President’s Message

Relationships are very important.

It’s very important that CCRA have good relationships with other associations like the other Court Reporting Associations in both the State and throughout the country.  It’s also important that we have a strong relationship with SEIU, AFSCME and other labor groups because we work together.

It also must be a priority that we build stronger relationships with our court partners, the attorneys, paralegals, receptionists in law offices, our staff members where we work, and the judges that we work with.  And we’re going to work on that this year.

I have to say, though, the most important relationship we can have is with you, our members.  I want each and every one of you to know that we appreciate you.  We appreciate that you are members, that you care enough about your profession to be members.

CCRA cares about you and about your thoughts and visions for the court reporting profession.

I want you to know that we are here for you.  We want to be the people you go to for questions or ideas on how to protect and promote the reporting profession regardless of your career path.

Our website has our contact info.  My E‑mail address is Carolyn.dasher@cal-ccra.org.  On our Board of Directors page, you can find the e-mail address for the Director for your area.  Contact us any time.    The CCRA Board of Directors is comprised of an awesome team of reporters.  Build a relationship with your Board member. 

And, in case you didn't know, CCRA has a Face book page and a Twitter account.  The Cart and Captioning committee even has an Instagram account. 

Students. 
We need to give encouragement and support to the students in our court reporting community. 

Please mentor a student or let a student sit in with you or sponsor a student to attend CCRA’s Bootcamp or the CCRA convention.  We offer MOCK CSRs so they can get the confidence we all needed when we took our state exam.  There are so many different reporting facets to work in within our profession.  We need to support our students in every part of their education.

We will be building the legislative committee and action team.  They will work on legislative issues.  We need every county represented.  We need freelancers and CART/Captioners all over the state represented.  It is imperative that we work together to protect this age-old profession.

If you have any good ideas for legislation, questions or concerns, e-mail me or CCRA’s legislative chair Brooke Ryan brooke.ryan@cal-ccra  and we'll put it in front of the CCRA Legislative Council. 

This next year is not going to be any different.  We'll have phone calls to make.  We will letters to write.  We need to keep protecting and promoting the profession of court reporting in our beautiful State of California.   We need you, as members, to help us be effective up in the Capitol.

CCRA appreciates each and every one of you.
Carolyn J. Dasher, President