A Message from our MCRA President
It is a special honor and a privilege to begin my term as president of the Mississippi Court Reporters Association. Our outgoing president, Sheila McKinney, deserves an enormous thank you from all of us for guiding our association so fantastically. She has been a terrific role model, and her shoes will be impossible to fill. Luckily, for all of us, Sheila will continue to serve as an officer of the association for an additional year in the role of immediate-past president. I am especially grateful that I will be able to rely on her wise counsel during my term and for our lifelong friendship that was cultivated and nurtured through our service to MCRA.
Not only have our members benefited from our involvement, but we, along with other board members, have all become lifelong friends. This pattern was overwhelmingly evident during the officer installation luncheon at the spring convention as the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Kay Ferguson Award were presented. The presentations brought tears to the eyes of many in the room and exhibited the strength behind our association. The rewards of association involvement are priceless. So if you are not involved in our association, you are really missing out!!!! Please contact me about serving. We can talk about your interests and find the perfect place for you to utilize your gifts and talents. Take my word for it, you will receive so much more than you could ever give.
I am looking forward to working for and on behalf of each of you this year. I encourage members, new as well as seasoned, to share your ideas, needs, and concerns with MCRA so that we may continue serving you, our members, to the best of our abilities. I am excited about continuing the good works of MCRA, planning and planting seeds for our future.
In closing, I encourage each one of you to reflect on your talents and what you could bring to our association. Make the personal decision to give back to a profession that has given so much to you. I look forward to serving as president of this wonderful association.
Professionalism Measured by Excellence and Ethics.
— Melinda K. Bowers, CCR
MCRA President, 2015-2016
The National Court Reporters Association challenged all state associations to a friendly competition in promoting the profession to potential or current students, strategic alliances, legislators, and the public at large. From August 1, 2014, through March 1, 2015, each state association was asked to participate in events and then submit details from those events to receive credit/points towards the competition. Events included participating in career days at local high schools, legislative recognition of Court Reporting & Captioning Week, etc. There was no limit on the amount of entries a state could receive. Read More
Pictured in Photo (L to R): President Melinda Bowers, President-Elect Becky Lynn Logan, Vice-President Todd Davis, Zone 2 Director Christy Littlejohn-Adair, Zone 4 Director Kati Vogt, Secretary Libby Furr, Director at Large 1 Nancy Farris, Zone 3 Director Laurie Abraham, Parliamentarian Huey Bang, Zone 1 Director Julie Mims, and Treasurer Danette Horne.
Not pictured: Director at Large 2 Hope McCoy.
Photo taken by Immediate Past President Sheila McKinney.
The 2015 Student Scholarship winner was announced at the 44th Annual Spring Court Reporters Convention in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Congratulations, Katelyn Berch!
Pictured in photo (L to R): Melissa Magee, MCRA Mentor Program Coordinator; Caitlyn Prewitt, Student; Angeli English, Student and 2014 Student Scholarship Recipient; Katelyn Berch, Student and 2015 Student Scholarship Recipient; Danette Horne, MCRA Treasurer; and Sheila McKinney, 2014-2015 MCRA President.