President’s Report – July 2017

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Leslie Greer headshot wearing CIT shirtby Leslie Greer
President
president@cit-asl.org



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by Doug Bowen-Bailey and Leslie Greer
Greetings, CIT members.
I have two things to share with you.
The first is that the Director of Technology, Jimmy Beldon, resigned from the board due to commitments with the expansion of his business.  If you are interested in serving on the CIT Board, please contact me at president@cit-asl.org.  The position’s responsibilities include communicating with the CIT webmaster related to technology.  You can check the CIT By-Laws to see more details on the position.  I look forward to your e-mails. Thank you.
The second topic is that four CIT board members attended the ASLTA conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Vice-President Kim Kurz, Carole Lazorisak, and Sarah Wheeler and I all worked at our booth explaining CIT to ASLTA members.  Many of them were under the impression that CIT was just for hearing people.  After our conversations, over 40 people signed up with interest in more information about CIT which is fantastic.
Now, ASLTA’s outgoing president Arlene Garcia-(Gunderson) and I have a message for you:

Leslie:  The CIT board has had a wonderful time here at ASLTA and I would like to introduce you to Arlene Garcia-Gunderson.

Arlene:  We are thrilled that the CIT Board could join us at the conference.  We are excited to have developed an MOU to strengthen the collaboration between our two organizations that will benefit us both.

Leslie:  I want to thank you for your powerful message that you shared at the conference.  It really gave me a new perspective on the urgency of our collaborating for the sake of Deaf children and the role of interpreters.

Arlene:  Yes, it is critical that we empower Deaf children with ASL as language.

Leslie and Arlene:  We look forward to the collaboration.

At the ASLTA business meeting, a motion was passed to develop an MOU between CIT and ASL.  We look forward to working with the new ASLTA board, led by President Keri (Brooks) from Florida.  The new board has 8 PhDs between them out of 11 members.    One of our goals is to have a shared office space.  We don’t know if we will host a joint conference in the future.  It is unclear how or when that might happen, but we both have a need for office space and staff.  Continuing to pass our board materials among volunteers simply isn’t sustainable.  Thank you.
Enjoy your summer.
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