Post Retreat Update

The IRID board had our retreat on November 17th and 18th to do the strategic planning  for the next two years. Wow! It was a very intensive weekend but very rewarding. Before we inform you of our plans, first, we want to thank Karen Putz and Kim Bianco for coming to the retreat to help us.

First, Karen talked with us about having the passion back in the interpreting field especially after a difficult year. She reminded us of our “whys” we became interpreters in the first place and helped us feel rejuvenated that we are now more motivated to do the work that needs to be done with IRID organization. Then, Kim gave us some guides as how to do the strategy planning for next two years.  Through Kim, we realized that we need to go back to the roots of our organization. Looking at the mission statement of IRID, we are committed to promote the interpreting profession and to support the best practices in the interpreting field. 

So many of you submitted ideas and suggestions for our 2 year plan. We reviewed the ideas and suggestions that you gave us to make sure they were relevant to IRID’s mission statement. We narrowed to two goals. They are “Recruitment and Retention of Interpreters” and “Outreach and Engagement.” We then discussed what kind of tasks or activities that could be accomplished under each goal. Unfortunately, we ran out of time. We will have our IRID board meeting on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 9 am to 4pm (location TBA). During the board meeting, we will then finish up planning the tasks for each goal. You are welcome to join us at the board meeting. We are also looking for more volunteers to help us with our two-year plan. We need your help!

We want to thank Sara Lucas and Suzanne Salerno for their time as the secretary and treasurer with IRID.  We wish them best of luck with other endeavors. We are happy to report that David Rice will be our secretary and Karen Janssen will be our treasurer. 

If you have any questions, please send us an email message to Thank you for watching us. Happy Holidays!

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So grateful for all of your hard work as board members and how transparent you have been in keeping us informed of the future of our organization.  Really looking forward to what this year holds for all of us.