publications                  Suzanne Frazier                       sk not what your                    he ACRA Scholarship Committee would
     Ways and Means                Kathryn W. Sharpe                   ACRA can do for                     like to thank all the applicants who entered
     2007 Conventions              Diana Battles                    YOU! Ask yourself                   an essay for consideration this year.
     Convention Planning           Celeste Riddle                    what YOU can do          Although it was very tough to pick a winner because
                                   Diana Battles              for ACRA and your court
     Nominations                   Suzanne Frazier
                                                                                                                          all the applicants were worthy, Alana Walters came
                                                                                           reporting profession! Join     out on top with the committee. The committee mem-
     Legislation                   Mary Hicks                your fellow reporters in
     Distinguished Service Award   Randall Murphree                                                    bers were Sherry McCaskey; Andrea Martin, CSR,
                                                                                           accomplishing rewarding        RPR, RMR, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP; and Michael
     Pro Bono                      Sheree Cater
                                                                                           tasks for your future as a     Lowery, CSR.                                                Alana is currently in the 160 speed-building category.
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                                                                                           court reporter. you will be                                                                From all reports from the faculty at Prince, Alana is
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                                                                                           amazed at the satisfaction     Alana is a 20-year-old court reporting student              a hard worker, very capable and dedicated to all her
     Public Relations              Margaret Turner              you can and will receive       attending Prince Institute of Professional Studies in       school work, and has good attendance. Alana already
     Website                       Alan Peacock              from sharing your time         Montgomery, Alabama. Alana has an older sister and          has the work ethic required to be well on her way to
     Student Mentoring             Jennifer Kissic       and talents in furtherance     a twin brother. She and her family are from Laurel,         a great career.
     Historic Preservation         Debby Garrett                  of the purposes of the         Mississippi. Alana now resides in Montgomery,
     Long Term Goals               Suzanne Frazier                 Alabama Court Reporters        Alabama. When Alana was asked about her parents’            Alana said she enjoyed the conference in Mobile very
                                   Karen Drinkard         Association. If you are        reaction to her news of winning the $1,000 scholar-         much. She said she learned a lot and met so many
                                   Shannon Ball            interested in serving on       ship, she said they were thrilled and very thankful to      people that helped and encouraged her to press on.
                                   Celeste Riddle              any ACRA committee(s),         ACRA.                                                       She really enjoyed the banquet when she was pre-
                                   Mitzi T. Smith           feel free to contact the                                                                   sented her scholarship by Andrea Martin, a member of
                                   Deanna Johnson              chairperson via email          Alana enjoys reading and going to the beach. You            the scholarship committee. Alana would like to thank
                                   Randall Murphree                     TODAY!                         might also see her at an MSU football game where            ACRA for her complimentary registration to the con-
     CLVS                          John F. Kilpatrick                                  she enjoys supporting her boyfriend who plays on the        ference and certainly for the ACRA scholarship.
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                                                                                                                          team. She enjoys working with the school’s charity
                                   Tasha Scott
                                                                                                                          events throughout the year and serves on the Student        Keep up the hard work, Alana, and congratulations on
     EFILING Committee             Parian Holderfield
                                                                                                                          Advisory Committee.                                         winning your scholarship!

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                                                                              Student Mentor Committee Update
                                                                                                By Jennifer L. Kissic, CSR
                                                                                             ACRA Student Mentor Chairperson

                                                                                    ell, believe it or not, it’s already September. I wanted to
                                                                                    again express my appreciation to all of the reporters who
                                                                                    are devoting their time to help mentor students. This is
                                                                              a great contribution to the future of court reporting. I hope                      Wedding bells are going to chime!
                                                                              that it is working out for both the mentors and the students. If
                                                                              anyone has a question or comment, whether you are currently
                                                                              participating or are interested in participating, please contact    Lee Ross, a recent graduate of GSCC, is getting married
                                                                              me at                                 Saturday, November 11. If you attended the Summer Convention
                                                                              Also, I have been working on a new “recruitment” flyer              in Mobile, you may have met Lee at the registration table.
                                                                              to send to the schools to try to get more students involved
                                                                              with ACRA’s student mentor program. I hope to get a
                                                                              great response back from the students. If I do, I may be
                                                                              sending out another mass e-mail to everyone in need of
                                                                              more mentors.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Still on the road. . .
                                                                              Thank you all again for your participation.                          new                      mommy

                                     midt, CRI,                                                 ACRA WAYS                 AND    MEANS            Tasha Scott, CSR, has a new baby girl.
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                          nn                           N                                       ANNUAL FUNDRAISER                                  Milah Reaghan Scott was born Friday, July         Hope “Butch” Winters, CSR, is still dealing
6                     A                                                                                                                                                                                                                              11
                                                                                                                                                  21, 2006, at 6:50 a.m. She weighed 7 pounds       with issues from his accident last winter and
                                                                                               WINNER: David Wynne


                                                                                                                                                  1 ounce and was 20 inches long. Tasha and

                                                                                                                                                                                                    finds himself still “on the road” to recovery.
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                                                                                                                                                  her husband, Morris, are very proud of their      Following the Summer Convention, Butch
                                                                 irst Grand

                                                                                                                                                  beautiful baby girl.                              underwent kyphoplasty July 26 and hopes to
                                                                                                                                                                                                    soon be back to work. In the meantime you
                                                                                                                                                                                                    might glimpse him at one of the Birmingham

                                                                                                                                                                                                    area malls where he is walking to regain his
    Champion & Queen Bee                                                                                                                          Serving in the U.S. Army                          strength and keep out of the terrific heat we
           he First Annual NCRA TSVC (Trivia,                                                                                                                                                       have experienced this summer.
           Spelling, and Vocabulary Challenge)                                                                                                     Marla      Minter,
           was conducted at the 2006 NCRA                                                                                                          CSR, has two sons
    Midyear Conference. Referred to affectionately as “The Spelling                                   avid Wynne, Senior Vice President of         presently serving
    Bee,” this seminar had all the excitement and intrigue as the real                                Sales and Education with Stenograph,
                                                                                                                                                   in the U.S. Army.
    deal, and was fun, fun, fun - a huge success! Melanie Sonntag (a/                            LLC, was one of the many who bought
                                                                                                                                                   Her younger son,
                                                                                                                                                                                                        deepest sympathies
    k/a “The Bee Keeper”) dressed the part and masterfully served as                             a ticket at the last minute at the ACRA
    the Bee’s Mistress of Ceremonies. Participants were asked to spell                           banquet on Friday night of the Summer             Andy, joined the
    words, select the meaning of words, and answer assorted trivia                               Convention. Even though the drawing               Army on August                                Our deepest sympathy is extended to Ashley
    questions. A champion was determined from each of the three divi-                            box was shaken vigorously, David was              1. After completion of basic training, AIT,   Dickey, CSR, RPR, and her family in the loss of
    sions, and those folks faced off in a lightning round for the Grand                          the winner. David donated his winnings                                                          her father, Miles Stanley Davis, who passed away
                                                                                                                                                   and jump school, Andy will join his older
    Championship. The competition heated up and the finalists went at                            to Prince Institute of Professional Studies
                                                                                                                                                   brother, Greg, as a member of the Airborne    July 26.
    it “head to head.” Nerve-racking for the contestants… but exciting                           to use as a scholarship fundraiser there.
    for the attendees!                                                                           ACRA was happy to submit a check in the           Infantry. Marla’s son Greg recently re-
                                                                                                 amount of $1,200 for the lucky recipient.         enlisted for his second four-year term of     Our sympathies are also extended to Melanie
    Ann Schmidt, CRI, was declared Grand Champion and Queen Bee.                                                                                   service and has previously served in Iraq,    Pollard, CSR, and her family in the loss of her
    Division Champions were: Cecilee Wilson, RMR, CRR, CBC                                       Thanks to all members who participated                                                          sister, Laurie Middleton Brock, who passed away
                                                                                                                                                   fourteen months and nine months, as a
    (Spelling Division) and Ann Schmidt, CRI (Vocabulary Division).                              and sold or bought raffle tickets this year!
                                                                                                                                                   member of the 82nd Airborne.                  July 27.
                                     Recent Graduates:
                                                                                                                                                                            By Steve Harnden
      Gadsden State Community College                Prince Institute of Professional Studies                                                                 Stenograph Marketing Communications Specialist
                 (Associate Degree)                                 (Associate Degree)
                 Mallory Bradberry                      Victoria Castillo         Katherine Norris                                                      lana Walters continues to be recognized for her accomplishments
                    Erica Hicks                         Brandyl Gooden            Kristen Thrasher                                                      by earning yet another scholarship. On August 5, 2006, during the
                  Carrie Maddox                          Terrilisa Green        (Certificate: Scoping/                                                  Awards Luncheon at the 2006 NCRA Convention in New York,
                  Jennifer O’Dell                       Emily Mendheim              Proofreading)                                             Alana Walters was announced as the winner of the 2006 Second-year Student
                                                                                                                                              Scholarship award from the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF).
                   Lee Ann Ross                           Kristy Milton              Beth King
                                                                                                                                              Each year the NCRF recognizes four students in the court reporting commu-
                                                                                                                                              nity who are enrolled at NCRA Certified Court Reporting programs and meet
                     Latest NCRA Certification Accomplishments                                                                                a series of required criteria. Each school is allowed to nominate only one stu-
                                Lane Butler, RPR (Birmingham)                                                                Alana Walters    dent, and Alana Walters was the representative selected from Prince Institute
                                                                                                                                              of Professional Studies, in Montgomery, Alabama, owned by Stenograph®.
                                 Emily Helms, RPR (Graysville)
                                 Linda Moore, RPR (Saraland)                                                                                  Deanna Johnson, current chair of NCRF’s Scholarship Task Force and
                               Tammy Clark August, RDR (Killen)                                                                               former NCRF Chair, commented on Alana’s qualifications when she said,
                                                                                                                                              “Alana’s essay was right on target with regards to the essay topic and very
                                                                                                                                              well written.”
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                                                                                                                                              Among the requirements for eligibility, the student must have a grade point
                                                                                                                                              average of at least 3.5 overall based on a 4.0 scale in the first academic year
                                                                                                            Deanna Johnson, CSR, RPR, CRI,    of court reporting school. A qualified student must also have demonstrated a
                                                                                                                                CPE, FAPR     need for financial assistance and have met the program’s minimum word-per-
                                                                                                                                              minute standard at the completion of the first academic school year.

     One-way Ticket                    Home?                   Changes in Attitude
                                                               Changes in Latitude
                                                                                                                                              Alana’s merits and achievements have also resulted in her being awarded
                                                                                                                                              her registration fee to the NCRA Student Seminar, paid for by Stenograph,
                                                                                                                                              as well as the 2006 Alabama Court Reporter’s Association (ACRA) Student
                                                     Suzanne Spiers Prince, CSR, RPR, has left the
      Lois Robinson, CSR, RPR, RMR, RDR,             freelance world to pursue a captioning career in the                                     Sara Prince, a teacher and former court reporter for the United States Air
      made an adventure out of her trip to New       employment of VITAC. Suzanne says captioning                      Sara G. Prince, CSR,   Force, established Prince Institute in 1976. Prince Institute, in addition to its
      York and the NCRA Convention. It seems         Middle Eastern names is a real challenge!
                                                                                                                   Retired Liftime Member     accreditation by the ACICS, is approved by the Veterans Administration and
      that Jackie Robinson (Lois’s daughter) had a                                                                                            is licensed by the Alabama Department of Education. Prince offers an associ-
      major panic attack on the plane trip to New                                                                                             ate degree in realtime reporting with a concentration in judicial reporting.
                                                     Sabrina Nimmer, CSR, has been in a state of
      York, refusing to get back on the plane in     rapid change. Her husband, Jason, graduated from                                         On September 26, 2005, Stenograph, LLC, finalized the purchase of Prince
      Atlanta for the remainder of the trek to New   Samford’s Cumberland School of Law in May and                                            Institute. Stenograph is the only company that has dedicated an entire
      York. Lois reports, swearing on her own        will be joining Alford, Clausen & McDonald in                                            customer organization to the support of students and school, working as a
      mother’s life, that if Jackie would just get   Mobile. Sabrina and Jason are expecting a baby
                                                                                                                                              helping hand for students as they work toward becoming court reporters.
      on the flight to New York, they could drive                                                                                             Stenograph is a manufacturer and marketer of shorthand writing machines,
                                                     in December, adding to their family which consists                                       computer-aided transcription (CAT) software, and court reporting and other
      home. And that’s how it worked out: Jackie     now of son, Nicholas, and daughter, Anna Claire.                                         industry-related supplies. Stenograph is headquartered in Mount Prospect,
      and Lois got on the plane to New York.         The Nimmers are moving to Mobile, where Sabrina                                          Illinois. For more information, please visit them at
      Following the convention, Lois, true to her    will utilize her freelance reporter skills in L.A.
      word, put herself and Jackie in a rental car   (Lower Alabama) rather than Birmingham where
      and drove home - all 1,215 miles!              their family has made their home.
                                                                                                                                             Mary Hicks and Suzanne Frazier                             Lower Alabama representation at Banquet
    Business Meeting

                                                                                                            Diane Duncan and Alan Peacock

                                                                                                                                                                Freelance breakout session

                                           Officials’ breakout session

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Installation Banquet

                       Opening reception

                                                (l-r) Alana Walters, Candace Reed, Dave Wenhold, Sheree Cater, Diana Battles, Alan Peacock
                                                                                                                                                                                             Business luncheon

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