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Virtual Spring Education Day

  • 20 Mar 2021
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VCRA Virtual Spring Education Day

Join us for the VCRA Virtual Spring Education Day on March 20th from the comfort of your home.  It will be a day filled with informative speakers, raffle drawings and fun!  We have two amazing speakers!  Margie Wakeman Wells will enlighten us with her punctuation prowess, and (back by popular demand) Kristina Tan will provide more techy tips and tricks!  Register today!


$45 VCRA Member Early Bird| $55 VCRA Member Standard Rate

$55 Non-member|$15 Student

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Early Bird Pricing is available until February 15th.  Don't delay!


The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome from your VCRA President, Donna Linton, RMR, CCR, CLR.  Breaks will be taken between sessions, during which time award and prize winners will be announced. 

Download PDF Schedule

 Topic/Speaker  Description  Time/CEUs
 Welcome  Welcome, Announcement of Officers, Pro Bono Award, Raffle  9:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Commas Here, Commas There, Commas Everywhere – Part I

Margie Wakeman Wells

How many comma rules are there? Too many to count and certainly more than we can possibly cover in three hours. This session will deal with some of the commonly used/misused commas – when do compound elements need commas? When can they be left out? – and then move to some of the more obscure comma rules that don’t get much attention but certainly need to.

Even the most sophisticated reporter will pick up some tips to improve transcript punctuation. Bring those punctuation questions that keep cropping up.  This is the time to get answers.

The session will be conducted in a question-and-answer format via PowerPoint.

 9:45 to 11:15 a.m.


 Raffle 11:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Commas Here, Commas There, Commas Everywhere – Part II

Margie Wakeman Wells

Part II of Margie's session.

11:30 to 1:00 p.m.


Lunch Break
Tayloe Award, Raffle
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Techy Tips and Tricks Part 2

Kristina Tan

Join us for the second seminar for more techy tips and tricks as Kristina highlights some computer and phone features to make your WFH life just that much more comfortable and efficient! We will shift our focus from gadgets and gizmos to various Window shortcuts, Gmail templates, phone apps, and various smart home devices!

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.


VCRA .45 CEU | NCRA .45 CEU | NVRA 4.5 CEU

Raffles, Raffles, Raffles!

Raffles galore!  Throughout the Education Day, we will be raffling off all these amazing items.  Best of all, one $5 ticket enters you into the drawing for all of them!  More tickets equal more chances, and the proceeds support the Virginia Court Reporters Association.  Good luck!

Tickets can be purchased during registration or from the VCRA Online Store.  Winners will be announced throughout the day and emailed after the event.

iPad 8th generation, 32 gig (Grand Prize)

($369.95 value)

Textbooks, "Word Pares, Pears, Pairs," "All Things English" and "Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation

($58.00, $29.00 and $79.00)

Donated by Margie Wakeman Wells

Two Hours Free Catalyst/Eclipse Training

Donated by Dave Stanley

(2) Suncatcher UV Sanitizing Wand

($29.99 value each)

Donated by Elite Reporting

Home basket: Mini Google Nest, 2 LED Smart bulbs, Tile Keychain/wallet finder

($90 value)

Donated by Donna Linton

SP-USB-MIC-MODEL-6-PLUS - Model 6+ Ultra High Power USB Omnidirectional Microphone with headphone monitoring amplifier with Noise and Echo Cancellation Technology

($329 .99 value)

Donated by Sound Professionals

SP-USB-MIC-MODEL-12 - Laptop Stand-mounted Ultra High Power USB High Gain Soundcard and Omnidirectional Microphone with advanced Noise and Echo Cancellation Technology

($399.95 value)

Donated by Sound Professionals

Choice of Saverna Leather Tote (various colors) or Canvas Messenger Bag

($53.00 to $107.00 value)

Donated by Andrea Paige of Stenograph

Gift Certificate - $25 off a $100 order

Donated by Pengad

Martel Zoom Court Reporter Teleconference and Audiosync Kit

($199.99 value)

Donated by Martel Electronics

(4) Gift Cards - Starbucks, Panera Bread, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin' Donuts

(Three valued at $15, one valued at $10)

Donated by Bobbi Case

Raffle Tickets for Referrals

Because this is a virtual event, we can reach reporters all over the country and all over the world, but we need your help!  If you're a current VCRA member, tell non-members about the Virtual Education Day.  If they register for the event and list you as having referred them, you'll receive one free raffle ticket.  There's no limit to the amount of free raffle tickets you can receive, so refer as many people as you can!

Instructions: If you were referred by a VCRA member, type their name in the "Referred By" box on the registration form.

Note: To qualify for free raffle tickets, you must be a current VCRA member, and the person you refer must be a non-member.  You cannot receive free raffle tickets for referring a current VCRA member.  The VCRA member making the referral does not need to attend the Education Day to receive a free raffle ticket.


Margie Wakeman Wells

Margie Wakeman Wells is a lifetime credentialed teacher in the state of California and is certified as a CRI. She is in her sixth decade of teaching – with more than 40 of those years in the field of court reporting. As a reporting instructor, she has taught from the theory level through the exit speeds as well as all manner of English courses – both on campus in a bricks-and-mortar school and online.

She has presented, under the auspices of NCRA and state court reporting organizations, over 300 seminars for reporters on English-related topics as well as seminars for teachers and students.

Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, her best-selling reference text, and the Workbook that accompanies it are available at www.margieholdscourt.com. In addition, she has published Word Pares, Pears, Pairs, a reference work of 2,000 word pairs with definitions, examples, and idioms for the words and is currently writing a grammar text. She has also written a drill book series for improving accuracy: Practice Really DOES Make Perfect.

Her latest book, All Things English, is a bit of a departure from the others. It is one vocab word, one spelling word, one idiom, one word pair, and one fun English fact each day for 120 days.

Margie operates “Margie Holds Class,” her online school, for both live and recorded classes and writes her blog, “All Things English,” at www.margieholdscourt.com.
Margie has two grown sons and lives with her husband, Bill, in Culver City, California.

Kristina Tan

Kristina is a certified court reporter and authorized Eclipse trainer based in Richmond, Virginia.  Prior to becoming a court reporter, she worked as a resource coordinator at South Coast College in Orange, CA, training students and working court reporters in how to optimize their setups.  She has conducted many presentations regarding using technology to help work efficiently, the most recent one being NCRA's Connect Virtual 2020.  She enjoys sharing her passion for the profession through education and technology.

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