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

Secretary Amanda Richter Farewell VLog



Seasoned Interpreters Retreat: Season NOT Old!!



Announcing a Weekend Retreat!

Seasoned Interpreters Retreat: Seasoned NOT Old!!
November 8-10, 2013


Friendly Crossways
247 Littleton County Road, Harvard MA 01451-1445
(978) 456-9386


Friday: Arrival & Ice-breaker 5:00-9:00 PM (Hosted by the planning committee)

Saturday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM keynote/workshops, 

Saturnday Night: Storytelling and Social Time

Sunday 9:00 AM -12:00 PM workshop


Keynote Presenter:

Craig Andersen: The Past, Present and the Future of Interpreting

Featured Presenters:

Neil Glickman: Deaf Mental Health Care, Interpreters, Resilency and Recovery
Sharon Harrison: Deaf Perspective: A consumer’s reflections on working with both old and new interpreters.
Cathy Cogen and Trudy Schafer: Conversation Café
Bonnie Kraft: Mistress of Ceremonies; Sat night and closing remarks Sunday morning


**Food/Lodging/Workshop Registration included for the weekend**

Cost: $235.00


Questions can be directed to Sharon MacLean or Denise Martinez


Target Audience:

*40+ years on earth and/or 15+ years of interpreting experience.
Registration is limited to 50 participants.
After the initial registration period ends general registration will open for all interested participants.


***Registration Priorities and Availability-


Beyond Priorities stated below registration is on a first come-first serve basis due to the retreat center’s occupancy limits.

  • 1st Week Mass/MassRID Interpreters
  • 1+2nd Week 10 Slots for CDI specifically held
  • 2rd Week New England Interpreters
  • 3th week General Attendance opens


Workshop sponsored by MassRID and Advocates Inc. CEUs forth coming.

This is intended to be a fun, revitalizing and rejuvenating weekend to reflect, rejoice and renew our years of commitment to interpreting and the Deaf Community.

We look forward to registration and to seeing you at the retreat!

Coordinators: Bonnie Kraft, Sharon MacLean, Denise Martinez, Susan Stange


Registration Link:



Registration announcement:


Save the Date:

Profesional Discussion with MassRID



Hello MassRID,

We just received news that Shane Feldman, Executive Director of RID, will be in town Thursday, July 25!

MassRID's Board, along with Janice Cagen-Teuber (Region 1 Representative) invite you to join us! Although we realize this is last minute, we feel this unique opportunity is one you don't want to miss!

Shane Feldman and Dawn Whitcher (RID President Elect) will co-present. They will discuss current issues surrounding RID, what to expect in the near future, and will allow time for Q & A following their presentation.

WHEN?? July 25, 2013 7-9pm

WHERE??  220 Shillman Hall, Northeastern University

This Discussion will be conducted in ASL, no interpreters will be available.

We hope to see you there!

Meeting Minutes Now Available on MassRID Website




Announcement from MassRID Secretary: 

Meeting minutes from the most recent four general meetings (6/24/2012, 9/15/2012, 1/6/2013, 4/27/2013) are now available on our website. Please take a moment and read over the minutes and keep a record of any edits you may have. Bring your edits to the next MassRID General Meeting, scheduled to take place this fall in the Greater Boston Region, and propose them to the membership. If we make quorum at that meeting we will be able to formally vote on the meeting minutes.

Your MassRID Membership is expiring! Renew today or join for the first time!



It is that time again, to register for or renew your MassRID Membership!

MassRID's memberships follow the National RID cycle of July 1-June 30.  Therefore, for those who have been members for the 2012-2013 cycle your membership is expiring on June 30, 2013.  There are a two ways for you to register for the first time or renew your membership:

1) Print, complete and mail the attached membership form to the MassRID Membership Chair, Celia Mojica (address at bottom of form)


2) Renewing Members- Log into your MassRID account by following this link, navigate to the "My Profile" page, click on the "Make Payment" tab and pay your dues through PayPal

3) First-time Registering Members- Follow this link and complete the online form as well as pay your dues through Paypal

Please note: if you have any questions regarding membership please direct those questions to (Celia).

However, if you should have any questions regarding, or encounter any problems with, the online registration or renewal please direct those questions to (Emily).

Thank you!

Short Survey following up on April's General Meeting



Hello MassRID! We hope this email finds you well!

Amanda, MassRID's Secretary, has created a SHORT (10 question) survey (with a Vlog!!) asking for your feedback about MassRID, as well as the April General Meeting at The Learning Center.

The Vlog can also be found here
The survey can be found here 

We look forward to your feedback!!

Take care,
Cheryl R. Keeter, CI/CT, NAD IV
English/ASL Interpreter
MassRID Communications Committee Chair
Region 1 Silent Auction Committee Chair 2012

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

Question for the Membership from the Treasurer



In addition to the bank account that MassRID uses to run the organization, it also has an account used to hold profits from workshops that we have sponsored.

Apparently, several years ago MassRID was hoping to have a series of workshops in the areas of Legal, K-12 and Foundations.  $450 was gained from the initial Legal and K-12 workshops but the series was not continued.  Foundations has actually been offered multiple times and profits are currently at $3600.

Additionally, sometimes we are asked to handle the finances for someone in the community putting together a workshop. The profits we have from these are currently $1300.

The question the treasurer will be posing to the membership is – what to do with those profits?

At the April 27th business meeting MassRID would like to hear ideas from members regarding solutions for this issue. If you have any questions please ask beforehand so we can maximize discussion time during the meeting.

General Meeting Update - New Date



The MassRID General meeting will be on April 27th instead of June 1st. 

 Due to a conflict with a 3-day interpreting workshop, the MassRID Board decided it was best to find another date.

 April 27th from 9-4:30 at TLC in Framingaham
General Meeting from 9-12:30
Workshop from 1:30-4:30 - Presentation from ODSC "Our Deaf Sisters Center"

 Please save the date. More details to follow.

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