Saturday 6/25 General Meeting Cancelled



I'm sorry to announce that we need to cancel the meeting Saturday because my officers on the Board are incapacitated by health and family crises and we would be better prepared in the fall. We will regroup and send out a new date. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes members who planned to come and moved around other events to accommodate this schedule. I truly appreciate your support of MassRID and ask for your good thoughts.

Joan Wattman CSC, CI/CT, SC:L
MassRID President

MassRID General Meeting - 5/31/15 at DEAF Inc.



Hello MassRID Members!


Hope everyone is ready for the next MassRID General meeting and that you are enjoying the spring weather that has finally arrived!


Here’s the information:


When:  Sunday, May 31, 2015

Time:  9am-12 PM (registration & coffee, 8:30 am)

Where:  DEAF Inc., 215 Brighton Ave, Allston

we will have a potluck lunch so please bring items to share 


Following the meeting is a free workshop from 1-4pm about Phrasal Verbs presented by Patrick Costello and Lana Cook.


The workshop description and vlog is posted on the Mass RID website so you can take a look and get excited about this topic!  The presenters will do a great job, we are sure!


Hope to see you all there!


Proxy Procedure:


If you are not attending the general meeting, please assign a proxy to a voting member.  Members can carry two proxies only and cannot split proxies.  To assign proxies, contact the attending member and ask if they’re willing to carry your proxy (they don’t need to be from your region).  You can fax/email or hand the form (found on website) with your signature to your proxy holder.  Or you can just email the proxy holder stating that you’re assigning them a proxy for this specific date of this general meeting with your RID number and your email counts as a legal signature.  Copy the membership chair and the secretary on your email.  Proxies can even be assigned via email up to and during the meeting prior to the quorum being counted.  Membership is and secretary is at



Anne Freeman, NIC

Letita Bynoe, NIC

Co-Reps, Greater Boston Region

Mass RID

MassRID General meeting and Workshop on Oct 18, 2014 in Framingham

Hello MassRID members!

The next MassRID General meeting will take place on Saturday, October 18th at Advocates in Framingham from 9-4; please attend!

We're voting for new board members, hoping for a quorum, and a great workshop are all happening on October 18.

Elections for Officers will be held during the MassRID General Meeting. 

The positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer are open for nominations.

There are also openings for Regional Representatives for the Northeast & West (co-rep) areas.

In order to be an officer, the candidate must been a MassRID voting member (screened/certified) for a minimum of one year immediately prior to being elected.

The candidate must be a member of National RID and she/he must be a current resident of or work in Massachusetts. 

In order to be a Region Rep, the candidate must have been a MassRID voting member (screened/certified) for a minimum of one year immediately prior to being elected. 

The candidate must be a member of National RID and she/he must be a current resident of the region represented, having lived in the region for at least one year prior.

You may make nominations prior to or during this General Meeting.

Beth Lucey will be presenting the afternoon workshop "Why 2? Justifying the Needs for Deaf-Hearing teams"

Here is a great Vlog from Beth regarding the workshop 

Here are the details for the General meeting:

Fall General meeting

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: Advocates Inc, 1881 Worcester Road (Route 9 West), Framingham, MA 01701

Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. to register 

9:00-12:00 Business Meeting

Note about proxys for voting members that cannot attend:

Please assign a proxy to a voting member who will be attending the meeting. 

Members can carry two proxies only and cannot split proxies, (i.e. all votes must be 'Yea' or 'Nay'). To assign proxies, contact the attending member and ask if they're willing to carry your proxy (they don't need to be in your region). You can fax/mail/hand the form (found here on website) with your signature to your proxy holder. Or you can email the proxy holder with your RID # and a statement saying you have assigned them as your proxy for the Fall 2014 General Meeting (your email counts as a legal signature). Copy the membership chair on your email. Proxies can even be assigned via email up to and during the meeting prior to the quorum being counted. Membership is at

12:00-1:00 Pot Luck Lunch - please bring something to share

1:00-4:00 Workshop presented by Beth Lucey "Why 2? Justifying the Needs for Deaf-Hearing teams"

ASL Vlog:


Thank you and hope to see you there. Bring a friend!

Region 1 Conference Logo Contest



Logo Design Contest


RID is an organization of Sign Language Interpreters. We will celebrate our 50th Anniversary at our 2014 Region I Conference this summer. 


Our regional conference is a time when sign language interpreters gather to exchange ideas and learn from each other and the Deaf community so that we provide the best interpreting services we can.

We are pleased to announce a contest to design a conference logo that fits our 2014 RID Region I Conference Theme:

‘Weaving Golden Threads: A Tapestry for Tomorrow’

The winner will receive a T-shirt and Bag featuring the logo they submitted.



  • Open to any Deaf or hard of hearing student in a grade school or a high school
  • Located in Region I (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, WV)


  • Students must be Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

  • Complete and submit the Application with signature of the student’s parent or guardian.

  • All creations must be original and shall not include any copyrighted images.

  • Logo Submissions must be sent as a JPG or PNG file

  • Limit of one entry per student.

  • Send as an attachment to

  • Submissions due by April 30, 2014 11:59 p.m. EST


All submissions become the property of RID, Inc. The winning submission will appear on all Region I Conference correspondence and promotional materials.


The name of the winner will be listed in the program book and announced at the conference.


For more information contact:

Janice Cagan-Teuber, RID Region I Representative

(please see vlog above)


Please see the links below for the application, rules, and flyer




























General Meeting Agenda 10/5/2013


General Meeting Agenda 10/5/13

1. Call To Order 9:00-9:01

2. Count the quorum 9:01-9:10

3. Approval of the minutes (4/27/13, 1/6/13, 9/15/12, 6/24/12) 9:10-9:30

4. Officer Reports (60 minutes)

a. President – 9:30-9:40
b. Vice President (Covered by President) 9:40-9:41
c. Treasurer- 9:41-9:51
d. Secretary– 9:51-10:00

5. Region/Student Representative Reports

a. SE/CC – 10:00-10:03
b. NE – (Covered by President) 10:03-10:06
c. Central – 10:06-10:09
d. West – (Covered by President) 10:09-10:12
e. Boston – 10:12-10:15 
f. RDI- 10:15-10:17
g. NU- 10:17-10:19
h. NECC- 10:19-10:21

6. National RID Board Reports

a. Region I Rep- JCT 10:21-10:26
b. IDP Member Section Region I Rep- Naomi Berlove 10:26-10:31
c. Deaf Caucus National Chair- Stephanie Clark 10:31-10:36

7. Committees

a. Professional Development- (Covered by Secretary) 10:36-10:38
b. Communications- 10:38-10:43
c. CMP- 10:43- 10:48
d. Membership- 10:48-10:52
e. Scholarship- 10:52-10:56
f. Nominations Committee- (Covered by President) 10:56-10:57
g. Fundraising- (Covered by President) 10:57-10:58

8. Old Business 10:58-10:58

a. No old business

9. New Business 10:58-11:45

a. Motions from the floor

i. The Communicator
i. Out of State Referral (Susan Stange) 11:00-11:22
ii. National Deaf Interpreter Conference (Gigi Doran) 11:22-11:45

10. Meeting Adjourned 11:45

11. Announcements 11:45-11:47

• Winter General Meeting Sunday, January 12th

• Cultivating New Leadership for our Spring 2014 officer elections

12. MCDHH 11:47-12:00


A Message from our President

Regarding the Upcoming MassRID Business Meeting

The MassRID board is energized from the membership's participation in our January member forum and the feedback we've received about the organization.

We want to move forward, serving you and making positive change in Mass - working as allies with the Deaf community, supporting our Deaf interpreters, our educational interpreters, our interpreting students and the young professionals just coming into the field.

To that end, we need to VOTE on several important issues at our April meeting:  electing new regional representatives, changing the bylaws to allow for more ease of reaching quorum at future meetings, and making decisions about how our budget will be spent. Each region is a locus for our colleagues to meet and share dialogue about the issues that concern them the most. It's essential to have our business meetings be places where we can introduce topics, bringing them to discussion and voting.  And it's important that every member knows what money is available to them for professional development and has a voice in guiding our organization's decisions.
For this reason, we need to reach a quorum in April.  We have 161 voting members at last count.  One third, 54 members, must be represented at the meeting live or by proxy.  Because we are still constrained by the bylaw that requires two-thirds of the quorum to be in-person voters, we MUST have at least 36 voting members in attendance, with a maximum of 18 proxies held (limit of two proxies per voting member).

We will be voting EARLY in the agenda, as soon as we count the quorum (all reports will be sent by email to the membership prior to the meeting to save time on-site: officers, regional representatives, committee chairs), so if you have other commitments later in the day, please consider coming at 9am, voting, and then leaving!

Thank you for helping to support MassRID so that we can support the interpreters of Massachusetts.

Joan N. Wattman
MassRID President
MassRID General Meeting
April 27th, 2013
The Learning Center for the Deaf, Framingham, MA



  • 9:15 AM: Call to order
  • Count quorum
    **In order to be an official meeting, we need to reach quorum.**
  • Discussion facilitated by president:
    • State rate meeting in February
    • What MassRID does for the membership
  • 9:35 AM: Voting 
    • Bylaws Change: Motion: Article VI Section 5.5 be deleted.
      Rationale: Article VI Section 5.5: Proxy Votes currently reads: "Total number of proxies cannot comprise more than one third of the total votes for any given meeting."  Although the concept behind it is good, this method is unworkable in a general meeting. Deleting it is the easiest way of fixing the logistical problems we’ve had at the last few meeting
    • Regional Representative Elections:
      • Greater Boston
      • Northeast
      • Southeast/ Cape Cod
      • Central
      • West
    • Educational Interpreters Membership
      Reduced rate for first year educational interpreters’ membership (i.e. introductory membership)?
  • 10:30 AM: Treasurer’s Report
    ** Please see full explanation of monetary issues on the website (VLog) and in The Communicator, come prepared to discuss.**
    • Money that is not earmarked
    • Membership discussion on how to best use this money
  • 11:00 AM: MCDHH Report 
  • 11: 30 AM: Wraparound Program Presentation: Ivy Velez

MassRID General Meeting this Sunday!



This Sunday, January 6, 2013 MassRID will be holding a General Meeting at Beverly School for the Deaf from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. The address, parking information and a schedule is below.

Beverly School for the Deaf is located at 6 Echo Avenue, Beverly, MA 01915.  

Parking is accessed from Overlook Street. (From Elliot Street you turn onto Echo St. and make the first left to get onto Overlook Street and into the parking lot.)

Also, please take a moment to mark the next MassRID meeting on your calendars - Saturday June 1, 2013 at The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, MA.

General Meeting Sunday, January 6, 2013

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM: 

Business Meeting 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: 

Potluck Lunch

1:00 PM- 5:00 PM:
























Membership Forum - "What Can MassRID Do For You? What Can You Do For MassRID?" Discussion to be facilitated by Christopher Robinson

Technology is changing at a lightning pace; this affects our profession profoundly - from how we earn our CEUs to how some of us do our work. It's time for us, as a whole, to come together and see in what direction our organization should be heading. We need your help.After two years of various empty Rep seats, several committees without

members, and often not meeting quorum we're turning to you. We'd like everyone to get togerher to build a better MassRID and we're inviting everyone! People who haven't been to a meeting in a long time, people who come to each meeting, those who've never come to meeting, those who may not feel welcome; everyone who has, had, or will be part of our profession.

We Want You! (Or at least we'd really, really like you,) to bring your ideas, dreams, comments, questions, and suggestions as to what we can do to better the MassRID experience.

Can you picture it? A MassRID meeting you attend, not only for CEUs but because you're looking forward to the witty repartee and the interesting topics! A MassRID where you feel heard and you can get answers to your questions, hear about the latest topics, what laws are affecting or may effect our work, and what we can do to assist each other in our efforts to become better interpreters.

Please consider joining us for this momentous meeting that, we hope, will change the way we run our organization.

If you are unable or unwilling to come to this meeting please consider filling out a survey, completely anonymously if you choose, to help us toward our goal. The survey can be found under "Documents" or by clicking the link here.





June 2012 MCDHH SAC Meeting Update



On June 7, 2012 from 6p - 8, the MCDHH Statewide Advisory Council met. 

            I asked about MCDHH's communication plan.  It recently
wrote a contract that allows it to make accessible vlogs (English, ASL,
and English captioning). The cost of a typical vlog is about $500, most
of the cost of which is translation expenses, so vlogs must be made
judiciously given budget restraints.  On a related note, the translation
of materials from English to ASL (or ASL to English) is costly.  For
example, the translation of the interpreter contract, or perhaps the
interpreter manual, into ASL would cost $20,000.  This does not mean the
pursuit of bilingual materials is futile.  Given the situation, a way
has to be found.

            Given the current economic climate and funding cuts over
the last few years, I asked whether it was time to bring in an external
organizational consultant.  MCDHH responded that a consultant had been
considered but was too expensive.  They report they have done their own
internal assessments and have four priority areas to help them achieve
their vision.  Information about the priority areas (Effective
Government, Community Connected Services, Education, and Workforce
Development) can be found under mission and vision on the website:
With these remarks I am still left wondering about effective
communication.  MCDHH no longer has a newsletter, and it has no person
or department responsible for active and intentional dissemination of
information, great and small.  What have been your experiences in
communication with the Commission? 

            At the meeting, we discussed the Deaf Child's Rights
Bill, which has been in formulation for about 15 years and which has
finally reached an iteration that has the potential to be passed by the
legislature.  The SAC reviewed the bill and made recommendations to the
Commissioner supporting the bill as written. 

            Good news from the interpreter referral department: the
department will soon acquire new software for interpreter referral that
should greatly improve the booking process for everyone involved. 
Roll-out should begin the fall and early winter.

            As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact me at
SAC meetings are open to the public, so feel free to attend.  Please
notify MCDHH of your intention to attend.  The SAC is always in search
of new members, and if you're interested, consider applying.  Members
include Deaf and hard of hearing people, interpreters, educators of Deaf
students, individuals who work at independent living centers, and
more.  If you're interested, contact me. 

            That's all for now.  Thanks all.




Region I Conference

Atlantic City, New Jersey ♦ July 26–29



The Conference Planning Committee is seeking Deaf and hearing interpreters in good standing with RID to provide quality interpreting services for our conference participants.

Requirements for consideration:

 ♦  Interpreters must hold valid certification from RID or NAD

 ♦ A letter of interest including your preference for a full or part-time position, as well as your strengths and weaknesses.

 ♦ Resume/CV highlighting any platform and/or conference experience

 ♦ A 10-minute, unrehearsed video demonstrating your English-to-ASL and your ASL-to-English interpreting skills.

 ♦ Interpreters with knowledge, skill, and experience working with Deaf-Blind/low vision individuals are encouraged to apply.

Applications must be received by May 4, 2012.

Submit all documents electronically to: –hard copies of these documents will not be accepted.
Videos may be uploaded to YouTube or via email attachment.
Please direct questions to the Region One Interpreter Coordinators: Jana Owen and Maria Micioni at, or for more information visit the Region I Conference page.

MassRID Announcements: General Meeting & Online Registration

Announcing our next General Business Meeting!

Where: 51 Wood Ave, Gil MA (Map)

When: Sunday September 18th, 2011

9am-12pm Professional Dialogue: Revisiting Standard Practices (CEUs available)

This will be a discussion led by Nathan Fowler and Evelyn Shields regarding our Standard Practices as Interpreters. Prior to their first meeting at Deaf Inc., Nathan and Evelyn conducted a survey regarding the decisions we make as interpreters and how we come to those decisions. Do we, in fact, follow "standard practices"?. Please click the blue links in this sentence if you'd like to see the report summary of their survey, and/or the notes from the first group discussion.

12pm-1pm Pot Luck (please contact Cat Dvar at regarding what to bring)

1pm-5pm General Business Meeting (agenda TBA)

Online Membership Registration is here!

I'm excited to announce the ability to join or renew membership with MassRID via!

To join/renew your MassRID membership online, please click on the Join MassRID link on the main page, underneath our main photo. This wil bring you to the registration page. Please fill in all required information, otherwise your submission will not be accepted.

Near the bottom of the first page, you'll notice this section:

When you create a profile by joining, other members (and only other members, not the general public) will be able to search for you via our new database. You have control over which items (phone numbers, addresses, etc) other members will be able to view when they search for you. As you can see above, all of the items are checked because by default this will make them all private. Please UNCHECK whichever pieces of information you wish to share with other members.

Once you've finished this page, please click submit and you'll be brought to this page:

Here you will choose your membership type (General/Student/Supporting/Organizational). Once you've selected, click on Pay Now and you'll be brought to Paypal. Via Paypal you can pay for your membership using a Paypal account or by using a credit card. Once you've made a payment, you'll receive a confirmation email. Within a few hours you'll receive an email from welcoming you and giving you your username and password. From there you can go to and login, change your password, add a profile photo (optional), and search the database for other members.

Note: once you have registered the first time, you will not need to do so again each year to renew. Instead, you'll be able to renew on the website by logging into your profile and making a new payment.

Thank you!

~Aaron Malgeri

MassRID WebGuy

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