BCCRA MEETING MINUTES
May 14, 2020 | Zoom
BCCRA MEETING VIA ZOOM
(Thursday, May 14, 2020, 6:00 p.m.)
I. Welcome and Call to Order
Started at 6:02 p.m.
II. Introduction of Speakers: Jeff Rinard & Michele Henricks
Jeff Rinard and Michele Henricks started at 6:05 p.m.
Meeting called to order at 7:36 p.m.
III. Approval of the Minutes – (April 16, 2020)
Motion made to waive reading of minutes from April 16, 2020.
Seconded and passed.
IV. Treasurer’s Report – Kathy Hoffman
Financial report read by Kathy Hoffman
V. New Business
A. Student Committee (Jessica Butts)
1. Award of $250 Scholarship Winner - Anna Mar
2. Future $250 Scholarships for 3 Students – Will talk about this at next meeting
3. New Student Forum Page on our Website
B. Legislative Reception
Possible reception via zoom online for 30 minutes.
Possible drive-by parade.
C. Future Meeting Dates
1. June, July, August, October & November, Speakers
Going to have meetings in the summer, none opposed
2. September (Legislative Reception)
3. December (Christmas Party)
D. Future CE Topics
Auto Indexing, Briefs, CPA, Daily Copy, Excel, Freelance/Official, Organizational Skills, Preparing Appeals,
Retirement, Software Training, Speed Building Skills, Stress Management, Tech Gadgets, Technology, Zoom
A. TCRA Update
Annual Convention July 23-25 Denton TX
TCRA convention still on, possible via online. You can register online now.
B. TEXDRA Update (Cindy Hyatt)
TEXDRA giving guidance on remote depositions, on Zoom depositions, on certification and notice pages.
Also began working really hard with legislative representative, lobbyist. Preparing agenda on what’s needed to be prepared for legislation next session.
C. NCRA Update
Annual Convention Aug 6-9 Orlando, FL
Motion made to adjourn.
Meeting adjourned at 8:11 p.m.
April 16, 2020 | Zoom
BCCRA MEETING VIA ZOOM
(Thursday, April 16, 2020, 6:00 p.m.)
Welcome and Call to Order
Meeting called to order at 6:00 p.m.
Board members present: Mary Berry, Judy Jenkins Stewart, Kathy Hoffman, Carol Castillo, Kensie Benoit and Stephanie Guthrie
Acknowledge Past Presidents, Reps for TCRA, TEXDRA, and NCRA
Approval of the Minutes – (January 16, 2020)
Motion to waive reading of minutes from January 16,2020,meeting
Seconded and passed
Financial report read by Kathy Hoffman
Court Reporting and Captioning Week Events
Proclamation, A to Z Rodeo Captions, SAC Visit, Social & Valentine’s Breakfast
Fiesta Medals Update given by Judy Jenkins Stewart
A to Z Update given by Angeliz Rivera
Since September 2019 ,138 participants registered, 99 started the program and 64 completed the program.
Student Committee (Jessica Butts)
Update on Mentorship Program
Scholarship Essay Title & Rules
Four 250-dollar scholarships, must be enrolled in CR school or program, testing at 140 wpm, must hold 2020 BCRA membership and turn in essay: Explain in detail how you have and/or continue to overcome adversity, such as the current international health crisis, in both individual and collaborative ways during your experience as a court reporting student and how you can remain effective during such times as a student and/or even as a professional court reporter (substituting any court reporting students'/professionals' names with fictitious names, if necessary, to remain anonymous for evaluation purposes).
Future Meeting Dates & Speakers
May 14th (Jeff Rinard & Michele Henricks) for 1.5 CEs
August 13th (Speaker)
September 10th (Legislative Reception)
October 8th (Speaker)
December (Christmas Party)
TCRA Update (Erminia Uviedo)
Annual Convention July 23-25 Denton TX
Convention still going forward. In the event it doesn’t, looking at virtual options.
TEXDRA Update (Cindy Hyatt)
Successful meet and greet before COVID-19
TEXDRA providing guidance and recommendations on how to handle Zoom meetings, how to swear witnesses in, monthly newsletter and working with lobbyist for next legislative session.
NCRA Update (Kristin Anderson)
Annual Convention Aug 6-9 Orlando, FL
NCRA Townhall with President, Max Curry, April 18, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. CST.
Stenopalooza update, May 2, 2020.
No plans to change Orlando Convention at this point.
Motion made to adjourn the meeting.
Seconded and passed.
Meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.
SPEAKER: MR. DANIEL GOMEZ (1.0 CE HR. PENDING)
38 members present for CE credit
January 16, 2020 | Luby's Cafeteria
BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: MARY BERRY, KATHY HOFFMAN, STEPHANIE GUTHRIE, AND KENSIE BENOIT
MEETING CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:18 P.M.
II. ACKNOWLEDGED PAST PRESIDENTS, TCRA, TEXDRA & NCRA REPS
III. FORMAL ACCLAMATION OF BCCRA 2020 OFFICERS
MOTION MADE THAT THE 2020 SLATE OF NOMINEES (PRESIDENT, MARY BERRY; VP, JUDY STEWART;
SECRETARY, KENSIE BENOIT; TREASURER, KATHY HOFFMAN; HISTORIAN, STEPHANIE GUTHRIE; PAST PRESIDENT, CAROL CASTILLO) THAT WERE ACCEPTED IN DECEMEBER 2019 BE DECLARED DULY INSTALLED AS THE 2020 BCCRA OFFICERS; SECONDED AND PASSED.
IV. 2020 BOARD INTRODUCED
V. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – (NOVEMBER 14, 2019)
MOTION MADE TO ACCEPT THE MEETING MINUTES FOR NOVEMBER 14, 2019; SECONDED AND PASSED.
VI. TREASURER’S REPORT
KATHY HOFFMAN GAVE THE TREASURER'S REPORT WITH REGARDS TO THE GOLF TOURNAMENT.
INCOME RECEIVED FROM SPONSORSHIPS AND PLAYERS WAS $25,178. EXPENSES WERE OVER $15,000. WE
MOTION MADE TO AMEND THE NOVEMBER’S MEETING MINUTES TO REFLECT HOW MUCH THE GOLF TOURNAMENT MADE: INCOME $25,178, EXPENSES $15,000, AND PROFIT $10,000; SECONDED AND PASSED.
MOTION MADE TO AMEND THE NOVEMBER’S MEETING MINUTES AND ADD THE TRIPLE THREAT SEMINAR’S INCOME OF $7,154 AND EXPENSES OF $6,968; SECONDED AND PASSED.
KATHY HOFFMAN CONTINUED WITH THE TREASURER'S REPORT.
MOTION MADE TO ACCEPT THE TREASURER’S REPORT; SECONDED AND PASSED.
VII. INFORMATIONAL ONLY
ANNOUNCEMENT: AWESOME CHRISTMAS PARTY AND TWO $500 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS WERE KATELYN VAN SLYCKE AND ANGELICA ROMERO
VIII. OLD BUSINESS
A TO Z UPDATE:
MOTION MADE FOR DISTRIBUTION OF $2,000 OF $5,000 APPROVED IN 2019 TO BE RELEASED TO THE SAN ANTONIO A TO Z PROGRAM ON AN AS-NEEDED BASIS; SECONDED AND PASSED.
IX. NEW BUSINESS
ANNOUNCEMENT MADE BY MS. WOODARD THAT SAC’S COURT REPORTING PROGRAM STARTED 50 YEARS AGO. THEY HAVE 63 NEW THEORY STUDENTS THIS SEMESTER AND EXPRESSED HER GRATITUDE TO SAN ANTONIO’S A TO Z PROGRAM.
NO SUMMER MEETINGS IN JUNE AND JULY AND FUTURE MEETINGS WILL BE AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS.
COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS DISCUSSED.
ANNOUNCEMENT MADE BY MARY LOPEZ ON THE “PROTECT YOUR RECORD PROJECT” HOSTED BY SUSANA DELGADO AND KELLY STEVENS ON JANUARY 18, 2020, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
MOTION MADE FOR FIESTA MEDALS NOT TO EXCEED $800; SECONDED AND PASSED.
MEMBERS VISIT SAC STUDENTS: JANUARY 21, 2020 AT 8:30 AM AND 6:00 PM
DRAWING FOR SPURS TICKETS DONATED BY KATHY HOFFMAN
WINNERS: GENEVA GARCIA AND BARBARA DURAND-HOLLIS
MOTION MADE TO ADJOURN MEETING; SECONDED AND PASSED.
August 8, 2019 | Mo's Irish Pub – 255 East Basse Road
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Leticia “Tish” Moncivais, and Jessica Butts.
Carol Castillo welcomed all present. To date, 80 members of BCCRA. Past presidents present and NCRA rep Kristin Anderson, TCRA rep Erminia Uviedo, and TexDRA rep Angie Lozano acknowledged at meeting.
Meeting announced 6:24 p.m.
Motion to approve the agenda by Mary Scopas; seconded and voted in; motion adopted.
Tish presented the treasurer's report in August; current balance $15,748.35, balance after expenses paid.
Motion to accept minutes from July by Rose Davila; seconded and adopted.
Judy Stewart, Mary Scopas, Kristin Anderson, and Mary Berry discussed NCRA's A-Z program, including the following highlights: iPad donations for NCRA's A-Z program requested; a venue in the works for an upcoming larger class; expanding the program by using videoconferencing (“Zoom”) and acquiring additional equipment to be able to provide classes online; $100,000 fundraiser by NCRF for the program; the number of A-Z classes taught in San Antonio exceeding that of any other city in Texas; the previously-held A-Z class with its 60 percent retention rate.
Mary Berry mentioned San Antonio College has 41 students enrolled in theory for the upcoming semester.
Cindy Hyatt stated BCCRA does not have to rescind the motion in July regarding the 5000-dollar donation. Luis Duran suggested independent reporters and firms could supplement the remaining amount beyond the 2000-dollar limitation. David Zarate suggested the 2000-dollar cap should be followed.
Mary Scopas made a motion that BCCRA dedicate $2000 to A-Z to be used as seen fit in Bexar County to support and further the court reporting profession; motion failed without a second.
The NCRA convention in Denver will be held August 15th through 18th, 2019, with the TCRA convention following in September.
Mary Berry and Kim Siebert won the drawing held by BCCRA to send two BCCRA members to the 2019 TCRA convention, September 4-8.
Motion to accept July and August treasurer's report made by Maria Fattahi; seconded and voted in; motion adopted.
The Triple Threat workshop offered by BCCRA will be held September 21st at San Antonio College (SAC).
Luis Duran moved that BCCRA release $2000 to NCRA's A-Z program to get kicked off in September; seconded and voted in; motion adopted.
Kristin Anderson made motion to adjourn meeting; seconded.
Meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.
July 11, 2019 | Mo's Irish Pub – 255 East Basse Road
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Letitia “Tish” Moncivais,
Board Member Absent: Jessica Butts.
Meeting announced at 6:07 p.m.
Carol welcomed and thanked all for being present. She welcomed all members; past presidents, 2 honorary members, 73 total. TCRA rep Erminia Uviedo was present; NCRA rep Kristin Anderson was not present; TexDRA reps Angie Lozano and Kim Tindall were not present.
Carol Castillo mentioned the minutes from May 2019. Motion to waive reading of May minutes and accept the minutes from May 2019 meeting made by Cindy Hyatt; seconded by Maria Fattahi. Motion adopted.
As for the BCCRA bank account, Tish Moncivias is Treasurer, and Angie Jimenez is on the account also; Carol Castillo's address is linked to the account.
Treasurer's report: BCCRA has a balance of $15,176.
Accountant, Gus Schneiderheinz, is still calculating May 2019 Golf Tournament expenses.
Four scholarships at $250 each awarded after the BCCRA May 2019 Golf Tournament on May 23rd.
Fiesta medals: 100 medals were sold at $10/each, a profit of $1,900.
Carol Castillo mentioned Jessica Butts will head up mentoring program.
Carol Castillo mentioned the BCCRA Board met with accountant Gus Schneiderheinz. Accountant suggested BCCRA vote in a yearly budget for BCCRA expenses, including the following:
P. O. Box
Credit Card readers for payments to BCCRA (already purchased; like expenses may be considered)
Student Scholarships for student members enrolled for Spring and Fall semesters
School Breakfast for Spring and Fall semesters at San Antonio College
TCRA Convention Donation
TCRA Convention Silent Auction
New Reporter Basket
BCCRA Christmas mixer
Gus Schneiderheinz [accountant services for 501(c)(6)]
Motion to table BCCRA budget made by Tish Moncivais; seconded by Blanca Espericueta; motion adopted.
Carol Castillo addressed a BCCRA membership raffle: all members, professional and student, are eligible to win paid registration fee of $470.00 for non-TCRA members or $395.00 for TCRA members to 2019 TCRA Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. Early bird convention registration ends on
August 9, 2019.
Motion made by Tish Moncivais for membership raffle for 2019 TCRA Annual Convention, total not to exceed $940.00; motion seconded by Nancy Capetillo; motion adopted.
NCRA's A-Z program update presented by Mary Berry; TCRA will line item $2,000 in TCRA budget to support the NCRA's A-Z program.
Mary Berry rescinded her motion of May 2019 BCCRA meeting for BCCRA to donate $1800.00 to NCRA's A-Z program for maintenance of Stenograph machines.
Newly implemented TCRA protocol update presented by Erminia Uviedo.
Cindy Hyatt made a motion for BCCRA to donate $5,000.00 to support the NCRA's A-Z program and allow those running the program to make the decisions on how the money is going to be used; motion seconded by Luis Duran. The ayes had it; motion adopted.
Erminia Uviedo made a motion for BCCRA to donate $500.00 and host a realtime software training workshop with software trainers Mark Kislingbury, Breck Record, and Rene Moarefi, exclusively for BCCRA members on September 21, 2019, at San Antonio College, with a registration fee of $80.00 for professional members; motion seconded by Luis Duran; motion adopted.
Carol Castillo mentioned BCCRA memberships can now be paid online through the BCCRA website; the BCCRA Facebook group is a private page for members only, due to safety and security reasons.
Kim Tindall & Associates donated a door prize, presented to student member Sylvia Stewart by a
Kim Tindall & Associates rep.
Meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m.
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June 2019 | No Meeting
May 9, 2019 | Mo's Irish Pub – 255 East Basse Road
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Letitia “Tish” Moncivais,
Blanca Espericueta, and Jessica Butts.
Meeting announced at 6:00 p.m.
Carol welcomed and thanked all for being present despite possible inclement weather. She welcomed all members; 2 honorary members, 73 total. Past presidents David Zarate and Mary Berry were present. NCRA rep Kristin Anderson was not present, at Capitol Hill with NCRA; TCRA rep
Erminia Uviedo was present; TexDRA reps Angie Lozano and Kim Tindall were not present.
Meeting called to order at 6:01 p.m.
Carol Castillo mentioned the minutes from March and April. Motion to accept the minutes from March and April made by Blanca Espericueta; seconded by Erminia Uviedo. Motion was adopted.
As for the BCCRA bank account, Tish Moncivias is Treasurer, and Angie Jimenez is on the account also; Carol Castillo mentioned her address is linked to the account.
Treasurer's report: BCCRA has a balance of $9,574.98.
Fiesta medals: 100 medals were sold at $10/each, a profit of $1,000.
Jessica Butts made a motion to accept the treasurer's report; Bebe Lopez seconded the motion. Motion was adopted.
Carol Castillo mentioned the golf tournament upcoming on May 18, 2019 in addition to payment for membership, saying anyone needing signed up can pay membership fees online in addition to in person with cash or check.
David Zarate is heading the golf tournament process. BCCRA has 32 teams now. There is a volunteer sheet for those who have volunteered; they will be scheduled for two-hour shifts. So far, 22 to 23 volunteers have signed up; 10:00 a.m. will be the time for volunteers to appear, and golfers should appear around 11:30 a.m.; the event will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Two wheelbarrows of liquor will need to be set up as well. TABC license law prevents the wheelbarrows from being on display, but they will be in a closet so the golfers can view them if they like. T-shirts for volunteers will be passed out at the venue.
The table will need to be set up as well. BCCRA will have four card readers present for charges to be made. A volunteer will be needed for registration, charging for the Mulligans, and dispensing the lunches.
Kathy Hoffman's firm has provided Yeti cups for the volunteers; Kim Tindall's firm is donating bags; US Legal is giving jerky, water, and Gatorade for the golfers.
The pre-golf game party will be held at Mo's Irish Pub, in exchange for their donation of lunches, on Friday night preceding the golf tournament, the 17th of May.
Any advertisement/donated items should be brought in before the event to ensure they can be inserted into the bags by the time of the event.
The raffle tickets will be headed by Blanca Espericueta. A gift certificate by Ernie Acevedo is in the raffle as well. A table will be set up for the raffle items to be on display, aside from the wheelbarrows.
The golfers will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. 1st place prize is about $1k; 2nd, $750; and 3rd, still under advisement.
BCCRA is going to meet with the CPA after the golf tournament to make a plan for the funds raised. Sending members, both student and professional, to the convention is an idea that BCCRA is considering investing in. Two 500-dollar scholarships will be presented in Christmas in addition to the four 250-dollar scholarships being presented at the golf tournament to essay-contest winners.
The Board will be in discussion regarding the scholarship's disbursal, as it is currently dispensed directly to the students.
Carol Castillo again apologized for the mentoring program falling through the cracks, but mentioned Jessica Butts is heading the program and invited her to speak. BCCRA plans to take the mentorship program online.
Erminia Uviedo made a motion to introduce new Bexar County court reporters to the profession with a welcome basket filled with donated items, BCCRA in charge of presenting the 150-dollar basket of items needed generically across the field; Angie Jimenez seconded the motion. Motion was adopted. Kathy Hoffman raised a motion for Erminia's motion to be a continued line item on BCCRA's account. The ayes had it.
NCRA Kristin Anderson sent an e-mail, wanting to advise that she's out of town fulfilling NCRA responsibilities; NCRA boot camp 2019 was a success on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; Texas had the most state attendees from both TCRA and TexDRA.
TCRA's bill is in the Senate and has been referred to State Affairs. With only 18 days left in the session, it should be acted upon soon. Reciprocity of certifications is one suggestion; uncertified reporters in an apprentice program is another (the TASK Force will be working on this); online testing is another option in the bill.
Upcoming events: same day as golf tournament, CEUs will be offered at the beach in Corpus Christi; September 5th is the beginning date for the TCRA convention, and they should have something for students, if not a student track; TCRA's scholarship is $2,500; June 22nd will be the next CSR exam; June 11th is the upcoming online NCRA's A-Z program date.
The charge for raffle tickets will be $25 each with a 3,000-dollar American Airlines voucher as the 1st prize.
Carol Castillo requested updated information from BCCRA members and restated that BCCRA's Facebook group is a private page for members only.
Angie Lozano is friends with Cleto from “Where's Cleto?” He will be doing another feature on court reporters. No date is set. He will be present at 5:30 or 5:45 a.m. for this morning feature.
Bebe Lopez stated what she wants to see from BCCRA: more media involvement; Facetiming meetings; and then magnetic pins for all the BCCRA members to have name, contact info, and/or company affiliation.
Ermina Uviedo talked to Carol Castillo about paying for a spot on SA Live or
Good Morning, San Antonio, to have the court reporters interviewed. The cost is $1,500 to be featured on SA Live.
Motion to adjourn made by Mary Berry, seconded by Elva Chapa. Motion was adopted.
Meeting adjourned at 7:06 p.m.
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April 11, 2019 | Mo's Irish Pub – 255 East Basse Road
(Minutes prepared from notes by a proxy for the secretary.)
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Letitia “Tish” Moncivais, and Blanca Espericueta
Board Members Absent: Jessica Butts.
Meeting called to order at 6:13 p.m.
BCCRA now has 46 professional members and 22 student members for a total of 68 members.
Carol Castillo acknowledged BCCRA past presidents David Zarate, Luis Duran, Tonya Thompson, and Mary Berry. NCRA rep Kristin Anderson could not attend; Erminia Uviedo, TCRA rep, could not attend; Angie Lozano and Kim Tindall from TexDra could not attend either.
Tish Moncivais and Angie Jimenez are still the account holders for BCCRA's Frost Bank account.
Treasurer's report: $8,069.47 present balance, including the deposits from the golf tournament, fiesta medals, and T-shirts.
Luis Duran made a motion to accept the treasurer's report; Angie Jimenez seconded. The motion was adopted.
The following payment options are accepted by BCCRA: cash, check, and credit card (either on-site or on the website).
Fiesta medals will continue to be sold at $10/medal until sold out. An online option for purchasing items from BCCRA will be researched.
The golf tournament update is as follows: at present, operations are running smoothly.
Kim Tindall has sponsored bags; Kathy Hoffman will be a sponsor as well; Federal Reporters will be a sponsor also; Sherri MacDonald will also be a sponsor, the last three currently with unspecified items and/or donations.
A possible profit of $10- to $12,000 was discussed from just the golf. Mo's is currently considering sponsoring the boxed lunches for one team.
There will be a happy hour on Friday before the tournament for a meet and greet as well as to stuff goody bags.
Volunteers will be reached prior to as well as the day of the tournament regarding T-shirts; sizes must be provided, and the shirts will be complimentary for volunteer services. The Golf Committee will be wearing a different style of shirt so as to be distinguishable from volunteers. (Direct golfers to committee members for questions, et cetera.)
Bunco is no longer an activity coinciding with the golf tournament.
Items are currently being accepted for a donation for the wheelbarrows.
Jessica Butts has been chosen to head the mentor program.
In regard to NCRA events, it is suggested to remain watchful and involved, as they continually update their website with current events and the like.
In regard to TCRA, BCCRA will be donating for the TCRA convention held this year, 2019.
Tonya Thompson, TCRA Membership Chair, reports an increase in membership and encourages joining or renewing membership. The 80th year of TCRA will be celebrated at this upcoming convention in September in Austin.
Mary Berry presented on NCRA's A-Z Program, declaring a total of 20 machines have been donated. TCRA does not presently have funds to sponsor fixing machines or evaluating them, et cetera.
Project Steno has also been reached out to by Mary Berry, but Glyn Poage has not confirmed but suggested that Project Steno may not donate towards the cause of fixing these machines, either. BCCRA is currently Mary Berry's last resort, and she is asking for a donation of $1,800 towards machine repairs. NCRA is in control of the program and has not declared a start date for the summer session as of yet. The students who were present at the meeting advocated for the positive role of this program.
A motion to table the discussion of donating $1,800 towards repairing steno machines for NCRA's A-Z program's use until after the golf tournament was made by Luis Duran and seconded by Tish Moncivais.
Students acknowledged for passing portions of the CSR exam were as follows: Dana (who passed the written knowledge portion) and Jasmine (who is now a CSR) [last names?]. Another noted accomplishment was a mock CSR pass by Katelyn Van Slyke.
Kathy Hoffman will be presenting a form of court reporting boot camp for students.
Mary Berry also presented a Fox Tech event needing volunteers on 4/12/2019.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Luis Dura. Seconded by Kathy Hoffman.
Meeting adjourned at 7:21 p.m.
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March 21, 2019 | Angie Jimenez's Home
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Letitia “Tish” Moncivais, Blanca Espericueta, and Jessica Butts.
Meeting called to order at 7:05 p.m.
Carol Castillo thanked all attendees for their appearance and welcomed all members: new, honorary, retired, professional, and student. She believes BCCRA has 4 to 5 new students, 44 professional members, and 22 student members for a total of 66 members.
Carol Castillo acknowledged past presidents David Zarate, Barbara Durand-Hollis, Mary Berry, and Tonya Thompson. NCRA rep Kristin Anderson could not attend; Erminia Uviedo, TCRA rep, could not attend; Angie Lozano and Kim Tindall from TexDra could not attend either.
Minutes from February were brought to the table by Carol Castillo; motion to accept the minutes from the meeting made by Luis Duran; Tish Moncivais seconded the motion. The motion was adopted.
The BCCRA bank account minutes portion was paraphrased to the members by Carol Castillo.
Treasurer's report: $5,935.65 present balance. A 500-dollar deposit was made for the golf course; $502 was spent for liquor. Jessica Butts made a motion to accept the treasurer's report; Barbara Durand-Hollis seconded. The motion was adopted.
Carol mentioned that the membership payments can be made online now on the website. A card reader was also purchased to be able to run payments at physical locations.
Fiesta medals will be available by the April 2019 meeting, selling at $10/medal.
The golf tournament by David Zarate was discussed; the committee has met twice. David Zarate spoke on how huge the golf tournament would be, about the potential to make “a ton of money” depending on effort invested. Prior numbers were discussed. Letters are being sent to judges for sponsorship for holes, a total of 18 holes, but multiple signs can be placed at each hole, one for each sponsor.
BCCRA will send the signs to the sponsors. Flyers can be distributed, also, with an estimate of 1,000 printed.
By filling the tournament, $9,800 could be made with just the tournament as is. With selling two Mulligans, it will cost $20/person, and a pterodactyl hole will be sold for $50/team. $13,000 profits could be made total with these additions.
Gift certificates of $250 at 10 percent off will be $225; 20 percent off anything the golfers buy is offered as well.
First place will win four 250-dollar gift certificates ($900 cost); second place, four 150-dollar gift certificates ($540 cost).
Academy has donated 15 cases of water; after four $100 gift certificates for Academy (without discount due to equivalence to cash), there will be a 20 percent off discount for products.
The raffle will be two big wheelbarrows of liquor. $500 has been spent on the liquor for this. Per-ticket cost will be $5 then $20 for five.
Motion for the raffle tickets to be $5 each and then $20 for five was made by Blanca Espericueta;
Luis Duran seconded the motion. The motion was adopted.
Total value of $1,840 for prizes desired, $1,160 from the association suggested. Sponsors requested for the lunch at $1,500; dinner for $3,000 included in the numbers for BCCRA to cover, but sponsorship for the dinner would also be accepted.
Copy Concierge will make a banner for the sponsor(s) at BCCRA's expense or even two banners if it's split sponsorship, then a shout-out at the banquet for the sponsor(s), and any sponsors' business cards can be posted on the website.
With the best turnout, BCCRA can make $18-$20,000; $3,000 in prizes can be sold for $9,000. The format of the golf tournament will be a golf scramble.
Dickson Golf called David Zarate; they offered to donate goody bags and pay for their logo to be on the bag; but, if someone wants to sponsor the bags with his/her logo instead, that is optional. They'll place any logo on anything: balls, towels, et cetera.
Jessica Butts recommended BCCRA allocate a certain percentage of the raised funds to be used immediately and to split up that percentage into different causes, retaining a certain percentage for future use, such as a 60/40 split.
For charitable causes outside reporting, BCCRA could host an event such as the 2018 Christmas mixer where individuals can donate for a non-court-reporting-related cause, only that BCCRA cannot directly contribute funding towards such a cause due to the purpose of the organization in the AOAs and the 501(c)(6) status.
Mary Berry made a motion that we spend up to $3,000 for the golf tournament for prizes; Bebe Lopez seconded the motion. The ayes had it. The motion was adopted.
Carol Castillo stated she sent out the flyer to the local San Antonio Bar Associations.
Bebe Lopez asked if members could send a picture of the flyer instead of merely physically handing out flyers, and David Zarate suggested doing so and said he did the same.
Mentorship was discussed. Carol Castillo brought up a request for someone to facilitate matching students with mentors and forming a better mentorship program.
NEISD career fair paperwork was sent by Mary Berry, and she suggested offering to fund SAC to be able to present at the career fair; at $50/table, SAC only needs two tables for $100 total.
Luis Duran made a motion to fund the two tables for $100; Bebe Lopez seconded the motion. The motion was adopted.
Carol brought up the minutes regarding NCRA from the last meeting.
Bebe Lopez mentioned two bills out presently proposing solutions to the court reporter deficit. Reciprocity was mentioned as one option; video-only depositions was the other suggestion. HB 3568 and HB 1916 were the respective numbers.
Tonya Thompson mentioned Capitol Day and said our lobbyists are incredible, organized, and thoroughly knew our legislature. She mentioned the TCRA convention and available sponsorships for students. Carol Castillo thanked Tonya Thompson for presenting this topic.
Carol Castillo brought up the minutes for the TCRA donations, including the tabled discussion from last meeting, then said she would call about the donation and suggested tabling it again until April or after the golf tournament in May.
Mary Berry made a motion to make a donation to TCRA's annual convention for $500 as a sponsor; Luis Duran seconded the motion. The motion was adopted.
Mary Berry brought up NCRA's A-Z program. Over 1,000 have gone through A-Z nationwide. Leaders just sent out an e-mail today because they decided not to teach it April and May. NCRA is trying something new. Last year, they had no summer sessions. They are going to have one in April, the first, second, and fall sessions. What Mary Berry said is happening locally is that the machines are going to be provided by local reporters. She equated it to a pilot project, unsure if it would work but wanting to make the attempt. April 4th is the deadline.
Again, Carol urged current info to be provided and mentioned that our Facebook group is private and said the webpage was edited by the individual from First Data for a better appearance.
Bebe Lopez asked about ethics classes/seminars to be thrown out occasionally. Mary Berry recounted that four judges came for stenoCAT to present an ethics class recently. Bebe Lopez also recommended court reporters need more PR in general.
Meeting adjourned at 8:29 p.m.
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February 21, 2019 | P.F. Chang's – 225 East Basse Road
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Letitia “Tish” Moncivais, Blanca Espericueta, and Jessica Butts.
Carol Castillo welcomed all members, honorary, professional, associate, and student, and gave membership numbers: 37 professional members and 20 student, 57 total. She expressed hoping for over 100 members this year.
Past Presidents acknowledged presidents Tonya Thompson, Mary Berry, David Zarate; NCRA rep Kristin Anderson, who could not be present as she was speaking for the A-Z Program; TCRA rep Erminia Uviedo; and then TexDRA reps Angie Lozano and Kim Tindall, not present at the meeting.
Meeting called to order at 6:03 p.m.
Angenda: Minutes from January meeting brought up. Motion to accept January meeting minutes made by Rose Davila and seconded by Tish M.. Motion passed.
Elected Historian was Bebe Lopez. Due to unfortunate personal circumstances, Bebe Lopez must step down.
Motion made by Jessica Butts for Blanca Espericueta to become Historian and allow Bebe Lopez to step down; Erminia Uviedo seconded; Blanca accepted. Motion passed.
BCCRA bank account update: Jessica Butts was removed from account, and Tish Moncivais was added to the account while Angie Jimenez status remained unchanged on the account; Carol's address as well as the PO box are listed as addresses on the account.
Treasurer's report: Balance is presently $7,168.51 with one reimbursement to Carol Castillo for PO Box of $134, the year membership.
Motion to accept treasurer's report made by David Zarate, seconded by Angeliz Rivera.
Carol presented the online payment method. BCCRA in the process of working on accepting online payment method for transactions. First Data is whom Carol is working with to allow for payment through the BCCRA website. The following day, the payment plan will be in place. Future events can be paid online as well so money does not have to be exchanged and goes straight to BCCRA bank account.
NCRA captioning week was the prior week.
Monday: the Proclamation was read by Chief Justice Sandee Bryan Marion on the front steps of the courthouse (Carol apologized for any e-mails left off the list and is working on a master list to avoid this confusion in future and wishes to thank Justice Bryan -Marion);
Tuesday: Capitol Day in Austin. Erminia said great turnout. There was a bill filed that morning, bringing about reform to address the shortage. Apprentice programs were suggested, as was reciprocity of other certifications. TCRA has a copy to distribute. TCRA has a May 18th regional seminar in Corpus Christi, which is a Saturday. Erminia and Angeliz have been asked to speak at the seminar as well, and nine representatives were personally contacted by Erminia. Carol thanked Erminia for speaking on this subject.
US Legal hosted an event on Tuesday. Carol thanked them for reaching out and connecting with the court reporters.
Wednesday: students from Fox Tech and Business Careers High Schools visited the courthouse;
Mary Berry spoke on this, saying it was their second year, and they came with the business law class. First to teach A-Z in high school in Texas, Fox Technical High School teaches court reporting theory now in the high school, having started in the fall. Their legal department came, attorneys-to-be and court reporters-to-be alike. She expressed hope that Business Careers High Schools will go back and teach theory at the high school. Carol thanked Mary for discussing the subject.
Thursday: Copy Concierge was thanked for their hosting a breakfast for court reporters; approximately 28 reporters appeared. Glen said, being 23 years in business, “you always have to give back to the people that give you work.” He says that he appreciates the business of Bexar County Court Reporters. He said the breakfast was wonderful, and he's thankful.
Erminia brought up that, on KSAT 12, Carol was highlighted.
Fiesta medals ordered for this year, coming out likely in time for the April meeting for 2019. Last year was an order of 200; 300 was ordered this year. The original fee was a $400 down payment; total will be $883.68 [check number]. BCCRA will have a medal unveiling if they arrive sooner in March.
Guest speaker August Schneiderheinz (Gus). He is our accountant for BCCRA and has been for two years. He gave us 501(6)(c) history and was very informative Q and A session regarding what BCCRA's status as a nonprofit could and could not do. Gus was applauded for his assistance in answering the questions presented to him, and Carol personally thanked Gus for his time.
David Zarate re-proposed the golf tournament. Having done research, date May 18, 2019. BCCRA raised around $12k on a one-time tournament. David crunched numbers and had questions account-related before being able to come to conclusions. As for the 28 teams last time in tournament, a 4-man tournament, 112 players, 23 of those teams were David's. He was hesitant to offer assistance once more due to having to bring it all together with the organization involved. Luis Duran suggested that Toys for Tots donation was the initial discussion that brought this conversation up; Carol stated we cannot donate to such causes, as the causes have to be profession-related, due to our AOAs.
David suggested donating to a semester or a year's tuition for a student. Anna Mar (student) suggested that these scholarships were much-appreciated, and Katelyn Van Slycke personally thanked BCCRA for all past scholarships awarded..
The numbers David worked were with calculated using SilverHorn Golf Club. A round of golf with range balls, putting down 500-dollar deposit, with carts, a fajita dinner, they are charging $65/player; $125/player would be charged by BCCRA. He arrived at $6,700 raised on just golf, net profit. The max number of teams you can have is 36, or 144 players. He wants to get hole sponsorships from judges or court reporter firms or any businesses, charging $200/hole.
Copy Concierge will make all our signage.
If BCCRA acquires the full amount of players, there will be $8,600 net profit, raffle numbers not included. He believes we made $3.5-$4k on the raffle last tournament.
The proposed wording for the signage and donation efforts were, “Proceeds benefit BCCRA,” and including bullet points of what BCCRA does was also recommended.
BCCRA will have the money if needed for seminars or speakers or the like, including sponsoring professional and/or student members to court reporting conventions.
Mary Berry made the motion that BCCRA have a golf tournament for 2019 on May 18th at the SilverHorn golf course; Luis Duran seconded. Motion passed.
Carol suggested a bunco tournament go on indoors so that BCCRA can have socialization indoors, for those who are not golf fans. She brought up a volunteer sheet and suggested we can have matching T-shirts to represent BCCRA.
Carol read a few things to members regarding NCRA: NCRA Leadership & Legislative Boot Camp will be held May 5th-7th at the Embassy Suites by Hilton just outside of Washington, D.C., with takeaways necessary to become successful advocates and leaders in the state and national level. The NCRA Convention & Expo will be August 15th-18th at the Hyatt Regency, Denver, Colorado.
TCRA does donate to judiciary silent auction; Erminia motioned amount up to $200 for TCRA donation; Blanca seconded. Motion passed.
TCRA: There are several levels of sponsorship with TCRA: $100 min, then $500, $1500, $2500, $3500, and $5000 for convention. Money goes to speakers, venue costs, food, hotel, and the works. Per Tonya, this is the last contract they have for an exclusive hotel, the 80th anniversary. $90k has been spent every year for conventions due to this current contract, per Erminia. Vote tabled until March.
Liche Cavazos: brought up to Carol something about a firm recording depositions and then sending them to India and such; Erminia was relayed this information and informed TCRA who relayed it to lobbyists. Erminia does not have specifics, but Bebe Lopez stated it was the “alliance” with Veritext and such; part of the bill last week states that if they are not registered, they can be fined. They put in a bill to charge if not registered. More info to come.
NCRA's A-Z program: Blanca E. program has had a speaker every class to encourage students and such. A minimum of 20 student participants have been in attendance. September will be the time frame for the next class.
Gus stated he works with a company on their board, and they were thinking about sending worker's comp files to India at $0.17/page to file; CPAs had the same problem a number of years ago because AMEX was going to have CPAs to type them up; they had to take preventative measures as well, such as, if one is not licensed in the State of Texas or doesn't do business here, one cannot organize as a CPA. India is a real deal, he said.
Carol reiterated the importance of having everyone's current contact information.
On January 22nd, 2019 BCCRA was able to provide breakfast to SAC and snacks for the evening class.
Carol restated that our Facebook group is private for members only, again mentioning the privacy concerns that caused both TCRA and BCCRA to close public pages.
Anna requested NCRA's A-Z program updated info to be included on BCCRA's webpage.
If members have not renewed with BCCRA, group members of the BCCRA Facebook group will need to renew by March meeting to remain on the Facebook group.
Tonya advocated for membership with TCRA due to networking, resume, and job listings, et cetera, as they were exceptional in reaching out to her and assisting her when she needed it.
Motion to adjourn by Rose; Angie seconded. Motion passed.
Motion to adjourn at 7:32 p.m.
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January 10, 2019 | P.F. Chang's – 225 East Basse Road
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Letitia “Tish” Moncivais, and Jessica Butts.
Board Members Absent: Mary F. “Bebe” Lopez.
Meeting called to order by President Carol Castillo at 6:09 p.m.
Carol discussed the successes of 2018, including the Legislative Reception and the Christmas party, and brought up the November meeting minutes.
Past Treasurer Jessica Butts presented the treasurer's report: Current balance: $6,716.18, after all expenses paid, including tax preparation.
Motion to accept the minutes was made by Luis Durand and seconded by Natalie Hunsucker; motion to accept the treasurer's report was made by Kathy Hoffman and seconded by David Zarate. Both motions were adopted.
Letitia Moncivais was voted in as Treasurer and Jessica Butts as Secretary in the December 2018 BCCRA Christmas party/meeting by members present. These motions were made, seconded, and adopted at the time. Carol Castillo will remain President, and Angie Jimenez will remain
Vice President. These motions were also made, seconded, and adopted at the time.
The essay scholarships awarded at the December 2018 BCCRA Christmas party were also brought up in discussion, the scholarship-winning participants named: Anna Mar and Rachel Murchland.
Toys for Tots donations from the December 2018 BCCRA Christmas party were discussed, and Angie relayed to the members present that Toys for Tots does not hand out stuffed animals due to guidelines/regulations imposed on them; however, they are donated to police stations to be handed out there. She also stated that Toys for Tots expressed a large need for bicycles for children, and a bicycle drive was then recommended for future donations to Toys for Tots.
Discussion was had regarding online payment options for membership dues. Square, Venmo, and PayPal were the suggestions by members present.
Members were informed of San Antonio College (SAC) classes beginning on the 22nd of January, and breakfast provided/sponsored by BCCRA was mentioned. Construction causing parking problems was also brought up in addition to the time to make an appearance, if participating: 8:00 a.m. before class orientation at 8:30 a.m.
Mentoring was also discussed, including the falling through of matching mentors to mentees in 2018, as well as a possible mentoring program to be implemented in 2019. Further discussion will take place regarding a mentoring program, possibly with Mary Berry.
Suggestions regarding the BCCRA Fiesta medals were requested.
A possible one-day seminar hosted by BCCRA was also mentioned and discussed with positive reception.
A possible collaboration with MABA for their Halloween party (or some such event) was also brought up by Carol with equally positive reception.
Kristin Anderson, NCRA Director for her third year, brought up NCRA's Court Reporting & Captioning Week, indicating to use the hashtag (if a member) #courtreportingandcaptioningweek, and it will take place the week of 2/09/2019-2/16/2019. She also mentioned the Business Summit, suggested for firm owners, that will take place 02/01/2019-02/03/2019.
Tonya Thompson, TCRA Chair of Membership Committee, spoke on behalf of TCRA Seat 6 Area Director Erminia Uviedo who could not be present at the meeting, and she said that the recruitment numbers are looking good: 886 professional members, 73 student members, and a total of 1,042 members in TCRA. She also indicated that the membership saturation in Area 6 is higher than that of even Dallas or Houston, per the court reporter population in each city. Capitol Day was also mentioned; it will be on 02/12/2019. A time frame of 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. was also suggested, but checking TCRA's Web site and/or Facebook page for details and specific times was recommended.
Discussion regarding MABA was reopened, and the suggestion was made to host a seminar for recommended conduct on the record to provide instruction to counsel as to how to properly create a record.
NCRA's A-Z program was also discussed. The beginning date is 1/24/2019. Help is always beneficial and requested to assist in this court reporting introduction/outreach program.
The Virtual Strides Fun Run was also brought up for the members to look into.
Tonya also brought to attention students to be recognized who were present at the meeting; namely, Stephanie Barrajas for passing the most recent skills test and Anna Mar for passing the most recent written test for their CSR certifications.
Carol welcomed any questions from the membership and directed members to send their inquiries to BCCRA (contact information is found on the Web site).
The golf tournament that was conducted in the past was discussed, and David indicated that the net profit from this said tournament was in the 12,000-dollar range. He also volunteered his services to aid in the process so long as there were other participants/volunteers doing the same, expressing a need to find sponsors and golfers for the event as well as the large burden the last tournament placed heavily on one individual. Teamwork is essential for this event.
A motion for BCCRA's 2019 golf tournament to take place in the month of May was presented by Luis and seconded by Blanca Espericueta.
The golf tournament discussion was reopened, and the inclusion of the Deaf and hard of hearing in the tournament were mentioned. Toys for Tots was also mentioned as being a recipient of proceeds for this event; however, discussion regarding BCCRA's structure and tax status were mentioned, pertaining to how funds may be disbursed/allocated, and further discussion at the next meeting was recommended before voting on any donation of funds so as to remain within IRS guidelines.
Motion to adjourn meeting was made by Kathy and then seconded by Kristin, and the motion was adopted. Meeting adjourned at 7:07 p.m.
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December 2018 | BCCRA Christmas Gathering (no minutes)
November 2018 | BCCRA Thanksgiving Gathering (no minutes)
October 2018 | Red Mass Celebration (no minutes)
September 13, 2018 | P.F. Chang's – 225 East Basse Road
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Jessica Butts, Maria Fattahi, and Angie Jimenez.
Meeting called to order by President Carol Castillo at 6:00 p.m., welcoming new members and students: 66 professional members and 43 students.
President Castillo acknowledged past BCCRA presidents in attendance: Tonya Thompson and Mary Berry and our new Area 6 director Erminia Uviedo.
Motion was made by Angie Jimenez to accept the August meeting minutes and motion seconded by Jessica Butts. Motion adopted.
Treasurer Jessica Butts presented the treasurer’s report: Balance $12,346.10. Convention sales of machine covers, t-shirts and Fiesta medals totaling $720.00.
Motion to accept the treasurer’s report was made by Geneva Garcia and seconded by Bebe Lopez. Motion adopted.
BCCRA hosting the judicial/legislative reception on September 20th at the Cadillac Bar beginning at 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Judge Sid Harle will be the emcee and a DJ will be present. 40 raffle tickets are still available for the wheelbarrow prize. Estimating 150 people at $9.00/person for the buffet. Silent auction baskets have been donated to date: golf, pet, movie, spa, Spurs, cigars. Volunteers needed. Contact Carol to volunteer. Remember to wear red, white and blue.
The October BCCRA meeting will not occur on Oct. 11th since Red Mass is Oct. 11th and BCCRA members are invited to attend. Event held at the San Fernando Cathedral at 115 Main Plaza. Meet at 5:30 and Mass begins at 6:00. Please RSVP to make sure there is enough reserved seating for the membership. Reception to follow.
This event is sponsored by the St. Mary’s School of Law and the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild of San Antonio. Red Mass is celebrated throughout the country for all members of the legal profession requesting the guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice. This also marks the opening of the judicial year. Remember to wear red.
BCCRA will sponsor breakfast for the SAC court reporting students on Aug. 27th. Current enrollment at SAC is 37 students.
Mary Berry discussed the A to Z program, which currently has 82 students in San Antonio. A to Z registration closes Sept. 14th but A to Z is still accepting late registration. Fox Tech High School is implementing a court reporting theory class.
Discussion held about the TCRA convention at The Woodlands September 6th through the 9th. About half the memberships were renewed at the convention.
2019 TCRA Annual Convention will be held in Austin, Texas, September 5th through the 8th.
Discussion held concerning the BCCRA Facebook page, which is for members only, due to privacy issues.
Discussion held about the BCCRA webpage - BCCRA.org. Contact Carol at if anyone wants to submit articles, pictures, news, etc.
Voting on the changes to the BCCRA Bylaws/Articles of Association. Bylaws/Articles of Association were sent to the membership on July 22nd for suggestions, additions or deletions. Deadline for submissions was Aug. 14th.
Discussion and voting held regarding the changes to the Bylaws/Articles of Association. Motion to accept the new changes was made by Mary Berry and seconded by Tonya Thompson. Motion adopted.
Anyone wishing to submit additional changes must submit said changes via email to the Board 15 days before the next monthly meeting.
Discussion held about the November 8th BCCRA meeting. Meeting will be held at Angie Jimenez’ home for a potluck Thanksgiving dinner get-together. Please RSVP to Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discussion held about the venue for the December Christmas party. Motion made by Jessica for funds not to exceed $1,000. Motion seconded by Erminia. Additional information will be forthcoming as to venue and date. Contact Carol for venue suggestions.
Volunteers who would like to be on the 2019 BCCRA Board, contact Carol at email@example.com.
Motion to adjourn meeting made by Mary at 7:06 p.m. Jessica seconded the motion. Motion passed.
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August 9, 2018| P.F. Chang's – 225 East Basse Road
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Jessica Butts, Angie Jimenez and Maria Fattahi.
Meeting called to order at 6:02 p.m. by President Carol Castillo. Carol welcomed new members, if any, in attendance. Currently 65 professional members and 43 student members.
Carol acknowledged past BCCRA presidents: Mary Berry and Tonya Thompson. Also acknowledged TCRA Area Director Seat 6: Kathleen Ullrich.
Discussion held concerning the May meeting minutes.
Motion was made by Mary Berry to accept the minutes. Geneva Garcia seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
Jessica Butts presented the treasurer’s report. Balance: $7,464.99. Remunerations to C. Castillo for the BCCRA P.O. Box fee ($35.00) and envelopes, stamps, etc., for the Judicial/Legislative reception ($229.51). Remuneration to J. Butts of $192.85 for the website fee, which she paid.
Discussion held to place recurring payments on an automatic payment deduction using the Frost debit card: Annual fees to be paid are P.O. Box ($35.00) fee and fee for the BCCRA website ($192.85).
Erminia Uviedo made a motion to have recurring payments of the annual P.O. Box fee and the BCCRA website fee deducted from the Frost debit card. M. Berry seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
Discussion had about opening a rewards credit card from Frost to use on the recurring payments versus using the Frost debit card. Topic tabled for the next meeting.
September’s BCCRA meeting will be held at P.F. Chang’s for members to vote and approve updated Bylaws/Articles of Association. Deadline for submissions of any suggestions, additions and deletions will be Aug. 14, 2018.
Discussion held about BCCRA Facebook page being only for members. It is a private page, due to privacy and security reasons.
Discussion held about the BCCRA website. Members who want to upload articles, pictures, etc., please contact Carol Castillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCRA convention: September 6th through the 9th at The Woodlands. Early bird deadline: 8/10/18. BCCRA will have a table at convention and will be selling T-shirts, Fiesta medals, and machine covers. Discussion held about donating to TCRA for a silent auction.
Student sponsorships are still in need. Contact Tonya Thompson or Erminia Uviedo.
Court reporting program at SAC begins August 27th. Volunteers will be on site handing out muffins, snacks, fruit, orange juice and alike, which were donated, and giving students words of encouragement.
BCCRA was featured in the TCRA News & Events. Take a look at Page 9 & 10.
September 20th is the BCCRA Judicial/Legislative Reception (5:30-7:30) at the Cadillac Bar located downtown. $10 donation/admission which includes a meal/drink ticket. Raffle tickets are available to sell for the prize of a wheelbarrow of adult beverages. Volunteers are needed to help w/collecting tickets, checking attendees in at the door or if you need extra raffle tickets contact Carol at email@example.com.
SAC Students will be donating a pet -themed basket for the reception. Attorney Ernest Acevedo will be donating a day of golf and accessories.
A to Z Introduction to Machine Shorthand program information will be placed on the BCCRA website.
Discussion held and a request was made by E. Uviedo for BCCRA to donate to the TCRA student silent auction of an amount not to exceed $300.
College week, which is a good time for student recruitment, will be at the end of October. Erminia will no longer be a part of this program as she will be our next Area Director.
BCCRA October 11th meeting will be cancelled due to Red Mass being held on the same date. All are welcomed to attend the Red Mass held at San Fernando Cathedral located downtown. Event is sponsored by St. Mary’s School of Law. The purpose for the Red Mass is to request guidance from the Holy Spirit for all who seek justice and offers the opportunity to reflect on the God-given power and responsibility of all in the legal profession. Reporters meet at 5:30 and Mass will begin at 6:00. Reception to follow. Wear red.
Motion to adjourn the meeting made by E. Uviedo at 6:58 p.m. K. Ullrich seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
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May 10, 2018 | P.F. Chang’s - 255 E. Basse Road
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Jessica Butts and Maria Fattahi.
Meeting called to order at 5:55 p.m. by President Carol Castillo. President Castillo welcomed all new members.
Currently we have 61 professional members and 41 student members, totaling 102 BCCRA members.
C. Castillo acknowledged past BCCRA Presidents in attendance: Barbara Durand-Hollis, Tonya Thompson and Glyn Poage.
Motion was made by B. Durand-Hollis to accept the June minutes. J. Butts seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
J. Butts presented the treasurer’s report. Frost National Bank is officially BCCRA’s new banking institution. Current balance: $9,253.73. Deducting the reimbursement to C. Castillo and J. Butts for Fiesta medals of $312.84 each.
Fiesta Medals: 200 medals were ordered and sold for $10.00 each. BCCRA paid $625.68, making a profit of $1,374.32.
BCCRA T-shirts: BCCRA broke even selling 30 t-shirts at $20.00 each.
BCCRA’s Facebook page and BCCRA’s website is for members only. Contact C. Castillo to post articles, photos, news information, etc.
The 2018 NCRA convention will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana from Aug. 2nd through Aug. 5th.
The 2018 TCRA convention will be held in The Woodlands, Texas from Sept. 6th through Sept. 9th. Information about student attendance will be forthcoming.
Discussion held to reimburse M. Fattahi $2,003.30 for a donation to Project Steno and $501.20 for the student scholarship and C. Castillo
$631.96 for the BCCRA t-shirts, due to the delay of transferring the banking institution information and funds were not directly available to the BCCRA treasurer.
Motion was made by Tonya Thompson to reimburse M. Fattahi $2,003.30 plus $501.20 and C. Castillo $631.96. Chris Poage seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
Erminia Uviedo presented information about student recruitment. Volunteers needed for May 21st in the morning and in the evening on May 25th or 28th on the south side. Students may volunteer as well. Contact E. Uviedo if interested in volunteering or would like more information about setting up a student recruitment presentation.
Discussion held about E. Uviedo hosting a “Testing Blitz” for the CSR qualifiers. Reading material is always needed. Please send to T. Thompson at or send to Ms. Woodard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The $500 BCCRA student scholarship is awarded to Rachel Murchland, a student at SAC The scholarship was open to speed classes of 160 wpm and above. We had seven applicants who wrote a short paragraph on the topic of: Explain how your daily schedule accommodates adequate practice time. There will be a second scholarship in December. Information forthcoming.
Presentation by Glyn Poage about Project Steno. SAC has been approved to participate in Project Steno, giving the students an opportunity to benefit from same. Fox Tech High School will be implementing a start-up program. BCCRA presented Glyn Poage from Project Steno with a
donation of $2,000.
Discussion held concerning the possible change of the Texas CSR expiration date. Information forthcoming with specific details.
BCCRA will suspend monthly meetings for the summer months of June and July. The next meeting will be August 9th. Location TBD.
On the agenda for the August meeting will be to vote on the updated Articles of Association. Committee will be meet in May or June.
Motion to adjourn the meeting made by G. Poage at 7:25 p.m. B. Durand-Hollis seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
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April 12, 2018 |Tomatillos Café y Cantina - 3210 Broadway Street
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Jessica Butts and Maria Fattahi.
Meeting called to order at 5:55 p.m. by President Carol Castillo.
President Castillo acknowledged past BCCRA Presidents in attendance as well as NCRA, TCRA and TexDra representatives.
C. Castillo welcomed new BCCRA members and students. BCCRA has 52 professional members and 41 student members.
Motion was made by Angie Lozano to accept the March meeting minutes. Sue Miller seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
Jessica Butts presented the treasurer’s report: Current balance of $8,648.13. This amount does not include the payment for the medals and new member dues.
Discussion held about Board meeting with CPA Gus Schneiderheinz to discuss the Secretary of State paperwork and alike. Motion was made by Kim Tindall to allow one of the current named individuals (Tonya Thompson or Brooke Wagner or Erminia Uviedo) registered with the Secretary of State to open a bank account with Frost Bank for BCCRA jointly with Angie Jimenez and Jessica Butts and thereafter remove said individual from the account, leaving A. Jimenez and J. Butts on the Frost bank account and change the current names registered with the Secretary of State to A. Jimenez and J. Butts. Kathleen Ullrich seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
Discussion held about the awarding of a student scholarship for one in May and one in December. C. Castillo will be appointing a committee. If anyone has any suggestions, contact C. Castillo.
CSR exam will be held on May 5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas at Brookhaven College. Carol acknowledged the students who will be taking the exam: Stephanie Barrajas, Diana Guerrero, Michelle Kelly and Carmen Alijared.
NCRA’s annual convention is August 2-5, 2018 in New Orleans, LA
TCRA’s annual convention is September 6-9, 2018 at The Woodlands, TX
Discussion held about the BCCRA Facebook page being for members only with private settings, due to security reasons. The BCCRA website it up and running. Contact C. Castillo to post articles, pictures, etc.
Discussion held concerning the payment of Fiesta medals by C. Castillo and J. Butts. Each paid $312.84. Motion made by K. Tindall to reimburse Carol and Jessica each $312.84. Angie Lozano seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
Discussion held concerning Whitney Riley withdrawing as the BCCRA Registered Agent and C. Castillo accepting the title of Registered Agent and using the BCCRA P.O. Box for correspondence. Motion was made by J. Butts to accept C. Castillo as the new Registered Agent. Rene Moarefi seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
Discussion held about the NCRA online A to Z program deadlines are approaching. Texas currently has 18 cities participating in the A to Z program. An A to Z program will be implemented in the summer.
Guest speaker, Glyn Poage, gave his presentation about Project Steno. Q & A followed.
TexDra presented Glyn Poage with a donation of $11,329.00. If anyone would like to make a donation go to projectsteno.org or contact Glyn Poage with questions or complaints at email@example.com.
Motion was made by K. Tindall for BCCRA to donate $2,000 to Project Steno. Discussion held; motion was voted upon; and motion adopted.
Motion to adjourn the meeting made by S. Miller at 6:45 p.m. Motion seconded by K. Tindall. Motion adopted.
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March 8, 2018 |PF Chang’s - 255 E. Basse Road
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Jessica Butts and Maria Fattahi.
Meeting called to order at 6:12 p.m. by President Carol Castillo.
Introduction of Board Members. Introduction of members in attendance.
C. Castillo acknowledged past BCCRA presidents in attendance: Kim Tindall, Tonya Thompson, Rosemary Flores and Angie Lozano.
Motion was made by K. Tindall to accept the February BCCRA minutes. J. Butts seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
J. Butts presented the treasurer’s report. Opening balance with Frost bank: $8,613.13. Opening the Frost bank account Saturday and closing the IBC bank account. There is a $50 fee to open Frost bank account.
Motion made by K. Tindall to accept the treasurer’s report. Kathleen Ullrich seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
BCCRA Fiesta medals will be available at the April 12th meeting for distribution. 500 medals were ordered and will be sold for $10 each.
C. Castillo will be appointing a committee consisting of the Board, 1 Official Reporter, 1 Freelance Reporter and 1 CART reporter to discuss and update Articles of Association, formally known as the Bylaws. Send additions, deletions, suggestions to C. Castillo. Committee will be meeting at the end of March.
TCRA’s fundraiser Peace, Love and Steno 5K virtual run has been extended to March 31st. Log on to TCRA’s website for further information and registration.
The former BCCRA Facebook page is closed due to security reasons. The new BCCRA Facebook page is under construction and underway.
Anyone who wants to post articles, photographs, etc., to the BCCRA website contact C. Castillo.
Student scholarships were discussed to be awarded one in May and one in December. Details of organizing and planning concerning same TBD.
TCRA annual convention will be held at The Woodlands Sept 6-9, 2018. C. Castillo is on the Convention Committee.
NCRA annual convention will be held in New Orleans at the Hyatt Regency August 2-5, 2018.
K. Tindall has recently opened an office in New Orleans and discussed a tentative Social Hour taking place in August at the New Orleans office.
Texas CSR exam will be 5/5/18 in Dallas at Brookhaven College. Check the TCRA website for further details. K. Tindall and T. Thompson are having dictation sessions to prepare for the CSR exam.
A photograph of the Proclamation at the Bexar County courthouse steps by Justice Marion during Court Reporting & Closed Captioning Week was donated by Raz, photographer, a D.A. employee, and published to the members for viewing. Purchase of same is available. Contact C. Castillo for Raz’ information.
Angie Lozano presented a flier and invited attendance to the Models of Courage, a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fashion show fundraiser - March 23, 2018 at the S.A. Shrine Auditorium. General admission: $75; VIP: $100.
Guest speaker Mr. James Groh, financial advisor with Riverside Securities, gave his presentation; Q & A followed.
Motion to adjourn made by J. Butts at 7:45 p.m. A. Jimenez seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
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February 8, 2018 |Grimaldi’s Pizzeria - 330 E. Basse Road
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Jessica Butts and Maria Fattahi.
Meeting called to order at 6:16 p.m. by President Carol Castillo.
C. Castillo acknowledged past BCCRA Presidents in attendance: Kim Tindall and Barbara Durand-Hollis.
Motion was made by Yvonne O’Bar to accept the January Minutes. Barbara Durand-Hollis seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
J. Butts presented the treasurer’s report: Current balance of $7,958.13. K. Tindall made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. B. Durand-Hollis seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
Discussion held concerning the difficulty in changing the signatures of past Treasurer to present Treasurer and adding present Vice President due to scheduling conflicts of same, as IBC Bank requires all to be present. J. Butts suggested and discussed the pros and cons of opening a bank account with Frost Bank.
Motion made by B. Durand-Hollis to close bank account at IBC Bank and open and transfer funds to Frost Bank. K. Tindall seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
President Castillo acknowledged and confirmed Whitney Riley’s agreement to be the Registered Agent for BCCRA with reference to the 501(c)(3) status. She will provide her address to receive IRS/tax information.
BCCRA Fiesta medals should be ready by the 2nd or 3rd week of March. Ordering 200 medals and will be selling them at $10.00 each. Medals will be available at the April meeting - 4/12/18.
Dress for Success: C. Castillo suggested volunteers to meet on 2/19/18 to drop off clothes.
Discussion held concerning the SAC student breakfast had on January 16th. Welcomed 30 students for the morning class and 25 plus for the evening class.
Discussion held concerning the BCCRA website is up and running. Members are welcomed to send events, pictures, etc. to the Board via email to be uploaded to the website. BCCRA has a P.O. Box which is now available and mentioned on the website.
Court Reporting & Closed Captioning Week suggestions by C. Castillo (Feb 10-17)
Whitney Riley & Kathleen Ullrich captioning the San Antonio Rodeo.
TCRA Virtual 5K run/walk. Register at www.tcra-online.com.
Monday: Take time to visit the court reporting students at SAC for words of encouragement, etc.
Tuesday: Proclamation at the Bexar County Courthouse steps at noon. Proclamation will be presented by Justice Marion.
Wear purple to symbolize a new year and a new beginning.
Wednesday: Valentines’ Day.
Thursday: Cleto on standby. If not available will try again in March.
Friday: SAC students may be planning a Social. TBD.
Saturday: TCRA Software seminar at SAC.
C. Castillo discussed the BCCRA Articles of Association/Bylaws. She will be appointing a committee which will consist of the Board, an official reporter, freelance reporter and a captioning reporter.
C. Castillo discussed the BCCRA Facebook page and security concerns. Motion made by Y. O’Bar to close the old Facebook page and open a new Facebook page for members only with private settings for security reasons. J. Butts seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
K. Tindall briefly discussed the suspension of the revision to the name change of the Code of Professional Conduct. The Court Reporters Certification Advisory Board is recommending to the JBCC the name to be changed from the Code of Professional Conduct to the Code of Ethics for Certified Shorthand Reporters and Court Reporting Firms. This issue will be re-addressed in April or May.
Announcement: NCRA is having a Legislative Boot Camp March 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia. Members: $200/Nonmembers $300.
Closing remarks by C. Castillo inviting suggestions for topics of interest for future meetings, as well as venue.
Motion to adjourn meeting made by Angie Jimenez at 6:57 p.m. B. Durand-Hollis seconded the motion. Motion adopted.
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January 11, 2018 | Julian’s Pizzeria - 13444 W. Avenue
Board Members in Attendance: Carol Castillo, Angie Jimenez, Jessica Butts and Maria Fattahi.
Meeting called to order at 6:16 p.m. by President Carol Castillo.
Discussion had concerning the acceptance of the nomination of the Treasurer Jessica Butts and Secretary Maria Fattahi. The new officers for
President and Vice President were accepted and voted unanimously at the November meeting.
Leticia Moncivais made a motion to accept the nominations for Treasurer J. Butts and Secretary M. Fattahi for the 2018 BCCRA Board. Geneva Garcia seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
President Castillo acknowledged past BCCRA Presidents in attendance: Terri Nunley, Mary Berry and Tonya Thompson.
Discussion had concerning the BCCRA November Minutes. Tonya Thompson made a motion to accept the November BCCRA Minutes with a correction to reflect the accountant’s bill to reflect “at least $1,000.” Brittaney Jessup seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Terri Nunley presented treasurer’s report. Acknowledged correction should be made to the accountant’s bill to reflect same as was discussed, voted and passed.
Current Balance: $7,783.13
Holiday party expenses were less than anticipated.
BCCRA may have a tax liability and T. Nunley is awaiting a response from the CPA by the first quarter of this year. T. Thompson made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. J. Butts seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
President Castillo discussed TCRA Board of Director K. Ulrich proposing a Veteran’s History Project in March with San Antonio reporters to include our local Bar association.
Discussion had concerning Kensie Benoit’s clothes drive, which continues. Awaiting contact person and date to deliver items.
Discussion had concerning Whitney Riley volunteering to be the Registered Agent for BCCRA in reference to the 501(c)(3) status.
Announcement: Terri Nunley is the new JP for Kendall County; Boerne, Texas.
Discussion had concerning a contest to design BCCRA 2018 Fiesta medals. Mary Berry made a motion to give the BCCRA Board the task of creating the medal, as time is of the essence. T. Thompson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. Quantity will depend on pricing and vendors.
Discussion had in reference to students’ first day of court reporting classes at SAC on Jan. 16th. Volunteers needed to hand out donated breakfast snacks/goodies and to give words of encouragement, etc. Contact President Castillo if interested.
M. Berry discussed and described the A to Z Program, which is beginning Jan. 18, 2018 at SAC, and requested a donation by BCCRA. A. Jimenez made a motion for BCCRA to donate $100 for expenses/supplies. G. Garcia seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
J. Butts discussed having a library for new reporters with reference books and alike. Erminia Uviedo volunteered a small bookcase located in her office at Impact Court to place reference books, etc. Anyone who wishes to donate, bring items to the February meeting.
President Castillo discussed TCRA Board of Director Kathy Ulrich’s announcement of a software seminar at SAC on Feb. 17, 2018. Limited to 30 participants in each software group of Case Catalyst, Eclipse and Stenocat. Early bird members: $199; nonmembers $249.
Volunteers needed and donations accepted. Contact Sonia Trevino.
Court Reporting & Closed Captioning Week: February 10 - 17th.
Discussion had in reference to celebrating and promoting the court reporting profession in San Antonio during this week; such as, with the San Antonio City Hall Proclamation, as has been done in the past.
Discussion had to change the signatory powers on the BCCRA IBC bank account. M. Berry made a motion to substitute K. Benoit and T. Nunley to J. Butts and A. Jimenez as signatory powers to the 2018 BCCRA IBC bank account. L. Moncivais seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Closing remarks by President Castillo inviting venue suggestions for future meetings. BCCRA website is “under construction.”
Motion to adjourn meeting made by L. Moncivais at 7:26 p.m. J. Butts seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.