President's Message

Happy New Year to All!! And what an exciting year it is going to be for the Virginia Court Reporters Association. This year, 2017, marks our Golden Jubilee, the 50th Anniversary of our organization!

Your board of directors has been busy planning what we hope will be a memorable convention in historic Williamsburg, Virginia. You won’t want to miss this grand opportunity to earn continuing education points while visiting and networking with fellow court reporters in one of Virginia’s top vacation resort areas.

Located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg and offering all the charm of southern hospitality, The Williamsburg Lodge is the chosen venue for our event. With a world-class restaurant and convenient access to a spa, golf, and other recreational amenities, you’ll want to bring along the family and enjoy all that Williamsburg has to offer.

The board has put together a roster of speakers we think you’ll be excited about!

Margie Wakeman Wells, our keynote speaker, is the industry’s leading authority when it comes to all things grammar and punctuation. Margie currently teaches English courses through “Margie Holds Class,” an online program she has designed and is managing. She’s also the author of several published works that have aided many court reporters in passing their certification tests, as well as has helped them with accurate transcript production in their careers.

The VCRA is proud to present the legendary Ed Varallo, who will instruct on how to unleash the “Realtime Superstar” in all of us. Ed is best known for his speed contest accomplishments; he’s a six-time NCRA National Speed Champion. Ed “will outline his systematic approach to writing shorthand which is designed to require less physical effort, produce better realtime output, and thus reduce editing/scoping time.”

We are also honored to have Nativa Wood, NCRA’s current president, who will present at our annual Town Hall Meeting, as well as inspire us with a seminar on Motivation! What a great opportunity for us to meet and socialize with one of our industry’s top leaders and gain insight into our ever-changing careers.

Additional speakers are Nancy Varallo, who will speak on reporting at Guantanamo Bay; and Attorney Jeffrey Breit, who will inform us about litigating the high-profile case of the BP Oil Spill. These are fascinating topics that will be sure to provide interesting content that will engage and inform us.

In closing, I want to wish you all, again, a very happy and prosperous 2017!! See you at the convention!!

Warm Regards,
Carol L. Naughton, RPR, CCR
VCRA President

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