The April Board meeting will be held during lunch at the April 12 workshop in Bangor.  Pizza will be provided.

Agenda will include updates and an opportunitiy for workshop participants to ask questions and share their wishes/ needs with Maine RID.


Region 1 Conference update:

"Weaving Golden Threads: A Tapestry for Tomorrow"
Conference dates: July 31- Aug 3, 2014
Conference location: Sheraton Colonial North Boston Hotel and Conference Center Wakefield, MA
Keynote speaker: Bonnie Kraft.

Registration information is scheduled to be online by April 15. Due to the delay in posting, the Conference early bird registration deadline will be extended to May 15.

Deadline for the call for interpreters and support staff has been extended toApril 15.
If you're interested in serving as an interpreter at the conference, the link is:
If you're interested in serving as support staff, the link is:

Recent updates (see below):

April 12 Workshop in Bangor

March 27 &28   NU ASL Festival & 4th Annual Student & Novice Interpreter Network Conference

July 31- Aug 3  RID Region 1 Conference in Wakefield, MA.
Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8- Legal Workshop in Framingham, MA

Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting -Robyn Dean and Kathy Miraglia

Opportunity for Interpreters of Color
Call for Presenters- West Coast
Legal Workshop in Arkansas

August 4-8- Mental Health Interpreting Workshop in Alabama

April 12 Workshop- Bangor

Brenda Cartwright comes to Brewer, Maine!!

A Maine RID Sponsored Workshop

“No One Ever Told Me I’d Have Days Like This”

Date: April 12th, 2014

Time: 9:00 to 4:00

Cost: $40.00 ($50 after April 5th)

(RID Ceus free for Maine RID members. Additional $10 for non-members.)

CEUs available through Maine RID and Certificates of Attendance for Contact Hours will be awarded.

Brenda Cartwright is best known for her book, “Encounters with Reality: 1,001 Interpreter Scenarios,” and her column in the RID Views, “Encounters with Reality.” This workshop is perfect for working interpreters, interpreters working in schools, students, CDIs, and Deaf interpreters. Participants will talk about a variety of “sticky” issues that interpreters face on a daily basis including what we can and can’t divulge, initialized signs and their proper and improper use, situations we regret, dress code, and more. Participants will engage in a variety of discussions and activities that are guaranteed to be safe and fun!

Brenda Cartwright is a seasoned interpreter, a master teacher and a well-known presenter. Her undergraduate degree is in Deaf Education from Ball State University and her Masters degree is in Education from Indiana University. Brenda holds CSC as well as CI and CT certifications from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.  She is the Director of the Sign Language Interpreter Program at Lansing Community College in Michigan. She is author of six best selling textbooks: Sign Language Interpreting: Exploring Its Art and Science, Encounters With Reality: 1001 Interpreter Scenarios, Fingerspelling in American Sign Language, Numbering in American Sign Language, Multiple Meanings in American Sign Language and Activities in American Sign Language. In her spare time she enjoys mountain biking, triathlons and napping.

Location: Machias Savings Bank. Brewer, Maine. 581 Wilson Street 04412. Community Room.

Social hour with Deaf Community members to follow the workshop in the same location.


Registration with check made payable to Maine RID can be sent to:

Attn: Workshop

Anna Perna

P.O. Box 1213

East Holden, Maine 04429

(Registrations at the door will be $50)

No refunds unless Maine RID cancels

Contact Margaret Haberman for more info at 

MeRID is an approved RID CMP sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This workshop is offered for .550  CEUs in the area of Professional  Studies at the level of Intermediate Content Knowledge Level.”


Registration for April 12th, 2014 in Brewer, Maine.

Brenda Cartwright: “No One Ever Told Me I’d Have Days Like This.”


Maine RID member:     yes             no

RID Member number:

Contact information in case of last minute cancellation:



Checks payable to Maine RID.

Cost: $40 for workshop prior to April 5th.

Non Maine RID members seeking please include an additional $10 for a total of $50.


If you are in need of any reasonable accommodations, including interpreting services, please submit a request to the contact person above by April 5th.



March 27 &28   NU ASL Festival

Friday March 28- 4th Annual Student & Novice Interpreter Network Conference

Saturday March 29 | 9:00am-5:00pm- Four concurrent workshops

Thursday March 27 | 5:00pm-9:00pm

Reception and Panel Discussion


Friday March 28 | 4th Annual Student & Novice Interpreter Network Conference


Classifiers, Use of Space, and Cultural Equivalence for Future Medical Interpreters 

Presented by Jim Lipsky, CDI 

Friday March 28 | 12:15pm-2:15pm

Working Lunch Sessions | Optional Discussion Groups 

Friday March 28 | 2:30pm-4:30pm

Stepping Into the Working Professional Space; Establishing Good Business and Fiscal Systems 

Presented by Matt Etemad-Gilbertson, CI & CT 


Saturday March 29 | 9:00am-5:00pm

Four concurrent workshops. Please select one when registering.

  1. Semantics with Dennis Cokely & Patrick Graybill
  2. Storytelling/Classifiers with Patrick Fischer a.k.a. MrShineyhead
  3. Sports Signs with David Del Pizzo & Michael Schlang
  4. Looking Forward...Remembering our Roots with Betty Colonomos 

You may purchase tickets for Friday evening's performances and register for one Saturday workshop ONLINE. 


RID Region 1 Conference in Wakefield, MA in July 31- Aug 3.


Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting 2014-2015

Robyn Dean and Kathy Miraglia

The American Sign Language Interpreter Education Department (ASLIE) at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)   is happy to announce the “Certificate in Healthcare Interpreting” program 2014-2015.   This program is designed in a blended format consisting of a consolidated, week-long face to face classroom and online learning components.  The overall aim of this certificate program is to provide specialized professional development to ASL/English interpreters in the area of healthcare interpreting. It promises to employ innovative teaching strategies/methodologies by nationally recognized healthcare experts combined with practical application within healthcare environments. This announcement serves as an invitation to explore the program further and to seek application if you so desire. We invite you to look at our website   to learn more about this exciting cutting edge program and the application process. 

July 21 – July 25, 2014 on site at NTID

July 21, 2014 – March 15, 2015 online


Opportunity for Interpreters of Color

My name is Stephanie Chao from Region V.  I am the current Vice Chair for the Interpreters and Transliterators of Color Member Section.  We are currently looking for fill the Region 1 Representative position for our member section.  

If you have any questions, you can email me at


Mental Health Interpreting Workshop in Alabama

2014 Mental Health Interpreter Training
August 4-8, 2014
Montgomery, Alabama 

Bob Pollard, Robyn Dean, Roger Williams, Carole Lazorisak, Steve Hamerdinger, CharleneCrump, Brian McKenny, Shannon Reese, et. al.

Contact Charlene Crump for more info:


Call for Presenters- West Coast

Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (WSRID) is seeking proposals for a keynote speaker and presenters for our 2014 fall conference.

Legal Workshop in Arkansas

Legal Interpreting Seminar for Interpreters in the Judiciary






 Saturday June 7 and Sunday June 8, 2014 (9am-5pm on Sat and 9am-4pm on Sun)


1881 Worcester Road

Framingham, MA


Join us for 2 days of hands-on work and discussion of the function and role of the table interpreter in depositions, arbitrations, mediations, and trials. This role requires an ability to quickly and accurately assess the effectiveness and equivalency of interpretations, adeptness at explaining one’s assessment, and highly ethical collaboration in high stakes and high stress situations. We will have the opportunities to explore: ethical and role constraints; preparation with legal personnel, Deaf parties, and other interpreters; categories of errors and how to determine their import; and, how one carries out the functions of this role. Participants need to be prepared to explore their work with colleagues. This workshop will be conducted in ASL. Interpreting will be provided in role-plays as needed so that everyone has access to the discourse and interaction.


Cat B. Dvar, Esq.


ASL/English Interpreter


Mental Health Interpreter Roundtable

The Interpreter Mental Health Roundtable meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 5:30 PM to provide consultation and specialized education on topics related to mental health treatment and services.


  • Vicarious trauma

  • Mental health diagnoses

  • Therapeutic Theories & ap- proaches used in counseling and group settings (such as CPP, TFCBT, DBT)

  • Boundaries

  • Self care

Meeting at: 165 Lancaster St, Portland, ME 04101

For more information, contact:
Kristine Dach, LCPC Voice/VP (207) 619-5747 

Legal Interpreting Workshop Opportunity

The Table Interpreter Role in Legal Settings
Risa Shaw, Ph.D, CSC, CI, SC:L and Priscilla Moyers, B.A., CDI                     
Co-Sponsored by MassRID, Sorenson Communications, CRIN and Advocates, Inc.                      
 Join us for 2 days of hands-on work and discussion of the function and role of the table interpreter in depositions, arbitrations, mediations, and trials. This role requires an ability to quickly and accurately assess the effectiveness and equivalency of interpretations, adeptness at explaining one’s assessment, and highly ethical collaboration in high stakes and high stress situations. We will have the opportunities to explore: ethical and role constraints; preparation with legal personnel, Deaf parties, and other interpreters; categories of errors and how to determine their import; and, how one carries out the functions of this role. Participants need to be prepared to explore their work with colleagues. This workshop will be conducted in ASL. Interpreting will be provided in role-plays as needed so that everyone has access to the discourse and interaction. 
WHEN:         June 7 & 8
for more information:
Email Cat at or VP 413-341-5144 or cell phone 413-433-4359 
Risa Shaw is Assistant Professor at Gallaudet University in the Linguistics Department. She co-authored a curriculum on interpreting in legal settings that continues to be used throughout the US, including a fundamentals course and several specific focus courses (preparation, Deaf/Hearing interpreter teams, monitor role, law enforcement, role and ethics, jury duty, mock deposition). She also co-authored the BA curriculum and the revised MA curriculum in interpretation at Gallaudet University. She holds degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Sociolinguistics (Ph.D.), Education: Teaching Interpretation (M.S.), Linguistics (B.A.), and Interpreting (A.A.). Risa is a highly sought after interpreter, consultant, and teacher of interpreters, with a specialization in interpreting in legal settings. She has based her practice and lived in the Washington D.C. area since 1981. For more information on Risa see  
Priscilla Moyers, B.A., CDI, is a 2nd generation Deaf person. She holds a Bachelor's degree from San Francisco State University in English Literature and English as a Second Language (ESL). She taught ASL, Linguistics, Deaf Culture and History at Vista Community College in Berkeley, California. In 1993, Priscilla completed an intensive program, American Judicial Systems Interpreting at CSUN. As one of only a few legally-trained CDIs in California, Priscilla’s expertise is in great demand. She has interpreted a variety of criminal and civil cases as well as police interrogations. Priscilla has also interpreted Dependency and Neglect cases. 


MERID Board Meeting dates:

MERID Board meetings are held 6:00-8:00pm on the first Monday of the month.

March 3

April 7

May 5

June 2

July 7

August 4

September 8 (Second Monday)

October 6

November 3

December 1

January 5, 2015


Merid Board meetings are held in the Tanburg room at GBSD.  Members welcome and encouraged to attend.  Tanburg sites can be activated to allow members to join meetings without having to drive to Falmouth.  Please give at least on week's notice so we can set up the connection for you.


January 6 Board Meeting Agenda


6:00-8:00pm GBSD Tanburg Room and MDI High School Tanburg Room


  1. Approval of minutes from Nov 4 and Dec 2 meetings

  2. Reports

    1. Website Sub Committee (Alyssa)

    2. Treasurer (Sarah)

    3. Region 1 Conference

  3. Professional Development/ Workshop/ Conferences

    1. small workshops/ brown bag

    2. medium

    3. large

    4. Ella

  4. Board Retreat

    1. sub committee to discuss options and make proposal

  5. Licensure

  6. Agency Education on CDIs

  7. Work group for standard practice paper/ workshop/ education for interpreters working with outside agencies (VRI/ National spoken language companies)

  8. Additional items

  9. Adjourn


MERID Board News

I have learned how to edit the website, so it is time for an update.  

After following up with the write-in and nonimated members for the Recording Secretary position, each who received one vote in the election, we have a new Recording Secretary.  Welcome Nick Dionne to this new position.  In the recent Bylaws change, the position of Secretary was split into two positions, Recording Secretary and Membership Secretary (Alyssa Gagnon).  

We now have a vacancy in the Student Rep position.  Please let Alyssa ( know if you have any suggestions for members to fill this position.  

Board Meetings

The Board will meet the first Monday of each month in the Tanburg room at GBSD.  If you would like to connect to the meeting via Tanburg, please let us know and we will be happy to set that up.  Susan Boudreau is using the MDI site to join our meeting.  

We seek members interested in joining a sub committe discussing options for renovating the MERID Website.  Please contact Alyssa Gagnon at



Save the date!!! Brenda Cartwright is returning to Maine, this time Bangor, Maine. April 12th, 2014 9:00 to 4:00. Brenda gave a fantastic workshop in Portland, Maine this fall and we look forward to having her back. Save the date and contact Margaret Haberman or Anna Perna for more information. Cost of registration will be be determined soon but very affordable! Contact Margaret Haberman for more information.


Region 1 Conference-- July 31- August 3

The RID Region 1 Conference will be in Wakefield, MA this year!  July 31-August 3, 2014


Contact Maura at if you are interested in being a conference Co-Chair. Preference is for a deaf- hearing team.  I will forward your names to the REgion 1 Representative

Conference Committees

Below is a list of Conference Committees.  MERID is responisble to volunteer for a committee.  If you are interested in helping MERID by volunteering to chair a committee, please let Maura know at




Conference Co-chair

Conference Co-chair

Janice Cagan-Teuber

Region 1 Rep.

VTRID - Elizabeth Bjerke


Banquet Entertainment





NYC Metro – Jana Owen

Program Book

Public Relations


LIRID - Patrice

Registration Bags

Silent Auction



Support Staff

Support Staff



              *Italics indicates those who won't be on site*


Region 1 Conference- CALL FOR PRESENTERS

Save time by submitting one proposal and selecting the region conference(s) where you would like to present.

January 31, 2014 - Proposals due to RID


February 28, 2014 - All proposals will be notified of status.

March 21, 2014 - All Contracts must be signed and submitted to RID headquarters. Headshots are also due at this time.

May 9, 2014 - All supporting documents due to RID HQ (Handouts, Presentations, etc.)

Please contact RID HQ Meetings Manager, David Wagner, if you have any questions about the process or if you have not heard from the Region Committees by February 28, 2014. You should receive an email stating that we received your proposal no later than three (3) business days following your submission.

Check out our Facebook page!


Region 1 seeks suggestions for the RID Cares Program

The RID Cares initiative was originally started by RID Headquarters staff as a way to give back and provide service to our communities. Initiatives have included food drives for the local food bank in the Washington, DC, area to a clothes drive for individuals impacted by the hurricanes in Haiti. RID Cares moved beyond just staff-participation and quickly caught on around the country on the regional and national levels. A motion passed at the 2011 business meeting in Atlanta, GA, which proposed that all “National and Regional Conferences include a philanthropic initiative that benefits the Deaf Community as part of their respective Conferences.”

Please send suggestions to  Maura will forward them to the Region 1 Planning Committee.




Announcement from the 2011-2013 MeRID Board

We want to invite the MeRID membership and the Deaf community to congratulate the following people who are joining the 2013-2015 Board term.

Maura Nolin: President
Cid Pollard: Vice President
Alyssa Gagnon: Member Secretary
Mary McKay: Legal Representative
Polly Lawson: Medical Representative
Kristin White: Educational Representative
Susan Boudreau: Northern Representative

Joining the continuing Board members (serving until 2014)

Sarah Littlefield: Treasurer
Vicki Munroe-Ludder: Southern Representative
Lisa Trainor: Member-at-Large
Nick Dionne: Student Representative
(This Board has recommended a candidate in addition to the two write ins and an announcement will be posted shortly to follow up on this position): Recording Secretary

We invite the MeRID membership (and those thinking about joining) to come to our Board mixer at the Deaf Culture Festival where the old board will officially trade places with the new board. This is a time to ask questions or just to become familiar with your new Board! 1:45pm-3pm.

Additionally, DNO and INO has agreed to combine as hosts for the DINO event at the Falmouth Foreside Tavern at 4:30pm and on. Please attend as an MeRID member and you may win a gas card!

Congratulations to the new Board of 2013-2015


Greetings MeRID!

It's that time of year again, The elections for vacant and departing positions on the Maine RID board have begun! This is a wonderful opportunity to make a a difference in the future of the interpreting community here in our great state of Maine. As a voting member of MeRID we hope you'll take the time to submit a ballot for the new board. We value each and every one of your perspectives and encourage you to make a positive impact in our community.
You have two options to vote:

Option 1: By Mail
For all of our current voting members, if you haven't already you should be receiving an Official paper ballot via post mail. You have the option to fill out this ballot as you see fit and submit it via post mail. As a friendly reminder please re-seal the paper ballot in a new envelope, sign the flap and include your national RID membership number before mailing. You can mail paper ballots to the address below postmarked no later than August 31st, 2013.

Maine RID
PO Box 8182
Portland, Me. 04102
Option 2: Online
We have a safe, secure and easy way to submit your ballot through the internet; a "Survey Monkey" poll with voting instructions in the link:  You have the leisure to choose either one (1) of these options. Please note that submitting multiple ballots in either format will void your vote. We will be accepting ballots until August 31st, 2013 and will announce the results shortly after. Thank you for taking the time to help shape the future of the Maine Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Sincerely yours,
Nick Dionne, acting MeRID Secretary
Greeting Voting MeRID Member!

We are contacting all of MeRID voting members (members who are in good standing with RID as well) to collect nominations of persons (who also hold dual memberships) you are interested in running in our August elections for the following positions: 

Vice President
Recording Secretary (takes minutes and assists membership secretary and helps update Website and FB by communicating with the Website Moderator)
Membership Secretary (checks and collects dues, updates database, and does emails)
Medical Rep
Legal Rep
Educational Rep
Northern Rep

Once the nominations have been collected on or by July 30th we will proceed to send out names of candidates who are running  for specific positions and you then will have until august 30th to vote for your choices. By September fifth you will be informed of your new board members. MeRID board would like to ask that if all dual members have casted their nomination we would like to begin the election sooner. Please check to indicate your approval or disapproval of this option.

Our current board members staying on for one more year:
Student Rep, Nick Dionne
Member at Large, Lisa Trainor
Southern Rep, Vicki Munroe-Ludders

Departing Board Members:
President, Regan Thibodeau
Vice President, Grace Cooney
Co-secretaries, Evah Hallowell and Amy Dodge
Medical Rep, Jill Andrews
Educational Rep, Elyzabeth Smith

Suggested format for your email/FB/Letter nominations to be sent to or MERID PO BOX 8182 Portland Maine 04102:
I,(ENTER YOUR NAME AND RID NUMBER HERE), nominate the following people for the following position as typed (you may add a name of a person that currently has dual membership but was overlooked on the above list- be sure to get their RID number and add it next to their name so we can cross reference it immediately for eligibility):

Vice President-
Recording Secretary-
Membership Secretary-
Medical Rep-
Legal Rep-
Educational Rep-
Northern Rep-
Then delete one of the following paragraphs that does not match your choice.
I also give permission that in the case all nominations are sent in full by all dual members as listed above before the July 30th deadline, the MeRID board can proceed to post/send election information before the August 1st deadline.

I dont give permission that in the case all nominations are sent in full by all dual members as listed above before the July 30th deadline, the MeRID board can proceed to post/send election information before the August 1st deadline.

Then insert here:
Your electronic Signature as typed and Your RID Number

2013 MERID BYLAWS - Passed by members

Click here to view the Bylaws in PDF format; passed by the membership June 2013.

Ciick here to view the Bylaws within this website; passed by the membership June 2013.


A letter from the President

June 2013


The way in which we all relate to one another in this profession is changing so we can evolve with the roots of the deaf community in mind and heart. For example, Street Leverage is constantly ‘publishing’ articles from active members in the community regarding the interpreting process, teaming dynamics, and consumer perspectives which is evidence of people talking about our work openly by trespassing philosophies and discovering dialogue about taboo topics. As president I have been trying to encourage this kind of change in our community as well with bringing the Reframing Retreat, Deafhood, and encouraging community participation at events like the Walk for ASL on Mackworth Island. There is talk about making that an annual event and I look forward to joining all of your next year!

The new restructuring of MeRID is to help the board feel productive and organized. Refocusing goals for the board is one of the most important things to occur. The wonderful Bylaws committee got together and pushed out a final draft that included comments and editing from the General meeting. The voting on the Bylaws will take place at Meryl’s conference on the 28th at 4pm. I hope to see you all there making “MeRID MyRID.”

Additionally, this is my letter of acknowledgement that I am moving to DC on July 1st to work as a DeafBlind Staff Interpreter at Gallaudet University. I will miss serving on the board once someone takes my place in the upcoming elections near the end of August. It is recommended that the President and Vice President positions run as a slate position so there is good dynamics that both of them can work with. If they both prefer calling, emailing, and working at specific times, that will help make the communications and meetings regular.  The board I am leaving behind has great people, determined to do what it takes to work collaboratively with each other. I will miss them. But the season of change is here to stay so I expect great things will continue.


Once the Bylaws are passed on the 28th, we can begin to collect nominations for the month of July. I need to stress that nominations can only be made by members with dual membership AND the nominee must also have a dual membership with MeRID and the national RID. If you are not a dual member- you will not get a nomination and then later a ballot card/email from MeRID. Elections will take place in August. And I will hand over the MeRID crown to the new President that you have chosen.


Jill Andrews submitted a motion to RID on the topic of requiring 20 hours of volunteer interpreting per CEU cycle and many people co-signed this motion. I would like to recognize and thank their involvement on the national level on such an important topic. Some people feel that this sort of requirement is unjustifiable while some feel it is necessary. It is important to look to other professions and recognize that most occupations honor this standard of pro bono work being incorporated in their professional development. Not only does it help one feel good but it also encourages people to engage in assignments that one many not normally take. This stretches our skills and develops relationships that may impact our daily working comfort zones.

Maine Deaf Community is becoming more active in looking for interpreters who can volunteer their time. Katie Korpi has initated a closed group FB page “Maine ASL Volunteer Interpreters” where she will post for events like the Lonebear spiritual talks and the upcoming Maine Deaf Timberfest. Please contact Katie Korpi about being added to this page (or setting up other means of contact) if you are interested in volunteer opportunities.

MeAD had their bi-annual conference recently in Saco and I want to recognize Julia Follansbee Schafer for volunteering her time as a Deafblind interpreter. It was a very important contribution as there were not many available in the midst of graduations and such.

This Saturday June 22nd at 9am, we are doing a Silver Lining Fundraiser by running (walking for some) around the Back Bay in Portland. This was a spontaneously planned event by the members with Amanda Eisenhart leading. It all started with a FB picture of new sneakers! I am so excited! I hope to see many of you there. Bring a donation of whatever amount that you can contribute and I will have a collection envelope ready. Checks can be made payable to MeRID and put Silver Lining Fund on the left line at the bottom of your check.

This is a great community, it is very difficult for me to leave it. The energy is great so I know the greatness will continue.



Regan Thibodeau, MeRID President




May 6, 2013

General Meeting

About 16 members, including our Region 1 Representative from RID- Janice Cagen-Teuber, came to the general meeting at USM in Portland. We announced that our current Vice President, Grace Cooney, is resigning so the board will appoint someone in her stead to finish out the term with me. I have loved having her as a team- she is a real go-getter who is in Graduate school and about to get married. With so much on her plate she wanted to be fair to allow MeRID to get more attention through someone else.

Our agenda was to focus on the elections and the Bylaws after discussing the MeRID restructure. We ended up eliminating the election process and formed a committee detailed below in the next section in part because Janice explained for us to make sure we all keep in mind that we are only able to vote on matters IF we hold a dual membership of both MeRID and RID Inc. Further explanation is given below.

At the end of the meeting we formally welcomed and awarded a *one-year free MeRID membership to this year’s 8 ITP graduates: Brian Dietzel, Nick Dionne, Marsha Ames, Dani Flewelling, Santina King, Emily LaRose, Krissey Taplin, and Elaine Williams. We look forward to your addition to the community!

After the meeting adjourned some went into the other room to participate in the USM ITP’s annual Interpreter Job Fair and many started showing up to be on a panel or provide interviews to help the transition of these soon to be graduating interpreting students.

*The 2011 board under President Judy passed the vote to award one-year free membership as a graduation gift to ITP students.


“Where you end and I begin.” -Anne Katherine

The restructure of MeRID is to clarify expectations of the board- as a volunteer organization, we need to be conscious of making the best use of our given time by investing in tasks the membership need for their success as an interpreter in the State of Maine.

With transparency, specified expectations may help members feel more connected with MeRID, and clarify how they can be involved with MeRID. For an example, a Newsletter was a very valuable commodity before social media became available and it was okay when this task fell upon a board member when there was a shortage of articles being handed in by members. However, with the task of trying to provide professional development in areas of need as requested by members, attending monthly meetings, writing minutes, keeping up with membership emails, recruiting members, representing MeRID at venues, etc, on top of our already busy lives, none of us have been able to fill Rosanne Ryerson’s shoes of creating a newsletter from scratch- she was the last to publish one and many miss her work. Any MeRID member can take on such tasks and if one does not volunteer, then it remains vacant, and it is now clear that the board is not responsible for the production. Rather, as a member driven chapter, the task is falling upon the membership to promote one another to particular tasks they feel one can accomplish. Various tasks can be committees heading the following; Newsletter, Pro Bono Networking, Silver Lining Fund, Membership recruitment, Forums, Special Topics activities, and so on. The more members involved, the more MeRID is represented.

It is valuable when a person feels productive, and it is priceless when a team feels the impact quotient. A ripple effect is important for one to feel they have successfully acted out their roles. Current definition of the Representatives is to act as outreach and it has left many feeling unsuccessful and oftentimes resentful. As a President, I feel it is important for any volunteer for any organization to feel their energy is well spent. Simplifying what the Representatives function as will strongly impact how the board performs as a whole.

“A representative is someone that the membership feels is one who can provide a balanced view of a specialty field they are involved with to the board in matters of voting and other activities MeRID sponsors. They are also available for contact if a member so desires to communicate about trending ideas or issues in the specialty field. However, they will not be responsible for engaging members throughout the State by means of recruitment like an outreach program.”- Regan

Looking Ahead

“Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." -Henry Ford.

Many good things resulted from the meeting. One of the bigger steps involves a spontaneously formed Bylaws Committee headed by a dual member, Marisa Zastrow. Several other dual members in attendance immediately volunteered to join to push out the Bylaws in accordance to RID by June 1st. By this date, the Bylaws final draft will be ready for commentary and editing. *This copy will be shared via mail, email, website, and Facebook. The vote on the final draft of the amended Bylaws will be made on June 28th at Meryl’s conference. We will let you know when as soon as we confirm the time.

Once the Bylaws are finalized. We will do again the election process by calling for nominations because of the now clear fact that those who wish to nominate, and the person being nominated must hold a dual membership. Also, our new Bylaws will impact how the election process is conducted. *The new Board turnover date is now set for August 1, 2013.

*The current board members slated to leave have agreed to stay on till new date.

Several concepts were brought forth during the review of the Bylaws- one of which is that perhaps the Representative positions should only be a one-year commitment rather than two to entice diversity, novice or seasoned members, into partaking in the experience of being on the board without feeling the pressure of committing when life is unpredictable. With the Bylaws committee, such concepts will be carefully evaluated.

Another result is we now have a MeRID member that volunteered to take upon the task of being the Website moderator, Jillian Schleicher. Who will help us keep the website updated with new information as they are pushed out via Email and Facebook. She will also create the membership login portal so that only those who have a MeRID membership will enter for exclusive resources.

**Standard mailings will include the following; 1) the Dual Membership listing, nomination poll, and election information, 2) annual membership drive for renewal or posting, and 3) any urgent matters at hand that impacts MeRID as a whole. All other information will be continuously available via email, website, and Facebook (note that all three are moderated by 3 different people so there may be a slight delay in updates).


Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.”-Melody Beattie

I am very appreciative of all those who attended and contributed to the meeting. It was valuable to have all of you share your views and perspectives on the new restructure of MeRID. We look forward to putting our energy to best use that will better meet the needs of today’s membership.

On a final note of gratitude, you are cordially invited to join us in celebrating our love for ASL at the “Walk for ASL” event on May 25th on Mackworth Island at 10am. If we don’t see you there then our next meet up opportunity is at Meryl’s Conference on June 28th at Colby College!


MeRID President, Regan Thibodeau