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Update from RID Spring Leadership Webinar

03 May 2017 5:03 PM | Adam Ledo

On April 25, I participated in RID's Spring Leadership Webinar along with other Affiliate Chapter Presidents, Chairs of RID Member Sections, RID Board Members and other invitees. The meeting was facilitated (in ASL) by Erica Oyedele West, RID Vice President, Ritchie Bryant, RID Deaf-Member-At-Large, and Mish Ktejik, RID Region 5 Representative.  They provided updates on several topics, including the 2017 Lead Together Conference and the RID Board of Directors Elections. Here are the highlights from that meeting:

  • 2017 Lead Together Conference - July 20-24 in Salt Lake City
    • Pre-registration & lottery process are complete. The remaining spaces (apx. 100 for the Leadership Track and 60 for the ASL Immersion and Interpreting Skills Development Track) are now open on a "first come, first serve" registration basis
    • Registration is done through RID Member Portal (under Meetings tab)
      • ASL Immersion and Interpreting Skills Development Track
        • Skills Track will be all hands-on training led by teams of 2 Deaf or one Deaf and one hearing instructors
        • Will focus on ASL Semantics, creating semantic equivalence, message coherence, discourse mapping, etc.
        • Not available for livestreaming option
      • Leadership Track
        • Plenary presentations followed by small group discussions
        • 8 presentations, 2 panel discussions
        • Is available for livestreaming option (see below)
    • A group livestreaming option is available for the Leadership Track only. For more information, click here.
      • Registration is open for group livestreaming until June 1st
      • Registration is done through RID Member Portal (under Meetings tab)
      • Remote livestreaming participants can earn up to 2.2 CEUs (3.0 for facilitator)
      • Small Group (3 -5 people) - $1125 total
      • Large Group (6 - 10 people) - $2000 total
      • Individual - $55
    • RID Annual Business Meetings
      • Thursday July 20th at 5p-7p MDT & Sunday July 23rd at 8a-12p MDT

      • ABM will be livestreamed

      • Due to several challenges, no online voting will be available

      • If the members in attendance at the ABM choose to do so, any motion can be referred to the membership-at-large, which would allow for full membership participation in the voting via Simply Voting at a later date

      • Motions should be submitted prior to May 19, 2017. Click here for the motions form.

        • Any motion received after May 19 would be considered "from the floor"
        • Opinions from various groups including the RID Board, headquarters and pertinent committees will be added to the motions
  • 2017 RID Board of Directors Elections
    • Several contested elections:
      • Vice President
      • Treasurer
      • Deaf Member-At-Large
      • Member-At-Large
    • To read bios of the nominees, click here
    • Voting is open now until May 31
    • An email has been sent to members with instructions on how/where to vote
    • Voter turnout has been low historically (typically less than 15% of members participate in elections), so please vote!
  • Parliamentary Procedure Webinar
    • Will be facilitated by Robert Weinstock, RID Parliamentarian
    • Projected to be hosted in late May/early June
    • Will be made available to all members so keep an eye out for more information
  • RID Executive Director Update
    • During the meeting, RID Board reported that there was no update to be shared
    • On April 30, RID President, Melvin Walker, shared an update here, highlights below:
      • RID Board in contact with small pool of candidates
      • Interviews to be conducted in May
      • Candidates will prepare a vlog, which will be shared with membership and feedback will be solicited in late May/early June
      • Goal to select/onboard new Executive Director by late summer or early fall
If you have any questions regarding the RID Lead Together Conference, the RID Board of Directors Elections or the RID Executive Director Search, please direct those to the national office, Ms. Ryan Butts, Director of Member Services (rbutts@rid.org, 703-838-0030).

As always, I can be reached at president@fridcentral.org. Feel free to reach out to me if there is anything I can do.
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