MassRID Call for Leadership




MassRID will hold elections in May 2014 for our four officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary & Treasurer.  We need nominations - please consider nominating yourself or someone you think would be a good candidate.  Since we have no nominations committee, please pass your nominations to me at
I will stay on as an ex officio member of the board and will help guide the new officers.  The regional reps will overlap the first year of the term of the new officers until May 2015.
This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, develop leadership, and work with a fantastic group of people who are committed to the growth of interpreting as a field and who will fight in support of Deaf people's rights. 
From our bylaws, the requirements to run for office:
  • Must be member in good standing of National RID
  • Must be general/voting member in good standing of MassRID for a minimum of one year immediately prior to becoming an officer
  • Must possess no conflict of interest
  • Must be a current resident of or work in Massachusetts

The duties of the Board of Directors:

  • To direct & coordinate the business of MassRID
  • To attend meetings of the Board
  • To attend General meetings
  • To appoint standing committee chairpersons and committee members
  • To appoint special committees when necessary to carry out the functions of MassRID
  • To serve as Board Liaisons to standing committees
  • To appoint members to serve as representatives to related associations and agencies

Duties of the President:

  • To preside at all general & board meetings of MassRID
  • To attend to and bring to the attention of the Board & Membership all business of MassRID
  • To appoint Board Members to serve as Board Liaisons to standing and ad hoc committees
  • To represent MassRID at appropriate professional activities
  • To serve as a Board Liaison to one or more standing or ad hoc committees, if needed.

Duties of the Vice President:

  • To assist the President in duties relevant to the business of MassRID
  • To serve as a Board Liaison to one or more standing or ad hoc committees
  • To oversee the CEU system
  • To assist the President with any duties as necessary
  • In the absence or disability of the President, the Vice President shall assume all duties of the President

Duties of the Secretary:

  • To keep complete & accurate records of all general & board meetings of the organization
  • To send copies of all minutes to board members
  • To have approved all final versions of the minutes before they are printed for publication/added to the secretary’s book
  • May have the authority to sign checks in addition to the Treasurer & President
  • To serve as a Board Liaison to one or more standing or ad hoc committees
  • To assist the President with any duties as necessary

Duties of the Treasurer:

  • To collect the moneys of MassRID and make disbursements
  • To collect members’ dues and pass membership information to the Membership Committee
  • To sign checks
  • To file all appropriate tax forms, state & federal
  • To keep accurate records of the organization’s financial business
  • To make financial reports for all meetings
  • To serve as a Board Liaison to one or more standing or ad hoc committees
  • To assist the President with any duties as necessary

A Message to Current Voting MassRID Members Regarding the Current Electonic Ballot

Hi everyone, this is a message for current MassRID Voting Members. Some of you already know this so please bear with me, but to those of you who don't already know: MassRID has recently sent out an electronic vote ballot for the current MassRID Board. 

If you've already gotten the ballot, already voted, etc, thank you! If you haven't gotten the ballot and have no idea what I'm talking about: this message is for you. Unfortunately some member information, including up-to-date email address, is out of date so you may not have received a ballot for that reason. Part of what we're doing here is updating that member information that has fallen out of date. 

So, if you have NOT received an electronic ballot from MassRID at I have three requests: first, please just check your inbox again on the off chance that you missed it. If it's not there please check your spam or trash folder to confirm that you didn't receive it. If you still don't find it please send me an email at immediately.  The eBallot closes on April 20, 2013 at midnight so please don't delay. Once you email me I can work with you to identify and hopefully resolve the problem. Worst case scenario if we cannot resolve the issue we can move onto one of our alternate options for casting your vote in the MassRID board election.

And please, if you know other voting members of MassRID PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION! It's possible that they as well have out of date information in our membership database and/or have missed this vote!

Of course, if you have any questions please contact me, Emily Kohler at

New MassRID Officers


Announcing our new MassRID Officers! As your newest Past-President, I’d like to announce that Joan Wattman will be our new President.

Our officers are:

  • Amanda Moyer, Vice President
  • Letitia Bynoe, Secretary
  • Cat Dvar, returning as Treasurer

Also, we have a new Northeast Region Representative: Lucillle Traina.

Congratulations to the new Officers!

Thank you,

Denise Martinez & Joan Wattman

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