A Message from our MCRA President
It was such a pleasure to see all who were able to attend this year’s Mississippi Court Reporters Association Fall Seminar. As is always the case at our seminars, we have taken in a wealth of information and ideas, while having fun and socializing with our colleagues from across our wonderful state.
I would like to extend a special thank you on behalf of all of our members to Linda Beasley, Theresa Lumley, and all of the MCRA Board members and committee members who worked to help make this event a success. The time and energy they put into these seminars is indeed invaluable and greatly appreciated.
I’m confident that those of you who attended the conference found all of our guest speakers to be entertaining and informative, and benefitted in some way from the seminars.
Now it is time to turn our attention toward our upcoming spring seminar which will be held at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino on our beautiful Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi. The 2017 spring seminar is scheduled for April 26 through April 28. Remember to watch the website for registration information.
In closing, please feel free to contact me with any questions, ideas, or suggestions you have for MCRA.
Professionalism Measured by Excellence and Ethics.
— Becky Lynn Logan, RPR, CCR
MCRA President, 2016-2017
Volunteer service is sometimes a thankless job. For the second time in its 50-year history, MCRA has established an award that will be presented to an outstanding MCRA member who has demonstrated unwavering loyalty to this association and profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, service, and commitment to MCRA, and for tackling the challenges in the court reporting profession thus allowing court reporters of Mississippi the opportunity to shine and prosper.
The Kay Ferguson Award is in honor of the Late Kay Ferguson who was instrumental in the development and growth of MCRA as well as other areas of Mississippi Court Reporting
Ms. Kay worked in the Mississippi State Courts for 48 years, with 13 years with the Mississippi Workmen’s Compensation and the rest of the time with the Mississippi Chancery Court with Judge Joe Stennett and Judge Stuart Robinson. She was a Chairman with the NSRA (which is now NCRA), an MCRA Committee member, Vice-President, and President. She was a native of Crystal Springs, MS; graduated from high school there; and received her BS Degree from Mississippi College for Women in 1955.
Ms. Kay was very active in MCRA. She produced printed newsletters to the association – this was way before computers, email, text messages, and Web sites. She was active in the 1976 legislative efforts to get a pay raise for officials. They were trying to get a boost to $14,000 a year from the ceiling stipend of $9,600. Every chance she could, Ms. Kay would encourage the MCRA members to join the National Association. NSRA answered Kay’s call for assistance on some things, and Kay thought it would be really something if all MCRA members were also NSRA members – to be the first state to show such support in return.
In 1974, Ms. Kay was asked by Mississippi Governor Bill Waller to serve Mississippi in the capacity of Commissioner on the Mississippi Criminal Justice Standards Commission. This Commission had the tasks of studying the criminal justice system and its effect on crime rates as well as a few other tasks. Kay also received correspondence from Lieutenant Governor Gandy and Governor-Elect Finch on various topics, including speaking to MCRA members at conventions.
Also in 1974, Ms. Kay was extensively involved as a member of the Task Force of an In-Depth Study of Court Reporter Practices in Mississippi. She was also a key player in the establishment of the court reporting program at Ole Miss. She along with a few others traveled to Temple University to visit their court reporting program as well as held meetings at Ole Miss with Deans, professors, and key people from Chicago and Philadelphia.
In a letter dated July 17, 1975, from James M. Pierce, Courts Specialist, in the Division of Law Enforcement Assistance of the Office of the Governor, stated, “If this matter is successfully concluded, I feel that all of the court reporters as well as court personnel in general, owe you a beer or a medal or something for your acute interest and for your leadership in getting something started in this field that can result in a much improved court reporting system and a much improved overall court system.”
Ms. Kay is no longer with us. She passed away in December of 2012. I only wish I knew her and about her achievements sooner so I could thank her in person for everything she has done for us, and definitely buy her a beer during what her generation called “The Attitude Adjustment Hour” – or what we call Happy Hour now.
I’m very proud of MCRA for establishing this award. This year’s Kay Ferguson Award goes to a reporter who has been reporting for 28 years and has been an MCRA member for 27 of those years. This leader was Co-chair of the CE Committee from 1998-2000, Committee Chair from 2000-2003, VP 2003-2004, 2004-2005 President Elect, 2005-2006 President, 2005 she served on the the MJC Search Committee, 2012-2016 CE Committee Chair, and she has been a mentor to students for so long we couldn’t calculate that!!
We could never say thank-you enough to this year’s recipient.
It is my absolute honor to award the highest honor given to an MCRA member, the Kay Ferguson Award, to an awesome behind-the-scenes HUGE contributor of our association…..Ms. Theresa Lumley.
Congratulations to Rick Barry of Meridian, Elected President-Elect of The Mississippi Bar. Rick’s term as President-Elect will begin at the conclusion of the 2016 Annual Meeting held in July.
Photo: MCRA President Melinda Bowers presents MBA President-Elect Rick Barry with a cake.
Join MCRA at Easely Amused for an abstract painting of our steno keyboard Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The class accommodates 40 artists; so reserve your spot ASAP, as we’re sure these seats will go fast. Once we have 40, we’ll start a waiting list to fill any cancellations. Your spot is secure once we receive your $40 class fee.
The fastest method to reserve your spot is through our online store here –> mscra.com/store/. Once there, click on “general payment” and pay $40.
*** Bring your wine; we’ll have the cheese and grapes! ***
For Ridgeland location, please visit easelyamused.com or MCRA’s Upcoming Events section on our home page.
MCRA looks forward to seeing you there!