2021 UTRID Business Meeting

2021 UTRID Business Meeting

Saturday, August 7th, Noon-1:00 PM

RSVP here at your earliest to attend the live-streamed Business Meeting.

This year’s Business Meeting will include elections for open board positions and Presidential report.

 

Open Board Positions & Nominations

Board positions will be voted into office during the Business Meeting of this year’s Bi-Annual State Conference—

Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:

  • President
    • The President shall have general supervision and direction of the business and affairs of the organization. The President shall preside at all meetings of the members and/or Directors and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed, from time to time, by the Board of Directors or the members.
    • The President shall appoint Committee Chairpersons with approval of the Board of Directors.
    • The President shall share, with the Treasurer, the right to sign checks and warrants for the withdrawal of corporate funds.
    • The President shall provide yearly reports to the membership regarding the actions of the Board of Directors, the financial status of the organization, activities of the committees and other activities of the organization.
    • The President shall represent the organization at national and regional RID conferences, attending applicable business and organizational meetings. To aid in this responsibility, UTRID will either reimburse or schedule and pay directly for the President’s transportation, registration and accommodations, totaling up to 10% of the organization’s current account balance, but not to exceed $1500. 
    • The President shall provide an annual report and all other documentation to the RID National Representative in accordance with the RID Affiliate Chapter Requirements.
  • Secretary 
    • The Secretary shall keep a full and accurate record of all proceedings of the Board of Directors and of the general membership meetings.
    • The Secretary shall keep the seal of the corporation and affix it to such papers and instruments as may be required in the regular course of business and shall make service of such notices as may be necessary or proper.
    • The Secretary shall supervise the keeping of the records of the organization.
    • The Secretary shall perform other duties of the office as prescribed by the Board of Directors.
  • MAL (Student Involvement)
    • The Student Involvement MAL is responsible for forming a committee to plan workshops and Student focused activities for the membership of UTRID.
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board of Directors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.
  • MAL (Silent Weekend Chair)
    • The Silent weekend Chair is responsible for forming a committee to plan and execute the annual Silent Weekend for certified interpreters only
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board of Directors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.
  • MAL (Public Relations)
    • The Public Relations  MAL is responsible for community outreach and communications to membership via Webpage and Social Media posts.
    • Members-at-Large shall act as liaisons to the Board of Directors from the membership, working directly with the membership assisting with the coordination of activities and communications within the organization.

Please see Article IV, Section 4 of the UTRID Chapter Bylaws for detailed descriptions of each position.

Nominations are due Aug 7, 2021

  • Nominations may be made on the floor of the business meeting; individuals may decline a nomination.
  • Email nominations to pres.utrid@gmail.com. Email subject must read “2021 Board Nomination” and must include (1) the name of the individual being nominated, (2) the position for which they are being nominated, and (3) the nominee’s email address.
  • Questions? Email: pres.utrid@gmail.com

Open Board Positions

UTRID has open board positions for the 2021-2023 cycle. Voting will take place on Saturday, August 7th @12pm during our business meeting.

Open Board positions:

President

Secretary

Silent Weekend Liaison

Student Involvement

If you’re interested in serving or know someone you think would be great for one if these open slots please email me, Kimm at Pres.utrid@gmail.com

Dear Members of UTRID,

We would like to address some of the recent resignations in the RID Board leadership and express our support of those who have resigned. It saddens us to see such discord within our national community. We would like to thank the RID Board leadership and our Region V rep—Krystal Sanders—for their efforts within the RID organization. They worked diligently to develop an opportunity for us to learn about the diverse body of our organization through the workshops offered in the RID national convention. We stand in support of their decisions to withdraw themselves from continued service. We would also like to acknowledge and express our thanks to the HQ staff for their continued support during this time of transition.

These are historic times for our profession and RID as an organization. We invite you to keep abreast of the discussions happening within our professional community. We also urge you to actively participate in elections, town halls, and other activities as RID recovers and grows. 

We will continue to serve our members (you) and follow our mission which is to initiate, sponsor, promote and execute policies and activities that will further the profession of interpretation of American Sign Language and English and the transliteration of English. We will continue providing learning opportunities and networking for our membership. We are particularly interested in providing workshops related to the issues affecting RID at this moment, namely: audism, racism, equity, and oppression, especially how they pertain to interpreting. 

As testified by those suffering from it, oppression persists today. Audism and racism—among various forms of oppression—are present forces within our society and the lives of not only our colleagues but also those to whom we provide our services. To those in the margins, we see you and we invite your input on strengthening our community of practice here in Utah. UTRID commits to effectively listen to, collaborate with, and empower those among the minorities in our ASL community as we combat oppression and to create a better space that is safe and accessible for everyone. 

Lastly, thank you for your dedication to the field, our consumers, and our network practitioners. We look forward to the future of both UTRID and RID. 

 

Graciously, 

UTRID’s 2021 Board of Directors

#InterpreterUnity

Silent Weekend- Early Bird Pricing

Silent Weekend 2021 has SOLD OUT
Hello certified interpreters! We are so excited to officially announce registration for our first official UTRID Silent weekend 2021! Silent weekend will be hosted in a gorgeous 6,000 square foot cabin in Heber on September 10th-12th (Friday morning-Sunday late morning). We have very limited spots, so if you would like to attend please grab your spot soon!
We will be using Covid precautions by abiding to conscious sanitation, no shared beds and all other necessary health guidelines. Early Bird Registration is $160. You will earn 12 CEH/CEU’s for attending the full Silent weekend. If you are interested in attending you will be able to pay the Early Bird price at $160 until July 31st. 
The products are all available here: https://utrid.com/product-category/silent-weekend/Use this Password for the early bird price to apply: Silent2021
PURCHASING TIP: When purchasing tickets make sure you are logged in and you have an updated membership or it will delay your purchase. 🙂
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Sheri Ramirez at Silentweekendchair.utrid@gmail.com


Sheri Ramirez

UTRID Silent Weekend Chair

UTRID Town Hall Message

 Last night was our Town Hall meeting with Dr. Carolyn Ball, Affiliate Chapter Liaison to RID, and Krystal Sanders, Region V Representative to RID.  The town hall was a forum for UTRID to voice their support or rejection for the RID Board to move forward with further research into what is required for RID to transition from a Member Driven Organization (MDO) to a Professional Certification Organization (PCO). 

You can find more information about the Townhall and Transition here: https://rid.org/organizational-transition-overview/transition-faqs/ Additional information about the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) can be found here: https://www.credentialingexcellence.org/page/get-started-with-accreditation

Dr. Ball assured us that, should all chapters support the board doing a further investigation, all information gleaned from the research will be shared openly with all RID members. That information will be disseminated prior to a voting opportunity to accept or reject any proposals to change the framework of RID. 

UTRID members had many questions and comments – most that cannot be answered until more information has been gathered.  Some of those questions/comments were:

  • How much would it cost for RID to make the transition to a PCO?
  • How long would it take for RID to make that transition?
  • How would a decision to transition to a PCO affect affiliate chapters, like UTRID?
  • How would that same decision affect Utah state certification processes?
  • Has RID involved NAD, and the Deaf perspective, in determining the best approach to transitioning?
  • We need a PCO in order to prevent future events, like the certification moratorium, becoming the membership’s decision.
  • Certification needs to be separate from member majority votes.  (Typically a RID Business meeting is poorly attended and roughly 200-300 votes determine whether proposals pass, even when online voting is an option).
  • Deaf community input/partnership is needed for both certification and the interpreting profession and that isn’t currently happening.
  • A professional organization accreditation would allow members to be recognized as professionals equal to nurses, accountants, medical personnel, etc. and not ‘helpers’ or support staff.

In summary: The UTRID Board and participants in the Town hall support the RID board in doing further research into accreditation.  President McConnachie must contact President Webb and let him know of our support before September 15, 2020.

If you have any objections to providing support, please email Kimm at president@utrid.org before Monday 9/14.  Otherwise, the UTRID board looks forward to learning more during the accreditation discovery phase and commits to keeping our membership informed.

Proposed Bylaw Changes

Dear Member of UTRID, 

 The Board of Directors strives for excellence while representing and supporting you—a prized associate of UTRID. Consistently at the forefront of our discussions as a board are matters of optimizing the organization and improving the experiences of our fellow UTRID members. With our annual conference less than a month away, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce two proposed changes to the UTRID Bylaws, each requiring ratification by the membership. Voting will take place in our annual Business Meeting on Aug. 8th, in conjunction with the 2020 VISION Conference. 

Please review the information below and consider any points of discussion you may feel necessary to address in the Business Meeting. Please note that you must be a current member of UTRID and a voting member of RID to cast a vote in the UTRID Business Meeting.  

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Proposition  #1

As with any new experience, it can take time for someone entering a board position to learn the ropes and reach their greatest potential as they serve members of the organization. The proposed change will help give board members additional opportunity to continue to serve in their positions after learning the ropes, which is something that will help increase the effectiveness of the board.

As expected, it can take some time for recently elected members of the Board of Directors to find their stride in their new position. Proposition #1 will make it possible for members of the Board to continue serving in capacities even after becoming familiar with the operations of their role; this proposition intends to increase the effectiveness of the board.

Proposal

First, adjust the current term limit from 2 to 3 consecutive terms in one office. 

Secondly, increase the maximum number of consecutive terms in an executive office from 3 to 4. 

Please note: there will be no consecutive maximum of the total number of years that a MAL (Member at Large) may serve on the board, but they will be bound by the 3 consecutive terms in one office.

Article IV, Section 2:B of the UTRID Chapter Bylaws shall be revised to state:

No officer shall hold the same office for more than three (3) consecutive terms. In addition, no officer shall serve more than four (4) consecutive terms on the executive board of directors. 

The election schedule and terms of service shall continue as presently instituted:

Odd Years Even Years
President

Secretary

MAL (Student Involvement)

MAL (Public Relations/Membership Outreach)

MAL (Silent Weekend/Camp Planner)

Vice President

Treasurer

MAL (UAD Liason)

MAL (Conference Planner)

MAL (Professional Development)

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Proposition #2

As presently instituted, when a new member of the UTRID board is elected, the outgoing board member continues involvement for a 2-month transitional period. With the amount of responsibility designated to the role of President, we believe an additional system of support would benefit both the incoming President and the operations of UTRID.

Proposal: Change the outgoing term of transitional service for the president and create the title of Past President to serve in an advisory capacity with no voting rights.

Article IV, Section 2:D of the UTRID Chapter Bylaws shall be revised to state:

The Outgoing president shall be named Past President and continue to serve in an advisory capacity for 12 months, without voting privileges. All other outgoing Board members will serve an additional two months during the transitional period without voting privileges.    

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The proposals above will be made at the UTRID business meeting on Saturday, August 8th at Noon. If you have any points of concern regarding these proposals, please join us at the meeting.

Our conference planning committee continues to work hard to bring us a fantastic conference this historic year! Please visit the 2020 VISION One-stop Info Shop for additional information on the UTRID 2020 VISION Conference.

 Sincerely,

UTRID Board of Directors

2019 UTRID Conference | Business Meeting

Please join UTRID for our Annual Business Meeting

Aug 3, 2019 from 12:30-1:30

During UTRID’s business meeting I will share our yearly reports to the membership regarding the actions of the Board of Directors, the financial status of the organization, activities of the committees and other activities of UTRID.

We will also be voting for our board positions during the business meeting.

The best part about it?? FREE LUNCH for conference attendees, and time with me!!

See you all then!

Kimm Crosby-McConnachie
President