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  • 26 Feb 2021 11:24 PM | FRID Secretary (Administrator)

    The Board sends BIG WAIVING HANDS to Jessica Rushing, our own North Region Rep, and Kayla Ellison, the newest member of our Membership Committee, for achieving their NIC certifications from @RIDInc! You've both made us proud - ConFRIDulations!

  • 01 Feb 2021 1:16 PM | Kenneth Houghtaling

    Hello FRID Members!

    We are already one month in to the year 2021 and the recently seated Board Members, as well as returning Board members have been quite busy through this transitional time. We look forward to meeting in our first open Board meeting for this quarter on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7pm EST/6pm CST. We encourage any member who is able, to attend the meeting being held virtually through Zoom. Be sure to check the website for how to attend.

    Along with that, we still have a number of positions needing volunteers for appointment. On the Board of Directors we still have open positions for Treasurer, Region Representaive Central-West and a Student Representative. Please check the Website under BOARD OF DIRECTORS to see the qualifications for these roles.

    In addition to the Board of directors, currently the Organization is without a Membership Chairperson. This role is vital to the Organization and our membership. We also are always happy to have our members volunteer on the other various committees that help FRID to function and accomplish assigned tasks. Another open position is that of our Communication Chairperson who is responsible for maintaining our website, Facebook page and sending out email blasts to members.

    Anyone interested in applying for any of these various openings should email the Board of Directors to start the appointment process. 

    I wish to express my thanks and gratitude to our current Board and Committee members working hard for each of us, as well as to our Membership for their continued support. 

  • 24 Jan 2021 6:30 PM | Holli Tempe

    Good evening FRID members, friends, and guests, 

    The FRID Board of Directors would like to announce their meeting schedule for the 2021 calendar year. 

    Regularly scheduled board meetings are open to the public and we encourage members and visitors to attend any regularly scheduled meetings. Board meetings are conducted in American Sign Language (ASL) to provide a fully inclusive experience for all FRID members, guests, and visitors attending. Attendees can join regularly scheduled board meetings by video conference using our Zoom video conference link. 

    First time users will be asked to download the Zoom Launcher (one-time software installation). There is a prompt to enter your name and then you will automatically join the video conference. Members shall always introduce themselves upon joining any video conference.

    The calendar of regularly scheduled board meeting for 2021 is as follows.

    • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7pm EST
    • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7pm EST
    • Tuesday, July 6th at 7pm EST

    The 2021 Annual Business Meeting will also serve as the board's fourth quarter regularly scheduled meeting. The Annual Business Meeting will be held the weekend of October 22-24, 2021. Exact dates and times will be announced as they are determined. 

    In addition, FRID members are welcome to submit motions at anytime throughout the year. Motions received at least 48-hours in advance of a regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting will be heard at that meeting. Otherwise, the motion will be heard at the subsequent Board of Directors meeting. Visit our website to submit a motion.

    We look forward to introducing the new Board of Directors at the first regularly scheduled meeting of the year on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7pm EST. See you there!

    Best regards,

  • 17 Oct 2020 7:46 PM | Holli Tempe

    Good evening everyone, 

    The FRID Board of Directors would like to take a moment to express our appreciation for everyone who took time out of their Saturday morning to attend the 2020 Annual Business Meeting. We appreciate your interest and involvement in supporting our professional organization. Congratulations to our newly elected board members beginning their term in 2021, our scholarship recipients, President's Award and Distinguished Service Award recipients, and all the raffle winners! 

    The FRID Board of Directors would like to express our appreciation to Jeremy Quiroga for presenting his workshop on Deaf Space and the Deaf perspective this afternoon. Our thanks also go out to everyone who attended; we appreciate your commitment to continuing growth and development in the field. Be on the lookout for a follow-up email with the attendance and evaluation forms. Fill out and returns the forms as soon as possible to claim your CEUs!
  • 01 Oct 2020 11:30 AM | Holli Tempe

    The results are in!

    The Nominations & Elections committee has completed the validation process for the results of the 2020 FRID Board of Directors election. The newly elected members of the Board of Directors are listed below. They will be sworn in at the Annual Business Meeting on October 17, 2020, and will begin preparing to transition into their new positions. Their terms of service will begin January 1, 2021. Congratulations to the winning candidates!

    2020 Board of Directors Election Winners

    President - Kenneth Houghtaling

    Vice-President of External Affairs - Laura Jackson

    Secretary - Holli Tempe

    Deaf Member-at-Large - James Smith

    Region Representative North - Jessica Rushing

    Some positions did not receive candidate nominations before the August 31, 2020 deadline but did receive write-in nominations during the voting period. Eligible write-in candidates were given the opportunity to decide whether they would be willing and able to serve in the position for which they were nominated. Eligible write-in candidates who indicated they were willing and able to serve and who also received a majority of the votes were elected to those positions. 

    Where eligible write-in candidates decided to remain on the ballot but no one candidate received a majority of the votes, a runoff election will be held to determine the winner of the election for that position. Where all eligible write-in candidates have withdrawn themselves from consideration, leaving the position vacant at the completion of the election cycle, the sitting board members will solicit applications for qualified members to be appointed to those positions until  the next election cycle, when a special election will be held. The board positions that will be decided by runoff election or filled by board appointment are listed below. 

    Runoff Elections

    Vice-President of Internal Affairs (Jan. 1, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2021)

    Region Representative South (Jan. 1, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2022)

    Positions to be Filled by Board Appointment

    Treasurer (Current - Dec. 31, 2021)

    Member-at-Large* (Jan. 1, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2021)

    Region Representative West* (Jan. 1, 2021 - Dec. 31, 2021)

    The Nominations & Elections Committee is working diligently to begin the runoff election process. Keep an eye on your email and the 2020 Elections page for more information as soon as it becomes available. 

    For more information on Nominations and Elections, including the nomination and election timeline, please visit our Elections page

    *These positions will be left vacant when the new officers take up their positions on January 1, 2021. 

  • 24 Sep 2020 10:29 AM | Holli Tempe

    Good morning members, 

    In December 2019, the FRID Board of Directors conducted a survey of the membership to gather feedback about the current state of the organization, including strengths, key areas for improvement, and priorities for the upcoming year. We are pleased to announce that the results of the survey have been collected, catalogued, and summarized for review in the FRID Membership Survey Results 2019-2020 report. Clicking the link will take you to the survey report, where you can review the feedback the board received as well as recommendations for improvement and setting priorities for the organization moving forward. Please take a moment to look over the results. 

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback!

  • 22 Sep 2020 11:59 AM | Holli Tempe

    FRID members, if you're eligible to vote and you haven't yet, check your email! Eligible voting members received an email invitation to vote in the 2020 Board of Directors election.

    Visit the Election 2020 page to see who's running, Candidate Statements, and other election information. Then use the link in your email invitation to open your ballot and VOTE! 

    The polls close at 11:59 p.m. EDT TONIGHT.


  • 15 Sep 2020 9:00 AM | Holli Tempe

    Eligible voting members received an email invitation to vote through Election Runner, the electronic election management software the board has chosen to manage the 2020 Board of Directors election.

    Visit the Election 2020 page to see who's running, Candidate Statements, and other election information. Then use the link in your email invitation to open your ballot and VOTE! 

    The polls close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.

  • 12 Sep 2020 12:09 AM | Holli Tempe

    Good morning, FRID! 

    Today is the deadline to complete our brief, four-question survey to gather feedback from our members about about RID's potential changes from a member driven organization to a professional certifying organization. No decision has been made at this time. The feedback collected will be interpreted by the RID Board of Directors, which will then suggest ways in which the membership can explore either deepening our identity as member driven or as a professional certification organization.

    Before taking the survey, please review the information provided by RID on the relevant issues.

    • RID has published an organizational transition website, with an overview of the process and an FAQ page.
    • Watch this video that provides background and rationale on the transition to a professional organization.
    • Review the President's Report from the May 2020 Views.
    • If you were not able to attend one of the Membership Town Halls in May, you may want to watch the recording from the May 12th Town Hall for additional information on the process and Board's perspective.

    Please take a moment to complete the survey. Thank you for taking the time to providing your feedback!

    Best regards,

  • 05 Sep 2020 8:12 PM | Holli Tempe

    Good evening FRID Members, 

    RID has asked all Affiliate Chapters to gather feedback from their members about the potential changes from a member driven organization to a professional certifying organization. No decision has been made at this time. The feedback collected will be interpreted by the RID Board of Directors, which will then suggest ways in which the membership can explore either deepening our identity as member driven or as a professional certification organization.

    To gather this feedback, FRID has created a brief four-question survey. Click on this link to take the survey: FRID Membership Feedback on Proposed RID Organizational Changes. The deadline to complete the survey is Saturday September 12, 2020.

    Before taking the survey, please review the information provided by RID on the relevant issues.

    • RID has published an organizational transition website, with an overview of the process and an FAQ page.
    • Watch this video that provides background and rationale on the transition to a professional organization.
    • Review the President's Report from the May 2020 Views.
    • If you were not able to attend one of the Membership Town Halls in May, you may want to watch the recording from the May 12th Town Hall for additional information on the process and Board's perspective.

    Thank you for providing your feedback!

    Best regards,

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