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Danette Horne
President 2017-2018

A Message from our MCRA President

Members,

As you may know, the court reporting program at Hinds Community College has now closed. NCRA has recently instituted a groundbreaking new program called the A to Z Intro to Machine Shorthand Program that is gaining a lot of momentum across the country. This program is a FREE six-to-eight-week introductory program designed to introduce potential students to the art of learning steno and what it takes to successfully complete a court reporting program. It’s basically a baseline introduction to court reporting where students will meet with a program facilitator one night/day a week for six to eight weeks. The students will be given a loaner steno machine (donated by NCRA) and are taught the basics of learning steno and writing on the machine. This is an amazing FREE opportunity for any potential court reporting students out there to get some hands-on training before actually making the commitment to enroll in an online training program.

Here’s where you come in: We’ve already had several potential participants from various parts of the state (Jackson, Tupelo, and Hattiesburg) show interest in participating in this program, and we expect even more. Now what we need are experienced court reporters in these areas and across other parts of the state who are willing to donate a few hours of their time and talent to facilitate the six-to-eight-week program in their area. You can also team up with other reporters and facilitate a program together so that you don’t have to worry about carrying the burden alone.

This informational video here fully explains how the program works, and here’s a link to FAQs. Please take a few minutes to visit and watch it, and please share it with as many people as possible.

If you are willing to participate in this program by either being a facilitator or mentor, or if you can donate an old machine you’re not using anymore, please contact our chairperson, Kati Vogt, at vogtkm@aol.com or our President, Danette Horne, danettehorne@yahoo.com as soon as possible. Participating in this program is a great way to give back to a profession that has given us so much, ensuring the future of court reporting in Mississippi.

Professionalism Measured by Excellence and Ethics. 

— Danette Horne, CCR
MCRA President, 2017-2018


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SATURDAY SEMINARS ARE BACK!

Updated on Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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SAVE THE DATE – OCTOBER 27-28, 2017

We have been to Nationals and are all fired up for our Fall Convention. We are excited to have our convention on a Saturday this year with an awesome program, so make sure you come and join us!

Huey Bang “Crowned” NCSA Chair

Updated on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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CONGRATULATIONS!

 

MCRA’s very own Huey Bang was recently crowned the new NCSA (National Committee of State Associations) chair while at the NCRA (National Court Reporters Association) Annual Convention in Las Vegas, NV, on August 9th, 2017. Congratulations to Huey, and we wish him much success!

To view the crowning moment, click on these links:  IMG_6485 IMG_6486

 

(Pictured are Huey Bang with MCRA President-Elect LaTanya Allen.)

Our 2017 Kay Ferguson Award Winner Is … Huey Bang!

Updated on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

IMG_6363KAY FERGUSON AWARD 2017

Volunteer service is sometimes a thankless job.  For the third time in its 51st-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.IMG_6364

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 26 years.  This leader served in:

️Louisiana – Director, Secretary, Vice President, President Elect, President

️Mississippi – Director, Vice President, President Elect, President, Parliamentarian (3x), 

️Mississippi Board of Certified Court Reporters – Three terms

NATIONAL SERVICE

National – Chief Examiner for RPR and RMR skills test for Louisiana

NCSA Regional Representative, NCSA Vice-Chair

NCRA’s Nominating Committee’s Choice for NCRA Director in 2016.

We could never say thank-you enough to this year’s recipient.  It is our 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, Huey Bang.

 

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